The opening two games of the Wild Card Round are already in the books, but another pair awaits on Sunday afternoon.
One spot is already determined for the next round with the Baltimore Ravens, the lowest seed in the AFC, winning to secure a matchup with the New England Patriots. Regardless of who wins between the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts, one team is travelling to face the Denver Broncos.
Meanwhile in the NFC, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys will battle to determine who moves on to the Divisional Round. A Dallas win means the 'Boys fly out to take on the Green Bay Packers next week. The Lions, however, can only face the Seattle Seahawks after a victory over the Cowboys.
Before the crucial Sunday slate gets underway, here's a look at the remaining Wild Card Weekend schedule.
|Sunday Wild Card Round Schedule|
|Sunday, Jan. 4||1:05 p.m. ET||Cincinnati at Indianapolis||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Sunday, Jan. 4||4:40 p.m. ET||Detroit at Dallas||FOX||Fox Sports Go|
For fans who didn't get enough of the playoffs on Saturday, the final afternoon promises to bring some intriguing matchups.
First on tap will be the Colts and Bengals facing off in what should be a shootout—at least for one side. Indianapolis comes in with a full repertoire of weapons surrounding Andrew Luck to spread the ball around.
The Bengals will not have that same luxury with A.J. Green out due to a concussion, per Cincy's official account. Green has been out multiple times this season, but he still has five 100-yard games and six touchdowns on the season.
Though Andy Dalton has yet to win a playoff game in his career, Michael Robinson of NFL Network believes he will be better off without the wideout, via NFL Media PR:
Not having his top receiver on the field will put Dalton at a disadvantage, but he still has the likes of Mohamed Sanu to target. He also has a dangerous weapon to hand the ball off to in Jeremy Hill.
The rookie running back has blistered defenses in recent weeks to emerge as the lead back in Cincy over Giovani Bernard. John Buccigross of ESPN offers up a staggering statistic about Hill's recent play:
If Bernard is utilized in the passing game and Hill can get going on the ground, the Bengals still stand a chance. Indy will look to open up quickly, so it will be up to the Cincy defense to hold its ground to finally break a six-game playoff losing streak.
Not all of the blame can be put on either quarterback, but they are in a position that changes the outcome the most. For example, Stafford finished with 380 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in 2011 with a passer rating of 97.0, but he still lost.
Romo, on the other hand, has been questioned for years, with his Cowboys missing the playoffs every year since 2009. No player comes in on a hotter streak than Dallas' signal-caller, as NFL on ESPN notes:
Both quarterbacks have myriad playmakers surrounding them. Romo shares a backfield with the NFL's leading rusher DeMarco Murray and gets to target Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Stafford has seen Joique Bell emerge, while both Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson are healthy and primed for a huge game.
Sunday's action promises to be just as thrilling and more tightly contested than the first two games. Having four quarterbacks looking to secure their first or second win in the postseason, expect plenty of fireworks packed into just two showdowns.
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