Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins last qualified for NFL playoffs

Two places remained to be taken for the NFL play-offs, one per conference, with the same scenario: three teams were in contention, on each side. In the American Conference (AFC), New England, Miami and Pittsburgh competed for qualification on Sunday during the 18th and final day of the regular season. In the National Conference (NFC), Green Bay, Seattle and Detroit were in opposition.

Miami wins without scoring a touchdown

The New England Patriots had the hand to qualify. A victory against Buffalo and the play-offs were open to them. But the New England franchise lost to the Buffalo Bills (35-23). The latter, candidates for the Super Bowl, absolutely wanted to win, in tribute to Damar Hamlin, their safety, who is recovering from the heart attack he suffered last Monday in the middle of a match. Nyheim Hines was the star of the Bills, with two touchdowns scored on kickoff return.

Suddenly, it was the Miami Dolphins who qualified. A first for them since 2017. But the Floridians passed without glory. After losing their last five games, weighed down by problems at the quarterback position (three players used in recent weeks), they beat the New York Jets (11-6) without registering a single touchdown.

For the honor, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns (28-14). But the Pennsylvania franchise ends the season with a positive balance sheet. What remains a great performance for a team in reconstruction, a year after the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger, its emblematic quarterback.

Aaron Rodgers’ last game?

In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers could qualify if they win over the Detroit Lions. But it was the latter who won (20-16), driven in particular by two touchdowns from runner Jamaal Williams. A victory for butter however for the Lions. During this match, the last of the weekend, played offbeat, Detroit knew at kick-off that it was out of the running for the play-offs.

Because before, the Seattle Seahawks had hardly beaten the Los Angeles Rams (19-16 ap). And, if Green Bay lost then, it was indeed Seattle which won its place in the play-offs. A year after the departures of Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, their two big stars, no one was giving much to the Seahawks. But, led by quarterback Geno Smith and running back Kenneth Walker, they finally managed to qualify.

The Detroit Lions, however, had a great season. They got a positive result. Not bad for a team that only won three games last year. As for the Green Bay Packers, all eyes are on Aaron Rodgers, the team’s legendary quarterback: did he, at 39, play the last game of his career?

Chicago first pick in the next draft

Among the other results of the evening, Tampa Bay and Tom Brady, qualified for a week, lost against Atlanta (30-17) and ended the regular season with more defeats than victories. Chicago was dominated by Minnesota (29-13) and has the worst record in the NFL, thus inheriting the first pick of the next draft.

Philadelphia defeated the New York Giants (22-16) and finished top of the NFC with 14 wins. What is worth to the Eagles to be exempted from the first round of the play-offs. Just like the Kansas City Chiefs, winners on Saturday, in the AFC. San Francisco beat Arizona (38-13) and signed a 10th victory in a row.

In a match without stake against Denver (31-28 defeat), the Los Angeles Chargers, already in the play-offs, wanted to play with their holders. A choice that was expensive, because receiver Mike Williams and defender Joey Bosa were injured. Finally Cincinnati and Joe Burrow won against Baltimore (27-16). The two teams will meet again next weekend, in the first round of the play-offs.

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