The Seattle Seahawks, led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, headed to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons were hoping to get their first playoff win behind Matt Ryan and get Tony Gonzalez his first ever playoff victory in his 16 year career. The Falcons jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead but the Seahawks came storming back scoring 21 fourth quarter points capped off by Marshawn Lynch’s two yard touchdown with 31 seconds left to take a 28-27. The Falcons weren’t dead yet as they drove down the field quickly before Matt Bryant hit a 49 yard field goal with eight seconds left to win 30-28 and face the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday. More here.
The Texans, whose late season fall from grace had many believing they would lose last week, went into Foxboro yesterday looking to take down the Patriots. Unfortunately for Houston fans, Tom Brady had other plans. Brady went 25-for-40 for 344 yard three touchdowns and no interceptions. Stevan Ridley rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown while the Texans struggled for much of the game. The Patriots would go on to win 41-28 and will face the Baltimore Ravens next week in the AFC Championship Game. More here.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack took down previously unbeaten No. 1 Duke on Saturday which opened the door for unbeaten Michigan to take the top spot in this week’s poll if they could top Ohio State yesterday. Michigan, the last remaining unbeaten team, had to face the Buckeyes in front of their own rowdy fans in Columbus. Michigan guard Trey Burke was just 4-for-13 from the field but with less than a minute left, Ohio State led 52-50 but Burke took a step back 3-pointer that rattled inside the rim but didn’t fall. Ohio State would go on to win 56-53. More here.