Cowboys, Colts win National Football League wild-card playoff games

Cowboys, Colts win National Football League wild-card playoff games

Cowboys, Colts win National Football League wild-card playoff games

The Los Angeles Chargers emerged from the opening round of the playoffs with a tough win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Patriots, Saints, Rams and Chiefs had byes this weekend. As the No. 2 seed this postseason, New England would host the AFC title game only if Indianapolis defeats Kansas City in the other divisional semifinal, and it carries an eight-game postseason home winning streak into this contest since its 28-13 loss to Baltimore in the 2013 AFC championship game.

- Andrew Luck, Colts, threw two touchdown passes and finished 19 of 32 for 222 yards with an interception in Indianapolis' 21-7 victory at Houston. The ensuing two-point conversion - kicker Sebastian Janikowski was injured attempting a 57-yard field goal at the end of the first half - pulled the Seahawks within two.

"I have to focus on defense - I'm not playing Tom by any means - but is it special to go to New England to go against a Hall of Fame coach and arguably the best quarterback ever to play, and get another shot at them?"

It was just the third playoff victory for the Cowboys this century, after they won wild-card round games in 2009 and 2014. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was also kept relatively in check in falling to 3-1 in wild-card games. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had another season of battling injuries, missing three contests while finishing with 47 receptions for 682 yards. The most spectacular scene of the game here was ultimately the decisive one.

The Chargers have been the better team for most of the 2018 season, but beating Tom Brady in the Divisional Round is nearly impossible, and the forecast looks like it could be in favor of the Patriots.

They've gone through the Chargers twice as well. Ezekiel Elliott has averaged 131.0 yards rushing in two career playoff games. Given one final chance to complete the comeback, the 21-year-old Jackson looked every bit like the youngest quarterback to start an National Football League playoff game when he lost the ball on his third fumble of the game.

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