Wild Card TJ's Takes
Updated: January 10, 2005, 1:13 AM ETBy Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com
Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Wild-Card Weekend of the 2004 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 8|
|1. Steelers||15-1||NFL's most physical team takes 14-game win streak into divisional playoff game.|
|2. Patriots||14-2||No Ty Law and is Pro Bowl DL Richard Seymour ready to go?|
|3. Colts||13-4||Another year, another playoff rout of the Broncos.|
|4. Eagles||13-3||Hoping to beat Vikings for second time this season.|
|5. Jets||11-6||Herman Edwards' club showed its grit in San Diego.|
|6. Falcons||11-5||Well-rested Falcons hope QB Michael Vick can baffle Rams again.|
|7. Rams||9-8||Complete game in road win over the Seahawks.|
|8. Vikings||9-8||Vikings' defense came to play in surprise of Packers.|
Offensive player(s) of the week
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Manning's 457 yards passing (4 TDs, 1 INT) was the second most in a postseason game, and Wayne's 221 yards receiving (10 catches, 2 TDs) was the third-best such performance as the Colts rolled past the Broncos 49-24.
Defensive player of the week
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield. He makes a difference in Minnesota's secondary, totaling a team-high 11 tackles and grabbing one of Brett Favre's four INTs as the Purple Gang won easily at Lambeau, 31-17.
Coaching move of the Week
Mike Martz. In one of the Rams' more balanced offensive performances of the season, quarterback Marc Bulger and Co. made it a three-game sweep of the Seahawks, 27-20.
Something to ponder!
For the first time since the current playoff format (1990-2004), three road teams won in the opening weekend of the playoffs. Steelers, Patriots, Eagles and Falcons, beware!
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