Saturday, January 9, 2016

NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Round

NFC


Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
Aaron Rodgers recovered from a poor start to throw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a score, and the Green Bay Packers came back to beat the Washington Redskins 35-18 Sunday in an NFC wild-card game. Rodgers opened 1 for 8, and Green Bay's first four drives ended this way: punt, safety, punt, punt. Trailing 11-0, the Packers used a bit of hurry-up to score 17 consecutive points, then put the game away on the ground. Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb and Davante Adams for TDs. After rushing for only 17 yards in the first half, the Packers finished with 141. Green Bay (11-6), which lost its last two regular-season games, will play at Arizona on Saturday. NFC East champion Washington (9-8) had won four games in a row, but its season ends without a victory over a winning team.






"That first year, man, Robert was a rock star," former Redskins wideout Santana Moss told ESPN.com. "Then different things happened. But he can take all those things, learn from them and get better. If Robert is like any of the best people in the history of this game, then he'll use it all as motivation. But you look at a lot of these quarterbacks out there, and you mean to tell me Robert ain't gonna get another chance?"


Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
Blair Walsh's 27-yard field goal try into the frigid wind for Minnesota hooked left with 22 seconds remaining, handing the Seattle Seahawks a 10-9 victory over the stunned Vikings in their wild-card round playoff game in below-zero weather Sunday. The Seahawks (11-6) didn't score until Russell Wilson's short touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin early in the fourth quarter, and a fumble by Adrian Peterson for the Vikings on the next possession set up a field goal by Steven Hauschka.








More information:
» Redskins Video: Wildcard Playoffs Hype Video
» NFL Video: Kirk Cousins' New Rallying Cry Providing a Spark
» The "You Like That!" Button


AFC

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
"Chris Boswell kicked a 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining as the Steelers somehow pulled out an 18-16 victory in the AFC wild-card game Saturday night. Pittsburgh moved into field goal position after a pair of 15-yard penalties on the Bengals, one on linebacker Vontaze Burfict and another on Adam Jones after Burfict hit a defenseless Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Boswell drilled his fourth field goal of the game to give the Steelers their first playoff win since the 2010 AFC championship game. The Bengals appeared to be in position for their first postseason win in 25 years before Jeremy Hill's fumble gave Pittsburgh one last shot."





Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
"Knile Davis had a 106-yard kickoff return and the Kansas City defense forced five turnovers to cruise to their first playoff win since 1994, a 30-0 wild-card victory over the Houston Texans on Saturday. On the opening kickoff, Davis got three good blocks around the 10-yard line and then simply outran the rest of the defenders for the second-longest kickoff return TD in postseason history. The victory broke a streak of eight straight playoff losses by the Chiefs and was their first postseason win since beating the Oilers in Houston on Jan. 16, 1994. They have won 11 straight games. Hoyer, booed all afternoon, was 15 of 34 for 136 yards as Houston (9-8) lost a home playoff game for the first time."





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