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NFL Wild Card Games: Luck-y Colts and Brees-y Saints: Odds Posted

At halftime of the Chiefs and Colts game, it looked like what had happened two weeks ago was merely a fluke. On December 22, the Colts went to KC and were able to snag a 23-7 win. But on Saturday, the Chiefs were up 31-10 at half and after another quick touchdown for KC, it was 38-10 and it looked like they would be headed on to the next round.

However, the Colts would then score three touchdowns in the third quarter and hold the Chiefs to only a field goal. At the end of three, the Colts had closed the gap to 41-31. And after another touchdown with 10-minutes left in the third, the Colts were within a field goal at 41-38. But after Ryan Succop nailed a 43-yarder with 5:36 left, the Chiefs again went up 44-38 and a field goal wouldn’t be enough. Luckily for Colts fans, Andrew Luck wasn’t going to settle for a field goal. Instead, he hit TY Hilton for a 64-yard bomb that would give the Colts their first lead of the game at 45-44. That would be the final score, as the Chiefs left the field disappointed and shocked.

The comeback was the second largest in NFL history, only outdone by Buffalo when they rallied against Houston in 1993 from 32 points down. But tonight, the win for the Colts allows them to head to Denver or New England next weekend, depending on how things play out on Sunday.

Andrew Luck went 29-45 in the game for 443 yards. He also threw for 4 touchdowns, which luckily will be the big story aside from the 3 picks he also threw. Alex Smith was 30-46 for 378 and he also threw four touchdowns. He also didn’t have any turnovers and did everything he could to help the Chiefs in this one. Kansas City was also marred with injuries to eight different players in the final half. Among those players were Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Donnie Avery and Brandon Flowers.

The Colts were a 3-point favorite going into Saturday’s game, which they covered. But it’s likely that no matter who they play next weekend, they’ll be the underdog.

The Saints and Eagles didn’t put up nearly as many points as the Chiefs and Colts did on Saturday, but they made the game just as entertaining. All week long the talk was about the Saints inability to play on the road in cold weather. But with their 26-24 win over Philly, they proved that not only can they win, but they can do so without Drew Brees throwing for 400-plus yards.

Brees was 20-30 in this game, but he only had 250-yards and had two interceptions to only one touchdown. Nick Foles also had a modest game at 23-33 for 195. But his two touchdown and no interceptions helped the Eagles keep pace throughout.

The real story on Saturday was the field goal that Shayne Graham hit as time expired to give the Saints the 26-24 win. Graham had four field goal kicks on the day, but no bigger than his final one. Keep in mind that Graham was signed by the Saints just two weeks ago to replace Garrett Hartley, and this is his 10th NFL team in his career. But none of that mattered when he split the uprights on Sunday on the road in Philly.

Now with the stigma behind them that they can’t win on the road, the Saints will head to Seattle next week to play the number-one team in the conference. On December 2, the Saints were embarrassed by the Seahawks in Seattle, 34-7. They’ll hope to turn that around when it matters more next weekend.

The Saints will likely be the underdog against Seattle, but that was also the case against Philly as well. They were able to get the upset once, and they’ll look to do it again next weekend.

January 05, 2014 16:45 ET
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112 Seahawks (Seattle)
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