NFL Wild Card Playoffs open thread

Maddie Meyer

The NFL's Wild Card playoffs are on today with two games on the schedule:

#6 San Diego Chargers at #3 Cincinnati Bengals, 1:05pm, CBS

#5 San Francisco 49ers at #4 Green Bay Packers, 4:40pm, FOX

In yesterday's action, the Colts overcame a 28-point deficit and knocked out the Chiefs with a 45-44 victory (the Chiefs are still winless in the playoffs since I turned four) and thanks to a last-second Shayne Graham field goal, the Saints beat the Eagles, 26-24 to move on to the Divisional Playoffs next week. The Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, and Panthers all had first-round byes.

The Bengals easily won the AFC North by three games over the Steelers and Ravens, while the Chargers just barely made it to a wild card spot thanks to an overtime victory in the last week of the season (and Ravens & Dolphins losses). Cincinnati's the obvious favorite, but strange things can happen in the NFL. Neither team has ever won a Super Bowl, and neither has even appeared in a Super Bowl in over 19 years.

The Packers captured the NFC North with a victory over the longtime rival Bears in the final week of the season as well. The 49ers finished a game behind the Seahawks for the NFC West, but they are not to be underestimated; their 12-4 record is inferior to only two of the 11 other playoff teams. It will be freezing cold at Lambeau Field as the 49ers begin their quest to avenge their Super Bowl loss last year and the Packers seek to return there three years after they took home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLV.

Enjoy your Sundays.

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