Chargers visit Baltimore...Bears host Super Bowl champs...Buffalo QB to declare for draft
BALTIMORE (AP) — The 10-6 Ravens are hosting the 12-4 Chargers in today’s AFC wild-card game. The game pits 37-year-old quarterback Philip Rivers against rookie Lamar Jackson, who has been Baltimore’s starter for just under two months. The 21-year-old is the youngest quarterback ever to start in the postseason. It’s a rematch of a pivotal contest two weeks ago, when Baltimore took control of the AFC North with a 22-10 victory that dropped the Chargers to the No. 6 seed.
CHICAGO (AP) — Today’s NFC wild-card game features defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia at Chicago. The 12-4 Bears are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 team won the division. It’s the first playoff appearance for Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles — last year’s Super Bowl MVP — will try to deliver another standout performance while filling in for Carson Wentz. He’s 6-0 in those situations the past two seasons.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson is forgoing his senior season by declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. Jackson is a redshirt junior who already has graduated. He had a career-high 3,131 yards passing for 28 touchdowns, one short of matching the school’s single-season record, and 12 interceptions this season. He also scored seven touchdowns rushing. Jackson has been contemplating his future since placing his name into the NCAA transfer portal shortly after completing his season with a 42-32 loss to Troy in the Dollar General Bowl.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says suspended starting defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will be missed against top-ranked Alabama in tomorrow night’s championship game. Swinney says Lawrence has been a difference-maker in the middle of the line all season. Lawrence and offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway missed Clemson’s 30-3 victory over Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl last week after testing positive for a banned substance.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has won the first men’s World Cup slalom of 2019 for his 30th career victory in the discipline. The seven-time overall champion trailed Austrian teammate Marco Schwarz after the opening leg but posted the fastest time in the final run before Schwarz straddled a gate and failed to finish. Alexis Pinturault of France was second and Manuel Feller of Austria third,