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The NFL Cup: Second-round results


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SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS/RESULTS


MIAMI 23, ATLANTA 10

To the Georgia Dome for the second-round showdown in the Southeast group: Miami vs. Atlanta. Juicy.

Cam Newton -- three years removed from leading his Auburn Tigers to a win in the SEC championship game in the Georgia Dome -- opens the scoring by vaulting over Miami's vaunted defense.

Miami responds on the ensuing drive with Gio Bernard finishing things off by turning Teddy Bridgewater's screen pass into a 22-yard score.

From there, the Miami defense clamps down on Newton and Atlanta, while Gore gashes the home team for a game-high 104 yards.
 
Miami moves on to the semifinals... while Atlanta goes home.


LOS ANGELES 20, BAY AREA 17

To the legendary Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a once-in-a-never clash between the best of SoCal and the best of NoCal for the soul of the Golden State.

USC's Carson Palmer, entering this tournament as the lone question mark on an otherwise deep and dominant roster, looks nice and cozy thanks in part to the team's massive offensive line.

Bay Area native Tom Brady is treated rudely. L.A. sacks him four times in the first half, then, in a move that'll probably be questioned for the next four years, is benched by head coach Pete Carroll and replaced by Colin Kaepernick.

The problem remains the L.A. defense, which shuts down both quarterbacks and Marshawn Lynch.

L.A. survives thanks to two second-half field goals from Nick Folk, and it's on to the semifinals for Andy Reid's team.


DALLAS 27, CHICAGO 21

To the Midwest group!

Tony Romo heads into AT&T Stadium as the quarterback of the road team and probably leaves wishing Dallas' professional team had a defense like the one in this tourney.

The Lovie Smith-coached pass rush of Dallas harasses Romo all day, with Von Miller leading the way off the edge.

Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson makes hay all day against Chicago's defense, despite J.J. Watt's best efforts.

Big D rolls into the semifinals.


WASHINGTON, D.C. 30, NEW YORK TRISTATE 20

To the District of Columbia for the finale in the East group.

Russell Wilson looks more and more like an all-time big gamer, missing on just five of his 26 passes in D.C.'s showdown with the New York Tristate's best. The reigning world champion quarterback throws all over New York's secondary, twice hitting his usual rival Vernon Davis for scores and Marques Colston for another.

Bill Belichick's D.C. players also controlls both sides of the line, with Darnell Dockett and Phil Taylor dominating an overmatched Ray Rice and New York's run game all day.

D.C. is through to the group stage.

Follow Dave Dameshek on Twitter @Dameshek.

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