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NFL: Sunday playoff games review - Bengals and Bills on collision course

The New York Giants, inspired by quarterback Daniel Jones, won their first playoff game in 11 years to eliminate the Minnesota Vikings in the only upset to emerge from Sunday's Wild Card games.

The Giants, 12/1 to win the NFC, led for most of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium with running back Saquon Barkley brilliant on his postseason debut and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins overcoming an injury to make several important catches.

The much-maligned Jones, whom the Giants decided was not worth exercising their fifth-year contract option for last spring, threw for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns while adding more than 70 yards with his legs.

The fourth-year triggerman's ability to run for first down yardage proved key to New York building a 24-14 lead before Minnesota's defensive adjustments brought them back into the game in the second half.

Barkley, who is set to hit free agency after the season ends, also impressed with a combined 109 yards and two rushing touchdowns with his first making the score 7-7 in the first quarter.

The most surprising performance came from Hodgins, however, as the previously unheralded wideout made eight catches for 105 yards on his playoff debut despite injuring his ankle during Saturday's walkthrough.

He beat future Hall of Fame cornerback Patrick Peterson on a slant for a 14-yard touchdown late in the first quarter as the Giants scored touchdowns on their two first two possessions of a game for the first time in 2022.

The Vikings had some standout performers too with T.J Hockenson reeling in 10 of his 11 targets for 129 yards and Kirk Cousins doing little wrong in completing 31 of 39 attempts for 273 yards and two scores.

But Big Blue's defense made two crucial fourth-quarter stops to seal the game and send the No.3 seeds crashing out of the playoffs.

As the lowest-seeded NFC contender left, Brian Daboll's team will face their NFC East rivals - the 33/20 Philadelphia Eagles - in the Divisional Round.

Bills make Miami pay for miscommunication

The Miami Dolphins gave the Buffalo Bills a scare in Sunday's early slot as Mike McDaniel's men rallied from a 17-0 deficit to briefly lead 24-20 against the AFC's No.2 seed.

But, with team-mate Damar Hamlin watching on as he continues to recover from the cardiac arrest he suffered two weeks ago, the Bills clinched a 34-31 victory that sets up a Divisional Round rematch of the postponed Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Stefon Diggs came out hot on a cold day in Buffalo, hauling in seven catches for 114 yards in the first half.

But two interceptions of Josh Allen allowed the Dolphins to level at 17-17 on the back of three Jason Sanders field goals, Mike Gesicki's seven-yard touchdown score and a two-point conversion.

Zach Sieler's five-yard fumble return early in the second half put Miami ahead for the first time, but the Bills roared back as Allen connected with recently re-signed receiver Cole Beasley from six yards and Gabe Davis from 23 to take a ten-point lead into the final quarter.

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The Dolphins were not done, though, as rookie QB Skylar Thompson engineered a 75-yard scoring drive that was capped by Jeff Wilson's goal line plunge.

The Bills, 7/4 to win the AFC, forced Miami into a fourth-and-one near midfield on their final possession late in the game.

But the Fins took too long getting to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball, causing a delay-of-game penalty after which Thompson's pass was broken up on fourth-and-six.

McDaniel couldn't stop the clock to avoid the flag because he had already used all three timeouts earlier in the half because of similar communication issues and stated later that the wrong information "was communicated to me through the upstairs."

Cincinnati kid sparks 14-point playoff swing

The 10/3 Bengals overcame a tenacious Baltimore Ravens team 24-17 in the late playoff game to continue their march toward a possible retention of their AFC crown.

Cincinnati kid Sam Hubbard produced the longest fumble return in playoff history - the former Archbishop Moeller High School and Ohio State star rumbling 98 yards to the end zone after the ball popped loose when backup QB Tyler Huntley attempted to dive for the goalline at the other end.

It produced a 14-point swing that the Ravens could not recover from.

JK Dobbins was later critical of the playcalling that led to that game-changing moment as the Raves rusher bemoaned a lack of carries.

He had earlier put Baltimore into a 10-9 half-time lead following the opening touchdown by Bengals receiver Ja'Marr Chase.

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow then sneaked into the end zone from a yard to cap a seven-minute drive before Huntley, covering for injured Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, hit Demarcus Robinson for a 41-yard touchdown.

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