The Sean Taylor Memorial Meast of Wild Card Weekend is Anquan Boldin, who had five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore’s 24-9 win over the Colts. It was Boldin’s highest yardage output of the season and a performance that will get overlooked by a media otherwise occupied with Ray Lewis’ dancing and dropped interceptions. The win was the first in three attempts in the playoffs by the former Cleveland Browns over the former Baltimore Colts. Of course, Peyton Manning was the quarterback for the Colts in those two previous Ravens playoff defeats and now Baltimore has to face him in Denver next week. Fun!
Also receiving consideration: Arian Foster, Clay Matthews and Russell Wilson
The Jeff George Memorial Least of Wild Card Weekend is Mike Shanahan. There’s already trolling afoot from the usual suspects that RGIII doesn’t know how to play hurt, but there’s no question that he should have been pulled from the game much earlier than he was, not only to avoid more lasting injury, but to give the ‘Skins a better chance. Especially when the team came into the game already facing scrutiny for ignoring their own doctors’ concerns about their quarterback’s health. It’s glib to argue that Griffin should have been yanked right after he re-injured himself on his second touchdown pass of the first quarter, but after seeing RGIII hobble throughout the second quarter, there’s little defense for the Redskins not starting the second half with Kirk Cousins under center. Shanahan deserves some credit for creating an offensive scheme that complements the skills of his starter, but he also has to know when his starter is no longer physically able to run that offense.
Also receiving consideration: Andy Dalton, Joe Webb, Ray Rice, Andrew Luck