#NFL Playoffs News and Notes - January 9, 2011

Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter knocked out the defending Super Bowl champs...Tight end John Carlson caught a pair of touchdown passes...Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was "The Man", writes Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times...Veteran leadership paid off for the Seahawks...Defensive end Raheem Brock was one of Seattle's misfits to step up in the spotlight.

The Saints' fourth-quarter rally came up short...New Orleans' defense didn't show up on Saturday...A stunned Saints team gave credit to the Seahawks...Free agency could leave a much different Saints team on the field in 2011...The Saints lost their swagger in Seattle.

New York Jets 17, Indianapolis Colts 16

Kicker Nick Folk's last-second field goal sends the Jets into the Divisional Playoff round...Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson had a pair of touchdown runs...The Jets altered their defensive approach to slow down Peyton Manning and the Colts...Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was calm and collected in the key moment...Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis made Reggie Wayne a non-factor.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri's 50-yard field goal in the final minute may have come too early...Indianapolis' defense and special teams faltered in the final minute...Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was displeased with his one-catch performance on Saturday night...With all the injuries, the Colts took the season as far as they could take it, writes Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star...How they lost will sting the Colts this off-season, writes Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com.

Playoff News and Notes

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wants to play the Seahawks next weekend.

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has been more conservative with timeouts, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.

Handling a diva receiver might be Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's greatest accomplishment this season.

Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback Sam Shields' rapid development allows Charles Woodson to play inside.

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate has had an impact in the return game.

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians doesn't let criticism alter his approach.

Kansas City Chiefs first-round safety Eric Berry's roots will keep him from being a cautionary statistic.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's playoff struggles has some wondering if he can lead them to the Super Bowl, writes Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts (23), Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (33), Cowboys cornerback Ross Weaver (24), Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (31), Raiders defensive tackle John Henderson (32), and free agent guard Jonathan Compas (25) and quarterback Matt Gutierrez (27).

Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr turns 77.

Retired punter Darren Bennett (46), linebacker Vincent Brown (46), fullback Robert Newhouse (61), and wide receiver/caddie Bill Schroeder (40).

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