Sunday, January 12, 2014

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round

Seattle  23 : 15  New Orleans
Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in blustery conditions and Seattle's defense flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans. Seattle shut out the Saints in the first half, got Lynch's first 100-yard game since Week 10 of the regular season and received a spark from the brief return of Percy Harvin before he left with a concussion. Seattle last reached the conference title game in the 2005 playoffs.

New England  43 : 22  Indianapolis
LeGarrette Blount had four touchdown runs and the New England Patriots kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback win. Luck threw his third interception and the Patriots capitalized with Stevan Ridley's second touchdown run, a 1-yarder that finished the scoring with 11:12 left. The Colts (12-6) never led.

Carolina  10 : 23  San Francisco
The 49ers (14-4) held Cam Newton in check, intercepting him twice and sacking him four times while stopping the Panthers (12-5) twice on a 1-yard line. Colin Kaepernick completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers. Anquan Boldin had eight catches for 136 yards and Frank Gore ran for 84 yards on 17 carries for the 49ers , who'll travel to Seattle next Sunday looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. San Francisco split two games with the Seahawks this season.

Denver  24 : 17  San Diego
Manning, who will likely win his record fifth NFL MVP award after his record-setting regular season, was masterful through the first 29 minutes of the first half as he led the Broncos to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker. The Broncos (14-3) will host the New England Patriots (13-4) on Sunday. Get ready for Brady vs. Manning once more.

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