DE Cliff Avril @cliffavril (Seahawks) - Avril was in Brees' face all day, hitting him twice, including half a sack and a forced fumble. The Seahawks move onto the NFC Championship against the 49ers, Sunday at 6:30 ET.
QB Drew Brees @drewbrees (Saints) - Brees went 24/43 for 309 yards and a touchdown, but the Saints couldn't make it past the Seahawks.
Brees was on the receiving end of an SI cover hit, thanks to another Boiler mentioned above, Cliff Avril.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Boiler on Boiler violence on the cover of <a href="https://twitter.com/SInow">@SINow</a>! Check out <a href="https://twitter.com/cliffavril">@cliffavril</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BoilerUp&src=hash">#BoilerUp</a> <a href="http://t.co/SyHuhqrWAY">pic.twitter.com/SyHuhqrWAY</a></p>— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/PurdueSports/statuses/423486759297486850">January 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
DE Rob Ninkovich (Patriots) - Ninkovich had a quiet game, only recording one tackle, but the Patriot D intercepted Andrew Luck four times in a rout. The Patriots play the Broncos in the AFC Championship, Sunday 3:00 ET.
DE Shaun Phillips @ShaunPhillips95 (Broncos) - Shaun Phillips had a big game, going for two sacks in the Broncos win over the Chargers. The Broncos play the Patriots in the AFC Championship, Sunday 3:00 ET.
DT Kawann Short @kk_mr93 (Panthers) - A solid rookie season ended for Short this weekend. The Panthers lost to the 49ers, but Short did notch five tackles in the defeat.