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Saturday, Jan. 11

New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. Drew Brees and the Saints (12-5) are coming off a 26-24 wild-card victory over Philadelphia in which Shayne Graham kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give New Orleans its first road postseason win in six tries. The Seahawks (13-3) and Russell Wilson were the top seeds in the NFC and had a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.


Indianapolis at New England, 8:15 p.m. Andrew Luck led the Colts (12-5) from a 28-point second-half deficit to stun the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44, the second-greatest comeback in playoff history. Tom Brady and the Patriots (12-4) had a first-round bye after winning their fifth straight AFC East title.




- Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 98 yards on seven carries in San Francisco's 23-20 win at Green Bay.

- Philip Rivers, Chargers, finished an efficient 12 of 16 for 128 yards, including a touchdown to Ladarius Green, to lead San Diego past Cincinnati 27-10.



- Frank Gore, 49ers, ran for 66 yards and a TD to help San Francisco top Green Bay 23-20.

- Ronnie Brown, Chargers, had a 58-yard touchdown run - the longest against the Bengals in their playoff history - to put the game out of reach in San Diego's 27-10 win at Cincinnati.



- Marvin Jones, Bengals, had eight receptions for a team playoff-record 130 yards in a losing cause as Cincinnati fell to San Diego, 27-10.

- Michael Crabtree, 49ers, had eight catches for 125 yards to help lead San Francisco past Green Bay 23-20.

- Jordy Nelson, Packers, caught seven passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to San Francisco.

- Ladarius Green, Chargers, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in San Diego's 27-10 win at Cincinnati.


Special Teams

- Phil Dawson, 49ers, made three field goals, including a 33-yarder as time expired to lead San Francisco past Green Bay 23-20.

- Nick Novak, Chargers, kicked two field goals in San Diego's 27-10 win over Cincinnati.



- Donald Butler, Chargers, had 12 tackles and forced a fumble by Giovani Bernard at the 4-yard line that was recovered by Richard Marshall and prevented the Bengals from scoring shortly before halftime in San Diego's 27-10 win.

- Ahmad Brooks, 49ers, sacked Aaron Rodgers twice in San Francisco's 23-20 win at Green Bay.

- Tramon Williams, Packers, had a 17-yard interception return to set up Green Bay's first touchdown in a 23-20 loss to San Francisco.



With its 27-10 loss to San Diego on Sunday, Cincinnati has the sixth-longest streak of playoff futility in NFL history, stretching all the way back to the 1990 season. They Bengals have lost their playoff opener three straight years, matching a league record as well, according to STATS.



Three teams won away games on wild-card weekend, with the San Francisco 49ers capping the victorious road shows with a 23-20 win at frigid Green Bay on Sunday. San Diego took away the ball four times in a 27-10 win at Cincinnati, and on Saturday, New Orleans won 26-24 at Philadelphia. The only home winner, Indianapolis staged a sensational comeback against Kansas City to win 45-44 Saturday.



An arctic front pushing through the Midwest made San Francisco's 23-20 win over Green Bay at Lambeau Field one of the coldest in NFL history. During its telecast, Fox reported the temperature dipped to 2 degrees and the wind chill was minus-11. It was the seventh-coldest game at Lambeau Field since 1959, and the fourth-coldest postseason game at the stadium. The coldest NFL game on record is the 1967 championship game, known as the ''Ice Bowl'' won by the Packers 21-17 over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on New Year's Eve. The temperature dipped to minus-13, and the wind chill that day was minus-48.



Bengals coach Marvin Lewis fell to 0-5 in the playoffs during his 11 seasons as head coach. ... Combined with San Diego's win and New Orleans' victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night, both No. 6 playoff seeds won for the first time since 2010. ... It was San Diego's first playoff win since a 23-17 overtime victory over Indianapolis in 2008 and its first road postseason win in an open-air stadium since a 17-13 victory in Pittsburgh for the 1994 AFC title.



Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields and outside linebacker Mike Neal were knocked out of the Packers' 23-20 loss to San Francisco on Sunday with knee injuries. Shields left on the second play of the 49ers' first possession after hurting his left knee. Neal appeared to hurt his right knee a few plays later. San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith briefly left with cramps.



''We're loose, we're confident, we're peaking at the right time. We are a team to be dealt with. We're a confident bunch, especially in the second half, in the fourth quarter. We feel we're ready for those situations. The pressure is not going to get to us.'' - San Diego safety Eric Weddle, after the Chargers topped Cincinnati 27-10 on Sunday.


''Didn't think we were going to pull it out, did you?'' - San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh after his 49ers edged the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Phil Dawson's 33-yard field goal as time expired.


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