NFC: (4) Carolina Panthers, 27, (5) Arizona Cardinals, 16
The Panthers’ defense gave up 78 yards, which is the fewest amount in playoff history. The Panthers also forced three turnovers. Behind third string quarterback Ryan Lindley, the Cardinals couldn’t finish drives in the red zone or push the ball downfield consistently enough to push past the Panthers.
AFC: (6) Baltimore Ravens, 30, (3) Pittsburgh Steelers, 17
Without star running back Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers were evidently missing a key piece of their offense. The Ravens’ pass rush produced five sacks and was in the face of QB Ben Roethlisberger all game. Ravens QB Joe Flacco was steady all game, and totaled 259 passing yards, two touchdowns, and no picks.
AFC: (4) Indianapolis Colts, 26, (5) Cincinnati Bengals, 10
The Bengals’ offense was inconsistent without wide receiver AJ Green. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw 376 passing yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, while kicker Adam Vinatieri booted four field goals.
NFC: (3) Dallas Cowboys, 24, (6) Detroit Lions, 20
Facing a 14-0 deficit, the Cowboys’ offense began gaining momentum and fueled a comeback. Cowboys WR Terrance Williams recorded three receptions, 92 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Notably, the referees’ delayed reversal of a Cowboys’ defensive pass interference penalty negated a first down, and led to a Lions’ punt.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
AFC: (6) Baltimore Ravens @ (1) New England Patriots
NFC: (4) Carolina Panthers @ (1) Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, January 11, 2015
NFC: (3) Dallas Cowboys @ (2) Green Bay Packers
AFC: (4) Indianapolis Colts @ (2) Denver Broncos