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NFL Divisional Round Highlights: Notable grades from the weekend's games

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half in the AFC divisional round game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

• Haason Reddick delivers on the big stage: The Eagles pass-rusher racked up seven total pressures in the divisional-round win over the New York Giants. 

 Fred Warner stands out again: The star linebacker showcased incredible coverage ability as the 49ers took down the Cowboys to advance to the NFC championship game.

 Travis Kelce proves why he is Chiefs’ top target: Patrick Mahomes went to his tight end time after time en route to another AFC championship appearance.

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We will be checking in on PFF grades and data each Monday when the grades go live, highlighting some of the interesting performances from the past weekend of football.

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TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF GRADE: 85.4

The Chiefs are going back to the AFC Championship again, just as they have every year that Patrick Mahomes has been their starting quarterback. And despite all the offseason concerns about trading wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, they are back here because Kelce remains one of the top targets in football.

Kelce caught all 14 catchable targets thrown his way in the divisional-round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, going for 98 yards and two scores with a missed tackle forced along the way.

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TE George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

PFF GRADE: 78.2

Kelce wasn’t the only tight end who impressed this week, with Niners star George Kittle also delivering in the final game of the weekend. Kittle was targeted just five times in the win over the Dallas Cowboys, catching all five for 95 yards.

He didn’t find the end zone, but four of his five receptions did move the chains for the 49ers offense. His biggest play of the game came in the third quarter when he secured a juggling catch and managed to avoid a hit from Trevon Diggs in the process.

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EDGE Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles

PFF GRADE: 89.7

Reddick has produced his best season in the NFL this year and came up big on Saturday night in the Eagles' win over the New York Giants. On the field for 24 snaps as a pass-rusher, Reddick registered a sack, a hit and five hurries. He impressed as a run defender, too, with two of his three tackles against the run resulting in a defensive stop.

Including the playoffs, Reddick has now racked up 75 total pressures, including 19 sacks, from 472 pass-rushing snaps on the season.

Click here to view Haason Reddick's grades in PFF Premium Stats


LB Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers

PFF GRADE: 86.0

It feels like every week there’s an alien-like play on film from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, and he produced yet another in the win over the Cowboys. The 49ers trusted Warner in coverage against Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb multiple times when Lamb was lined up in the slot, with Warner pulling in an interception off a tip on a target to Lamb and matching him stride for stride for almost 30 yards on another.

He finished the game having allowed just two receptions for 15 yards from 37 snaps in coverage and remains a cheat code for that San Francisco defense.

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DI D.J. Reader, Cincinnati Bengals

PFF GRADE: 86.9

When the plaudits are read for this era in Cincinnati Bengals football, things obviously start with quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins and the rest of the Bengals offense. But they likely don’t make two straight AFC Championship games without the strength of their defense.

Defensive tackle D.J. Reader once again showed why he has been such a key addition for them, proving to be a menace against the run and as a pass-rusher. He made two tackles, one resulting in a defensive stop, from 11 snaps in run defense and registered two hits and three hurries from 32 pass-rushing snaps.

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