Power running dictated the outcome of the Divisional Round.
NFC (1) Seattle Seahawks, 23, NFC (6) New Orleans Saints, 15
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 140 yards on 28 carries, including two trips to the end zone. The Saints had a shot at a last-second touchdown, but instead of stepping out-of-bounds and stopping the clock, WR Marques Colston illegally threw the ball forward. Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 309 yards.
AFC (2) New England Patriots, 43, AFC (4) Indianapolis Colts, 22
QB Tom Brady accounted for zero of the Pats’ 43 points. RB LeGarrette Blount racked up 166 rushing yards on 24 carries, reaching the end zone four times. RB Stevan Ridley added two more rushing touchdowns. On the flip side, Colts QB Andrew Luck threw an uncharacteristic four interceptions.
NFC (5) San Francisco 49ers, 23, NFC (2) Carolina Panthers, 10
Despite being a Wild Card team traveling across the country, the Niners entered the Divisional Round as favorites. The Panthers have a significant lack of playoff experience, whereas San Francisco has advanced far in the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. The experience tilted the game in the Niners’ favor.
AFC (1) Denver Broncos, 24, AFC (6) San Diego Chargers, 17
The Broncos’ offense was firing on all cylinders to start the game, and despite a late San Diego push, Denver was able to hang on for a victory. QB Peyton Manning threw for 230 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception meanwhile RB Knowshon Moreno tacked on 82 rushing yards on 23 carries, including a touchdown.