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It is safe to say that the last week of NFL’s regular season did not disappoint, with some truly memorable games, amazing plays and teams both celebrating and crying for lost opportunities. Now that we know what the playoff picture looks like, we can look at the wild-card games happening next weekend, as well as the teams who are resting and waiting for the winners of these games the week later.
In the AFC, the first of the two matches is between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The two teams played two really charged and close games during the regular season, splitting the series. We can all agree that this is one matchup that cannot disappoint as these two teams will be exchanging blows, determining who is the better team this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be traveling to Houston to take on the Texans in what is going to be a crazy game too. The Chiefs won 10 straight games towards the end and the Texans boast one of the best defenses in the league right now. They already met this season, when the Chiefs prevailed in Week 1, but this probably means very little for the upcoming battle.
Waiting for them are the Denver Broncos, a team that probably plays the most exciting football this year and the New England Patriots who are not letting innumerable injuries dampen their expectations.
In the NFC, the first matchup of the wild-card round is the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings earned home berth, but this also meant they would be facing the Seahawks who demolished them in December. No one is giving too much chance to the Vikings, but they have proven over and over again this season that they are a team you one should never write off.
The Green Bay Packers are probably thanking their lucky stars they avoided the Seahawks in the first round and they are probably not even that concerned they will have to travel to Washington to take on the Redskins. Of course, no one can guarantee that the Redskins will not turn out to be a better team, despite what the Packers might be thinking.
Waiting for them are two of (arguably) the best teams in the league this season, the almost perfect Carolina Panthers and the very complete (despite the loss from the Seahawks) Arizona Cardinals.
Bring on the playoffs!