A Survival Guide To The NFL Wild-Card Weekend

5 facts about each game that will make you look like you know what you're talking about.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

With the NFL playoffs starting up this weekend, many people will be flocking in to watch the most popular sport in America. A lot of these people will be guys and gals who only tune in for the playoffs. If you are one of those people who are walking into this postseason blind and may be watching games with true fans, we've got you covered with some basic knowledge that will make you look like you know what the hell is going on. Below is five facts for each game that if used properly, will give you an air of knowledge usually reserved for the guy in his chair watching the games every Sunday.


Cincinnati at Houston: Saturday, 4:30 pm

*The Bengals have not won a playoff game in 21 years, the last being a 41-14 wild-card victory over the Houston Oilers on Jan. 6, 1991.

*Houston is 5-3 at home this season while Cincinnati is 5-3 on the road.

*Houston beat the Bengals on December 11th this season. Cincy QB Andy Dalton passed for for 189 yards and a TD.

*In the win,Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates led fourth-quarter scoring drives of 83 and 80 yards, respectively, in the 20-19 come-from-behind victory.

*Houston comes into this week having lost it's last three regular season games.


Detroit at New Orleans: Saturday, 8 pm

*Before Drew Brees, the Saints were one of the worst teams in the league, boasting the third lowest winning percentage since 1967 at .403.

*Detroit has had one playoff victory since 1957, where they beat Cleveland for an NFL title.

*Brees is now the holder of the single season passing record with 5,476, passing Dan Marino, who held the record for 27 years.

*Detroit finished 0-16 back in 2008, the only team to accomplish that feat.

*Detroit QB Matt Stafford finally showed what he could do in an injury free season, passing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns.


Atlanta at NY Giants: Sunday, 1 pm

*The Giants have been wildly inconsistent this season. They started the year 6-2, then lost four straight, then finished 3-1 to win the division.

*Atlanta's Matt Ryan has yet to win a playoff game. They were the number 1 seed last season and were beat by Green Bay and lost to Arizona two seasons ago.

*Eli Manning is having statistically his best season as a pro for the Giants. He tossed 29 touchdown passes and came just 67 yards short of passing for 5000 yards. He also set an NFL record with 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes.

*Atlanta is by far the better running team of the two. They posted an average of 114.6 yards per game as opposed to New York's 89.2.

*The Giants defense has been very hungry this season, accounting for 48 sacks this season. That puts them with Baltimore in third place in the NFL.


Pittsburgh at Denver: Sunday, 4:30 pm

*The Steelers come into the game with a QB gimping with a high ankle sprain and their lead running back out with a torn ACL.

*The Broncos were 4-12 last season, their 8-8 record marks a 4 game improvement from a year ago. Tebow personally accounted for 7 of the 8 wins while only losing 4.

*Pittsburgh has allowed a league low 6 touchdowns since week 12.

*Denver's offense primarily revolves around the running game. They led the league in rushing and set the franchise single-season mark with 2,632 yards.

*God is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. (OK, maybe I'm stretching, but there are signs that this is true)