Your Professional and College Sports news for December 28th - 30th, 2012
Chicago kept its playoff hopes alive—but only momentarily. The Bears beat the Detroit Lions 26-24 on Sunday, then were eliminated from postseason contention when Minnesota edged Green Bay 37-34 to earn the final NFC wild card. In the Vikings win…Adrian Peterson came just 9 yards short of beating Eric Dickerson’s all time season rushing record.
Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano’s return was a success….as the Colts beat the Texans 28-16
Seattle 20 – St. Louis 13
San Franciso clinched the NFC West, beating Arizona 27 – 13
San Diego 24 – Oakland 21
New England blanked Miami 28 – 0, and earned a 1st round playoff Bye
Denver grabbed the top seed in the AFC playoffs after handling the KC Chiefs 38 – 3
Pittsburg 24 – Cleveland 10
New York Giants 42 – Philadelphia (and soon to be fired head coach Andy Reid) 7…but the Giants did not make the playoffs….thanks to the Bears win
Carolina 44 – New Orleans 28
Tennessee beat Jacksonville 38 – 20
Cincinatti 23 – Baltimore 17
Buffalo 28 – NY Jets 9
Tampa Bay 22 – Atlanta 17
Washington won the NFC East crown….beating Dallas 28 - 18
Michigan State got by the TCU Horned Frogs 17-16 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
and #23 Texas upset #13 Oregon St. 31 – 27 in the Alamo Bowl.
winners from last night – San Antonio, Detroit, Sacramento and the LA Clippers – for their 17th straight
Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 27 points and No. 12 Illinois tuned up for conference play with an 81-79 victory over Auburn on Saturday.
The Illini (13-1) saw an 11-point lead shrink to one in the closing minutes but they prevailed after falling to Missouri in the Braggin’ Rights game a week earlier—their first loss under coach John Groce. Their next game is the conference opener at Purdue on Wednesday.
Happy New Year from WHPO Sports ….I’m Kevin Jett