1. LB Daryl Smith 10 tackles, 9 solo, 3 forced fumbles vs. PIT
2. RB Jonathan Stewart 24 carries for 123 yards, TD vs. ARI
3. LB Terrell Suggs catches interception between his legs vs. PIT
4. LB Jerrell Freeman 15 tackles, 1.5 sacks, forced fumble vs. CIN
5. WR Terrance Williams 3 receptions for 92 yards, 2 TDs vs. DET
Worst of the Worst
1. Bengals become first team in NFL history to lose four consecutive opening-round games. QB Andy Dalton ties Warren Moon for the most consecutive opening-round playoff losses by a quarterback (4). Coach Marvin Lewis ties Marty Schottenheimer, Jim Mora and Steven Owen for most consecutive playoff losses by a coach (6). Ties Mora for most consecutive playoff losses to start a career and ties Own for most consecutive playoff losses with one team. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since January, 1991.
2. Cardinals are held to 78 total yards vs. CAR, the fewest in an NFL postseason game.
3. Refs blow pass interference call in DET-DAL game
4. Lions drop 20-7 lead in Dallas, lose 24-20
5. QB Matt Stafford 28/42 for 323 yards, TD, INT, 2 Fmb, 87.7 QBR vs. DAL
Divisional Round Predictions
4 Colts @ 2 Broncos
I picked this match-up in the preseason and I’m sticking to my guns and taking Luck and his magic. Peyton Manning completely fell apart in December and tanked my fantasy season. Perhaps I’m still a bit salty about that but the team didn’t perform well in December either. They got the two-seed but this is the upset to take this week.
6 Ravens @ 1 Patriots
It’s time for Flacco’s streak to end. The Patriots shut down all the naysayers early in the season calling for Brady’s head and their defense has been just as dominant as I thought it would be. True, the running game is stifled for the second straight year, but Brady is consistently clutch as always. The apparent disappearance of Torrey Smith for the Ravens this year and heavily leaning on Justin Forsett limits this Baltimore offense. If they can’t establish the run, they can’t take the shots down field. I’ll take Mr. Clutch (Brady).
4 Panthers @ 1 Seahawks
The Panthers set a new record for least total yards allowed in a postseason game but let’s not give them too much credit. They were playing against a third string running back and quarterback in a playoff game as well as a defense decimated by injury. Let’s see how they do against Russell Wilson, who has truly earned my respect this year, even if I originally hated the guy. I’m starting Seahawks defense for Gridiron Playoffs. Newton’s coming back down to Earth.
3 Cowboys @ 2 Packers
The Cowboys finally ended their playoff drought but let’s see how they handle Lambeau. Last time they were there it was the Ice Bowl and they left defeated. With Aaron Rodgers shushing the naysayers and an apparent Patriots-Packers Super Bowl seemingly predetermined, I’ll take Green Bay.