NFL Playoffs 2021-2022 Featured Exciting, Too Close to Call Games

Raymond Castro, Opinion Editor

It is the end of the year for this fantastic NFL season. There were plenty of games that came down to one drive, from the beginning of the playoffs all the way through the Super Bowl.

The NFL started off the playoffs with the Las Vegas Raiders vs the Cincinnati Bengals. This game had many controversial plays. For example, Bengals QB Joe Burrow threw a touchdown moments after the referees called a dead play. Nonetheless, the Bengals still walked away with their first playoff win in 33 years. The final score was 26-19.

The dead-ball pass from Joe Burrow against the Las Vegas Raiders

Next came the Buffalo Bills vs. the New England Patriots and the two division foes faced off for the Saturday night playoff game. This was a landslide win for the Buffalo Bills. In this game, the Bills showed why they were the better team by putting up points in every quarter.  The final score wasn’t close, 47-17.

The Sunday playoff games started with the Philadelphia Eagles vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This game showed that Tom Brady wasn’t slowing down–no matter how much people said he would. The Buccaneers won the game, 31-15.

That was not the only game on Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys then hosted the San Francisco 49ers. This was a good game and came down to the final drive for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott decided to run one more play before the end of the game, and with a controversial run, they were not able to get the snap off and lost the game. The 49ers won the game 23-17.

Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott runs out the clock.

The Sunday Night game featured the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Kansas City Chiefs. This contest started off close, but soon it was clear that the Chiefs were the better team. This showed towards the end of the game and the Steelers made more mistakes and the Chiefs capitalized. The final score was 42-21 in favor of the Chiefs.

To finish off the Wild Card round, the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Arizona Cardinals battled against each other. The Rams showed why they were the better team, and they won by a blowout against the Cardinals. The final score was 34-11.

The Divisional Round came the next weekend. It started with a great game between the Bengals and the Tennessee Titans. This game came down to one last drive. The Bengals kicker (Evan McPherson) ended the game with a walk-off field goal kick. The final score was Bengals, 19-16. Next came the Green Bay Packers vs. the San Francisco 49ers. This game was a defensive struggle and the finish came down to the wire. The 49ers had a walk-off field goal and they beat the Packers 13-10. In the next game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Los Angeles Rams. This was a great game in which the Buccaneers almost completed a comeback to win the game. Yet the Rams kept the lead secure and the final score was 30-27. After this great game, the Buffalo Bills would go on the face the Kansas City Chiefs. This game was such a good game and ended in an overtime win for the Chiefs, 42-36.

The two Conference Championships came the following weekend. First was the Cincinnati Bengals vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. This was a fantastic game and ended with a walk-off field goal by the Bengals, 27-24. Next was the Los Angeles Rams vs. the San Francisco 49ers. This was a great game and had a very similar ending to the Bengals game. The Rams won the game 20-17.

Finally, the last game of the year was in sight. The Los Angeles Rams would face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl LVI. This was a great Super Bowl from start to finish. The Rams had more experience and it was obvious. The Bengals gave an amazing effort, but the Rams won their second Super Bowl, this time at home in Los Angeles.

Rams defensive back Von Miller holding the Lombardi trophy.