NFL Quarter-Final Thriller: Tom Brady, Bills and Chiefs deliver a two-minute frenzy
Written by Marco Schimphauser
Tampa / Kansas City – The last two tickets for the AFC and NFC tournaments – hence for Super Bowl semi-final rounds – Solved. The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs advance by one round to the NFL Playoffs.
In the first game, the Los Angeles Rams faced the defending champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – led by famous quarterback and record-breaker Tom Brady.
However, he and his killers had just had a very black day. Aside from the field goal, the Buccaneers didn’t do much in the first half.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles guests were more efficient and were able to score two goals and two field goals before the break.
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With this 20:3 lead, the Rams were already able to start the second half comfortably. BUT: On the other side there is still Tom Brady.
He’s the man who made the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history when he turned his 3-28 deficit into a 34-28 win in the third quarter 5 years ago.
And that’s exactly what the LA Rams thrived on, because thanks to a wild catch-up race by the hosts, the score was 27:27 with 46 seconds left. And that exact 46 seconds was enough for Rams to qualify for the NFC Championship game by time by the decisive field goal to 30:27 (10:3, 10:0, 7:10, 3:14).
There they meet San Francisco 49ers, who managed to secure their ticket the day before. 49ers midfielder Jimmy Garoppolo has not lost a game against the Rams. So it’s going to be an exciting derby.
Open a slugfest game between Buffalo and Kansas City
In Sunday’s game two, the runner-up, the Kansas City Chiefs, received the Buffalo Bills.
Both teams were very excited from the first second and it was clear: whoever makes a mistake here loses the game.
The time of 14:14 in the first half also reflects this impulse. Both teams played the fourth attempt several times during the match so that they did not have to give up the right to attack.
The spectators stood up: “Shut up” – Cologne coach Baumgart responded directly!
The open exchange continued during the second half. However, the scales gradually tilted in favor of the hosts.
And so Kansas City looked certain to be the winner when the Bills lost their fourth attempt two minutes before the end of the game, trailing 21:26.
Instead of the necessary 13 yards, quarterback Josh Allen put Gabriel Davis completely empty in the end zone. With the two-point conversion, it suddenly became 29:26 for the guests.
The Chiefs needed a big play—and they got it: Patrick Mahomes passed the egg to Tyreek Hill and made it 29:33 with his 64-yard touchdown a little more than a minute from the end.
You read that right: Medium Mode. Biles regained possession and 13 seconds left the Allen-Davis set made him 36:33 for the Buffalo Bills.
However, those 13 seconds were enough for the Chiefs to equalize over time and a field goal at 36:36: overtime.
Travis Kelsey crushes Bill’s dreams
He went to work overtime. Here the simple rule applies: whoever scores the first touchdown wins the game. Well, you can also win field goals, but it didn’t go very far in this match.
When the coin was tossed, Fortuna was next to the house. The Chiefs were first in possession of the ball—and if Kansas City mastered one thing, it puts the opponent in trouble with fast passes.
Travis Kelsey got one of those passes into the end zone with a score of 42:36 (7:7, 7:7, 7:9, 15:13, 0:6). The gates open for the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship games, the semi-finals of the Super Bowl.
Then they met the Cincinnati Bengals, who had shot the Tennessee Titans out of the playoffs the day before.
If The Chiefs can beat the Bengals next week, they will be in the final for the third game in a row.
Cover photo: Charlie Riedel / AP / dpa