Monday January 5th, 2015

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Wildcard Weekend:

Carolina-W-Arizona (27-16)

The Cardinals put their name in the NFL record book, not by being the first team to play a Super Bowl in their own host city, but by a record-setting worst offensive performance in NFL history…Cardinals had just 78-yards in total offense….QB-Ryan Lindley was sacked 4-times, threw 2-interceptions, and lost a fumble in a dominant performance by the Panthers defense…Carolina was not impressive on offense either with Cam Newton throwing a pick, losing a fumble, and the Panthers special teams missing a field goal, dropping a snap on a punt, and fumbling a punt….The Panthers outgained Arizona (389-71Y)….had (25-7) edge on first downs…Carolina’s defense had 4-sacks-3-takeaways-8 tackles for losses…Only the Panthers turnovers that gave Arizona short field position allowed the Cardinals to stay in the game till late…Lindley threw┬áinterceptions at 4-and in the end zone…The Cardinals 78-yards in offense broke the all time postseason record for least yardage in a playoff game, held by the Cleveland Browns in 1956-who had 86-yards in a loss to the Giants.

Ravens-W-Steelers (30-17)

The Baltimore defense put on a dominant performance against the 1-dimension Steelers….The Ravens had 5-sacks, 5-hits, 2-interceptions and a fumble recovery in pulling away in the 2nd half…Joe Flacco threw for 259-yards-2TDs in the win…Ben Roethlisberger, playing without star RB-Le’Veon Bell, was under enormous pressure all night….Roethlisberger (334P-TD) but there were 3-turnovers…The Steelers had only (43R) without Bell….Newly acquired RB-Ben Tate lost a fumble and had a deflected pass turn into a pick…TE-Owen Daniels complimented big catches by Steve Smith and Torrey Smith in the win….Baltimore had been (0-3) in postseason games at Heinz Field.

Cowboys-W-Lion (24-20)

Tony Romo rallies Dallas from (14-0) and (20-7) deficits…Romo leads 3-straight scoring drives in second half…Throws 8-76TD passes to Terrance Williams…Survives 6-sacks and constant pressure…Romo (293P-2TD)…DeMarco Murray (75R)….Lions QB-Matthew Stafford (323P-1TD)….Sack and fumble late in 4th quarter kills Detroit comeback…Detroit self destructed 8-penalties..2-turnoversl..3 sacks allowed…11Y-punt…Win ends 7-playoff game losing streak for Dallas…Only Romo’s 2nd career postseason win.

Colts-W-Bengals (26-10)

Andrew Luck lights up Cincinnati secondary (376P-TD)…RB-Dan Herron (141APY) including (10R) on passes…Adam Vinatieri 4FG….Colts defense overwhelmed Andy Dalton…Bengals held (241Y) offense-playing without AJ Green-Jerome Gresham…Bengals lost LB-Rey Maualuga-CB-Dre Kirkpatrick injuries during game…Colts defense had 3QBX-Fumble Recovery…held Dalton (155P)…Cincinnati had (30Y) offense in 27-minute span…Colts outgained Bengals (482-241)….Cincinnati now (0-6) postseason under Marvin Lewis…Dalton (0-4) in playoffs…Bengals not won playoff game since 1990-season…Indianapolis plays at Denver never weekend.
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