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Recapping Super Wild Card Weekend

This year's edition of "Super Wild Card Weekend" gave us a lot of memorable moments. Before the action continues in the divisional round of the playoffs, Let's take a look back on everything that went down over the weekend.

Game 1: Texans defeat Browns 45-14

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Many wondered how C.J Stroud would look in his playoff debut, but he continued to do what he has done all season. Against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, Stroud threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and did not turn the ball over. He finished the game with a 157.2 passer rating and the Texans trounced the Browns 45-14. Houston will go on to play Baltimore in the divisional round on Saturday.

Game 2: Chiefs take care of business against the Dolphins at home in 26-7 win over Miami

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The big storyline going into the matchup between the Chiefs and the Dolphins was how cold it was going to be during the game. The temperature at kickoff was -4 degrees Fahrenheit with a -27 degree wind chill. Despite the conditions, the Chiefs were still able to beat the Dolphins comfortably as Miami was only able to muster up one touchdown during the game. Rashee Rice came up big for the Chiefs with eight catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Game 3: Packers dominate Cowboys in stunning 48-32 first round upset

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In what was easily the most shocking result of the weekend, the seventh seeded Green Bay Packers went into Dallas and completely demolished the Cowboys. The finals score of the game was 48-32, but Green Bay was up 27-0 at one point and the game was pretty much over at halftime. Like C.J. Stroud, Jordan Love played an excellent first playoff game with 272 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Jones was also sensational with 118 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers became the first seventh seed to win in the playoffs, while being the youngest team in the league. The Cowboys were undefeated at home this year and were the only home team to lose during Wild Card weekend.

Game 4: Jared Goff leads the Lions to Detroit's first playoff win over 30 years against the Rams

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The Lions and their fan base have been waiting for a playoff win for a over 30 years and on Saturday, they finally broke the curse. In what was the closest game of the weekend, the Lions narrowly edged out the Rams by a score of 24-23. Amon-Ra St. Brown had a big game with 110 yards receiving and Detroit's defense was just able to get enough stops to overcome 181 yards put up by Puka Nacua. Matthew Stafford battled through injury as well in his return to Detroit, but still finished the game strong even though the Rams came up short.

Game 5: Bills handle Steelers at home 31-17

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The Bills were the hottest team entering the playoffs, going on an absolute tear after firing offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. They have integrated the running game well and are not as Josh Allen reliant when it comes to getting big plays. They beat the Steelers pretty easily, by a score of 31-17, even though Pittsburgh was fighting until the end like they always do. It feels like we're treated to this special matchup every year, but this time the Allen/Mahomes playoff showdown is in Buffalo with the Chiefs still looking as beatable as they ever have.

Game 6: Buccaneers stun Eagles with 32-9 win at home

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The Eagles were reeling entering the playoffs and on Monday night, Baker Mayfield and the Buccaneers put them out of their misery for good. Philadelphia only scored one touchdown and even their famous "Tush Push" play could not convert on a two-point try. Baker and the Bucs have been very good this year, but it's hard to say that anybody expected them to even make the playoffs, much less advance to the divisional round. The Eagles have a ton of question to answer in the offseason and the biggest one of them all might be at head coach.

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