Sunday, January 6, 2013

NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Round Review

The Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs are in the books and it's the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans (in the AFC) moving on along with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks (NFC) to the Divisional rounds next weekend.


Houston 19, Cincinnati 13 - The host Texans outlasted the Bengals as running back Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and QB Matt Schaub threw for 262 yards to go with four field goals by kicker Shayne Graham. The Houston defense limited Cincinnati to just 198 yards in total offense.

Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 9 - The Ravens beat down the visiting Colts behind a stingy defense that held them to just three field goals. Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis led the way with 13 tackles.
The Ravens offense saw QB Joe Flacco throw for 282 tards and two touchdowns, including one to wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who made five catches for 145 yards, a team playoff record.


Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10 - The Packers served notice on their home field they are healthy and ready to compete for a Super Bowl title with a domination of the Vikings on Saturday night.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 274 yards and a score while the defense, which was lit up twice this season by Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson for 409 yards in those game, held him to 99 yards on 22 carries. In addition, Minnesota QB Joe Webb (filling in for injured starter Christian Ponder) completed just 11 passes in 30 attempts for 180 yards with an interception and one touchdown.

Seattle 24, Washington 14 - The visiting Seahawks overcame an early 14-0 deficit and manhandled the Redskins to advance to the next round in the playoffs.
Washington jumped out in the first quarter behind a pair of touchdown passes from QB Robert Griffin III prior to suffering another knee injury that forced hm out of the game in the second half.
The Seahawks rallied behind running back Marshawn Lynch (132 yards and a touchdown) and QB Russell Wilson, who had 187 passing yards and a touchdown pass to go with 67 rushing yards.

Next Week's games will feature the Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, January 12 while the Seattle Seahawks play at the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans play at the New England Patriots on Sunday, January 13.

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