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Jan 15, 2018

2017 Divisional Round Recap

The divisional round, and Draftboard's weekend football slate, kicked off on Saturday with the Eagles playing host to the Falcons. The Eagles came into the game as the number one seed but were underdogs due to Carson Wentz’s absence. The game was a low scoring ordeal with no touchdowns in all of the second half. The Falcons could not convert a 4th and goal from the two-yard line, with a minute left as the Eagles held on to the 15-10 victory. Foles had a decent game completing 23 of his 30 tosses for 246 yards. LeGarrette Blount scored the lone touchdown for the Eagles with a one-yard punch-in. At the end of the day, the Eagles had just enough to top Atlanta’s tough defense and will host the NFC championship game next weekend.

The number one seed Patriots were big favorites over the Titans in the Saturday night game.  The Patriots took care of business, beating the Titans by three touchdowns. The Titans took an early seven-point lead before New England put up 35 unanswered points. New England did it through the air as Brady threw the ball 53 times. Amendola was the leading receiver with 112 yards, while Gronk also had a nice game with 81-yards and a touchdown. Derrick Henry needed to have a big game to give the Titans a chance, but he only saw 12 carries for 24 yards. The Titans are heading home as the Patriots stay in Foxborough to take on the Jaguars next week.

The big upset of the weekend came in Pittsburgh, as Blake Bortles and the Jaguars continue to roll. The game was a 45-42 shootout with multiple players putting up huge DFS numbers. Big Ben threw for 469-yards and five touchdowns, while Brown had 132-yards and two touchdowns, in the loss. Leonard Fournette ran the ball 25 times for 109-yards and three touchdowns. As with their first meeting, the big factor of the game was turnovers. Ben Roethlisberger threw one interception deep in his own territory, and a fumble returned for a touchdown. The Steelers trailed 28-7 late in the second quarter but clawed their way back into the game. Pittsburgh had a few big moments where it looked like they may be turning the tables, but give credit to Bortles and the Jaguars as they responded to every Steelers’ threat. The Jaguars move on to take on the Patriots in the AFC championship next week.

The Vikings and Case Keenum provided us with the craziest game of the weekend. After starting the second half with a 17-0 lead and all of the momentum, the Vikings gave it all back. The Saints kicked a big field goal with 30 seconds left to give them a 24-23 lead. But with a miracle toss up to Stefon Diggs (who finished the game with 137 yards and 22.7 fantasy football points), and with the help of a missed tackle, the Vikings scored a last-second touchdown for the win. Kamara and Ingram were held relatively quiet on the ground again. Kamara did have 62 yards and a touchdown through the air, while wide receiver Michael Thomas had 85-yards and two touchdowns. But the story was all about the Vikings and Case Keenum as they truly pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.

Dan Quinn