Here Are The Top Five Plays For NFL Wild Card Weekend (Videos)

tim tebowingNFL fans across America and around the world were treated to an exciting opening round of the 2012 NFL playoffs, which saw all four home teams come away with victories.  The weekend’s action was capped off with a thrilling overtime victory by the Denver Broncos on the first play of the extra frame, setting an NFL record for the quickest ending to an overtime.

There were plenty of great plays throughout the four games.  We have our top five listed below.  You can probably already guess which one makes it in at number one, but I’m sure you’ll want to watch that, and the other four, at least one more time before we begin to focus on next weekend’s Divisional Round.

5.  Drew Brees 41-Yard Touchdown Pass to Devery Henderson – This game had plenty of big plays by both offenses, but we could only pick one, and it had to be this touchdown connection between Brees and Henderson in the third quarter.  It gave the Saints their first lead of the game, and they wouldn’t surrender it, en route to the 45-28 victory.

4.  Arian Foster 42-Yard Touchdown Run – Foster has provided us with plenty of highlight reel runs throughout the year, and here is another one.  But as much as I love Arian (he’s the top running back in the NFL in my books), I have to admit that even I could have probably pushed him out of bounds at some point during this play.  Unfortunately for the Bengals, Nate Clements (No. 22), Chris Crocker (No. 42) and Kelly Jennings (No. 23) couldn’t.  This clip will probably find its way onto instructional videos regarding “How not to tackle” everywhere.

3.  Eli Manning 72-Yard Touchdown Pass to Hakeem Nicks – Here is another clip that will probably make it onto instructional videos regarding “How not to tackle.”  It comes via a third quarter touchdown pass from Manning to Nicks, which put the Giants up by a score of 17-2, and had several Falcons defenders searching the Metlife Stadium bleachers for their missing jockstraps.

2.  J.J. Watt 29-Yard Interception Return for a Touchdown – The Houston Texans used their first-round 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Entry Draft on defensive end J.J. Watt.  He made it worth their while with this incredible display of athleticism, as he snagged an Andy Dalton pass out of the air and returned it for the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the first half.  Houston would roll to the 31-10 victory from there.

1.  Tim Tebow 80-Yard Touchdown Pass to Demaryius Thomas – In the first ever NFL playoff game that required the new overtime format that was instituted at the beginning of last season, the Denver Broncos scored on their first play from scrimmage, ensuring that the Steelers offense wouldn’t get a shot at the victory.  Now their magical season will continue, and a trip to New England for next weekend’s Divisional Round is next on their schedule.  Here is the play that made it all happen.

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