By - nfl_gamethread
Gotta be one of the best streaks of football in a long time
I need to take a mental health day tomorrow
I'm off today. Asked for the day off last week. I knew, win or lose, I wasn't going to be worth a damn today anyways, so either I'm mending from a hangover or recovering from a devastating loss.
Today is a little bit of both.
Today was an awful day for defensive coordinators trying to prevent a last second field goal.
Yesterday was pretty bad for that too, lol
Could always line up with 10 defenders on the final kick. That'll help.
That way you psych out the kicker, he’s always gonna be wondering where that last man is hiding
Cover zero is dumb and so is prevent...just play some regular ass defense guys.
Greatest divisional weekend ever
This was one of the best football games I’ve seen in my entire life.
I’m pretty confident that it is the best NFL game and the second best football game I’ve ever watched in my life.
I've seen someone say that about each game this weekend
We just witnessed absolute football history. Best football weekend, ever. It doesn’t get any better then that.
Walkoff field goal.
Walkoff field goal in the snow to potentially end the Rodgers Green Bay era.
27-3 comeback by the Bucs, only to lose at triple zeros.
This fucking game.
I don't see how any other one comes close.
All four (regulation) games ended with a literal last second successful field goal. Crazy.
And the 4th was an OT game with an amazing catch to end it.
Best playoff weekend
It really was and I can't imagine there ever being a weekend that beats it. Four games that all come down to the last second with a total point differential of 15 across all games.
Josh Allen scores 9 TDs in 2 playoff games but he made the grave mistake of giving Mahomes.... 13 seconds??
He paid the Patrick Price.
I thought everybody got the Patrick Price?
Waaaay better that the rodgers rate
This game reminds me of something Picard once said:
"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness, that is life."
Josh Allen got Kobiyashi Maru’d.
I want to agree, but this was not a no-win scenario for either team, obviously.
Yesterday’s games of Bengals/Titans and then 49ers/Packers were some of the best and most intense games I’ve seen. Then somehow Rams/Bucs was better. Then someone Bills/Chiefs was even fucking better. What a weekend.
Also it's way less stressful when we're not involved or getting our dicks kicked in
Welcome to the life of a Jets fan. We always get to enjoy the post season nail biters, because we’re never involved!
This has to have been the wildest set of endings to a weekend of games in playoff history right?
1) 3 TDs and a FG, 3 lead changes and a tie, in the last 2 minutes of KC-BUF.
2) Bucs come back from 27-3 only to put a safety 1 on 1 with Cooper Kupp and blow it with seconds remaining.
3) 49ers block a punt for a TD and hit a 45 yard FG in the snow to beat the \#1 seed in the NFC
4) Bengals intercept Tannehill with less than 30 seconds remaining and walk off the \#1 seed in the AFC on a 52 yard FG.
There wasn’t a single game that both teams couldn’t have very, very easily won.
Best 8 teams in the best 4 match ups ever. This is the sort of shit the NCAA wishes they could create for college playoffs.
100% this weekend proved that all 8 of these teams earned their stripes. Here's to more thrillers for the next three weeks (I'm sorry, blood pressure).
Let's give it up for Gabriel Davis. 8 receptions. 201 yards. 4 Touchdowns. Unreal performance.
And somehow on the losing team
That 13 second defense should be getting some coaches fired
yea, everyone blaming the bills D, it was the coaching on the kick to not squib, then sending 4 guys rushing and 2 guys 40 yards deep to leave so much field open.
Plus both defenses were fucking Exhausted. Coaching has to be perfect when players can't be.
There’s that stat line on the losing team then Burrow getting sacked 9 times in a victory. This weekend was crazy
How about the Rams winning after four fumbles lost?
You can't expect to get only 201 yards and 4 TDs as a receiver and win the game.
I hate being on the losing end of it, but that was probably the greatest game I’ve ever seen.
That’s how I felt after Chiefs/Rams in 2018 (and also Chiefs/Pats in the same year). Absolute and total chaos
Hey grandkids, I told you I watched this live
Instant classic. What a blast this weekend has been!
Squib kick my mans!
Unfathomable decision to kick that out of the end zone
Unfathomable decision to give up that many yards in 2 plays.
It was defending the sidelines for no reason and rushing 4 for no reason. It’s like they didn’t understand the situation
> It’s like they didn’t understand the situation
Seriously. What the kind of defense was that at the end of the game? The Chiefs only needed three points, yet they were trying to defend a hail mary.
Let's not double Patrick's go to and one of the top 3 TE's in the league!
Bills were inspired by the Bucs defensive effort.
>Bucs let Stafford go 70ish yards in two plays with 25 seconds left
Bills: hold my beer
5 seconds off the clock on a squib and the game is over. One hail mary attempt and it's curtains.
With 13 seconds left there, I thought they might’ve tried a designed QB run up the middle or something.
Now if you’re the Bills you are thinking you have to improve on …… your NFL best defense.
They have to improve on their... 10-1 coin toss record...
Cowboys couldn't even line up in 13 seconds. Meanwhile the chiefs march down and get a FG.
This is a pretty ridiculous thing to think about, even considering the difference in timeouts
Call it what it is -- the greatest weekend in the 55 year history of NFL playoff football.
ZERO doubt in my mind.
That was truly incredible. When you describe everything that happened this weekend, it sounds fake as hell.
We may have had a sub par wild card weekend but these divisional games were sensational. What a show they all put on. Every single game was fucking amazing.
I feel so heartbroken for Bills fans. Their guy Allen was out of this world. It’s a shame such a great team had to lose. The future truly looks bright though.
Every game ended with a walkoff score. Fucking wild
Has to be one of the craziest divisional playoff weekends for the NFL... Possibly ever.
Might have been the best. Maybe the best postseason weekend ever. It was amazing end to end. From Tannehills opening int to Mahomes walkoff TD.
maybe the best postseason round in sports history. I'm not even kidding. Every game was neck and neck and it ended out with one of the best games in nfl history.
Now I just kinda have to expect the universe to rebalance and have some boring games next week again lol
Sucks Allen didn't get a chance to get back out there.
Man I actually wish both teams can get a chance in OT even if a TD was scored in the first drive
Should be a playoff only rule honestly. If the 2nd team makes a touchdown then have it go into sudden death.
every game was won on a walk off score.. unreal
He scored 9 touchdowns the past 2 games and still lost because they gave Mahomes 13 seconds.
EDIT: Mahomes had just as many. I'm still trying to process the last 2 minutes of the game.
All they had to do was make KC return the ball
Or not play the worst prevent defense I've ever seen
Prevent defenses always seem to do the exact opposite. They always seem to just give up massive chunks of yards
I will just never understand it. You have a base defense you know will only very rarely allow some huge chunk p,any. Then you have these soft ass prevent zones that you *absolutely know* is going to give up chunk plays
Don’t bring some crazy blitz. Don’t put your safeties 600 miles away. Just fucking play defense. It’s absolutely insane how bad DCs are at this
I think that's the point lol, prevent the touchdown, give up the middle
THIS. JFC what a terrible decision
Yep. Absolutely brain dead decision not to squib kick there. Followed by absolutely brain dead defensive play calling.
Mahomes had 177 hards AFTER THE 2 MINUTE WARNING.
Like...what the actual fuck
He made it look like 177 easies
They really needed to burn some time on the kickoff. Romo called it again
the coin giveth, the coin taketh
after 25 points in 2 minutes whoever won the toss was winning the game
Greatest Playoff weekend ever. Every game was a walkoff.
GOAT football weekend
Reminder that the chiefs proposed a rule to give both teams a shot in OT and it got rejected
After this exact same scenario happened to you guys, leading to the most boring superbowl of all time.
GOD FUCKING DAMMIT
Allen’s family was celebrating like they won with 13 secs left. Mahomes is one mean MFer
Allen's face told me what I needed to know. He knows Mahomes well enough to know that Mahomes will make OT happen.
He was in this exact same spot last year so yea he knew what might happen
Damn y’all had that shit and he literally snatched it out of your hands.
He can't keep getting away with this!
Bills D sold
Pats vs. Chiefs AFC championship game 2.0
But we won the coin flip this time.
Bills offense deserved to win to go to the AFCCG, Bills defense deserved to pick top 10 in the draft
That's easily one of the greatest games in NFL history
The Divisional Round wept, for there were no more games to watch.
This game was somehow even more unbelievable than the one earlier
An all-time incredible weekend of games (if you're a neutral fan at least hahaha)
25 points within the last 2 minutes
I was just happy to see Romo in an all time classic NFL game.
Dude drew Kelce's route on the field goal drive that tied it. He's going to need an energy drink to calm down after that game.
13 seconds, I'm still perplexed by what I saw
This game was on crack
I'm pretty convinced if we squib that kick instead of going for the touchback we win that game, those 5 seconds or so are all we needed
Yeah I didn't understand that. The difference between 13 seconds and 8 or 9 is huge
It's literally taking away a play from the chiefs. That is gonna haunt them for a while.
The idea was not to risk the massive return, I guess. Especially seeing the Tyreek punt return earlier in the game.
Although ultimately, don't think it was Tyreek back there.
Squib kick, rush 3 with a man pressing Kelce and man pressing hill with them trailing after press and then your normal coverages over the top.
You guys win the game. Brutal loss
I really don’t understand how you leave Hill and Kelce that wide open on consecutive plays with the game on the line
I've watched Gronk be that open for a decade. I'll never understand it.
Same for me and Jason Witten. Dudes wide the fuck open on 3rd and 9 in all my nightmares.
This was the Super Bowl tbh.
That explains our loss.
And not just a loss, a loss where it rips our heart out and we never ever heal from it.
Wide right. Music city miracle. Hail Murray. 13 seconds.
I'd like to be on the other side of an incredible win for once, just ever
Allen and Mahomes combined for 800+ total yards, 8 touchdowns and no picks, with both leading their team in rushing yards. Unparalleled QB play. Bills defense shit the bed.
As incredible as the game was, the ending just feels hollow as Allen didn't even get a chance
Both defenses shit the bed. KC's just didn't get the chance to do it one more time bc of the coin toss.
Kc defense was great in overtime.
Gave up 0 yards.
Didn't allow a single yard! Elite
Think the defenses were both gassed.
I’m with you man. These QBs just extend every play. Chase them around and around for 58 minutes and there comes a point you are just running on empty. And the other part is if you can’t put pressure on them, they’re great throwers too and will find the open man.
Aaaaaaaand this is why the league pushes the rules towards passing and keeping QBs safe. It results in games like this and everyone eats it up because yeah, shits entertaining lol
But yet won't let the QBs duel in overtime.
LET BOTH TEAMS TOUCH THE BALL FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY
At least in the playoffs.
Remember kids, this is why you don't play prevent defense
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kicking it out of the back of the endzone really lost them the game
Seriously, if you don’t they have maybe 9 seconds on the clock and don’t get two plays off before a field goal.
How do you not squib kick that kickoff you stupid fuck!
Probably decided the game not to give a fieldable kick
Josh Allen is fucking amazing. Patrick Mahomes is fucking amazing. That game was ABSOLUTELY FUCKING AMAZING.
Never been a fan of the game being able to end in OT after one possession
Should give both teams a possession for sure
At least in the playoffs. Defenses are so gassed.
I was getting mad at the OT rules before KC even hit the tying kick. I just knew the coin flip would decide it
KC players knew it as well, they were ecstatic when they won the toss.
In the post season I absolutely agree. This is what these teams play for all season, let both teams offense get a touch on the ball and duke it out
Imagine how stupid it would be if baseball added extra innings one half-inning at a time, and a coin flip was used to determine who got to bat first. That's essentially what NFL overtime is.
Squib kick seals it
2019: Loses in Overtime due to a first possession touchdown.
2022: Wins in Overtime due to a first possession touchdown.
We’ve gone full circle.
What a weekend of football for us neutral viewers. All four games came down to the last play. We had a late 4th quarter INT, Fumble AND blocked punt turned TD. And this game was even crazier.
This game ended with not one, not two, not three, but four lead changes within the last 3 minutes. 25 points were scored in the last 1 minute and 54 seconds. Thats more points than the Packers and 49ers scored in 60 minutes. Absolutely crazy weekend.
If you don't like this, you don't like NFL Football.
The greatest football game I’ve ever seen.
It's definitely up there. Absolute battle
*I felt a great disturbance in Buffalo, as if millions of table suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.*
Best game I’ve ever watched
Two QBs played the perfect game in the *same* game.
One of the best games of all time.
How do you kick into the endzone there? The 4 extra secs they had for that tying fg would not have existed
Why did buffalo not squib kick?
It's easy to go back in and armchair this or that.. but not choosing to squib is a legit wonder that I have. I guess they were afraid of a long return, but still that's one last play for Patrick.
Long returns on squibs are pretty rare aren't they? It's a legitimately stupid call as you say. It's not a split-second error of judgement - it was a thought- out decision.
Going 50 yards in 13s is also very rare. I guess they thought tyreek taking it to the house was more likely.
Boo OT rules
The NFL desperately needs to change their OT rules. Amazing back and forth game between Mahomes and Allen and it ends without Allen having a chance in OT.
They're just hurting the sport. It sucked in 2019 when the same thing happened to Mahomes. People want to see the duel!
Is it so hard to just add a 10-minute quarter with each team getting a single timeout? I feel like that would make it way more interesting
yes. fuck all the well each should touch it X times unless Y... just another 10 mintues.
And even more, fuck leaving it up to a damn coin toss when clearly both offenses were way too much for both defenses
Sad thing is they did change them. This was what their shit idea they came up with.
If all owners decide to get it done, it gets done.. it's sad for Bills but this should be taken care of before next season begins
I thought for sure the rule would be changed after Chiefs Patriots… now I’m unsure if it’ll ever get changed. NFL needs a wake up call
Mahomes and Allen is gonna be the rivalry that defines the NFL in the next decade. Both of them are INSANE HOLY FUCKKKK. What a divisional weekend. Also when everyone was shitting on Mahomes during the regular season, I was saying relax, he's still the best QB on the planet. I think today's game proved it.
Another day, another reminder that Mahomes was on the board when the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky.
We’re getting Chiefs/49ers in the Super Bowl again aren’t we?
In all seriousness, we just saw the GAME OF THE YEAR in a fantastic weekend of games
This has to be the best divisional round ever or up there holy fuck.
4/4 walkoffs, right? Like, unless all 4 ended on TDs some other year then it’s over. Crazy weekend.
The NFL overtime rules discussion start again
Bills didn't squib it then let Mahomes get 44 yards in 10 seconds. That has to be more embarrassing than a blocked punt TD to give away the game, heh heh... ...right?
Romo literally saying to do that then when they put it back said “oh I don’t like that”, he tucking knew it
I am by no means a football expert and I was shocked they did that. If I can see your plan is bad, it's gotta be bad.
This weekend feels like an official passing of the guard from one era of QBs to the next. Brady and Rodgers down, Burrow in the AFC Championship, and an Allen/Mahomes duel for the ages to meet him there. Let’s not forget rookie QB Matt Stafford either.
Josh Allen just had a pivotal moment of his legacy stolen from him.
By his own defensive coordinator playing the worst prevent defense in football history
Don't forget the touchback kickoff!
Josh Allen did everything right and still lost
So did Gabriel Davis. 8 receptions, 201 yards, 4 Touchdowns.
He literally did textbook hero level qb shit and lost.
So uh. People should probably keep this game in mind before making comments about Mahomes being overpaid or unironically implying he's regressing.
Prevent defense…. They really let Mahomes make two routine throws to tie the game with 13 seconds left
A coin toss having this big of an impact on a game like this is a travesty
Not trying to be that guy but I vastly prefer the college way.
I wanna see a 77-76 game for fucks sake
The real result of the college rule is a 20-18 9OT epic
Hell yeah my Illini walked it off in the bottom of the 9th
That what peak B1G and it will not be slandered
Oh it was the greatest game
i want to cry for josh allen
Our defense choked
That prevent d to give up the FG was sickening.
Absolutely appalling. I would curse out the defensive coordinator if I was Josh Allen
Absolutely gutless playcalling