NFL playoffs: The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills manage to secure thrilling victories
To advance to week two of the NFL playoffs, the New York Giants defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 thanks to two rushing touchdowns from Saquon Barkley.
To upset the third seed in the NFC, the Giants led throughout the majority of the wildcard game.
Earlier, the Miami Dolphins were defeated at home by the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in an exciting game.
Although Miami temporarily led 24-20 in the third quarter, Buffalo quickly moved ahead 17-0 as the preseason Super Bowl favorites and AFC second seeds.
In Minnesota, the offenses were winning, with the Giants leading 17-14 after each team scored two touchdowns in the first half.
In the third quarter, both teams scored touchdowns, and early in the fourth, a field goal by the Vikings tied the score at 24.
New York regained the lead after a tense 12-play drive was completed by running back Barkley, who finished with a total of 109 yards, and they hung on in the end.
The Giants won their first playoff game since winning their fourth Super Bowl at the conclusion of the 2011 season as quarterback Daniel Jones completed his first playoff game with two touchdown passes, 301 passing yards, and 78 rushing yards.
The NFC East rivals and top seeds, the Philadelphia Eagles, will be the Giants’ next destination when they play in the divisional round.
Bengals host Ravens in the NFL Playoffs after the Giants and Bills hold off the Jaguars’ comeback and “Mr Irrelevant” triumphs once more.
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Bills continue to be motivated by Hamlin
A touchdown is scored by Gabe Davis.
The game-winning touchdown for Buffalo came from Gabe Davis, who scored from 23 yards late in the third quarter.
Buffalo’s contest with Miami also came down to the wire, and teammate Damar Hamlin continued to serve as motivation for the Bills.
The Bills safety, who is still recovering from the heart attack he experienced on the field on January 2, watched Sunday’s game from home, but on Saturday, he made his first visit to the squad since the event.
Josh Allen, a quarterback who threw two interceptions and three touchdown passes, said that there was a long queue of men waiting to fawn over him. “Seeing him back in the facility was a blessing come true.”
After touchdowns by Dawson Knox and James Cook, Buffalo appeared to be headed for a rout. However, the Dolphins pulled even when third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson connected with Mike Gesicki for a score.
At the half, a field goal gave the Bills a 20-17 lead, but when Allen fumbled, Zach Sieler scored a defensive touchdown for Miami.
But after Buffalo pulled within three points in the fourth quarter, it responded with two quick touchdowns from Cole Beasley and Gabe Davis. On their final possession, the Dolphins were unable to reach within striking distance.
There will be two more games in the first round of the NFL playoffs, often known as the wildcard weekend, on Sunday and Monday.