Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys, along with Cowboys fans, are undoubtedly disappointed that yet another season ended without a playoff berth. With a chance to clinch the NFC East on Sunday night, the Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins and concluded their 2012 season.
Still, there's plenty of good football left to be played. The NFL's playoff schedule kicks off on Saturday, when the Houston Texans play host to the Cincinnati Bengals (3:30 p.m. CT, NBC). Houston at one point looked like a lock for the No. 1 overall seed, but finished with a 12-4 record while watching Peyton Manning's and Tom Brady's teams earn bye weeks.
NFC North rivals Green Bay and Minnesota will square off in the second Wild Card game on Saturday (7 p.m. CT, NBC). Adrian Peterson came just nine yards shy of breaking the single-season rushing record when he led the Vikings to a win over the Packers and a playoff berth.
Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver and New England all earned byes and will not play next weekend.