Baltimore Ravens, 38, Denver Broncos, 35 (F/2OT)
What We Learned: Flacco Knows How To Win Playoff Games
Ravens QB Joe Flacco executed a flawless comeback in Denver as he defeated the Broncos in double overtime. Flacco threw a Hail Mary with little time remaining, pulled through, and eventually won the ballgame. Flacco has consistently been a winner in the playoffs, and it should excite the Ravens franchise and fan base. They have a bright future, and their next challenge is to advance to the Super Bowl.
San Francisco 49ers, 45, Green Bay Packers, 31
What We Learned: Kaepernick Is Truly An Upgrade Over Smith
When 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh turned the tables and promoted QB Colin Kaepernick to first string signal caller over Alex Smith, critics were ranting and raving. Smith had won on a consistent basis and even brought the Niners to a conference championship game. However, the move is starting to pay off. “Kaep” has made the offense far more dynamic with his A1 running ability, and can throw an accurate strike as well. He threw for 263 yards and ran for 181 more in their victory Saturday night.
Atlanta Falcons, 30, Seattle Seahawks, 28
What We Learned: Ryan Ready To Win In Playoffs
It took Falcons QB Matt Ryan multiple seasons to notch a playoff win. He has popped wins left and right since being drafted in 2008. Matty Ice finally recorded a W. The Seahawks appeared to have sealed it off, but the veteran led a drive which ended with a field goal that seized the lead and the victory. Ryan next has to prove if he can make it to the Super Bowl.
New England Patriots, 41, Houston Texans, 28
What We Learned: Houston Needs More Firepower To Keep Up With Elites
The young Texans have loads of talent and potential, but a lack of firepower is holding them back. They need another explosive wideout to pair up with WR Andre Johnson, and a ferocious tackler to support DE JJ Watt. They have potential on both sides of the ball, but in the end, the Patriots were too much. To be a serious threat deep in the playoffs, they need to bolster the depth chart.