By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, seldom-used rookie James Starks ran for 123 yards and the Green Bay Packers beat Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles 21-16 in an NFC wild-card game Sunday.
Rodgers had to watch from the sideline while Vick nearly led the Eagles back. But Tramon Williams intercepted Vick’s pass for Riley Cooper in the end zone with 33 seconds left to seal the win.
The sixth-seeded Packers (11-6) are heading to Atlanta (13-3) for a divisional playoff game next Saturday night.
Rodgers patiently waited three years to become Green Bay’s starter and took over after Brett Favre’s messy departure before the 2008 season. He long ago made Packers fans forget about Favre, and now has punctuated his impressive resume with his first playoff win in two tries.
Flacco leads Ravens past young Chiefs 30-7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes and playoff-savvy Baltimore forced five turnovers to beat the youthful Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 in the NFL playoffs on Sunday.
With Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis leading a third-quarter surge, the Ravens (13-4) broke open a close game with a touchdown and two field goals off three turnovers.
The AFC West-winning Chiefs (10-7) have now gone 17 years since their last playoff victory, and own the NFL record with seven straight postseason losses.
Baltimore will hit the road again to play AFC North rival Pittsburgh on Saturday in the third matchup against the Steelers this season.
Flacco’s 4-yard scoring pass to Anquan Boldin with 32 seconds left in the third quarter put the Ravens up 23-7. The score came six plays after Dawan Landry picked off a pass by Matt Cassel to set up Baltimore at the Chiefs 31.