Top 20 Players of the 2013 NFL Divisional Playoff Round
Top 20 Players of the 2013 Divisional Round
In the NFL Divisional Playoffs showed why it is often considered the best weekend of the entire NFL season with the eight best teams of the current season. These games this year were certainly no exception, all sorts of crazy plays happened. Plus the Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos game became only the sixth double overtime game in the history of the NFL.
This top 20 list has some notable names not on it and some players became a household name after only one playoff game. Some players on this list must be so happy to win their first ever playoff game as for the Atlanta Falcons including a sure fire Hall of Famer, and yet there are members of the San Francisco 49ers that flourished in their NFL Playoffs debut.
This list completely arbitrary with the exception of the top three as they did things in the game that simply people might not see again for fifty years and would make a person’s head spin even more so when you tell them it was their first ever playoff game. Meanwhile some but not all veterans of the playoffs didn’t fare as well as others and there is always better luck next year, however for one that said it was his last year has continued to use that as huge motivation.
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#20 Golden Tate
Golden Tate had six catches for 103 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.It is impressive since he had only 688 yards over the course of the year, so he would have had 15 percent of his season stats if this counted toward his stat line in this game.
#19 Michael Crabtree
Michael Crabtree had a break out 2012 with 1105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. In the game versus the Green Bay Packers he continued his impressive season with nine catches for 119 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions.
#18 Frank Gore
Frank Gore had another 1200+ yards of rushing this year, and didn’t let up as he had 119 yards rushing on 23 carries with a touchdown run and wasn’t even the best rusher on his team. In addition to the rushing, he had two catches for 48 receiving yards.
#17 Patrick Willis
This year, Patrick Wills has had a down year for an inside linebacker with only half of a sack and 88 tackles, however in the playoff game he had seven tackles and a sack on Aaron Rodgers.
#16 Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez is a sure thing for the hall of fame class of 2018 if in fact he decides to retire after this season. Gonzalez had six catches for 51 yards receiving and a touchdown reception.
#15 Wes Welker
Wes Welker showed off his hands again in his unique style of it’s a tale of two Wes’ as he did have eight catches for 131 receiving yards, however he did have also few cases of being dropsical as well.
#14 Torrey Smith
Torrey Smith had video game numbers again as he had only three catches, but he made the most of them for 98 yards receiving and two of his catches went for touchdowns.
#13 Sam Shields
Cornerback Sam Shields had the first touchdown of the day in the now legendary game versus the San Francisco 49ers by having an interception return for a touchdown, he also had four tackles in the game.
#12 Ray Lewis
This sure fire hall of famer had 10 solo tackles with seven assists as well with one of them for a loss. The NFL will miss him after he plays his last football game.
#11 Terrell Suggs
Like his counterpart, Terrell Suggs had a beast of a game with ten solo tackles as well, plus sacked Peyton Manning twice.
#10 Julio Jones
Julio Jones didn't have a jaw dropping game but he had a solid game with six catches for 59 yards, and also secured the game as he intercepted the Hail Mary pass as the clock expired to end the game.
#9 Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco was simply awesome versus the Denver Broncos as he was throwing a few long bombs seemingly all the way down the field. Flacco finished 18-34 with 331 yards and three touchdown passes.
#8 Tom Brady
Tom Brady had also an impressive day through the day versus the Houston Texans as he went 25 for 40 with 344 yards and three touchdown passes.
#7 Zach Miller
Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller had an impressive eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown reception, but came up just short versus the Atlanta Falcons.
#6 Ray Rice
Ray Rice had an excellent game on the ground with 131 rushing yards on 30 carries and got a rushing touchdown. Rice would have been rated higher likely if he made some receptions in the game.
#5 Corey Graham
Baltimore Ravens cornerbackCorey Graham had the best defensive game of anyone this past week as he had two interceptions on Peyton Manning and returned one for a touchdown.
#4 Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant showed his nerves of steel as when the Atlanta Falcons needed him, he came through to with the game-winning 49 yard field goal late in the fourth quarter versus the Seattle Seahawks.
#3 Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson lived up to his possible offensive rookie of the year status as he went 24 for 36 with 385 yards passing with two touchdown passes. Besides the passing, Wilson had seven carries for 60 yards and a rushing touchdown, but more on mobile quarterbacks in a few.
#2 Trindon Holliday
Trindon Holliday is a special teams ace as for the Denver Broncos had 90 yard punt return for a touchdown, and a 104 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the same game, it was just simply amazing live, however the Broncos fell short.
#1 Colin Kaepernick
WOW! just wow,Colin Kaepernick made a believer out of everyone including the Green Bay Packers after starting the game with throwing a interception return for a touchdown to Sam Shields , he settled down. Kaepernick had perhaps the statistically best single game in a long time if not ever as he went 17 for 31 with 263 yards and two passing touchdowns and the aforementioned interception. If that was all he did, he wouldn't even be on my list, let alone would have won the game, but he also had 16 carries for a record breaking 181 rushing yards and two more rushing touchdowns, it was a thing of beauty to see.
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