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NFL Wild-Card Sunday Takeaways: Can the 49ers Continue Their Playoff Run?


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SOURCE: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2952506-nfl-wild-card-sunday-takeaways-can-the-49ers-continue-their-playoff-run
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Summary

The Kansas City Chiefs closed the evening (and probably Ben Roethlisberger's NFL career) by blowing out the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21, setting up a much-anticipated AFC showdown with the Buffalo Bills in the process.The filling for that wild-card hoagie was Sunday's closest game, and the first upset of this year's playoffs. Defensively, San Francisco limited the NFL's most prolific regular-season offense to 307 yards of offense and 17 points.This is only the third time this season the 49ers won a game in which San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception. They repeatedly shot themselves in the foot, tying a franchise record with a whopping 14 penalties.That sloppiness is an even worse look for McCarthy than the early playoff exit.And it's fair to wonder how the 78-year-old Jones will respond to the crushing way the Cowboys' season ended.On Saturday night, the Buffalo Bills made NFL history against the New England Patriots with what amounted to a perfect offensive performance—seven drives, seven touchdowns, no turnovers and no fourth downs. Instead, there was a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that was nowhere near as close as the final score.And one of the worst 30-minute stretches of football in Roethlisberger's 18-year professional career.With the Chiefs sitting on a huge second-half lead and Kansas City playing pillow-soft coverage, the 39-year-old was able to eke out a semi-respectable stat line for the game: 215 passing yards, two scores and a passer rating of 92.5. The Buccaneers have watched big names on both sides of the ball miss significant time.Not only have the Bucs overcome those injuries, but they have also barely seemed to matter most weeks, as was the case in Sunday's dominant 31-15 win over an overmatched Philadelphia Eagles team.For most teams, losing two of its top three receivers would be a massive blow to the passing game. And although he did return to the contest, he was eventually ruled out.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers handled the Philadelphia Eagles 28-22 in Week 6, but leading up to Sunday's rematch, Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert said that this time would be different—in part because Philly isn't the same team offensively it was back then."Looking at that last game, I feel like it's really not the same team we've got now," Goedert told reporters.

As said here by Gary Davenport