SUNDAY WILD CARD GAMES
Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) at Indianapolis Colts (11-5)LEADER: Colts lead series 17-10.
STREAKS: Bengals won 2 of past 3.
COACHES VS. OPP.: Lewis: 2-5; Pagano: 1-1.
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD: Lewis 0-5; Pagano 1-2.
VS. COMMON OPP.: Cincinnati: 7-4 (Bal. 2-0; Cle. 1-1; Den. 1-0; Hou. 1-0; Jax. 1-0; NE 0-1; Pit. 0-2; Ten. 1-0); Indianapolis: 8-3 (Bal. 1-0; Cle. 1-0; Den. 0-1; Hou. 2-0; Jax. 2-0; NE 0-1; Pit. 0-1; Ten. 2-0)
PLAYOFF RECORD: Bengals 5-12; Colts 20-22.
LAST WEEK: Bengals lost 27-17 at Steelers; Colts won 27-10 at Titans.
LAST GAME: 10/19/14: Bengals 0 at Colts 27. Indianapolis defense records 4 sacks and holds Cincinnati offense to 135 total net yards. Colts QB Andrew Luck throws for 344 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/19/14
LAST PLAYOFF: 12/26/70: Bengals 0 at Colts 17 (in Baltimore). Baltimore QB Johnny Unitas throws for 145 yards & 2 TDs. Colts RB Norm Bulaich rushes for 116 yards.
BROADCAST: CBS (1:05 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Cin.), 85 (Ind.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Cin.), 85 (Ind.).
|PASSING||Dalton: 309-482-3398-19-17-83.3||Luck: 380-616-4761 (3L)-40 (1L)-16-96.5|
|RUSHING||Hill (R): 222-1124-5.1-9 (T1C)||Richardson: 159-519-3.3-3|
|RECEIVING||Green: 69-1041-15.1-6||Hilton: 82-1345-16.4-7|
|SACKS||Dunlap: 8||Newsome (R): 6.5|
|INTs||Nelson: 4||Adams: 5 (T3L)|
|PR||A. Jones: 11.9 (3C)||Whalen: 7.2|
|KR||A. Jones: 31.3 (1L)||Cribbs: 32.0|
|PUNTING||Huber: 46.8 (3C)||McAfee: 46.7|
|KICKING||Nugent: 117 (39/39 PAT; 26/33 FG)||Vinatieri: 140 (3L) (50/50 PAT; 30/31 FG)|
BENGALS: Club has reached postseason for 6th time under head coach Marvin Lewis (2005, 2009, 2011-2014) and makes franchise-record 4th consecutive playoff appearance. Bengals aim for 1st postseason win since 1/6/91 against Houston Oilers (Wild Card)…QB Andy Dalton has 40-23-1 (.633) record, highest win pct. of any Bengals QB (min. 20 starts). In 3 career meetings, Dalton has passed for 665 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating. Tied career-high with 4 TD runs in 2014 (4 in 2012)…RB Jeremy Hill led NFL rookies in rushing yards (1,124) and rushing TDs (9). 3rd rookie in NFL history with 4 140+ yard rush games, joining HOFers ERIC DICKERSON (5 in 1983) and CURTIS MARTIN (4 in 1995). In past 9, averages 103.2 rushing yards per game with 6 TDs. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rushing yards. In only postseason game (1/5/14 WC vs. SD), RB Giovani Bernard had 118 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 73 receiving)…Since entering NFL in 2011, WR A.J. Green has 4,874 receiving yards, 4th-most of any player in 1st 4 seasons (Randy Moss, 5,396; TORRY HOLT, 5,088; JERRY RICE, 4,881). Led team with 1,041 receiving yards and joined Chad Johnson (6, 2002-07) as only Bengals with at least 4 consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. WR Mohamed Sanu had career-highs in catches (56), receiving yards (790) and TD catches (5) in 2014. TE JERMAINE GRESHAM has 5 TD catches in past 6 and aims for 4th in row with TD reception…LB VINCENT REY led team with 121 tackles in 2014. Since 2011, DT Geno Atkins leads NFL DTs with 29 sacks. In 2 career playoff games, has 1 sack. DE Carlos Dunlap led team with 8 sacks in 2014, including 1/2 sack with FF and FR in Week 7 meeting. S Reggie Nelson led Bengals with 4 INTs and aims for 3rd in row with INT…Club had 2 players selected to 2015 Pro Bowl (WR Green, P Kevin Huber).
COLTS: Club has reached postseason for 3rd straight season under head coach Chuck Pagano and 12 of past 13 seasons overall…Clinched AFC South title for 9th time since 2003…QB ANDREW LUCK led NFL with 40 TDs and became 8th player with 40+ TDs in season. Since entering NFL in 2012, has 12,957 yards, most of any NFL player in 1st 3 seasons, and 86 TD passes, 2nd-most in player’s 1st 3 years (HOFer DAN MARINO, 98). 1 of 2 Super Bowl era starting QBs to win at least 10 games in each of 1st 3 NFL seasons (Russell Wilson). Will make 4th career postseason start (2nd at home). In only home playoff start (WC vs. KC on 1/4/14), helped Colts overcome 28-point deficit to win 45-44 (2nd-largest comeback victory in NFL playoff history)…In 4 career meetings, RB Trent Richardson averages 101.3 scrimmage yards per game (405 total; 243 rush, 162 receiving) with 2 total TDs (1 rush, 1 receiving)…In past 12, WR T.Y. Hilton has 66 rec. for 1,159 yards with 7 TDs, incl. 6 100-yard games. Led team with career-high 1,345 receiving yards, joining MARVIN HARRISON and Reggie Wayne as only players in club history with 1,300+ yard receiving season. WR Reggie Wayne ranks 2nd all-time with 92 career postseason catches (HOFer JERRY RICE, 151). Has 1,242 career receiving yards in playoffs needs 74 yards to surpass CLIFF BRANCH (1,289) and HOFer Michael Irvin (1,315) for 2nd all-time. TEs Dwayne Allen (8) and Coby Fleener (8) are 1st TEs in club history with 8+ TD catches each in same season. Allen had 32-yard TD reception in last meeting…LB D’QWELL JACKSON led AFC with 140 tackles. Rookie LB Jonathan Newsome tied career-high with 2 sacks with FF last week. Led AFC rookies with 6.5 sacks in 2014. Rookie LB Andrew Jackson posted 1st career sack vs. Ten. S Mike Adams led team with career-high 5 INTs this season. CB Vontae Davis tied career-high with 4 INTs (2009, 2011)…K Adam Vinatieri is NFL’s all-time playoff leader in career points (213) and made FGs (51)…Club had 5 players selected to 2015 Pro Bowl (QB Luck, WR Hilton, CB Davis, K Vinatieri, P PAT MC AFEE).
Detroit Lions (11-5) at Dallas Cowboys (12-4)LEADER: Cowboys lead series 12-11.
STREAKS: Lions won past 2.
COACHES VS. OPP.: Caldwell: 0-1; Garrett: 1-2.
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD: Caldwell: 2-2; Garrett: 0-0.
VS. COMMON OPP.: Det.: 4-1 (Ari. 0-1; Chi. 2-0; NO 1-0; NYG 1-0); Dal.: 4-1 (Ari. 0-1; Chi. 1-0; NO 1-0; NYG 2-0).
PLAYOFF RECORD: Lions 7-11; Cowboys 33-25.
LAST WEEK: Lions lost 30-20 at Packers; Cowboys won 44-17 at Redskins.
LAST GAME: 10/27/13: Cowboys 30 at Lions 31. Detroit WR Calvin Johnson catches 14 passes for 329 yards and TD. Lions RB Reggie Bush has 92 rushing yards and TD and adds 8 receptions for 30 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/2/11: Lions 34, Cowboys 30. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passes for 240 yards & 2 TDs, both to WR Calvin Johnson. Lions LB Bobby Carpenter & CB Chris Houston each record INT-TDs.
LAST PLAYOFF: 1/5/92: Cowboys 6 at Lions 38. Detroit QB Erik Kramer completes 29 of 38 passes for 341 yards & 3 TDs. Lions WR Willie Green has 8 receptions for 115 yards & 2 TDs.
BROADCAST: FOX (3:40 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Det.), 85 (Dal.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Det.), 85 (Dal.).
|PASSING||Stafford: 363-602-4257-22-12-85.7||Romo: 304-435-3705-34 (2C)-9-113.2 (1L)|
|RUSHING||Bell: 223-860-3.9-7||Murray: 392-1845 (1L)-4.7-13 (T1L)|
|RECEIVING||Tate: 99 (3C)-1331 (3C)-13.4-4||Bryant: 88-1320-15.0-16 (1L)|
|SACKS||Suh: 8.5||Mincey: 6|
|INTs||Quin: 7 (1L)||Carter: 5 (T3L)|
|PR||Ross: 8.9||Harris: 9.2|
|KR||Ross: 25.4||Harris: 24.7|
|PUNTING||Martin: 46.1||Jones: 45.4|
|KICKING||Prater: 84 (21/21 PAT; 21/26 FG)||Bailey: 131 (56/56 PAT; 25/29 FG)|
LIONS: Won 11 games, tied for 2nd most in season in team history and most by Lions since 1991 (12)…Jim Caldwell tied POTSY CLARK (11, 1931) for most wins by Lions head coach in 1st season with club. Caldwell is 3rd head coach in team history to lead team to playoffs in 1st season…Lions had 3 players selected to Pro Bowl: WR CALVIN JOHNSON (5th), S Glover Quin (1st) and DT NDAMUKONG SUH (4th)…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,257 yards, his 4th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Owns 4 of top 5 passing seasons in team history. Has 18,912 pass yards since 2011, 2nd most in NFL. Is 2-0 in career vs. Dal. and had 488 pass yards in last meeting. Had 380 pass yards and 3 TDs in only postseason start…RB REGGIE BUSH has 5 career postseason TDs (2 rush, 2 rec., 1 PR). RB Joique Bell led team with 860 rush yards and 7 rush TDs. Reached 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,182) for 2nd consecutive year. RB Theo Riddick had 4 rec. TDs, tied for most by NFC RB…WR Johnson had 1,077 rec. yards, his 5th consecutive 1,000-yard season. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,214 rec. yards and 105.3 rec. yards per game. In last game vs. Dal., had 14 catches for franchise-record 329 yards and TD. Has 4 TDs in past 3 meetings. In only playoff game, had 12 catches for 211 yards and 2 TDs. WR Golden Tate led team with career-high 99 catches and 1,331 yards, his 1st 1,000-yard season. Had 5 100-yard rec. games…Lions led NFL in rush defense (69.3) and was 2nd in league in total defense (300.9). Club held opp. to 100 rush yards or fewer in 14 of 16 games and 50 rush yards or fewer in 5 games. Detroit had 20 INTs, 2nd most in NFC. S Quin led NFL with career-high 7 INTs. Is 1st Lion to lead NFL in INTs since HOFer LEM BARNEY in 1967. Quin (7) and James Ihedigbo (4) combined for 11 INTs, most by S duo in NFL. LB DE ANDRE LEVY led team with 150 tackles, 2nd most in NFL. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DE Ezekiel Ansah had 7.5 sacks and has 15.5 sacks in 1st 2 NFL seasons. CB Darius Slay led club with career-best 17 PD. LB Tahir Whitehead was 2nd on team with career-high 76 tackles. Had 2 INTs, 1st 2 INTs in career. 8 different Lions had INT, incl. 5 with 2+ INTs. Club ranked 2nd in NFC and 3rd in NFL allowing 4.96 yards per play on 1st down. Lions outscored opp. 104-71 in 4th Q.
COWBOYS: Are 33-25 (.569) in postseason. Team’s 33 playoff wins are tied for most in NFL history. Have played 58 postseason games, most in league history. This is Dallas’ 31st time in postseason, tied for most in NFL history...Team’s 12 wins tied for most in NFL. Jason Garrett is 5th Cowboys head coach to win 12+ games in season…Cowboys had 6 players selected to Pro Bowl: WR Dez Bryant (2nd), C Travis Frederick (1st), rookie G Zack Martin (1st), RB DE MARCO MURRAY (2nd), QB Tony Romo (4th) and T Tyron Smith (2nd). Team’s 6 offensive selections are most in NFL…QB Romo led NFL with franchise-record 113.2 rating. Has 2 of 3 100+ rating seasons in team history. In Dec., was 4-0 with 12 TDs, 1 INT and 133.7 rating. Has 102.3 rating in 4 career starts vs. Det…RB Murray led NFL with team-record 1,845 rush yards and 12 100-yard games. Murray passed HOFer Emmitt Smith for most rush yards and most 100-yard rush games in season by Cowboy. Tied for NFL lead with 13 rush TDs. Cowboys were 2nd in NFL in rush offense (147.1)…WR Bryant led NFL with franchise-record 16 rec. TDs. Since 2012, leads NFL with 41 rec. TDs. Is only player in NFL with 12+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs, his 3rd consecutive season with 85+ catches, 1,200+ yards and 12+ TDs. Has 5 TDs in 3 meetings and has TD catch in all 3 games vs. Det. TE Jason Witten had 703 rec. yards and is 2nd TE in NFL history (Tony Gonzalez) with 700+ rec. yards in 11 consecutive seasons. WR Terrance Williams was 2nd on team with career-high 8 rec. TDs. WR Cole Beasley and TE Gavin Escobar each had 4 rec. TDs…Cowboys had 4 players with 70+ tackles: S Barry Church (93), LB ROLANDO MC CLAIN (81), rookie LB Anthony Hitchens (73) and S J.J. Wilcox (70). CBs Sterling Moore (13) and Orlando Scandrick (9) had most PD on club. LB Bruce Carter had career-high 5 INTs and led NFL LBs. Had 2 INTs in Week 17. DE Jeremy Mincey led team with 6 sacks and has 5 sacks in past 7 games. DT HENRY MELTON had 5 sacks, his 3rd 5-sack season in past 4 years…K Dan Bailey has made 89.8 pct. of FGs in career (114 of 127), highest mark in NFL history (min. 100 FGs). Scored 131 points, his 4th consecutive 100-point season.