For the second weekend in a row, the NFL officials played a decisive role in determining what teams advanced in the playoffs.
Rex Ryan: He only got to enjoy two weeks of vacation before agreeing to coach the Bills, whose offense may be poised to rival some of the terrible ones Rex fielded with the Jets.
Adam Gase: For the second year in a row, his offense didn’t look so tough when the money was on the table.
Cam: Newton’s initial trip to the Emerald City and first playoff road game were rolled into a disappointing experience, with Chancellor’s momentum-swinging theft the exclamation point. (Still, credit for Newton for surviving a season that involved so many injuries, personnel changes and that frightening, painful car crash last month.)
Peyton Manning: One-and-done for the ninth time in his playoff career. And, just maybe, done period.
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant: What a brilliant, gutsy 31-yard hookup on fourth-and-2 to the Packers 1-yard line with the season in the balance. Oh, but too bad it didn’t count … and on a day when Romo (15-for-18, 191 yards, two TDs before his “miss” to Bryant) was at the top of his game.
Joe Flacco: He played pretty well (four TD passes) but suffered his first playoff loss — and misfired on his first postseason INTs — in nearly three years. Flacco’s second pick was a killer given the Ravens were 36 yards from reclaiming the lead and will be particularly tough to swallow considering Baltimore squandered two 14-point leads Saturday.
Darrelle Revis: The Pats got the W, but the star corner may not fondly remember his first playoff game in a New England uniform. Revis was flagged for pass interference, a 20-yard penalty, before a subsequent defensive holding foul wiped out a Flacco fumble. He was also beaten for a TD by WR Steve Smith.
Terrell Suggs: They’re not partying at Ball So Hard University tonight. Suggs’ two tackles and half-sack weren’t nearly enough to faze Brady, who schooled the BSHU alum.
New England rushing game: Thirteen carries. Fourteen yards. How they miss the talented Mr. Stevan Ridley.
Patriots defense: Duron Harmon’s game-clinching INT aside, not a stretch to say New England won in spite of this group.