NFL Wild Card Weekend: Five stats you need to know about each game

Created by Jason R Remy (Jayron32)

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog published with a focus on stats that go beyond the numbers.

Here’s a look at the four games this weekend that will open the 2012 NFL playoffs.

Cincinnati vs. Houston (Saturday)
1. The Texans have won the only playoff game played between the two teams. Houston defeated the Bengals 31-10 last year in Houston.
2. The Bengals have lost their last four playoff games. Their playoff record is 5-10 with their last playoff win coming on January 6, 1991. They are 0-5 in playoff games on the road.
3. The Texans are 1-1 in playoff games having won their home playoff game against the Bengals last year.
4. The Texans have won the last four games played against the Bengals, including the last two games played in Houston.
5. The Texans lead the all-time series 4-3.

Minnesota vs. Green Bay (Saturday)
1. The two teams have met only once in the playoffs. The Vikings won that game 31-17 in Green Bay in the 2004 playoffs. It is the last road playoff game the Vikings won.
2. Minnesota has lost three of their last four playoff games. Their all-time playoff record is 19-26. Their last playoff win was in the 2009 post-season. They have a 6-15 record on the road in playoff games.
3. The Packers are 7-7 in playoff contests since 2000. They have a 27-16 playoff record. The Pack is 2-4 in the last six playoff games played in Green Bay.
4. Green Bay has won five of the last six games played in the all-time series vs. the Vikings. They have won the last three games played against the Vikings in Green Bay.
5. The Packers have a 54-49-1 lead in the all-time series.

Indianapolis vs. Baltimore (Sunday)
1. The Colts have won two playoff games against the Ravens, winning 15-6 in the 2006 playoffs in Baltimore and in the 2010 playoffs in Indianapolis with a 20-3 victory.
2. The Colts have lost four of their last six playoff games. Their all-time playoff record is 19-20. The Colts are 2-7 in their last nine playoff games played on the road.. Their last playoff road win was against the Ravens on Jan. 13, 2007.
3. The Ravens are 3-3 in their last six playoff games. In the last three playoffs, they have won their first playoff game and then lost the next game. Baltimore has a 10-7 record in the playoffs.
4. The  Colts lead the all-time series 9-3 and have won eight of the last nine games played between the two teams. The Colts have won four of the last five games played against the Ravens in Baltimore.
5. The Ravens won the last meeting between the two teams, 24-10, on Dec. 11, 2011.

Seattle vs. Washington (Sunday)
1. Seattle has won a pair of playoff games against the Redskins, winning in Seattle in the 2005 playoffs and defeating Washington in a 2007 playoff game played in Seattle.
2. The Seahawks are 5-6 in playoff games since 2000. Their all-time playoff record is 8-11. They are 1-8 in playoff games played on the road, including losing their last eight road playoff games.
3. The Redskins are 3-4 in their last seven playoff games. Their all-time playoff record is 22-16. The Redskins are 13-2 in home playoff games since 1940.
4. Washington leads the series against the Seahawks 11-4.
5. The Redskins have won six of the last eight games against Seattle and have won the last three games against the Seahawks played on Washington’s home field.

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