Wild Card Weekend Gameday: Sending The Giants Packing?
[lead align=”default”]Two games are in the books this Wild Card Weekend, and there are two more to go before we move on to the next round.[/lead]
Houston and Seattle both won their first-round playoff games on Saturday, and today, the NFL field will go from ten teams to eight.
Wild Card Weekend: About Last Night…
In the first of the two very boring games yesterday, the Houston Texans took out the Oakland Raiders. The final score was 27-14, and it went as badly for Oakland as one would expect on their third-string quarterback. Brock Osweiler was surprisingly not bad for Houston, doing enough while the defense did the rest.
Meanwhile, a spot of questionable officiating made its way to Seattle for the Seahawks’ 26-6 win over the Detroit Lions. The way Detroit moved the ball, they weren’t winning, anyway, and Seattle made the big plays needed. Now, the Seahawks head to Atlanta while the winner of the Green Bay-New York Giants game today goes to Dallas.
Wild Card Weekend: Miami at Pittsburgh
The Dolphins head north to very cold Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Dave Wannstedt was the last Dolphins coach to win a playoff game, with Jimmy Johnson’s team. That was 16 long years ago, and in that time frame, Pittsburgh has won two Super Bowls. Clearly, the Dolphins are many years removed from their glory days, but they can begin again.
Las Vegas doesn’t think so, however: the Fins are ten-point underdogs. That’s the same number of degrees for Pittsburgh’s low temperature today/
Wild Card Weekend: New York Giants at Green Bay
The game of the weekend will take place on the frozen tundra of northern Wisconsin. Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau’s Green Bay Packers meet the New York Football Giants of Wellington Mara and Lawrence Taylor. History and tradition is the order of the day, but the cordial pleasantries end at kickoff.
Green Bay is the home favorite in this game, and they’re a very hot team. They ran the table to win the NFC North and make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Giants put together their first 11-5 season in ages to get back to the postseason. The last time they were there, they beat Green Bay en route to a Super Bowl title.
The Packers are hoping history does not repeat itself.