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NFL Today: Wildcard Saturday
Sunday, Jan. 5
San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. The Chargers (9-7) won four in a row to get into the playoffs, and did it with the help of a missed field goal and an officiating error during an overtime win against Kansas City last Sunday. The Bengals (11-5) are looking for their first playoff win since the 1990 season, which would end the seventh-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history.
San Francisco at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. This is expected to be one of the chilliest playoff matchups in NFL history between the 49ers (12-4) and Packers (8-7-1) at Lambeau Field, where the National Weather Service forecast called for a high temperature of 2 degrees, with north-northwest winds making it feel more like minus-15 to minus-20.
— Andrew Luck, Colts, threw three touchdown passes after halftime, including a 64-yarder to a wide-open T.Y. Hilton for the go-ahead score with 4:22 left, leading Indianapolis from a four-TD deficit to an improbable 45-44 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Alex Smith, Chiefs, was 30 of 46 for 378 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in a losing cause as Kansas City blew a 28-point lead and lost 45-44 to the Indianapolis Colts.
— Nick Foles, Eagles, threw two TD passes and no INTs, but Philadelphia fell to New Orleans 26-24.
— Mark Ingram, Saints, rushed for 97 yards and a score on 18 carries in New Orleans' 26-24 win at Philadelphia.
— Donald Brown, Colts, ran for 55 yards and a touchdown, and also caught a 3-yard scoring pass in Indianapolis' 45-44 victory over Kansas City.
— T.Y. Hilton, Colts, set a franchise playoff record with 13 catches and 224 yards, finishing with two TDs — including a 64-yarder for the go-ahead score with 4:22 left — to help lead Indianapolis past Kansas City 45-44.
— Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs, caught eight passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 45-44 playoff loss at Indianapolis.
— Riley Cooper, Eagles, had six receptions for 68 yards and a score in a losing cause as Philadelphia was defeated 26-24 by New Orleans.
— Shayne Graham, Saints, kicked a 32-yard field goal — his fourth kick of the game — on the final play to give New Orleans its first road playoff victory, 26-24 over the Philadelphia Eagles.
— Ryan Succop, Chiefs, kicked three field goals and made all five extra points in Kansas City's 45-44 playoff loss at Indianapolis.
— Husain Abdullah, Chiefs, had two interceptions in Kansas City's 45-44 loss to Indianapolis.
— Cameron Jordan, Saints, had 1½ sacks as New Orleans topped Philadelphia 26-24.
— DeMeco Ryans, Eagles, returned an interception 23 yards to set up a scoring drive for Philadelphia in a 26-24 loss.
Indianapolis, which trailed Kansas City 38-10 early in the third quarter, became the second team in NFL playoff history to win — 45-44 on Saturday — after trailing by 28 or more points, according to STATS. The other: Buffalo over Houston 41-38 in overtime in January 1993.
Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton set a franchise playoff record with 13 catches and 224 yards, finishing with two TDs — including a 64-yarder for the go-ahead score with 4:22 left — to help lead the Colts to a 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. ... Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri became the first player in NFL history to score 200 points in the playoffs. He now has 205.
STREAKS & STATS
New Orleans had been 0-5 in postseason games outside of the Big Easy since entering the league in 1967 before winning 26-24 at Philadelphia on Saturday night. ... Kansas City finished its turnaround season with three straight losses, two to the Colts and an eighth straight postseason defeat — a 45-44 stunner against Indianapolis. The eight straight losses broke a tie with the Detroit Lions for the longest playoff skid. ... The 1,049 combined total yards by the Colts and Chiefs set an NFL postseason record, and their 89 combined points is third all-time. ... ... Indy won its first playoff game without Peyton Manning since Jan. 7, 1996, when Jim Harbaugh was the QB. ... The Chiefs fell to 0-4 against the Colts in playoff matchups.
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