The Chiefs had already overcome double-digit deficits in their two previous playoff games this year, but their third such effort will be an unforgettable one for head coach Andy Reid. His aggressive play calling kept the Chiefs in the game, and then Patrick Mahomes won it with some incredible deep throws and third-down conversions.
The Seahawks avoided the fourth blowout of the divisional round with a furious second half comeback against the Packers. But thanks to bad pass protection and a critical bad strategic decision, their one-score magic finally ran out.
With a pair of home games for a pair of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, wild-card weekend was at risk for blowouts and chalk finishes. Instead, all four games were competitive deep into their fourth quarters, and all four road teams had a chance to win.
The NFL stacked the on-paper excitement of Week 17 toward the end of the day, and the 49ers and Seahawks delivered a classic that did not settle the NFC West of the No. 1 seed in the NFC until its final play.
The NFL shined all weekend in Week 16, producing three riveting games on Saturday and then surprising with a handful of unimportant nail-biters on Sunday. But none of those games could steal the spotlight from the anticipated marquee game on Sunday between the Saints and Titans.
Week 15 offered all the drama you'd expect from mid-December in the heat of the playoff race. Critical between the Texans-Titans and Bills-Steelers matchups delivered close games, but a stunning upset in San Francisco provided the game of the week and may have turned the NFC playoff picture on its head.
Game of the week? San Francisco's victory over New Orleans that shook up the entire playoff picture was likely the game of the year. Elsewhere, Chiefs-Patriots and Ravens-Bills also carried serious playoff implications, while Colts-Buccaneers and Dolphins-Jets didn't.
The Chargers and Broncos delivered their fated fourth-quarter classic to make up for a pair of late-afternoon Sunday blowouts and a trio of boring Thanksgiving day games to boot. Meanwhile, the 49ers-Ravens game lived up to its hype and perhaps offered a Super Bowl preview.
The final bye week of 2019 didn't need the high-flying Chiefs to produce a number of compelling fourth-quarter finishes, highlighted by a trio of games with major playoff implications between the Panthers and Saints, Cowboys and Patriots, and Seahawks and Eagles.
With the marquee Texans-Ravens game ending in a blowout, surprisingly close games between the 49ers and Cardinals and the Broncos and Vikings provided the major excitement in Week 11. That latter game even ended with an historical comeback.