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NFL Dawgs Wild Card Weekend: Playoffs Bring Delight, Despair For Former Huskies

Former Huskies earn a weekend split in the playoffs as the Chiefs and Seahawks move on, but the Texans and Redskins head home for the winter

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Peters, Chiefs overwhelm Texans

As he has done for much of his rookie campaign, Marcus Peters made an impact in the Kansas City Chiefs' secondary Saturday. The Chiefs ran the opening kickoff of the game back for a 106-yard touchdown and never looked back, running away from the Houston Texans 30-0 in one of the two AFC wild card games. Peters recorded his first playoff interception to go with his eight regular season picks. It was one of four interceptions thrown by Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Former Husky Chris Polk saw no action for Houston in the playoff loss, with the bulk of rushing duties being handled by Alfred Blue, who finished one yard short of a 100-yard rushing day.

The Chiefs will move on to face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Seahawks pull out improbable victory

The Seattle Seahawks moved on in their quest for a third straight Super Bowl appearance, escaping the bitter Minnesota cold with a 10-9 victory over the Vikings. Much of the game was played at subzero temps, wreaking havoc on both teams' offensive schemes. Still, two former Huskies and current Seahawks were able to get their names in the receiving column. Jermaine Kearse caught three passes from Russell Wilson for 18 yards, and Kevin Smith had one 14-yard reception in the victory.

The Seahawks appeared destined for an early playoff exit until Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh inexplicably sent a 27-yard field goal attempt wide left with under half a minute to play, locking up the improbable win for Seattle. The Hawks will travel to Carolina to play the Panthers in the Divisional round next Sunday.

Redskins' season ends at home

The Washington Redskins became the fourth and final home team to lose on Wild Card Weekend, letting an 11-0 lead evaporate in a 35-18 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday. Former Huskies Mason Foster and Dashon Goldson both continued their solid play, but it wasn't enough as Aaron Rodgers picked the Redskins' defense apart in the second half of the Packers' 17-point victory.

Foster was second on the team in tackles with nine, including two for a loss, to finish up a season that saw him emerge late on the 'Skins' linebacking corps. Goldson, returning from a rib injury, had six tackles and a deflected pass in the defeat.

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