Updated 2014 NFL Playoff Bracket: Saints, Colts advance

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The first day of the 2014 NFL Playoffs is in the books and we had two polar  opposite games in terms of their pacing but the quality was high on both ends. The Colts and Chiefs got themselves into a shootout that completely crept up on the Chiefs in the final four minutes of the game.

Andrew Luck and the Colts were able to win a 45-44 shootout to advance and we all looked to the late game to follow it up. It depends no what style of football you like, as those expecting a shootout again were sorely mistaken. A defensive battle broke out between the Saints and Eagles, aided by the freezing cold temperatures.

Tomorrow sees the Bengals and Chargers meet, with the winner deciding the makeup of the AFC bracket. Should the Chargers win, they would face the Denver Broncos with the Colts heading east to New England to face the Patriots.  Should the Bengals win, the Colts and Broncos would rematch while the Bengals and Patriots would also meet for the second time this year.

The NFC was decided thanks to the 3-seed vs. 6-seed matchup tonight. The Saints upsetting the Eagles means that New Orleans has earned a rematch in Seattle against the Seahawks and the winner of tomorrow’s Packers-49ers game will head to Carolina next week to face the Panthers. 2013-14_NFLBracket_ColtsSaintsWin

How does today’s games effect the road to the Super Bowl on either side of the bracket? Sound off in the comments section and let us know what you think.

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  • MKS

    the way the bracket is set up it looked like the winner of Saints – Eagles would be playing Carolina, and the winner of 49ers – Packers would be playing Seattle…

    • Jacob Valverde

      The way the NFL does this is just stupid, the #1 seed in NFC is Seattle, so they will play the team with the worst record that is NOT a divisional winner, since the Packers won the NFC Central and were 8-7-1 if they win they will not play the #1 seed because they won their division, so between the 2 wild card teams, the Saints and 49ers, the 49ers had a better record so the Saints play Seattle.

  • Cheyenne Kid

    This playoff system is that way to encourage division completion. It is the fairest way the NFL can do it, like it or not. They have considered re-seeding and it got shot down in Committee. What they are considering for next season is adding one more team to seven in each Conference. In that format, only the #1 seed would get a bye with three wildcard games in each Conference on wildcard weekend. More games, more money! The NFL is also a business and money drives the economy, so like it or not, this is the only change they are talking about at the current time.

  • Karen Medeiros

    I’m so confused!

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