words // Brandon Richard
The NFL playoffs began with the Wildcard Round over the weekend, featuring four battles divided between the AFC and NFC.
Behind Arian Fosters 140-yard, 1 touchdown performance on the ground, the Houston Texans topped the Bengals in the playoffs for the second-straight year by a score of 19-13. Quarterback Matt Schaub completed 29 passes for 262 yards in his first ever playoff game.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers reminded NFL fans of how good they can be when they have most of their pieces intact. Vintage Packers defense proved to be too much for a Christian Ponder-less Minnesota Vikings team, who exits after a 24-10 loss at Lambeau.
Ray Lewis took the M&T Bank field for the final time in his Hall of Fame career on Sunday, then the Baltimore Ravens made sure they sent him out in style. Anquan Boldin’s 145 yards and touchdown receptions led the way for Ravens as they flew by Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts 24-9.
Robert Griffin III gutted his way through his playoff debut, but ultimately fellow rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks had his number. RG3 exited the game after re-injuring his right knee and the Seahawks pulled out a gritty 24-14 road victory. “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch paced the ‘Hawks with 132 yards rushing.
As a result of this past weekend’s games, the Texans will travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots and Ray Lewis’ Ravens will visit Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers will host the Packers and the Seahawks will visit the Atlanta Falcons.
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Ray Lewis ready for action in the Under Armour Fierce III.
Andrew Luck under center in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.
Chuck Pagano looks on in the Nike Lunar TR1.
Joe Flacco throws a pass in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.
Randall Cobb celebrates in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo Mid.
Joe Webb drops back in a PE colorway of the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.
Adrian Peterson lines up in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.
Aaron Rodgers scrambles in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.
Alfred Morris exits the tunnel in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.
Robert Griffin III waits for a play call in SuperCharge adidas football cleats.
Russell Wilson walks to the sideline in the Nike Superbad Strike.
Marshawn in ‘beast mode’ wearing the upcoming Alpha Pro 3/4 Nike football cleats.
A.J. Green off and running in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.
Andy Dalton finds his target in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.
Arian Foster runs in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo.
Andre Johnson fights for yardage in Pro Dominate TD Jordan football cleats.