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Kansas City hat gewonnen, Cleveland verloren, und Sie hätten auf die Stereotypen wetten sollen

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At the start of the Wild Card weekend, there were different narratives surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns than usual. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid spent the second half of the season trying to convince us that something was off – then Kansas City defeated Miami 26-7. In the other game, the Browns‘ team was so insanely good that it didn’t matter who was under center or how often they turned the ball over. Joe Flacco threw two consecutive Pick-Sixes and Houston won 45-14.

Why? Why do we do this? Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL, and the team with the best QB usually wins, so screw me. I thought, hey, the Dolphins had the better ground game all season, it’s -23 at Arrowhead, and the entire gambling public knows the stat about Miami in cold weather. Maybe it’s time for a zig?

Miami’s running backs carried the ball 14 times for 42 yards. Meanwhile, Isaiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire combined for 110 yards on 31 touches, and Kansas City was the more physical team. This is why the weekly overreactions in the regular season are meaningless when taken into account.

Get out of bed, pick Mahomes, and go back to sleep.

The nickname for the Browns Stadium is literally „Factory of Sorrow“ – and they weren’t even playing at home. It was not that I trusted Flacco; it was more that the Browns won despite him. Cleveland’s two main goals were: unsettling rookie QB CJ Stroud and not turning the ball over.

Neither happened, the Browns returned to Cinderella and the entire Baltimore Ravens fan base laughed at Flacco’s expense. Stroud was unflappable and became the youngest starting quarterback to win a playoff game, which happened to be his first playoff game. He finished 16 of 21 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He was 1.1 points shy of becoming the fifth player ever to achieve a perfect passer rating in the postseason.

The Browns allowed 333 yards less than the second-ranked defense and led the league this season with 4.6 opponent yards per game. The Texans averaged 8.1 yards per snap, and Davis Mills was the relief for the last two three-and-outs, the second of which consisted exclusively of kneel-downs.

There isn’t much to say about the lineup this Saturday unless you’ve signed up with Peacock to watch the Dolphins play with 1:12 left in the third down. Normally, I watch a James Bond movie when I want something to induce a nap.

An NBC Note Putting Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift behind a Paywall

Credit-Karma for NBC Universal’s kickoff into the playoffs, beginning with two games where the winners outscored their opponents 71-21. I thought you were clever to put Cris Collinsworth, Mike Tirico, and the primetime game on a streaming service, right? Then NBC had the audacity to tell the audience to „witness history“ by tuning in.

The first playoff game being aired behind a paywall is not the kind of history I want to witness. It’s like congratulating the first person to spend 20 dollars on a pack of cigarettes or pay 10 dollars for a banana. They, too, were historic – historically an idiot.

Don’t worry. If you missed it: Kelce had seven grabs for 71 yards, and T-Swift had the entire suite perform a coordinated dance number. God, I can’t wait for Swift to retroactively experience the high school experience she always wanted.

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