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On Saturday both home teams took care of business in their wild-card matchups. On Sunday the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will try to do the same in their games against the Giants and the Miami Dolphins. All of the teams involved will have to be ready for frigid conditions, with the National Weather Service predicting a game-time temperature of 8 degrees in Pittsburgh and 12 degrees in Green Bay. By the end of the Packers game, snow could be added to the mix.
Here’s how the N.F.L. playoff picture looks after one day:
■ Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. on CBS: The Dolphins would have a tough matchup on the road against the Steelers even in ideal circumstances, but the difficulty level was raised greatly when Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins’ starting quarterback, was ruled out because his injured knee has not sufficiently healed. Matt Moore will continue to fill in for Tannehill, though Miami’s main offensive threat is Jay Ajayi, an unexpected breakout star at running back. Pittsburgh’s defense was fairly middling in preventing the run game, so another big game from Ajayi may be Miami’s best chance of keeping up with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense.
■ New York at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. on Fox: It is easy to make comparisons to the two previous playoff games between the Packers and the Giants at Lambeau Field, both of which resulted in wins for Eli Manning and the Giants (his two playoff wins at Lambeau matches Aaron Rodgers’ career total). But both quarterbacks downplayed the connections, with Rodgers telling reporters “We’re playing against the 2016 Giants and they’re playing against the 2016 Packers in 2017.” It is a familiar formula, however, with the Giants’ suffocating defense trying to limit the explosive Packers offense. The winner of the game will travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys in the divisional round.
■ The Houston Texans rolled past the Oakland Raiders, in a 27-14 game that was never in doubt. Brock Osweiler deserved some praise after his re-emergence, but the lopsided score had just as much to do with Connor Cook’s inability to overcome his lack of experience. The rookie, making his first career start, attempted a remarkable 45 passes and only completed 18, though the number climbs to 21 if you count his three interceptions. Cook got no help from Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. He targeted the standout wide receivers 17 times and they came away with just 4 receptions. The Texans are still waiting for the Steelers-Dolphins result to find out their opponent in the divisional round.
■ The Seattle Seahawks located the team’s missing running game just in time for the playoffs, and Thomas Rawls steamrolled the Detroit Lions with 161 yards on 27 carries. Rawls’s performance may not have had the highlight reel aspect of Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode days, but it set a franchise record for rushing yards in a playoff game. Rawls, despite limited playing time over two seasons, now has three of the top-20 rushing performances in Seahawks history. Lynch’s best game is ranked 21st. Seattle’s defense also looked playoff-ready, smothering the high-powered Lions in a 26-6 laugher. The Seahawks will face Atlanta in the divisional round.
This article was sourced from http://giasmagazine.com