NFL Playoff Bracket 2014: Divisional Round Breakdown

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NFL Playoff Bracket 2014: Divisional Round Breakdown
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If the first round of the NFL playoffs taught us anything, it's that football is amazing. 

Three of the four games were decided in the fourth quarter by a combined six points, two on last-second field goals. The San Diego Chargers 17-point win over the Cincinnati Bengals was the only lopsided finish all weekend. You know, the same Chargers that needed an insane amount of help in Weeks 16 and 17 to even make the playoffs. 

Road teams won three of the games, with only the Indianapolis Colts winning on their own turf. Those same Colts exploded offensively against the Kansas City Chiefs in a game many expected to be a defensive struggle. That game ended with Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck proving he is more than ready for prime time by leading a 28-point, second-half comeback. 

In short, this past weekend was wall-to-wall football awesomeness with all of the requisite narrative-busting surprises, excitement and fingernail-obliterating action. 

If the first round taught us anything, it's that the second round has its work cut out for it. 

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