NFL Wildcard Playoff Scores
(The Spread) - The first round of the 2011 NFL Playoffs is in the books and to find out which teams covered and which didn’t, continue reading to check out scores, stats and more.
The action got kicked off this weekend with a massive upset, as the Seattle Seahawks knocked off the New Orleans Saints 41-36 as a 10-point underdog. The 10-point spread made the Seahawks the biggest home underdogs in NFL playoff history.
The combined score sailed over the posted total of 45.5 points. The two teams combined for 34 first half points and 33 second half points. Drew Brees threw for 404 yards, but it was Marshawn Lynch and Matt Hasselbeck’s big days that propelled the Seahawks to victory. Lynch’s incredible touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Seattle.
In the night game on Saturday, the New York Jets pulled off the second upset of the day by knocking off the Indianapolis Colts, 17-16. Accoridng to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the Colts were 2.5-point favorites over the Jets, while the over/under total for 44 points.
Peyton Manning threw for 225 yards and a touchdown but the Colts had issues all night stopping LaDainian Tomlinson (82 yards, 2 TDs) and the Jets’ powerful rushing attack. Braylon Edwards (62 yards receiving) also had a solid night, bailing quarterback Mark Sanchez out on a couple of high throws.
In the first game on Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens knocked off the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-7. Jamaal Charles broke off a 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead but Baltimore’s defense shut them down from there on out. Joe Flacco threw for 265 yards and tight end Todd Heap racked up 108 receiving yards.
In the final game of the weekend, the Green Bay Packers pulled off the third upset of the night by knocking off the Philadelphia eagles, 21-16. The Eagles were 2.5-point favorites, while the over/under total was 46.5 (thus the total fell under).
Aaron Rodgers threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns by the story of the night was running back James Starks, who rushed for 123 yards on 23 carries. Michael Vick threw for 292 yards and accounted for both of Philly’s touchdowns (one on the ground and one through the air), but Tramon Williams picked him off in the end zone with 33 seconds to seal the win for Green Bay.
The Seahawks will now travel to Chicago to face the Bears while the Falcons will host the Packers. In the AFC, the Ravens will head to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers while the Patriots will host the Jets. All four of these games will be rematches from the regular season.