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Andrew Luck (Q, Ind)

Andrew Luck completed 12-of-33 passes for 126 yards with two picks in Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Impact

It was a rough ending to Luck's season, but it doesn't changed the fact that the rising star finished the regular season with a career-high 4,761 passing yards and a league-leading 40 touchdown passes against 16 picks. Luck will approach the 2015 season – which will be his fourth campaign in the NFL – as one of the fantasy football's elite quarterbacks.

Shane Vereen (R, NE)

Shane Vereen carried once for two yards and caught three passes for 41 yards in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Impact

Meanwhile, fellow RB LeGarrette Blount carried 30 times for 148 yards in the game, with three TDs. Look for Blount to continue to head the Patriots' rushing attack in Super Bowl XLIX, with Vereen on track to continue to work in a change-of-pace role.

Rob Gronkowski (T, NE)

Rob Gronkowski caught three passes (on eight targets) for 28 yards with a TD in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Impact

While it wasn't a vintage effort for Gronkowski, the tight end managed to score in his fifth consecutive game and he'll no doubt be a big part of the Patriots' game plan against Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX.

Julian Edelman (W, NE)

Julian Edelman caught nine passes (on 11 targets) for 98 yards in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Impact

With Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks not until Feb. 1, Edelman – who missed time Sunday after suffering a hip injury – should benefit greatly from some added rest, which he will be afforded by the Patriots' upcoming bye week.

LeGarrette Blount (R, NE)

LeGarrette Blount carried 30 times for 148 yards with three TDs in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Impact

Blount – who carried just three times for one yard in last week's win over the Ravens – set a Patriots' postseason record with his 30 carries, as the Patriots re-established their ground game in a big way in the team's rout over the Colts. On the heels of his stellar effort Sunday, Blount is on track to remain the team's lead back in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks.

Tom Brady (Q, NE)

Tom Brady completed 23-of-35 passes for 226 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Impact

In the process, Brady, who also ran three times for 13 yards, became the NFL's all-time leading passer in the postseason in terms of passing yardage, after overtaking Peyton Manning (6,800 yards) in that category. With the win, the Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2011 season. It will mark Brady's sixth appearance in the game, a contest in which he's in line to face a rugged Seattle defense in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1.

Randall Cobb (W, GB)

Randall Cobb had seven catches for 62 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's loss to Seattle in the NFC Championship Game.

Impact

Cobb caught a 13-yard touchdown in the first quarter that put Green Bay ahead 13-0. He was less of a factor as the game progressed, however, but he led the team with 10 targets. Coach Mike McCarthy also used Cobb in the backfield, as he logged one carry for three yards. Cobb is a free agent heading into the offseason and it remains to be seen if Green Bay will be willing to give him a new deal, which will be much more lucrative.

Jordy Nelson (W, GB)

Jordy Nelson had five catches for 71 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Impact

Nelson was a virtual non-factor last week against Dallas, making just two catches for 22 yards, but he was the Packers' leading receiver Sunday. The Kansas State product concluded the regular season with 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he closes out the postseason with only seven catches for 93 yards.

Eddie Lacy (R, GB)

Eddie Lacy (knee) rushed for 73 yards on 21 carries and did not catch any of the three passes directed his way in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Impact

Lacy had a productive day, considering the opponent, but he was never able to break any game-changing runs and his longest scamper went for only 13 yards. His knee injury did not appear to be much of a factor, and backup James Starks logged just five carries, one of which went for a 32-yard gain. Barring an injury or unforeseen roster move, Lacy will return as the Packers' No. 1 running back next season.

Jermaine Kearse caught one pass for a 35-yard game-winning TD in Sunday's 28-22 overtime win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Impact

Per ESPN.com, Kearse was the intended target on all four of Russell Wilson's interceptions on Sunday, but the wideout certainly made the most of his one catch, a grab that sends Seattle to the Super Bowl for the second straight year.

Doug Baldwin (W, Sea)

Doug Baldwin caught six of nine targets for a team-high 106 receiving yards in Sunday's 28-22 overtime win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Impact

Though the Seahawks' passing offense struggled for much of the contest, Baldwin turned in a solid statistical effort for those who rostered him in Sunday's victory, a triumph that sends Seattle to its second consecutive Super Bowl.

Russell Wilson (Q, Sea)

Russell Wilson completed 14-of-29 passes for 209 yards with one TD and a career-high four interceptions in Sunday's 28-22 overtime win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Impact

Wilson, who added seven carries for 25 yards and a TD, struggled for much of the game, but he came through when it counted on Sunday, leading the team to two fourth-quarter TDs in the final two minutes of regulation time, along with the game-winning TD throw in overtime to Jermaine Kearse, which propelled the Seahawks to their second consecutive Super Bowl.

Bjoern Werner is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Werner started 15 games for the Colts this season, so his inactive designation is something of a surprise. He's been quiet in the playoffs thus far and will thus take a seat as a (presumably) healthy scratch on Sunday.

Greg Toler (groin) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Patriots.

Impact

As is fellow starting cornerback Vontae Davis, which is good news for the Colts as they try to contain a New England offense that put up 35 points against the Ravens last weekend.

Vontae Davis (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Patriots.

Impact

As is Greg Toler, ensuring that the Colts will have their starting cornerbacks on hand as they try to contain Tom Brady and the Patriots' passing attack in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Brandon Browner (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Impact

Browner is on track to start Sunday's AFC Championship Game at right cornerback for the Patriots opposite Darrelle Revis.

Cooper Helfet is inactive for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Packers.

Impact

With Helfet not suiting up, Seattle's tight end corps on Sunday is in line to be headed by Luke Willson and Tony Moeaki.

Tony Moeaki (calf) is listed as active for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Packers.

Impact

Moeaki is available if you need him as a fantasy dart on Sunday, but Luke Willson probably represents the upside play, among Seattle's tight ends this weekend.

Trent Richardson's absence from Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots is related to a family medical issue, according to the Indianapolis Star Tribune.

Impact

Richardson, who was not present for Saturday morning's team walk-through in Indianapolis, did not accompany the Colts to New England for Sunday's game due to personal reasons. With Richardson out, the Colts' backfield Sunday with be headed by Dan Herron, with Zurlon Tipton slated to work in a backup capacity.

Andre Ellington ran this week for the first time since undergoing sports hernia surgery on Dec. 8.

Impact

On Thursday, Ellington relayed that he "felt good" after running, which is a significant first step in the recovery process. Coming off an underwhelming sophomore campaign in which he fought through a tendon issue in his left foot en route to 3.3 YPC, he likely remains the Cardinals' No. 1 RB. However, after Ellington ended the season on injured reserve, Kerwynn Williams entered the backfield mix and fared well, racking up 63 rushes for 269 yards, which was good for 4.3 YPC. Ellington's value entering the 2015 campaign is contingent upon who the team adds via free agency and the draft, but his prowess as a pass catcher – he's hauled in 85 passes (on 122 targets) for 766 yards and three touchdowns across 27 games – cannot be denied.