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SCOREBOARD

Sunday, Jan. 4

Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1:05 p.m. EST. The Bengals have lost five straight postseason games since beating the Houston Oilers 41-14 in a home wild-card game Jan. 6, 1991. Cincinnati is winless on the road in the playoffs (0-6) and has lost eight of past 10 against Colts and seven straight in Indy. QB Andy Dalton is 0-3 in playoffs with one touchdown, six interceptions and completion rate of 56.9 percent. QB Andrew Luck finished the regular season with a franchise-record 4,761 yards passing and a career-high 40 TD passes. Luck can join Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon and Drew Brees as only NFL players with three consecutive 300-yard games in playoffs.

Detroit at Dallas, 4:40 p.m. EST. The teams have split two previous playoff meetings. Cowboys won 5-0 in 1970, and Lions won 38-6 in 1991 season. Detroit defense allowed just two teams to rush for at least 100 yards, tying NFL record. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray had 12 100-yard games, breaking all-time league rushing leader Emmitt Smith’s franchise record of 11. Cowboys were second in the league with 31 takeaways, Lions tied for seventh with 27.

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STARS

Passing

—Joe Flacco, Ravens, was 18 for 29 for 259 yards and two touchdown passes in Baltimore’s 30-17 win over Pittsburgh.

—Cam Newton, Panthers, was 18 for 32 yards for 198 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception and added seven carries for 35 yards in Carolina’s 27-16 win over Arizona.

—Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, was 31 for 45 for 334 yards and a touchdown pass and two interceptions in Pittsburgh’s 30-17 loss to Baltimore.

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Rushing

—Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, had 24 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown in Carolina’s 27-16 win over Arizona.

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Receiving

—Antonio Brown, Steelers, had nine catches for 117 yards in Pittsburgh’s 30-17 loss to Baltimore.

—Steve Smith, Ravens, had five receptions for 101 yards in Baltimore’s 30-17 win over Pittsburgh.

—Heath Miller, Steelers, had six catches for 76 yards in Pittsburgh’s 30-17 loss to Baltimore.

—Owen Daniels, Ravens, had four catches for 70 yards in Baltimore’s 30-17 win over Pittsburgh.

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Defense

—Charles Johnson, Panthers, had two sacks in Carolina’s 27-16 win over Arizona.

—Luke Kuechly, Panthers, had 10 combined tackles and an interception in Carolina’s 27-16 win over Arizona.

—Elvis Dumervil, Ravens, had two sacks in Baltimore’s 30-17 win over Pittsburgh.

—Daryl Smith, Ravens had 10 combined tackles and two forced fumbles in Baltimore’s 30-17 win over Pittsburgh.

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Special Teams

—Justin Tucker, Ravens, was 3 for 3 on field goals in Baltimore’s 30-17 win over Pittsburgh.

—Shaun Suisham, Steelers, was 3 for 3 on field goals in Pittsburgh’s 30-17 loss to Baltimore.

—Graham Gano, Panthers, was 2 for 3 on field goals in Carolina’s 27-16 win over Arizona.

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MILESTONES

Carolina’s defense set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed in a postseason game in a 27-16 win over Arizona. The Panthers held Arizona to 78 yards, intercepted Ryan Lindley twice and sacked him four times. The New York Giants held the previous NFL record for fewest yards in a postseason game, limiting Cleveland to 86 yards on Dec. 21, 1958. It was Carolina’s first postseason victory in nine years.

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ROAD WARRIORS

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has seven road playoff wins — the most by a quarterback since the 1970 merger.

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SPEAKING

“We know who we are — menacing, stifling and we are going to get after you. We know when there is blood in the water and when there is, our sharks are going to eat.” — Carolina cornerback Josh Norman on his team’s defense which set an NFL postseason record by allowing 78 yards against Arizona.

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“As a team, we always fought. It was always the next man up. At some point, we just didn’t have anything left. Everyone should hold their heads high. Every person gave it their all, this whole season, win or loss.” — Arizona defensive tackle Frostee Rucker.

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