TJ's Take on divisional round

Tom Jackson ranks the four remaining playoff teams and hands out some awards from the divisional round of the NFL season.

Updated: January 16, 2006, 12:56 AM ET
By Tom Jackson | Special to

Here's my quick review of everything we saw in the divisional round of the 2005 NFL season:

TJ's Rankings of the Remaining Playoff Teams
Team W-L TJ Says
1. Broncos 14-3 Dethroned the Pats and won first playoff game since SB XXXIII.
2. Seahawks 14-3 No RB Shaun Alexander but first playoff win since 1984.
3. Steelers 13-5 Steelers' defense harassed QB Peyton Manning in upset at RCA Dome.
4. Panthers 13-5 Panthers' offense rolled up 434 yards and 29 points in Windy City.

Offensive player of the week

Panthers WR Steve Smith. Totaled 12 receptions for 218 yards (fourth highest receiving yards in a playoff game in NFL history) and two touchdowns, plus added 26 yards rushing as Carolina won in Chicago, 29-21.

Defensive player of the week

Broncos S John Lynch. The physical one totaled five tackles, knocked down a pass and grabbed an interception as Denver came up with five takeaways in their 27-13 dethroning of the Patriots.

Coaching move of the week

Pittsburgh's offensive game plan staked them to an early lead and the defense made just enough plays to hold off the Colts.

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.