By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Nick Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired Saturday night, giving the New York Jets a 17-16 first-round playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
New York (12-5) now heads to New England for a third meeting next Sunday.
The Colts (11-6), AFC champions last year over the Jets, thought they had won it when Adam Vinatieri made a 50-yard field goal with 53 seconds left, his longest kick since 2008.
But the Jets got a 47-yard kickoff return from Antonio Cromartie and Mark Sanchez set up the field goal with an 18-yard pass to Braylon Edwards at the Colts 14. New York called timeout with 3 seconds to go, and Folk hit the winner.
New York’s LaDainian Tomlinson rushed 16 times for 82 yards and scored two TDs, both on 1-yard runs.
Peyton Manning was 18 of 26 for 225 yards and one TD.
Seattle stuns New Orleans 41-36
SEATTLE — Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes and Marshawn Lynch scored on an electrifying 67-yard run in the final minutes to lead the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 41-36 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Seahawks (8-9) came into Saturday’s game as the first division winner with a losing record, yet pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NFL playoff history — with authority.
The Seahawks held a 34-20 early in the fourth quarter before Drew Brees looked ready to lead the Saints (11-6) on one of their patented comebacks. But Lynch broke about a half-dozen tackles for his TD with 3:22 left as Seattle finished off the Saints.
NFL Playoff Glance
The Associated Press
All Times CST
Saturday, Jan. 8
Seattle 41, New Orleans 36
N.Y. Jets 17, Indianapolis 16
Sunday, Jan. 9
Baltimore at Kansas City, Noon (CBS)
Green Bay at Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Jan. 15
Kansas City or Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay or Seattle at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 16
Philadelphia or Seattle at Chicago, Noon (FOX)
N.Y. Jets at New England, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 23
NFC, 2 p.m. (FOX)
AFC, 5:30 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 30
AFC vs. NFC, 6 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Feb. 6
At Arlington, Texas
AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5:30 p.m. (FOX)