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Sunday, Jan. 13

Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. The Seahawks (12-5) have won six in a row, erased its reputation as a road flop with three straight away victories - including last week at Washington. Meanwhile, the Falcons (13-3) are the NFC's top seed but are 0-3 in the postseason under coach Mike Smith and with Matt Ryan at quarterback.

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Houston at New England, 4:30 p.m. The Texans (13-4) return to Foxborough, where their late-season spiral began with a 42-14 rout by the Patriots. They then lost twice more in the final three games. This is only the fourth postseason game in the Texans' 11-season NFL history, while Tom Brady would surpass Joe Montana for most postseason victories by a quarterback if he can lead the Patriots (12-4) to a win.

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STARS

Passing

-Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw a game-tying touchdown to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, helping send it into overtime and Baltimore beat Denver in the second extra period, 38-35. He finished with 331 yards and three scores.

-Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay.

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Rushing

-Ray Rice, Ravens, ran for 131 yards and a score on 30 carries as Baltimore topped Denver 38-35 in overtime.

-Frank Gore, 49ers, had 119 yards rushing and a TD on 23 carries to help San Francisco beat Green Bay 45-31.

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Receiving

-Michael Crabtree, 49ers, had nine catches for 119 yards and two TDs in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay.

-Torrey Smith, Ravens, caught two touchdown passes in Baltimore's 38-35 win over Denver in two overtimes.

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Special Teams

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, scored on a 90-yard punt return the first time Denver touched the ball in a 38-35 loss in two overtimes against Baltimore, and returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards to become the first player to score on a kick and punt return in the same playoff game. Both were playoff records for longest returns, as was the 248 total return yards he had.

-Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime to give Baltimore a 38-35 victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

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Defense

-Corey Graham, Ravens, intercepted Peyton Manning twice in Baltimore's 38-35 victory over Denver. Graham returned the first one 39 yards for a touchdown. His second was in overtime and helped set up the winning field goal.

-Sam Shields, Packers, returned an interception 52 yards for a score in Green Bay's 45-31 loss to San Francisco.

-Ray Lewis, Ravens, led Baltimore with 17 tackles in a 38-35 win over Denver in two overtimes.

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STREAKS & STATS

San Francisco had 579 total yards with 323 on the ground, scoring its third-most points in the franchise's storied playoff history, topping Green Bay 45-31 on Saturday night. ... Baltimore's 38-35 victory over Denver in two overtimes - nearly 77 minutes of elapsed playing time - was the longest NFL game since Cleveland beat the New York Jets 23-20 in 1987. ... The Broncos fell to 13-4 at home lifetime in the playoffs. ... Peyton Manning tied Dan Marino for fourth-most touchdowns in postseason history. He also matched Brett Favre for most career playoff losses, with 11. ... San Francisco advanced to back-to-back NFC title games for the first time since reaching three in a row following the 1992-94 seasons, with 1994 its last trip to the Super Bowl.

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SAN FRANCISCO SCRAMBLER

Colin Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay. He ran for scores of 20 and 56 yards on the way to topping the rushing mark of 119 yards set by Michael Vick in 2005 against St. Louis. Kaepernick also joined Jay Cutler in 2011 and Otto Graham in both 1954 and `55 as the only players with two rushing and two passing touchdowns in a playoff game.

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MANNING'S MISTAKE

On Denver's second possession of overtime, Peyton Manning stopped and threw across his body to the middle of the field - and into the arms of Ravens cornerback Corey Graham at Denver's 45. Baltimore (12-6) ran five plays and gained 16 yards before Justin Tucker sailed his winning kick down the middle for a 38-35 victory.

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CHILLED OUT

The wind chill at kickoff in Denver for Baltimore's 38-35 victory in two overtimes Saturday was 2 degrees, and Peyton Manning, wearing an orange-and-gray glove to get more feel in the icy weather, fell to 0-4 lifetime in playoff games when the temperature is 40 or less. He finished 28 for 43 for 290 yards and accounted for all three Denver turnovers.

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SPEAKING

``It was one of those miraculous plays. I don't think it'll ever be forgotten.'' - Baltimore's Corey Graham on Joe Flacco's tying 70-yard TD pass to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in the Ravens' 38-35 win in two overtimes over the Denver Broncos.

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``Thanks for bearing witness to one of the greatest football games you're ever going to see. That football game did football proud.'' - Baltimore coach John Harbaugh after the Ravens' 38-35 win in two overtimes over the Denver Broncos.

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``I didn't know how fast he was. Coming in, I really never paid attention to it. But he is fast.'' - Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes in the 49ers' 45-31 win.

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Ravens tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

Ravens tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

The NFL announced today that tight end Darren Waller of the Baltimore Ravens would be suspended for a year or longer for his second violation of the substance abuse policy.

Waller was a 2015 sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech who served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for a substance abuse violation. After returning from his suspension last year, he posted 10 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role.

After his 2016 violation, he was quoted as saying [via Ravens.com]:

“There were other personal issues, and [marijuana] was the one thing I always turned to,” Waller said. “It was just about finding more positive outlets for me to do, like talking to people about it and things like that. I’m definitely at a better place with that now.”

Unfortunately for the Ravens, he will miss the 2017 season and potentially longer after the latest violation. It leaves the Ravens down two tight ends from last year after Dennis Pitta was released earlier this month after re-injuring his hip.

MORE RAVENS: Zach Orr considering coming out of retirement

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Former Raven Zach Orr considering NFL comeback after postive health prognosis

Former Raven Zach Orr considering NFL comeback after postive health prognosis

In January of 2017, former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr took the podium at the team's training facility alongside head coach John Harbaugh, GM Ozzie Newsome and defensive coordinator Dean Pees, to announce he would be retiring from football at the age of 24.

Why? Orr suffered a shoulder injury during their week 16 game against longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, which shed light into a condition he's had since birth.

He had a routine MRI, but the Ravens training staff suggested a full body CAT scan as well. The CAT scan reveled Orr had a congenital back/spine condition where one of the upper vertebra isn't totally formed causing there to be an opening. Less than 1 percent of people are born with such a condition and he wasn't aware of it until he suffered this injury.

Doctors told Orr he was at risk of paralysis or even death if he played with such a condition. He also would have never been able to pass an NFL physical, ultimately forcing him to retire.

During his press conference, Orr said this,

"If there's some miracle way where I can play the game, I promise I'd be the first one to grab my cleats again, start back training and try to find a way to get back out there," Orr said.

Well, fast forward to today and it seems that miracle may have happened.

NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo told Good Morning Football that after getting a second opinion from doctors, and receiving positive news, Orr is considering a return to the NFL.

"I had my mind made up. I was like man, the doctors told me I was done. This is a serious issue. So I'm going to leave it alone. But I just kept hearing that from multiple people and some were telling me to just go check out and seek out some more opinions and things like that and come to find out my condition, it is rare – .01 percent of the people have what I have – but there's no actual evidence or facts that I'm at a higher risk than any other player. And it's actually been documented that a college player who had the exact same thing that I have that returned to play with no problems."

The doctors' real concerns would be if someone with Orr's spinal condition played with a herniated disk. He did suffer from herniated disks last season, but that injury has since diminished. 

MORE RAVENS: 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

If Orr does decide to get back into the NFL, getting signed could be pretty easy. 

When he announced his retirement, he never filed for retirement papers and the Ravens never placed him on their reserve/retired list because they never thought he would play again.

Because of this, Orr is considered an unrestricted free agent and can sign with a team right away. 

Orr had his best season in 2016, where he lead the Ravens in tackles with 133. It's been reported that eight teams have reached out to the linebacker since his announcement and that he will be meeting with the Lions on Thursday.