- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 9, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The NFL’s wild-card weekend lived up to its name yesterday.

In the opening game of the playoffs, Seattle’s Bobby Engram dropped a potential touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck, allowing the visiting St. Louis Rams to escape with a 27-20 victory. Hours later, Doug Brien kicked a 28-yard field goal with five seconds left in overtime to send the New York Jets to a 20-17 victory over the host San Diego Chargers.

San Diego, the AFC West champs, had a chance to win it in overtime, but Nate Kaeding’s 40-yard field goal attempt with 4:19 left sailed wide right.

New York’s Chad Pennington completed 23 of 33 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns. San Diego’s Drew Brees was 31-for-42 for 319 yards and two touchdowns, including one to tight end Antonio Gates with 11 seconds left in regulation.

In the first game, St. Louis’ Marc Bulger threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, the last a 17-yarder to Cam Cleeland with 2:11 to play.

Hasselbeck then marched his team 59 yards to the Rams’ 5, where he faced fourth-and-4 with 27 seconds on the clock. He stepped into the pocket, thought about running for a moment and then zipped a pass through Engram’s hands in the end zone.

NFL coverage, C11-12.

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