2019 NFC Divisional Round

Connor Manning

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After the Dallas Cowboys squeaked by the Seattle Seahawks at home, and the Philadelphia Eagles upset the Chicago Bears on a game winning missed field goal by Cody Parkey, both teams were on the road for the second round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs.

On Saturday, The Cowboys made the trek to Los Angeles to face the Rams, who had a bye the previous week. With the whole nation watching in prime-time, the Cowboys jumped out to a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Then, the Rams running backs took over, with CJ Anderson and Todd Gurley III each recording a touchdown as the Rams took a 20-7 lead at halftime. The Cowboys would make it interesting, but in the end the Rams would prevail by a score of 30-22. “As a Cowboys fan, it was disappointing to see them lose, but it was a great game to watch and the Rams just proved to be the better team that night.”, said Brendan Manning (11).

Sunday’s matinee consisted of the defending Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the NFC’s Number one seed, the New Orleans Saints. Earlier in the season, the Saints destroyed the Eagles, 48-7 in the Super-dome (New Orleans). This time, things would be different. Nick Foles and the Eagles would jump out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, after a New Orleans turnover and a punt. The Saints would bounce back, and end up grabbing a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter. The game wasn’t done yet, as a missed field goal by Saints kicker Will Lutz allowed the Eagles one more chance to take the lead late in the game. “To be honest, after the missed kick I thought they were gonna score. The Eagles had momentum and the desperation that was needed to move down the field”, said Ethan Hartman (12). Nick Foles took the Eagles to the Saints’ 27-yard line and on 2nd and 10, Nick Foles threw to his most trusted receiver, Alshon Jeffery, and it bounced off of his hands and was intercepted by Marcus Lattimore and that was the game. “I’m still in shock as to what happened. Never in a million years did I think that Jeffery was gonna drop the ball.”, said Preston Long (9). Drew Brees was able to kill off the clock, and the Eagles run was over just like that.

After two very exciting and close NFC Divisional games, The Saints will host the Rams this Sunday in the NFC Championship. The two teams played earlier this season, with the Saints ending the Rams undefeated season in a 45-35 barnburner. Who will prevail this Sunday and move on to Atlanta.