And the ease with which both New England and Seattle dealt with the winners of the wild card round further demonstrates that it doesn't really matter who is playing on wild card weekend, as the home teams on the divisional round are the better teams anyhow.
I was impressed by both the New England running game and the Seattle defense. I hadn't seen much of Seattle, and let's face it, it didn't take much to shut down Air Frazier this year. But their linebackers and secondary attack the receivers in a way that I haven't seen since the 2000 Ravens. They can definitely beat the Broncos; the Patriots might actually prove the more difficult challenge.
Some will complain that Russell Wilson didn't do much, but he did what he had to do when he had to do it. He looked like Fran Tarkenton at times, although to be a true Tarkenton scramble, the ball has to either end up a) a two-yard completion, or b) a touchdown. And while I'm glad that the Vikings got a nice bounty of draft picks in exchange for Percy Harvin, I couldn't help but feeling bad for the guy. He's a great player, but he just can't seem to stay on the field.