The first round of the 2016 NFL playoffs is over, and the games were....pretty bad. We didn't see a lot of good football, though we did at least get a couple of close, exciting (albeit low-scoring games). The one amazing thing about this weekend: all four road teams won their games.
We saw the Kansas City Chiefs dominate the Houston Texans 30-0 without playing particularly well -- mostly, Brian Hoyer was just terrible for the Texans. The other AFC matchup was a lot more exciting, as the Pittsburgh Steelers looked to run away with it early until Ben Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury, at which point the Cincinnati Bengals started scoring. That kept up until Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones gave the game away with some terrible defensive penalties, just after Jeremy Hill fumbled in field goal range. The Steelers eventually won 18-16 in a ridiculous finish.
In the NFC, things got equally ludcirous between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings. In bitter cold, the Vikings had just a 9-0 lead in the second half before the Seahawks started scoring. The low-scoring game wasn't very exciting, though, and the Seahawks seemed to give away their 10-9 lead in the final seconds before Blair Walsh missed a chip shot field goal. Joining the Seahawks in the divisional playoffs will be the Green Bay Packers, who had a fairly routine 35-18 win over a Washington team that struggled all game long.
Here's the schedule for next weekend.
Saturday, Jan. 16
Sunday, Jan. 17
Sunday, Feb. 7
Super Bowl 50: AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5:30 p.m., CBS