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NFL playoffs highlights Sam Hubbard’s 98-yard TD powers Bengals past Ravens

Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard returned a fumble 98 yards for a touchdown to put Cincinnati ahead in the fourth quarter against Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The first round of the NFL playoffs continued Sunday with three games. The Buffalo Bills started the afternoon with a closer-than-expected 34-31 win over the Miami Dolphins. The New York Giants captured their first postseason win since 2011, taking down the third-seeded Minnesota Vikings, 31-24, in a thriller in Minneapolis. At night, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens, 24-17, in a rematch of their Week 18 matchup. Continue reading for highlights from Sunday’s games.

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  • The Bills scored the first 17 points against the Dolphins, then committed several blunders that allowed Miami — led by third-string rookie Skylar Thompson, starting in place of injured quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater — to grab a second-half lead. But Buffalo regrouped in time to prevail, as Josh Allen threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns and helped the Bills to a win. They will host the third-seeded Bengals in the divisional round next weekend.
  • The Giants added another achievement to their return-to-prominence season, continuing their dramatic turnaround under first-year coach Brian Daboll with a win over the Vikings — the first of any team on the road in these playoffs. Quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and added 78 rushing yards. Tailback Saquon Barkley had a pair of touchdowns. The Giants will next face the Philadelphia Eagles in a matchup of NFC East rivals.
  • Little came easily for the Bengals as they began their postseason bid to reach another Super Bowl. The Lamar Jackson-less Ravens proved a tougher test than expected. But quarterback Joe Burrow delivered, even while playing with a depleted offensive line, and a 98-yard fumble return by defensive end Sam Hubbard helped secure Cincinnati’s spot in the divisional round.
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The Bills scored the first 17 points against the Dolphins, then committed several blunders that allowed Miami — led by third-string rookie Skylar Thompson, starting in place of injured quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater — to grab a second-half lead. But Buffalo regrouped in time to prevail, as Josh Allen threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns and helped the Bills to a win. They will host the third-seeded Bengals in the divisional round next weekend.
The Giants added another achievement to their return-to-prominence season, continuing their dramatic turnaround under first-year coach Brian Daboll with a win over the Vikings — the first of any team on the road in these playoffs. Quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and added 78 rushing yards. Tailback Saquon Barkley had a pair of touchdowns. The Giants will next face the Philadelphia Eagles in a matchup of NFC East rivals.
Little came easily for the Bengals as they began their postseason bid to reach another Super Bowl. The Lamar Jackson-less Ravens proved a tougher test than expected. But quarterback Joe Burrow delivered, even while playing with a depleted offensive line, and a 98-yard fumble return by defensive end Sam Hubbard helped secure Cincinnati’s spot in the divisional round.

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