2014 NFL Playoffs: Top 10 Performers From the Divisional Round

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Top 10 Performers From the Divisional Round

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Can one postseason performance greatly impact a player's legacy? The answer is yes, but there are of course varying degrees of impact. If a player has never made an impact before in the playoffs, then you really stand up and take notice when they do play well. That was certainly the case this past weekend in the NFL's divisional round playoffs.

Many players performed out of their minds this past weekend. They put themselves on the map and in some cases they may have firmly established a solid reputation going forward. It's truly amazing what a great performance in the playoffs can do for a player's perception and reputation.

Many people refer to Peyton Manning as the greatest regular season quarterback of all time. That's all fine and dandy, but when it's all said and done, there's no way that's what he wants to be remembered for. Whether he admits it or not, I think he wants to be known as the greatest ever. To get there, he's going to have to win another ring.

To this point, Manning is 10-11 in 21 career postseason games. Not great, but not bad when you consider he's been to two Super Bowls. If he can get to a third and win his second (with a different team), I think you can call Manning the best ever without sounding like a fool. People will still point to Joe Montana's four rings, but he's nowhere near Manning in terms of statistics.

So when it comes to playoff performances in the divisional round, here are the 10 players that stood out the most. Did Peyton make this week's list?

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Marques Colston

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The Saints had a hard time getting anything going on offense Saturday. Colston was by far the team's leading receiver, catching 11 balls for 144 yards.

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Anquan Boldin

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Boldin was huge for the 49ers on Sunday against the Panthers. He hauled in eight passes for 136 yards and abused many Carolina defenders along the way.

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Keenan Allen

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Will Allen be the offensive rookie of the year? He sure looked like one on Sunday, hauling in six passes for 142 yards and two scores.

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Jamie Collins

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Collins had a huge game for the Pats. In total, he officially hit Andrew Luck three times, while recording six tackles, one sack and two TFL.

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Colin Kaepernick

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He didn't have a great statistical game against the Panthers, but he played smart football and didn't turn it over. In total, Kaep racked up 196 passing yards, 15 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

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Peyton Manning

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The great Peyton Manning played great on Sunday. He tossed two TDs and pick, but we all know that he should have had three TDs and no picks, as a Decker drop in the end zone led to his only interception.

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Knowshon Moreno

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You can't say enough about Moreno and the Denver ground game. He and Montee Ball accounted for 134 yards rushing and a score on Sunday.

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Navorro Bowman

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The Niners' defense lived up to its reputation on Sunday. Bowman led the way with 11 tackles, one sack and two TFL.

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Marshawn Lynch

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Beast Mode was in full effect this past Saturday. Lynch threw the Seahawks on his back on the way to 140 yards rushing and two scores.

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LeGarrette Blount

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THE performer from the divisional round was no doubt LeGarrette Blount. The Pats' running back had a career day, rushing for 166 yards and four touchdowns.

 

 


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