Sorry, folks. It will take a little longer to determine the entire NFL playoff field for 1990.
Like almost into 1991.All but one of the 12 spots have been filled, and the final NFC wild-card berth will go to New Orleans if it wins at home Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams. If the Saints lose, Dallas (7-9) will become the first team with a losing record to make the playoffs in a non-strike season.
The Raiders and Bengals clinched division titles Sunday with close wins. Los Angeles took the AFC West with a 17-12 victory over San Diego, while Cincinnati beat Cleveland 21-14.
"We got it done with hard work," said Jay Schroeder, whose 17-yard TD pass to Steve Smith with 3:53 remaining gave the Raiders their first division championship in five years. "We came out flat, and I don't know why. We knew what was on the line, but we just did not perform."
Until it mattered.
Cincinnati also won with a touchdown pass, a 48-yarder from Boomer Esiason to Eric Ball.
"In practice Friday we had to run that play over four times because Eric couldn't get the hang of it," Esiason said.
The Raiders' win made Kansas City (11-5) a wild card. The Chiefs will play at Miami (12-4) next weekend. The Dolphins beat Indianapolis 23-17 to secure a home game.
Cincinnati, meanwhile, is home to Houston in the first round because the Oilers routed Pittsburgh 34-14 Sunday night behind backup quarterback Cody Carlson. The Oilers' win knocked the Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, both 9-7, out of the playoffs.
Seattle had stayed in contention with a 30-10 romp past Detroit.
In the NFC, Dallas blew its chance to secure the final wild-card slot when it was beaten 26-7 at Atlanta. The Saints or Cowboys will be at Chicago next weekend.
Washington, which beat AFC East champion Buffalo 29-14, will be at Philadelphia in the other NFC opening-round game.
Raiders 17, Chargers 12
At Los Angeles, the Raiders drove 80 yards in 11 plays for the winning touchdown after a 21-yard field goal by John Carney gave San Diego a 12-10 lead.
Schroeder completed all five passes for 70 yards on the winning drive. Before that, he was just 6-of-17 for 92 yards.
"This team responded when it had to," defensive tackle Bob Golic said. "We came through at the right time. They had nothing to lose and played like it. I guarantee you'll see a different Raider team in the playoffs."
Bengals 21, Browns 14
At Cincinnati, the Bengals blew a 14-0 lead, then rallied. It didn't hurt that their opponent was ending the worst season in franchise history. The Browns (13-3) had two fumble recoveries negated by penalties, failed to score on first-and-goal from the 1 and saw interceptions lead to both Cincinnati touchdowns in the first half.
The Bengals are making their second playoff appearance in seven years under Coach Sam Wyche, who took them to the Super Bowl in 1988.
"Everybody's equal now," safety David Fulcher said. "We start from scratch here. I think when we start from scratch, we play pretty well."
Oilers 34, Steelers 14
At Houston, Carlson - making his first start since 1988 - completed 22 of 29 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns as the Oilers riddled a defense that hadn't allowed a TD in its last three games. The Steelers entered the game ranked first in the league on defense.
Houston's win gave Cincinnati the division crown with the best intra-division record, 5-1. The Oilers had the best conference mark, 8-4, giving them the wild card over Pittsburgh and Seattle, although all were 9-7.
"I thought he'd do that," Coach Jack Pardee said of Carlson. "He was untested, but he has the ability."
Dolphins 23, Colts 17
At Miami, the Dolphins used defense and the running game, a formula that got them back into the playoffs for the first time in four years. Sammie Smith did the damage on the ground, and defensive end Jeff Cross helped set up two scores.
Cross knocked the ball from QB Jeff George's hands, and lineman Brian Sochia, an eighth-year pro, went 13 yards with the fumble for his first NFL score. Cross also forced a first-half safety when George was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.
Smith gained 108 yards and scored two touchdowns, one on a 53-yard pass from Dan Marino.
The Colts, finished 7-9, their worst record since 1986 and the first losing season as an NFL coach for Ron Meyer.
Falcons 26, Cowboys 7
At Atlanta, the Cowboys blew a chance to finish .500 after going 1-15 last year. Worse, they may have blown a playoff spot.
Keith Jones returned the second-half kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown, and Deion Sanders added a 61-yard TD interception for Atlanta (5-11). Mike Rozier gained a career-high 155 yards on 21 carries and became the first player to appear in 17 games in an NFL season. He played in five for Houston and 12 for Atlanta after being signed off waivers.
"It was one of those days everything we did was wrong," Johnson said of an offense that gained only 151 yards.
Seahawks 30, Lions 10
Norm Johnson had three field goals, and Seattle's defense held Barry Sanders to 23 yards rushing and recorded five sacks. Still, Sanders won the NFL rushing title with 1,304 yards. He became the first Detroit player to win the league rushing title since Byron "Whizzer" White in 1940.
The Lions wound up 6-10.
Redskins 29, Bills 14
At Washington, the Bills (13-3) rested many of their regulars, and Thurman Thomas, held to no yards in five carries, lost the rushing title to Detroit's Sanders.
Chip Lohmiller tied a team record with five field goals for the Redskins (10-6). Lohmiller made kicks of 37, 24, 19, 43 and 32 yards.
Bruce Smith also fell short of the NFL sack lead. He didn't get any in the last three games and finished with 19, one behind Derrick Thomas of Kansas City.
"We have other things to look forward to," said Smith. "We have accomplished 99.9 percent of our goals this year."
Giants 13, Patriots 10
At Foxboro, where a sellout crowd included more than 40,000 Giants fans who drove up from New York, the Patriots finished their worst season ever. New England was 1-15, tying the NFL mark for most losses in a season. The Patriots also lost 14 in a row, matching another league record, and have not beaten an NFC East team since 1978.
All of the scoring came in the first half, with Matt Bahr's 27-yard field goal providing the difference for New York, which struggled in splitting its last six games after a 10-0 start.
Broncos 22, Packers 13
At Denver, after winning the AFC championship in three of the last four years, the Broncos finished last in the AFC West this season at 5-11. Green Bay wasn't much better, falling from 10-6 to 6-10 and losing its last five.
In this one, Sammy Winder rushed for 80 yards in his final NFL game.
Jets 16, Bucs 14
At Tampa, the Jets won their second straight to wind up 6-10, the same record as the Bucs. The main difference in these teams is that rookie Coach Bruce Coslet will be back, while Bucs interim Coach Richard Williamson has no idea if he'll be back after going 1-2 since replacing the fired Ray Perkins.