Today's playoff games

January 07, 1996

NFC divisional game

Eagles (11-6) at Cowboys (12-4)

Site: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Time: 12:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 45, 5/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Cowboys by 13 1/2

Injuries: Eagles -- DT Rhett Hall (knee), and LB James Willis (hamstring) are doubtful; G Harry Boatswain (knee), DT Mike Chalenski (knee), T Antone Davis (concussion), DE Andy Harmon (shoulder), DE Mike Mamula (shoulder), QB Rodney Peete (flu), LB William Thomas (shoulder), and RB Derrick Witherspoon (knee) are questionable; WR Calvin Williams (ankle) is probable. Cowboys -- DE Charles Haley (back) is out; TE Eric Bjornson (abdomen), and DT Russell Maryland (foot-toe) are questionable; Troy Aikman (back), G Larry Allen (wrist), DE Shante Carver (hand), LB Dixon Edward (pectoral), DT Chad Hennings (Achilles), LB Robert Jones (abdomen), S Brock Marion (thumb), LB Godfrey Myles (shoulder-hip), RB Emmitt Smith (quadriceps), Tony Tolbert (knee), T Erik Williams (knee-thumb), and S Darren Woodson (shoulder) are probable.

Outlook: Coming off last week's 58-37 demolition of the Lions, the Eagles face a Cowboys team that struggled down the stretch, including a 20-17 loss to the Eagles in December. Eagles Rodney Peete, who had eight regular-season touchdown passes, threw for three last week. The Cowboys defense allowed 149 yards rushing in the last meeting. Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith led the NFL with 1,773 yards rushing and 25 TDs. The Eagles defense led the NFC with 48 sacks,

AFC divisional game

Colts (10-7) at Chiefs (13-3)

Site: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 11, 4/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Chiefs by 10

Injuries: Colts -- WR Wendell Davis (hamstring) and RB Marshall Faulk (knee) are questionable; CB Eugene Daniel (knee), T Randy Dixon (elbow), LB Stephen Grant (ankle), and DT Tony McCoy (foot) are probable. Chiefs -- LB George Jamison (elbow) is questionable; CB Darren Anderson (knee) and DE Neil Smith (shoulder) are probable.

Outlook: Kansas City was the only NFL team to go undefeated at home this season and is 2-0 there in the playoffs this decade. But the Colts showed they could win on the road in the playoffs under tough conditions, beating San Diego last week without star running back Marshall Faulk. Zack Crockett, who ran for 147 yards last week, faces a tougher defense this week -- the Chiefs were third in the league against the run. QB Steve Bono, who led the Chiefs to the NFL's best regular-season record, will start a postseason game for the first time. The Colts defense was stingy against the run most of the season but has been shaky lately, allowing 145 yards last week and 224 in the last two games of the season. Colts QB Jim Harbaugh was the NFL's top-rated passer, but he'll face pressure from Chiefs defenders Neil Smith and Derrick Thomas. The defense allowed an NFL-low 5.99 yards per pass attempt and had 47 sacks, second in the AFC.

Stellino's pick: Chiefs 27, Colts 14 -- Imagine, the Colts-Chargers game got the highest rating of the season in Baltimore last week. Were Baltimore fans rooting against the Colts or just curious?

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