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By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 1/12/2014  at  12:39:22 AM
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SCOREBOARD

Sunday, Jan. 12

San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (13-4) are trying to reach the NFC championship game for the second consecutive season. The Panthers (13-3) defeated San Francisco 10-9 in Week 10.

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San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. The AFC West rivals split their season series. San Diego (10-7) won the most recent meeting, 27-20 in Denver on Dec. 12. Peyton Manning and the Broncos (13-3) will look to get to the AFC title game after last season's loss to Baltimore in the divisional round.

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STARS

Passing

-Drew Brees, Saints, was 24 for 43 for 309 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' 23-15 loss to Seattle.

-Tom Brady, Patriots, was an efficient 13 for 25 for 198 yards in New England's 43-22 win over Indianapolis.

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Rushing

-LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley, Patriots. Blount had 24 carries for 166 yards and four touchdowns and Ridley had 14 carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 43-22 win over Indianapolis. Blount joined Ricky Watters, who had five touchdowns for San Francisco on Jan. 15, 1994, as the only players with four or more in a playoff game. And the six rushing touchdowns by the Patriots tied the 49ers' total in that game for second-most in playoff history.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 28 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans. Lynch set a franchise playoff record for yards rushing.

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Receiving

-Marques Colston, Saints, had 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' 23-15 loss to Seattle.

-T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, Colts. Hilton had four catches for 103 yards and Brazill had touchdown catches of 38 and 35 yards in Indianapolis' 43-22 loss to New England.

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Special Teams

-Steven Hauschka, Seahawks, made three field goals in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans.

-Adam Vinatieri, Colts, kicked two field goals and two extra points in Indianapolis' 43-22 loss to New England.

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Defense

-Michael Bennett, Seahawks, had a half sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans.

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COACHING MILESTONE

Bill Belichick earned his 19th playoff coaching win in New England's 43-22 victory over Indianapolis. Belichick is one back of Tom Landry for the most in NFL history.

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SPEAKING

''Once I get into the open field, they're going to have to chase me. And if they catch me, they do. And if they don't, they don't. They usually don't.'' - Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount after he had 166 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-22 win over Indianapolis. His yards tied Curtis Martin's team playoff record.

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''We had our chances, man, to make plays and get our offense back on the field. Last game, we were able to do that, but it was a great quarterback, a great offense and a great team we were facing (Saturday).'' - Colts safety Antoine Bethea said after a 43-22 loss to New England.

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