NFL Divisional playoffs: Upset sunday!
The teams qualified for NFC and AFC championship games are now known as both teams called as underdogs today, the San Diego Chargers and the New-York Giants, have both won in classic fashion inside a hostile sold out stadium.
First, the San Diego Chargers were in Indianapolis to face the Colts, the defending Super Bowl champions.
A key play for San Diego kept the ball game close on the scoreboard. After a 25 yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning, the Colts were on their way to a fourteen point lead. Colts star receiver Marvin Harrison fumbled and lost the ball deep in Chargers territory. The following San Diego drive off the turnover tied the game at 7-7. The Colts went on to lead, but only 10-7 at the half.
The Chargers once again turned it on during the 3rd quarter for a second week in a row and scored 14 points on the Colts defense. Philip Rivers hooking up with Chris Chambers and Darren Sproles. The only reply from the Colts in this 3rd quarter came from Reggie Wayne.
21-17 in favor of the Chargers after 3 quarters.
Both teams exchanged a touchdown in the fourth quarter, first Anthony Gonzalez, catching a 55 yarder from Peyton Manning. Colts pulling ahead 24-21. But a 1-yard surge from backup quarterback Billy Volek in relief for injured quarterback Philip Rivers tipped the game in favor of the Chargers until the end. A really unexpected unfolding to say the least.
The Super Bowl champions fall to the San Diego Chargers, 28-24. A new Super Bowl champion will be crowned in 3 weeks.
Following this exciting matchup, the New-York Giants were in Dallas to face the Cowboys. Tony Romo and Eli Manning fought in a physical war to qualify for the NFC championship game.
Amani Toomer scored on a 52 yards play to open the score. The Dallas tackling was missing on the play, 7-0 Giants after one quarter.
The second quarter was well balanced, Terrell Owens and Marion Barber on a 1-yard plunge constituted the Dallas reply to the Giants lead. But Amani Toomer once again, catching a 4-yard passing touchdown for the Giants. Eli Manning with 2 touchdown passes in the first half was doing great, keeping away from the costly turnovers. 14-14 at the half. Toomer, the veteran receiver, shining for the Giants in this first half with 2 touchdown passes.
The third quarter was dominated by both defenses, the Cowboys notching a 34-yard field goal to take the 3 point lead in the contest.
The Giants winning drive came during the fourth quarter as Brandon Jacobs finished the job plowing his way for the winning score from 1-yard away. The G-mens defense held Tony Romo and the Cowboys off their end zone, R.W. McQuarters intercepted the last Dallas gasp inside his own endzone during the last minute of the game to seal the deal for the Giants.
The Giants qualifies for the NFC championship game with a 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Next weekend, the New-York Giants will visit Lambeau field, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers for a place into Super Bowl XLII.
As for the AFC championship game, the cinderella team of those NFL playoffs, the San Diego Chargers will have a shot at the perfect 17-0 New-England Patriots in Foxboro. The winner also qualifies for Super Bowl XLII.
(Pictures: San Diego Chargers, Amani Toomer, Vince Lombardi trophy.)