The Divisional round of the NFL playoffs are over and the top seeds decided not to show up this past weekend. Most of the games were blowouts, and the mighty New England Patriots were beaten decisively at home for the second year in a row in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the No. 1 seed in the NFC—the Atlanta Falcons—turned out to be frauds against Aaron Rodgers and the surging Green Bay Packers.
This weekend’s fantasy stars are below:
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers Roethlisberger threw for 226 yards and two scores to lead the Steelers to a comeback win over the Ravens in the first game Saturday. Roethlisberger was his usual self in leading the Steelers. He took big hits, but was able to come out on top.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers Mendenhall only ran for 46 yards, but it was his toughness at the goal line that led to two touchdown runs. His tough running helped to wear down the vaunted Ravens defense.
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers This game was all about Rodgers as he led his Packers to a thrashing of the Falcons. Rodgers threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, adding a rushing touchdown for good measure. The playoff monkey is off of Rodgers' back as he leads his team to the NFC Championship game vs. the rival Chicago Bears.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears If Cutler plays well, the Bears usually win. On Sunday, Cutler played really well. He accounted for four touchdowns in the Bears easy victory over the under-manned Seahawks.
Greg Olsen, TE, Bears Olsen is finally deciding that he is an athletic tight end who can make big plays in the passing game. His 58-yard touchdown pass from Cutler proved that. If he can keep up this type of play, he can be a big weapon in the championship round.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks Hasselbeck had another great game, but it came with the game already out of reach. He threw for 258 yards and three scores. His Seahawks just did not have enough to win on the road in the playoffs.
Brandon Stokley, WR, Seahawks Is Stokley reviving his career in the playoffs? He had another great game with 8 catches for 85 yards and a score. He is an underrated, quick receiver with good hands. He proved there is plenty left in the tank in torching two good passing defenses in the New Orleans Saints and Bears.
New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets There is only one guy worth mentioning in this game and that is the young gun Sanchez. He threw for three scores and played mistake free. The Patriots did not intimidate him. The Tom Brady vs. Sanchez rivalry may be talked about more than Brady vs. Peyton Manning if Sanchez continues to play this well.