NFL March Madness: Sweet 16 recap

Joe Robbins

Second round voting for NFL March Madness has come to a close and like the first round, there were a few upsets in the Sweet 16.

The underdogs had their way during the first round of our NFL March Madness touchdown tournament and a few continued their run during the Sweet 16.

The Sweet 16 voting came to a close and two No. 8 seeds are still alive as the tournament heads to the Elite 8. NFL MVP Adrian Peterson continues to be the star of the tournament as his touchdowns account for three of the remaining eight entrants. Could we be headed for a Peterson vs. Peterson final? Only time will tell.

Here's a look at what happened in the Sweet 16.

East Region -- Second Round

(2) Doug Martin Muscle Hamsters Past Atlanta defeated (3) The Packers Can't Stop Larry Fitzgerald -- 89 percent to 10 percent.

After a solid win in the first round, Doug Martin steamrolled Larry Fitzgerald in the second round, collecting 221 of the 247 votes. Martin is the only No. 2 seed still remaining, although his path only gets tougher from here.

(8) Adrian Peterson Off To The Races defeated (4) Jacoby Jones Super Bowl Spin -- 78 percent to 21 percent.

As a No. 8 seed, Peterson is proving to be woefully underseeded. Peterson collected 79 percent of the vote in the first round and was able to follow it up by garnering 78 percent of the vote in the Sweet 16. Jones' catch was good enough to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl, but it wasn't good enough to make the Elite 8.

North Region -- Second Round

(3) Dez Bryant Nonchalantly Destroys The Saints defeated (7) Randy Moss Still Has Moves -- 53 percent to 46 percent.

Moss gave Bryant a good run for his money as Bryant advanced by just 25 votes. After facing off against fellow wide receivers in the first two rounds, Bryant now advances to the Elite 8 where he will meet up with the longest touchdown still alive.

(8) Jamaal Charles Is Still Really Fast defeated (5) Santana Moss Up And Over -- 63 percent to 36 percent.

Being a No. 8 seed didn't phase Charles as he sped through Moss just like he did the Colts defense in his 86-yard touchdown. Charles is one of two No. 8 seeds remaining in the Elite 8. Can he pull an upset for the third straight round against Bryant?

West Region -- Second Round

(1) Adrian Peterson Abuses The Packers defeated (4) RGIII Off To The Races -- 67 percent to 32 percent.

Not many touchdowns have had much of a chance when matched up against Adrian Peterson and that includes Robert Griffin III's impressive touchdown run. Peterson doubled up RGIII, racking up 432 votes to 212 for the Redskins quarterback.

(6) Adrian Peterson Cares Not For Your Arm Tackles defeated (7) Jamaal Charles Is Really Fast -- 61 percent to 38 percent.

Another Adrian Peterson touchdown, another easy win. Charles' 91-yard touchdown was the longest in the tournament, but it stood no chance against Peterson. Peterson will meet Peterson in the Elite 8, possibly the only way a Peterson can lose.

South Region -- Second Round

(3) Andrew Hawkins Gets Shifty With It defeated (7) Riley Cooper Doesn't Need Two Hands -- 56 percent to 43 percent.

Wide receivers didn't fare very well in the Sweet 16, but Hawkins impressive touchdown against Cleveland proved to be good enough to advance. Hawkins won by just six votes, but it was enough for a trip to the Elite 8.

(5) C.J. Spiller Says LOL Jets defeated (8) Cam Newton Goes Superman -- 73 percent to 26 percent.

Two No. 8 seeds advanced to the Elite 8, but Cam Newton was not able to make it three. After winning a first round tiebreaker, C.J. Spiller cruised to the second round with a 101 vote cushion over Newton. With Newton and RGIII falling, quarterbacks have been eliminated from NFL March Madness.

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