Four games. Four close finishes.
AFC (4) Indianapolis Colts, 45, AFC (5) Kansas City Chiefs, 44
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck led a furious, 28-point comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles exited the game early with a concussion, but QB Alex Smith picked up the slack. Smith threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns, but fumbled the ball.
Luck threw for 443 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions in addition to recovering a fumble for six. Indy WR TY Hilton had 224 receiving yards and two touchdowns en route to the Colts’ victory.
NFC (6) New Orleans Saints, 26, NFC (3) Philadelphia Eagles, 24
The New Orleans Saints’ banged in a last-second Field Goal to secure a playoff road victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. The two high-octane offenses collided, but were neutralized much until the second half.
QB Nick Foles’s passing touchdown gave Philly the lead with under five minutes left, but Saints QB Drew Brees and co. stormed up field en route to scoring the three most important points of the game.
AFC (6) San Diego Chargers, 27, AFC (3) Cincinnati Bengals, 10
The Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers were knotted up throughout the majority of the first half, but Cincy QB Andy Dalton’s three turnovers ended all hopes of a Tiger-stripe victory.
The Bengals have not won a playoff game since early 1991, and the streak will live on at least one more year. Meanwhile, the Chargers’ win streak has been extended to five straight.
NFC (5) San Francisco 49ers, 23, NFC (4) Green Bay Packers, 20
The frigid temperature didn’t throw the San Francisco 49ers off guard. Niners QB Colin Kaepernick was on target in the right moments, and it all led up to a last-second Field Goal by veteran PK Phil Dawson.