Leading Off

January 21, 2008

Tough Sledding
Seahawks safety Brian Russell (25) and Packers receiver Ruvell Martin collided and slid through the snow as Brett Favre's fourth-quarter pass fell incomplete at Lambeau Field last Saturday. Green Bay won the divisional playoff 42--20 and will host this week's NFC Championship Game (page 36).

Blue Collar
The Giants' defense, led by Michael Strahan (92) and Kawika Mitchell (55), swarmed Cowboys running back Marion Barber III at Texas Stadium on Sunday. Barber rushed for 129 yards on 27 carries, but New York pulled off the 21--17 upset to reach the NFC title game (page 39).

Night Flight
Rising in the end zone, Patriots tight end Ben Watson snatched a first-quarter pass over Jaguars safety Sammy Knight to tie the score at seven in their divisional playoff. New England won 31--20, running its record to 17--0 and advancing to the AFC Championship Game (page 43).

PHOTOPhotograph by Simon Bruty
PHOTOPhotograph by Peter Read Miller PHOTOPhotograph by David Bergman

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)