The Chicago Bears made the New York Jets pay for their slow start as they registered a 27-19 victory.
The Seattle Seahawks needed overtime to see off the Denver Broncos 26-20 in a re-match of last season's Super Bowl.
The Atlanta Falcons produced a stunning display to thrash the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14.
Carolina's Greg Hardy has become the latest NFL player to be sidelined indefinitely by his team due to off-field legal issues.
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer will not play for the team while he faces off-field legal issues.
All the best pictures from Super Bowl XLVIII between Denver and Seattle in New York.
We pick out the best of the shots as the Broncos and Seahawks reach Super Bowl XLVIII.
A look back at the best pictures from a pulsating weekend of divisional play-off action in the NFL.