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Photograph by David Bergman

HIP HUGGER Linebacker Ernie Sims flew like, well, an Eagle to tackle Packers fullback Quinn Johnson on Sunday after Johnson had caught a pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in their NFC wild-card game in Philadelphia. Johnson gained four yards on the play. The Packers won 21--16 and will play the top-seeded Falcons in Atlanta on Saturday (page 48).


Photograph by John Biever

NOSE TO THE GROUND Colts long snapper Justin Snow got down as he released the ball during the AFC wild-card game against the Jets in Indianapolis last Saturday. The visitors won a thriller 17--16 and will face the top-seeded Patriots in New England on Sunday (page 46).


Photograph by Peter Read Miller

BEASTLY IN SEATTLE After breaking seven tackles on a wild 67-yard romp, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch finished with a backward plunge into the end zone last Saturday at Qwest Field. Some are calling Lynch's run, which sealed a massive 41--36 upset over the defending Super Bowl--champion Saints, the greatest in playoff history.