For the first time in 32 years, the Cincinnati Bengals have won a playoff game. Saturday, at home, they beat the Las Vegas Raiders (26-19) and qualified for the second round. But Cincinnati remained until the end under the threat of the Nevada franchise.
The Bengals only secured their victory 12 seconds from time when linebacker Germaine Pratt intercepted a pass from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Las Vegas was only nine yards from Cincinnati’s end zone.
Effective Burrow and Chase
For his first playoff game in the NFL, Joe Burrow, the QB of the Bengals, made a good copy (244 yards, two touchdowns). He served CJ Uzomah and Tyler Boyd. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati’s star receiver, also provided (116 yards on nine receptions). The runner Joe Mixon, on the other hand, was discreet (48 yards).
On the Las Vegas side, Carr threw for 310 yards. But he could not qualify his team, which found the play-offs after six years of absence. The Raiders have not won in the finals since 2003.
Buffalo like a steamroller
The Buffalo Bills themselves won much more easily against the New England Patriots (47-17). They scored seven touchdowns on their first seven offensive possessions. Unheard of in the play-offs since the creation of the Super Bowl in 1966.
Another proof of the superiority of the Bills: the team did not need to attempt a field goal or perform a punt. She didn’t lose any bullets either. This is also a first in the play-offs since … 1950.
Five touchdown passes for Allen
Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen accomplished his mission perfectly, throwing 308 yards and five touchdown passes. Runner Devin Singletary ran for 81 yards and scored two TD’s. Mac Jones, the rookie QB from New England, gained 232 yards and threw two touchdowns. But he also conceded two interceptions.
The Patriots ended their season, however with the satisfaction of having been able to return to the play-offs, two years after the departure of Tom Brady.