Packers, Seahawks advance
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers recovered from a poor start to throw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a score, and the Green Bay Packers came back to beat the Washington Redskins 35-18 in an NFC wild-card game Sunday.
Rodgers opened 1 for 8, and Green Bay’s first four drives ended this way: punt, safety, punt, punt.
Trailing 11-0, the Packers used a bit of hurry-up to score 17 consecutive points, then put the game away on the ground. Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb and Davante Adams for TDs. After rushing for only 17 yards in the first half, the Packers finished with 141.
Green Bay (11-6), which lost its last two regular-season games, will play at Arizona on Saturday.
NFC East champion Washington (9-8) had won four games in a row, but its season ends without a victory over a winning team.
SEAHAWKS 10, VIKINGS 9
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Blair Walsh’s 27-yard field goal try into the frigid wind hooked left with 22 seconds remaining, handing Seattle a victory over stunned Minnesota in a wild-card round playoff game in below-zero weather that tied for the third-coldest NFL game on record.
The Seahawks (11-6) didn’t score until Russell Wilson’s short touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin early in the fourth quarter, and a fumble by Adrian Peterson for the Vikings on the next possession set up a field goal by Steven Hauschka.
The Vikings (11-6) took the ball back with 1:42 left at their 39 and, aided by a pass interference penalty on Kam Chancellor, drove deep into Seattle’s territory. After draining the clock for the seemingly inevitable win, Walsh missed the winner. He made all three of his earlier attempts.
Seattle will play next weekend at Carolina, where the Panthers had a first-round bye in balmy mid-50s weather.