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Previewing Saturday’s Wild-Card Matchups

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It’s time for the NFL playoffs to begin.

On Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals are on the road to take on the NFC South Champions, the Houston Texans. This is a rematch of a wild card game from a year ago, when third string quarterback T. J. Yates led the Texans to a win at Reliant Stadium.

This year, the eyes will be on Matt Schaub as he tries to lead the Texans (12-4) to a second round game against New England.

The Texans, however, have lost four of their last five games.

Cincinnati (10-6), meanwhile, will try to rebound behind quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw three picks and was sacked four times in the game last year against the Texans.

In the nightcap, Green Bay plays host to Minnesota, in a rematch of two teams that played in week 17.

In that game the Vikings (10-6) needed a win to get into the post-season and Adrian Peterson rolled for 199 yards to lead the Vikings to victory.

This time, however, the game is at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  The Packers (11-5) won the earlier game at home 23-14.  The loss to Minnesota cost the Packers a first round bye.  Green Bay has won five of the last six meetings at Lambeau.

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