The German football professional Mark Nzeocha managed the first upset with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL playoffs. The German linebacker won 23:17 with the five-time Super Bowl champion on the wildcard weekend at the Dallas Cowboys and can dream of returning to the grand final.

Nzeocha (31) had been activated for the game at short notice, but his heart sank in the meantime: Because he hit the Dallas punter's leg after a series of attacks by the Cowboys that had already failed, the drive was allowed to continue. 

In the end, it was just enough for the 49ers because Dak Prescott made a mistake: Before what was supposed to be the last chance for a touchdown to win, the Cowboys quarterback failed to hand the ball over to the referee team – time ran out, the game was over .

Chiefs safe against the Steelers

Quarterback superstar Patrick Mahomes then led the Kansas City Chiefs to an unchallenged 42:21 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He ended the career of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after 18 years.

In 2020, the Chiefs defeated Nzeocha and the 49ers in the Miami Super Bowl.

On Sunday evening, defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Tom Brady (44) easily cleared the first hurdle against the Philadelphia Eagles (31:15).

The National Football League Divisional Playoffs: Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Los Angeles Rams/Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans-Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills