The Road to MetLife Stadium continues Sunday with two more NFL wild-card playoff games. The San Diego Chargers face the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers meet the Green Bay Packers. Here is a look at both games.
Game Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
TV: CBS -- Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson).
Radio: Westwood One -- Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Tony Boselli; Sirius -- 88 (WW1), 92 (SD), 86 (Cin.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SD), 86 (Cin.).
Odds: Bengals -7
The Chargers, led by Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers, won their final four games and earned a playoff berth in Week 17 with a 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City combined with losses by Miami and Baltimore. Rivers finished the season ranked second in the AFC with a 105.5 passer rating and led the league with a 69.5 completion percentage.
"It feels like this season is meant to be special," says All-Star safety Eric Weddle. "We're in the playoffs and no one really thought that could happen."
Head coach Marvin Lewis has led the Bengals to the playoffs for the third consecutive season and the team's first division title since 2009. Cincinnati had two Pro Bowl selections, one on each side of the ball: WR A.J. Green and LB Vontaze Burfict
"We're playing with a lot of confidence right now," says Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. "For us to have a home playoff game, it'll be a great environment. We're ready for the playoffs to start."
Rootability Index: I honestly don't know who to root for in this one. I just know I have no faith in the Bengals.
Game Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
TV: FOX -- Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver.
Radio: Westwood One -- Tom McCarthy, Rod Woodson, Mark Malone; Sirius -- 88 (WW1), 92 (SF), 86 (GB). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SF), 86 (GB).
Odds: 49ers -3
For the fourth time since the start of the 2012 season, the 49ers and Packers will meet. San Francisco has won all three meetings, including last year's Divisional Playoff (45-31) when quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards with two touchdowns and passed for 263 yards with two TDs.
The 49ers enter the playoffs having won six games in a row. San Francisco tied for the NFL lead with eight players selected to the Pro Bowl: LB NaVorro Bowman, LB Ahmad Brooks, TE Vernon Davis, RB Frank Gore, G Mike Iupati, DT Justin Smith, T Joe Staley and LB Patrick Willis.
"At this point, you don't care who you play," says 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore last year. "You're happy to be in the playoffs. You look forward to whoever you have to play. At this point, all teams are good. If not, they wouldn't be in the playoffs."
The Packers advanced to the postseason by defeating Chicago 33-28 in Week 17 to claim the NFC North division title. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with wide receiver Randall Cobb on the game-winning 48-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-eight play with just 38 seconds remaining. Rodgers enters the playoffs with a career 103.6 postseason passer rating, the third-best mark in NFL history.
"We're in the playoffs," says Rodgers. "That's the important thing. I think the NFC is wide open."
Rootability Index: You like Cinderella? Doesn't everyone like Cinderella? Unless you are a grump, you have to root for the underdog Packers here. Personally, I think the Packers -- with Rodgers back -- are headed to the NFC Championship Game against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Use this as your Open Thread to discuss today's games.