But it was the do-over afforded the
On a third down in the fourth quarter, with Detroit clinging to a narrow lead,
Several seconds later, however, officials changed their minds and, without explanation, picked up the flag.
Detroit had to punt, which turned out to be a 10-yard shank, the Cowboys got the ball back in great field position, and
The defeat kept Detroit's streak of playoff futility intact, with the Lions losing their eighth consecutive postseason game since 1991.
For Dallas, it was the second postseason victory since 1997, and another chance for Romo to refashion his reputation as a strong end-of-the-season quarterback who fails to get it done in the playoffs.
Sunday will mark the first postseason meeting of Denver's Manning and Luck, the Indianapolis quarterback following in — and sometimes surpassing — his footsteps with the
"I don't know if it's about hype; I know it's just another playoff game," Broncos receiver
Luck, who led the Colts to a 26-10 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday by passing for 376 yards, likewise downplayed the spotlight-stealing matchup.
"It's not the quarterback-versus-quarterback thing," the Colts quarterback said. "We're not on the field at the same time. I have a lot of respect for him, what he does [and] what he still does is amazing. He's a stud. I'll worry about the Denver defense, that's what I worry about."
With Baltimore winning at Pittsburgh in the first round, the Ravens will play at the Patriots on Saturday.
That's a familiar setting and situation for Baltimore, which won a wild-card game there during the 2009 playoffs, and played a pair of conference title games at New England in 2011 and 2012. The Ravens lost the first of those and won the second, going on to beat San Francisco in the
Dallas beating Detroit means Carolina — which knocked off Arizona — will play Saturday night at Seattle.
This will be the fourth game between the