NFL Divisional Round Recaps 2019 NFL Divisional Round Game Recaps: Indianapolis Colts 11-7-0 13 VS Kansas City Chiefs 13-4-0 31 Final, Dallas Cowboys 11-7-0 22 VS Los Angeles Rams 14-3-0 30 Final, Los Angeles Chargers 13-5-0 28 VS New England Patriots 12-5-0 41 Final, Philadelphia Eagles 10-8-0 14 VS New Orleans Saints 14-3-0 20 Final

2019 NFL Divisional Round Game Recaps



Patrick Mahomes was looking for his first win at home in the 2019 NFL Playoffs.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 13, 2018.




6. Indianapolis Colts 11-7-0
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1. Kansas City Chiefs 13-4-0strong>


Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-This game was snowing in Kansas City. Indianapolis has two wins in Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City also has two wins in Arrowhead Stadium in the post-season.


Dee Ford made a tackle for a loss on first down. Indianapolis did a great job run blocking on second down for Marlon Mack. Eric Ebron dropped a pass on third down. That forced Indianapolis to punt to Kansas City.


Kansas City got a rushing touchdown thanks to Damien Williams. Kansas City led 7-0. Tyreek Hill scored on a 36-yard rushing touchdown. Kansas City led 14-0 after one quarter of play.


Kansas City got a field goal to take a 17-0 lead. Indianapolis got their only touchdown off a blocked punt which was recovered for a touchdown.


Kansas City a rushing touchdown thanks to Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City led 24-7 at halftime.


Neither team scored in the third quarter. Kansas City led 24-7 after three quarters of play.


Kansas City got a rushing touchdown thanks to Damien Williams. Kansas City led 7-0. Tyreek Hill scored on a 36-yard rushing touchdown. Kansas City led 14-0 after one quarter of play.


Kansas City got a field goal to take a 17-0 lead. Indianapolis got their only touchdown off a blocked punt which was recovered for a touchdown.


Kansas City a rushing touchdown thanks to Patrick Mahomes. Adam Vinatieri missed an easy field goal, the shortest of his career heading into halftime. Kansas City led 24-7 at halftime.


Neither team scored in the third quarter. Darius Leonard recovered a fumble for the Indianapolis Colts late in the third quarter with 54 seconds left. Kansas City led 24-7 after three quarters of play.


Andrew Luck fumbled it in the fourth quarter. Kansas City recovered the fumble.


Indianapolis made a defensive stop to keep Patrick Mahomes from running up the score. Steven Nelson dropped an easy interception at boundary cornerback that would have resulted in a pick 6 and sealed the fate of the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis punted the football back to Kansas City.


Kenny Moore sacked Patrick Mahomes on third down. That forced the Kansas City Chiefs to punt the football to the Indianapolis Colts.


Dee Ford blitzed Andrew Luck and got pressure on Braden Smith. Marlon Mack gained 21-rushing yards on the play for the first down. Ryan Kelly made an awesome block at center. Kelly got injured on the block where he pushed safety Daniel Sorensen aside. Marlon Mack nearly ran for another first down.


Andrew Luck underthrew a pass. That set up a second and ten situation with 7:24 left in the game. Nyheim Hines ran for a first down.


Andrew Luck threw a pass into coveage. Eric Ebron appeared wide open. Eric Murray powerbombed the leg of Nyheim Hines. Indianapolis missed another third down conversion. The Indianapolis Colts are now 0/8 on third down conversions.


Chester Rogers kept the Indianapolis Colts alive with that fourth down conversion. Andrew Luck threw a touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. That drive was a 4-play 62-yard drive that took up 5 minutes and 11 seconds. Adam Vinateri was 70/70 on extra points in his post-season career. This was the first extra point Vinatieri missed. Kansas City led 24-13 With 5:31 left in the game.


Kansas City recovered a squib kick that appeared to be an onside kick. Damien Williams ran for a first down. Williams had another run. Indianapolis took their first timeout. Indianapolis burned a second timeout on third and three. Kenny Moore continued to build on his fantastic wild card game against the Houston Texans. His deflection set up a fourth and three forcing Kansas City to punt it.


Indianapolis got penalized on the punt. Kansas City got the ball back. Damien Williams continued to run the football effectively. Patrick Mahomes pushed his running back in the end zone. Kansas City led 31-13 with 2:23 left in the game.


Andrw Luck nearly threw a touchdown to T.Y. Hilton. Andrew Luck threw a screen pass. Andrew Luck caught the snap from shotgun formation on fourth down as time expired. It felt like Andrew Luck caught a timebomb except the timebomb eliminated the Indianapolis Colts from the playoffs rather then a timebomb that blew Luck up.


Kansas City won 31-13. Kansas City will host their first AFC Championship game next week.


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes won player of the game. Patrick Mahomes went 27/41 with 278 passing yards, 8 rushing yards, 286 total yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Mahomes avoided throwing any interceptions and played well enough to guide the Kansas City Chiefs to a victory.





4. Dallas Cowboys 11-7-0
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2. Los Angeles Rams 14-3-0


Game Recap: LOS ANGELES-The Los Angeles Rams wore the same blue and yellow uniforms they wore when the St. Louis Rams won Super Bowl 34 in Atlanta. Also the cornerback tandem of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib returned for this game.


Los Angeles kicked a field goal. Los Angeles gained a 3-0 lead.


Ezekiel Elliott got a first down on fourth and one. A penalty by field cornerback Marcus Peters allowed Dallas to gain an additional 15-yards. Dak Prescott followed that up with a touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. Ezekiel Elliott displayed excellent pass protection on that play. Dallas led 7-3 after that touchdown.


Todd Gurley ran two plays in a row. Jared Goff threw a first down to Robert Woods. Jared Goff threw a pass to Brandin Cooks. That set up a fourth and one. Jared Goff ran for three rushing yards on a quarterback keeper. Josh Reynolds ran for 9-rushing yards on a trick play. C.J. Anderson gained 15-rushing yards on the lay to set up a huge first down. Jared Goff threw a 9-yard pass to Robert Woods. Maliek Collins had a loss for one. That set up a third and two for the Los Angeles Rams. Dallas led 7-3 after one quarter of play.


Jared Goff threw what appeared to be a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks. The touchdown would be reviewed and overturned setting up an incomplete pass. Los Angeles had to settle for another field goal. Dallas led 7-6.


Dallas punted it to the Los Angeles Rams. Los Angeles drove it downfield. C.J. Anderson got a rushing touchdown. Los Angeles led 13-7 with 7 minutes left in the first half.


Dallas got stopped. Todd Gurley ran for a rushing touchdown. Los Angeles took a 20-7 lead.


Ezekiel Elliott ran for a first down. That run took this game to the two minute warning.


Ezekiel Elliott breaks a tackle by Michael Brockers. Aqib Talib brought down Ezekiel Elliott lining up at field cornerback. Dak Prescott threw a pass to Michael Gallup. Michael Gallup dropped an easy pass. Dallas was in field goal range only to watch a sack take them out of field goal range. Los Angeles led 20-7 at halftime.


Los Angeles kicked another field goal. Los Angeles led 23-7.


Michael Gallup gained 27-receiving yards on that completion from Dak Prescott. Dak Prescott threw an incomplete pass. Michael Gallup is just short of a first down. That set up a fourth and one. Ezekiel Elliott ran it for a first down. A holding penalty by Connor Williams at left guard where he held Aaron Donald cost the Dallas Cowboys ten yards. Michael Gallup caught a pass at the Los Angeles Rams two yard line. That set up a first and goal for Dallas.


Ezekiel Elliott ran hoping to pound it in. That set up a second and goal. Ezekiel Elliott got a rushing touchdown with 5:20 left in the third quarter. Dallas would go for the extra point rather then kick the two point conversion. Now Dallas would take the field goal unit off and now decided to go for the two point conversion. Dak Prescott threw a two point conversion to Amari Cooper. Los Angeles led 23-15.


Jared Goff threw a first down to Josh Reynolds. Los Angeles had to punt it to Dallas.


Dak Prescott threw a completion to Cole Beasley. Beasley got a key first down for Dallas late in the third quarter. Aaron Donald stopped Ezekiel Elliott for a tackle for a loss. Dak Prescott threw an incomplete pass. That set up a third and fourteen. Dak Prescott threw a pass to Noah Brown. Los Angeles led 23-15 after three quarters of play.


Los Angeles made a defensive stop on fourth down. Los Angeles got the ball back.


Jared Goff handed off some running plays to C.J. Anderson. Jared Goff threw a first down to Robert Woods. Byron Jones stopped Todd Gurley on the run. Jared Goff threw another pass to Robert Woods. Brandin Cooks ran for a first down on a trick play. Anderson gets stopped on first and goal to set up a second and goal situation. Anderson gets stopped again setting up a third and goal situation. Jared Goff scrambled on third and goal. Tht set up a fourth and goal opportunity. Los Angeles burned their second timeout after losing the first timeout on a challenge. C.J. Anderson go a rushing touchdown. Los Angeles led 30-15.


Los Angeles made a defensive stop and got the ball back. Dallas made a defensive stop and got the ball back. Dak Prescott escaped the pocket on fourth and three. A pass interference penalty by Aqib Talib on fourth down which led to the Dallas Cowboys getting a new set of downs. Ezekiel Elliott ran it, but got stopped. That made it second and goal. Dak Prescott ran it in for a touchdown. Los Angeles led 30-22.


Dallas burned a timeout. Los Angeles ran the clock down to the two minute warning. Jared Goff scrambled for a first down. Dallas burned their second timeout. Dallas burned their last timeout with 1:46 left in the game.


Los Angeles won 30-22. Both C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley had over 100 rushing yards and at least 1 rushing touchdown.


Running back Todd Gurley was my player of the game. Todd Gurley had 16 carries, 115 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown.





5. Los Angeles Chargers 13-4-0
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2. New England Patriots 11-5-0


Game Recap: NEW ENGLAND-Forrest Lamp was the only inactive for the Los Angeles Chargers at right guard. Right tackle Joseph Barksdale got waived by the Los Angeles Chargers. Los Angeles has the better left tackle and pass rushers. They lack the balance on the right side of the offensive line so it will be interesting to see if they can upset the New England Patriots.


Tom Brady threw a 6-yard third down conversion to Julian Edelman. Tom Brady threw a couple of completions to his running backs. He threw a 9-yard completion to Sony Michel and then followed that up with a 10-yard completion to James White as both of Brady's top two running backs caught receptions from Brady. Brady would go back to James White with a 17-yard completion. Sony Michel ran for a gain of 11-rushing yards. Tom Brady would throw a 6-yard completion to James White on third down. A defensive pass interference penalty by Casey Heyward where he grabbed Rob Gronkowski on third down gave New England another third down conversion. Sony Michel ran it in for a touchdown. New England capped this drive off with 5 first downs, 2 third down conversions, 1 pass interference penalty thanks to Casey Heyward grabbing Rob Gronkowski, and a rushing touchdown by Sony Michel. New England led 7-0 thanks to a 14-play 75-yard drive that lasted 7 minutes and 11 seconds. Tom Brady went 7/8 on that drive.


Melvin Gordon ran for a gain of nothing. Philip Rivers threw an incomplete pass. A delay of game penalty on third down made it third and fifteen for the Los Angeles Chargers. Rivers threw a three yard completion. Melvin Gordon ran for a gain of 8-yards on a first down. Philip Rivers threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen. That would tie the game at 7-7.


Sony Michel ran for a gain of 12-rushing yards. Tom Brady threw a 14-yard completion to Julian Edelman for a first down. Tom Brady threw a 28-yard p[ass to Julian Edelman. Sony Michel ran for a 14-yard rushing touchdown. New England led 14-7.


Melvin Gordon only gained 1-rushing yard. Philip Rivers threw back-to-back incompletions. That was the first defensive stop of the game by either team. New England kept Rivers in check and got the ball back.


Tom Brady threw for 110-passing yards in the first quarter. Julian Edelman caught a first down to end the first quarter. New England led 14-7 after one quarter of play.


Tom Brady drove New England downfield. Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Philip Dorsett. New England led 21-7 after scoring touchdowns on all of their first three drives.


Mike Williams caught a first down. Philip Rivers got hit by Patrick Chung on a third down. Devin McCourty did a great job in coverage on third down. Los Angeles had to punt it to New England.


Sony Michel had a 40-yard run. That set up a rushing touchdown where Rex Burkhead ran it in. New England was 4/4 when scoring on drives. New England led 28-7.


Sony Michel scored a third rushing touchdown. New England led 35-7 at halftime.


New England got a field goal in the third quarter thanks to a 14-play 57-yard drive that lasted 7 minutes and 22 seconds. New England led 38-7.


Los Angeles responded with a 10-play 52-yard drive that lasted 5 minutes and 15 seconds. Melvin Gordon got a rushing touchdown. New England led 38-14 after three quarters of play.


New England scored on their first drive of the fourth quarter. That would be their final score of the game. New England led 41-14.


Both teams went three and out after New England made it a 41-14 game. Philip Rivers threw a touchdown to Virgil Green and a two point conversion to Keenan Allen. New England led 41-22.


The Los Angeles Chargers held New England to another three and out. Philip Rivers tried to drive the Los Angeles Chargers downfield. He was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore who gave New England fantastic field position. A holding penalty by left guard Joe Thuney kept New England from expanding their lead and allowed the Chargers to make a third consecutive three and out. Los Angeles burned all of their timeouts.


Philip Rivers put together another drive. He threw a 14-yard completion to Antonio Gates on fourth and ten. Adrian Clayborn sacked Rivers on second and three. That did not seem to matter as Rivers threw a 19-yard completion to Tyrell Williams on third and eight. Rivers would cap the drive off by throwing a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates. The Los Angeles Chargers missed the two point conversion despite having a two minute drive.


New England ran out the clock. New England won 41-28.


Tom Brady did well today going 34/44 with 343 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Julian Edelman had 9 receptions for 151 receiving yards. James White had 17 receptions for 97 receiving yards too. None of those three were my player of the game despite getting honorable mentions.


My player of the game was running back Sony Michel. Sony Michel had 24 carries, 129 rushing yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns in his NFL playoff debut. Michel was known for doing well during the 2018 College Football Playoff. Michel did well in New England's first playoff game.


New England made their eighth consecutive AFC Championship game. They will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday Night.





6. Philadelphia Eagles 10-8-0
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1. New Orleans Saints 14-3-0


Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-New Orleans defeated the defending Super Bowl Champions earlier in the season. Last time they faced Carson Wentz. This time around they faced Nick Foles.


This was a tale of two quarterbacks in the first quarter. Drew Brees began this game 0/3 with an interception. Nick Foles began the game 8/9 with 113 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown, and 2 total touchdowns.


Alvin Kamara began the drive with a 14-yard run. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan got penalized. Drew Brees fumbled the football and recovered it when he had a miscommunication problem with center Max Unger. Malcom Jenkins tackled Brees on the play. Drew Brees threw a 9-yard pass to Michael Thomas. Brees went back to Thomas for a 21-yard completion. That kept the drive alive as Brees pass protection up front did an awesome job with Terron Armstead at left tackle, Andrus Peat at left guard, Max Unger at center, Larry Warford at right guard, and Ryan Ramczyk at right tackle buying Drew Brees time in the pocket on that third down conversion.


Mark Ingram ran for 2-rushing yards. Cre'von LeBlanc deflected a pass. Brandon Graham forced a fumble. Graham got by left tackle Terron Armstead. Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk recovered the fumble. That fumble negated a third down conversion. New Orleans would punt the football to Philadelphia.


Philadelphia watched Nick Foles throw an interception to Marshon Lattimore. Philadelphia led 14-0 after one quarter of play.


Taysom Hill ran for a fourth down conversion on fourth and one. He got it and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, the heart and soul of the Philadelphia Eagles defense, got injured on the play. Drew Brees threw a 42-yard pass to Michael Thomas. Alvin Kamara ran for a third down conversion on third and one by obtaining a 7-yard gain on the ground. Drew Brees threw a completion to Michael Thomas on third and goal. Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass on fourth and goal. Philadelphia led 14-7.


Nick Foles threw it away on third down. Philadelphia would have to punt it to New Orleans after failing to get the third down conversion.


Drew Brees fakes a handoff to Mark Ingram. He called a play action pass and fired a short pass to tight end Josh Hill. Michael Thomas made a great catch. Nigel Bradham the 4-3 right outside linebacker on the Philadelphia Eagles made a critical tackle by Bradham to force a third down. Chris Long and Timmy Jernigan gang tackled Drew Brees as both players got a 0.5 sack. New Orleans would punt it to Philadelphia.


Will Lutz kicked a field goal. Philadelphia led 14-10 at halftime.


Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the third quarter. New Orleans took the lead and led 17-14. New Orleans led 17-14 after three quarters of play.


Will Lutz got a field goal in the fourth quarter. New Orleans won 20-14.


Wide receiver Michael Thomas was my player of the game with 12 receptions, 171 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.


Field cornerback Marshon Lattimore also did exceptionally well. Like Michael Thomas who went to Ohio State, this Buckeye also stepped up against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday limiting Alshon Jeffrey to 5 receptions for 63 receiving yards on 8 targets as well as having 2 deflections from pass breakups and 2 interceptions.


You could honestly make a case for either Michael Thomas or Marshon Lattimore. I went with Thomas because he put New Orleans ahead, but both former Ohio State Buckeyes on the New Orleans Saints stepped up in this game.


New Orleans will host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday afternoon. The winner of that game will be the NFC Champion.






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