Divisional round highest-scoring playoff weekend in NFL history

When recapping the weekend that was in the NFL, I failed to point out one obvious thing: There was so much freaking action on the field over the past 48-ish hours, and it was truly a great weekend of football.

There's a correlation to this great football too: It was the highest-scoring playoff weekend in NFL history (as long as you're not the type of jerk who wants to count an eight-game weekend in 1982).

So, yeah, hope you took the over in all the games (in, um, your, uh, imaginary over-under pool that's for fun and not for money).

Denver and Baltimore blew their over-under of 46 out of the water early and finished with 73 points. But it still wasn't the highest-scoring game -- the Packers and 49ers combined for 76 between the two though it was a blowout.

Sunday had plenty of action as well, with the Seahawks and Falcons scoring 58 total and the Texans/Patriots combining for 69 points in the capper.

This weekend was one of the most exciting weekends in football we've seen in a while, and scoring, duh, was a big part of it. When there's not much scoring, football is less exciting.

Defensive games can still be great, but a high level of proficiency on the offensive end -- or at least a bunch of insane things happening to create touchdowns -- is much more valued by football enthusiasts. The NFL knows this, and it's why rules have changed to make offenses more productive.

We saw those offenses -- and those insane plays -- on display this past weekend at a never-before-seen clip. Which is precisely why it was one of the best weekends of football we've had in a long time.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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