There's no way the NFL's Wild Card weekend can match Week 18 for drama, right?
Three playoff spots were determined by the outcome of games that went into overtime on the final day of the regular season. First, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore in overtime to all but lock up a playoff spot. Then the San Francisco 49ers rallied from 17 down — and seven down in the final two minutes — to beat the Los Angeles Rams in overtime and claim the final NFC playoff spot.
Then, despite heroics from Justin Herbert, the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Los Angeles Chargers on a field goal as overtime expired. The Chargers had rallied from 15 down with 10 minutes left. It appeared the game would end in a tie, sending both the Raiders and Bolts to the playoffs and eliminating the Steelers, but Vegas' Daniel Carlson kicked a field goal as time expired for the win, eliminating L.A. and extending the Steelers' season.
Here's the Jan. 15-17 Wild Card weekend lineup:
Las Vegas at Cincinnati, 1:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC/KGW 8). Local participants: Raiders backup quarterback Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Raiders linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (Portland State) appeared in eight games this season, Raiders practice squad offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu (Oregon).
New England at Buffalo, 5:15 p.m. Saturday (CBS/KOIN 6). Local participants: Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne (Milwaukie Arts Academy), Bills safety Jordan Poyer (Oregon State/Astoria), Bills practice squad receiver Isaiah Hodgins (Oregon State).
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 10 a.m. Sunday, (FOX 12). Local participants: Eagles cornerback Steven Nelson (Oregon State), Buccaneers defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (Grant High) and Buccaneers running back (special teams) Kenyon Barner (Oregon).
San Francisco at Dallas, 1:30 p.m. Sunday (CBS/KOIN 6). Local participants: San Francisco defensive lineman Arik Armstead (Oregon), San Francisco linebacker Samson Ebukam (David Douglas High), Dallas cornerback Nahshon Wright (Oregon State), Dallas practice squad defensive lineman Austin Faoliu (Oregon).
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 5:15 p.m. Sunday (NBC/KGW 8). Local participants: Steelers defensive end Henry Mondeaux (Oregon), Chiefs offensive lineman Mike Remmers (Oregon State) is on IR, Chiefs reserve offensive lineman Kyle Long (Oregon).
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 5:15 p.m. Monday (ABC/KATU 2/ESPN). Local participants: Arizona offensive lineman Sean Harlow (Oregon State), Arizona linebacker Joe Walker (Oregon), Rams linebacker Justin Hollins (Oregon), Rams punter Johnny Hekker (Oregon State), Rams tight end Johnny Mundt (Oregon) is on IR.
Green Bay (NFC) and Tennessee (AFC) are the top seeds and get a bye into the divisional round. The Titans' roster includes defensive lineman Kyle Peko (Oregon State).
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