The Unexpected (and expected) for the divisional round: Kaepernicking is the new Tebowing

The elite eight in the NFL have now been whittled down to four. After a weekend full of remarkable games, the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and New England Patriots emerged victorious. But before we can look ahead to championship weekend, we need to look at what was unexpected (and expected) from the divisional playoffs.

Let’s go.

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Ravens find secret to success…

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Maybe it was the cold, or maybe it was the the high altitude. Either way, the Baltimore Ravens seemed strangely out of place at times on Saturday, running into each other on special teams and defense.

However, Torrey Smith found his place behind the Denver secondary, and together with Joe Flacco helped lead the Ravens to their second straight AFC title game appearance.

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Kaepernicking, it’s a thing.

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Colin Kaepernick had a coming out party on Saturday night against the Green Bay Packers, setting an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game…  ever.

Now, 49ers fans have responded by “Kaepernicking” and kissing their bicep in photos, bringing back memories of 2011’s “Tebowing” craze.

If you don’t believe me, take it up with her.

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No, I will not have this dance

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David Akers was swarmed by halftime dancers as he tried to warm up before the third quarter.

Missed by the cameras was Billy Cundiff wringing his hands on the sideline and laughing with delight as his plan to foil Akers’ warmup was working.

Thankfully for Akers, he wasn’t called upon again for a field goal, and retained his starting job. Tune in next week to see what else Cundiff has in store…

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As cold as ice

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After leading 20-0 at halftime, the Atlanta Falcons were giving their best choke artists performance throughout the second half, letting Seattle take the lead 28-27.

That was until Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan gave the crowd something to sing about… if they were in the mood for some Foreigner. With just under 30 seconds left, and two timeouts, Ryan drove the Falcons into field goal range where Matt Bryant kicked the game winner, and ended the Falcons playoff jinx.

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We won’t let them do that to us again… oh wait.

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All week the Houston Texans were trying to get hyped up to beat the New England Patriots after getting embarrassed on the national stage in the regular season.

Well, it was business as usual for Tom Brady and company, as they rolled to a 41-28 victory, and their second consecutive AFC Championship appearance.

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