The conference championships are officially set. The Indianapolis Colts beat the Denver Broncos, 24-13, to advance to the AFC title game against the New England Patriots next Sunday. The Colts' defense was stifling, holding Peyton Manning to just 211 passing yards and the Denver offense as a whole to only 288 yards.
The last time the Colts played New England, they walked away with a brutal 42-20 loss. Andrew Luck threw for 303 yards and a touchdown, but the running game was completely shut down and the defense was torched for 503 yards. No, it wasn't Tom Brady who led the offense -- it was undrafted rookie running back Jonas Gray, who exploded for 201 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Injuries and the arrival of LeGarrette Blount have limited Gray since that breakout performance and he was inactive Saturday during a win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Earlier in the day, the Green Bay Packers rallied past the Dallas Cowboys thanks to a gutty performance from Aaron Rodgers and a controversial overturn on a late Dez Bryant reception. That sets up an NFC Championship showdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the Pacific Northwest. Green Bay will be hoping it goes better than their last trip to CenturyLink Field, when they got throttled, 36-16, in the regular season opener.
Here are the full results from the weekend and the schedule going forward (all times Eastern).
Saturday, Jan. 10
AFC Divisional Game 1: New England Patriots 35, Baltimore Ravens 31 (recap)
NFC Divisional Game 1: Seattle Seahawks 31, Carolina Panthers 17 (recap)
Sunday, Jan. 11
NFC Divisional Game 2: Green Bay Packers 26, Dallas Cowboys 21 (recap)
AFC Divisional Game 2: Indianapolis Colts 24, Denver Broncos 13 (recap)
Sunday, Jan 18
NFC Championship Game: (2) Green Bay Packers vs. (1) Seattle Seahawks, 3:05 p.m.
AFC Championship Game: (4) Indianapolis Colts vs. (1) New England Patriots, 6:40 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1
Super Bowl XLIX, 6:30 p.m.