Excluding the Bronco's game, which really came down to the deference in QB's, it seems the team with the best defensive play and special teams play won out. I was looking forward to these match ups as they for the most part displayed teams built on one or the other. Either a dominate offense or one with a dominate defense and special team play, and as we have speculated on the upcoming draft there has been a lot of discussion on the possibilty of us taking early round picks to build on our strength by taking a WR and OL, so that we can build a Saint or Packers like scoring machine. I believe this weekend taught us a lot about how that works out once you get to the playoffs.
The other obvious difference was the incredible intensity SF played at and their tackling was the best I have watched this year. I can only hope with a true off season RR can instill those tackling fundamentals into this defense. The last of the top ranked offensive / lowly defensive teams left is NE and they get to go up against one of the all time great D's in the Ravens. Lets see how that plays out, but I have to say I am pulling for the 49's the rest of the playoffs, because they played with a heart, a passion, and with an intensity I have not seen since the Raven's won their Superbowl. This was a fun weekend of good old fashion football and DEFENSE won.
Brockers is sounding better and better all the time.