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NFL scores and recaps for every wild-card playoff game

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) drops to pass during the second quarter a wild card game against the Los Angeles Chargers at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

PFF broke down the numbers immediately after every NFL game from wild-card weekend, including scores, rookie standouts, offensive line performances and more.

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SEA @ SF | LAC @ JAX | MIA @ BUF | NYG @ MIN | BLT @ CIN | DAL @ TB

San Francisco 49ers 41, Seattle Seahawks 23

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Offensive Spotlight: 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel and Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf put on a show Saturday, as each finished at least 125 receiving yards, a touchdown and an 85.0-plus receiving grade on first review.

Samuel totaled six receptions for 133 receiving yards and a touchdown, including a 74-yard catch-and-run that put the 49ers up by three scores in the fourth quarter. Samuel also forced two missed tackles after the catch in addition to adding 32 rushing yards from three carries.

Even in a losing effort, Metcalf was outstanding, totaling 10 receptions for 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Impressively, Metcalf caught four of his five contested targets in addition to forcing a missed tackle after the catch.

Defensive Spotlight: It shouldn't be surprising that the aforementioned Omenihu was the game's standout defense, as he totaled five pressures, two sacks. two pass-rush wins that didn't result in a pressure and a team-high 33.3% pass-rush win rate. He also added a tackle against the run. The Texas product proved that Bosa isn't the only 49ers defensive lineman who can make a game-changing impact.

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Jacksonville Jaguars 31, Los Angeles Chargers 30

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Offensive Spotlight: No player personified the phrase, “A tale of two halves” more than Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The second-year quarterback was absolutely atrocious in the first half, throwing four interceptions and earning a 24.5 passer rating.

He was absolutely surgical in the second half, throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions with a 144.5 passer rating.

Defensive Spotlight: Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. had an all-time performance in his playoff debut. The second-year corner picked off Lawrence three times while also forcing an incompletion. His three interceptions fell one short of the NFL postseason record set by Vernon Perry in 1979. It’s also the first time since the 2003 season and the ninth instance ever that a player had three interceptions in a playoff game.

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Buffalo Bills 34, Miami Dolphins 31

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Offensive spotlight: That was the full Josh Allen experience if I’ve ever seen it — six big-time throws, two turnover-worthy plays and multiple first downs with his legs. The “wow” plays were prevalent on both ends of the spectrum.

Many of those went to big-game Gabe Davis, who was back in his playoff form from a year ago. He hauled in six of his nine targets for 113 yards and a score. In his last three playoff games, Davis now has 355 yards and six scores.

Defensive spotlight: The Dolphins defense sacked Allen seven times on the day, but it was the man who didn’t record a single one who did the most damage. Jaelan Phillips did everything he could to get the Dolphins a win, as he racked up a ridiculous nine pressures and six run stops — both figures led all players in the game. It was quite the cherry on top of a dynamite second season for the former first-round pick. While the final grade is still under review, there’s a chance he finishes with an overall grade on the year over 90.0.

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New York Giants 31, Minnesota Vikings 24

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Offensive spotlight: Giants QB Daniel Jones led the Giants in rushing (78 yards) as well as posting over 300 passing yards. He carried the ball 17 times in total and came up big in multiple key spots against a struggling Vikings defense.

Defensive spotlight: Dexter Lawrence was too much for the Vikings offensive line all game long. He led the Giants in pressures and pressure rate and was consistently running through the Vikings' interior, disrupting their passing plays.

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Cincinnati Bengals 24, Baltimore Ravens 17

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Offensive Spotlight: It was a fairly conservative outing from Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow, who posted just a 6.3-yard average depth of target and zero big-time throws for the game.

Some of this had to do with the soft coverage being played by Baltimore, but the biggest reason was the weakness along the offensive line. Burrow helped take stress off the group by getting the ball out quickly and decisively, as evidenced by his 2.54-second average time to throw for the game. He also didn’t put the ball in harm’s way, recording zero turnover-worthy plays in the contest.

Defensive Spotlight: Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson and edge defender Sam Hubbard teamed up for one of the biggest game-changing plays of the season. On a Baltimore sneak at the one-yard line with the game tied at 17 in the fourth quarter, Wilson punched the ball out as Tyler Huntley reached for the score, and Hubbard scooped it up and ran it 98 yards for a touchdown. This play swung the win probability 46 percentage points in Cincinnati’s favor.

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Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Offensive spotlight: Dak Prescott missed on his first three throws yet ended 25-of-33 for 305 passing yards and four scores. And three of those incompletions were charted as drops. He didn't make any big-time throws, but he also avoided any turnover-worthy plays.

Defensive spotlight: Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting combined to surrender 11 catches on 13 targets for 157 yards and two scores. One of those incompletions was a misfire from Dak Prescott on a screen during the game's first drive. It was a night to forget for the Tampa Bay secondary.

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