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Akers, Ramsey lead Rams into divisional matchup vs. Bucs

The NFL divisional round begins on Saturday afternoon, the first of four games.

Cam Akers, who played three seasons at Florida State, made an impressive return to the field following an Achilles injury. He will return to the Sunshine State for Sunday’s game in Tampa.

“Being able to come off an injury like that, 5½ months after surgery, nobody’s done it,” Akers told reporters this week. “So just to be able to be in that category, the first person to do that, it’s a blessing.”

Akers had 17 carries for 55 yards and a 40-yard reception in the wild card win over the Cardinals.

“I thought Cam was outstanding. He did a great job,” Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters. “And he’s only getting more and more confident. And you know what I love the most about him is what a confident, secure individual he is.”

Saturday’s games

Bengals at Titans, 4:30 p.m. (CBS, Paramount+): WR Auden Tate had three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals in the regular season. He was designated to return from a calf injury but did not play in the wild card win over the Raiders. TE Ryan Izzo played in one game in the regular season for the Titans.

49ers at Packers, 8:15 p.m. (FOX, FOX Deportes): No FSU players are on either roster.

Sunday’s games

Rams at Buccaneers, 3 p.m. (NBC, Peacock, Universo): Rams RB Cam Akers had 17 carries for 55 yards and a 40-yard reception in the wild card win over the Cardinals. Rams CB Jalen Ramsey had four tackles (four solo) against the Cardinals. There are no Noles on the Bucs roster.

Bills at Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. (CBS, Paramount+): The Chiefs’ DT Derrick Nnadi had three tackles (two solo) in the wild card win over the Steelers. In the regular season, he had 38 tackles and three sacks. DE Joshua Kaindoh (ankle) was activated but did not play against the Steelers. OL Bobby Hart is a reserve on the Bills.