Wild cards hope to make deep playoff run



AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Published — Saturday 5 January 2013

Last update 4 January 2013 10:21 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

LOS ANGELES: With the National Football League’s regular season done and dusted, it’s time for the playoffs, and history shows that a team from the wild card weekend usually makes a deep run.
The fourth-seeded Washington Redskins in the NFC and fifth-seeded Indianapolis Colts in the AFC are two of eight teams in action this weekend trying to crash the Super Bowl party.
The 2012 NFL playoffs kick off with the wild card round, followed by the divisional round on January 12. Conference championship games will take place on January 20, ahead of the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
The wild-card matchups are enticing, especially Sunday’s game between the Colts and the Baltimore Ravens. Long-time Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who said Wednesday he will retire at season’s end, is making a final bid for glory.
“This team’s getting healthy and we’re going to hit our stride going forward in the playoffs,” said Ravens all-star running back Ray Rice.
The Colts and Ravens know each other well and the outcome could be determined by quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco who are meeting for the first time.
Rookie Luck threw two touchdown passes in week 17 as the Colts moved to 11-0, becoming just the second team in league history to win 11 or more games following a season with two or fewer victories.
“They refused, they refused to let anyone write their story of what they could or do not do,” Indianapolis head coach and cancer survivor Chuck Pagano said of his team.
Emotions will be running high on the Indianapolis sidelines as Pagano will be making just his second appearance following a successful battle against leukemia. He is also a former Ravens assistant from 2008-2011.
“You have one thing that you find out is that you’re a lot stronger than you think you are,” Pagano said of beating cancer.
“Have a positive attitude, wake up every day, have faith and have a belief that you’re going to beat it and you’re going to win.” The Colts used to be Baltimore’s team and that city’s fans have never forgiven the Irsay family for loading up the moving vans under the cover of darkness and bolting the city for Indianapolis in 1984.
To add a little more intrigue to the matchup, Lewis says his playing days are finished at the conclusion of the Ravens’ playoff run.
“I talked to my team and I talked to them about life in general,” Lewis said. “Everything that starts has an end. It’s just life. I’m just going in another phase of life.” The Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks are trying to extend their seasons behind a pair of rookie quarterbacks.
Rookie Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is coming off a Heisman Trophy win and he will lead Washington’s offense into a showdown against Seattle newcomer Russell Wilson.
Griffin was the number two overall pick in the draft while third round pick Wilson wasn’t even supposed to be the Seahawks starting quarterback. But he beat out Matt Flynn for the job and has never looked back.
FedEx Field, where the Redskins will host the game, is not far from where Wilson grew up.
“It’s pretty awesome. Obviously he was the number two pick overall and I was a third-round pick. So it’s a great opportunity to play a great quarterback, and their football team,” Wilson said. “But I’m playing the Redskins, we’re playing the Redskins. I’m not playing him.” In other wild-card contests, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers will meet for the third time in six weeks, with each team credited with a win, and the Cincinnati Bengals will be riding a hot streak into Saturday’s game against the Houston Texans.

The winner of the Cincinnati-Houston game could move on to face the Denver Broncos, who enter the playoffs as the NFL’s hottest team, boasting an 11-game winning streak.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has allocated over 180 clinics for schools in Riyadh and directed all its departments across the Kingdom to recruit health advisers at schools with more than 100 students.Work has already started on introducing...
RIYADH: The Moroccan experience in desert tourism is largely similar to that of Saudi Arabia, which boasts of a unique diversity in culture in its different regions, Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National...
JAZAN: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the advanced field hospital of the Armed Forces in Jazan on Tuesday.He was reassured about the injured in the ongoing battle. He conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King S...
JEDDAH: The planned “North Thunder” military exercise is a clear message to Iran and the countries in the region it supports that any hostile intentions and actions will be firmly dealt with, an expert has said.The military drill is scheduled to be h...
RIYADH: Syrian conjoined twins will be separated at the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City (KAMC) in Riyadh on Sunday.According to a KAMC spokesman, the forthcoming surgery will be the fourth and final st...
JEDDAH: Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa has issued an order to establish a department for school security. It will be be linked organizationally to the general supervisor of school safety and security at the ministry.According to the decision, schoo...
JEDDAH: From delivering mails for Saudi Aramco to captaining Saudi Arabian Airlines’ first flight to New York, Jazza Al-Shammari’s career story is unique.“I started my career as a postman with Saudi Aramco in 1959 and continued the primary studies at...
RIYADH: A team of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) has identified a gene responsible for cardiomyopathy.Dr. Zuhair bin Nasser Al-Hasnan, KFSHRC medical genetics consultant, said the team conducted a study on a Saudi...
JEDDAH: The Pakistan Welfare Society (PWS) organized a free medical camp and discussion on health for women at the Pakistani Consulate recently.Doctors and specialists diagnosed patients and distributed free medicines to needy patients, and arranged...
JEDDAH: Yemen Vice President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah has thanked Saudi Arabia for standing by his country during tough times.Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Tuesday, he said: “Our GCC brothers, particularly Saudi Arabia, s...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the...
RIYADH: Chairman of ACWA Power International Mohammed Abu Nayyan thanked King Mohammed VI of Morocco for personally inaugurating Morocco’s first solar power plant, Noor1, built by an international consortium led by his company.“We were extremely priv...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health is considering imposing an asset declaration as well as an absence of interest conflict testimony on its employees as a measure in fighting corruption.Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih made the announcement at a one-day f...
DAMMAM: Abdussalam Kanniyan, chairman of the International Indian School in Dammam (IISD), has been honored with the “Person of the Year 2015” award by Vatakara NRI Forum, a community group in the Eastern Province.The award was based on his outstandi...
RIYADH: Andrej Plenkovic, the leader of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee delegation, on Tuesday hailed Saudi Arabia for its yeoman services in looking after the displaced Syrians in countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.“We fu...

Stay Connected

Facebook