Colts to face Chargers next week

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 292 yards and a touchdown pass to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 17-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans in an AFC wild card game.

It marked the highest passing output for Rivers since Week 11 and propelled San Diego to its seventh consecutive victory and second over the Titans in four weeks.

LaDainian Tomlinson, bottled up for most of the game, scored the decisive touchdown on a critical fourth-down play in the fourth quarter as the third-seeded Chargers (12-5) advanced to play at No. 2 Indianapolis in the divisional playoffs next Sunday.

With Tomlinson limited to 42 yards on 21 rushes and Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates sitting out the second half with an injured big toe, Rivers took control of the offense and rallied the Chargers from a 6-0 halftime deficit.

The fourth-year quarterback completed 19-of-30 passes with the TD and an interception, but he was at his best in the second half to help the Chargers win a playoff game for the first time since reaching the Super Bowl in 1995.

The other AFC matchup will feature the Jags at the Patriots.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dared Eli Manning to beat them. Manning was happy to oblige them.

Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes and continually carved up Tampa Bay's defense, leading the New York Giants to a dominating 24-14 victory over the Buccaneers in an NFC wild card game Sunday.

New York (11-6) extended its franchise-best road winning streak to eight games to secure a matchup against NFC East rival Dallas next Sunday.

The Cowboys won both regular-season matchups against the Giants, but New York looked like a different team Sunday - largely due to play of the much-maligned Manning, who erased a history of inconsistent play with one of his best efforts of the season.

Manning finished 20-of-27 for 185 yards with two TDs and zero interceptions, moving the ball at will against the league's top-ranked pass defense.

The other NFC matchup will feature Green Bay hosting Seattle.

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