NFC playoffs today: Redskins vs. Vikings

January 02, 1993

Site: Metrodome, Minneapolis. Time: 12:30 p.m.

TV: Channels 13, 7

Radio: WBAL (1090), WTEM (570 AM)

Line: Vikings by 3 1/2

Last week: The Redskins lost to the Los Angeles Raiders, 21-20, to end the regular season 9-7. The Vikings (11-5) beat the Green Bay Packers, 27-7.

The series: The Redskins lead the regular-season series 6-3, although the teams are 2-2 in playoff games. The Redskins have won the last six meetings, including playoff games in 1982 and 1987. Both times the Redskins went on to win the Super Bowl.

Last meeting: Chip Lohmiller kicked five field goals to give the Redskins a 15-13 victory in a bruising defensive battle as Wilber Marshall had seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble while the Redskins limited the Vikings to 218 yards of total offense.

On the sidelines: Joe Gibbs, in his 12th season, is 139-64, including a glittering 15-4 playoff record. Gibbs is 6-0 against Minnesota, 25-4 against the NFC Central and 5-1 against the division in the playoffs. Dennis Green finished 11-5 in his first season as Minnesota's coach and will be coaching his first playoff game, although he's familiar with the playoffs from his days as an assistant with the 49ers.

What the Redskins have to do to win: The easy way would be for Mark Rypien to break out of his season-long slump, but that's probably not realistic. If Rypien has another inconsistent day, they'll have to try to win it on defense by stopping running back Terry Allen and confusing quarterback Sean Salisbury, who's 29, but is starting only his fifth NFL game.

What the Vikings have to do to win: Get a 100-yard rushing day from Allen. Unless Salisbury repeats the career day he had last week against the Packers, the best hope for the Vikings is to run Allen and play defense. If Allen can get more than the 51 yards he got against the Redskins in the opener, it'll keep Salisbury out of obvious passing downs.

Injury report: Redskins: CB Darrell Green (heel) is questionable; RB Earnest Byner (back), LB Andre Collins (ribs), RB Ricky Ervins (ankle), CB A. J. Johnson (heel), DE Charles Mann (knee), WR Art Monk (back), TE Terry Orr (knee), WR Ricky Sanders (ankle), G Mark Schlereth (knee) are probable. Vikings: RB Keith Henderson (knee-injured reserve) is out. WR Hassan Jones (back) is probable.

Outlook: This figures to be a low scoring defensive battle, a replica of the first game the Redskins won 15-13. Although the Redskins are riddled with injuries, they do have Jim Lachey back to neutralize Chris Doleman. If you combine Lachey's return with Lohmiller's leg, the Redskins' playoff experience and coach Joe Gibbs' coaching, the Redskins could pull off an upset. The only problem is that a victory would send them to San Francisco next week.

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