NFL Super Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday with a highly anticipated triple-header. Currently on FOX, the sixth-seed New York Giants are battling the NFC North champions and third-seed Minnesota Vikings.
Earlier, Josh Allen and the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills narrowly escaped rookie third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson and the seventh-seed Miami Dolphins, 34-31, to advance to their third straight divisional round appearance.
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The Vikings capped off a 12-play, 75-yard opening drive with a Kirk Cousins sneak to put the home team up early, 7-0.
The Giants answered with a 28-yard touchdown of their own on their first possession, courtesy of Saquon Barkley.
N.Y. in charge
After the Vikings went three-and-out on their next drive, the Giants took their first lead on the following possession.
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The Bills’ opening drive didn’t go as planned. Allen fumbled on a short scramble, but the ball went out of bounds in the process. The Bills ended the possession by turning it over on downs on Miami’s 32-yard line.
After the Dolphins went three-and-out on their first drive, the Bills got the ball back quickly and redeemed themselves on their next possession. Allen connected with Dawson Knox for a wild one-handed score to put Buffalo ahead early, 7-0.
On the Dolphins’ next drive, Bills safety Dean Marlowe picked off Thompson just outside Miami’s red zone.
Ground game strong
The Bills capitalized on the turnover in a big way, moving downfield with ease before rookie running back James Cook punched in a 12-yard score to extend Buffalo’s lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Allen hit Gabe Davis up the middle for a 19-yard pickup that was originally deemed an incomplete pass. Buffalo challenged the ruling, and the play was reversed, putting the Bills near midfield heading into the second quarter.
Both teams traded field goals to make it a 17-3 game midway through the second frame. Chaos ensued after Allen’s pass to John Brown was picked off near Miami’s goal line by Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard and returned to midfield.
The two squads got in a scuffle after the play, drawing offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties. The turnover resulted in a field goal for Miami, which closed the gap slightly, 17-6, late in the second quarter.
Closing the gap
The Dolphins finished the first half with a bang, as Cedrick Wilson Jr. returned the punt 50 yards to Buffalo’s 27-yard line. The drive ended in another field goal, as Miami made it an eight-point game, 17-9.
The Bills ran into some trouble just ahead of the break. Allen’s pass to Cole Beasley bounced out of the receiver’s hands and into the arms of Dolphins safety Jevon Holland, who returned it 29 yards to Buffalo’s 18-yard line with less than a minute to spare before the end of the first half.
Call of the wild!
Miami’s tie lasted less than a minute, as Buffalo snuck in a field goal just before halftime. But after going three-and-out to open the second half, the Dolphins snatched the ball away from Allen as well as the lead. What an improbable turn of events.
Back and forth
Buffalo regained the lead late, 27-24, in the third quarter after a costly Miami interception.
The Bills extended their lead to 34-24 heading into the fourth quarter, thanks to a jaw-dropping 23-yard touchdown reception by Davis.
Don’t turn that dial
Following a sleepy quarter from Miami’s offense, Mike McDaniel dialed up some trickery to get his team back in the end zone. A reverse from Jaylen Waddle set up a short touchdown run from Jeff Wilson Jr.
Eyes on the prize
Bills receiver Khalil Shakir came down with a monster 31-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter to get Buffalo to midfield.
The Bills ended up punting the ball away after Allen took a huge sack on third down, but the Dolphins came up just short on their next possession, turning the ball over on downs. Things ended there, 34-31.
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