Lewis made 13 tackles in his first game back in nearly three months. He ended his last home game in Baltimore before his impending retirement by lining up at fullback for the final kneel-down. Then Lewis went into a short version of his trademark dance before being mobbed by teammates. He followed with a victory lap, his right triceps, covered by a brace, held high in salute to the fans.
Joe Flacco became the first quarterback to win a postseason game in each of his first five seasons and John Harbaugh is the first coach to do so.
“I love our team,” Lewis said, “and I’m really looking forward to going out there and playing them next week.”
The loss ended the Colts’ turnaround season in which they went from 2-14 to the playoffs in coach Chuck Pagano’s first year in Indianapolis. Pagano missed 12 weeks while undergoing treatment for leukemia and returned last week.
Andrew Luck completed 28 of 54 passes, the most attempts by a rookie in a playoff game, for 288 yards.
Packers at 49ers
It’s been a long time since these teams met on kickoff weekend, and much has changed.
Green Bay has become a bit more balanced on offense and somewhat stingier on defense than it was back in September. San Francisco has second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick instead of Alex Smith, and receiver Michael Crabtree finally has developed into a threat.
The Packers held league rushing king Adrian Peterson to 99 yards in beating the Vikings (10-7), 100 yards less than he got on them the previous week.
“I don’t think we had our identity at that point,” QB Aaron Rodgers said of the Packers team San Francisco beat. “We were trying a lot of different things.”
Seahawks at Falcons
Atlanta has flopped in its last three playoff games, including losing at home to Green Bay two years ago in a similar scenario.
Seattle won’t bring as high-powered an offense as the Packers did to Atlanta, but it’s versatile enough with the creative Wilson, bulldozing halfback Marshawn Lynch and a deep group of receivers.
The most significant challenge for the Falcons, though, will be a defense that completely shut down the Redskins and a hobbling Robert Griffin III for the final three quarters of their wild-card game.
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