Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad From Wild-Card Weekend
San Francisco 49ersGreen Bay Packers
Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to the victory in the brutal weather conditions in Green Bay. Kaepernick completed 16-of-30 passes for 227 yards with one TD and an interception, and he also ran seven times for 98 yards. His 11-yard run on the final possession helped set up placekicker Phil Dawson for the game-winning field goal on the game’s final play.
Aaron Rodgers did not have a bad game, but he did not do enough to get the Packers the victory. Rodgers completed 17-of-26 passes for 177 yards with one TD and no interceptions. Rodgers could only lead the Packers on two TD drives, and the Packers needed more than that to win this game.
San Diego ChargersCincinnati Bengals
Interesting gameplan from the Chargers, who came up big in the second half to embarrass the Bengals in front of their home fans. Philip Rivers only put the ball up 16 times, and he completed 12 of his passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. He did not throw an interception.
Andy Dalton had an opportunity to help the Bengals advance, but he was not up to the task. Dalton completed 29-of-51 passes for 334 yards with one TD and two interceptions. He also had a costly fumble that sparked the Chargers. Dalton has never shown that he is capable of being a big-game quarterback.
New Orleans SaintsPhiladelphia Eagles
More than any individual numbers, Drew Brees advanced his cause by leading the Saints to a playoff road win, something he had never done before. Brees remained confident throughout the game as he completed 20-of-30 passes for 250 yards with one TD and two interceptions. He led his team to the game-winning field goal on the final possession of the game to key the Saints’ victory over the Eagles.
Nick Foles certainly had a remarkable season as he led the Eagles to the NFC East title, and he was not bad in the loss to the Saints. Foles completed 23-of-33 passes for 195 yards with two touchdowns. However, he did not do enough in the second half to help the Eagles come away with the win, and that’s a big part of his responsibility.
Indianapolis ColtsKansas City Chiefs
This was one of the most remarkable playoff games in NFL history. Both Andrew Luck and Alex Smith were spectacular at times, and had moments of weakness. Luck led his team back from a 28-point, second-half deficit. He completed 29-of-45 passes for 443 yards with four touchdowns, and he also picked up a Knile Davis fumble and charged into the endzone for a touchdown. Smith deserved better than losing in the wild-card round after completing 30-of-46 passes for 378 yards with four TDs.