Seahawks are out, but local players remain in NFL playoffs
Even with a supposedly healthy offensive line, the Seattle Seahawks were dominated by the Los Angeles defense in the Rams' 30-20 playoff win at Lumen Field on Jan. 9.
Two significant turnovers played a role in the Hawks' demise, but Seattle certainly didn't look like a Super Bowl contender. Then again, neither did division champions Pittsburgh (started season 11-0), Tennessee or the Washington Football Team, each of which also lost at home in the wild-card round.
So the Seahawks are gone, but players with ties to Portland or the state of Oregon remain in the playoffs:
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay (1:35 p.m. Saturday, FOX) — David Douglas High product Samson Ebukam made a decisive play by forcing the fumble by Seahawks punt returner D.J. Reed Jr., a play that set up the final Rams touchdown in their win at Seattle. The Los Angeles roster includes former Ducks in defensive back Troy Hill and linebacker Justin Hollins (each with two solo tackles against Seattle) and tight end Johnny Mundt. Former Oregon State punter Johnny Hekker was effective (seven punts, 45.3-yard average) in the win at Seattle.
Baltimore at Buffalo (5:15 p.m. Saturday, NBC) — Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer (Astoria/Oregon State) will try to contain Lamar Jackson. Poyer was second on the Bills in tackles with nine (seven solo, one tackle for loss) in Buffalo's wild-card round win over Indianapolis.
Cleveland at Kansas City (12:05 p.m. Sunday, CBS) — Former Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell and the Browns face the challenge of trying to slow down Patrick Mahomes this week after the Browns won a playoff game for the first time in 26 years by beating Pittsburgh on Sunday. Mitchell had six solo tackles and a pass defended in that victory, which set off Super Bowl-level celebrations in Cleveland. For the Chiefs, former Oregon State offensive lineman Mike Remmers started 10 games in his first season with the Chiefs, but missed two of the last three regular-season games with a back injury.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans (3:40 p.m., Sunday, FOX) — Old men Tom Brady and Drew Brees will get the hype, but Tampa Bay defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Grant High) will try to do his part to send the 42-year-old Brees into the offseason (and into retirement?). Suh had three tackles and one quarterback hit in Tampa Bay's wild-card round win at Washington.
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