Cincinnati (10-5-1) at Indianapolis (11-5)
When: 12:05 p.m., Ch. 4 • Line: Colts by 3½
Bengals at a glance: Cincinnati has not won a postseason game since Jan. 6, 1991, going 0-5 in the playoffs under coach Marvin Lewis. Now it goes to a place where it lost 27-0 in October, managing only 135 total yards, and key receiver A.J. Green will not play because of a concussion he suffered last week. Jeremy Hill has surged at running back, carrying for 441 yards in December — most in the NFL. The Bengals don't have much of a pass rush — their 20 sacks were fewest in the NFL.
Colts at a glance: Indianapolis has the NFL's top-ranked aerial attack, led by quarterback Andrew Luck (4,761 yards passing and 40 TDs), and faces the No. 20 pass defense. Indianapolis is expected to have No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton (82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns) back from a hamstring injury. The Colts have won eight of their past 10 meetings with the Bengals and have beaten them seven consecutive times in Indianapolis. They have 17 players making their playoff debuts.
Detroit (11-5) at Dallas (12-4)
When: 3:40 p.m., Ch. 9 • Line: Cowboys by 6½
Lions at a glance: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is set to play after all, with his suspension for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last weekend having been reduced to a fine, making the Lions' top-rated run defense intact to face NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray. Detroit's offense has disappointed this season, as quarterback Matthew Stafford has been up and down. But he and wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate get to face the league's No. 26 pass defense.
Cowboys at a glance: If Murray is contained, Dallas certainly is capable through the air as Tony Romo threw 34 TD passes this season (16 to Dez Bryant), had the best passer rating (113.2) of his career. But Romo is just 1-3 in the playoffs. The Cowboys closed the regular season with four victories by an average margin of 21½ points. If Dallas contains Detroit's passing attack, the Lions might be in big trouble because their ground game is poor — No. 28 in the league.