Ravens and Cardinals reach round two
AFC Wild Card - Ravens 34, Patriots 14.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens blew into
Foxborough, Mass., for their AFC playoff game with New England and
wound up blowing the Patriots out, 33-14. The Ravens had the game
in hand after just a few minutes as they scored 14 quick points. At
the end of the first quarter, they topped the Pats 24-0 and at the
half it was 24-7. After three periods of play the Ravens led 27-14.
Running back Ray Rice led the way with two rushing scores, first
on an 83-yard gallop up the middle of the New England defense, and
then on a one-yard run. Le'Ron McClain and Willis McGahee
(muh-GAY'-hee) added TD runs and Billy Cundiff had two field goals.
The Patriots scored twice, on two touchdown passes from Tom
Brady to rookie Julian Edelman.
Brady didn't have a Tom Brady kind of game, tossing three
interceptions. He finished just 23 of 42 for 154 yards. His
counterpart, Joe Flacco, ran the controlled Baltimore offense to
perfection, and was 4 for 10 for 34 yards in the air.
The loss is particularly galling for the Patriots as they had
gone 8-and-0 on the home turf in Gillette Stadium this season. The
loss was their first at home in the playoffs since 1978 and the
first-ever for Brady in a home game in the playoffs.
The Ravens, who are trying to reach the AFC Championship game
for the second straight year as a wild-card entry, will now face
the Colts Saturday night in Indianapolis. They squared off in
week-11 of the regular season with the Colts winning 17-15.
The other AFC game next weekend will take place in San Diego on
Sunday with the Chargers entertaining the New York Jets.
NFC Wild Card: Cardinals 51, Packers 45, OT.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Karlos Dansby's 17-yard fumble return for
a touchdown in overtime gave the Arizona Cardinals a 51-45 victory
over the Green Bay Packers in the highest-scoring playoff game in
Aaron Rodgers, who started the game with an interception but was
marvelous after that, was stripped by Michael Adams. The ball
careened off Rodgers' foot and into the hands of Dansby, who ran
untouched for the score.
Rodgers flung his helmet to the sideline in disgust as the
reigning NFC champion Cardinals rushed the field to celebrate.
It brought an abrupt end to a sensational passing duel to rival
any the NFL has seen between the playoff newcomer Rodgers and the
old master Kurt Warner, who tossed five TD passes.
Warner tossed five TD passes on a 29-for-33 passing night for
379 yards. Warner said these types of games "are fun ones when you
Green Bay's Rodgers, despite the fumble on the last play, tossed
four second-half TD passes as the Packers rallied from a 21-point
second half deficit. Rodgers completed 28-of-21 for 422 yards.
The defending NFC champion Cardinals earned a trip to New
Orleans to play the top-seeded Saints next Saturday at the
The other NFC playoff game next week will be played Sunday with