The Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins have each ridden exciting rookie quarterbacks to long winning streaks and playoff appearances, but only one can advance out of the first round of the NFL playoffs.
With the Washington Redskins NFC East-clinching victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, the playoff picture in both conferences is officially set, beginning with four Wild Card matchups next week.
Here's a look at the games next week:
Saturday, Jan. 5
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans, 4:30 p.m., NBC: Arian Foster's squad had a chance to avoid playing this week, but stumbled in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts. After starting the year 11-1, the Texans have lost three of four.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m., NBC: The gameplans can stay the same, asthese two squads just got done playing and now will have a chance to play again. Minnesota won Sunday, with Adrian Peterson coming up just nine yards short of the NFL single-season running record but feeling fine after a 37-34 win. The Vikings could make Aaron Rodgers and the Packers regret not beating them in the regular season with a win at Lambeau Field.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS: Andrew Luck can make a splash in his first career playoff game with Chuck Pagano back at the helm of the Colts, while Ray Lewis should be back to bolster the Ravens defense.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins, 4:30 p.m., FOX: Possibly the marquee matchup of the weekend pits two captivating rookie quarterbacks as Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III square off. Both can throw, both can run, and both are on streaking squads, with Washington winning seven straight to make the playoffs while Seattle has won five in a row.