Your Professional and College Sports Weekend news for December 21st - 23rd, 2012
Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score and Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another TD in the Chicago Bears’ 28-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday to keep Chicago’s playoff hopes alive.
Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 68 yards and a TD, breaking the Bears’ franchise record for yards receiving in a season.
Chicago is 9-6 and snapped a three-game losing streak – winning for just the second time in seven tries. The Cardinals fell to 5-10 and lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
To make the postseason as a wild card, the Bears must win at Detroit in their regular-season finale next Sunday, then have Minnesota lose to Green Bay.
Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards Sunday, and his 7-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne on third-and-goal late in the fourth quarter gave the Indianpolis Colts a 20-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The win put the Colts in the playoffs – and Luck passed Cam Newton’s rookie passing record in the process.
Seattle made the playoffs after beating San Francisco 42 - 13
Baltimore won the NFC North, beating the NY Giants 33 - 14
Denver 34 – Cleveland 12
Minnesota 23 – Houston 6
New England 23 – Jacksonville 16
Carolina 17 – Oakland 6
St. Louis 28 – Tampa Bay 13
Cincinnati secured a playoff spot – beating Pittsburg 13 – 10
Washington 27 – Philadelphia 20
San Diego 27 – NY Jets 17
Miami 24 – Buffalo 10
Green Bay 55 – Tennessee 7
New Orleans 34 – Dallas 31 (OT)
…saw a weekend of upsets….
on Saturday…Jabari Brown had 18 points and seven rebounds Saturday to lead the 12th-ranked Missouri Tigers to an 82-73 win over No. 10 Illinois in the annual Braggin’ Rights game. Brandon Paul led Illinois with 23 points. Tyler Griffey scored 14, Joseph Bertrand had 13 and Nnanna Egwu 12 for the Illini, who lost their first game of the season and are now 12-1. The physical game featured 19 lead changes, 35 fouls and 43 free throws.
Former Illini head coach Bruce Weber led the Kansas State Wildcats to a 67-61 victory over the #8 Florida Gators.
#3 Syracuse was stunned by Temple 83 - 79
Also, #9 Kansas beat #7 Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday 74 – 66
winners from Sunday night: Sacramento, LA Clippers, San Antonio, Utah, New York, and Brooklyn
That’s your WHPO National Weekend Sports Update….I’m Kevin Jett