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. The deja vu doesn't stop there on Day 1 of these playoffs, as the nightcap on Saturday features a rematch from Week 17 of this campaign when the Vikings and Packers renew their longstanding rivalry just one week after they treated us to a season-ending thriller.
Even without Matt Schaub -- who was injured last year and is actually making his first career postseason start today -- the Bulls paraded over the Bengals to reach the Divisional Round last year. If the Texans want to eliminate Cincinnati for the second straight season then they'll have to recover from a dip in form that saw them squander a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.
For Cincinnati, a trip to Houston may be the key to securing the franchise's first playoff win since 1991. Not only did quarterback Andy Dalton grow up not far from Houston but the Bengals' last -- and long ago -- playoff win came at the expense of the Oilers.
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01/05/2013 11:23 PM EST
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"@AdrianPeterson is the man & if you stop him I don't care who is at QB, you have a chance of winning" -@Packers' B.J. Raji on SC
01/05/2013 11:14 PM EST
Joe Webb's Ballgame
This went about as poorly as you'd guess given that he hadn't thrown a pass all year long. He finished with 11 completions on 30 attempts but it's worth noting that his last three completions when the game was in hand accounted for 83 of those yards and his only touchdown. He picked up 68 yards on the ground on seven carries and gave the ball away with a fumble as well as an interception. He was put in an impossible situation and his unique skill set (and our faith in Adrian Peterson) made many think a memorable performance was possible. It didn't work out.
01/05/2013 11:10 PM EST
Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 274 yards and touchdown. He spread the ball around to 10 different receivers and scrambled twice for 12 yards.
01/05/2013 11:06 PM EST
Packers move on to face 49ers in San Francisco next week in the Divisional Round. The 49ers defeated the Packers in Lambeau in Week 1, 30-22.
01/05/2013 11:03 PM EST
That'll Do It
Webb with another long completion on the final play but Packers win, 24-10.
01/05/2013 11:02 PM EST
Boos at Lambeau
After a big completion, Webb hurries up to the line and spikes it. Clock stopped at one second. Fans do not approve in Green Bay.
01/05/2013 11:01 PM EST
One Last Punt
It's fair caught and the Vikings have 19 seconds. AP needs one yard to top 100 for the game.
01/05/2013 10:56 PM EST
Packers lead, 24-10. They have the ball with a 2nd and 12 when we get back to it.
01/05/2013 10:55 PM EST
Rodgers finds Nelson on the edge and he is pulled down right at the marker. Chains moved. Tick. Tock.
01/05/2013 10:54 PM EST
It's 3rd and 5 after the Vikings' final timeout is complete. Aaron Rodgers in the shotgun. They want this first down.