Eric Christian Smith
January 04, 2015

SCOREBOARD

Saturday, Jan. 16

Kansas City at New England, 4:35 p.m. (CBS). Andy Reid's Chiefs (12-5) have won 11 straight games, including a 30-0 opening-round playoff victory at Houston. Bill Belichick's Patriots (12-4) had a first-round bye, but the defending Super Bowl champions lost their last two games of the regular season.

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Green Bay at Arizona, 8:15 p.m. (NBC). After defeating Washington in the opening round, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (11-6) take on Carson Palmer and the Cardinals (13-3), the NFC West champions who had a first-round bye.

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STARS

Passing

- Aaron Rodgers, Packers, threw two touchdown passes and finished 21 of 36 for 210 yards in Green Bay's 35-18 win at Washington.

- Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 13 of 26 for 142 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 21 yards in Seattle's 10-9 win at Minnesota.

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Rushing

- Eddie Lacy and James Starks, Packers, each had touchdown runs in Green Bay's 35-18 victory at Washington. They became the first Packers duo to each rush for 45 or more yards and a TD in a playoff game since Jim Taylor and Elijah Pitts in the first Super Bowl in 1967.

- Christine Michael, Seahawks, rushed for 70 yards on 21 carries to help lead Seattle to a 10-9 victory over Minnesota.

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Receiving

- Jordan Reed, Redskins, had nine catches for 120 yards and a TD in Washington's 35-18 loss to Green Bay.

- Doug Baldwin, Seahawks, caught five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 10-9 win at Minnesota.

- Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, Packers, each had touchdown receptions in Green Bay's 35-18 win at Washington.

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Special Teams

- Steven Hauschka, Seahawks, kicked a go-ahead 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that ended up being the winning points in Seattle's 10-9 win at Minnesota.

- Mason Crosby, Packers, kicked field goals of 43 and 29 yards in Green Bay's 35-18 win at Washington.

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Defense

- Ahtyba Rubin, Seahawks, recovered a fumble by Adrian Peterson after Kam Chancellor ripped the ball out of the running back's hands to set up Steven Hauschka's go-ahead field goal in Seattle 10-9 victory at Minnesota.

- Mike Neal, Packers, had two sacks, including one during which he forced and recovered a fumble, in Green Bay's 35-18 win at Washington.

- Preston Smith, Redskins, sacked Aaron Rodgers in the end zone for a safety in Washington's 35-18 loss to Green Bay.

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STREAKS & STATS

Washington (9-8) had won four games in a row, but after a 35-18 loss to Green Bay, its season ended without a single victory over a team that finished with a winning record. ... Redskins rookie linebacker Preston Smith got Washington's first postseason safety since 1984 when he sacked Aaron Rodgers in a 35-18 loss to Green Bay. ... In a game played in sub-zero temperatures, Seattle's Tyler Lockett's 35-yard catch was the longest play of the Seahawks' 10-9 win at Minnesota.

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UNSAFE AT HOME

With the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks joining the AFC's Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs, it's the first time road teams went 4-0 in the wild-card round under the current NFL playoff format, which started in 1990.

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FROZEN FOOTBALL

The Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings played in temperatures at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium of minus-6 degrees, which made it the third-coldest NFL game on record. The previous record cold games for each franchise: Vikings, minus-2 degrees (Dec. 3, 1972, vs. Chicago). Seahawks, 16 degrees (Dec. 3, 2006, at Denver).

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PACKING UP POINTS

During Green Bay's 35-18 win over Washington, the Packers scored on five consecutive possessions in one stretch, with four touchdowns and a field goal. They also compiled their highest point total since a season-high 38 in Week 3.

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SLIPPERY SEAHAWK

Trailing 9-0 at the 13-minute mark, Seattle's Russell Wilson nearly took a huge loss on first down when he fumbled a shotgun snap he wasn't ready for. But the guy Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer called ''Houdini'' during the week darted right, dodged a sack and found Tyler Lockett wide open for a 35-yard completion to set up a score to Doug Baldwin in the Seahawks' 10-9 win.

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HERO TO GOAT

Minnesota's Blair Walsh shanked a 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds after holder Jeff Locke couldn't spin the ball to get the laces out, handing the Seattle Seahawks a 10-9 victory in their wild-card playoff round game. Walsh was the only offense for the Vikings, hitting three field goals from 22, 43 and 47 yards in the first three quarters.

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SPEAKING

''It's my fault. I don't care if you give me a watermelon hold, I should be able to kick that through. I know (holder) Jeff (Locke) did his job and (long snapper) Kevin (McDermott) did his job. I'm the only one who didn't do my job. That's on me.'' - Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh after shanking a 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds after Locke couldn't spin the ball to get the laces out in the Vikings' 10-9 loss to Seattle.

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''We got the tempo up, and they couldn't keep up. We became a snowball, kind of going downhill, and it was tough for us to stop.'' - Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Packers scored on five straight possessions en route to a 35-18 victory over the Washington Redskins.

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