words // Brandon Richard
One could argue that the four teams who emerged from the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs were the four best teams in the league all season long.
Seattle lived up to its reputation of providing the NFL’s best home field advantage as the Seahawks held off the New Orleans Saints 23-15. Fans registered a small, ground-moving earthquake when Marshawn Lynch rushed for the first of his two touchdowns on the day in the second quarter. Seattle will host this weekend’s NFC title game.
Making that trip to the Emerald City will be the rival San Francisco 49ers, who dominated Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on the road 23-10. Anquan Boldin led the way with 8 catches for 136 yards. San Francisco and Seattle split their season series 1-1.
No matter who they lose, the New England Patriots keep rolling. Yesterday, they used the ground attack heavily in a 43-22 blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. LeGarrette Blount carried 24 times for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Setting up a 15th showdown against Brady, Peyton Manning picked up his first playoff win since 2009 after the Broncos defeated the division rival San Diego Chargers 24-17. Manning completed 25-of-36 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Patriots and Broncos have the early game Sunday in Denver.
Colin Kaepernick // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite
Anquan Boldin // Air Jordan 12 Low PE Cleats
Michael Crabtree // Air Jordan 6 Low PE Cleats
Cam Newton // Under Armour ClutchFit Highlight ‘Super Cam’
Steve Smith // Under Armour Mercenary 2
Cam Newton // Under Armour ClutchFit Highlight
Russell Wilson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite
Chris Maragos // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite
Drew Brees // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
LeGarrette Blount // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Tom Brady // Under Armour Turf Shoes
Stevan Ridley // Under Armour Highlight MC
Andrew Luck // Nike Alpha Pro
Philip Rivers // Reebok Zig Blaze
Keenan Allen // Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low
Peyton Manning // Reebok Zig Blaze
Knowshon Moreno // Reebok Zig Blaze
images via Al Bello, Kevin C. Cox, Otto Greule Jr, Grant Halverson, Christian Petersen, Ezra Shaw for Getty