2. 🏈 More from Wild Card Weekend
For the third time ever, an NFL postseason round featured multiple OT games; for the second straight year, the Saints exited amid controversy; and for the first time in their lives, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill and Deshaun Watson won NFL playoff games.
Titans 20, Patriots 13: 31.4 million people watched Derrick Henry (182 rush yards, TD) wear down the defending champs, while Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee defense unleashed the hyenas.
- Fun fact: Ryan Tannehill has five career victories over Tom Brady, second only to Peyton Manning (six).
Texans 22, Bills 19 (OT): Three years after leading Clemson to a 14-point comeback win over Alabama in the 2017 national title game, Deshaun Watson performed another magic trick, rescuing the Texans from a 16-0 hole.
Vikings 26, Saints 20 (OT): Two years ago, the Saints' season ended on a miracle. Last year, it ended on a missed call. This year, controversy clouded the outcome once again — yet another tragic ending for Drew Brees, Sean Payton and company.
- Former NFL ref Terry McAulay: "It is illegal for an offensive player to extend his arm or arms and create clear separation from the defender. That was OPI."
- NFL VP of officiating Al Riveron: "There is contact by both players, but none of that contact rises to the level of a foul."
Seahawks 17, Eagles 9: Jadeveon Clowney knocked out Carson Wentz, then D.K. Metcalf (160 receiving yards, the most by any rookie in NFL playoff history) knocked out the Eagles.
- By the numbers: Seattle improved to 11-2 in one-score games this year, tying the 2015 Broncos for the most one-score wins in a season (Denver won the Super Bowl that year).
Looking ahead ... Divisional round preview, betting lines (ESPN)