Sunday, January 5, 2014

NFL Playoffs - Colts, Saints Advance From Wild Card Round

The Indianapolis Colts did the near impossible on Saturday as they overcame a 28-point deficit to beat the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 45-44 in the AFC Wild Card Playoff round. The win by Indy was the second biggest comeback victory in NFL playoff history.
Colts QB Andrew Luck led the huge comeback win.
Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck (443 passing yards) overcame three interceptions by throwing four touchdown passes, including the game winning 64-yard pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton with 4:21 remaining in the game. Hilton made 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
The Chiefs led 38-10 early in the third quarter when Knile Davis hauled in a ten-yard scoring pass from QB Alex Smith (378 passing yards, four TD) following an interception thrown by Luck.
The teams combined for 1,049 combined total yards in the game as Indianapolis outscored Kansas City 35-13 in the second half after falling behind 31-10 at half time.
The Colts comeback began after the Chiefs took advantage of the Luck turnover as they rattled off 14 points to draw to within 38-24 with 7:32 to go in the third quarter.
Indianapolis RB Donald Brown ran ten yards for a score and then caught a three-yard pass from Luck for a score. The Chiefs made a field goal and Indy scored once more to cut the score to 41-31 near the end of the third quarter.
Perhaps the biggest break of the game occurred when the Colts fumbled near the KC goal line on their next drive, but the ball bounced off a lineman right to Andrew Luck, who plunged in from two yards out for the score to cut it to 41-38 with 10:38 left in the game.
After another Kansas City field goal, the Colts completed the comeback with the TD pass play from Luck to Hilton.

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In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints survived in frigid Philadelphia on Saturday night for a hard fought 26-24 victory against the Eagles.
New Orleans kicker Shayne Graham, signed just a couple of weeks ago off the waiver wire, kicked the game winning 32-yard field goal as time expired to propel the Saints into next weekend's Divisional Round at Seattle. Graham made four field goals in the win.
The Eagles had taken a 24-23 lead with 4:54 remaining in the fourth quarter when Eagles QB Nick
Saints kicker Shayne Graham hits the winning kick.
Foles threw a three-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz.
The game was pretty much back and forth as the Saints overcame a 7-6 half time deficit to go up 20-7 when RB Mark Ingram (97 rushing yards) scored on a four-yard run. Earlier in the third quarter, Saints QB Drew Brees (250 yards passing with a TD pass and two INT) hooked up with WR Lance Moore on a 24-yard scoring pass to give the Saints a 13-7 lead.
LeSean McCoy scored on a one-yard run for Philly late in the third quarter to make it 20-14 heading into the final quarter.
The teams exchanged field goals prior to the TD pass by Foles to put the Eagles ahead by one point. But the Saints mounted the game winning drive that led to the field goal by Graham as time ran out.
For the game, the Saints showed good balance as they outgained the Eagles, 434-256 in total offense. New Orleans rushed for 185 yards in the game compared to just 80 yards for the Eagles, who led the NFL in rushing yards per game during the regular season.

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