2017 NFL Wild Card Game Recaps
Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb hope for a big day against the New York Giants.
Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 8, 2017.
Game Recap: HOUSTON-Connor Cook is starting for the Oakland Raiders at quarterback. Brock Osweiler is starting for Houston with Tom Savage out.
Houston got the ball to start the game. The Texans were hoping to avenge their loss to the Raiders in Mexico. Left guard Xavier Sua'Filo opened up a huge running lane that allowed Lamar Miller to run for 3 rushing yards. Osweiler sold the play action pass. Lamar Miller could not catch the pass setting up third and seven.
Ryan Griffin executed a critical third down conversion as Houston's #2 tight end. That kept the drive alive for Houston. Lamar Miller had a 7-yard run thanks to the run blocking of right tackle Chris Clark. Osweiler had tremendous pass blocking by left tackle Duane Brown and right tackle Chris Clark. They gave Osweiler to connect with Ryan Griffin again.
Houston struggled after that completion to Ryan Griffin. Oakland did a great job keeping Osweiler from getting Houston in field goal range. Both Brown and Clark gave up blitzes to Oakland's defensive ends even with Jihad Ward out. Former Raider Shane Lechler punted to Oakland. Houston's first drive took up 3 minutes and 42 seconds, but no score to show for it.
Connor Cook was backed up at his own 7-yard line. Cook made his NFL starting debut against the Texans. Left guard Kelechi Osmele opened up a good hole for Latavius Murray. That set up a second and nine. Jadeveon Clowney swatted a pass on second down. Cook is lucky that Clowney did not return that for a pick 6. Cook threw a screen pass to Amari Cooper, but Houston reacted to it very quickly to make a stop on third down. Houston had a great three and out and kept Oakland from having the football for less than two minutes on their opening drive.
Houston got the ball back. Free safety Reggie Nelson did a great job blitzing DeAndre Hopkins even though Hopkins made his first reception of the game. Strong safety Karl Joseph made a critical tackle to prevent a third down conversion. Houston summoned Nick Novak even though Oakland made a great defensive stop going three and out. I questioned the decision to kick a field goal, but Novak barely got the field goal in. Houston led 3-0.
Oakland only gained one yard on a run. Romeo Crennel has been brilliant disgusing these linebackers. He has 3-4 middle linebackers Bernardrick McKinley and Brian Cushing each line up on the edge at outside linebacker while Whitney Mercilus lined up at 3-4 middle linebacker. Jadeveon Clowney had an interception after tipping a pass on the first drive. Oakland needs to be glad they only trail 3-0 right now.
Lamar Miller ran it into the end zone. Houston now has 7 points off of Oakland turnovers. Houston took a 10-0 lead following that Lamar Miller rushing touchdown.
Connor Cook completed a pass to Michael Crabtree after I joked about the Raiders putting Crabtree in at quarterback since Crabtree is the quarterback if Cook goes down. D.J. Reader the rookie out of Clemson made a huge sack on Connor Cook. Cook does not have Donald Penn at left tackle. Menelik Watson who missed most of the season is in at left tackle. The rest of Oakland's starters on their offensive line including left guard Kelechi Osmele, center Rodney Hudson, right guard Gabe Jackson,a nd right tackle Austin Howard are healthy.
It looked like Crabtree caught the football. It was ruled an incomplete pass. Oakland challenged the third down hoping for a third down conversion. The call was ruled an incomplete pass.
Houston could not extend their lead. Oakland got the ball back. Oakland had excellent field possition following the punt. A first down from Connor Cook to tight end Clive Walford set up first and goal. Latavis Murray did a great job running through left guard Kelechi Osmele and right guard Gabe Jackson. Murray ran it into the end zone on the next play after an excellent block by Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson. That score made it a 10-7 game.
Brock Osweiler fumbled a snap. Houston was lucky to recover. Houston led 10-7 after one quarter. Both teams would go into the second quarter with Houston having a third and twelve to convert.
Khalil Mack stopped Will Fuller on a snap. That set up a fourth down as Houston had to punt the ball to Oakland.
Connor Cook sold the play action so well. Cook threw a completion to Michael Crabtree. Jadevon Clowney limited Latavius Murray to two rushing yards. Houston did a great job getting by Oakland's interior offensive line. Crabtree now has 12 drops on the season. Oakland now tied the record for 38 drops in the regular season. Jonathan Joseph did a great job stopping Amari Cooper with that deflection. Jonathan Joseph had 9 deflections from pass breakups heading into this game. Joseph had 10 deflections after that play.
Houston finally got a score on a drive that started inside their 10-yard line. Houston took a 13-7 lead.
Jonathan Joseph had a critical deflection on third down. Houston got the ball back with a 13-7 lead with 7:39 left in the first half.
This game went back and forth for the next minute. DeAndre Hopkins made an incredible reception to make it first and goal. Then Osweiler got by Shaun Smith for a touchdown.
Houston took a 20-7 lead. Oakland ended the first half 0/7 on third down conversions. Center Rodney Hudson got injured and that only hurts Oakland with left tackle Donald Penn already out for Oakland in this game. Houston led 20-7 at halftime.
Oakland got the ball in the second half. Houston is 18-0 when leading at halftime.
Oakland had problems on their first series in the second half. Oakland got by Chris Clark on third down to set up a three and out.
Whitney Mercilus had another sack. Mercilus had 5 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for a loss following that sack. Houston called a fair catch and got the ball back.
Oakland got stopped by Houston. Oakland had three failed third down conversions in the third quarter. Oakland was now 0/10 on third down conversions with Connor Cook under center.
Oakland was terrible on third down once again. Oakland fell to 0/11 on third down conversions.
Houston led 20-7 after three quarters. Houston was one quarter away from advancing to the AFC Divisional Round.
Brock Osweiler had a rushing touchdown. Houston took a 27-7 lead. It got worse for Oakland with Michael Crabtree.
Oakland finally got a third down conversion with Cook throwing to Mychal Rivera. Oakland made another third down conversion with Cook throwing to Andre Holmes. Oakland kept driving with Connor Cook and Andre Holmes. Cook threw a touchdown. Houston led 27-14 with 8:10 left in the game.
Oakland made a defensive stop. Oakland still had 6 minutes and 27 seconds to get 13 points as they got the ball back.
Connor Cook was driving again. Cook threw an interception that just about sealed Oakland's fate. Houston ended up with 12 deflections in their 27-14 win.
Brock Osweiler is my player of the game. Osweiler went 14/25 with 168 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 total touchdowns, and no interceptions. Osweiler did a great job avoiding turnovers, but I don't expect him to dominate like that against Kansas City or New England in the Divisional Round.
5. Oakland Raiders 12-5-0
4. Houston Texans 10-7-0
Game Recap: SEATTLE-Matthew Stafford has not been the same since having that cast around his finger. Riley Reiff was also out at right tackle for Detroit to make matters worse for the Lions. Center Travis Swanson was injured so left guard Graham Glasgow moved rom left guard to center allowing backup left guard Laken Tomlinson to start at left guard again.
Matthew Stafford struggled on his first drive. Golden Tate dropped an easy pass on third down.
Detroit pressured Seattle on third down. That set up a another potential scoring chance for the Detroit Lions.
Golden Tate caught a pass on second down. That set up a third and one. Eric Ebron dropped a pass on third down. Both drives for the Lions have been killed by dropped passes.
Seattle got another hit. Jimmy Graham got injured on the hit. Russell Wilson threw a screen pass to Doug Baldwin. Thomas Rawls ran for a first down. That kept their drive alive.
Russell Wilson got sacked on second down. That helped Detroit. Jimmy Graham returned to the field. Ziggy Ansah took down Russell Wilson third down. Ansah did a terrific job winning one-on-one battles against left tackle George Fant. Seattle had to punt. Detroit muffed their punt, but managed to recover the ball with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
Stafford fired a bad pass. That set up a third and nine situation. Cassiums Marsh had a neutral zone infraction to make it third and four. Stafford completed a pass to Eric Ebron. That resulted in a first down. Matthew Stafford threw a pass to GOlen Tate. That set up a potential first down with it being third and three. Stafford tried to scramble to create separation. Richard Sherman prevented a first down with a critical tackle. Neither Detroit or Seattle scored in the first quarter. The score was 0-0 after one quarter in Seattle.
Detroit went for it on fourth down. Seattle got the ball back in the second quarter.
Seattle fought for the first down. Seattle came up short. It was third and inches. Seattle was in a fourth and inches situation. Seattle went for it on fourth down. Thomas Rawls ran for a first down.
Seattle did an awesome job running the football. Russell Wilson threw a first down to Jermaine Kearse. Seattle had the ball on teh Detroit 8-yard line. Seattle went for it on fourth and goal. Seattle had a 14-play 60-yard drive that took up 7 minutes and 40 seconds. Paul Richardson caught a touchdown on fourth and goal. Seattle got the extra point to take a 7-0 lead.
Both teams got field goals in the second quarter. Seattle led 10-3 at halftime.
Detroit got a field goal in the third quarter. Seattle led 10-6 after three quarters.
Seattle outscored Detroit 16-0 in the fourth quarter. Steven Hauschka missed an extra point to make it 19-6 after making an extra point before that. Russell Wilson threw a touchdown to give Seattle a 26-6 win.
Running back Thomas Rawls was the player of the game. Thomas Rawls had 27 carries, 161 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Thomas Rawls had a huge game on the ground and helped Seattle win a wild card game.
6. Detroit Lions 9-8-0
3. Seattle Seahawks 11-5-1
Game Recap: PITTSBURGH- Miami beat Pittsburgh back in week 7. Miami had quarterback Ryan Tannehill and center Mike Pouncey in those games. Jay Ajayi had 204 rushing yards at home in that week 7 game. It's doubtful that Ajayi duplicates that performance without Tannehill or Pouncey.
PIttsburgh Steelers Maurkice Pouncey opened up a hhuge lane for Le'veon Bell. Right guard David DeCastro also helped on that play. All five offensive linemen helped Ben Roethlisberger get enough time in the pocket tofire a pass to Antonio Brown. Jordan Phillips got by left guard Ramon Foster to stop Le'veon Bell.
Eli Rodgers had a huge third down conversion to keep the drive alive. Rodgers got past Miami's strong safety which is a weakness on this Dolphins roster with Rashad Jones on injured reserve. Antonio Brown got great blocking from his tight ends as he caught a screen pass. That resulted in a Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown.
Matt Moore began with a completion to Jarvis Landry. Moore looked solid at first. Matt Moore got blitzed on third down. Miami punted the ball back to Pittsburgh.
Ben Roethlisberger began the game 7/7 with 162 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receiver Antonio Brown had 3 receptions, 119 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns to start the game. I haven't seen Antonio Brown go off like this since the week 4 home game where the Steelers hosted Kansas City. Coincidentally, the Steelers will head to Kansas City to play the Chiefs if they win.
Matt Moore threw a deep pass to Kenny Stills. Stills completed that pass for a first down. Ross Cockrell lined up in the dime to stop Miami from getting another third down conversion. Miami got a field goal. Pittsburgh led 14-3 in the first quarter.
Pittsburgh had a lot of momentum on their next drive. Pittsburgh still led 14-3 after one quarter with Le'veon Bell getting every single carry with an 11 point lead.
Le'veon Bell ran for a rushing touchdown. That call got overturned. Bell was ruled short, but Pittsburgh challenged the play and the call got overturned. Bell had 14 carries, 96 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Pittsburgh missed the extra point making it a 20-3 game.
Pittsburgh had 3 scoring drives with 90, 85, and 83 yards on offense. Miami was lucky to recover a fumble on the kick off. It didn't matter with Pittsburgh making a defensive stop on defense.
Miami called a fake punt. That play resulted in a first down to keep the drive alive. Bud Dupree laid out Matt Moore. T.J. Yates came in as a third string quarterback.
Miami got a field goal and trailed 20-6. Ben Roethlisberger began the game 10/10 with 182 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Bell had 99 rushing yards following that play. Ben threw an incompletion that did not count due to pass interference. Ben threw what should have been an interception into coverage. Tight end Jesse James saved Ben. Roethlisberger was 11/11 with 186 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Ben Roethlisberger had 11 completions to 7 different receivers. Then Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception on that pass to end his streak. Miami got a chance to score before the end of the first half.
Matt Moore threw some critical completions with less than a minute in the first half. Moore threw a completion to DeVante Parker. Ross Cockrell got injured on the play. James Harrison forced a Pittsburgh Steelers fumble. Stephon Tuitt recovered the fumble.
Pittsburgh led 20-6 at halftime. Boswell got another field goal in the third quarter before Le'veon Bell had a rushing touchdown. Pittsburgh led 30-6 after three quarters before winning 30-12.
Pittsburgh won because of two players running back Le'veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Bell had 29 carries, 167 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Brown had 5 recceptions, 124 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Pittsburgh advances to play Kansas City thanks to Bell and Brown.
6. Miami Dolphins 10-7-0
3. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-5-0
Game Recap: GREEN BAY-New York had a lot of playoff success with Eli Manning 2-0 against the Green Bay Packers. The winner of this game would face the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants got a field goal in the first quarter. New York took a 3-0 lead.
New York led 3-0 after one quarter. The Giants kicked a field goal in the second quarter. Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown late in the second quarter. That gave the Packers a 7-6 lead. Green Bay had time for one more play before halftime on fourth and two. Aaron Rodgers dropped back off a hail mary. Randall Cobb caught the hail mary. Green Bay led 14-7 at halftime.
Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass. That made it 14-13. Aaron Rodgers threw another touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Green Bay took a 21-13 lead in the third quarter. Green Bay got a field goal to take a 24-13 lead. Green Bay led 24-13 after three quarters.
Green Bay got two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Packers won 38-13.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Randall Cobb stepped up in this game. Rodgers went 25/40 with 362 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Randall Cobb had 5 receptions, 116 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns. Davante Adams had 8 receptions, 125 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Spectacular job by Rodgers, left tackle David Bahktiari, and his receiving targets stepping up to help Green Bay move on to the NFC Divisional Round.
5. New York Giants 11-6-0
4. Green Bay Packers 11-6-0
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