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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.


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.




- 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.



- 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.



- 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.


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.



- 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.



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.



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.



''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.


''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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