Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (right) collides with Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford (33) as he dives into the end zone for a touchdown during their NFL wildcard playoff game in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday.
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THE Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans both won their NFL wildcard playoff games on Saturday, and both now have scores to settle in their upcoming matches.
Green Bay routed the Minnesota Vikings 24-10, setting up a trip to San Francisco. The 49ers beat the Packers at Lambeau Field to open the season.
The Packers didn't let season 2,000-yard rusher Adrian Peterson run over them again. Indeed, Packers fullback John Kuhn had a bigger impact with two touchdowns.
The Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 and are heading back to New England, where their season began to unravel with a heavy loss to the Patriots last month.
Houston lost three of its last four regular-season games to blow home-field advantage in the conference, slipping to third overall.
Adrian Peterson and the Vikings didn't bring their best to Green Bay. One week after he rushed for 199 yards to lift Minnesota into the playoffs, the 2,000-yard runner was held to 99. And Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was sidelined by an elbow injury; backup Joe Webb couldn't manufacture much offense.
While Houston heads to Foxborough next weekend, AFC West winner Denver (13-3) will host either Baltimore or Indianapolis next Saturday. NFC South champ Atlanta (13-3) gets either the Washington Redskins or Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.
Ten Green Bay receivers caught passes from Aaron Rodgers, tying a playoff record, with Kuhn scoring on a 9-yarder. DeJuan Harris also had a 9-yard TD run, and Green Bay kept Peterson in check. It was a turnaround from what the star running back did in his last trip to Lambeau, when he rushed for 210 yards.
It was Rodgers' first home playoff victory.
Minnesota's late touchdown was a 50-yard pass to Michael Jenkins. Next, the Packers get the Niners, who won 30-22 at Lambeau to start the season.