This past weekend, 3 out of the 4 games were decided by 5 points or less. The obvious standout was when New England beat the Titans 35-14. The other 3 games, all came down to the very end.
Atlanta at Philadelphia (10-15) – This game came down to the final 2 minutes when the Falcons had the ball deep inside the Eagles 10 yard line. A fantastic goal line stand saved the Eagles season as the Falcons weren’t able to put the ball in the end zone. The Eagles were able to hold onto it and now they have a date with the Vikings.
Tennessee at New England (14-35) – This one was the only game that went the way it was supposed to. The Titans shocked everyone by going up 7-0 in the first quarter, but then the Patriots realized that it was a football game and then it was no contest. The Pats got away with an easy win as they move onto the Jags this weekend.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh (45-42) – This looked like a Jaguar blowout by the end of the first half but then the Steelers came back and turned it into a crazy game in the second half. If anyone told you that the Steelers would put up 42 points, anyone in their right mind would say that the Steelers would win, however that wasn’t the case. The controversial point in this game came with 2:18 left in the 4th quarter when the Steelers were down 7, and Tomlin elected to go for an onside kick that the Jags recovered. That decision led to a Jaguar field goal that put the game away. Now the Jags have to prove they’re for real when they go up to Foxborough this weekend.
New Orleans at Minnesota (24-29) – This was one of the craziest 4th quarters in NFL history, that was capped off with a miracle walk off TD by Diggs. The Vikings had a commanding 17 point lead that continued into the second half. Until, Brees came alive in the 4th and brought the Saints back. There were 3 lead changes inside of 4 minutes and then the miracle happened. With less than 15 seconds, the Vikings had the ball on their own 39 yard line and it looked like all was lost. On 3rd and 10, Keenum dropped back and threw a corner to Diggs just looking to get out of bounds and try the long field goal. Right as Diggs caught the ball, the safety Marcus Williams whiffed on a tackle that would have at least knocked Diggs out of bounds. Unfortunately for the Saints, Diggs caught the ball and managed to stay in bounds, after that it was a clear race to the end zone as time expired. Now, The Vikings travel to Philly to try and make NFL history, being the first home team Super Bowl.
Now only 4 remain, It’s between the Vikings/Eagles and the Jaguars/Patriots. After Sunday we’ll see who gets to play for Super Bowl 52.