The New England Patriots will play the third seeded Houston Texans this Sunday in Foxboro. In the first game of wild card weekend, The Texans bottled up the Cincinnati offense en route to a 19-13 victory.
Houston 19 – Cincinnati 13: Cincinnati continued their impressive play on defense holding another tough opponent under 20 points and scoring a defensive touchdown on Leon Hall's 21 yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter to give them a 7-6 lead. However, they were able to muster only six points and 198 yards on offense as the Texan's defense looked as strong as ever.
Green Bay 24 – Minnesota 10: Minnesota QB Christian Ponder was forced to sit out the entire game and the Packers kept Adrian Peterson under 200 yards, in fact they surprisingly kept the potential MVP under 100 yards, and just one week after the Vikings spoiled Green Bay's chance for a first round bye, Green Bay knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs with a decisive win. Backup QB Joe Webb, playing for the injured Ponder, completed only 11 of 30 passes and was responsible for two turnovers as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers controlled the game from start to finish.
Baltimore 24 – Indianapolis 9: In his final game in Baltimore, future hall of fame linebacker Ray Lewis came out fired up and his teammates responded. They held rookie Andrew Luck and the Colts without a touchdown, ending Luck's impressive rookie season. Joe Flacco completed only 12 passes but they went for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Luck threw a rookie playoff record 54 passes but was held to 288 yards and no touchdowns while turning the ball over twice, once on a fumble and once an interception. Ray Rice fumbled twice, but Bernard Pierce was surprisingly effective rushing for 103 yards on 13 carries. Ray Lewis' brilliant career will continue for at least one more week as his Ravens roll into the mile high city to face Peyton Manning and the surging Broncos.
Seattle 24 – Washington 14: In probably the most highly anticipated matchup of wild card weekend, rookie quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III squared off in the nation's capitol. The Redskins jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and controlled the ball for 12 of the games first 13 minutes. However, RG III tweaked his already injured knee one play before his second touchdown pass and was clearly not himself for the rest of game. The Redskins gained a pedestrian 45 yards over the next two and a half quarters before a bad snap revealed that RG III lacked even the capacity to bend over and pick up a loose football at his feet. He hyper-extended his knee in the process, ending his stellar rookie season and was replaced by capable backup Kirk Cousins. However, by then it was too late. Russell Wilson completed nearly 60% of his passes and Marshawn Lynch average 6.6 yards per carry en route to the victory. Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan is under a lot of scrutiny for leaving in the injured RG III for as long as he did, risking not only the future of the Redskins franchise, but also their opportunity to win their first playoff game since 2005.
Divisional Round Schedule
Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 4:30 P.M. ET
(4) Baltimore at (1) Denver
Previous meeting: Week 15, Denver 34 at Baltimore 17
Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 8:00 P.M. ET
(3) Green Bay at (2) San Francisco
Previous meeting: Week 1, San Francisco 30 at Green Bay 22
Sunday Jan. 13, 2013 1:00 P.M. ET
(5) Seattle at (1) Atlanta
No previous meeting
Sunday Jan. 13, 2013 4:30 ET
(3) Houston at (2) New England
Previous meeting: Houston 14 at New England 42
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