The Buffalo Bills put an end to the longest scoreless absence in the North American Major Sports Series with a 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The Bills (9-7), who had not participated in the playoffs since 1999, were assisted by a Cincinnati Bengals win over the Baltimore Ravens. Buffalo will now head to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars in the first round.
Sean McDermott’s troop saw her nervousness rise one level when she lost the services of her star wearer LeSean McCoy, who was injured on the right ankle. He was escorted out of the field aboard a cart in the third quarter.
The frustration of a disappointing season got the better of some Dolphins players (6-10), while receiver Jarvis Landry, running back Kenyan Drake and offensive lineman Jake Brendel were sent off following ‘a battle.
The Dolphins, the NFL’s second-ranked penalty team, received 14 penalties for a total of 145 yards.
The Bills crowned their victory with a touchdown from defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who was playing his last season with the Bills. Williams and his teammates celebrated the first touchdown of his career with a beautiful choreography in the end zone.
Halfback Nick O’Leary captured a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor.
The Dolphins scored a major with 1:56 to play and they recovered the kick, but an interception by Jordan Poyer ended the attempt.
The Ravens escape the game and are eliminated
Andy Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd, with only 44 seconds left in the game and the Baltimore Ravens were squeezed out of the playoff spot 31-27. in the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Ravens (9-7) had to sign a win if they wanted to continue their season in the playoffs. John Harbaugh’s men overcame a 14-point deficit to take the lead for the first time in the game with 8:48 remaining. Dalton, however, orchestrated a 90-yard run in the final minutes of play before spotting Boyd.
Boyd avoided Maurice Canady on his way and ran into the end zone to allow the Bengals (7-9) to score the winning touchdown in what could be Marvin Lewis’ final match at the head of the team.
After a horrible start, the Ravens seemed on their way to claim a playoff spot for the first time in the past two seasons. After falling 17-3, Alex Collins made a big hit in the third quarter and quarterback Joe Flacco bounced back after a very unproductive start.
Flacco’s six-yard pass to Mike Wallace for a major allowed the Ravens to take the lead 27-24 in the fourth quarter. All these efforts have been spoiled by Dalton and his breathtaking sequence at the end of the game.
The Bengals quarterback also sent Tyler Kroft two touchdowns during the match and made 222 yards of gain through the air.
The Titans playoffs for the first time since 2008
Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass and helped the Tennessee Titans end an eight-year hiatus without going on the playoffs by defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 15-10 on Sunday.
The Titans (9-7) ended a three-game losing streak in a match in which they needed a win or several losses for the other teams in the race. They recorded two consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
Mariota made 10 runs for 60-yard gains. He also pitched for 134 yards. Titans forward Derrick Henry grabbed a Mariota pass and made a 66-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Ryan Succop has made three placements.
The Titans made two sacks and caused four turnovers, including two interceptions by Kevin Byard.
The Jaguars (10-6) won their first title in the Southern section of the American Association when the Titans lost to the San Francisco 49ers last week. The Jacksonville squad, however, lost in the last two weeks.
The Jaguars had the opportunity to win after Mariota dropped the ball for the first time this season in the fourth quarter. Henry collided with Mariota and Yannick Ngakoue recovered the object before setting up the field for a touchdown that reduced the Titans’ lead to 15-10.
Byard, however, managed his second interception of the match while he had 10 seconds left to confirm the victory of his troupe.
Mahomes led the Chiefs to victory in his first start
Patrick Mahomes II took advantage of his first experience in the NFL to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos on Harrison Butker’s 30-yard placement as time passed Sunday.
Mahomes, who filled the quarterback normally held by Alex Smith, gave up his position in the third quarter of Chiefs Tyler Bray while his team was ahead 24-10. However, he took over the reins when the score was 24-24 with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
It allowed the Chiefs (10-6) to travel 67 yards on the field in 11 games and orchestrated the winning start kick that allowed the team to score a fifth win against the Broncos (5-11).
Mahomes became the first quarterback drafted by the Chiefs to win a game with them since Todd Blackledge in 1987. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 284 yards rushing yards and was not a victim of ‘no interception.
Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch had two touchdowns, two interceptions and 21 assists for 254 yards. He was also the victim of five sacks.
Rookie Kareem Hunt scored a touchdown following a 35-yard run, his only throw of the game. This race allowed him to finish in front of Todd Gurley II and LeVeon Bell in yardage by the race. CJ Anderson had a career-high 61 yards, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark, a first in five years with the Broncos.
The Chiefs have chosen to leave some players aside, including Smith, since they were already ranked fourth in the American Association. Head Coach Andy Reid has instead chosen to use this final game of the season as a week off before the first round of the playoffs.
They will meet the Tennessee Titans in the first playoff round on Saturday in Kansas City.
The Chargers win but miss the playoffs
Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes and had 387 yards rushing through the air, but the Los Angeles Chargers were unable to claim a playoff spot despite their 30-10 win. against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Keenan Allen shot a 27-yard fumble and scored a six-yard touchdown for the Chargers (9-7), who have won six of their last seven games in their first season in Los Angeles.
The Chargers needed two defeats of the American Association’s teams to become the second team in NFL history to reach the playoffs after a 0-4 start. They were officially eliminated due to the Tennessee Titans’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tyrell Williams captured a 56-yard touchdown pass and Travis Benjamin caught a 62-yard pass for the Chargers, who have won nine of their last 12 games. They battled hard to overcome their 0-4 start, which included two defeats of accuracy, but it was too little too late.
The Chargers ended their season in front of their biggest rivals and earned their fifth straight win at the StubHub Center despite the powerful crowd cheering for the Raiders. It was the first time the Raiders had played in Los Angeles after moving to Oakland in the 1994 season.
Rivers became the ninth quarterback in history to surpass 50,000 passing yards and tied for sixth in touchdown passes (342) alongside Fran Tarkenton.
The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio after a disappointing season.
Del Rio mentioned that team owner Mark Davis told him he was not coached after the loss. The coach signed a four-year contract extension last February after the Raiders ended their 13-year hiatus and won 12 victories last season.