The divisional weekend of the NFL playoffs is generally regarded as the best weekend of football for the year. The 2022 version of the divisional round may be the best ever.
Two No. 1 seeds were taken out in the divisional round, the first time that's happened since 2010. All four teams that won earned the victory in walk-off fashion.
- Evan McPherson hit a game-winning 52-yard field goal to give the No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals a 19-16 win over the top-seeded Tennessee Titans.
- Robbie Gould hit a game-winning 45-yard field goal to give the No. 6 San Francisco 49ers a 13-10 win over the top-seeded Green Bay Packers.
- Matt Gay hit the winning 30-yard field as the Los Angeles Rams knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce on an eight-yard touchdown pass to give the Kansas City Chiefs an overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Here are the other wild feats to happen in the divisional round:
Bengals 19, Titans 16 (Recap)
The Bengals beat the Titans despite getting sacked nine times in a playoff game. The nine sacks the Bengals allowed tied an NFL playoff record. The 1966 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984 Chicago Bears, 1986 New York Jets, and 1993 Houston Oilers also allowed nine sacks in a playoff game. The nine sacks by the Titans also tied an NFL playoff record with the 1966 Buffalo Bills, 1984 San Francisco 49ers, 1986 Cleveland Browns, and 1993 Kansas City Chiefs.
The Titans are the first team to lose a playoff game while having nine sacks in a game since the merger. The Bengals are the first team to win a playoff game while allowing nine sacks since the 1966 Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Burrow became the first quarterback to be sacked nine times and win a playoff game. He's also the first quarterback to be sacked eight-plus times and win a playoff game since Donovan McNabb in the 2003 NFC Divisional Playoffs. Burrow and McNabb are the only two quarterbacks to accomplish the feat since the merger.
49ers 13, Packers 10 (Recap)
The 49ers defeated the Packers despite having no offensive touchdowns in the game, the first team since the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers to win a playoff game without scoring an offensive touchdown. The Packers special teams played a major role in the loss, giving the 49ers seven points as they had a punt blocked that was returned for a score and took away three points of their own with a field goal blocked just before the half.
Here were the other special teams blunders by the Packers:
- Field goal blocked when leading 7-0 at the end of the first half
- Punt blocked returned for a touchdown to tie game at 10-10 in the fourth quarter
- Allowed 30.3 yards per punt return
- Had 10 men on the field on Gould's game-winning field goal
Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback to lose four times to a single opponent in the postseason. This was the first home loss by the Packers this season and it tied the fewest points scored by a Packers team at home when Aaron Rodgers plays a full game (regular season and postseason).
Rams 30, Buccaneers 27 (Recap)
The Rams also won in thrilling fashion on Matt Gay's 30-yard field goal, set up by Matthew Stafford's 44-yard strike to Cooper Kupp with under 20 seconds left to set the Rams up for the victory. The Rams overcame a calamity of errors to win, becoming the first team since the 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers to win a playoff game after losing four fumbles.
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers overcame a 27-3 deficit in the third quarter to tie the game with 42 seconds left, thanks to a series of miscues and poor possessions by the Rams. Here were the Rams' next six possessions as the Buccaneers scored 24 unanswered points:
- Lost fumble
- Lost fumble
- Missed 47-yard field goal that was short
- Lost fumble
Despite the collapse, Kupp had a 20-yard and 44-yard reception to lead the Rams to victory. He finished with nine catches for 183 yards and a touchdown. The Rams' victory ensured the NFC Championship Game would be held at SoFi Stadium (the host stadium for Super Bowl LVI) and marked the first time since 2009 nether Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers will play in a conference championship game.
Chiefs 42, Bills 36 (OT) (Recap)
This game was arguably one of the best in NFL history. Gabriel Davis set an NFL playoff record for receiving touchdowns in a game with four, including the go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left from Josh Allen to give the Bills a 36-33 lead. The 25 points scored by the Chiefs and Bills were the most in the last two minutes of regulation of any playoff game in the Super Bowl era.Here was the sequence:
- Gabe Davis 27-yard pass from Josh Allen (Bills lead 29-26, 1:54 left)
- Tyreek Hill 64-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs lead 33-29, 1:02 left)
- Gabe Davis 19-yard pass from Josh Allen (Bills lead 36-33, 0:13 left)
- Harrison Butker 49-yard field goal (Tied 36-36, end of regulation)
- Travis Kelce 8-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs win 42-36)
To put this game in perspective:
Josh Allen— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) January 24, 2022
27 of 37 for 329 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT (136.0 rating)
11 carries, 68 yards
33 of 44 for 378 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT (123.1 rating)
7 carries, 69 yards, TD
Arguably the greatest performance between two opposing QBs in #NFL playoff history. #Bills #Chiefs
Mahomes threw for 177 yards after the two minute warning. The Chiefs scored 16 points in the final 1:02 of regulation and overtime. Kansas City will be the first team in NFL history to host a conference championship game four years in a row.