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ProCanes NFL Recap: Divisional Round

The Pats, Chiefs, Rams and Saints advanced to the conference championship games, and several Canes had their fingerprints on the results.

NFL: AFC Divisional Playoff-Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs 31 - Indianapolis Colts 13

Chiefs DL Allen Bailey got the start as for the top-seed in the AFC, and his defense put in one of their best performances of the season limiting the Colts to only 13 points and 290 total yards to advance to the AFC title game.

NFL: AFC Divisional Playoff-Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
Allen Bailey advanced to the AFC Championship for the first time in his career.
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Colts DE Al-Quadin Muhammad started his second-consecutive playoff game, and registered 3 tackles as Indianapolis ended their season with their best finish since 2014.

Los Angeles Rams 30 - Dallas Cowboys 22

Rams CB Sam Shields didn’t receive many snaps on defense in his team’s divisional round victory, but he was called upon to return punts, and performed well in his sole opportunity with a 17-yard return.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
This is Sam Shields’ fourth trip to the NFC title game.
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Even though Dallas’ season ended Saturday night, Cowboys WR Allen Hurns is still making an impact on his teammates as he recovers from a dislocated ankle and broken fibula.

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New England Patriots 41 - Los Angeles Chargers 28

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett made his mark on New England’s divisional round victory with a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter:

Dorsett is making his second-consecutive trip to the AFC Championship, which also happens to be the Pats eighth-consecutive trip, which is an NFL record.

While the 41-28 final score makes the game appear closer than it really was, the Chargers still had some quality performances, including from S Rayshawn Jenkins, who racked up 9 tackles in LA’s losing effort. K Michael Badgley continued handling his business when called upon, going 2 for 2 on extra points Sunday afternoon. Badgley’s rookie season made him the talk of the town in LA, and Sports Illustrated further documented The U’s all-time points leader’s success:

How the Chargers Found the Kicker They Needed—Then Realized They Already Knew Him -

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