5 Jan 2010

NFL playoffs create three repeats

11:49 am on 5 January 2010

The first round of the NFL playoffs sets up like an instant replay as three of next weekend's four wildcard games reprise showdowns that closed the regular season.

The Philadelphia Eagles, 24-0 losers on Sunday to the Cowboys, return to Dallas in an NFC wildcard game, while the Bengals hope to rebound from a 37-0 thrashing by the Jets when they host the New Yorkers in an AFC game.

The third repeat game features visiting Green Bay against the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals, 33-7 losers to the Packers in their regular season finale.

The only fresh match-up has AFC East winners New England hosting the Baltimore Ravens.