The Latest: Heinicke starts for Washington vs. Brady, Bucs

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Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers reacts after scoring on a 5-yard run against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

The Latest on wild-card Saturday in the NFL playoffs (all times EST):

8:20 p.m.

Alex Smith is inactive with a calf injury. So Taylor Heinicke is getting his second career NFL start when Washington hosts Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild card playoff Saturday night.

Heinicke's only other start came on Dec. 23, 2018, when he was with Carolina and the Panthers lost to Atlanta 24-10. Heinicke was 33 of 53 for 274 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions that day.

The Buccaneers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007 but this is Brady's 12th consecutive playoff appearance. He won an NFL record 30 playoff games and six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.


8:15 p.m.

The Los Angeles Rams have ended Seattle's 10-game home winning streak in the playoffs with a 30-20 wild card win punctuated by five sacks and a pick-6 of Russell Wilson.