SEATTLE WA - JANUARY 08: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8 2011 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
First off, I'd like to say that my thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her family, it is horrible that someone would do something like that, and hopefully she will be okay.
As for the Playoffs.... do the Seahawks really have a 2008 Cardinals esqe run in them? I don't think any of us thought they had that in them last night. I was actually at just getting out of class and I was hanging out in the break room before Marshawn Lynch entered Beast Mode on the 67 yard run, and when that happened all you could hear was me and about 10 other people yelling and laughing. Probably the best run I have seen all year long.
Now, time for a few links, and feel free to use this as the gamethread for today's games.
ProFootballWeekly.com - Could Orton be headed to Arizona?
With Tim Tebow's prospects looking better in Denver, could Kyle Orton be a quarterback the Cardinals might consider if he was available? "You never know," said one team insider. "He kinds of fills the bill and could be a good bridge for a younger QB. (Ravens backup QB Marc) Bulger is the name still getting the biggest buzz, though." The insider added that he thought the Eagles would demand too high a price for QB Kevin Kolb.
Arizona Cardinals QB Picture: Vince Young and 9 Other Veteran QBs Who Could Help | Bleacher Report
If you have watched the Arizona Cardinals at all in 2010, one thing, above all else, will be painfully obvious to you. The Cardinals are in desperate need of an upgrade at Quarterback.
With Arizona Cardinals out of playoffs, it's time to cheer for the Baltimore Ravens
The Cardinals have flown the coop. Fantasy leagues have disbanded. Tickets to the BCS title game are out of reach. What are frothing football fans in Arizona to do with all that passion? "They can cheer for us," Ravens tight end Todd Heap said. Perfect.
Stand up and be counted, NFC West fans - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West teams have the highest winning percentage in playoff games -- .643 -- since the 2005 season. The 9-5 record includes 4-0 in the wild-card round, 3-3 in the divisional round, 2-0 in the conference championship round and, alas, 0-2 in Super Bowls.
New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks - Recap - January 08, 2011 - ESPN
In a scene straight out of college, Pete Carroll stood in the middle of a pile on the midfield logo, jumping up and down with his players celebrating in unison. Those labels stuck on the seven-win Seattle Seahawks -- jokes, lightweights, laughingstocks -- no longer fit Saturday. That's when Carroll's rowdy crew sent the defending Super Bowl champions packing, pulling one of the most unlikely upsets in playoff history, a 41-36 win over the New Orleans Saints.
New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts - Recap - January 08, 2011 - ESPN
Nothing personal, Peyton. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets finally got the made-for-TV ending they wanted -- they beat you.
Phoenix Coyotes fall to Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in overtime
Phoenix Coyotes fall to Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in overtime, Drew Stafford scored the game-winner with 1:48 left to lift Buffalo to a 2-1 win over Phoenix.
Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords wounded in shooting
Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords wounded in shooting, Giffords, who underwent brain surgery, was following commands Saturday night, doctors said.
Gabrielle Giffords shooting: As it unfolded
Gabrielle Giffords shooting: As it unfolded, A detailed look back at how the day progressed.