Monday, January 16, 2017

NFL PLAYOFFS - Packers, Steelers Get Road Wins To Advance

The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers both won on the road on Sunday to advance to conference title games next weekend.
The Packers won a thriller in Dallas, defeating the Cowboys, 34-31 as Mason Crosby made a 51-yard field goal as time ran out. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 18-16 as kicker Chris Boswell made six field goals, which set an NFL playoff record.
The Packers will travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons next Sunday while the Steelers will face the Patriots in New England.

The Steelers held off the Chiefs as Boswell was the hero with the six field goals. Kansas City managed to score two touchdowns, including the one-yard run by Spencer Ware with just under three
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell set a record in win.
minutes remaining in regulation to get the game to 18-16.
However, the two-point conversion was a problem as a holding call negated the successful pass from quarterback Alex Smith to wide receiver Demetrius Harris. The follow up attempt was incomplete and following the kickoff, the Steelers were able to get a first down and run out the clock to advance to New England next weekend.
For the game, the Steelers defense limited the Chiefs to just 227 total yardage in offense, including only 61 yards rushing. Kansas City QB Alex Smith passed for 172 yards with a touchdown and one interception.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell ran for 170 yards (30 carries) and top receiver Antonio Brown had six receptions for 108 yards.

The game of the year took place earlier in the day in Dallas where the Packers held on for the 34-31 win as Mason Crosby kicked the winning 51-yard field goal as time expired.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers celebrates win with Crosby.
The Cowboys mounted a furious fourth quarter rally to eventually tie the game at 31-31 with just 35 seconds remaining when Dan Bailey drilled a 52-yard field goal. Just before that, Crosby nailed a 56-yarder to put Green Bay ahead 31-28 with 1:33 remaining.
The Packers held a 28-13 lead heading to the fourth quarter as QB Aaron Rodgers (356 passing yards with two TD and one INT) sliced and diced the Dallas secondary all day long. The Packers trailed 3-0 but then reeled off 21 unanswered points on a touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns from Ty Montgomery.
The Cowboys trimmed the halftime deficit to 21-13 as QB Dak Prescott (302 pass yards, three TD, one INT) hooked up with WR Dez Bryant on a 40-yard touchdown pass play. Bryant had nine receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Bailey added a 33-yard field goal just before the half.
The only score in the third quarter was a three-yard TD pass from Rodgers to tight end Jared Cook, (pictured right) who would later haul in the clutch 36-yard reception while straddling the sidelines to set up Crosby's game winning field goal.
In the fourth quarter, Prescott connected with TE Jason Witten (six-yard TD pass) and Bryant from seven yards to get the 'Pokes to within 28-26 with 4:08 left in the game. Prescott scored on a run for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 28-28.
For the game, Green Bay amassed 414 yards compared to 429 for Dallas (291 passing, 138 rushing) as Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran for 125 yards on 22 attempts.
The win was the eighth straight for the Packers dating back to Week Twelve in November.

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