Patriots, Seahawks headed to NFL divisional championships

MANILA, Philippines - Quarterback Tom Brady has been the focal point of the New England Patriot offense for the past decade but it was running back LeGarrette Blount who came up big Sunday night. 

Blount ran for 4 touchdowns and 166 yards on 24 carries to lead the Patriots to a 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts to advance to their third straight AFC championship game.

Blount ties Ricky Watters for being the only two players to run for at least four touchdowns in a playoff game. 

Bradley threw for 198 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Colts QB Andrew Luck was 20 for 41 for 331 yards, throwing two touchdowns but erring with 4 interceptions. 

The Patriots will play the winner of the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos (Monday, Jan. 13, 5:30 a.m. MNL) in the AFC championship game, with the winner advancing to play the NFC champions in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 (February 3 Philippine time). 

Seahawks edge Saints to earn trip to NFC Championship game 

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (C) celebrates with teammate Zach Miller (rear) after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of their NFL Divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/EPA

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (C) celebrates with teammate Zach Miller (rear) after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of their NFL Divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

Photo by Stephen Brashear/EPA

Running back Marshawn Lynch had 140 yards on 28 carries for two touchdowns while kicker Steven Hauschka put in 3 field goals to lead the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks to a 23-15 victory, earning a trip to the NFC championship game.

Lynch's franchise record-setting performance on the ground compensated for quarterback Russell Willson's poor showing, turning in a career-low 103 yards on 9 of 18 passing while being sacked three times.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees had 309 yards on 24 of 43 passing with a touchdown in a losing effort.

The Seahawks will met the winner of the San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers game (Monday, January 13, 2:00 a.m. MNL) in the NFC championship game. - Rappler.com