In the Saturday slate of Divisional Round NFL games, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-10, while the Tennessee Titans upset the Baltimore Ravens 28-12.
The solid running attack by the 49ers gave the team their first playoff victory in six years. Tevin Coleman led the way with 105 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. The offense didn’t have to do much, as the defense delivered a shut out in the second half.
The only Vikings touchdown came when Kirk “You Like That” Cousins found Stefon Diggs for a 41-yard touchdown. It seemed the Vikings came to play and would take the momentum.
After a 14-10 lead to start the second half, the 49ers defense gave the offense plenty of short-field opportunities. None of the 49ers scoring drives covered more than 46 yards in the second half.
The 49ers won and will advance to the NFC Championship game to play the winner of the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers game.
The Titans, who entered the game as 10-pount underdogs, stunned the Ravens behind a monstrous performance by Derrick Henry. Henry rushed for 195 yards and added a passing touchdown.
After being down 14-0, the Ravens connected on two field goals before halftime to tighten the lead. In the third quarter, the Titans scored two touchdowns, pushing the lead to 28-6 and leaving the home-field advantage Ravens stunned. Even with an early score in the fourth quarter, the Titans offensive ground attack with Henry and the defensive secondary was too much for the Ravens.
Lamar Jackson, the prohibited favorite for MVP, was a statistical animal. He passed for 365 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 143 yards. The loss cannot be placed on his shoulders, as his numbers alone show his willingness to compete.
The Titans advance to the AFC Championship game to play the winner of the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs game.