NOTES

Andy Reid agrees to lead Chiefs

Jets lineman says Tebow should have played

From Wire ReportsJanuary 5, 2013 

  • TODAY’S WILD CARD GAMES WHO: Bengals at Texans WHEN/TV: 4:30 p.m., NBC LINE: Texans by 41/2 BUZZ: The Texans have struggled down the stretch and lost three of their past four games. Meanwhile, the Bengals have won seven of their past eight games, including quality wins against the Giants, as well as Pittsburgh and Baltimore the past two weeks. Cincinnati’s strength is its defense, especially a front seven that registered 51 sacks this season, third-best in the NFL. THE PICK: Bengals WHO: Vikings at Packers WHEN/TV: 8 p.m., NBC LINE: Packers by 71/2 BUZZ: No one meant more to its playoff push than RB Adrian Peterson, who finished nine yards shy of the NFL single-season rushing mark. Peterson ran for 409 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and two TDs in two games vs. the Packers this season. Aaron Rodgers has too many receiving weapons. Plus, the Packers are getting healthy at the right time. THE PICK: Packers Newsday

Playoff schedule

Saturday’s Wild Card Games

Cincinnati at Houston, 4:30 p.m. (NBC)

Minnesota at Green Bay, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday’s Wild Card Games

Indianapolis at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Seattle at Washington, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Jan. 12 Divisional Playoffs

Baltimore, Indianapolis or Cincinnati at Denver, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

Washington, Seattle or Green Bay at San Francisco, 8 p.m. (FOX)

Jan. 13 Divisional Playoffs

Washington, Seattle or Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Baltimore, Indianapolis or Houston at New England, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV on Friday, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs’ home.

A few hours later, Reid officially became the coach of the Chiefs.

The longtime Eagles coach signed a five-year deal, two sources told The Associated Press. The Chiefs have scheduled an introductory news conference for Monday.

Reid’s agreement was finalized shortly after the Chiefs announced they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four tumultuous seasons in Kansas City.

It’s expected that Reid will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey or former Browns GM Tom Heckert to work with him in the front office.

Reid inherits a team that went 2-14, matching the worst record in franchise history. But he’ll also have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and with five players voted to the Pro Bowl this season, Kansas City has building blocks in place to make a quick turnaround.

Jets player: Tebow deserved chance to start

Jets defensive end Mike DeVito believes Tim Tebow should have been given a chance.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel bad for Tim and how it went down,” DeVito said Friday on WFAN.

During the final two weeks of the season, Tebow — the purported No. 2 backup quarterback — twice was passed over for the starting job, first by third-stringer Greg McElroy and then former starter Mark Sanchez.

DeVito believes, if given a chance, Tebow could have delivered some Ws.

“Guys just want to rally behind him,” said the defensive lineman. “I think if you put Tim in there, we win games. I really believe that.”

Around the league

The Vikings listed quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield as questionable for today’s playoff game against Green Bay. ... The Redskins have restored cornerback Cedric Griffin to the roster after his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. ... Colts left guard Joe Reitz will not play in Sunday’s playoff game at Baltimore because of a concussion. He likely will be replaced by Jeff Linkenbach. ... The Texans placed linebacker Tim Dobbins on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

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