In terms of picking the best game this weekend, it was not even close. The San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints put on quite a show Saturday.
The Niners would get off to the fast 17-0 start (helped by multiple Saints turnovers) before the Saints would close the gap before halftime.
The Saints would keep it within one touchdown for most of the second half and would take the lead for the first time in the game with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter on a great score from running back Darren Sproles.
The Niners would take the lead again on a beautifully drawn-up run from quarterback Alex Smith, but the Saints were not finished. They would take the 32-29 lead on a beautiful passing touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham with just under two minutes left.
With the 49ers needing a score, the team would get an inspired drive from Smith and tight end Vernon Davis. First, the pair connected on a 47-yard reception to get them in the red zone. Then, with only seconds left, Smith found Davis again for the go-ahead 14-yard touchdown.
The 49ers would advance, taking the 36-32 win.
For the Saints, the loss was a bitter pill to swallow after the team's humbling loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the last postseason. The Saints had the offense to win, but their early mistakes cost them dearly. They end this season still looking for their franchise's first playoff win on the road.
For the 49ers, the win was a complete victory from the whole roster (many of those parts will be covered in this slideshow), which has to give them the confidence that Indianapolis is in view.
For fans of the game, this was everything you could ask for. Great finishes. Good offense. Tough defense. Bold coaching calls.
This was a terrific game to watch.
Honorable Mention: Any game but the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos.