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By Jason Catania
• QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Maybe Brady just wanted to show Tim Tebow what a Super Bowl-winning quarterback looks like. With Tebowmania at an all-time high heading into the match-up, Brady was the overlooked passer for a change. Then the game started. Brady put on a clinic, completing 24 of 36 passes (76%) for 363 yards and – count ‘em – six touchdowns, tying Daryle Lamonica and Steve Young for the most ever in a postseason outing.
• RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans
The Texans may have lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 20-13, but don’t blame Foster. The 25-year-old who finished fifth in the league with 1,224 rushing yards despite missing parts of four games, pretty much was Houston’s offense. Not only did he score the Texans’ lone touchdown, Foster also toted the rock a whopping 27 times for 132 yards to become the first player ever to break the 100-yard mark in the postseason against the vaunted Ravens defense.
• TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis, 27, had the game of his life against the New Orleans Saints. Niners quarterback Alex Smith found his tight end early, often and when it mattered most – down by three with just nine ticks left – to help San Fran win its first postseason game since 2003. Along the way to his last-second snatch, which evoked memories of another great end-of-game “Catch” by a Niners tight end thirty years ago, Davis hauled in two scores and 180 yards through the air, setting a new mark for receiving yards by a TE in the postseason.
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