January 10, 2011

NFL wildcard weekend stories in the SI Vault

Looking Super By Paul Zimmerman, January 15, 1990Joe Montana pitched an almost perfect game as the San Francisco 49ers overwhelmed the Minnesota Vikings 41-13 and sent a shudder through the rest of the NFL playoff field.

Grudge Match By Peter King, January 17, 1994The Raiders whipped Denver in an AFC wild-card game marked by long passes and short tempers.

Making A Name By Peter King, January 11, 1999Thanks to a latter-day no-name defense that snuffed out Doug Flutie's bid for another South Florida miracle, Miami beat Buffalo and set up a rematch with Denver.

Smack Down By Josh Elliot, January 15, 2001The swaggering Ravens talked the talk -- and walked the walk -- in Nashville, and left with a punishing win over the Titans.

Next Stop Indy! By Jeffri Chadiha, January 16, 2006In one of four compelling divisional playoff games between teams that met earlier in the season, the Steelers look to avenge a loss to the Colts by relying on the power of their running game.

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