Sunday, Jan. 5
San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. The Chargers (9-7) won four in a row
to get into the playoffs, and did it with the help of a missed field
goal and an officiating error during an overtime win against Kansas
City last Sunday. The Bengals (11-5) are looking for their first
playoff win since the 1990 season, which would end the seventh-longest
streak of postseason futility in NFL history.
San Francisco at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. This is expected to be one of the
chilliest playoff matchups in NFL history between the 49ers (12-4) and
Packers (8-7-1) at Lambeau Field, where the National Weather Service
forecast called for a high temperature of 2 degrees, with
north-northwest winds making it feel more like minus-15 to minus-20.
— Andrew Luck, Colts, threw three touchdown passes after halftime,
including a 64-yarder to a wide-open T.Y. Hilton for the go-ahead score
with 4:22 left, leading Indianapolis from a four-TD deficit to an
improbable 45-44 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Alex Smith, Chiefs, was 30 of 46 for 378 yards with four TDs and no
interceptions in a losing cause as Kansas City blew a 28-point lead and
lost 45-44 to the Indianapolis Colts.
— Nick Foles, Eagles, threw two TD passes and no INTs, but Philadelphia
fell to New Orleans 26-24.
— Mark Ingram, Saints, rushed for 97 yards and a score on 18 carries in
New Orleans' 26-24 win at Philadelphia.
— Donald Brown, Colts, ran for 55 yards and a touchdown, and also
caught a 3-yard scoring pass in Indianapolis' 45-44 victory over Kansas
— T.Y. Hilton, Colts, set a franchise playoff record with 13 catches
and 224 yards, finishing with two TDs — including a 64-yarder for the
go-ahead score with 4:22 left — to help lead Indianapolis past Kansas
— Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs, caught eight passes for 150 yards and a
touchdown in Kansas City's 45-44 playoff loss at Indianapolis.
— Riley Cooper, Eagles, had six receptions for 68 yards and a score in
a losing cause as Philadelphia was defeated 26-24 by New Orleans.
— Shayne Graham, Saints, kicked a 32-yard field goal — his fourth kick
of the game — on the final play to give New Orleans its first road
playoff victory, 26-24 over the Philadelphia Eagles.
— Ryan Succop, Chiefs, kicked three field goals and made all five extra
points in Kansas City's 45-44 playoff loss at Indianapolis.
— Husain Abdullah, Chiefs, had two interceptions in Kansas City's 45-44
loss to Indianapolis.
— Cameron Jordan, Saints, had 1½ sacks as New Orleans topped
— DeMeco Ryans, Eagles, returned an interception 23 yards to set up a
scoring drive for Philadelphia in a 26-24 loss.
Indianapolis, which trailed Kansas City 38-10 early in the third
quarter, became the second team in NFL playoff history to win — 45-44
on Saturday — after trailing by 28 or more points, according to STATS.
The other: Buffalo over Houston 41-38 in overtime in January 1993.
Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton set a franchise playoff record with 13
catches and 224 yards, finishing with two TDs — including a 64-yarder
for the go-ahead score with 4:22 left — to help lead the Colts to a
45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. ... Colts kicker
Adam Vinatieri became the first player in NFL history to score 200
points in the playoffs. He now has 205.
STREAKS & STATS
New Orleans had been 0-5 in postseason games outside of the Big Easy
since entering the league in 1967 before winning 26-24 at Philadelphia
on Saturday night. ... Kansas City finished its turnaround season with
three straight losses, two to the Colts and an eighth straight
postseason defeat — a 45-44 stunner against Indianapolis. The eight
straight losses broke a tie with the Detroit Lions for the longest
playoff skid. ... The 1,049 combined total yards by the Colts and
Chiefs set an NFL postseason record, and their 89 combined points is
third all-time. ... ... Indy won its first playoff game without Peyton Manning since Jan. 7, 1996, when Jim Harbaugh was the QB. ... The
Chiefs fell to 0-4 against the Colts in playoff matchups.