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Playoff capsules

Cincinnati at Houston

Time: 4:30 p.m. today (NBC)

Records: Bengals (10-6), Texans (12-4)

The skinny: This is a rematch of last year’s wild-card playoff game, won by the Texans, 31-10. But what has happened to the Texans? Once looking like a lock for the No. 1 seed, they have lost three of their past four games. And their offense has struggled to score points. This is the third playoff appearance in the past four years for the Bengals, who have won seven of their past eight games. But they have never won a playoff game under Marvin Lewis (0-3). They have to get ahead and force Matt Schaub, not Arian Foster, to win the game.

Prediction: Texans, 23-20

Minnesota at Green Bay

Time: 8 p.m. today (NBC)

Records: Vikings (10-6), Packers (11-5)

The skinny: The Vikings come surging to the postseason, having won their final four games, including last week’s victory against the Packers that qualified them for the playoffs. In two games against the Packers this season, Adrian Peterson has rushed for 409 yards and two touchdowns. But this game will be outside, where the Vikings are 0-5 this season. It might not affect Peterson, who averaged 127.8 yards in those games, but it will bother QB Christian Ponder. More than anything, Aaron Rodgers will bother the Vikings.

Prediction: Packers, 34-20

– Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Record:.11-5 last week; 160-96 season (Does not include Thursday games)

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