The wild card round match did not bring any surprises. The Saints acted flawlessly and confidently dealt with the Chicago Bears 21: 9 in their field. Moreover, the only touchdown was made by the opponent literally under the final siren, a second before the end. Bears, of course, is not a good indicator, but the actions of the defense of the Saints must be noted. First of all, it turned out to neutralize the offensive attack – the opponent has only 48 yards “on the ground”. 8 tackles, including 6 solos, are in the asset of safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
The Buccaneers also started in the playoffs with a wild card round. And, like the Saints, the opponent was clearly inferior to Bruce Erians’ team in class. Here are just “Tampa” in the match with “Washington” made mistakes. Tom Brady got 3 sacks and the Buccaneers ended up winning not as confidently as expected – 31:23. 23 points conceded from one of the league’s worst attacks is a lot. In addition to sacks, Brady also has achievements – 381 yards on the pass and 2 touchdowns. Although the accuracy is not so-so – 22 out of 40. Receiver Mike Evans took 119 yards, Chris Goodwin and Antonio Brown took a touchdown. A touchdown on the stem and 93 yards on the ground, with a 4.9 average per try, for Leonard Fournett.