The Unexpected (and expected) for Wild Card weekend

Playoffs?!?! Playoffs?!?!

That’s right, the NFL playoffs are finally here. Wild Card weekend came and passed without too much hubbub, as three of the four games didn’t quite live up to the billing. Nevertheless, there were plenty of surprises as usual. So, let’s get to the unexpected (and expected) for Wild Card weekend.

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Offensive fireworks in Houston

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All of those analysts and fans expecting a defensive struggle were…. absolutely right. The only passing touchdown of the game came when Matt Shaub hit Leon Hall for six. Except, Leon Hall plays for the Bengals.

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Now that’s a sack

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Clay Matthews proves that the key to stopping Joe Webb is to lay down and let him to all the work.

Something tells me this same strategy won’t work next week in San Francisco.

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Ray Lewis’ bionic arm can’t help him catch

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Ray Lewis could have delivered an early dagger to the Indianapolis Colts, but he proved why he’s a sure fire Hall of Famer on defense, and not offense with this attempt at a catch.

The Ravens still won the game, however, continuing Ray Lewis’ last ride for another week.

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Quarterbacks can block too!

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Check out Russell Wilson sprinting ahead of Marshawn Lynch to lay a block before Lynch rumbles into the end zone. I’m sure Pete Carroll appreciated the effort, but told Wilson to never do it again.

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Looking ahead to the Divisional Round

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On paper, the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers rematch is the game of the weekend. Both AFC games seem to heavily favor the top seeds, and while there’s a lot of intrigue with Russell Wilson taking the Seahawks into Atlanta, I’m tipping my cap to Saturday night’s game. The Packers will look to avenge their Week 1 loss at home to the 49ers, while Colin Kaepernick seeks to begin his legacy with a playoff win. Anyway you look at it, this one has “can’t miss” written all over it.

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