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Line: Eagles by 2. Over/under: 54 1/2 Weather: Clear, temperature in the mid-20s, light wind.
INDIANAPOLIS – Colts coach Chuck Pagano has kept it loose all week. He’s been cracking jokes, encouraging laughter and trying to put football in perspective. He does not want today’s playoff game to change the routine, so he is imploring the Colts to make this business as usual – even with the Chiefs coming to town for a wild-card game.
Line: Colts by 1. Over/under: 46 1/2 Weather: Dome.
PHILADELPHIA – Ten years after Drew Brees led Westlake High School to the Texas state championship, Nick Foles came along and broke many of his passing records but couldn’t deliver another title for the Austin- based school. The two quarterbacks go head-to-head for the first time in the NFL with more at stake when Brees and the New Orleans Saints (11-5) visit Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) in an NFC wild-card playoff game tonight.
Playoff glance Wild-card round
Peyton Manning set the NFL record for most yards passing in a season and helped make the Denver Broncos the highest-scoring team in league history. Manning threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the first half against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday to better Drew Brees’ mark of 5,476 set in 2011 with New Orleans. Manning’s 5-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas with 13 seconds remaining in the half gave him 5,477 yards passing this season.
The Eagles and Packers went on the road Sunday and headed home with playoff berths. Philadelphia completed a big turnaround under new coach Chip Kelly by beating Dallas 24-22 to win the NFC East.
LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles took the last NFL playoff position in the final game of the regular season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Oh, brother! John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens set up a family reunion at the Super Bowl, shutting down the New England Patriots 28-13 Sunday in the AFC championship game.
ATLANTA – The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense. The San Francisco 49ers are ready to start a new dynasty with a familiar formula.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is so good at this playoff thing he seems to be going for a championship every year. He gets another chance to lead the Patriots to the Super Bowl after earning his record 17th postseason victory in New England’s 41-28 victory over Houston Sunday. Brady even outdid his childhood hero, Joe Montana, and a fourth NFL championship would equal Montana’s haul.
One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one – at least to one of the teams. For the second straight year in the AFC, the New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Seattle needed all of Marshawn Lynch’s 132 yards rushing, and especially his 27-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, to dispatch the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Instead of reveling in shaking 29 years of postseason road futility and completely looking ahead to another cross-country trip, Pete Carroll was left waiting Monday for the results of an MRI that only confirmed what the Seattle Seahawks originally feared.
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Ravens wanted one long final ride for Ray Lewis. They also wanted Denver. They got it.
LANDOVER, Md. – Down 14 points at the stomping feet of the largest playoff crowd in the football history of the nation’s capital, while attempting to do something a Seattle team had not done in 29 years, the conclusion was plain: The Seahawks had the Redskins right where they wanted them.
LANDOVER, Md. - The Seattle Seahawks finally won a road playoff game Sunday, taking a 24-14 NFC wild-card victory over the Washington Redskins, who lost Robert Griffin III to another knee injury in the fourth quarter. Washington led 14-0 after the first quarter but the Seahawks defense held its ground, keeping the Redskins scoreless for the final three quarters. Marshawn Lynch ran for 131 yards, and Russell Wilson completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards and ran eight times for 67 yards for the Seahawks, who broke an eight-game postseason losing streak away from home. Seattle will visit the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.
HOUSTON – J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock Cincinnati out of the playoffs for the second straight year. Matt Schaub made his first postseason start a successful one when Foster’s 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter helped the Texans to a 19-13 AFC wild-card win over the Bengals on Saturday.
One year after putting together the NFL’s worst record, the Indianapolis Colts are headed to the playoffs. Joining them on Sunday were the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing out the field in the AFC.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Kyle Williams is ignoring the barrage of hateful, hurtful, even threatening comments he has received via social media in the aftermath of his ill-timed fumble that cost the San Francisco 49ers the NFC championship game against New York. Williams said Monday he takes full responsibility for his fumble on a punt return in overtime of a 20-17 loss to the Giants on Sunday night that set up Lawrence Tynes’ winning field goal, calling the moment “painful.”