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January 6, 2014

Both sixth seeds win wild-card games

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The Eagles (10-7) went from last to first in the NFC East under first-year coach Chip Kelly and have plenty to build around.

“I know that this season is over, but we’re going to keep working and growing as a team,” said quarterback Nick Foles, who led the NFL in passer rating. “I love playing here, I love this city, I love this team, and I love this organization because I know the heart of it. The heart of it is the heart of Philadelphia. Like Coach Kelly said, ‘We fight,’ and we’re going to keep fighting.”

Colts 45, Chiefs 44

At Indianapolis, the Colts (12-5) staged one of the NFL’s greatest comebacks. Andrew Luck, showing the touch and poise of, well, Peyton Manning in previous years in Indy, threw three of his four touchdowns in the second half. Luck also scored on a fumble return, and connected with a wide-open T.Y. Hilton on a 64-yard pass. Adam Vinatieri, who knows something about big postseason kicks, made the extra point for the winning edge.

Indy trailed 38-10 in the third quarter.

“I don’t know what level it is, but he sure went to another one,” coach Chuck Pagano said of Luck. “He’s a guy that is able to put things behind him in a hurry.”

Kansas City (11-6), which began the season 9-0, will have a tough time putting this loss behind it.

“Any time you’re leading like that and then have them battle back and then take it and losing by a point is a tough pill to swallow,” Chiefs QB Alex Smith said.

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