Wild-card blowouts, that is, as all four of the home teams took care of business one year after all four road teams won in the postseason's opening round. Each of this year's wild-card bouts came with its own explanation for the lopsidedness: a rookie third-stringer who couldn't hit the broad side of the barn, a Lions team that couldn't hit the other guys' running back, a Dolphins defense that simply couldn't hit the brakes on Pittsburgh's Triplets. Then there was Giants at Packers.
Did Big Blue lose because its wideouts were on a yacht doing the Shake Weight, or because Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the league? Well, neither is true. Though you can make the case that the game could have gone differently if OBJ caught the ball, then pulled an Isaac with double-barreled index fingers celebrating what would've been a first-quarter touchdown. And for all of the Rodgers love -- which is deserved -- I think the Packers' offensive line should get some credit. Not to mention, did anyone else see what Le'Veon Bell was out there doing earlier in the day? Just curious.
Just did this list for NFL Films and NFL.com a couple of months ago ... Yeeeah, might be time to readdress.
So where do Green Bay and the other wild-card winners stack up in this week's Power Rankings? Rodgers' brilliant play has his ballclub sitting pretty, but where would you place the Pack? Send thoughts to the usual spot: @HarrisonNFL.
Oh, and one note: During the playoffs, I'll only be ranking the teams that were still alive during the previous week of play. So, 12 teams in this week's edition, eight teams in next week's ... You get it.
Let the dissension commence!