Wild Card matchups
Saturday, Jan. 3
Carolina Panthers 27 vs. Arizona Cardinals 16
Baltimore Ravens 30 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Sunday, Jan. 4
Indianapolis Colts 26 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 10
Dallas Cowboys 24 vs. Detroit Lions 20
Saturday, Jan. 10
New England Patriots 35 vs. Baltimore Ravens 31 (NBC)
- The Patriots overcame a pair of 14-point deficits to knock off the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night. New England will now play in its fourth straight AFC Championship game. Tom Brady completed 33 of 50 passes for 367-yards and three touchdowns. Julian Edelman caught eight passes. Edelman also hit Danny Amendola for a 51-yard scoring strike. Rob Gronkowski made seven catches for 108-yards and a touchdown. Joe Flacco completed 28 of 45 passes for 292-yards and four touchdowns, which was a franchise record in a playoff game. Justin Forsett ran for 129-yards on 24 carries. Baltimore’s defense played the run well, limiting New England to just 14-yards.
Seattle Seahawks 31 vs. Carolina Panthers 17 (FOX)
- Seattle will host the NFC Championship game for the second year in a row. The Seahawks pulled away from the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points. Russell Wilson completed 15 of 22 passes for 268-yards and threw for three touchdowns. Wilson also ran for 22-yards on seven carries. Jermaine Kearse made three catches for 129-yards that included a 63-yard scoring reception. Seattle’s defense picked off Cam Newton twice and tallied a total of three takeaways. One of the interceptions was returned for a 90-yard touchdown by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. Newton completed 23 of 36 passes for 246-yards and two touchdowns, both to Kelvin Benjamin.
Sunday, Jan. 11
Green Bay Packers 26 vs. Dallas Cowboys 21 (FOX)
- For the first time since the 1967 “Ice Bowl,” these two teams met in a playoff game at Lambeau Field. This game was just as thrilling as that encounter 47 years ago. Tony Romo completed 15 of 19 passes for 191-yards and two touchdowns. DeMarco Murray gained 123-yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown. Murray was in a rushing duel with Eddie Lacy, who gained 101-yards on 19 carries. Playing with a calf injury, Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 35 passes for 316-yards and two touchdowns. Davante Adams made seven receptions for 117-yards and scored from 46-yards out. Rodgers capped off an eight play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter by throwing a 13-yard scoring strike to tight end Richard Rodgers. The scoring play gave the Packers a five point advantage. The Cowboys tried to regain the lead and the momentum on their ensuing possession. On fourth and two, Romo appeared to complete a 31-yard pass to Dez Bryant. However, Bryant was unable to complete the full process of the catch. Green Bay got the ball back and ran out the clock. Faced with a third and 11 at the Dallas 35, Rodgers threw a clinching 12-yard completion to Randall Cobb. Cobb made eight catches for 116-yards.
Indianapolis Colts 24 vs. Denver Broncos 13 (CBS)
- For the first time since 2009, the Colts will play in the AFC Championship game. Indianapolis knocked off the top seeded Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Peyton Manning played this game with a torn quad and the injury slowed him down. Manning completed 26 of 46 passes for 211-yards and a touchdown to Demaryius Thomas. The scoring pass capped off a seven play, 68-yard drive in the first quarter. Following the Broncos touchdown, the Colts played outstanding defense for the rest of the game. Denver managed just a pair of field goals and was held to 288-yards of total offense. Although he threw a pair of interceptions, Andrew Luck completed 27 of 43 passes for 265-yards and two touchdowns. Luck also ran for 21-yards on two carries.
Sunday, Jan. 18
Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks (NFC; FOX)
Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots (AFC; CBS)