The first day of Wild Card Weekend is over and the Carolina Panthers (27-16 over the Arizona Cardinals) and Baltimore Ravens (30-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers) advance to the Divisional Playoff round. While we do not know the Panthers' next opponent just yet, we know that the Ravens will have to travel to Foxboro next Saturday to face the New England Patriots.
That being said, it is time to turn our attention to today's games. They look as follows:
|Cincinnati Bengals||1:05 PM ET (CBS)||Indianapolis Colts|
|10-5-1 (2nd AFC North, #5 seed)||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis IN||11-5 (1st AFC South, #4 seed)|
|Head Coach: Marvin Lewis||Statistical Comparison||Head Coach: Chuck Pagano|
|15th (22.8/gm)||Points Offense||6th (28.6/gm)|
|12th (21.5/gm)||Points Defense||19th (23.1/gm)|
|14th (1.3/gm)||Point Differential||7th (5.6/gm)|
|16th (0)||Turnover Differential||22nd (-5)
In his role as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Marvin Lewis has never won a playoff game, going 0-5. His quarterback Andy Dalton, he of one postseason touchdown and six interceptions in three games, is 0-3. Both look to win their first postseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, who have beaten the Bengals 27-0 in week 7. They will have to do so without star wide receiver A.J. Green: he has already been ruled out due to a concussion sustained in the regular season finale.
|Detroit Lions||4:40 PM ET (FOX)||Dallas Cowboys|
|11-5 (2nd NFC North, #6 seed)||AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX||12-4 (1st NFC East, #3 seed)|
|Head Coach: Jim Caldwell||Statistical Comparison||Head Coach: Jason Garrett|
|22nd(20.1/gm)||Points Offense||5th (29.2/gm)|
|3rd (17.6/gm)||Points Defense||15th (22.0/gm)|
|13th (2.4/gm)||Point Differential||5th (7.2/gm)|
|6th (+7)||Turnover Differential||9th (+6)
Since their last Super Bowl title in 1995, the Dallas Cowboys have won two playoff games (one in 1996, one in 2009). You think this statistic looks dire? Look no further than the Detroit Lions, who have won one playoff game in the 48 years of the Super Bowl era (in 1991). Coincidentally, the Lions won that game against the then-visiting Dallas Cowboys. This time, the Lions have to go on the road and look to take advantage of the Cowboys' mediocre 4-4 record at AT&T Stadium this year.
EDIT: Feel free to discuss the two games below.