The 2021 NFL playoff season began like no other.
For the first time in what seemed like nearly two decades, the New England Patriots were not playing for a championship. Instead, Tom Brady was leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory over the Washington … Football Team.
Brady had touchdown throws to Chris Godwin and former Pittsburgh Steelers All-World wide receiver turned malcontent turned roommate Antonio Brown en route to posting a 31-23 victory in a Wild Card matchup Saturday at FedExField in Landover, MD.
Speaking of those Steelers … ouch.
What 11-0 start? Several teams exposed this year’s version of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the Cleveland Browns, who roughed up their division rivals Sunday night. The Browns stunned the Steelers, jumping out to a 28-0, first quarter lead en route to a 48-37 win.
The Browns, who hadn’t won a playoff game in 25 years, will now get the unenviable task of trying to topple the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will meet in a showdown of classic quarterbacks when the Bucs and Saints collide.
Another quarterback familiar with the Super Bowl stage, Seattle’s Russell Wilson had his chances of a return squashed by the L.A. Rams. The Rams advanced to face the Green Bay Packers, who enjoyed the NFC’s lone bye.
Lamar Jackson, who won his first playoff game, defeating King Henry in Titanic-sized fashion will now lead the Baltimore Ravens into Orchard Park, NY, to face the Buffalo Bills, winners against the Indianapolis Colts.
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