Originally posted on Optimum Scouting  |  Last updated 1/15/13
  Wildcard Weekend may have been a dud, but wow - did the action of this thrilling weekend up for it. We saw some fantastic performances from young players and veterans alike, both cementing their place in the memories and hearts of fans across the league.  We should have a great weekend coming up again, but before we look towards the Conference Championships let's take a look back at this past weekend.    Pivotal Match-ups From Divisional Weekend Baltimore QB Joe Flacco vs Denver's Defense It goes without saying that Joe Flacco has had his fair share of critics this season, and throughout his career. One would have been hard-pressed to find anyone who would have predicted that Flacco would have out-dueled Peyton Manning (on the road, no less) – but that's exactly what Flacco did on Saturday. Flacco wasn't perfect in this game, and he got some help from his receivers making big plays, and some Broncos making surprisingly poor ones in the secondary. But you
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