It was a totally wild, Wild Card weekend as four teams step to do battle against their rivals in the Divisional Playoffs next week.
Chargers 23 – Colts 17
Even without the services of Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson in the second half, the Chargers were able to overcome NFL MVP Peyton Manning and the Colts, in an overtime thriller. The Chargers backup running back, Darren Sproles, put a charge into the game with two touchdowns,105 yards rushing, 45 yards receiving and 178 yards on kick and punt returns. Nate Kaeding sent the game into overtime with a field goal to tie the game with 30 seconds left. Sproles scored the winning TD with some help from a Colts defense that made two costly penalties on the drive. The Chargers move on to play the Steelers.
Ravens 27 – Dolphins 9
The Ravens defense absolutely mauled Chad Pennington and the Dolphins this weekend, intercepting him four times, sacking him three times, and forcing bad throws all day. The Dolphins were held to only 52 yards rushing. The playoff victory was the first for the Ravens since they beat Miami in a first-round game in January 2002. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco takes his team to Tennessee to face off against the Titans.
Cardinals 30 – Falcons 24
Arizona’s defense over-matched Atlanta rookie QB Matt Ryan and held the Falcons’ second-ranked rushing attack to just 60 yards. The Cards defense collected three sacks, two interceptions, returned a fumble for a touchdown and had a safety. Kurt Warner led the offense for Arizona hitting both of his wide receivers, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin for touchdowns. Now they advance to the next round where they face the Carolina Panthers.
Eagles 26 – Vikings 14
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook may have been held to just 38 yards rushing by the Vikings, but it was his 71 yard reception in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal for Philadelphia. Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson had a big day with two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Eagles. The Eagles have now won their last five games against the Vikings, and are 4-0 in wild-card games under coach Andy Reid. Now they fly to New York to face the Giants.