On their next drive the Chiefs drove 76 yards in five plays, with Smith completing a yard pass to Hill and an yard pass to receiver Albert Wilson.
Following an yard run by Hunt, Smith hit Kelce for a yard touchdown. Smith finished the quarter with passing yards, a career high. The Chiefs increased their lead to 18 points by the end of the half, however, with a nine-play, yard drive that culminated in a yard scoring pass from Smith to Demarcus Robinson with three seconds left in the half.
Kansas City went into halftime with a 21—3 lead, with more total yards to and more first downs 16 to 3. Tennessee opened the second half with a play, yard drive that consumed 8: On a third-down play from the Kansas City 6-yard line, Mariota attempted a pass, which was deflected by Darrelle Revis , back to Mariota, who promptly ran it in for a touchdown, making him the first quarterback to complete a touchdown pass to himself in a postseason game.
They were unable to capitalize on the turnover, however, as they lost two yards over their next three plays and Harrison Butker hit the upright from a yard field goal attempt.
Tennessee took the ball back and drove 62 yards in six plays, scoring on a yard run by Derrick Henry on the second play of the fourth quarter to cut the score to 21—16 after a failed two-point conversion.
Again forcing a Kansas City punt, Tennessee drove 81 yards in 11 plays to take their first lead of the game. Mariota converted three third downs on the drive, completing a 9-yard pass to Walker on third-and-3, scrambling 17 yards for a first down on third-and-8, and then connecting a yard pass to tight end Jonnu Smith on third-and Eventually, Mariota finished the drive by throwing to Eric Decker for a yard touchdown, giving Tennessee a 22—21 lead following another failed two-point conversion with 6: Kansas City then drove into Tennessee territory, but Alex Smith was sacked on third down by Derrick Morgan and then missed a pass to Wilson on fourth down with 2: One play later, Kansas City had one last chance to get the ball back on a third-and situation.
Mariota handed the ball off to Henry, who started to run to the middle, but then switched direction and ran to the left.
Aided by a key block from Mariota against linebacker Frank Zombo , Henry raced 22 yards down the left sideline for a game-clinching first down, and the Titans ran out the rest of the clock,  having held the Chiefs to 41 yards and three first downs in the second half.
Alex Smith finished as the leading passer with yards and two touchdowns, but only yards after the first quarter. Mariota threw for yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his first playoff start; his self-caught touchdown pass made him the first player since at least to throw and catch a touchdown pass in the same playoff game.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid faced criticism for not relying on Hunt to protect their lead in the second half, as Hunt only carried the ball five times after halftime.
Tennessee became the first road team to erase an point deficit to win a postseason game since the playoffs. This time, the Falcons were able to take the ball to the end zone, scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman as a result of center Alex Mack literally dragging him across the goal line.
Late in the second quarter, the Rams finally managed to get on the board, sparked by a yard run by Todd Gurley. Jared Goff finished the drive with passes to Cooper Kupp , the first for 15 yards, and the second a yard touchdown completion that made the score 13—7.
The next time they had the ball, only 1: The Falcons took up more than half the third quarter with their opening drive, moving the ball 76 yards in 16 plays.
Freeman carried the ball six times for 42 yards, while quarterback Matt Ryan converted a fourth-and-1 with a 1-yard sneak. Bryant finished the possession with his third field goal, this one from 25 yards, increasing their lead to 16— The Rams quickly struck back, with Gurley rushing twice for gains of 14 and 33 yards, along with Goff completing an yard pass to Woods.
However, Atlanta came back with an eight-play, yard drive featuring a yard completion from Ryan to Mohamed Sanu.
Goff then threw a touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Higbee , but the call was reversed by a review, as replays showed the ball hit the ground as Higbee was going to the turf.
On the next play, Goff threw an incomplete pass, causing a turnover on downs with 2: The Rams received the ball one more time, but this resulted in another turnover on downs.
Ryan completed 21 of 30 passes for yards and a touchdown, while Jones caught nine passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Goff finished the day for for yards and a touchdown.
His top target was Woods, who caught nine passes for yards. Every drive in the first quarter ended in a punt. Early in the second quarter, Jacksonville got a chance to score when Aaron Colvin intercepted a pass from Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the Buffalo yard line.
However, the team lost three yards over the next three plays and decided to punt rather than risk a long field goal. However, an offensive pass interference penalty against receiver Kelvin Benjamin pushed them back 10 yards and they ended up settling for a yard Steven Hauschka field goal to take a 3—0 lead with 1: The key player of the drive was running back Leonard Fournette , who carried the ball eight times for 33 yards and caught a pass for 12 yards.
Eventually the team faced fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard line, and decided to go for the touchdown, which paid off as Bortles threw a pass to tight end Ben Koyack for the score with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 75 yards and caught six passes for 44 yards. Saints safety Vonn Bell Who finished with 9 tackles and a sack sacked Cam Newton on fourth down to win the game.
This was the first postseason meeting between the Panthers and Saints. But over the next two plays, Kaelin Clay dropped a potential touchdown catch in the end zone and then Graham Gano missed a yard field goal attempt.
On the second play after the missed field goal, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw a deep pass down the middle of the field to Ted Ginn Jr. This gave New Orleans a 7—0 lead with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.
Carolina responded on their next drive, converting a yard completion from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen and a yard pass interference penalty against defensive back Ken Crawley into a yard Gano field goal that cut the score to 7—3.
However, New Orleans responded immediately, with Brees completing passes to Michael Thomas for gains of 19, 8, and 13 yards, as well as passes to running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara for gains of 13 and 10 yards.
On the last play of the drive, Brees put the Saints up 14—3 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Josh Hill. Carolina struck back, with Newton completing a yard pass to Brenton Bersin and converting a fourth-and-1 with a quarterback sneak.
Gano finished the yard drive with a yard field goal to make the score 14—6 with 2: Taking the ball back with just over 40 seconds left, Newton completed a yard pass to Devin Funchess.
The Panthers continued to chip away at their deficit with their first drive of the second half, as they moved the ball 64 yards in nine plays on a possession that featured a yard run by Jonathan Stewart.
Gano finished the drive with his fourth field goal, making the score 21— But New Orleans was able to respond, with Ginn catching two passes for 30 yards on a yard drive that ended with Wil Lutz kicking a yard field goal, bringing their lead back up to 24— With less than two minutes left in the third quarter, the Panthers started a yard drive in which Olsen caught three passes for 54 total yards, the last one a yard touchdown catch that cut the score to 24—19 after the two-point conversion failed.
New Orleans took the ball back and drove to a fourth-and-2 situation on the yard line at the two-minute warning. On second down, Newton was flagged for intentional grounding while throwing a pass to avoid a sack, bringing up third-and Then after an incompletion, safety Vonn Bell sacked Newton, forcing a turnover on downs with four seconds left.
Newton finished the game of for yards and two touchdowns, along with 37 yards on the ground. His top target was Olsen eight receptions for yards and a touchdown , who was one of four players in this game to have over receiving yards.
The others were McCaffrey six for yards and a touchdown , Thomas eight receptions for yards and Ginn four receptions for yards and a touchdown. Brees was of for yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Bell had nine tackles — seven solo — and a sack. After the teams exchanged punts, Ajayi rushed four times for 26 yards and receiver Nelson Agholor ran for 21 yards on an end-around play as the team drove to a fourth-and-goal on the Atlanta 1-yard line.
On the next play, LeGarrette Blount finished the yard drive with a rush for the touchdown, putting the team up 6—3 with Following a punt from each team, Philadelphia got the ball on their own yard line with 46 seconds left in the half.
With just under six minutes left in the third quarter, the Eagles got the ball on their own 7-yard line due to a yard punt by Matt Bosher.
On the next play, the last of the third quarter, Ryan was sacked for a yard loss by safety Rodney McLeod. The Falcons ended up going three-and-out , and their defense was soon back on the field trying to contain another long Eagles drive.
This one went for 14 plays and 80 yards, 32 of them on a reception by Ajayi, taking 7: However, Elliott kicked his third field goal on the next play, giving Philadelphia a 15—10 lead with 6: After throwing incomplete passes on the next two plays, Ryan threw a seven-yard pass to Jones on the 2-yard line.
Filling in for injured starter Carson Wentz , Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for yards. Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for yards and a touchdown.
Jones caught nine passes for yards, and rushed for 21 yards, while Tevin Coleman was the top rusher of the game with 10 carries for 79 yards,  while also catching a pass for 14 yards.
With the win, the Eagles won their first playoff game and advanced to their first NFC Championship appearance since , and their first at home since New England racked up eight sacks, yards, and 31 first downs as they advanced to their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game.
Midway through the first quarter, Tennessee drove 95 yards in 11 plays, featuring a yard completion from Marcus Mariota to tight end Delanie Walker.
Mariota finished the drive with a yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis , who made a running one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone to put the Titans up 7—0.
However, the Patriots stormed right back, with Tom Brady completing five consecutive passes for 67 yards, the longest a yard completion to Dion Lewis and the last a five-yard shovel pass to James White for a touchdown that tied the score.
The next time New England got the ball, they had to punt after three plays, but a neutral zone infraction penalty on Titans defensive back Brynden Trawick gave them a first down.
In the first half alone, Brady completed 21 of 31 passes for yards and two touchdowns. The next time New England got the ball, they went on a play, yard drive in which they only faced two third downs.
Brady completed seven passes for 78 yards on the drive, the longest a yard throw to Danny Amendola , and finished it off with a four-yard touchdown toss to Gronkowski, making the score 35—7 with Lewis rushed for 62 yards, caught nine passes for 79 yards, and returned a kickoff for 27 yards.
This game set the NFL postseason record for largest the age difference between opposing quarterbacks: Brady was 40 and Mariota was Jacksonville built up a 28—7 first-half lead and held off a second-half Steelers comeback to win the fourth highest scoring NFL playoff game.
The Jaguars then drove 75 yards in 11 plays and scored on T. Luol Deng 31 Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 11 Asts: Charlotte Hornets , Miami Heat Kemba Walker 29 Rebs: Nicolas Batum 7 Asts: Batum , Walker 3 each.
Dwyane Wade 28 Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 13 Asts: Miami Heat 80, Charlotte Hornets Luol Deng 19 Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 18 Asts: Jeremy Lin 18 Rebs: Marvin Williams 14 Asts: Miami Heat 85, Charlotte Hornets Joe Johnson 16 Rebs: Kemba Walker 34 Rebs: Spencer Hawes 8 Asts: Jefferson , Lin 3 each.
Charlotte Hornets 90 , Miami Heat Marvin Williams 17 Rebs: Marvin Williams 8 Asts: Dwyane Wade 25 Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 12 Asts: Hornets leads series, 3—2.
Miami Heat 97 , Charlotte Hornets Dwyane Wade 23 Rebs: Kemba Walker 37 Rebs: Al Jefferson 9 Asts: Charlotte Hornets 73, Miami Heat Frank Kaminsky 12 Rebs: Charlotte Hornets 94, Miami Heat Miami Heat 81, Charlotte Hornets Miami Heat 98 , Charlotte Hornets Miami Heat 0, Charlotte Hornets 3.
Miami Heat 4 , Charlotte Bobcats 0. Boston Celtics , Atlanta Hawks Isaiah Thomas 27 Rebs: Jae Crowder 10 Asts: Al Horford 24 Rebs: Al Horford 12 Asts: Boston Celtics 72, Atlanta Hawks Isaiah Thomas 16 Rebs: Amir Johnson 8 Asts: Horford , Korver 17 each Rebs: Kent Bazemore 9 Asts: Atlanta Hawks , Boston Celtics Jeff Teague 23 Rebs: Al Horford 13 Asts: Isaiah Thomas 42 Rebs: Jonas Jerebko 12 Asts: Paul Millsap 45 Rebs: Paul Millsap 13 Asts: Horford , Teague 5 each.
Isaiah Thomas 28 Rebs: Jonas Jerebko 10 Asts: Thomas , Turner 6 each. Boston Celtics 83, Atlanta Hawks Evan Turner 15 Rebs: Jonas Jerebko 8 Asts: Mike Scott 17 Rebs: Horford , Millsap 8 each Asts: Paul Millsap 17 Rebs: Kyle Korver 9 Asts: Isaiah Thomas 25 Rebs: Smart , Turner 7 each Asts: Atlanta Hawks 93, Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 97, Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics 4 , St.
Louis Hawks 4 , Boston Celtics 2. Boston Celtics 4 , Atlanta Hawks 2. Boston Celtics 4 , Atlanta Hawks 1. Boston Celtics 4 , Atlanta Hawks 3.
Atlanta Hawks 93, Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James 25 Rebs: Tristan Thompson 14 Asts: Atlanta Hawks 98, Cleveland Cavaliers Paul Millsap 16 Rebs: Paul Millsap 11 Asts: Dellavedova , Irving 6 each.
Cleveland Cavaliers , Atlanta Hawks Channing Frye 27 Rebs: Kevin Love 15 Asts: Paul Millsap 8 Asts: Kevin Love 27 Rebs: Paul Millsap 9 Asts: Atlanta Hawks 97, Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks 94, Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 4 , Atlanta Hawks 0.
Atlanta Hawks 0, Cleveland Cavaliers 4. Hassan Whiteside 17 Asts: DeMarre Carroll 21 Rebs: Toronto Raptors 95 , Miami Heat Kyle Lowry 33 Rebs: Dwyane Wade 38 Rebs: Dwyane Wade 8 Asts: Joseph , Ross 14 each Rebs: Bismack Biyombo 13 Asts: Dwyane Wade 30 Rebs: Luol Deng 9 Asts: Miami Heat 91, Toronto Raptors Dwyane Wade 20 Rebs: Joe Johnson 8 Asts: Johnson , Wade 4 each.
Kyle Lowry 9 Asts: Toronto Raptors 91, Miami Heat Kyle Lowry 36 Rebs: Miami Heat 89, Toronto Raptors Justise Winslow 8 Asts: Kyle Lowry 35 Rebs: Toronto Raptors 76, Miami Heat Toronto Raptors , Miami Heat Miami Heat 81, Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 84, Cleveland Cavaliers DeMar DeRozan 18 Rebs: Biyombo , Johnson , Lowry 4 each Asts: DeRozan , Lowry 5 each.
Kyrie Irving 27 Rebs: Richard Jefferson 11 Asts: Cavaliers lead series, 1—0. Toronto Raptors 87, Cleveland Cavaliers DeMar DeRozan 22 Rebs: Kyle Lowry 6 Asts: Tristan Thompson 12 Asts: Cavaliers lead series, 2—0.
Cleveland Cavaliers 84, Toronto Raptors LeBron James 24 Rebs: James , Thompson 8 each Asts: DeMar DeRozan 32 Rebs: Bismack Biyombo 26 Asts: Cavaliers lead series, 2—1.
Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Toronto Raptors LeBron James 29 Rebs: James , Thompson 9 each Asts: Irving , James 6 each.
Bismack Biyombo 14 Asts: Toronto Raptors 78, Cleveland Cavaliers DeMar DeRozan 14 Rebs: Jason Thompson 5 Asts: Kevin Love 25 Rebs: Tristan Thompson 10 Asts: Cavaliers lead series, 3—2.
Cleveland Cavaliers , Toronto Raptors LeBron James 33 Rebs: Kevin Love 12 Asts: DeRozan , Lowry 3 each. Cleveland wins series, 4—2. Toronto Raptors , Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 97, Toronto Raptors Houston Rockets 78, Golden State Warriors James Harden 17 Rebs: Clint Capela 12 Asts: Stephen Curry 24 Rebs: Draymond Green 10 Asts: Warriors leads series, 1—0.
Houston Rockets , Golden State Warriors James Harden 28 Rebs: Dwight Howard 10 Asts: Klay Thompson 34 Rebs: Draymond Green 14 Asts: Warriors leads series, 2—0.
Golden State Warriors 96, Houston Rockets Marreese Speights 22 Rebs: Klay Thompson 8 Asts: James Harden 35 Rebs: Warriors leads series, 2—1.
Golden State Warriors , Houston Rockets Klay Thompson 23 Rebs: Draymond Green 8 Asts: Dwight Howard 19 Rebs: Dwight Howard 15 Asts: Warriors leads series, 3—1.
Houston Rockets 81, Golden State Warriors Dwight Howard 21 Asts: Klay Thompson 27 Rebs: Draymond Green 9 Asts: Golden State wins series, 4—1.
Golden State Warriors 4 , Houston Rockets 1. Memphis Grizzlies 74, San Antonio Spurs Vince Carter 16 Rebs: Chris Andersen 9 Asts: Kawhi Leonard 20 Rebs: Tim Duncan 11 Asts: Memphis Grizzlies 68, San Antonio Spurs Tony Allen 12 Rebs: Zach Randolph 12 Asts: Liga spielten gegen den Abstieg.
Das Team, das die beste Platzierung der verbleibenden Teams erreicht hat, spielt gegen das Team, das die schlechteste Bilanz in der Abschlusstabelle vorweisen kann usw.
Nach jeder Runde findet ein Re-Seeding statt. Dabei spielt der Siebte gegen den Zehnten und der Achte gegen den Neunten.
Platz 3 und 4: Danach wurde wieder im Best-of-Seven-Modus gespielt.