NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Weekend Recap

Patrick McDermott

It was a wild weekend in the first week of the NFL playoffs. We're recapping the action and laying out what's next.

Houston Texans 19 - Cincinnati Bengals 13

Houston won the second playoff matchup in as many years with the Bengals. The Texans racked up 420 yards - an amount that's quite high - against the Bengals defense, with Arian Foster leading the way with 140 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Bengals' lone touchdown came on an interception return for a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers 24 - Minnesota Vikings 10

Minnesota may have won the first matchup but Green Bay got their revenge in the playoff rematch. Aaron Rodgers threw for 274 yards and a touchdown as the Packers' defense held Adrian Peterson to 99 yards. The big story was Christian Ponder - or rather, the absence of. Joe Webb got the start, the first quarterback to ever start a playoff game without taking a regular season pass attempt, and threw for 180 yards (11-30), one touchdown and a pick, but added another 68 yards on the ground. John Kuhn scored two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing.

Baltimore Ravens 24 - Indianapolis Colts 9

The Colts' story came to an end against the Ray Lewis Retirement Tour, as he lined up as the deep back in the victory formation and took a victory lap around M&T Bank Stadium, the last game he'll play in Baltimore. Chuck Pagano returned for this game as Bruce Arians went to the hospital before the game with flu-like symptoms. Andrew Luck couldn't get comfortable, as he threw for 288 yards on 54 pass attempts with an interception. Anquan Boldin came up huge for the Baltimore offense with 145 yards receiving and a touchdown. Bernard Price picked up the slack for a struggling Ray Rice, rushing for 103 yards on 13 carries as Rice fumbled twice

Seattle Seahawks 24 - Washington Redskins 14

Washington started out fast jumping out to a 14-point lead, but the rest of the game was all Seahawks, as they scored 13 points in the second quarter to take the momentum heading into halftime. After the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch scored and Russell Wilson threw to Zach Miller for a two point conversion to take a seven-point lead with seven minutes left, Robert Griffin re-injured his knee on the drive immediately after, and it was curtains as Kirk Cousins couldn't bring Washington back. Russell Wilson threw for 187 yards and a touchdown and added another 67 on the ground, and Lynch ran for 132 and a touchdown to lead the Seahawks. Before leaving, Griffin threw for 84 yards, but two touchdowns and an interception. Alfred Morris added 80 yards.

So with that, here's what your next weekend's schedule looks like:

Saturday, Jan. 12
Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, 4:30 P.M. E.T., CBS
Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8 P.M. E.T., FOX

Sunday, Jan. 13
Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 P.M. E.T., FOX
Texans vs. New England Patriots, 4:30 P.M. E.T., CBS

What was your favorite moment of any of the games? Which matchup are you looking the most forward to? Which game excited you the most?

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