NFL Playoffs: Divisional Series Wrap-Up

Brett Favre

Brett Favre

While the Jets-Chargers game was a nail-biter until the final minutes, all of the other three divisional series games this weekend ended in blowout victories by the teams advancing to next Sunday’s championship round.

New Orleans Saints def. Arizona Cardinals 45-14

After scoring more than 50 points in last week’s shoot out against the Packers (the highest scoring game in playoff history), the defending NFC Champion Cardinals scored just two touchdowns as Kurt Warner could not recapture the magic that he had in the Wild Card round and the team recorded two turnovers which proved to be very costly. Meanwhile, the Saints continued their regular season dominance and are set to take on the Vikings in the NFC Championship game this coming Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts def. Baltimore Ravens 20-3

Like the Saints, the Colts proved yet again why they are the best team in the AFC this year. The Colts shut down the Ravens’ very potent running game, holding Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice to just 67 yards and picked Joe Flacco off twice, never allowing Baltimore to gain any kind of momentum. While the Ravens’ offense struggled, and turned the ball over, Peyton Manning single-handedly lifted the Colts’ offense whose running backs failed to show up at all. Indianapolis will host the Jets in the AFC Championship game this Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings def. Dallas Cowboys 34-3

Brett Favre was at his best this past Sunday as the Vikings unloaded their lethal offense on an unexpecting Dallas Cowboys defense while Tony Romo and Felix Jones could do nothing against a swarming Vikings defense that forced four fumbles and an interception. In what promises to be one of the best match-ups of the post season, the Vikings will head to New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday.

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