. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Green Bay Talking Big After Wild-Card Victory

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The lopsided scores in the first round of the NFL playoffs have at least one coach thinking -- and talking -- big.


"We're going to win it all,'' Packers coach Mike Holmgren said rather nonchalantly Sunday after Green Bay's 37-20 NFC wild-card victory over Atlanta at Lambeau Field. That would suggest the Packers expect to launch themselves past the 49ers in next week's NFC divisional playoff game in San Francisco and ultimately into Super Bowl XXX.


Bold talk, of course, for a team that has been in this same position the past two years only to fall flat. Bold talk, indeed, because the last time the Packers won a divisional playoff game was 1967 when Vince Lombardi was head coach.


"When we started off the year, our goal was to make the Super Bowl,'' said Edgar Bennett, who passed Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung (tied with 105 yards each) to set the Packer playoff single-game rushing record with 108 yards in 24 carries. "We're looking forward to this game with San Francisco. I think it will put us up there with the elite.''


Brett Favre, who spent his rookie season in Atlanta, threw three touchdown passes in rallying the Packers to a 27-10 halftime lead. The Falcons' Jeff George had hit Eric Metcalf three minutes into the game for a 65-yard major.


Colts 35, Chargers 20. In San Diego, the Colts clicked in the playoffs for the first time in 24 years, and they did it with the help of a running back who didn't gain a single yard in the regular season.


Zack Crockett, who took over the running chores after Marshall Faulk was injured, ran 33 and 66 yards for touchdowns and finished with 147 yards as Indianapolis beat defending AFC champion San Diego.


Faulk aggravated a bruised left knee on the first series and did not return. He was in for only two plays, including a 16-yard carry to open the game. Jim Harbaugh did his part, too, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another.


Bills 37, Dolphins 22. In Orchard Park, New York, Thurman Thomas ran for 113 of his 158 yards in the first half as Buffalo routed the Miami Dolphins 37-22 Saturday.


Buffalo set an AFC playoff record with 341 yards rushing, 41 yards shy of the league mark, in winning its ninth straight postseason game at Rich Stadium. Marv Levy extended his coaching domination of Miami counterpart Don Shula to 17-6, 16-5 with Buffalo, and 3-0 in the playoffs.


Thomas, who tied John Riggins' NFL rushing record of six 100-yard playoff games, scored from the 1 just 5:02 into the game. The victory sends Buffalo to Pittsburgh for a second-round playoff game next Saturday.


Eagles 58, Lions 37. In Philadelphia, the Eagles intercepted six passes and scored 31 unanswered points in the second quarter, dominating Detroit.


Rodney Peete, who was rejected by Detroit for Scott Mitchell, completed 17 of 25 passes for 270 yards as the Eagles halted the Lions' seven-game winning streak in the highest scoring game in NFL playoff history.


Mitchell threw four of the interceptions as the Eagles forced seven turnovers. Two interceptions were returned for touchdowns, one by Barry Wilburn off Mitchell, the other by William Thomas off Dan Majkowski.


Peete, who had struggled through the final quarter of the season, threw three touchdown passes, a 22-yarder to Fred Barnett, a 45-yarder to Ricky Watters and a 43-yard bomb to Rob Carpenter on the final play of the first half.


(LAT, AP)