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NFL serves up barn burners

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN
updated 8:49 PM EST, Sun January 13, 2013
Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots, No. 50, celebrates with Niko Koutouvides after making an interception against the Houston Texans during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Sunday, January 13. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots, No. 50, celebrates with Niko Koutouvides after making an interception against the Houston Texans during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Sunday, January 13. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The Patriots mess with Texas, toppling Houston
  • Atlanta Falcons trade leads with Seattle Seahawks in final minute
  • Baltimore Ravens defeat Denver Broncos in double overtime
  • San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick lay a whuppin' on Green Bay Packers

(CNN) -- Wow! If you think NFL football is boring, you must not have been watching this weekend. The league's top teams have provided a feast of breathtaking games the past two days.

First, on Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens kept retiring linebacker Ray Lewis' career alive by stunning Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 38-35 in double overtime. After 60 minutes of jaw-dropping kick returns and crazy-close calls, Justin Tucker sealed it with a 47-yard field goal in sudden death.

Later that day, young 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick set a rushing record and racked up 400 total yards to humble the vaunted Green Bay Packers defense in a convincing 45-31 win in San Francisco.

Then on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks roared back from a 20-0 halftime deficit against the Falcons and went ahead 28-27 with just 31 seconds left on the clock in Atlanta.

The Falcons appeared finished, but Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez drove far enough after the ensuing kickoff to give Matt Bryant a shot at a 49-yard field goal with 13 seconds left. Bryant's boot was wide right, but Seattle had called a timeout just before the snap, giving the Falcons a do-over. Bryant didn't miss twice, drilling the long field goal with eight seconds remaining.

A Hail Mary pass by sensational Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was caught in the end zone -- by sticky-handed Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who was put in on defense for just such an emergency.

Finally on Sunday night, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots manhandled the Houston Texans 41-28 in Foxboro, Massachusetts, to capture the final spot in the division championship round next weekend.

What do you make of this weekend of heart-stopping football? And what do you expect to see in next week's matchups? Use the comment section below to weigh in.

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