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Richard Crepeau | Posted 12.10.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

The playoffs opened September 30 with the Wild Card Game in the American League where the Kansas City Royals showed up as the surprise guest and host. Over and over again came the reminders that the Royals had not been in post-season play since 1985 when they won the World Series.

Wild Stat of the Week: Why the Mariners Will Win the Pennant

Andrew Wild | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Andrew Wild

Don't look now, but the third-place Mariners might be the best bet to represent the AL in the World Series this year. Lame duck commissioner Bud Selig's parting gift to baseball, the second wild-card spot, might hold the path to Seattle's first appearance in the Fall Classic.

Wild Card Race Tightening Up

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 09.21.2013 | Sports

-- The Yankees kept pace in the AL wild-card race in grand fashion and Kansas City walked off with a win that knocked Texas from the top spot. Rain h...

What We Learned From Wild Card Sunday

Jordan Schultz | Posted 03.09.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

Wilson, a dark horse for Rookie of the Year, controlled the tempo with mostly sound decisions through the air and another 67 yards on the ground, showing that the read-option duo of him and Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch is as good as advertised. Lynch, for the 11th time this season, topped the 100-yard mark, including a fantastic go-ahead 27-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter

LIVE: Redskins vs. Seahawks

Posted 01.06.2013 | Sports

To paraphrase Jon Landau, the NFL saw quarterbacking future in 2012 and its name is RG3.. and Russell Wilson. These dual-threat rookie quarterback...

NFC Wild Card Preview: Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks

Hank Koebler | Posted 03.08.2013 | Sports
Hank Koebler

The Redskins' offense has been a powerhouse at times this season, but the unit opens the playoffs against the defense perhaps best suited to stop it. And the Redskins' defense is at its worst when defending against the type of things the Seahawks are capable of doing best.

AFC Wild Card Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

Hank Koebler | Posted 03.08.2013 | Sports
Hank Koebler

Ray Lewis' swan song postseason starts off with a battle of the wits against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Both players have a tremendous ability to read the opponent's alignments before the snap. Whichever can fool the other most often will give their unit a major advantage.

LIVE: Wild Card Sunday

Posted 01.06.2013 | Sports

The Chuckstrong Colts' playoff debut, the "last ride" of Ray Lewis or the rookie quarterback showdown in the Beltway? Take your pick but Day 2 of Wild...

Key Colts-Ravens Matchup

Posted 01.06.2013 | Sports

By Mike Wilkening, Pro Football Weekly Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Colts-Ravens wild-card game:  Colts special teams vs. Ravens RS Ja...

Wild Card Games

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.08.2013 | Sports

SCOREBOARD Sunday, Jan. 20 San Francisco at Atlanta, 3 p.m. Colin Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181...

Packers Shut Down Peterson, Vikings

AP | DAVE CAMPBELL | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Adrian Peterson was shut down and Christian Ponder sidelined. That left the Minnesota Vikings short-handed, overmatched and b...

Bengals' Playoff Futility Continues

AP | JOE KAY | Posted 01.06.2013 | Sports

HOUSTON -- A.J. Green had several steps on the two Texans frantically – and vainly – trying to catch up. He was all alone, 5 yards deep in...

A Surprise Starter For Vikings?

Posted 01.05.2013 | Sports

There is zero doubt about who will be the most important player in the Minnesota Vikings' backfield when they take the field against the Green Bay Pac...

LIVE: NFL Wild Card Weekend

Posted 01.05.2013 | Sports

Here were are again. As was the case last year, the Wild Card Weekend in the NFL playoffs begins in Houston with the Texans hosting the Bengals. Th...

49ers Not Very Confident In Vikings?

AP | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for next week's division-round playoff game as if they already know their opponent....

NFL Wild Card Weekend Primer

Posted 01.04.2013 | Sports

By Eric Edholm, Pro Football Weekly Typically, Wild-card Weekend is a dud with one great game. Steelers-Broncos was an instant classic a year ago, ...

NFL's Groundhog Day

AP | By NANCY ARMOUR | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — It's not just wild-card weekend in Minnesota and Green Bay. It's Groundhog Day. Six days after ...

Rematch: Texans, Bengals Meet in Wild-Card Game Again

AP | By KRISTIE RIEKEN | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans were looking forward to enjoying a bye this week before beginning their work in the playoffs as the AFC's top seed...

Russell Is Ready

AP | By TIM BOOTH | Posted 03.08.2013 | Sports

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The auditorium is usually reserved for coach Pete Carroll during the season and the occasional first-round draft pick being int...

Johnson Looks To Build On Best Season

AP | By KRISTIE RIEKEN | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Andre Johnson heard the whispers he'd lost a step and that he'd never again be an elite receiver as he struggled through th...

Wild Card Preview: Colts vs. Ravens

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

INDIANAPOLIS (11-5) At BALTIMORE (10-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Ravens by 6½ 2012 RECORD...

Wild Card: Vikings vs. Packers

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

MINNESOTA (10-6) At GREEN BAY (11-5) Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBC OPENING LINE — Packers by 8 RECORD VS. SP...

Wild Card 2013: Bengals vs. Texans

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

CINCINNATI (10-6) At HOUSTON (12-4) Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC OPENING LINE — Texans by 5 RECORD VS. S...

'I've Got To Play Better'

AP | By KRISTIE RIEKEN | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Schaub missed Houston's 2011 playoff run with an injured foot. Now the Texans' quarterback is healthy and looking...

Bengals' QB Gets 2nd Chance

AP | By JOE KAY | Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton is getting a second chance to shine in a hometown playoff game. The first one didn't turn out very well for him at all...