After 17 weeks of football, twelve teams remain. The Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, sealing the final playoff spot for the winner of the NFC East division. That winner-take-all game solidified the playoff bracket for the NFC, as a fitting end to the regular season.
(5) Seattle Seahawks at (4) Washington Redskins: Sunday, January 6th, 3:30 PM Central, FOX
There are two interesting narratives in the NFC's wild-card round. First we have our Packers playing the second of a back-to-back series against the Minnesota Vikings. This game will be in Lambeau Field, as Green Bay looks to avenge Sunday's loss. Minnesota holds a 1-0 record against Green Bay in the playoffs, with that win coming in the infamous Randy Moss "mooning" game after the 2004 season, a game that also took place at Lambeau. The second pits two multi-talented rookie quarterbacks against each other, as Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III take the field on Sunday, each leading their teams to double-digit wins.
The AFC sees a rematch of last year's wild-card opener, which the Texans won 31-10 over Cincinnati. They'll play the early game on Saturday once again this year, though Houston will have Matt Schaub healthy this time around. Baltimore will then host a game between the city's current and former teams on Sunday, with the Colts coming in hot after beating Houston this Sunday.
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