01/22/2013 03:33 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2013

NFL Playoffs 2013 Highlights: Memorable Moments Leading Up To Super Bowl XLVII

Remember how exciting that inevitable Brady-Manning matchup was in the AFC Championship Game? Oh, wait. That didin't happen? Because Joe Flacco bested both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive weeks?


Yes, he did.

These NFL Playoffs haven't necessarily unfolded as everyone -- including Nate Silver -- anticipated, but that doesn't mean they've lacked for drama or excitement.

Let's take a moment from the HarBowl hype and look back at the 10 playoff games that have already been won (and lost). That three rookie quarterbacks started in playoff games this year is just one of a handful of historic aspects of the 2013 Lombardi tournament. Just 11 rookie QBs started in a playoff game over the last 30 years, per The Seattle Times. Speaking of starting quarterbacks somehow Joe Webb started as many playoff games as the Manning family this year. Meanwhile, Flacco broke Eli Manning's record for most road playoff wins. Elsewhere, Brady broke a tie with Montana for the most playoff wins all time. Against the Green Bay Packers, Colin Kaepernick ran for the most yards by a quarterback in any game, ever, in the history of the league. Switching gears to things that fans and teams would sooner forget, there was also the conservative coaching moves of John Fox in Denver and the Falcons penchant for blowing big leads in Atlanta.

For better and for worse, these are the most memorable postseason highlights leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.



2013 NFL Playoffs