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NFL Capsule: Vikings at Packers

NFL Capsule: Vikings at Packers

MINNESOTA (10-6) At GREEN BAY (11-5)

Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Packers by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD -Minnesota 9-7; Green Bay 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 54-49-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 6; Vikings No. 10

LAST MEETING -Vikings beat Packers 37-34, Dec. 30

LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Packers 37-34

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (2), PASS (31)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (24)

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (20), PASS (9)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - First wild-card rematch of regular-season finale since 2009, when three of four wild cards, including Green Bay's loss to Arizona, were do-overs. ... Packers are 1-1 when facing same team in last week of regular-season and following week in playoffs. They beat Lions in 1993 after losing regular-season finale, and lost to Arizona after winning in last week of regular season in `09. ... NFC North rival Packers and Vikings have met once in postseason, a 31-17 Minnesota victory at Lambeau Field in 2004 NFC wild card. ... Including that loss to Vikings, Packers have dropped four of last six postseason games at home. ... Minnesota's victory in regular-season finale snapped five-game losing streak to Green Bay. After losing in Green Bay on Dec. 2, Minnesota won its last four. ... Packers are NFC North champions and No. 3 seed in conference, while Minnesota is sixth seed, securing wild-card spot with victory over Green Bay in Minneapolis last weekend. ... Sixteen of last 21 regular-season games between these NFC North rivals have been decided by seven points or less. ... Packers WR Donald Driver and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams, DB Antoine Winfield and C Cullen Loeffler are only players left from 2004 wild-card meeting. ... Packers are 4-1 against division opponents in playoffs. ... Packers were 7-1 at Lambeau Field this season, while Vikings were 3-5 on road. ... Vikings are 6-15 in road playoff games. ... Vikings have not played a ``cold-weather'' game outdoors since Dec. 28, 2010, when the temperature was 32 degrees for 24-14 victory over Eagles. Since 2000, Minnesota is 2-6 outdoors when it's 32 or below. Forecast for Saturday night calls for temperatures in mid-teens, with wind chill around zero. ... Adrian Peterson finished with 2,097 yards rushing, 8 shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL record. ... Peterson has rushed for more yards against Packers (1,442) than any opponent. ... After throwing 12 interceptions in first 13 games, Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has gone last three without a pick. ... Packers have made playoffs in each of last four seasons and in five of last six, most by any NFC team. ... Aaron Rodgers has thrown 24 TDs and four INTs in 10 career starts vs. Vikings. ... With Jordy Nelson expecting to play, Packers would have all four top receivers for, essentially, first time since Sept. 30. Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Randall Cobb all appeared in Dec. 2 game against Vikings, but Nelson left after injuring hamstring on Green Bay's second drive. ... Rodgers has NFL-best 105.5 quarterback rating in postseason. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has more sacks of Rodgers than any other quarterback. Of his career 117 sacks, 15 1/2 are of Rodgers, including his single-game high of 4 1/2 on Oct. 5, 2009. ... Vikings have sacked Rodgers seven times in their first two meetings this year, including career-high three by DE Everson Griffen last Sunday. ... Jones first Packer to lead NFL in TD receptions (14) since Sterling Sharpe (18) in 1994. ... Green Bay's 16 giveaways tied for second lowest in NFL. ... Packers DB Charles Woodson will play for first time since breaking right collarbone Oct. 21. ... Peterson's 34 carries against Green Bay in regular-season finale were most in NFL this year. ...... Packers RB DuJuan Harris had his best game since being elevated from practice squad in season finale against Vikings, rushing for 70 yards on 14 carries.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

The Washington Wizards lost to the Charlotte Hornets 122-105 on Friday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Bad matchup: Despite their poor record, there is something about this Charlotte Hornets team that gives the Wizards trouble. The Wizards lost to the Hornets (26-33) for the third time in three tries this season on Friday night and, aside from a push in the third quarter, they were never really in it.

All in all, it was a dud of a game for the Wizards who were probably due for one. They had won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall got injured. They were also coming off a huge road win the night before in Cleveland, a game that started an hour later than usual.

It was a tough turnaround and the Wizards sure looked like it. It was evident in their defense and unforced errors. They did, however, have a decent shooting night. They shot 49.4 percent from the field 16-for-17 from the free throw line.

The Wizards' second unit didn't provide a lift outside of Kelly Oubre, Jr. (11 points). Mike Scott, one of their best bench options, was held scoreless.

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Ugly first half: The Wizards only trailed by 12 points at halftime, but that score was skewed by a five-point push in the final seconds. The Hornets dominated for much of the first two quarters and did so by hitting threes and forcing turnovers. Those mistakes dug the Wizards a hole they never recovered from.

The Wizards had 10 turnovers in the first half, the same amount they had in their entire game the night before. Limiting mistakes was a big reason they beat the Cavaliers, yet the script was flipped by Charlotte.

The Hornets capitalized with 23 points off those 10 first-half turnovers. The Wizards had 14 giveaways for the games that led to 28 total points. 

Charlotte was 7-for-11 from three at one point in the first half and finished 17-for-39 (43.6%) for the game. That is very uncharacteristic for the Wizards, who entered the night second in the NBA in opponents three-point percentage.

Again, though, the first half ended well as Oubre and Bradley Beal gave the Wizards a jolt in the final seconds:

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Bad defense: The Wizards have played some great defense in recent weeks, but they just didn't have it on Friday night. Most surprising were the guys that hurt them most.

Dwight Howard was limited to 11 points and six rebounds and Kemba Walker didn't score his first points until the final minute of the first half. But others like Frank Kaminsky (23 points), Marvin Williams (15 points) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14 points) got pretty much anything they wanted.

For Walker, it was a tale of two halves. He was held in check by Tomas Satoransky in the first half, but broke out in the third quarter and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. Maybe it was tired legs on the Wizards' part, but Walker just kept dribbling until he got space and once he did, he knocked down shots.

Much like Kyle Lowry did a few weeks ago, Walker made adjustments to find success against Satoransky. We haven't seen that happen much since Wall went out, but those two have given him some trouble. Both guys are considerably smaller than Satoransky and very quick. Maybe there's something to that.

Add it all up and this was one of the worst defensive games of the season for the Wizards. They allowed their most points in a game since Jan. 17 against, you guessed it, the Hornets. Only three times this year have they given up more than what they allowed on Friday.

No Sessions: The Wizards did not debut their newest player on Friday night, which was probably to be expected given Ramon Sessions has not had any practice time yet. That is part of why he didn't play, but it's also another indication that he is unlikely to play much with the Wizards. Sessions is on a 10-day contract and is not expected to supplant either Satoransky or Tim Frazier at point guard. Frazier would seem to be the guy in danger of losing minutes, but it was business as usual for him against the Hornets.

Up next: The Wizards are off Saturday before returning to action at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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