Golden Nuggets: Recapping the best Golden Bear performances from the NFL's divisional round

Justin Edmonds

The Bears in the Pros continue their quests for a Super Bowl ring.

Grantland's got a great review of the past weekend's games in the NFL playoffs; unsurprisingly, there are Golden Bears all over the article.

Unfortunately, RB Shane Vereen saw little action in the Patriots' win over Andrew win, so he gets appropriately little attention here:

And with [LeGarrette] Blount, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen behind New England's offensive line, the Patriots suddenly look like just the kind of physical team that could go toe-to-toe with the Seahawks or 49ers and beat them at their own game

The praise for fellow Ron Gould alumnus RB Marshawn Lynch was much stronger--and even scientific.

And while LeGarrette Blount scored four times Saturday night and Frank Gore's body is made of the stuff they use to build skyscrapers, Lynch remains the best running back in the playoffs, the most implacable force on any field.

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I watched the signal from the three seismographs near the stadium on my computer during the game on Saturday. ... When Lynch ripped into the end zone in the first half, the signal's band grew thick and then thinned out. A near-interception caused it to briefly rise. Then Lynch scored with 2:40 left in the game and the seismographs went nuts and became a spiky blot. I could see it on my screen: The stadium was shaking.

This brings us to rookie WR Keenan Allen, whose stellar season continues to make pundits scratch their heads and wonder how the dropped to the third round. What about that oh so important 40-yard dash time?

Keenan Allen is slow - at least relatively so. Last April, when Cal held its pre-draft pro day, Allen clocked in at 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the same time as eventual Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead. The time was hampered by Allen's bum knee, but even healthy, the best Allen could have hoped for was something in the mid 4.5s. How much that mattered depended on whom you asked. Slower receivers had found success in the NFL before, and they will again. "Three months ago, I said - if you watch this kid on tape - if you like him, he's Anquan Boldin," Mike Mayock said at the time. Nine months later, Allen finished the best rookie season by a wide receiver since - you see where we're goin' - Anquan Boldin. And yesterday, in the divisional round of the playoffs, it was Allen and - yep, one more time - Anquan Boldin who were the best receivers on their respective fields.

And lastly, some proof from the Colts-Patriots game that we have a caveman walking lumbering among us.

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