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7 things to know about NFL Wild Card Weekend

The march to Super Bowl LI begins its next phase this weekend with the NFL Wildcard Weekend.

Here’s what you need to know as pro football’s playoffs kick off Saturday and Sunday:

1. It all gets started with the Oakland Raiders at the Houston Texans on Saturday afternoon.

ABC will have the game, which kicks at 4:35 EST and will feature a pair of unexpected starting quarterbacks.

Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the Raiders will have to rely on third-string rookie Connor Cook at quarterback because of injuries to Derek Carr and Matt McGloin.

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Meanwhile, Tom Savage’s concussion has forced the Texans to go back to Brock Osweiler, who signed a huge contract in the offseason but was benched in December. 

2. The Saturday night cap pits the Detroit Lions against the Seattle Seahawks (NBC, 8:15).

There is no lack of franchise quarterbacks in the second game as Matthew Stafford will try to lead the Lions past Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

Wilson is 5 for 5 in leading Seattle to the playoffs during his career while Stafford has the Lions back in the postseason for the second time in three years.

3. The Steelers host the Dolphins at 1 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

The first hint Miami could be postseason-bound this year was a 30-15 win over Pittsburgh in October, although at the time it was more natural to think that result meant there was something wrong with the Steelers.

The last time these teams played in the postseason, Dan Marino led the Dolphins to a 45-28 win in January 1985. 

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17), in action against the Arizona Cardinals during NFL game Sunday December 11, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. ((Bill Ingram) / The Palm Beach Post) (Bill Ingram)

4. A classic clash of the teams from NFL’s old guard wraps things up Sunday with the Giants at the Packers (4:40 p.m., Fox).

Both of these teams know something about playing their way to the championship after surging in December, but only one will make it to the divisional round.

Will it be Eli Manning’s bunch, or Aaron Rodgers’ crew?

5. There was more churn at the top than the previous four years.

Six teams are in the playoffs after missing them last year, and six of the eight division winners are different from 2015.

The new division winners are Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Dallas, Green Bay, Atlanta and Seattle.

Back in the playoffs after sitting at home last year are the Falcons, Cowboys, Oakland, Miami, Detroit and the New York Giants.

The last time there were six new teams in the playoffs or six new division winners was 2011.

6. The Cowboys, Packers and Giants are all extending their shared record for most playoff appearances in league history.

The 2016 season marks the 32nd postseason berth for all three franchises. 

Cowboys rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott have led the team to the NFC's No. 1 playoff seed. (Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)

7. Dallas is the 13th team in the last 14 years to go from worst to first in its division.

The last team to do so before Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the gang was the Redskins last season.

The only team in that span to do it and make the Super Bowl is the 2009 Saints, who beat the Colts for the championship.

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