2014 NFL Playoffs – Round 3 (Conference Championships)



Sunday – January 19th – 3:00 p.m. ET

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

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Sunday – January 19th – 6:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks

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2014 NFL Playoffs – Round 2 (Divisional)



Saturday – January 11th – 4:30 p.m. ET

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks

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Saturday – January 11th – 8:00 p.m. ET

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots

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Sunday – January 12th – 1:00 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers

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Sunday – January 12th – 4:30 p.m. ET

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos

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2014 NFL Playoffs – Round 1 (Wild Card)



Saturday – January 4th – 4:30 p.m. ET

Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts

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Saturday – January 4th – 8:00 p.m. ET

New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles

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Sunday – January 5th – 1:00 p.m. ET

San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals

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Sunday – January 5th – 4:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers

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Ed’s NFL Playoffs Third Round Picks – 2013


San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons –

Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots

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Ed’s NFL Playoffs Second Round Picks – 2013

Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers –

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Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

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Ed’s NFL Playoffs First Round Picks – 2013

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers

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Ed Redesigns The NCAA Division 1 Football League – Includes Playoffs Configuration


REGION 1
Division A
Rutgers
Connecticut
Boston College
Army
Division B
Maryland
Navy
Syracuse
Buffalo
Massachusetts

REGION 2
Division A
Ohio State
Penn State
Temple
Miami (OH)
Indiana
Division B
Ohio
Toledo
Bowling Green
Pittsburgh
Purdue
Division C
Notre Dame
Kent State
Cincinnati
Ball State
Akron

REGION 3
Division A
Duke
South Carolina
North Carolina
Wake Forest
Marshall
Virginia
Division B
Clemson
North Carolina State
West Virginia
East Carolina
Virginia Tech

REGION 4
Division A
Florida
Georgia
South Florida
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Division B
Florida State
UCF
Miami (FL)
Georgia Tech

REGION 5
Division A
Alabama
Middle Tennessee
South Alabama
UAB
Memphis
Division B
Louisville
Arkansas
Vanderbilt
Missouri
Auburn
Division C
Western Kentucky
Troy
Arkansas State
Tennessee
Kentucky

REGION 6
Division A
Wisconsin
Michigan
Iowa State
Minnesota
Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Division B
Northern Illinois
Northwestern
Iowa
Michigan State
Western Michigan
Central Michigan

REGION 7
Division A
Louisiana Tech
Oklahoma
Louisiana-Monroe
Tulane
Southern Miss
Division B
Mississippi State
LSU
Louisiana-Lafayette
Ole Miss
Oklahoma State

REGION 8
Division A
Utah State
Brigham Young
Utah
Colorado State
Kansas State
Wyoming
Division B
Boise State
Nebraska
Idaho
Colorado
Air Force
Kansas

REGION 9
Division A
Tulsa
Texas A&M
Texas State
Southern Methodist
Rice
Division B
Texas Tech
San Jose State
Houston
UTEP
Division C
TCU
Texas
UTSA
Baylor
North Texas

REGION 10
Division A
Oregon State
Nevada
Arizona State
Stanford
New Mexico State
UNLV
Division B
USC
Arizona
Fresno State
California
Washington State
Hawaii
Division C
Oregon
UCLA
New Mexico
San Diego State
Washington

Note: during the regular season, each team will play 3 games in their division, 3 games in their region but outside their division, and 6 games in other regions.

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PLAYOFFS CONFIGURATION

First Round
The 24 divison winners will play 12 games in 6 days (over 2 consecutive weeks). Each matchup will be based on win/loss records and schedule strenghts so that No. 1 plays No. 2, No. 3 plays No. 4, No. 5 plays No. 6, etc.

Second Round
The 12 remaining teams will play 6 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by first round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – strength of opponents based on regular season rankings.

No. 1 plays No. 4, No. 2 plays No, 7, No. 3 plays No. 6, No. 5 plays No. 10, No. 8 plays No.12, and No. 9 plays No. 11.

Third Round
The 6 remaining teams will play 3 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by combined first and second round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.

No. 1 plays No. 3, No, 2 plays No. 5 and No. 4 plays No.6.

Note: these 3 games will called the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl respectively.

Fourth Round
The 3 remaining teams will be ranked by combined first, second and third round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.

No. 1 will have a week off while No. 2 plays No. 3 to determine who meets No. 1 in the national championship game.

Note: this game will be called the Rose Bowl and will be played on New Year’s Day.

National Championship
No. 1 pays No. 2.

Note: this game will be called the Camp Bowl – named for Walter C. Camp, the father of American football.
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I Blame God…

Denver Broncos’ Tim Tebow Scores Another Miracle Victory, Beats Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlissberger In Overtime Of AFC Wild Card Playoffs – New York Daily News

Before the end of the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Church of the Holy Ghost on the quiet downtown corner of California and 18th, the Rev. Greg Cleveland, adorned in white-gold vestments for the Epiphany, stood behind a wooden lectern. He spread his arms out wide, welcoming all communicants, ranging from the Pittsburgh Steelers fan dressed in a black Troy Polamalu jersey to the Broncos’ fanatic in navy blue John Elway attire. Cleveland, absorbing the scene, issued a blessing upon the faithful.

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“May we hope that Tebow has another miracle in him,” he said, referring to Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a devout Christian and mystical game manager.

The crowd laughed, applauded and listened still. Cleveland then trained his attention on the visiting Steelers and their sizable quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“The bigger the Ben, the harder they fall,” Cleveland said.

The Book of Tebow turned another page as afternoon cooled into night, re-routing a season seemingly derailed in recent weeks with a riveting 80-yard touchdown connection with wideout Demaryius Thomas for the game-winning touchdown. It was the final touch of a 29-23 overtime win that relied upon an aerial attack over the Steelers in a Wild Card game played out before 75,658 fans at Mile High.

Pittsburgh, hobbled by injuries, including Roethlisberger’s continued ankle issues, looked helpless in limiting Tebow, as the Broncos, champions of the AFC West, burst through the opening round to face the New England Patriots in Foxborough on Saturday night.

Tebow completed 10 of 21 pass attempts for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

The Broncos’ brain trust utilized Tebow in multiple formations, taking advantage of his left arm as much as his legs. The second-year quarterback received the majority of his snaps in the shotgun, shifted out wide as a receiver in a Wildcat package and maneuvered past defenders on quarterback keepers. He scrambled from pressure, scampered into the secondary on several read-option runs and altogether shook free from the league-wide scouting reports that declared him a liability in the passing game.

The game nearly turned on a running play by Broncos tailback Willis McGahee. Rushing right, McGahee was stripped by Steelers defensive back Ryan Mundy and linebacker LaMarr Woodley recovered the loose ball at the 44-yard line. Roethlisberger sacked for six yards on the subsequent first down, but, forever resilient, he maintained poise ni the pocket, finding former Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery for a 31-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 23-23 with 3:48 remaining in the game.

Passing proved problematic early. His first two attempts fell incomplete; a third, to wideout Eric Decker, was first marked a nine-yard completion, only to be ruled a lateral by officials. He connected again with Decker on a crossing pattern for a 21-yard gain, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin challenged the reception and the referees overruled it. Worse still, Decker endured a knee injury and left the field. No matter. Tebow dropped a 53-yard pass in wideout Demaryius Thomas’s hands along the left sideline. Lance Ball rushed one yard before Tebow hit receiver Eddie Royal for a 30-yard score.

When it was over, Tebow and teammates circled around midfield as a fan behind the Steelers bench held up a sign with one word repeated three times.

Believe.

Believe.

Believe.

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Giants Treat Falcons Like $3 Hookers

Giants Rout Falcons 24-2 In NFC Wild-Card Game – ABC News

Even Eli Manning’s feet are dangerous.

Manning punctuated his best pro season Sunday by throwing for three touchdowns and scrambling for a 14-yard gain that woke up New York’s offense. He sparked the Giants to a 24-2 rout of the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC wild-card game Sunday, their first postseason victory since their Super Bowl upset of undefeated New England four years ago.

Next up is just as big a challenge for the Giants (10-7): the defending champion Packers in Green Bay next Sunday. New York lost 38-35 to Green Bay in December.

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The team that couldn’t run the ball will be sprinting there, bringing along a defense the Packers (15-1) actually might fear.

And an offense led by Manning, who hooked up on a 72-yard catch and run by Hakeem Nicks in the third quarter that put away the inept Falcons (10-7). Manning also connected on a 4-yard TD with Nicks in the second period, and a 27-yard TD throw to Mario Manningham in the fourth quarter that finished it off.

The Giants head to Green Bay with more balance on offense and more stinginess on defense than they’ve displayed most of the season. Their last postseason trip to Lambeau Field was a 23-20 overtime victory for the NFC championship two weeks before they upset the Patriots.

The tempo in the first playoff game at MetLife Stadium was set by New York’s defense, which never allowed Atlanta to get going, and by the league’s lowest-ranked rushing game, which ran for a season-high 172 yards, 92 by Brandon Jacobs and 63 by Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants averaged 5.5 yards a carry, 2 yards more than in the regular season.

For all of Jacobs’ and Bradshaw’s success, it was Manning’s escape and 14-yard dash on third down in the second period that got the Giants rolling. Jacobs soon broke a 34-yard run, and Manning hit Nicks on a post pattern to put the Giants up 7-2.

They never really had to look back as the Falcons bumbled their way to their third straight playoff loss under coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan.

New York was aided greatly by Atlanta’s penchant for gambling on fourth downs — and failing. Twice the Giants stymied the Falcons on fourth-and-1 as Ryan’s sneaks went nowhere. The defense also stopped Michael Turner, supposedly the most effective runner on the field, on a third-and-inches late in the third period.

Atlanta missed on a fourth-down try in overtime that cost the Falcons a game against New Orleans during the season. While they negated New York’s recently revitalized pass rush for much of the day, the Falcons couldn’t gain any traction on the ground, being held to 64 yards rushing.

Both offenses sputtered in the first half with an assortment of penalties, drops and poor throws.

When the Falcons wheeled out the no-huddle offense, though, they marched from their 10 to a fourth-and 1 at the New York 24. On the first play of the second quarter, Ryan was stacked up on his sneak.

But it turned out positively for the Falcons anyway.

Giants guard Chris Snee was called for holding, and, from his 13, Manning was pressured back into the end zone by James Sanders. He threw the ball away to avoid the sack, resulting in a safety.

New York had its own fourth-and-inches run on its first touchdown drive. Jacobs ran over safety Thomas DeCoud on the play from the Atlanta 6.

Nicks caught his post pattern over Dominique Franks, the fill-in for injured cornerback Brent Grimes, to make it 7-2.

The Giants’ most recent home playoff victory was a 41-0 rout of Minnesota for the 2000 NFC title.

Atlanta’s last playoff win was in 2005 over St. Louis when Michael Vick still was the Falcons’ quarterback.

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Texans Send Bengals Crying Home To Momma

Texans Earn Historic Playoff Victory, Beat Bengals 31-10 And Advance To Face Ravens Next Sunday – Ultimate Texans

As white rally towels fluttered throughout Reliant Stadium, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took off his helmet, punched his right fist in the air and incited the sellout crowd further on his way to the locker room at halftime. There was still another half to play, but the party was well under way Saturday afternoon.

It had been 18 years since a Houston team played in the NFL playoffs, and Watt was a major reason the Texans took control shortly before halftime to eventually beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 before a sellout crowd of 71,725.

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On a day franchise icon Andre Johnson had a 40-yard touchdown reception and running back Arian Foster had an amazing 42-yard touchdown run in the second half, Watt helped the Texans take the lead for good with a game-changing 29-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In the first playoff match in NFL history between two rookie quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era, T.J. Yates and the Texans dominated the second half. The contest was actually tied at 10 until Watt intercepted Katy High School graduate Andy Dalton and rumbled 29 yards for a touchdown return to take the lead for good with 52 seconds to play until halftime.

For good measure, Watt sacked Dalton to end the first half as the Texans headed into halftime up 17-10.

By winning the wild-card game, the Texans earned the chance to face the Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium next Sunday with a berth in the AFC Championship on the line.

In the first NFL playoff game in the city for a Houston franchise since the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Oilers on January 16, 1994, the Texans hardly looked like the team that limped into the playoffs on a three-game losing streak.

In their 10th season, the AFC South champions could hardly have asked for a more dominant performance in their playoff debut.

Dalton, a 2005 graduate of Katy High School who entered with a 3-0 career record at Reliant Stadium after winning a pair of high school games and the Texas Bowl with TCU against UH, threw three interceptions overall and two in the second half.

The Bengals took an early 7-0 lead with the help of a 52-yard pass interference call against Glover Quin on the 74-yard drive. On 2nd and 8 from their own 28, Dalton attempted a deep pass to A.J. Green. Quin made just enough contact on Green to draw the flag, giving the Bengals 1st and 10 at the Texans’ 20 on the 52-yard penalty.

Three plays later, Dalton hit a short pass that Brian Leonard took for 16 yards to the 1. Cedric Benson took care of the rest with a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:34 to play in the first quarter.

The Texans countered right away with an 80-yard drive, which was capped by Foster’s eight–yard touchdown run. After starting the drive with a four-yard run, Foster added a 20-yard scamper down the right side. On the next play, Yates hit tight end Owen Daniels with a 21-yard pass.

The Texans got another 15 yards on the play when Bengals safety Reggie Nelson was penalized for unnecessary roughness, making it 1st and 10 at the 20. Foster took care of the rest with a four-yard run sandwiched between a pair of eight-yard runs to cap the six-play, 2:37 drive that secured the first playoff touchdown in Texans history.

The Bengals were threatening again until Texans linebacker Brooks Reed sacked Dalton, forcing Cincinnati to try a 50-yard field goal on 4th and 17 from the 32. Mike Nugent missed the kick wide right.

Nugent atoned with a 37-yard field goal on Cincinnati’s next drive, giving the Bengals a 10-7 lead with 7:09 to play in the second quarter. The Texans tied it at 10 on Neil Rackers’ 39-yard field with 1:48 to play in the first half.

No long after Yates led the offense on the 13-play, 59-yard drive over 5:21, the defense got on the board to give the Texans a 17-10 lead. Watt jumped up to bat the ball and ended up intercepting it before returning it 29 yards for a touchdown, sending Reliant Stadium into pandemonium.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson, easily the most accomplished player in franchise history, helped the Texans take a 24-10 lead when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass.

On their next drive, Dalton was overwhelmed as Watt, Reed and Connor Barwin closed in. With the trio of Texans defenders within striking distance, Dalton uncorked a desperate pass that was intercepted by Johnathan Joseph. Foster added his 42-yard touchdown run with 5:15 to play, bullying Bengals defenders as he rushed down the sideline.

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Ed’s NFL Playoffs Round 3 Picks

AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers

NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears – Packers

— Divisional Picks —

AFC DIVISIONALS

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers

New York Jets @ New England Patriots – Patriots

NFC DIVISIONALS

Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons – Packers

Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears – Bears

— Wildcard Picks —

AFC WILDCARDS

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs – Ravens

NFC WILDCARDS

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks – Saints

Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles – Packers

PREDICTION ACCURACY DURING REGULAR SEASON – 171 WINS AND 85 LOSSES

— Week 17 Picks —

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns – Steelers
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions – Lions
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets – Jets
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos – Chargers
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans – Texans
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins – Giants
St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks – Seahawks

— Week 16 Picks —

Carolina Panthers @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals – Cowboys
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills – Patriots
New York Jets @ Chicago Bears – Jets
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns – Ravens
Washington Redskins @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Redskins
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Detroit Lions @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams – Rams
San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals – Chargers
Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos – Texans
Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland Raiders – Colts
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles

— Week 15 Picks —

San Francisco 49ers @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
New Orleans Saints @ Baltimore Ravens – Saints
Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers – Cardinals
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals – Browns
Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants – Eagles
Kansas City Chiefs @ St. Louis Rams – Chiefs
Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Falcons
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Green Bay Packers @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings – Bears

— Week 14 Picks —

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans – Colts
Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills – Browns
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Falcons
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions – Packers
Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Jaguars
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Redskins – Buccaneers
St. Louis Rams @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
Denver Broncos @ Arizona Cardinals – Broncos
New England Patriots @ Chicago Bears – Patriots
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets – Jets
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys – Eagles
New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings – Giants
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans – Ravens

— Week 13 Picks —

Houston Texans @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles
New Orleans Saints @ Cincinnati Bengals – Saints
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions – Bears
San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
Buffalo Bills @ Minnesota Vikings – Bills
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants – Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans – Jaguars
Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals – Rams
Dallas Cowboys @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks – Panthers
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Falcons
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – Steelers
New York Jets @ New England Patriots – Patriots

— Week 12 Picks —

New England Patriots @ Detroit Lions – Patriots
New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys – Saints
Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets – Jets
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills – Steelers
Carolina Panthers @ Cleveland Browns – Browns
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans – Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants – Giants
Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins – Vikings
Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs @ Seattle Seahawks – Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears – Eagles
St. Louis Rams @ Denver Broncos – Broncos
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals – 49ers

— Week 11 Picks —

Chicago Bears @ Miami Dolphins – Bears
Baltimore Ravens @ Carolina Panthers – Ravens
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals – Bengals
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys
Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Browns
Arizona Cardinals @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – Packers
Houston Texans @ New York Jets – Jets
Oakland Raiders @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Washington Redskins @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers – Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Falcons
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots – Patriots
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers -Chargers

— Week 10 Picks —

Baltimore Ravens @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Detroit Lions @ Buffalo Bills – Lions
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears – Vikings
New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns – Jets
Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Texans
Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins – Titans
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos – Broncos
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals – Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants – Giants
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins – Eagles

— Week 9 Picks —

New York Jets @ Detroit Lions – Jets
Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
New England Patriots @ Cleveland Browns – Patriots
San Diego Chargers @ Houston Texans – Chargers
Chicago Bears @ Buffalo Bills – Bears
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers – Saints
New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks – Giants
Indianapolis Colts @ Philadelphia Eagles – Colts
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders – Chiefs
Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals – Steelers

— Week 8 Picks —

Denver Broncos @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys
Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals – Dolphins
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions – Lions
Carolina Panthers @ St. Louis Rams – Rams
Green Bay Packers @ New York Jets – Jets
Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers – Titans
Minnesota Vikings @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals – Buccaneers
Seattle Seahawks @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New Orleans Saints – Steelers
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts

— Week 7 Picks —

Cincinnati Bengals @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins – Steelers
Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Cleveland Browns @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Washington Redskins @ Chicago Bears – Redskins
San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers – 49ers
St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rams
Philadelphia Eagles @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks – Seahawks
New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers – Patriots
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos – Raiders
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys – Giants

— Week 6 Picks —

Miami Dolphins @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
San Diego Chargers @ St. Louis Rams – Chargers
Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots – Ravens
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans – Chiefs
Detroit Lions @ New York Giants – Giants
Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Falcons
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears – Bears
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Saints
New York Jets @ Denver Broncos – Jets
Oakland Raiders @ San Francisco 49ers – Raiders
Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ Washington Redskins – Colts
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Titans

— Week 5 Picks —

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills – Jaguars
Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins – Packers
St. Louis Rams @ Detroit Lions – Rams
Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers - Bears
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cincinnati Bengals – Bengals
Atlanta Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Falcons
New York Giants @ Houston Texans – Texans
New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals – Saints
Tennessee Titans @ Dallas Cowboys – Titans
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders – Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers – Eagles
Minnesota Vikings @ New York Jets – Jets

— Week 4 Picks —

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills – Jets
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns – Bengals
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Denver Broncos @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams – Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Colts
Houston Texans @ Oakland Raiders – Texans
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles – -Eagles
Arizona Cardinals @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
Chicago Bears @ New York Giants – Bears
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins

— Week 3 Picks —

San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Tennessee Titans @ New York Giants – Titans
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Steelers
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals @ Carolina Panthers – Bengals
Dallas Cowboys @ Houston Texans – Texans
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams – Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Eagles
San Diego Chargers @ Seattle Seahawks – Chargers
Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals – Raiders
Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos – Colts
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears – Packers

— Week 2 Picks —

Buffalo Bills @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Miami Dolphins @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns – Browns
Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys – Bears
Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons – Cardinals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers – Buccaneers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions – Eagles
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals – Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans – Steelers
Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos – Broncos
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
St. Louis Rams @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins – Texans
New England Patriots @ New York Jets – Patriots
New York Giants @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers – Saints

— Week 1 Picks —

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Atlanta Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Jaguars
Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears – Bears
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills – Dolphins
Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans – Colts
Carolina Panthers @ New York Giants – Giants
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams – Cardinals
Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles – Packers
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks – Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins – Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets – Jets
San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chargers

Jets Silence Patriots With 28-21 AFC Divisional Playoff Win

Jets Silence Patriots With 28-21 AFC Divisional Playoff Win – New York Daily News

The Jets talked all week leading up to their playoff game in New England. Sunday, they made one of the biggest statements in franchise history.

After a week filled with trash talk and personal insults, the Jets stunned the No. 1 seed Patriots in a 28-21 divisional playoff victory that pushed them to a second consecutive straight AFC Championship Game.

Rex Ryan, who said on Monday this game was a matter of him vs. Bill Belichick, outcoached Bill Belichick with a defensive game plan that stymied Tom Brady. He celebrated the biggest victory of his two years with the Jets by running into the end zone after Shonn Green’s 16-yard TD capped the scoring and the upset.

But it was the defense that made the win possible.

The sixth-seeded Jets sacked New England’s Superman five times and picked him off to help set up next week’s road showdown against the Steelers. The Jets defeated the Steelers on the road in Week 15.

Mark Sanchez (16-for-25; 194 yards) threw three touchdowns and outplayed Brady, the likely league MVP.

After sleepwalking through much of the third quarter, the Patriots came alive late in the frame to cut into a 14-3 halftime deficit. Brady engineered an 8-play, 80-drive capped by Alge Crumpler’s 2-yard touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Patriots’ decision to go for the 2-point conversion paid off when Sammy Morris took a direct snap into the end zone to get the home team to within 14-11.

But the Jets answered with a quick – and incredible – touchdown drive to gain back the momentum.

Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery for a 58-yard strike before he threw a 7-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes to push the Jets lead to 21-11 two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Holmes, with a catch that ranks right up there with his Super Bowl winning catch two years ago, made a spectacular diving grab over Kyle Arrington and got his knee and foot in bounds.

Sanchez overcame a sluggish start with a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to LaDainian Tomlinson and Braylon Edwards to help the Jets hold a 14-3 halftime lead. Ryan’s defense confused Brady with a blend of blitzes and coverage. In the first half, the Jets sacked Brady three times, picked him off and held the Patriots to 2-of-7 on third downs (29 percent) to take a double-digit lead.

In a surprising move, Belichick benched Wes Welker at the start of the game for his subtle jabs at Ryan earlier in the week.

The Patriots marched down to the Jets 28 on their first drive before Brady was intercepted for the first time in 12 games. Brady had thrown 339 passes without a pick before David Harris caught the overthrown pass intended for BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It was only Brady’s fifth interception of the season – and the 11th turnover by the Patriots.

Alge Crumpler chased down Harris and saved a touchdown on the play. The Jets took over at the Patriots 12, but lost eight yards on the first two plays from scrimmage. Gang Green squandered a golden scoring opportunity when Nick Folk missed a 30-yard field goal to keep the game scoreless.

The Patriots marched down the field again on the ensuing drive. Brady’s 28-yard completion to Crumpler helped New England get inside the Jets 10. But Crumpler dropped a perfectly thrown pass in the endzone before the Patriots settled for Shayne Graham’s 30-yard field goal late in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead.

The Jets trailed only by a field goal after the first quarter despite getting outgained 104-36 and only having two first downs.

Ryan’s defense confused Brady early with three sacks three minutes into the second quarter. Shaun Elllis had a pair of sacks and Drew Coleman, playing with a sore knee, came free on a corner blitz for a sack.

Sanchez completed 3 of 4 passes on the Jets’ first scoring drive, including a 7-yard touchdown to Tomlinson to give the Jets a 7-3 edge less than five minutes into the second quarter. Sanchez kept the drive alive by escaping pressure on 3rd and 6 and finding Edwards for 37 yards.

The Jets took advantage of a critical Patriots’ miscue late in the first half to extend their lead.

On 4th and 4 from the Patriots 38, Patrick Chung dropped a direct snap on a fake punt attempt that gave the Jets great field position at the New England 37 with just over a minute to go before halftime. Tomlinson ripped off runs of 16 and 6 before Sanchez found Edwards on a quick slant for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Jets a 14-3 lead with 33 seconds left before intermission. Edwards spun away from Pro Bowler Devin McCourty and also took safety Brandon Meriweather into the endzone to give the Jets a double-digit lead.

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Steelers Rally To Beat Ravens, 31-24

Steelers Rally To Beat Ravens, 31-24 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Tomlin did not pull a Knute Rockne at halftime, no fiery speech or uplifting words. Little occurred out of the ordinary as the Steelers left the field trailing by two touchdowns at the half Saturday against Baltimore in their playoff game at Heinz Field.

The instructions from a few veterans came quickly and decisively after an error-filled first half. “Get your heads up,” defensive end Brett Keisel said. “There’s a lot of football left to play.”

“We had to execute better and not beat ourselves,” tight end Heath Miller said. The Steelers turned everything around when they scored three times off three third-quarter Baltimore turnovers to reclaim the lead and then snapped a tie when Rashard Mendenhall scored his second touchdown, a 2-yard run with 1:33 left. The final was 31-24 and not secured until T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropped a pass that would have given the Ravens a first down at the Steelers 36 with 1:03 left.

The winning touchdown came after a 58-yard catch on third down by rookie Antonio Brown put the ball on the Ravens 4.

“Styles make fights,” said Tomlin. “Those two teams are Hagler-Hearns right there. It was great for the game of football.”

Especially for the Steelers, who move on to their fifth AFC championship game in the past decade next Sunday. The New York Jets will play at New England today to determine their opponent. If the Jets win, the game will be played at Heinz Field. If it is the Patriots, they will play at New England.

Both teams beat the Steelers in Heinz Field this season.

“We’re not afraid of anybody,” said linebacker James Farrior, but indicated he would like to play at home, so “I’m rooting for the Jets.”

The Steelers pulled out a game that was atypical of the past seven close games with the Ravens, mostly low-scoring affairs decided by 3 or 4 points.

Turnovers changed all that with Baltimore jumping to a 21-7 lead after scoring on two short touchdown drives, then the Steelers scoring 17 points off three Ravens turnovers in the second half.

Hines Ward, whose 8-yard touchdown reception from Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter tied the score, 21-21, said: “When you turn the ball over the way we did, a lot of teams usually give up, and it ends up being a blowout. But we stayed the course and we found a way to win.

“And what a better way to win and put Baltimore out of the tournament. They asked for us and they kept asking for us. Sometimes, like my momma always said, be careful what you ask for.”

Safety Ryan Clark, who had two tackles for losses in the first half, pulled off two Troy Polamalu-like plays in the third quarter to help put his team back in it.

Clark stripped Ray Rice of the ball, and LaMarr Woodley recovered at the Ravens 23. Two plays later, Roethlisberger found Heath Miller wide open in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to cut the lead to 21-14.

Clark intercepted a Joe Flacco pass on Baltimore’s next series and returned it 17 yards to the 25. Three plays later, Roethlisberger rifled a pass to Ward for an 8-yard touchdown.

The two kickers traded field goals with Shaun Suisham’s 35-yarder giving the Steelers a 24-21 lead with 12:15 to go and then Billy Cundiff knotting it back up for the Ravens with a 24-yarder and 3:54 left.

That set up the final dramatics. The Steelers had a third down and 19 to go at their 38 with 2:07 left with a punt looming to give the Ravens one last shot. Roethlisberger, however, uncorked a deep pass that Brown caught and maintained control of by holding it against his helmet before his momentum took him out of bounds at the Baltimore 4 with 1:58 to go.

“Let’s just chuck it deep,” Roethlisberger said of that play. “If they pick it, it will be a pick way down there, just as good as a punt. … [Brown] usually gets short routes, and he’s only in for a handful of them. He stepped up big when his number was called and he made a play.”

It took four plays and a penalty, but Mendenhall finally scored from the 2 for a 7-point Steelers lead. It did not end, however, until Houshmandzadeh — who famously stomped on a Terrible Towel in a 2005 Cincinnati Bengals victory at Heinz Field and who beat the Steelers with a touchdown catch in October — dropped the final pass.

“It’s unbelievable,” a distraught Houshmandzadeh said. “I can’t believe that happened. I can’t recall ever dropping the ball when the team needed the play.”

The turnovers led to the high score because otherwise it was typical Steelers-Ravens defense. The Ravens managed just 126 total yards, the second fewest in Pittsburgh postseason history only to the 123 Minnesota managed in Super Bowl IX. The Steelers more than doubled that with 263.

Roethlisberger came under heavy pressure all day — he was sacked six times (three by linebacker Terrell Suggs) and he ran six more, most of them scrambles. Yet he completed 19 of 32 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns — again, no interceptions — and a 101.8 passer rating.

His counterpart, Flacco, did not play as well. He was 16 of 30 for 125 yards and one 4-yard touchdown pass to Todd Heap and Clark’s interception. The Steelers sacked him five times, three by James Harrison.

“To be honest, he must have gotten a little shook up,” Harrison said. “He had guys hitting him.”

After the Steelers scored twice to tie it, Flacco fumbled the second snap from scrimmage on the next series, and Keisel recovered for the Steelers at the Ravens’ 23. That set up Suisham’s field goal to put the Steelers ahead, 24-21.

“We got after him good,” Keisel said of Flacco.

It was a turnaround from what happened in the first half.

Baltimore scored two touchdowns on two short drives after Steelers turnovers in the first half — a fumble by Roethlisberger that all but one player thought was an incomplete pass, and a Mendenhall fumble.

The half ended, appropriately enough, with a missed 43-yard field goal by Suisham. It also ended without coach Tomlin having a challenge left via instant replay and with cornerback Bryant McFadden out of the game with an injury to his hip.

The Steelers saw their 7-0 lead — a 1-yard Mendenhall run to cap their first series — quickly wiped out.

The Steelers fell behind, 14-7, by the end of the first quarter as Rice ran 14 yards to cap one drive and Baltimore scored on a strange play and mental lapse by the Steelers.

On second down from his 10, Roethlisberger dropped back with no one else in the backfield and, as he set to throw, he was hit from behind by Suggs and the ball popped forward.

The players reacted as if it were an incomplete pass, even though no official blew a whistle. Defensive end Cory Redding scooped up the ball at the 13 and ran into the end zone for a touchdown and a 14-7 Baltimore lead.

But it did not stop there. Mendenhall fumbled at his 16 and, six plays later, Flacco threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Heap, who was wide open in the right corner.

With 5:43 left in the first half, Baltimore had more points than they had in any full game against the Steelers since 2007 and a 21-7 lead.

A little later, the Steelers got their chins off the ground.

“Guys were kind of hanging their head,” Keisel said. “You never want to go down at the half by 14 points.”

The Ravens did not hang their heads. Instead, they spent the third quarter dropping the ball, and the Steelers are heading to another title game because of it.

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Rodgers Leads Packers To Wildcard Victory Over Vick’s Eagles 21-16

Rodgers Leads Packers To Wildcard Victory Over Vick’s Eagles 21-16 – CMR

Sunday’s playoff game in Philadelphia had the visiting Green Bay Packers taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in the second game played on wild card Sunday. In the second NFC game played this weekend, the 10-6 Packers came to repeat the first game win on the Eagles home field this season. The 3rd seed, 10-6 Eagles had expectations with a healthy Vick to see that the results would be different in the second match-up this season.

A win for Michael Vick would undoubtedly define his season and launch the Eagles in to the semi-finals match up against the 4th seeded upstart Seattle Seahawks next week. The Green Bay Packers took advantage of a key offside’s penalty on a third and 7 in the first quarter by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers capitalized the drive extension and scored the games first score with a touchdown following a missed field goal try of 41 yards in a strong wind that went right by Eagles place kicker David Akers.

An opportunistic Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to a 2 touchdown lead on two touchdown passes in the first half. The Eagles fans in the stands were rather quiet and reserved.

Deshawn Jackson, one of Michael Vick’s favorite and explosive targets was injured in the first half, returned after a trip to the locker room and a bike ride on the sidelines. The Eagles had to settle for an David Akers field goal from the 27 yard line at the end of the first half as the Packers defense stiffened when the Eagles got into the red zone. Packers lead 14-3 at the half.

The third quarter put the Packers on the field with the wind at their backs, and the Eagles with the wind in their face. The Eagles special teams made a great play to hold the Packers short of the 20 yard line. The Eagles came up with a key fumble by Rodgers and Michael Vick said thank you very much with a touchdown strike Jason Avant for 27 yards to narrow the Packers lead to 4 points.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Packers off a shaky start drove into the Eagles end of the field and from the 11 yard line, Rodgers flipped it out to Brandon Jackson who weaved his way through the Eagles defense for a touchdown. The momentum quickly shifted from the Eagles back to the Packers. The Eagles put a good drive together, but the Packers defense stiffened on their side of the field and the Eagles punt left the Packers on a 1st and 10 from their own 2 yard line.

The Eagles held the Packers to a three and out and received good field position off the Packers punt close to mid-field. Vick and running back McCoy mounted a drive which resulted in a missed David Akers field goal from 38 yards out. The Eagles stopped the Packers next possession and drove down the field to the 1 yard line. On a 4th and 1, Vick keeps it and scores 6. The 2 point conversion failed because the receiver went out of bounds and came back in. The Packers were up by 5 points with 4:02 remaining. The retry failed after the penalty and Vick rolled his ankle.

The Eagles kicked off to the Packers and the Eagles held strong. The Eagles marched down the field into Packers territory and Michel Vick threw an interception with 37 seconds on the clock. Final score: Packers 21-16 .

The Packer move on in the playoffs and play the 1st seeded Atlanta Falcons next week.

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Ravens’ Defense Batters Chiefs In 30-7 Wildcard Win

Ravens’ Defense Batters Chiefs In 30-7 Wildcard Win – Baltimore Sun-Sentinel

The Ravens rode the emotions of a determined defense and the strong arm of Joe Flacco to a 30-7 win over the overmatched Kansas City Chiefs in a wild-card game Sunday.

In a playoff weekend that began with upsets, the Ravens slammed the young Chiefs by forcing five turnovers and getting two touchdown passes from Flacco.

The Ravens’ fourth road playoff win in three seasons advances the AFC’s No. 5 seed to the divisional round against their AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens play the second-seeded Steelers on Saturday at Heinz Field, where the Ravens beat them earlier this season.

It was an emotionally charged game for the Ravens and safety Ed Reed, whose brother went missing in Louisiana last week. The Ravens took control of the game by intercepting Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel three times and forcing two fumbles.

The momentum from the Ravens’ defense started to snowball in the third quarter, when Dawan Landry picked off Matt Cassel. The Ravens’ third forced turnover of the quarter led to a devastating blow by Flacco.

In a season when the Ravens have struggled to finish off teams, Flacco did exactly that when he threw a 4-yard touchdown to a leaping Boldin in the back of the end zone for a 23-7 lead. Flacco’s second touchdown pass of the game arched over two jumping Chiefs linebackers and into the hands of Boldin, who scored for the first time in five games.

Willis McGahee finished off the game with 25-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

It was an interesting start for the more playoff-experienced Ravens, who scored on their first and last possessions of the first half. Everything else was a little shaky.

The Ravens took the opening kickoff right down the field with Flacco exposing the middle of the Chiefs’ coverage. He hit Anquan Boldin for a 27-yard connection and found Todd Heap for a 12-yard gain to the goal line.

But the Ravens were unable to punch the ball in despite having three shots from the Kansas City 1-yard line. Flacco fumbled the snap on first down, and Willis McGahee got stuffed on second down. The Ravens had to settle for a short field goal after Chiefs safety Eric Berry deflected a third-down pass to Heap in the end zone.

The first half began to shift when Flacco had the ball stripped from behind by Tamba Hali, who beat left tackle Michael Oher off the edge. Two plays after Flacco’s fifth fumble lost this season, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles sprinted past the entire Ravens defense for a 41-yard touchdown.

The longest touchdown run allowed by the Ravens in their playoff history put them behind 7-3 late in the first quarter.

The Ravens’ best drive of the first half came at the end of it, thanks to Flacco’s arm and feet. Flacco rank three times for 24 yards (a season high in any one game for him, much less one drive) and completed three passes to Heap for 46 yards to get the Ravens in the red zone.

An offensive line, which had allowed three sacks in the first half, gave Flacco enough time to look to his right and left before finding an uncovered Ray Rice over the middle. Rice caught the ball at the 5-yard line, used a head fake and went into the end zone untouched.

Rice’s 9-yard touchdown catch – the first touchdown reception by a running back in Ravens postseason history — finished off the 11-play, 80-yard drive and moved them back ahead, 13-7, with 19 seconds before halftime.

On the first drive of the second half, the Ravens defense stopped Kansas City on fourth-and-1, when nose tackle Kelly Gregg hit Charles in the backfield before the rest of the Ravens swarmed on top of him. The Ravens then capitalized to extend their lead to 13-7 in the third quarter on a Billy Cundiff 29-yard field goal. The scoring drive was helped by a 15-yard personal foul on Hali, who took a shot at Flacco’s knees.

The Ravens defense stepped up again on the next series when Ray Lewis forced wide receiver Dexter McCluster to fumble. Taking over at the Chiefs’ 17, the Ravens couldn’t convert in the red zone for the second time in the third quarter. Cundiff’s 29-yard field goal increased the Ravens’ advantage to 16-7.

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Who DAT??? Seahawks Play Their Best Game Of The Season, Beat Saints In Wildcard Stunner

Who DAT??? Seahawks Play Their Best Game Of The Season, Beat Saints In Wildcard Stunner – Seattle Times

The run was as hard to believe as the game it won.

Six different Saints touched Marshawn Lynch on the play when he never went down, a 67-yard touchdown run. If ever there was an exclamation point, Lynch delivered it with a one-armed shove that knocked Saints cornerback Tracy Porter 5 yards backward.

And once Lynch reached the end zone, it was clear that these Saints, the defending Super Bowl champions, had been KO’d by a punch no one saw coming.

The final score: Seattle 41, New Orleans 36.

Lynch came back to the sidelines after his game-clinching TD, ball in his left hand, right arm raised as he flexed his biceps, and if there was any doubt, Lynch showed that yes, these Seahawks were stronger than anyone expected. The largest home underdog in NFL playoff history had won.

Doubted all week and down by 10 points to New Orleans, the first NFL team with a losing record ever to win a division went and earned its way to a fifth consecutive home playoff victory and one more game. At least.

Seattle will play at either Atlanta or Chicago next week, depending on the outcome of Sunday’s game between Green Bay and Philadelphia. If the Packers win, Seattle plays at Chicago. If the Eagles win, Seattle will play at the Falcons.

So when did your jaw hit the floor?

Was it with 1:15 left in the second quarter and Matt Hasselbeck threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley to give Seattle its first lead over New Orleans?

Or was it when Seattle faced third-and-2 on its first possession of the second half, and Hasselbeck lobbed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams, to put Seattle ahead by 11?

Or maybe it wasn’t until the fourth quarter after the defending Super Bowl champions cut Seattle’s lead to four points and were playing to get the ball back only to Lynch run 67 yards to a touchdown as 66,336 fans had Qwest Field echoing with TNT-grade decibels.

The Saints scored a touchdown on their next possession, but with 1:30 left, they attempted an onside kick recovered by tight end John Carlson. Seattle ran Marshawn Lynch twice took a knee and began to celebrate.

Matt Hasselbeck passed for four touchdowns, a Seahawks playoff record.

Hasselbeck – who had his third pass of the game picked off – came back to throw three touchdown passes in the first two quarters. Two of them were to tight end John Carlson, whose only touchdown of the regular season came all the way back in Week 3.

This Seattle offense that scored more than 24 points in only four games all season had that many points at halftime. The defense that gave up five consecutive touchdown drives to the Saints back in November, forced two punts in the first half and a turnover that set up Seattle’s game-tying field goal.

That field goal was sandwiched between two touchdown passes by Hasselbeck.

Seattle scored 17 consecutive points, took a 24-17 lead on Stokley’s 45-yard touchdown catch.

The Saints came back to kick a field goal on the final play of the first half, and trailed 24-20 at halftime. Seattle got the ball and scored on Williams’ touchdown reception.

Seattle led by 14 points when the third quarter ended yet the Seahawks appeared on the verge of losing the game after New Orleans scored 10 points in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter first on Julius Jones’ 4-yard touchdown run and then on Garrett Hartley’s 21-yard field goal.

With 5 minutes, 36 seconds left, Seattle held a four-point lead and New Orleans had the ball at its own 6-yard line.

The first play was an 11-yard pass to Julius Jones. He was tackled by linebacker Lofa Tatupu, a collision so fierce both players left the game wobbly. Then came a false-start penalty against New Orleans, the Saints’ third of the game.

An incompletion follow by a 7-yard pass to fullback Heath Evans brought up third-and-8, and Brees threw incomplete on a play in which the Saints were penalized for holding. The Seahawks declined and got the ball back with 4:20 remaining in the game.

Two plays later Lynch ran roughshod over the Saints, sealing the victory.

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