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3 Non-Vikings Games to Watch: Wild Card Edition

Win or go home.

That's the reality facing the eight teams who will play on Wild Card weekend.

The Vikings and Saints are the first game on Sunday afternoon, and one of four games on the docket in the opening round of the postseason.

Here's a breakdown of the Bills-Texans, Titans-Patriots and Seahawks-Eagles games:


Buffalo (10-6) at Houston (10-6)

3:35 p.m. (CT) Saturday | NRG Stadium | ESPN

Outlook: Buffalo qualified for the postseason as the No. 5 seed in the AFC, while Houston won the AFC South for the second consecutive season. The teams have never met in the postseason, and neither franchise has claimed a Super Bowl title. Both teams rested starters in Week 17, as both had their playoff seeds locked in by kickoff.

Bills Notes

Buffalo is looking for its first playoff win since Dec. 30, 1995 — a 37-22 victory over Miami in the Wild Card round.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen will make his postseason debut Saturday. He threw for 3,089 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine picks in 2019.

Texans Notes

Houston is making its sixth playoff appearance in team history. The Texans have opened at home in the Wild Card round in each of the previous five seasons, and are 3-2 in those games.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will play for the first time since he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 8. Watt was activated from Injured Reserve earlier this week.


Tennessee (9-7) at New England (12-4)

7:15 p.m. (CT) Saturday | Gillette Stadium | CBS

Outlook: Tennessee has won five of seven games, including the regular-season finale against Houston, to secure the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. New England suffered a surprising last-second loss to Miami in Week 17 to fall from the No. 2 spot to the third seed and miss out on a first-round bye. The teams last met in the playoffs in January of 2018, when the Patriots cruised to a 35-14 win at home.

Titans Notes

Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel spent 2001-2008 as a linebacker with the Patriots, and won three Super Bowls with the franchise. He is in his second season at the helm for Tennessee.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 7-3 after taking over as the starter. He threw for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions to help lead the Titans to the playoffs.

Patriots Notes

This season marks the first since 2009 that the Patriots did not earn a first-round bye in the postseason. All six of New England's Super Bowl titles came after a first-round bye.

Saturday will be Tom Brady's 41st career playoff game. He is 30-10, and has thrown for 11,179 yards with 73 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in the postseason.


Seattle (11-5) at Philadelphia (9-7)

3:40 p.m. (CT) Sunday | Lincoln Financial Field | NBC

Outlook: The Seahawks are the fifth seed in the NFC, but came inches away from getting a win (and an NFC West title and the No. 3 seed) in Week 17 against San Francisco. The Eagles won four straight games to end the season to surge past the Cowboys and claim the NFC East for the third year in a row. Although both teams have been NFC contenders in recent years, this will be their first-ever playoff meeting.

Seahawks Notes

Seattle went 7-1 on the road in 2019, one of five teams to hit that mark this season. That included a 17-9 win in Philadelphia in Week 12.

Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll is 10-8 all-time in the playoffs but has a 2-5 record on the road.

Eagles Notes

Philadelphia put three-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks on Injured Reserve this week with a shoulder injury. He is regarded among the league's best at his position.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will make his first-ever postseason start Sunday. He has been injured for each of the past two postseason trips by Philadelphia.