The Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs were wild. We witnessed two overtime thrillers and all four games finish within one score. From the current crop of teams remaining, who will advance for a shot at a conference championship?
Use this post as your live thread throughout both games
Houston Texans (10-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Game time: 3:05 p.m. ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium
Referee: Shawn Hochuli
TV Channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely
Radio: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Trent Green, James Laurinaitis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (Hou), 83 (KC) | XM: 226 (Hou), 225 (KC)
Odds: Chiefs -9.5
SB Nation websites: Texans: Battle Red Blog | Chiefs: Arrowhead Pride
The Houston Texans are riding high after a wild comeback overtime game during the Wild Card round. Despite trailing to the Buffalo Bills at halftime, they earned a 22-19 victory. With defensive end J.J. Watt back and Deshaun Watson performing the way he is, the Texans can pull out another unexpected win.
Kansas City is well rested after their first round bye. Thanks to a Patriots loss in Week 17, they slid into the number two seed in the AFC. Former MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes may not have produced the same huge statistics he did a year ago, but he’s currently in full swing now that he and is teammates are healthy.
Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Game time: 6:40 p.m. ET
Where: Lambeau Field
Referee: Clete Blakeman
TV Channel: Fox
Livestream: foxsports.com | the Fox Sports App
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers
Radio: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (Sea), 83 (GB) | XM: 226 (Sea), 225 (GB)
Odds: Saints -7.5
SB Nation websites: Seahawks: Field Gulls | Packers: Acme Packing Company
The Seahawks also snuck by in a close game, only beating the injury-riddled Eagles 17-9. Seattle has dealt with their own injury issues, forcing them to re-sign Marshawn Lynch. Despite being depleted, having Russell Wilson keeps them in contention to advance to the NFC Championship game.
Green Bay had a major turnaround season, going from sitting on the couch in January to having a first round bye. First year head coach Matt LaFleur has reinvigorated the Packers into a contender. Offseason additions of Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith have bolstered their defense.