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The New Orleans Saints had struggled through an inconsistent season, but Morten Andersen's 48-yard field goal on the game's final play lifted the Saints over the Rams 20-17 and into the playoffs for just the second time in the franchise's 24 seasons of play.
Detroit's Barry Sanders led the league in rushing and TDs in 1990. It was up to the reborn Raider offense if the Silver and Black were to keep pace in the tight AFC West race. A 68-yard touchdown pass from Jay Schroeder to Willie Gault, and subsequent TD throws to Mervyn Fernández and Tim Brown, heralded L.A.'s 38-31 win.moreless
Houston was known for the run-and-shoot passing game. But on this night against the eventual AFC Champions, the Oilers relied on running the ball. Allen Pinkett and Lorenzo White were the key RBs in a tight 27-24 Oiler win,
Needing to halt their two-game losing streak, the Silver and Black turned to their ground tandem of Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson. The Raiders' defense was equally dedicated, turning the Dolphins aerial assault back. A Jeff Jaeger FG made the difference in L.A.'s 13-10 win.
In the 32-year history of football at Veterans Stadium, few contests are as storied as the "Body Bag" game. AstroTurf was the 12th man on the Eagles' defense, putting out several Redskins. Two defensive touchdowns made the difference, 28-14, as the "Gang Green" avenged an earlier loss in Washington.
The Bengals were hot early in the season, and it showed in this edition of the semi-annual Battle of Ohio. Cincinnati won going away, 34-13, adding another nightmare to the worst season in original Cleveland Browns' history.
The Vikings were on the decline in 1990. Despite prime offensive weapons in Herschel Walker and Cris Carter, Minnesota couldn't get the breaks. Now, in Carter's return to Veterans Stadium, the Eagles' offense had the brightest stars. Rookies such as Fred Barnett were the jewels in this 32-24 Philly crown.
The previous January, Dan Reeves' Broncos overturned Bud Carson's Browns for the right to go to Super Bowl XXIV. This rematch proved as tight as any of the AFC Championship games ever to pit Denver with Cleveland. When all was said and done, the Browns finally beat Dan Reeves in Denver, 30-29.moreless
The Broncos were on the precipice of starting 0-2, but for one man: quarterback John Elway. His last-minute magic in Denver's 24-23 thriller burned the Chiefs and Mile High Stadium's traditional punching bag, coach Marty Schottenheimer. It spoiled K.C.'s own attempt at comeback magic (the Chiefs had scored two late TDs to overturn a 21-9 Bronco lead).moreless