NFC Wild Card Weekend: Game capsules

RGIII had highest rookie passer rating in history

Game capsules for this weekend's NFC Wild Card games.

Seahawks at Redskins


Time: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. ET

Records: Washington 10-6, champions of NFC East; Seattle 11-5, second place in NFC West

Television: FOX

Opening line: Seahawks by 1½

Record vs. spread: Seattle 11-5; Washington 11-5

Series record: Redskins lead 11-6

AP Pro 32 final regular-season ranking: Seahawks No. 5; Redskins No. 7

Last meeting: Redskins beat Seahawks 23-17, Nov. 27 2011

Last week: Seahawks beat Rams 20-13; Redskins beat Cowboys 28-18

Seahawks offense in NFL rankings: Overall 17, rush 3, pass 27

Seahawks defense in NFL rankings: Overall 4, rush 10, pass 6

Redskins offense in NFL rankings: Overall 5, rush 1, pass 20

Redskins defense in NFL rankings: Overall 28, rush 5, pass 30

Streaks, stats and notes: Teams meeting for third time in playoffs, with Seattle winning at home 20-10 in January 2006, and 35-14 in January 2008. Those were last two postseason games played by Washington. ... Redskins are NFC East champions and No. 4 seed, while Seahawks are seeded No. 5 as wild card from NFC West. ... Seattle has won five straight, outscoring opponents 193-60. Washington has NFC-best seven-game winning streak, outscoring teams 210-140, and is first team since Jaguars in 1996 to reach playoffs after starting 3-6. ... Seahawks are in playoffs for seventh time in 10 seasons, while Washington is in postseason for just fourth time in 20 years. ... Seahawks have lost eight straight road playoff games. Their only road playoff win came in first postseason road game, Dec. 31, 1983 at Miami. Streak is second longest in NFL behind Detroit. ... This will be second playoff game in NFL history with two starting rookie QBs, Seattle's Russell Wilson vs. Washington's Robert Griffin III. Last year, T.J. Yates led Texans to 31-10 victory over Andy Dalton and Bengals. ... Griffin (102.4) and Wilson (100) had best single-season rookie passer ratings in NFL history. Wilson's rating was also the best overall in Seahawks history, bettering Matt Hasselbeck's 98.2 in 2005 when Seattle reached Super Bowl. ... Wilson threw 26 TD passes, tying Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record set in 1998. He was first rookie QB in league history to win all eight home games. Griffin set league mark for yards rushing by rookie QB (815) and is only player in NFL history to rush for 750-plus yards and have passer rating of 100 or better. ... Game also features two of league's top three rushers: Washington rookie Alfred Morris finished second with franchise-record 1,613 yards. Seattle's Marshawn Lynch ranked third with career-high 1,590 yards. ... Lynch's total was third in t-*+eam history behind Shaun Alexander in 2005 (1,880) and 2004 (1,696). Morris' total was third most by rookie in NFL history, behind Eric Dickerson's 1,808 in 1983 and George Rogers' 1,674 in 1981. ... Seahawks ran NFL-high 55 percent of time. Redskins were second at 52.2 percent. ... Seattle was one of two teams without red zone giveaway this season. ... Seahawks were No. 1 in league in scoring defense, allowing 15.3 points per game. They allowed NFL-low 23 touchdown drives, none shorter than 40 yards. ... Opposing QBs had NFL-low 67.7 passer rating vs. Seattle defense inside 30-yard line. ... Seattle defense was worst in NFL on third-and-long (10-plus yards), allowing teams to convert 33.8 percent. ... Seahawks had top pass defense in NFL when blitzing, holding QBs to passer rating of 59.5. But Redskins have best pass offense in NFL when being blitzed, with a 141.5 passer rating. ... Seattle has just 60 games of combined playoff experience, fewest of 12 teams in postseason. Cincinnati, Minnesota and Washington are next on list, all with 68. ... Seahawks CB Brandon Browner returns from four-game suspension for using banned substance. With CB Richard Sherman winning appeal of similar four-game suspension, the Seahawks will have both starting CBs available for postseason. ... Seattle WR Sidney Rice had zero catches in season finale and was targeted just once. It was first time this season he was shut out and second time since joining Seahawks before 2011 season he went without catch; other was last season against Washington. ... DE Chris Clemons led Seattle with 11 1-2 sacks, his third consecutive season with 11 or more, and DE Bruce Irvin led NFL rookies with eight sacks. ... Seahawks had five players selected to Pro Bowl: Lynch, T Russell Okung, S Earl Thomas, C Max Unger and KR Leon Washington. ... Redskins went worst-to-first after finishing last in division for four straight years. ... Redskins are first playoff team since 1943 New York Giants to be led in both yards passing (Griffin) and rushing (Morris) by rookies. ... Morris capped regular season with career-high 200 yards and three TDs vs. Cowboys. ... Washington led NFL with 88 runs of 10-plus yards. ... Redskins set franchise record with NFL-low 14 giveaways. ... Washington averaged league highs of 6.17 yards per play and 6.54 yards on first down. ... Opponents passed NFL-high 64.8 percent of time vs. Redskins defense, and it was league's worst on third downs overall, allowing teams to convert 44.2 percent. ... Washington's Pro Bowl selections were Griffin, special teams player Lorenzo Alexander and T Trent Williams.

Vikings at Packers


Time Saturday, 5 p.m. ET

Records: Minnesota 10-6, second place in NFC North; Packers 11-5, champions of NFC North

Television: NBC

Opening line: Packers by 8

Record vs. spread: Minnesota 9-7; Green Bay 9-7

Series record: Packers lead 54-49-1

AP Pro 32 final ranking: Packers No. 6; Vikings No. 10

Last meeting: Vikings beat Packers 37-34, Dec. 30

Vikings offense in NFL rankings: Overall 20, rush 2, pass 31

Vikings defense in NFL rankings: Overall 16, rush 11, pass 24

Packers offense in NFL rankings: Overall 13, rush 20, pass 9

Packers defense in NFL rankings: Overall 13, rush 20, pass 9

Streaks, stats and notes: First wild-card rematch of regular-season finale since 2009, when three of four wild cards, including Green Bay's loss to Arizona, were do-overs. ... Packers are 1-1 when facing same team in last week of regular-season and following week in playoffs. They beat Lions in 1993 after losing regular-season finale, and lost to Arizona after winning in last week of regular season in '09. ... NFC North rival Packers and Vikings have met once in postseason, a 31-17 Minnesota victory at Lambeau Field in 2004 NFC wild card. ... Including that loss to Vikings, Packers have dropped four of last six postseason games at home. ... Minnesota's victory in regular-season finale snapped five-game losing streak to Green Bay. After losing in Green Bay on Dec. 2, Minnesota won its last four. ... Packers are NFC North champions and No. 3 seed in conference, while Minnesota is sixth seed, securing wild-card spot with victory over Green Bay in Minneapolis last weekend. ... Sixteen of last 21 regular-season games between these NFC North rivals have been decided by seven points or less. ... Packers WR Donald Driver and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams, DB Antoine Winfield and C Cullen Loeffler are only players left from 2004 wild-card meeting. ... Packers are 4-1 against division opponents in playoffs. ... Packers were 7-1 at Lambeau Field this season, while Vikings were 3-5 on road. ... Vikings are 6-15 in road playoff games. ... Vikings have not played a ''cold-weather'' game outdoors since Dec. 28, 2010, when the temperature was 32 degrees for 24-14 victory over Eagles. Since 2000, Minnesota is 2-6 outdoors when it's 32 or below. Forecast for Saturday night calls for temperatures in mid-teens, with wind chill around zero. ... Adrian Peterson finished with 2,097 yards rushing, 8 shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL record. ... Peterson has rushed for more yards against Packers (1,442) than any opponent. ... After throwing 12 interceptions in first 13 games, Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has gone last three without a pick. ... Packers have made playoffs in each of last four seasons and in five of last six, most by any NFC team. ... Aaron Rodgers has thrown 24 TDs and four INTs in 10 career starts vs. Vikings. ... With Jordy Nelson expecting to play, Packers would have all four top receivers for, essentially, first time since Sept. 30. Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Randall Cobb all appeared in Dec. 2 game against Vikings, but Nelson left after injuring hamstring on Green Bay's second drive. ... Rodgers has NFL-best 105.5 quarterback rating in postseason. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has more sacks of Rodgers than any other quarterback. Of his career 117 sacks, 15 1/2 are of Rodgers, including his single-game high of 4 1/2 on Oct. 5, 2009. ... Vikings have sacked Rodgers seven times in their first two meetings this year, including career-high three by DE Everson Griffen last Sunday. ... Jones first Packer to lead NFL in TD receptions (14) since Sterling Sharpe (18) in 1994. ... Green Bay's 16 giveaways tied for second lowest in NFL. ... Packers DB Charles Woodson will play for first time since breaking right collarbone Oct. 21. ... Peterson's 34 carries against Green Bay in regular-season finale were most in NFL this year. ...... Packers RB DuJuan Harris had his best game since being elevated from practice squad in season finale against Vikings, rushing for 70 yards on 14 carries.

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