One way to sum up NFL Wildcard Weekend for 2015? Injuries. Third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley couldn’t provide any spark to an already Andre Ellington-less Cardinals offense. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense severely lacked any rushing attack with the absence of Le’Veon Bell. The Bengals lost two starting offensive weapons in A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. It shouldn’t be a surprise that each of these teams lost. Additionally, those three teams’ offenses combined for a total 43 points, meanwhile, the Panthers, Ravens and Colts combined for 83 total points.
The Detroit-Dallas game didn’t feature any injuries to key players and thus turned out to be a shootout with the Cowboys winning 24-20.
The Cowboys will face off against the Green Bay Packers next SUNDAY at 1:05pm EST on FOX.
The rest of the divisional round is
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – SATURDAY 4:35pm EST on NBC
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – SATURDAY 8:15 pm EST on FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos 4:40pm – SUNDAY EST on CBS
Cam Newton led the Panthers to their first playoffs win in more than nine years with a 27-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Newton went 18-of-32 for 198 yards and two touchdowns adding five rushes for 35 yards. Running back Jonathan Stewart helped on the ground rushing for 123 yards and a score. The Cardinals, led by third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley, looked lost at times. The Arizona offense was only able to muster 78 total yards in defeat, but were kept in the game by defense and special teams plays which included recovering a muffed punt and picking off Newton once.
Carolina will move on to the divisional round to the play the Seattle Seahawks if the Dallas Cowboys win, or will play the Green Bay Packers if the Detriot Lions win.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Final Score: Seahawks lose 24-14
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Final Score: Packers win 9-7
Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys
Final Score: Packers lose 27-37
Neither played a Thursday Night Football game in 2008, 2009 or 2010
Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks
Final Score: Seahawks win 31-14
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Final Score: Packers win 23-10
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
Final Score: Seahawks lose 6-13
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals
Final Score: Seahawks win 34-22
Packers: 3 games played, 2-1
Seahawks: 4 games played 2-2