Another stunning week in the NFL playoffs has occurred. In both the AFC and the NFC, the number 1 and 2 seeds are competing to go to the Super Bowl. In the AFC, the New England Patriots are traveling to Denver to challenge the number one seed Broncos. For the NFC title, the Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals. After this weekend, we will see who will travel to San Francisco to play in Super Bowl 50.
The closest game out of the four this weekend was between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals had a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter until Aaron Rodgers completed a deep pass in fourth and twenty to keep their playoff hopes alive. They would have one more play to try to force overtime, and that would have to be the miracle that Packers fans thought would never happen again. Aaron Rodgers threw his second Hail Mary touchdown pass of the season. On the receiving end of the play was the unsung hero Jeff Janis.
All was going well and moment was on Green Bay’s side until the controversial coin toss, where the coin did not flip and it had to be redone. The Cardinals won the toss and on their first offensive possession, Larry Fitzgerald made an explosive play to bring the Cardinals down inside the five yard line. A play later, a little flip play to Fitzgerald gave the Cardinals a ticket to the NFC Championship game.
Meanwhile, the Panthers survived the Seahawks comeback with a final score of 31-24, and they will host the Arizona Cardinals next weekend. On the AFC side, the New England Patriots controlled their game against Kansas City Chiefs and took home a 27-20 victory. And finally, the Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers after being down most of the game.
The NFC Championship game will be the Arizona Cardinals at the Carolina Panthers, and the AFC Championship will be the New England Patriots at the Denver Broncos. We will see who will take on Super Bowl 50 after this weekend!