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NFL Playoffs: Wild Card recap as Cowboys, Colts, Ravens, Panthers advance

The Colts, Cowboys, Ravens and Panthers are off to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

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The first round of the 2014 NFL playoffs is in the books. Following Sunday's action, here's a recap of all four games heading into the divisional round of the postseason.

Carolina Panthers 27, Arizona Cardinals 16

It wasn't easy, and it certainly wasn't pretty, but Carolina held on to oust Arizona from the playoffs in one of the uglier postseason games you'll ever see.

The Panthers held Arizona to 78 yards and forced three turnovers in a 27-16 win, the franchise's first postseason victory in nine years. It's the fewest yards ever allowed in an NFL postseason game. Cam Newton overcame two turnovers and threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns and Jonathan Stewart ran for 123 yards and a score, on a rain-soaked afternoon.

With the win, the Panthers will play at top-seeded Seattle next weekend after Dallas beat Detroit on Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

Love him or hate him, Joe Flacco is the NFL's postseason road warrior.

Flacco tossed two second-half touchdowns as the Ravens pulled away from the Steelers 30-17 in the AFC wild-card game. Flacco's seven road playoff wins are the most by a quarterback since the 1970 merger.

Baltimore won a playoff game in Pittsburgh for the first time in franchise history after suffering postseason losses in 2008 and 2010 by containing the NFL's second-ranked offense.

The Ravens won their third wild-card game as the sixth seed, and they're now heading to New England in the division round.

Indianapolis Colts 26, Cincinnati Bengals 10

The Bengals once again went one and done in the postseason. Not much else to it.

Dallas Cowboys 24, Detroit Lions 20

The Lions are likely going home angry and feeling cheated about what might have been, if not for a controversial officiating decision.

With the Lions leading 20-17 in the fourth quarter, a pass interference call gave the Lions a first down well into Dallas territory. It was picked up without explanation by referee Pete Morelli. That turned into a huge benefit for the Cowboys, as the Lions shanked a punt on the next play and the Cowboys took advantage of their good field position to march down the field and score the go-ahead touchdown to take a 24-20 lead.

During the broadcast, former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira even said it was a bad call, and it ultimately helped cost the Lions a chance to win their first playoff game since 1991.

The Cowboys wiped out an early two-touchdown deficit to earn a trip to Green Bay in the division round.

The Lions got first-quarter touchdowns, but Matthew Stafford couldn't get them in the end zone again. He falls to 0-2 in the playoffs and 0-18 all-time on the road against winning teams.