Wild Card Weekend Preview


After an exciting finish to the regular season, the NFL’s second season has arrived.

“We advanced to the postseason and it’s great,” says New England quarterback TOM BRADY, whose team won the AFC East and earned a first-round bye. “We put together a great season but it doesn’t mean much now. We’ve now got to go out there and play great football.”

Week 17 came right down to the wire as 13 of the 16 games played on the final day of the regular season had playoff implications. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010. And the regular-season’s final game – game No. 256 of 256 – determined the NFC East division champion as Philadelphia defeated Dallas in a win-and-in matchup.

“It feels good,” says Seattle Pro Bowl safety EARL THOMAS about the team winning the NFC West and clinching the No. 1 seed in the conference. “But we still have some work to do.”

The final 12 teams are now set. It doesn’t matter how you got here. All that matters is that you’re here.

“Everybody’s 0-0 now,” says Denver cornerback CHAMP BAILEY, whose team won the AFC West and secured home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. “There are 12 total teams in this thing. We’re one of them. We’ve just got to make sure that we’re the one that comes out on top in the end.”

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