Wild Card TJ's Takes

Updated: January 10, 2005, 1:13 AM ET
By 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
Team W-L TJ Says
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!

Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.

Tom Jackson

NFL studio analyst
Tom Jackson, a standout linebacker for the Denver Broncos for 14 years, joined ESPN as its NFL studio analyst in 1987 for the launch of the network's NFL game coverage. Twenty-four years later, Jackson -- the 2009 Sports Emmy award recipient in the Outstanding Studio Analyst category -- remains one of sports television's foremost pro football analysts, drawing experience from both his Hall of Fame playing career and his more than two decades in broadcasting.

ALSO SEE