The star receiver and returner from Minnesota played just one game for the
But one big game Saturday could change all that.
Harvin is an undeniable X-factor in Saturday's divisional playoff game against New Orleans, an explosive playmaker who could give a sleepwalking Seahawks offense the jolt it has been seeking.
"He's quick, he's fast and he's dynamic,"
Each of the eight remaining teams has one or more players who could tilt the scales in their favor, giving them that extra edge required to stay alive in the postseason and move on to the conference championship round.
"I'm confident in myself once I get to the game," said Harvin, who will make his first appearance since a Week 11 game against the
Among the other potential X-factors in this weekend's games:
MARK INGRAM, running back, New Orleans — The conditions in Seattle are expected to be wet and windy, so it should be tough to throw the ball. Ingram will be key for the
Ingram, the 2009
DEION BRANCH, wide receiver, Indianapolis — The
AQIB TALIB, cornerback, New England — Considering the way Colts receiver
MICHAEL CRABTREE, wide receiver, San Francisco — Crabtree has been the pivotal factor in reviving
CAM NEWTON, quarterback, Carolina — Although it's strange to list a quarterback as an X-factor, Newton is the only quarterback in this playoff round without any postseason experience. If he has an average game, his team could be in trouble. When he plays well, the
RYAN MATHEWS, running back, San Diego —
JULIUS THOMAS, tight end, Denver — Thomas has emerged as a prime target for Manning. He's a former college basketball player and a new-age version of future Hall of Famer