Today's playoff games

January 15, 2000

AFC divisional

Miami (10-7) at Jacksonville (14-2)

Time: 12: 35 p.m.

TV: Chs. 13, 9.

Line: Jaguars by 8.

Vs. spread: Dolphins 7-10. Jaguars 8-7.

Vs. common opponents: Dolphins 2-2. Jaguars 2-2.

Last week: Dolphins beat Seahawks, 20-17, in wild-card game. Jaguars had a bye.

Series: Jaguars lead 1-0.

Last meeting: Jaguars won, 28-21, on Oct. 12, 1998, at Jacksonville.

Worth watching: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell says he's recovered from a bruised knee, but the Dolphins are sure to test it. Can Dolphins DE Trace Armstrong come up with another three-sack game?

Outlook: Once again, Dolphins QB Dan Marino lines up for what could be the last game of his Hall of Fame career. But unlike last week in Seattle, the Dolphins are up against one of the NFL's best defenses. Can the Dolphins block Jaguars DE Tony Brackens? The Jaguars are going without All-Pro OT Tony Boselli, out with a knee injury, but they can compensate.

Notable: This is the first-ever NFL playoff meeting of two Florida teams. Jaguars had an NFL-low 18 turnovers and tied for the NFL high with 57 sacks.


DOLPHINS: Questionable: TE Troy Drayton (knee); WR Oronde Gadsden (ribs). Probable: G Mark Dixon (wrist); WR Yatil Green (ankle); LB Larry Izzo (knee); WR Nate Jacquet (quadriceps); RB J.J. Johnson (hand); WR O. J. McDuffie (toe).

JAGUARS: Out: T Tony Boselli (knee-IR); LB Bryan Schwartz (hamstring-IR). Probable: QB Mark Brunell (knee); CB Fernando Bryant (hamstring); TE Rich Griffith (knee); T Leon Searcy (ankle); S Rayna Stewart (wrist).

NFC divisional

Washington (11-6) at Tampa Bay (11-5)

Time: 4: 15 p.m.

TV: Chs. 45, 5.

Line: Buccaneers by 5.

Vs. spread: Redskins 9-8. Buccaneers 10-4.

Vs. common opponents: Redskins 4-2. Buccaneers 4-2.

Last week: Redskins beat Lions, 27-13, in wild-card game. Buccaneers had a bye.

Series: Redskins lead 5-4.

Last meeting: Redskins won, 20-16, on Dec. 19, 1998, at Washington.

Worth watching: Tampa Bay's Shaun King is only the sixth rookie QB to start in the playoffs since 1970. How will he handle it?

Outlook: The Redskins dominated the Lions last week but emerged with serious injuries. RB Stephen Davis is doubtful with a knee injury, and the Washington running game -- and Super Bowl hopes -- may disappear if he can't play. To have any chance, the Redskins must block Bucs DT Warren Sapp, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. He's the leader of a dominating defense that helped the Buccaneers enter the playoffs having won eight of their past nine games.

Notable: Redskins' .611 career playoff winning percentage (22-14) ranks third in the NFL. Buccaneers allowed 235 total points, fewest in the NFC.


REDSKINS: Out: T Andy Heck (hamstring). Doubtful: RB Stephen Davis (ankle/knee). Questionable: C Cory Raymer (ribs). Probable: CB Tim Denton (shoulder); RB Mike Sellers (shoulder); WR Michael Westbrook (flu).

BUCCANEERS: Out: QB Trent Dilfer (shoulder). Questionable: WR Reidel Anthony (quadriceps). Probable: CB Donnie Abraham (hamstring); DT Brad Culpepper (foot); G Jorge Diaz (knee); WR Jacquez Green (foot); G Frank Middleton (knee); S Damien Robinson (hip); DT Warren Sapp (hamstring).

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