Monday 21 August 2017 / 06:14 PM

WILD CARD WEEKEND MARKED BY BLOWOUTS

The NFL’s Wild Card Weekend was characterised by blowout results, with the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers advancing to the Divisional Round in comfortable style.

In the closest of the four Wild Card fixtures, the Texans accounted for the hobbled Oakland Raiders 27-14 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Brock Osweiler’s 2 TD game was sufficient for the home side to get over the top of a Raiders outfit badly missing star QB Derek Carr.

The Seahawks easily subdued the Detroit Lions in Seattle, keeping their endzone intact in a 26-6 rout. Russell Wilson threw for 224 yards on 23/30 passing, including two touchdowns, while Thomas Rawls rushed for 161 yards and a TD – but it was dominant defense that won the day.

The lopsided results continued as Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers ended the Miami Dolphins’ watershed campaign. Making their first playoffs appearance since 2008, the Ryan Tannehill-less Dolphins had no answer to Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, who ran in two TDs each.

But the Steelers do have big concerns ahead of next week’s showdown with the Chiefs as Roethlisberger suffered an ankle injury.

The Packers ended a humdrum Wild Card Weekend with the biggest winning margin of the lot, blowing out the New York Giants 38-13 at Lambeau Field – but the mismatch also produced the standout moment of the playoffs to date.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, the NFL’s Hail Mary King, pulled out an extraordinary 42-yard pass to Randall Cobb for a buzzer-beating touchdown. Green Bay trailed 3-0 after the first quarter and led by just a point when Rodgers pulled out his miracle play on the stroke of halftime.

It provided the impetus for the hosts, who sealed their divisional round spot with a 14-0 fourth-quarter.

NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND FIXTURES

Sunday (AEST)

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

Monday (AEST)

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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