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Your NFL Wildcard Open Thread

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Indianapolis at Baltimore (CBS) 1:00 p.m.: This could be the last time Ray Lewis plays and it will definitely be the last game he plays at home in Baltimore after the Bengals lost yesterday. Depending on your point of view, that is either a good thing, a bad thing or a whatever thing.


Chuck Pagano will coach in his second game after beating cancer and he will do it where he was a defensive backs coach for three years. Here's an interesting tidbit of coincidental information concerning the Colts new and previous quarterbacks:

Luck will be the first quarterback other than Manning to start a postseason game for Indianapolis since his former coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh - the current San Francisco coach and brother of Baltimore coach John Harbaugh - was under center for the Colts' 42-14 wild-card loss to Pittsburgh in 1996.


Seattle at Washington (FOX) 4:30 p.m.: Rookie quarterbacks AAAARGHH!!! there is a lot of excitement in D.C. these days, despite the fork-tongued coach, but Seattle is also high on playoff life. To wit, fullback Michael Robinson on his quarterback Russell Wilson:

Wilson tied Peyton Manning's rookie record with 26 touchdowns on a third-quarter scoring pass in Sunday's win over St. Louis. He had a chance to hold the record himself, but instead ran for a 1-yard TD with 1:39 left to give Seattle a 20-13 win over the Rams.

Wilson finished the season with a 100.0 passer rating, the highest in franchise history. He threw for 3,118 yards, added another 489 rushing, had 30 combined touchdowns running and passing, and became the first rookie QB in NFL history to go 8-0 at home.

''Did Peyton go to the playoffs his first year? No,'' Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said after Sunday's win. ''OK. Then you know who I think is better.''

Enjoy the games and yak it up down below.

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