2014 NFL Playoffs: 10 Players Who Disappointed in the Divsional Round

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10 Worst Performances From the Divisional Round

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The NFL Playoffs are filled with a few winners and a whole bunch of losers. When you get right down to it, only one team walks away with its head truly held high when the postseason is over. So naturally along the way, there are many players that fail on the big stage.

If you're a fan trying to stay positive right now after a defeat, just look at failures in the postseason as character builders. Nearly every big name player in this postseason is going to be back for another run. Depending on your definition of Andy Dalton, he might not be back, but other than him, every QB in these playoffs will likely be back with another chance at glory. It's not a coincidence that all the teams that made the playoffs, also have above average QBs.

Playoff disappointment is the most bitter kind in the NFL. When you fail on the big stage, everything gets magnified. To separate from the pack, players must step up when it counts most. If that doesn't happen, the haters come out and they'll look for any piece of evidence they can to prove that certain players are bad in the postseason.

The divisional round that just took place was full of players who overachieved, but at the same time, players that underachieved and disappointed. As with anything, there are varying levels of failure, but on some level, all of these guys disappointed in the second round of the 2014 NFL Playoffs. Let's take a look at the worst performances from the divisional round:

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Andrew Luck

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Many people were drinking the Luck kool-aid prior to Indy's game at New England. In the end. the second-year QB tossed four picks and completed less than 50 percent of his passes.

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Danny Woodhead

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With Ryan Mathews banged up prior to the Chargers game against the Broncos, Woodhead figured to get a lot more work. When the final gun sounded on Sunday, he only had 29 yards rushing on nine carries.

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Drew Brees

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Brees didn't have his best game in the divisional round. You can blame part of it on the bad weather in Seattle, but in the end he just wasn't the Brees we've seen on the big stage before. In total he eclipsed 300 yards passing, but he only connected on one touchdown throw.

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Panthers RBs

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The Panthers weren't consistent on offense against the 49ers. A big reason why? Their running backs combined for 39 yards rushing.

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Colts Defense

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Speaking of bad units, the Colts' defense epitomized that on Saturday night. They let LeGarrette Blount run wild, as he scorched them 166 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

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Michael Crabtree

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Crabtree is still working his way back to full strength after Achilles surgery last summer, but there's no doubt that he disappointed fans on Sunday in Carolina. When it was all said and done, Crabtree only caught three passes for 26 yards.

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Russell Wilson

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Wilson did his part for Seattle by not turning the ball over, but other than that, he wasn't great. In the end, he tossed for just 103 yards while completing 50 percent of his passes. He'll need to do more than that in the NFC Championship game.

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Mark Ingram

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After a promising game in the Wild Card round, Ingram failed the Saints in round two. He was able to gain 49 yards on the ground, but his 1st half fumble proved to be huge for the Seahawks.

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Percy Harvin

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Harvin's second game of the season didn't last long. He was able to haul in three passes, but he was knocked down hard on two occasions and he eventually left the game with a concussion in the first half.

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Cam Newton

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When you're the QB of the NFC's number two team, you take most of the blame. That's the reality for Cam Newton after his two-interception performance in the Panthers' loss to the 49ers Sunday. He played alright, but that's not going to get it done in the NFL.

 

 


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