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To the surprise of probably no one, the New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl after triumphing over the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’ll take on the Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, who bid farewell to the Georgia Dome with a resounding victory over the Green Bay Packers. While this week’s column for The MMQB focuses on top off-field storylines for teams already well into their offseason, take a look back at the social media highlights of the NFL Playoffs and be sure to follow me on Twitter for more as we gear up for Houston.

Prior to the start of Wildcard Weekend, I took to Twitter to answer a few questions about players’ playoffs pay (try saying that three times fast).

Wildcard Weekend

Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders:
Despite their 12-4 regular season record, the Derek Carr-less Raiders were unable to overcome the Texans. Brock Osweiler and crew took down the Raiders 27-14 in what may be the Raiders’ last game before relocating to Las Vegas.


Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions:
The Seattle Seahawks’ defense stood strong, holding the Detroit Lions to only six points and no touchdowns. Seattle put 26 points on the board and sent the Lions packing for the off-season.


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins:
The frigid temperature proved to be too much for the Miami Dolphins, who scored only one touchdown in their 30-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants:
And finally, after getting off to a slow start, Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns and led the Green Bay Packers to a 38-13 victory over the New York Giants.


Divisional Round

Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks:
In the battle of the birds, the Atlanta Falcons outscored the Seattle Seahawks 36-20, punching their ticket to the NFC Championship for the first time since 2013.


New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans
The New England Patriots offense steamrolled the Houston Texans, and never surrendered the lead. After a convincing 34-16 victory, the Patriots moved on to their sixth-straight AFC Championship game.


Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys:
The Dallas Cowboys’ historic season came to a heartbreaking end when Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby was able to put one through the uprights as time expired. With a final score of 34-31, the Packers bid farewell to Dallas and packed their bags for Georgia.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Big Ben didn’t throw for a single touchdown. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t score a single touchdown, but their six field goals proved to be enough to take down the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16.


Conference Championships

Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers:

That brings us to this past weekend. Despite Aaron Rodgers’ historic performance in the divisional round, the Green Bay Packers weren’t able to match the theatrics of their previous game and fell to the Atlanta Falcons 44-21.

New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers:
The New England Patriots won. It wasn’t close. A final score of 36-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers sent the Pats to their third Super Bowl in the last six seasons.

Will the Patriots continue the dynasty or will Matt Ryan cement his place in NFL history? For now, we wait.

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