Sunday, January 11, 2015

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round

Denver Broncos  13 : 24  Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and the Indianapolis Colts upset Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 24-13 Sunday in the AFC playoffs. Manning, who joined the Broncos in 2012 after his release from Indy, has gone one-and-done in the playoffs a record nine times in his otherwise stellar career. That includes twice in Denver, where he's 38-10 in the regular season but just 2-4 in the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers   26 : 21  Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay rallied from an 11-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 Sunday in an NFC divisional-round playoff. Dez Bryant's leaping catch at the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 was reversed by referee Gene Steratore after Green Bay challenged. The Cowboys' first postseason trip to Green Bay since the 1967 Ice Bowl for the NFL championship was their first road defeat of the season after eight victories.

Seattle Seahawks  31 : 17  Carolina Panthers
Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, Kam Chancellor returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 31-17 on Saturday night in the NFC divisional playoff game. The Seahawks never trailed and became the first defending Super Bowl champion to win a playoff game the following season since New England in January 2006.

New England Patriots  35 : 31  Baltimore Ravens
Other teams don't have a quarterback like Tom Brady, who can recover from a miserable interception, to throw a magnificent 23-yard touchdown pass in the back left corner to Brandon LaFell to give New England its first lead of the AFC Divisional game over the Ravens with just 5:13 remaining. Other teams don't intercept Joe Flacco in the playoffs -- at least not any other team since 2011 -- until the Patriots did it twice, including on the pass that all but ended the game, when Duron Harmon picked him off in the end zone.

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