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Seahawks send Saints crashing

GRIDIRON: Last season's two Super Bowl finalists were both eliminated from this year's title race after a dramatic first round of NFL playoffs.

The only home team and divisional champion to win on the 'Wild Card weekend', the Seattle Seahawks pulled off the biggest surprise when they beat defending champions New Orleans Saints 41-36.

The Seahawks, who won the NFC West divisional title despite finishing the regular season with a losing record, twice came back from 10 points behind to snatch an unlikely victory.

The unexpected win earned Seattle a trip to NFC North divisional champions Chicago next Sunday to play the Bears.

The New York Jets produced the most heart-stopping moment of the opening round, avenging their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in last year's AFC conference championship with a last-gasp 17-16 win on Saturday.

The Jets scraped home on the back of a 32-yard field goal from Nick Folk on the final play of the game.

The Jets advanced to a divisional showdown against their AFC East rivals, the New England Patroits, who advanced automatically, along with the Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers, to next weekend's second round of sudden-death games.

The Baltimore Ravens blew away the AFC West champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-7. There was disappointment in Philadelphia too as the Eagles went down 21-16 to the Green Bay Packers.