NFL Watch // Seahawks, Broncos Win at Home, Move on to Super Bowl

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Broncos Win at Home, Move on to Super Bowl

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Broncos Win at Home, Advance to Super Bowl

words // Brandon Richard

And then there were two.

Following one of the most anticipated Conference Championship weekends in NFL history, we now have our two participants for Super Bowl XLVIII. The league’s top-ranked defense will square off against the top-ranked offense when the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2.

The Broncos became AFC Champions by getting the best of an old rival — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Denver thoroughly outplayed the Patriots for most of the game, holding off a late rally to win 26-16. Peyton Manning led the way for Denver by completing 32 of his 43 passes for 400 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Things were a bit more chippy in Seattle, where the Seahawks continued their home dominance with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. ‘Beast Mode’ Marshawn Lynch racked up 109 yards rushing, but it was Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense that forced two late-game turnovers to seal the deal.

Now the stage is set for East Rutherford. The former AFC West foes were arguably the two best teams in football all season long and will now go head-to-head for all the marbles. Russell Wilson will attempt to put his name among the game’s elite, while Manning will be looking to add to one of football’s greatest legacies. What’s your early prediction for the big game?

Before the showdown, and this weekend’s Pro Bowl, check out some of the football cleats that hit the field during this year’s Conference Championship games in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Broncos Win at Home, Advance to Super Bowl

Vernon Davis wearing Under Armour Nitro III

Vernon Davis // Under Armour Nitro III

Michael Crabtree wearing Air Jordan 12 Low PE

Michael Crabtree // Air Jordan 12 Low PE

Colin Kaepernick wearing Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Colin Kaepernick // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Anquan Boldin wearing Nike Super Speed Low

Anquan Boldin // Nike Super Speed Low

Russell Wilson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Russell Wilson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Earl Thomas wearing Air Jordan 6 PE

Earl Thomas // Air Jordan 6 PE

Richard Sherman wearing Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Richard Sherman // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Tom Brady wearing Under Armour Football Cleats

Tom Brady // Under Armour Football Cleats

LeGarrette Blount wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeGarrette Blount // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Julian Edelman wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Julian Edelman // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Demaryius Thomas wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Demaryius Thomas // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro Low

Knowshon Moreno wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Knowshon Moreno // Reebok Zig Blaze

Wes Welker wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Wes Welker // Nike Alpha Pro

Peyton Manning wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Peyton Manning // Reebok Zig Blaze

images via Ronald Martinez, Jamie Squire for Getty Images; Matthew Emmons, Kirby Lee, Joe Nicholson, Mark J. Rebilas, Kyle Terada for USA Today Sports; Jack Dempsey for AP Photo

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Niners, Broncos and Patriots Advance

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Niners, Broncos and Patriots Advance

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Niners, Broncos and Patriots Advance

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.

With the Divisional Round now out of the way, take a look at some of the football shoes that hit the field in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Niners, Broncos and Patriots Advance

Colin Kaepernick wearing Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Colin Kaepernick // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Anquan Boldin wearing Air Jordan 12 Low PE Cleats

Anquan Boldin // Air Jordan 12 Low PE Cleats

Michael Crabtree wearing Air Jordan 6 Low PE Cleats

Michael Crabtree // Air Jordan 6 Low PE Cleats

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour ClutchFit Highlight Super Cam

Cam Newton // Under Armour ClutchFit Highlight ‘Super Cam’

Steve Smith wearing Under Armour Mercenary 2

Steve Smith // Under Armour Mercenary 2

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour ClutchFit Highlight

Cam Newton // Under Armour ClutchFit Highlight

Russell Wilson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Russell Wilson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Chris Maragos wearing Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Chris Maragos // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Drew Brees wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Drew Brees // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeGarrette Blount wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeGarrette Blount // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Tom Brady wearing Under Armour Turf Shoes

Tom Brady // Under Armour Turf Shoes

Stevan Ridley wearing Under Armour Highlight MC

Stevan Ridley // Under Armour Highlight MC

Andrew Luck wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Andrew Luck // Nike Alpha Pro

Philip Rivers wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Philip Rivers // Reebok Zig Blaze

Keenan Allen wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low

Keenan Allen // Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low

Peyton Manning wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Peyton Manning // Reebok Zig Blaze

Knowshon Moreno wearing 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

NFL Watch // Romo Clutch in Unexpected Season Finale

NFL Watch // Romo Clutch in Unexpected Season Finale

NFL Watch // Romo Clutch in Unexpected Season Finale

words // Brandon Richard

There was good news and a ton of bad news for the Dallas Cowboys this week. The good news? Tony Romo came up big when it mattered, leading the ‘Boys to a necessary victory against the Washington Redskins.

With 3:39 left to play, the Cowboys started a drive on their own 13-yard line down 23-17. Romo completed 3-of-5 passes to eventually set Dallas up with a scoring possibility. Three-straight DeMarco Murray runs netted negative yardage, giving Dallas a 4th and 10 on the Washington 10-yard line. Romo took the snap and completed a short pass to Murray, who found paydirt for the game-winning touchdown. The win gives Dallas a play-in game at home against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night.

The bad news? They’ll be playing that game without Romo. Yesterday, it was announced that Romo will miss the remainder of the season with a herniated disk in his back. Veteran backup quarterback Kyle Orton will be taking over starting duties and the team signed Jon Kitna as insurance today. It’s hard to imagine either quarterback filling Romo’s void, though.

Also in Week 16, the Buffalo Bills made the Miami Dolphins’ road to the playoffs more difficult with a shutout at home; the Carolina Panthers got revenge on the New Orleans Saints; the Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC North after blasting the Minnesota Vikings; Peyton Manning set the single-season touchdown passes record as the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West; the Indianapolis Colts handed the Kansas City Chiefs their third loss in five games; Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals handed the Seattle Seahawks their first home loss of the season; the New York Giants played spoiler and eliminated the Detroit Lions from playoff contention; Tom Brady led New England to a dominant 41-7 victory on the road over the rival Baltimore Ravens; the San Diego Chargers stayed alive after doubling up the Oakland Raiders 26-13; Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers still somehow have a chance to make the postseason after topping Green Bay 38-31; the Philadelphia annihilated the Chicago Bears 54-11 Sunday night; and the San Francisco 49ers closed Candlestick in style with a win over the visiting Atlanta Falcons last night.

Take a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field during these games and more in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Romo Clutch in Unexpected Season Finale

Tony Romo wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Tony Romo // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Dez Bryant wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Dez Bryant // Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Thad Lewis wearing Nike Air Zoom Huarache 3

Thad Lewis // Nike Air Zoom Huarache 3

Greg Hardy wearing Under Armour Cam Highlight MC

Greg Hardy // Under Armour Cam Highlight MC

Domata Peko wearing Nike Zoom Merciless

Domata Peko // Nike Zoom Merciless

Peyton Manning wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Peyton Manning // Reebok Zig Blaze

 Delanie Walker wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Delanie Walker // Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Andrew Luck wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Andrew Luck // Nike Alpha Pro

Geno Smith wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite

Geno Smith // Nike Alpha Talon Elite

TJ McDonald wearing Nike Alpha Pro

TJ McDonald // Nike Alpha Pro

Patrick Peterson wearing Nike Huarache 4

Patrick Peterson // Nike Huarache 4

Rueben Randle wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Rueben Randle // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Danny Amendola wearing Under Armour Blur MC

Danny Amendola // Under Armour Blur MC

Keenan Allen wearing Nike Zoom  Vapor Carbon Fly

Keenan Allen // Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly

Ben Roethlisberger wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro Low PE

Ben Roethlisberger // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro Low

Brandon Boykin wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Brandon Boykin // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Colin Kaepernick wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Colin Kaepernick // Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

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NFL Watch // Packers Stay Alive With Dramatic Comeback

NFL Watch // Packers Stay Alive With Dramatic Comeback

NFL Watch // Packers Stay Alive With Dramatic Comeback

words // Brandon Richard

When it comes to the NFL, quarterbacks are easily the most celebrated players in the league. For a lot of reasons, it’s entirely unfair. Whether it’s not acknowledging workhorses that pound the ball, overlooking pass catchers that make them look great or forgetting the offensive lineman that keep them upright, QBs get a lot more credit than they deserve. In some instances.

In others, you see the true value of having a top tier guy in the huddle. With Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl contenders. Without him? A team who was 1-3-1 in their last five entering Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Early, it looked like the Pack’s bad streak would continue. Behind four Dan Bailey field goals the Cowboys jumped out to a 26-3 halftime lead. Green Bay responded big the second half, particularly backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who led five touchdown drives in the third and fourth quarters. The Packers took a lead 37-36 after turning the usual Tony Romo late-game interception into a 1-yard Eddie Lacy touchdown run. They sealed it by picking off Romo again with a little more than a minute to play.

The Packers now sit second in the NFC North and may get Rodgers back from his collarbone break this weekend.

In other Week 15 action, Jamaal Charles racked up 5 touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 56-31 win over the Raiders; the Seattle Seahawks maintained the league’s best record by shutting out the New York Giants on the road; Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts dominated the Houston Texans 25-3; the San Francisco 49ers trounced the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay; Greg Jennings and the short-handed Minnesota Vikings topped the Philadelphia Eagles 48-30; the Carolina Panthers got back to their winning ways against the New York Jets; the St. Louis Rams manhandled the reeling New Orleans Saints at home; Cincinnati’s home field hopes were dealt a blow with an upset loss in Pittsburgh; the Miami Dolphins strengthened their playoff hopes by taking down the New England Patriots; and Philip Rivers led his San Diego Chargers to a big upset win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

See some of the football cleats that hit the field in these games and more in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Packers Stay Alive With Dramatic Comeback

Matt Flynn wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Matt Flynn // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Eddie Lacy wearing Under Armour Highlight

Eddie Lacy // Under Armour Highlight

Philip Rivers wearing Zig Blaze

Philip Rivers // Reebok Zig Blaze

Zeke Motta wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Zeke Motta // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Vernon Davis wearing Under Armour Nitro III

Vernon Davis // Under Armour Nitro III

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Cordarrelle Patterson wearing Nike Alpha Pro PE

Cordarrelle Patterson // Nike Alpha Pro PE

Mike Wallace wearing Nike Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Mike Wallace // Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Robert Woods wearing Nike Huarache 4

Robert Woods // Nike Huarache 4

Jamaal Charles wearing Reebok Zig Blaze PE

Jamaal Charles // Reebok Zig Blaze PE

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight 2014 Low

Cam Newton // Under Armour Highlight 2014 Low

Trent Richardson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Trent Richardson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Alshon Jeffery wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Alshon Jeffery // Nike Alpha Pro

Andre Ellington wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite Low

Andre Ellington // Nike Alpha Talon Elite

Robert Quinn wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Robert Quinn // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Antonio Brown wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Antonio Brown // Nike Alpha Pro

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