Chris Taylor Sends The Los Angeles Dodgers To The NLDS

Wild Card Round - St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

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The reigning World Series champs only survived the St. Louis Cardinals because of some walk-off magic from Chris Taylor.

By advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs, the Dodgers will earn a crack at the San Francisco Giants team that bested them by a single game in an epic NL West race. It will be the first time in the 131-year history of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry that they will face one-another in a playoff series.

The outcome saved Major League Baseball from a torrent of questions about the fairness of its single-elimination wild-card format. But, the Dodgers survived nine high-pressure, win-or-go-home innings and lived to see another day.

The game remained deadlocked until Taylor delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. His walk-off home run marked the fourth in Dodgers postseason history.

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