Monday, January 5, 2015

NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Round Review


Carolina Panthers 27, Arizona Cardinals 16 - The Cardinals managed just 78 yards in total offense as third string quarterback Ryan Lindley was intercepted twice by the Carolina defense.
Meanwhile, Panthers QB Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes while running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for 123 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the offense. The Panthers will travel to play the Seattle Seahawks next Saturday.

Baltimore Ravens 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 17 - Ravens QB Joe Flacco had a pair of scoring passes and the defense sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger five times and intercepted two passes to spring the upset on the road.
The Ravens will travel to face the top-seed New England Patriots next Saturday.


Indianapolis Colts 26, Cincinnati Bengals 10 - The Colts advanced with a dominating second half that broke open a close game (13-10 halftime Indy lead) as QB Andrew Luck (376 passing yards) threw a TD pass and kicker Adam Vinatieri made four field goals to make the difference.
The Indianapolis defense limited the Bengals to just 144 passing yards and will play the Denver Broncos next Sunday in the Divisional Round.

Dallas Cowboys 24, Detroit Lions 20 -  The Cowboys rallied to win on a eight-yard scoring pass from Tony Romo to Terrance Williams with 2:37 left in the game after falling behind 14-0 and trailing 20-7 late in the third quarter.
The Dallas late game heroics were made possible by a highly controversial decision by the game officiating crew to pick up a penalty flag after pass interference was called against the Cowboys midway through the fourth quarter and the Lions driving deep into Dallas territory.
Detroit scored the first 14 points on a 51-yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate and an 18-yard touchdown run by Reggie Bush.
Dallas scored on the first of two TD connections with Romo and Williams, a 76-yard strike to cut it to 14-7 before the Lions increased the lead to 17-7 at the half.
The Lions kicked a field goal to make it 20-7 and from there, the Cowboys scored the game's final 17 points to advance to the next round, where they will face the Green Bay Packers on the road next Sunday.

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