Wild Card Weekend
Giants 24 Falcons 2
The Atlanta Falcons were sent packing rather easily as the New York Giants dominated them in all facets of the game en route to a 24-2 victory. Atlanta quarterback fell to 0-4 in the playoffs as the Giants defense stifled the Falcons offense all game long. Giants quarterback Eli Manning started slow but went to work in the second half, proving why he belongs amongst the NFL quarterback elite. Manning finished with 277 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Hakeem Nicks caught 6 passes for 115 yards and touchdowns. Mario Manningham caught 4 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. The New York Giants will travel to Green Bay next weekend to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round.
Broncos 29 Steelers 23 OT
Tebow Time strikes again! Tim Tebow hopefully quieted all the critics for good after he led the Denver Broncos to a thrilling overtime victory over the defending AFC Champions, 29-23. After trailing for much of the game, the Steelers rallied to tie the game at 23 late in the 4th quarter. After Pittsburgh failed to score on the final possession of the quarter, the game went to overtime. Denver won the toss and got the ball to start the overtime period. With new playoff overtime rules in effect the Broncos would not win the game if the kicked a field goal on the initial possession. That did not matter because on the first play of OT Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 80-yard touchdown pass to win the game. This was by far Tebow’s best game of the season as he outplayed his counterpart Ben Roethlisberger. Although Tebow only completed 10 of 21 passes he did pass for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed 50 yards and another touchdown. Both of Tebow’s touchdown passes were caught by Demaryius Thomas, who caught 4 passes for 210 yards and the 2 touchdowns. The Denver Broncos will now travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots in a Divisional Round matchup.