GREEN BAY AT WASHINGTON
3:40 p.m. today • Ch. 9 • Line: Redskins by 1
Last meeting: Packers 38, Redskins 20, Sept. 15, 2013 in Green Bay. This is the only wild-card matchup that’s not a rematch from this season. When these teams last met, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards and four touchdowns, James Jones caught 11 passes for 178 yards, Randall Cobb caught nine for 128 and James Starks ran 20 times for 132 yards.
Packers at a glance: Green Bay is making a seventh consecutive trip to the playoffs, including an overtime loss at Seattle in last season’s NFC Championship Game, when the Packers blew a 12-point lead in the final 2½ minutes. The 2015 Packers finished 4-6 after a 6-0 start to fall to a wild card for the first time since 2010, but that season, they won the Super Bowl. … Two-time NFL MVP Rodgers has struggled at times this season without injured WR Jordy Nelson. With LT David Bakhtiari hurt the past two weeks, Rodgers was sacked a total of 13 times. … Rodgers is one of four Pro Bowl picks on the team, along with LB Clay Matthews, FB John Kuhn and LG Josh Sitton, who will return to his regular spot after filling in at left tackle in Week 17.
Redskins at a glance: Washington, which ended the season on a four-game winning streak, is looking for its first playoff victory in 10 years. Over the past eight years, the Redskins have two NFC East titles and six last-place finishes, including 4-12 in 2014, Jay Gruden’s first as coach. … QB Kirk Cousins got first chance as a full-time starter this season and thrived, especially down the stretch. He was NFC offensive player of month for December/January after leading the league with a 127.3 passer rating. Over the past 10 games, he has thrown for 23 TDs and only three interceptions. … His favorite target is TE Jordan Reed, who has 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 TDs. … LB Ryan Kerrigan led the team with 9½ sacks.