With only two Wolverines remaining on NFL rosters in the playoffs, there isn't much action to talk about. Tom Brady led the Pats to victory on Saturday while Jonathan Goodwin helped the 49ers move on to the NFC Championship game for the third straight season.
It took over three quarters for Brady and the Pats to finally pull away from the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. On offense, New England ran the ball 46 times to 25 passes, and Brady didn't dial in one of his best playoff performances. He finished 13 for 25 for 198 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also took over holder duties after New England's punter went down with an injury. Before the Colts game, "Brady was crowned the worst quarterback in the playoffs." That's hilarious considering what he's accomplished in his career (eight trips to the AFC Championship game in 12 seasons, three Super Bowl rings in five trips, etc.). The win for New England sets up a battle between two of the best quarterbacks from the past decade: Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning. If I'm a Denver Broncos fan, I'm a little bit nervous right now that Tom Brady isn't posting gaudy stats, and the Pats are still dominating their opponents.
Once again, Goodwin played on every offensive snap for the 49ers (66) in their 23-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. San Francisco wasn't an unstoppable force on offense, but they did enough to wear down Carolina's stout defense to gain their third straight NFC Championship berth. It's going to take the same or likely a stronger performance on offense for the 49ers to defeat the Seattle Seahawks on the road next week. In their previous two trips to Seattle, San Francisco lost by a combined score of 71-16.