Wild Card TJ's Takes

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Wild-Card Weekend of the 2004 NFL season:

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!

Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.