MINNESOTA (10-6) at GREEN BAY (11-5)
Today, 8 p.m., NBC
LINE: Packers by 8
SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 54-49-1
LAST MEETING: Vikings beat Packers 37-34, Dec. 30
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — First wild-card rematch of regular-season finale since 2009, when three of four wild cards, including Green Bay’s loss to Arizona, were do-overs. ... NFC North rival Packers and Vikings have met once in postseason, a 31-17 Minnesota victory at Lambeau Field in 2004 NFC wild card. ... Including that loss to Vikings, Packers have dropped four of last six postseason games at home. ... Minnesota’s victory in regular-season finale snapped five-game losing streak to Green Bay. ... Packers were 7-1 at Lambeau Field this season, while Vikings were 3-5 on road. ... Forecast for Saturday night calls for temperatures in mid-teens, with wind chill around zero. ... Adrian Peterson finished with 2,097 yards rushing, 8 shy of Eric Dickerson’s single-season NFL record. ... Peterson has rushed for more yards against Packers (1,442) than any opponent. ... Aaron Rodgers has thrown 24 TDs and four INTs in 10 career starts vs. Vikings. ... With Jordy Nelson expecting to play, Packers would have all four top receivers for, essentially, first time since Sept. 30. Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Randall Cobb all appeared in Dec. 2 game against Vikings, but Nelson left after injuring hamstring on Green Bay’s second drive. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has more sacks of Rodgers than any other quarterback. Of his career 117 sacks, 151/2 are of Rodgers, including his single-game high of 41/2 on Oct. 5, 2009. ... Vikings have sacked Rodgers seven times in their first two meetings this year, including career-high three by DE Everson Griffen last Sunday. ... Packers DB Charles Woodson will play for first time since breaking right collarbone Oct. 21.
CINCINNATI (10-6) at HOUSTON (12-4)
Today, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC
LINE: Texans by 5
SERIES RECORD: Series tied 3-3
LAST MEETING: Texans beat Bengals 31-10, Jan. 7
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Houston looking for fifth straight win against Bengals. ... Bengals have reached playoffs in two straight seasons for first time since 1981-82. ... Cincinnati is looking for first playoff win since Jan. 6, 1991 against Houston Oilers. ... It is Cincinnati’s fourth postseason appearance under coach Marvin Lewis. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s 3,669 yards passing and 27 touchdown passes were both career highs. ... Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for career-high 1,094 yards this season. ... Cincinnati WR A.J. Green has 1,350 yards receiving to become second player in franchise history to reach 1,300 yards receiving in a season. ... Green’s 162 receptions in first two seasons are second most to start career in NFL history behind Marques Colston’s 168. ... Green is first WR selected to Pro Bowl in both of his first two seasons in NFL since Randy Moss in 1998-99. ... Bengals DT Geno Atkins has 121/2 sacks and DE Michael Johnson has 111/2. ... Houston was 6-0 at home against AFC teams this season. ... Houston QB Matt Schaub will make his first career postseason start today after missing last year’s playoffs with injured foot. ... Schaub has thrown for more than 4,000 yards for third time in career. ... Schaub is 2-0 with 672 yards passing, seven touchdowns and one interception in two career starts against Bengals. ... Texans DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 201/2 sacks, tied for sixth most since sacks became official statistic in 1982. ... Houston RB Arian Foster has rushed for more than 130 yards in both his career postseason games. ... Foster had 153 yards rushing with two scores in last year’s playoff win over Bengals. ... Foster leads NFL in total touchdowns since 2010 with 47. He had seven 100-yard rushing games this season.
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