TJ's Take on wild-card weekend
Tom Jackson ranks the eight remaining playoff teams and hands out some awards from wild-card weekend of the NFL season.
Updated: January 9, 2006, 12:52 AM ETBy Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com
Here's my quick review of everything we saw in wild-card weekend of the 2005 NFL season:
|TJ's Rankings of the Remaining Playoff Teams|
|1. Colts||14-2||Rematch with Steelers could be very physical.|
|2. Broncos||13-3||Rematch with Patriots awaits at Invesco Field.|
|3. Seahawks||13-3||Await Redskins, who beat them earlier this season.|
|4. Patriots||11-6||Played strong second half in rout of Jaguars.|
|5. Steelers||12-5||Bill Cowher's team won at Cincinnati, but were a bit too chippy.|
|6. Redskins||11-6||Only 120 yards of offense but a win over the Buccaneers.|
|7. Panthers||12-5||It was Dr. Jekyll this week for John Fox's team in win over Giants.|
|8. Bears||11-5||Rematch with Panthers should be another defensive tilt.|
Offensive player of the week
Panthers RB DeShaun Foster. Carried 27 times for 151 yards as the Panthers rolled up 223 yards rushing in shutting out the Giants 23-0 in the Meadowlands.
Defensive player of the week
Patriots OLB Willie McGinest. Totaled eight tackles and an amazing 4½ sacks in the Patriots' 28-3 conquest of the Jaguars. McGinest now has 16 career sacks in the postseason.
Coaching move of the week
Carolina's ground-oriented game plan kept the Giants' defense on its heels all afternoon.
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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.
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