Eight teams left to play after wild-card weekend
The Associated Press
After the completion of wild-card weekend, which included Sunday night’s stunning Cleveland Browns win at Pittsburgh, the NFL divisional round is now set to begin this Saturday, with four games over two days.
n Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay, 4:35 p.m., Fox. The Rams (11-6) stunned the Seahawks in Seattle in the wild-card round, with Jared Goff stepping in for injured starter John Wolford less than two weeks after having three pins surgically inserted into his broken right thumb. Goff’s health will be closely monitored throughout the week, leading into the showdown with Aaron Rodgers and the NFC’s top-seeded Packers (13-3). Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur, whose team had a first-round bye, was Rams coach Sean McVay’s offensive coordinator during the 2017 season.
n Baltimore at Buffalo, 8:15 p.m., NBC. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (12-5) rallied from 10 points down and beat Tennessee in their AFC wild-card game Sunday. It was Jackson’s first playoff victory and he did it with his legs — 136 yards rushing, including a 48-yard touchdown — and his arm — 179 more yards. Josh Allen and the Bills (14-3) delivered Buffalo its first playoff victory since December 1995 by defeating Indianapolis. They’ll go into the divisional round on a seven-game winning streak. The Bills will take on Baltimore.
Sunday’s games will feature the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Browns on CBS at 3:05 p.m. That will be followed by a rematch of the Tampa Bay-New Orleans NFC South series, which the Saints won both games this season. That will kick off on FOX at 6:40 p.m.
A few milestones
At 43 years and 159 days, Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady passed George Blanda as the oldest player to throw a TD pass in a playoff game. Brady had three touchdown tosses in the Buccaneers’ 31-23 win over Washington on Saturday night. … With his 5-yard TD run and two TD passes in Buffalo’s 27-24 win over Indianapolis on Saturday, Josh Allen became the fifth player since at least 1940 to score a touchdown rushing, passing and receiving in his playoff career. Allen scored on a 16-yard catch from John Brown in a 22-19 OT loss at Houston a year ago. Allen joined Nick Foles, Kordell Stewart, Freeman McNeil and Julian Edelman to accomplish the feat. … Baltimore coach John Harbaugh has eight road playoff victories, surpassing the career mark of Hall of Famer Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin. … New Orleans’ Drew Brees became the sixth player in NFL history with 35 or more TD passes in the playoffs, joining Brady (75), Joe Montana (45), Brett Favre (44), Peyton Manning (40) and Aaron Rodgers (40). … Cleveland raced to a 28-0 lead against Pittsburgh, the biggest first half by a road team in NFL playoff history, before hanging on Sunday night for a 48-37 victory.
Streaks & stats
Buffalo snapped an 0-6 postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since 1995 by defeating Indianapolis 27-24 on Saturday. The Bills’ last playoff victory came against Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. This one came in the Bills’ first home playoff game in 24 years. … Buffalo has won seven straight games. … The Los Angeles Rams ended Seattle’s 10-game home winning streak in the playoffs with a 30-20 victory Saturday. The Seahawks’ last home playoff loss came in January 2005 to the St. Louis Rams.
… Los Angeles’ Cam Akers ran for 131 yards against Seattle, the best rushing day by a Rams running back since Marshall Faulk went for 159 against Philadelphia in January 2002. Akers’ 176 yards from scrimmage were the second most by a rookie in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era, surpassed only by Timmy Smith’s 213 for Washington in the 1988 Super Bowl. … Baltimore’s Justin Tucker missed a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 20-13 win at Tennessee on Sunday, only the second playoff miss of his career in 14 tries. He had converted his previous 48 consecutive field goal attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime in the regular season and playoffs. … The Ravens snapped a string of 21 straight games lost by the franchise in either the regular season or playoffs when trailing by 10 or more. … With Baltimore’s win over Tennessee, the road team has won each of the five playoff meetings between the franchises.
Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald left in the third quarter of Los Angeles’ 30-20 win at Seattle on Saturday with a rib injury. … Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp limped off grabbing at his right knee in the closing minutes. … Rams starting QB John Wolford was 3 of 6 passing for 29 yards and had one run for 2 yards before injuring his neck. … Tampa Bay right guard Alex Cappa left late in the second quarter of the Buccaneers’ 31-23 win over Washington on Saturday night with an ankle injury and did not return. … Titans wide receiver Corey Davis was seen on the sideline during Tennessee’s 20-13 loss to Baltimore without a helmet, but there was no report on his condition. Coach Mike Vrabel said only Davis wasn’t able to go.