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The Adam Schefter Podcast. The Mina Kimes Show. The Bill Barnwell Show. After the teams exchanged punts, Ajayi rushed four times for 26 yards and receiver Nelson Agholor ran for 21 yards on an end-around play as the team drove to a fourth-and-goal on the Atlanta 1-yard line.
On the next play, LeGarrette Blount finished the yard drive with a rush for the touchdown, putting the team up 6—3 with Atlanta had to punt on their next drive, but the ball bounced into Eagles blocker Bryan Braman and was recovered by Falcons linebacker LaRoy Reynolds on the Philadelphia yard line, where they went on to go up 10—6 with Matt Ryan 's six-yard touchdown pass to running back Devonta Freeman.
Following a punt from each team, Philadelphia got the ball on their own yard line with 46 seconds left in the half.
Quarterback Nick Foles then completed passes to Corey Clement , Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery for gains of 7, 20 and 15 yards, setting up Elliott's yard field goal, which cut the score to 10—9 at halftime.
With just under six minutes left in the third quarter, the Eagles got the ball on their own 7-yard line due to a yard punt by Matt Bosher.
From there, Foles completed 5 of 7 passes for 70 yards — Jeffery caught three of them for 46 — on a yard, play drive to take the lead at 12—10 with Elliott's yard field goal.
Elliott's ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, giving Atlanta good field position on their own yard line. On the next play, the last of the third quarter, Ryan was sacked for a yard loss by safety Rodney McLeod.
The Falcons ended up going three-and-out , and their defense was soon back on the field trying to contain another long Eagles drive.
This one went for 14 plays and 80 yards, 32 of them on a reception by Ajayi, taking 7: Desmond Trufant managed to end the drive on the Falcons' 3-yard line by tackling Clement a yard short of a first down on third-and However, Elliott kicked his third field goal on the next play, giving Philadelphia a 15—10 lead with 6: Atlanta took the ball back and drove to a first down on the Eagles' 9-yard line, featuring a yard reception by Julio Jones on fourth-and After throwing incomplete passes on the next two plays, Ryan threw a seven-yard pass to Jones on the 2-yard line.
Filling in for injured starter Carson Wentz , Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for yards. Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for yards and a touchdown.
Jones caught nine passes for yards, and rushed for 21 yards, while Tevin Coleman was the top rusher of the game with 10 carries for 79 yards,  while also catching a pass for 14 yards.
With the win, the Eagles won their first playoff game and advanced to their first NFC Championship appearance since , and their first at home since New England racked up eight sacks, yards, and 31 first downs as they advanced to their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game.
Midway through the first quarter, Tennessee drove 95 yards in 11 plays, featuring a yard completion from Marcus Mariota to tight end Delanie Walker.
Mariota finished the drive with a yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis , who made a running one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone to put the Titans up 7—0.
However, the Patriots stormed right back, with Tom Brady completing five consecutive passes for 67 yards, the longest a yard completion to Dion Lewis and the last a five-yard shovel pass to James White for a touchdown that tied the score.
After a Tennessee punt, Brady completed three consecutive passes for 28 yards as the team drove 48 yards in six plays to go up 14—7 on White's six-yard touchdown run with 9: The next time New England got the ball, they had to punt after three plays, but a neutral zone infraction penalty on Titans defensive back Brynden Trawick gave them a first down.
Taking advantage of their second chance, they ended up driving 91 yards in 16 plays to take a 21—7 lead on Brady's six-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan.
Tennessee then drove to the Patriots' yard line; on fourth-and-1, Derrick Henry tried to run for a first down, but defensive backs Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore tackled him for no gain.
With 17 seconds left, the Patriots were able to get to the Titans' yard line with time remaining, but Stephen Gostkowski missed a yard field goal attempt as time expired.
In the first half alone, Brady completed 21 of 31 passes for yards and two touchdowns. In the third quarter, Brett Kern 's yard punt from his own yard line gave the Patriots good field position on their yard line.
On the next play, Brady completed a yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski , and the team went on to increase their lead to 28—7 with Brandon Bolden 's two-yard touchdown run.
The next time New England got the ball, they went on a play, yard drive in which they only faced two third downs. Brady completed seven passes for 78 yards on the drive, the longest a yard throw to Danny Amendola , and finished it off with a four-yard touchdown toss to Gronkowski, making the score 35—7 with Before the end of the quarter, the Titans were able to make it 35—14 with Mariota's yard touchdown pass to Davis on fourth down at the end of an yard, play drive.
Lewis rushed for 62 yards, caught nine passes for 79 yards, and returned a kickoff for 27 yards. This game set the NFL postseason record for largest the age difference between opposing quarterbacks: Brady was 40 and Mariota was Jacksonville built up a 28—7 first-half lead and held off a second-half Steelers comeback to win the fourth highest scoring NFL playoff game.
The Jaguars drove 66 yards in eight plays on their opening drive, with Blake Bortles completing passes to tight ends Ben Koyack and James O'Shaughnessy for gains of 21 and 19 yards on the way to a one-yard fourth-down touchdown run by Leonard Fournette.
Later in the first quarter, linebacker Myles Jack intercepted a pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the Pittsburgh yard line, and Fournette increased Jacksonville's lead to 14—0 with a touchdown run on the next play.
The Steelers responded with a drive to the Jacksonville yard line, but on fourth-and-1, running back Le'Veon Bell was tackled by Jalen Ramsey and Malik Jackson for a four-yard loss.
The Jaguars then drove 75 yards in 11 plays and scored on T. Yeldon 's 4-yard touchdown run, increasing their lead to 21—0 with just over 11 minutes left in the half.
This time, the Steelers responded with a yard scoring drive, featuring a yard run by Bell and ending on Roethlisberger's yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.
But the next time Pittsburgh got the ball, Roethlisberger lost a fumble while being sacked by Yannick Ngakoue. Linebacker Telvin Smith recovered the ball and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown, making the score 28—7 with less than two minutes left until halftime.
However, the Jaguars were penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration, and then Cameron Sutton returned the ensuing kickoff 22 yards to the Jacksonville yard line.
Pittsburgh went on to drive 51 yards and cut their deficit to 28—14 on Roethlisberger's yard touchdown completion to Martavis Bryant with 25 seconds remaining.
The Steelers drove 77 yards in 10 plays on their opening drive of the second half, cutting their deficit to 28—21 with Roethlisberger's yard touchdown pass to Bell.
Early in the final period, the Steelers got the ball on the Jaguars' yard line due to a deflected punt, but ended up turning the ball over with an incomplete pass on fourth-and On the ensuing Jacksonville drive, Bortles' yard completion to Keelan Cole put them on the Steelers' 3-yard line, and Fournette ran the ball in for a touchdown on the next play, giving the Jaguars a 35—21 lead.
This was the start of a scoring run from both teams, cumulatively totaling 38 points in the fourth quarter.
After Fournette's score, Roethlisberger started the next drive with a yard completion to Brown, and eventually ended it with a yard touchdown pass to Brown that cut the score to 35— Jacksonville stormed right back, moving the ball 75 yards in eight plays, one of them a yard completion from Bortles to Yeldon on third-and Fullback Tommy Bohanon caught a yard touchdown pass from Bortles with 4: The Steelers responded by moving the ball 75 yards in 12 plays, the longest a yard reception from Bell.
Bell finished the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run, reducing his team's deficit to 42—35 with 2: However, Pittsburgh failed to recover their ensuing onside kick attempt, resulting in Jacksonville getting the ball back on the Steelers' yard line and leading to a yard Josh Lambo field goal that put the Jaguars up 45— Pittsburgh then drove 75 yards in 10 plays, including a yard completion from Roethlisberger to Brown.
He ended up throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster , but by then, one second remained. Bortles completed 14 of 26 passes for yards and a touchdown.
Fournette was the top rusher of the game with 25 carries for yards and three touchdowns, along with two receptions for 10 yards.
Setting several franchise playoff records,  Roethlisberger completed 37 of 58 passes for yards — the second highest total in NFL postseason history, behind Bernie Kosar 's yard tally,  from January — with five touchdowns and an interception.
Bell rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown, while also catching nine passes for 88 yards, while Brown caught seven passes for yards and two touchdowns.
Tight end Vance McDonald also went over yards receiving, making 10 receptions for yards. The Steelers lost despite gaining yards of total offense, the most yards gained by a losing team in a playoff game this record would later be surpassed by the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Ben Roethlisberger became the first NFL quarterback in a playoff game to throw for 5 touchdowns in a losing effort. Following the game, the Steelers were criticized by their fans and the media for looking past the Jaguars to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, which, had the Steelers won, would've been the 2nd consecutive AFC Championship meeting between the 2 teams.
Bank Stadium , Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum 's yard pass to Stefon Diggs on the game's final play sent them to the NFC title game for the first time since the season and marked the first time in the NFL postseason that a game was won with a touchdown on the final play of regulation.
The game has been referred to as the " Minneapolis Miracle. Minnesota dominated the first half, building up a 17—0 lead.
The Saints had to punt on their opening drive, and Marcus Sherels returned the ball 19 yards to the Vikings' yard line before being tackled by punter Thomas Morstead.
The Vikings then drove 55 yards in eight plays, including a yard catch by Jarius Wright on third-and-3, to score on Jerick McKinnon 's yard touchdown run.
The next time they got the ball, two pass interference penalties on defensive back Ken Crawley gave the Vikings 54 yards on a yard drive that ended with Kai Forbath 's yard field goal, increasing their lead to 10—0.
Following two more possessions, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted a pass from Drew Brees , giving Minnesota the ball on their own yard line with 1: Keenum went 5-of-7 for 54 yards on a yard drive that ended with Latavius Murray 's one-yard touchdown run, giving the Vikings a 17—0 lead.
New Orleans responded with a drive to the Vikings' yard line, but lost their chance to score when Brees threw a pass that was tipped at the line by Everson Griffen and intercepted by linebacker Anthony Barr.
Then after a punt, Brees led the team to the Minnesota yard line. But after two incompletions, Brees was sacked by safety Harrison Smith for a yard loss, and Wil Lutz missed a yard field goal attempt with 26 seconds left in the half.
The Vikings would also get a field goal try before halftime, which resulted in Forbath missing from 49 yards out. Minnesota took the opening kickoff and drove to the Saints' yard line.
However, in what turned out to be a crucial turning point, Keenum was sacked by Sheldon Rankins for a yard loss on third down, pushing the team out of field goal range.
New Orleans took the ball back and drove 80 yards in 12 plays, featuring a yard reception by receiver Michael Thomas.
Brees finished the drive with a yard touchdown pass to Thomas, putting New Orleans on the board at 17—7. Then on the first play after the kickoff, Keenum threw a pass that was intercepted by rookie safety Marcus Williams , who returned it 12 yards to the Vikings' yard line.
New Orleans then drove for another touchdown, scoring on Brees' three-yard pass to Thomas that narrowed the gap to 17—14 with Minnesota responded with a seven-play, yard drive that included a yard completion from Keenum to Wright and ended on Forbath's yard field goal that increased the Vikings' lead to 20— Furthermore, Saints coach Sean Payton lost two timeouts on the drive as a result of failed replay challenges.
After forcing the Saints to punt, the Vikings ran the clock under six minutes before having to kick the ball back to New Orleans.
Saints lineman George Johnson blocked the punt, enabling his team to take over on the Vikings' yard line. From there, Brees completed four consecutive passes, the last one a yard touchdown completion to running back Alvin Kamara , giving them their first lead of the game at 21—20 with 3: Undaunted, the Vikings stormed back, mainly on the strength of a yard Adam Thielen reception, moving the ball to the Saints yard line, where Forbath made a yard field goal that gave the team a 23—21 lead with 1: Brees was able to answer, throwing an yard pass to tight end Josh Hill , an yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr.
Minnesota eventually halted the drive on their own yard line, where Lutz kicked a yard field goal. The Vikings were now down 24—23 with 25 seconds and one timeout left.
After a touchback and a false start penalty put the ball on the yard line, Keenum completed a yard pass to Diggs on the yard line, where the team promptly called their last timeout.
Following two incomplete passes, they faced third-and with 10 seconds left. Williams was in front of Diggs when he made the catch, but while trying to make a tackle, he completely missed Diggs and instead collided with Crawley, leaving the receiver with no one around him.
Diggs nearly fell over at this point, but was able to stay on his feet by using his off-hand and stay in bounds as he ran all the way to the end zone for a yard touchdown completion to give the Vikings a 29—24 win.
After several minutes of pandemonium, the Vikings knelt on the extra point try to close out the victory. Keenum completed 25 of 40 passes for yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Diggs was the game's leading receiver with six receptions for yards and a touchdown. Like Keenum, Brees also finished the game of, but for yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Kamara rushed for 43 yards, while also catching six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. New England overcame a point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn the franchise's 10th Super Bowl appearance.
On the opening drive of the game, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed a yard pass to Brandin Cooks and a yard pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola on fourth-and-1 as the team drove 62 yards in 10 plays to score on Stephen Gostkowski 's yard field goal.
Following a pair of punts, Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles completed two passes to running back Corey Grant for 44 total yards as the team drove 76 yards in seven plays to take a 7—3 lead on a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis on the second play of the second quarter.
The next time they got the ball, Bortles completed all four pass attempts for 47 yards, one of them a yard completion to Allen Hurns , as the team drove 77 yards in 10 plays to score on Leonard Fournette 's four-yard touchdown run, increasing their lead to 14—3.
On the Jaguars' next drive, they moved the ball to a third-and-7 on the Patriots' yard line. Bortles completed a yard pass to Lewis that would have picked up a first down, but the team was flagged for a delay of game and Bortles was sacked by Adam Butler on the next play.
New England got the ball on their own yard line with 2: Church drew a yard penalty, and Gronkowski was escorted off for medical testing that determined that he had suffered a concussion.
Jacksonville received the second half kickoff and drove 39 yards in nine plays, with 20 yards from a reception by fullback Tommy Bohanon.
Josh Lambo finished the drive with a yard field goal, increasing his team's lead to 17— Later in the period, the Jaguars advanced 66 yards in 11 plays, including 18 yards on a completion from Bortles to Marqise Lee on third-and On the second play of the fourth quarter, Lambo scored with a yard field goal, making the score 20— The game seemed to be slipping away from New England, particularly on their ensuing drive when linebacker Myles Jack forced and recovered a fumble from Dion Lewis on a trick play in which Amendola completed a forward pass to Lewis on the Jacksonville yard line.
However, the New England defense rose to the occasion and forced a three-and-out. Taking the ball back on the Patriots' yard line, Brady started the drive with an yard pass to Cooks, and then converted a third-and with a yard completion to Amendola on the yard line.
From there, Brady completed passes to Phillip Dorsett for 31 yards and Amendola for 14 yards before finishing the drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Amendola, making the score 20— Following a pair of punts, Ryan Allen 's yard kick pinned the Jaguars back at their own yard line.
The Jaguars lost one yard over their next three plays, and then Amendola returned Brad Nortman 's yard punt 20 yards to the Jacksonville yard line with 4: From there, New England drove 30 yards in five plays, scoring on Brady's four-yard touchdown pass to Amendola to take a 24—20 lead with 2: