NFL Wild Card Playoff Recap – Saints, Colts Win Wild Card Games
The New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts each won their wild card round playoff game in dramatic fashion on Saturday. Here’s a recap of the action from both games:
New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24
Shayne Graham kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired, and the New Orleans Saints beat the Eagles, 26-24, in Philadelphia in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs on Saturday night. The Saints advanced to the divisional round, where they will face top-seeded Seahawks in Seattle next Saturday.
The Eagles rallied from a 20-7 deficit in the third quarter to take a 24-23 lead on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Zach Ertz with 4:54 to play. Darren Sproles returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards, with an additional 15-yards tacked on for a horse collar tackle penalty on Philadelphia’s Cary Williams. New Orleans then moved the ball into field goal range for Graham’s kick.
Mark Ingram carried 18 times for 97 yards and a score for New Orleans. Drew Brees threw for 250 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He completed passes to nine different receivers in the game.
Foles passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy carried 21 times for 77 yards and a score.
Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44
Andrew Luck threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 4:21 left, and the Colts miraculously rallied past the Kansas City Chiefs, 45-44, in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs in Indianapolis on Saturday. The Colts overcame a 28-point second-half deficit to advance to next week’s divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
Luck’s pass to Hilton was the fifth touchdown of the second half for Indianapolis. They trailed 38-10 after Alex Smith threw a 10-yard TD pass to Knile Davis early in the third quarter. The Chiefs managed just two field goals over the rest of the game. They saw their final hopes dashed when Smith’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete in Colts’ territory with 1:55 to play.
Luck completed 29 of his 45 pass attempts for 443 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. He also recovered teammate Donald Brown’s fumble for a score to pull Indianapolis within 41-38 at the start of the fourth quarter. Hilton had 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts.
If Cincinnati beats San Diego tomorrow, the Colts will travel to Denver next Sunday. If the Chargers win, Indianapolis will face New England in Foxborough, Mass. next Saturday night.
Despite losing running back Jamaal Charles for the game after he suffered a possible concussion on the first drive, Kansas City broke out to a 31-10 halftime lead largely on the strength of three touchdown passes from Smith. He passed for 378 yards and four scores in the game.
Dwayne Bowe had eight receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs. Charles’ replacement Knile Davis carried 18 times for 67 yards and a score before leaving with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.