New England Patriots Team Grades: Texans Unable To Capitalize On Patriots' Sloppy Play In Divisional Round Match-UpThe New England Patriots were expected to take this game without any trouble, but some sloppy play showed that they are indeed human and have some weaknesses. Even with that, the Houston Texans couldn't take advantage and watched Tom Brady and company head to the AFC Championship yet again.
NY Giants Team Grades: DRC Comes Up Big Blue As G-Men Eliminate Redskins 19-10The Washington Redskins (8-7-1) needed a victory to secure an NFL playoff berth, while the New York Giants (11-5) had nothing to gain. But the G-Men went on the road and stifled the 'Skins offense all afternoon. A second interception by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie tamped down a last minute threat by the Redskins, and Big Blue left the nation's capital with a 19-10 victory.
NY Giants Team Grades: Eagles Crash Giants Playoff Party 24-19The New York Giants (10-5) needed a victory to clinch a playoff spot. But the Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) were not going to allow Big Blue to have the satisfaction of doing so at Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants struggled early and a late Eli Manning interception sealed their fate in a 24-19 loss to the Birds.
A Look At The Best, Worst Broncos Games From Each UnitAs the Broncos head to Santa Clara and Super Bowl 50, we look back at the best and worst performances from offense, defense, special teams and coaching.
Team Grades: Denver Defense Punches Golden Ticket To Super Bowl 50Denver's defense plays lights out against the Patriots and the offense comes up with just enough points to put the Broncos in the Super Bowl for the second time in three years.
Team Grades: Carolina Panthers Blow Out Arizona Cardinals To Head Into Super Bowl 50The Arizona Cardinals offense threatened to make the NFC Championship game a shootout. However, the Carolina Panthers had other things in mind and completely destroyed Arizona to make it to the Super Bowl to battle the Denver Broncos.
Team Grades: Patriots Can't Overcome Relentless Broncos Pass RushSunday's AFC Championship Game was a textbook example of how defense wins championships.
Team Grades: Late Touchdown Redeems Broncos Offense In Tough Divisional Round WinThe Broncos offense finally gets going late and the defense limits the Steelers to field goals, but it the special teams shine brightest in Denver's win.
Steelers Fought Hard In Tough Loss To Broncos, 23-16The Pittsburgh Steelers did just enough to stay in the divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos, earning good grades despite a tough loss to end their season.
Vikings Blow Fourth Quarter Lead, Miss Field Goal In Loss To SeahawksThe Minnesota Vikings outplayed the Seattle Seahawks for three quarters. But, it only took three plays for the Vikings lose 10-9 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Team Grades: Composure Guides Steelers To Playoff Win Over BengalsThe Pittsburgh Steelers earned 'A' grades for their ability to remain composed in a difficult wild card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, resulting in an 18-16 stunner of a win.
Team Grades: Bengals Late Meltdown Hands Game To Steelers 18-16The Cincinnati Bengals entered Wild Card weekend confident that they could get coach Marvin Lewis his first playoff win. Instead, Cincinnati squandered away a golden opportunity with an ill-timed fumble and inexcusable penalties, which enabled the Pittsburgh Steelers to steal a playoff win, 18-16, at Paul Brown Stadium.