Monday, January 18, 2016

NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round Review

Denver fans celebrate the playoff win.
And then there were four.
The AFC and NFC Championship Games are set for next Sunday as the New England Patriots will travel to face the Denver Broncos for the AFC crown while the Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC title bout.
The winners will advance to Super Bowl 50 in three weeks.
The New England Patriots eliminated the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20 as quarterback Tom Brady scored a rushing touchdown and hooked up with tight end Rob Gronkowski for two scoring passes to lead the way.
The Denver Broncos roared back in the fourth quarter after the defense came up with a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by C.J. Anderson.
Broncos kicker Brandon McManus made five field goals in the 23-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger had 339 passing yards in the loss while playing the game with a sore throwing shoulder and without wide receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot).
The Arizona Cardinals survived a 'Hail Mary'  touchdown pass as time ran out in regulation by Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to win 26-20 in OT and advance to the NFC Championship Game.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer overcame two interceptions by throwing for three scores, including the game winner to WR Larry Fitzgerald.
The Carolina Panthers jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead against the visiting Seattle Seahawks and then held on for a hard fought 31-24 win to advance.
The Panthers defense intercepted Seahawks QB Russell Wilson twice, including a 14-yard touchdown off a pick by linebacker Luke Kuechly. Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart scored two rushing touchdowns and ran for 106 yards. Panthers QB Cam Newton (pictured left) added a touchdown pass to account for the final score before the half.
Seattle scored all their points in the second half on three TD passes by Wilson and a 36-yard field goal by kicker Steven Hauschka, but fell just short when the onside kickoff with just over a minute left to play was recovered by Carolina.

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