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NFL: Colts, Saints Advance in Playoffs


The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints have won their divisional playoff games to reach the U.S. National Football League semifinals.

The Colts advanced to the American Conference championship Saturday thanks to five field goals from kicker Adam Vinatieri to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 15-6.

The Colts take on the winner of the other AFC divisional game Sunday between the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots.

In New Orleans Saturday, the Saints squandered an early six-point lead, then had to come from behind to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 to advance to the National Conference championship for the first time in the team's 40-year history.

The Saints trailed the Eagles 21-13 in the third quarter when Deuce McAllister scored two touchdowns to rally New Orleans to victory.

The Saints will take on the winner of Sunday's divisional contest between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks.

The winners of the conference championships will advance to the NFL championship Super Bowl on February 4 in Miami.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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