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Packers 42, Seahawks 20 - Once again, the Seahawks proved that they can't win on the road while the Packers demonstrated how difficult winning at Lambeau Field can be in January. The Seahawks were rolling early on as they took advantage of two early turnovers with scores. However, they then failed to get in the end zone for the rest of the day. As usual, Seattle had a lot of trouble running the football, which was absolutely necessary considering the snowy conditions. On the other side, the Packers had an excellent running game behind Ryan Grant, who totaled over 200 yards on the ground and three scores after two first quarter fumbles. With one of their top receivers gone early in the game, Seattle's passing attack was limited as the Packers’ defenders such as Al Harris and Atari Bigby leveled hit after hit on Seahawk receivers. While the much of the credit for Green Bay's victory belongs to Grant, Brett Favre had another great performance as well, throwing two touchdowns to wide receiver Greg Jennings. What was most impressive about the Packers was how fast and quick their defense was, as Seattle was incapable of doing anything offensively. The Packers defense made it clear that if the Hawks want to become an upper echelon NFC team again than they're going to have to invest more in the offensive line realize it’s time to cut Shaun Alexander loose.
Patriots 31, Jaguars 20 - I absolutely hate New England but I can't deny the fact that they're one of the best teams in NFL history. Winning two more games will undoubtedly make the them the greatest of all time. Jacksonville played their hearts out and nearly pulled this one off as they were down by eight points in the first quarter. The Jags tried going pass-first as often as possible to keep up with New England in the first half, but in the end the Patriots's offense was just too powerful. By going away from their running game, Jacksonville wound up kicking field goals. If you're going to score touchdowns, you have to have touchdowns not field goals. I just hope someone can beat the Patriots
Chargers 28, Colts 24 - Okay, I'll admit it. I'm stunned. Without Phillip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Antonio Gates, the Chargers will still able to go into Indianapolis and pull off a major upset. With the big three missing in the fourth quarter, guys like Billy Volek at quarterback and Michael Turner at running back led San Diego 78 yards on eight plays to score the final go-ahead touchdown.The Chargers' defense made Manning look normal as the pressured the golden boy constantly throughout the game. However, in the fourth quarter, Manning and the Colts still had a chance to win with a first and goal at the ten. The Chargers' big-play defense then held on downs at its 7, and stopped Indy again in the final moments to preserve the win.
Giants 21, Cowboys 17 - While a lot of people are saying that Tony Romo choked in the playoffs, most of the blame should fall on the coaching staff and Dallas's offensive line. The Cowboys have one of the best running back tandems in all of the NFL with Marion Barber III and Julius Jones but offensive coordinator Jason Garrett stuck with the pass a little too much. At some points in the game, it seemed as if Dallas didn't even have a rushing attack. The Cowboys' offensive line should also shoulder much of the blame for the loss. During the final drive, Tony Romo spent every single play on his back as he had no time to even look down field. So before people go criticizing Romo, they might want to remember that there are ten other players on offense as well.