2021 NFL Divisional Round Game Recaps
Find out who which NFC South team is heading to Green Bay next Sunday. New Orleans swept Tampa Bay in the regular season.
Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 17, 2021.
Game Recap: GREEN BAY-Cooper Kupp was out for this game. That's one reason why Green Bay may win this game.
Green Bay held the Los Angeles Rams to a three and out. Green Bay put together a 12-play 63-yard drive that took up 4 minutes and 46 seconds. Green Bay got a field goal thanks to kicker Mason Crosby. Green Bay led 3-0.
The Los Angeles Rams put together an 8-play 67-yard drive that took up 4 minutes and 3 seconds. Los Angeles tied this game at 3-3 thanks to the field goal by Matt Gay. This game was tied 3-3 after one quarter of play.
Green Bay put together a 14-play 69-yard drive that took up 7 mintues and 59 seconds. Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to DaVante Adams. Green Bay led 10-3.
Green Bay held the Los Angeles Rams to another three and out start. Green Bay put together a 9-play 57-yard drive that took up 5 minutes and 46 seconds. Aaron Rodgers got a rushing touchdown. Green Bay led 16-3.
The Los Angeles Rams got the ball from their own 25-yard line. Los Angeles put together a 9-play 75-yard drive that took up 3 minutes. Jared Goff threw a touchdown pass to Van Jefferson. Green Bay led 16-10.
Green Bay quickly drove downfield. Green Bay got a field goal at halftime. Green Bay led 19-10 at halftime.
Green Bay got the ball to start the second half. Green Bay started the second half from their own 25-yard line. Green Bay put together a 6-play 75-yard drive that took up 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Aaron Jones got a rushing touchdown. Green Bay led 25-10.
Green Bay's defense held the Los Angeles Rams to their third three and out of this game. The Los Angeles Rams made a third down stop even though the Packers took up over 3 minutes clock on their second drive in the second half.
The Los Angeles Rams took up 5 minutes and 45 seconds. Cam Akers got a rushing touchdown. Green Bay led 25-18 after three quarters of play.
Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Allen Lazard. Green Bay won 32-18.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was my player of the game. Aaron Rodgers went 23/36 with 296 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 3 total touchdowns, and no interceptions. Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones also did well with 14 carries, 99 rushing yards, 1 reception, 14 receiving yards, 15 touches, 113 total yards, and 1 rushing touchdown in this win over the Los Angeles Rams where Green Bay's running game had 188 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on 36 carries.
6. Los Angeles Rams 11-7-0
1. Green Bay Packers 14-3-0
Game Recap: BUFFALO-Both of these teams have strong defenses. Both of these teams drafted quarterbacks in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Baltimore drafted Lamar Jackson last years MVP and the 2016 Heisman Trophy Winner out of Louisville. Buffalo drafted Josh Allen out of Wyoming.
Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins ran the ball at will early and often on the Buffalo Bills defense. Tremaine Edmunds missed a tackle by diving on the very first offensive play of the game. Buffalo adjusted setting up a third and two. Lamar Jackson ran for a first down as Baltimore began this game 1/1 on third down conversions. Baltimore got their third first down on this drive. Baltimore attempted a field goal, but the kick was no good.
Buffalo was stopped. Buffalo made another defensive stop. Buffalo got a field goal and led 3-0 on their second offensive series.
Buffalo made a third defensive stop. Baltimore punted it back to Buffalo. Buffalo led 3-0 after one quarter of play.
This game remained 3-0 heading into the two minute warning. Josh Allen threw a critical first down to Stefon Diggs. Cole Beasley dropped a pass on second and ten.
Baltimore got a field goal. This game was tied 3-3 at halftime.
Buffalo got the ball to start the second half. Devin Singletary gained 9 rushing yards on the first play of the second half. Baltimore set up a third and two with a loss of one on second down. Dawson Knox stepped up on the play action pass. Brian Daboll found Stefon Diggs against Tramon Williams. Josh Allen threw a first down to Diggs on second and sixteen. Devin Singletary ran for another first down. Buffalo took up 5 minutes and 31 seconds of clock before Josh Allen threw a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs.
Bufflao put a long defensive drive together. Taron Johnson with a huge pick six late in the third quarter. Buffalo led 17-3.
Lamar Jackson left the fourth quarter with a concussion. Buffalo won 17-3.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was my player of the game. Stefon Diggs had 8 receptions, 106 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. You could make a case for Taron Johnson at cornerback too since he had the 101-yard defensive touchdown which gave Buffalo a 17-3 lead.
5. Baltimore Ravens 12-6-0
2. Buffalo Bills 15-3-0
Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-Cleveland headed to Kansas City. Sammy Watkins was out for Kansas City.
Patrick Mahomes began this game 4/4 with 41 passing yards and 1 rushing touchdown on a 1-yard scramble. Kansas City began this game with a 10-play 70-yard drive that took up 5 minutes and 49 seconds. Harrison Butker missed the extra point. Kansas City led 6-0.
On the first play of the game, Cleveland Browns left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. got injured as he suffered an ankle injury. Baker Mayfield drove Cleveland downfield without Wills. Kansas City's defense adjusted. Cody Parkey made a field goal on fourth down after Kansas City set up a third and twenty one for Cleveland. Kansas City led 6-3 after one quarter of play.
Center Austin Reiter had a holding penalty. That didn't matter. Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce on second and nineteen. Kansas City led 13-3.
Cleveland got another chance to score. Jedrick Wills Jr. still hasn't returned to the game. Nick Chubb dropped two screen passes on this drive. Cleveland punted it back to Kansas City.
Kansas City has ran 20-plays on offense. Kansas City has converted first downs on 11/20 plays. That's a 55% first down percentage. Mahomes completed a 7-yard pass. Kansas City ran a for another first down. That was now 12/22 on first downs. A holding penalty by Kansas City's left guard. Kansas City had another penalty thanks to left tackle Eric Fisher. Mahomes scrambled for a first down after the penalties. He was injured after the scramble. It affected Mahomes on the next drive. Cleveland managed to hold Kansas City to a field goal. Harrison Butker made the longest 50-yard field goal in the history of Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City led 16-3.
Baker Mayfield threw a 26-yard completion to tight end David Njoku. That completion took this game to the two minute warning. Baker Mayfield threw a huge completion that looked like it may be a touchdown. Daniel Sorenson forced a fumble which resulted in a touchback. That's a huge break for the Kansas City Chiefs. Sorenson looked like he got away with a dirty play that should have been called illegal use of the helmet.
Patrick Mahomes threw a first down on third down. Kansas City called a timeout with 28 seconds left. Patrick Mahomes threw another first down on the run to tight end Travis Kelce. Harrison Butker made a field goal. Kansas City led 19-3 at halftime.
Cleveland got the ball to start the second half. Baker Mayfield threw an interception. Harrison Butker missed a field goal and failed to give Kansas City a 19 point lead. Kansas City led 19-3.
Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry. Baker Mayfield made a great throw. Cleveland put together an 8-play 77-yard drive that lasted 4 minutes and 38 seconds. Cleveland could have made it a one score game, but chose to play it safe with the extra point. Kansas City led 19-10.
Patrick Mahomes scrambled on third down. He was ruled short and was injured on the play. Mack Wilson knocked Patrick Mahomes out of the game. Chad Henne came in. Kansas City got the first down on fourth down to keep the drive alive. Myles Garrett was also on the sidelines as Mahomes went into the locker room. Kansas City ran for another first down. Kansas City got a field goal. Kansas City led 22-10.
Cleveland drove downfield. They were approaching the red zone. Kansas City led 22-10 after three quarters of play.
Brashaud Breeland made a critcal thir down stop. Cleveland approached a fourth and two situation. Baker Mayfield threw a first down to Austin Hooper. That completion made it first and goal for Cleveland. Kareem Hunt decided to run some clock on the play. Daniel Sorenson brought great man coverage on that second and goal. Kareem Hunt got a rushing touchdown. Kansas City led 22-17.
Patrick Mahomes was ruled out of the game with a concussion. If Kansas City is going to repeat it will be up to backup Chad Henne to knock out the Cleveland Browns.
Chad Henne threw a first down to Travis Kelce. It looked like Kansas City would get a field goal. Chad Henne thought he could put the game away. Strong safety Karl Joseph anticipated the play and intercepted Chad Henne. Cleveland got the ball back down by 5 with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Cleveland lost his starting and backup left tackle in this game. Cleveland got the first down on fourth down to keep the drive alive. The bad news is Cleveland is now down to their third string left tackle. Baker Mayfield had 5 minutes and 17 seconds to get Cleveland to the AFC Championship. Defensive tackle Chris Jones swarmed Nick Chubb. That set up a second and eleven. Kansas City blitzed and that set up a third and eleven for Cleveland. Baker Mayfield threw a completion to Kareem Hunt. Kansas City made the stop. Cleveland punted the ball with 1 timeout left in the fourth quarter.
Kansas City ran the football. Myles Garrett was on the sidelines to recover from an injury. Chad Henne threw a completion to Tyreek Hill. Hill went out of bounds. That set up a third and four with 3:21 left in the game. Kansas City got the first down. Chad Henne made a good throw to keep the drive alive and to make matters worse, Cleveland is out of timeouts. One more first down should send Kansas City to their third consecutive AFC Championship Game. Myles Garrett came in on second down to get a sack which ran the clock down to the two minute warning. Chad Henne with a huge run that almost made it a first down. That set up a fourth and inches. Chad Henne completed a pass to Tyreek Hill. That play put Kansas City into the AFC Championship Game.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was my player of the game. Patrick Mahomes went 21/30 with 255 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 total touchdowns, and no interceptions. Whether Mahomes plays against Buffalo or not next Sunday in the AFC Championship is the real question that remains to be seen.
6. Cleveland Browns 12-6-0
1. Kansas City Chiefs 15-2-0
Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-This will probably be the final meeting between Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Tom Brady is 43-years-old. Drew Brees is 42-years-old.
New Orleans held Tom Brady to three three and outs in the first quarter. New Orleans got a field goal on their opening series to take a 3-0 lead.
New Orleans got another field goal on their second possession. New Orleans led 6-0.
Tom Brady scrambled for a first down on fourth and one. That fourth down conversion was Tampa Bay's first first down of the game. New Orleans led 6-0 after one quarter of play.
Tampa Bay got a field ogal. New Orleans led 6-3.
Drew Brees threw an interception to Sean Murphy-Bunting from Central Michigan. The former Chippewa intercepted Drew Brees.
Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Mike Vans. Tampa Bay led 10-6.
Jameis Winston threw a touchdown pass to Trequan Smith. New Orleans regained the lead. New Orleans led 13-10.
Tampa Bay tied this game with a field goal at halftime. That made it a 13-13 game at halftime.
New Orleans got he ball to start the second half. New Orleans provided great run blocking for Alvin Kamara with right tackle Ryan Ramcyk opening up the running lane. Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith. Smith made a big play for New Orleans with Carlton Davis out at cornerback. New Orleans led 20-13.
New Orleans had a chance to make it a two score game. Antoine Winfield Jr. forced a fumble. Devin White recovered the fumble.
Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to running back Leonard Fournette. This game was tied 20-20 after three quarters of play.
New Orleans punted it back to Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay got a field goal. Tampa Bay led 23-20.
Drew Brees threw an interception for Devin White. Tom Brady got a rushing touchdown. Tampa Bay led 30-20.
Drew Brees threw another interception to Mike Edwards. Tampa Bay won this game 30-20.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-4 middle linebacker Devin White was my player of the game. Devin White had 10 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 11 total tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and held Alvin Kamara to 85 rushing yards without allowing Kamara to score a rushing touchdown.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-5-0
2. New Orleans Saints 13-5-0
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