Sunday, January 4, 2015

NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Weekend

Detroit Lions  20 : 24  Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Terrance Williams, the second for the lead late in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Cowboys rallied for a 24-20 wild-card win over Detroit on Sunday in their first playoff game in five years. The Cowboys (12-5) wiped out an early two-touchdown deficit to earn a trip to Green Bay, their first visit there in the postseason since a heartbreaking loss to the Packers in the Ice Bowl in 1967.

Indianapolis Colts  26 : 10  Cincinnati Bengals
It's the fourth straight year the Bengals have lost in the Wild Card round with Andy Dalton at quarterback. The Bengals have lost seven straight playoff games as a franchise. They were certainly dealt a rough hand with wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham out of the lineup. They also lost defenders Rey Maualuga and Dre Kirkpatrick during Sunday's loss.

Pittsburgh Steelers  17 : 30  Baltimore Ravens
The rarely flustered Joe Flacco tossed two second-half touchdowns and the Baltimore Ravens dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 on Saturday night in the AFC wild-card game. Flacco hit Torrey Smith for an 11-yard score in the third quarter and found Crockett Gillmore with a 21-yard pass in the fourth one play after Terrell Suggs picked off Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens won in Pittsburgh for the first time in the postseason.

Carolina Panthers  27 : 16  Arizona Cardinals
Cam Newton threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, Carolina's defense set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed in a postseason game, and the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-16 on Saturday. It was Carolina's first playoff win in nine years and Newton's first playoff victory since entering the league as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

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