Wildcard Recap

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Kyle Hauser, Reporter

Super Bowl 50, just last year, was the most watched events in America’s television history and Super Bowl 51 is gearing up to be amazing.  The 2016-2017 has been full of emerging stars and also mixed with reigning stars.  The Wildcard game was this previous weekend and got the teams and fans ready for the official Postseason.  

     The Texans were matched up against the Oakland Raiders.  The game started out with the Raiders winning ten to seven at the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter was a different story.  The Texans put up another ten points and their defense shut down the Raiders.  Neither team scored in the third quarter and they each scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter.  In the end the Texans won 27 to 14 to advance.  

     The next game was the Detroit Lions against the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks were up by a touchdown at halftime and never looked back from there.  The Seahawks put a cherry on their victory in the fourth quarter scoring another 16 points.  One of the biggest game changers for the Seahawks was Thomas Rawls who rushed for 161 yards.  This helped propel the Seahawks to the dub and sending them to the Divisional Round.

     The next game was the Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Just like the other two Wildcard games, one team took and early lead and never took back.  For this game, it was Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Steelers were winning 20 to 6 at halftime and added to their lead by scoring another ten points in the third quarter.  The Dolphins tried to make a fourth quarter comeback, but were only able to score six points.  The final score ended up being 30 to 12.  The key to this game was the same as the Seahawks, rushing.  Le’Veon Bell rushed for 167 yards to help the Steelers run into the Divisional Round.  

     The final game was the New York Giants against the Green Bay Packers.  There was a lot of hype on the game since the Giants have previously had a winning record at Lambeau Field, but many thought that Aaron Rodgers is playing the best he ever has and was going to prevail over Eli Manning.  The Giants took an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter and was hoping that the lead would help their game plan for the rest of the game.  The Packers quickly responding in the second quarter by scoring 14 points and only allowing another field goal.  With the Packers winning 14-6, anyone could pull out a win in the second half.  Even after the Packers scored ten more points in the third quarter, they allowed the Giants to score a touchdown which kept them in striking position going into the fourth quarter.  The Packers defense stepped up and did not allow the Giants to score a single point.  The offense used this momentum and were able to score 14 more points.  The final score of the game was the Giants losing 13-38.  

     The Divisional Round starts this upcoming weekend with the Seahawks vs. the Falcons, the Steelers vs. the Chiefs, the Packers vs. the Cowboys, and the Texans vs. the Patriots.  All of these games are looking like they are going to be good games, but many believe the most exciting game is going to be the Packers vs. the Cowboys.  This weekend is gearing up to be a football filled and exciting.