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The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers sealed their spot in the next round of the NFL playoffs with two games remaining in the divisional round.
Saturday, however, was the time to celebrate the kickers.
Cincinnati and San Francisco each won on field goals as time expired, prompting a few unexpected matchups in the AFC and NFC championships.
Sunday’s action includes the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills traveling to the Kansas City Chiefs. The winners will face San Francisco and Cincinnati respectively.
Schedule of divisional rounds
AFC: Cincinnati Bengals 19, Tennessee Titans 16
NFC: San Francisco 49ers 13, Green Bay Packers 10
NFC: Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Sunday, 3 p.m. ET (NBC)
AFC: Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs; Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Bengals cut Titans on last kick
If you were supporting Tennessee in this game, the first offensive snap of the game could have been terrifying.
That’s fine, it seems.
Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions in a devastating loss for the top-seeded Titans. Derrick Henry returned from a foot injury that sidelined him for two months, but the Bengals rendered him mostly ineffective. Henry only passed for 62 yards on 20 carries.
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Cincinnati, meanwhile, made enough plays to claim a 19-16 victory on the road. Evan McPherson punched in four field goals, including a game-winning 52-yard field goal as time expired.
Tannehill’s last interception provided the decisive kick. He tried to fit a tight window pass to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, but the ball bounced into the hands of Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson.
Cincinnati knows he will be traveling next weekend, awaiting the winner of Sunday’s clash between Buffalo and Kansas City.
The 49ers do the same in Green Bay
Based on the first half of the game, conversely, it looked like the Packers might run away.
Green Bay walked the field on a 10-play, 69-yard touchdown. And the 49ers, literally, had no positive yards on offense until the second quarter. Jimmy Garoppolo even threw an interception in the red zone shortly before halftime.
But the fourth quarter belonged to the Niners.
Talanoa Hufanga landed a punt for an even touchdown with 4:41 remaining. After the defense forced a three-and-out, the offense relied on Deebo Samuel to set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning 45-yard field goal, again, when time expired.
San Francisco, like Cincinnati, will be on the road next Sunday. The winner of the showdown between Los Angeles and Tampa Bay will host the game.
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