NFL Playoffs 2012: Top 10 Video Highlights from the Wild Card Round
Has a defensive lineman ever made a better interception?
Can Megatron be stopped?
How many New York Giants receivers can score from anywhere on the field?
Can Tim Tebow do the impossible? Again?
The rest of the NFL playoffs are sure to bring more excitement and more highlights.
Here are 10 unforgettable moments from the Wild Card Round.
10. Andre Johnson's 40-Yard Touchdown Reception
Andre Johnson still has the speed to beat secondaries that blow coverage.
Here, Johnson is released by the cornerback, who might believe he has safety help. After all, Andre's a top threat.
Either the cornerback was wrong or the safety was out of position, because neither defender can make the play.
And the results are clear enough: The Bengals got burned by an old pro and a good throw, because the defense didn't know where to go.
9. Calvin Johnson's Nice Grab in the Back of the End Zone
When the game was tied and the Lions were looking to move ahead, Megatron showed up.
He did what he often does: snagging a bullet from the air between two defenders in the end zone.
It was the first of two touchdowns and part of a playoff record-setting 211-yard receiving effort.
The catch is nifty, but it's harder to believe Calvin can be contained.
8. Mario Manningham Shows Strong Hands
"Super" Mario helped Eli Manning to his third touchdown pass of the game, getting good separation, great extension and finding a seam to snag the score.
If Mario is catching touchdowns, then Eli has three solid receiving options in Nicks, Cruz and Manningham.
That's downright unfair.
It also makes the Giants more difficult to beat than most would admit.
Green Bay will need to stop New York's passing game if they're going to hold down the upset bid at Lambeau this weekend.
7. Calvin Johnson's Second Touchdown
Yes, the Saints won and made some great plays of their own.
But you have to applaud Johnson's willingness to catch this pass even though he knows the game is probably decided, and he could take a big hit.
Calvin hung onto the ball, narrowly avoiding a serious collision and proving that even in a losing effort he never quits.
6. How Did He Stay in Bounds?
Arian Foster's acceleration turning the corner is impressive enough.
But his strength to break tackles on the run, combined with his agility and ability to avoid the sideline is jaw-dropping.
The game was in hand before this touchdown, but everyone knew the Texans were going to run.
It's legit. He's good.
5. Eddie Royal's Touchdown Reception
Not sure what's more amazing: that no one got to Tebow in the five seconds it took him to uncork this throw, that it wasn't knocked down or that Eddie Royal got hands on it with his feet (and hip) down.
It's plays like this that make people think there must be something special about Tebow.
How else do you explain it?
4. Hakeem Nicks Carves Up the Falcons
Usually if six defenders have a chance to make the tackle, they will.
But not this time.
Ensuring he wasn't left off the highlight list, Hakeem Nicks' 72-yard scoring reception against Atlanta was his second touchdown of the game.
The play gave New York a 17-2 lead just before the fourth quarter and, with the Falcons offense failing to put anything together, effectively put the game out of reach.
The Dirty Bird dance at the end is an added bonus.
3. Roethlisberger to Cotchery for the Game-Tying Touchdown
Ben Roethlisberger came through in the clutch when he scrambled, threw on the run and split the defenders with a touchdown strike to Jerricho Cotchery.
The PAT tied the game at 23-23 late in the fourth quarter, ultimately forcing overtime.
This was a turning point in the game, as Pittsburgh gained the momentum because of the play and was poised to put down the legend of Tebow.
2. J.J. Watt's Interception Return for a Touchdown
This is every lineman's dream.
Because usually if a defensive tackle ends up with the ball it's been tipped, deflected or bobbled.
Or some combination of all three.
But J.J. looked like a grizzly bear snatching salmon from the stream mid-flight.
And the best part? Andy Dalton's look of disbelief.
Aww...it's OK, Andy. The salmon always look surprised, too.
1. Tebow to Thomas Beats Steelers in OT
Full disclosure: I'm in the minority of folks who don't love or hate Timmy.
But even I have to admit that somehow, defying all logic and reason, Tebow and the Broncos did it again.
And again, it wasn't an awe-inspiring athletic feat.
Sure, the stiff arm and sprint after the catch require a rare combination of strength and speed by Demaryius Thomas.
But aside from that, this play is what you would expect of a starting quarterback who sees his receiver beat the cornerback on this route.
Having watched the Steelers come back to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, Denver went for the home run on the first play of overtime and came up big.
And whether fans loved seeing it or couldn't bear to watch, Tebow's pass to Thomas was the most emotional and unexpected thrill of the weekend.
Can it get any better?
We'll have to find out this weekend.