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Dreadlocked Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald leaped above Panthers defensivebacks Ken Lucas and Charles Godfrey to snag a pass during Arizona's 33--13 rompover Carolina in the NFC divisional playoffs last Saturday in Charlotte (page40). Fitzgerald had eight receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Hines Ward went down amid the flakes as Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammerbroke up a pass intended for the Steelers wide receiver in the first quarter oftheir AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday. Ward caught four passes for 70yards in Pittsburgh's 35--24 victory (page 32).

Titans tight end Alge Crumpler fumbled and crashed after being upended by theRavens' Jim Leonhard (36) and Bart Scott (57) in the fourth quarter of theirAFC divisional playoff showdown last Saturday. Baltimore recovered the ball onits one-yard line and went on to win 13--10 (page 36).


Photograph by Simon Bruty


Photograph by John Biever


Photograph by Bob Rosato