WILD CARD WEEKEND
Carolina (6) at Seattle (3): While the challenges inherent in being the reigning NFL kingpins took their toll during the regular season, one thing didn’t change: The distinct home-field advantage that the Seahawks have enjoyed at CenturyLink Field. Carolina’s stout defense keeps it close, but Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson helps Seattle pull away in the fourth quarter.
Final: Seattle 24, Carolina 14
San Francisco (5) at Green Bay (4): Public shareholders haven’t owned the Packers since 2012. That distinction falls to the 49ers. San Francisco has beaten Green Bay four straight times during the previous two seasons, including twice in the playoffs. That streak, though, comes to an end here. The Packers finally figure out Colin Kaepernick in what proves to be Jim Harbaugh’s last game as 49ers head coach.
Final: Green Bay 27, San Francisco 20
Baltimore (6) at Denver (3): This marks a rematch of Baltimore’s improbable double-overtime playoff victory two years earlier that helped propel the Ravens into Super Bowl XLVII. There won’t be another upset this season. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gets his revenge in a four-touchdown performance.
Final: Denver 34, Baltimore 17
San Diego (5) at Indianapolis (4): Nobody plays Indianapolis better than theChargers. San Diego has won six of the past seven matchups – including two playoff contests — dating to 2005. The Colts’ nightmare continues this season with the Chargers controlling both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Final: San Diego 20, Indianapolis 17