The past two World Series winners are showing their championship mettle in mid-October. They'll meet in the NL championship series Sunday.
The Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series.
Despite some mishaps Sunday, including a backward pass by Rayn Tannehill that flew out of bounds for a 7-yard loss, the Dolphins were able to hold off the Rams 17-14.
In Quinn's first start in nearly three years, the Bucs crippled the Chiefs offense, limiting them to just 260 yards.
The Rams (3-2), led by new coach Jeff Fisher, have climbed above .500 for the first time since 2006 thanks to consecutive victories.
The Chiefs (1-4) and the Buccaneers (1-3) will face off Sunday. When the sixth-year quarterback Brady Quinn makes his first start in three years, replacing the injured Matt Cassel, the Chiefs will be counting on him to be effective in throwing the ball.
The never-give-up St. Louis Cardinals erased the biggest deficit ever overcome in a winner-take-all postseason contest and beat the Washington Nationals 9-7 in Game 5 of the NL division series.
Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving a ball into the left-field stands to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and force a Game 5 in their National League division series.
Chris Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run home run, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.
Danny Amendola is eighth in the NFL in receptions, averaging 12.2 yards with two touchdowns. He could be out six weeks with a collarbone injury.
"The majority of the Chiefs fans are not going to cheer a player getting hurt. I think the majority of Chiefs fans support the Chiefs," coach Romeo Crennel said. "Are they frustrated? Yes, they're frustrated, just like we're frustrated."
Matt Cassel has not been cleared by doctors to participate in practice this week, so the Chiefs are planning on Brady Quinn to start Sunday at Tampa Bay. It will be the first time that he's started a game in the NFL since the 2009 season, when he was still with the Cleveland Browns.
Chris Carpenter will be on the mound for the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon for Game 3 of the NL division series, facing Washington's Edwin Jackson. The best-of-five series is tied at 1.
St. Louis chased an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann early in a 12-4 rout of the Washington Nationals on Monday that tied their National League division series at one game apiece.
Kansas City starting quarterback Matt Cassel was hit by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata while completing a pass in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 9-6 loss and suffered a concussion.
The Nationals, who had never come close to making the playoffs since moving from Montreal for the 2005 season, overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez to beat the Cardinals 3-2 in an National League playoff opener.
Ray Rice ran for 101 yards, Justin Tucker made all three of his field goal attempts, and the Ravens kept the Kansas City Chiefs out of the end zone late to preserve a 9-6 victory Sunday.
Wainwright, a 14-game winner in his first year back from elbow reconstruction surgery, successfully fought against restricting his innings and starts Sunday in the National League division series opener. The Nationals, who led the league with 97 wins, will go with 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez.
Two franchises, one the model of consistency, the other in turmoil. "There's been a tradition and an expectation and a standard that's been established around here recently," said Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, who will lead his Ravens (3-1) back to Kansas City (1-3) on Sunday for a matchup of two teams heading opposite directions.
The infield fly is a complicated rule, designed to prevent infielders from intentionally dropping a popup with more than one runner on base and perhaps get an extra out. No one could ever remember it being applied like this. And, after past postseasons dotted by contested calls, this play will certainly lead to another slew of October cries for more instant replay.