NFL Playoffs: No Lead Secure, Drama Abound in Wild Weekend
The Buffalo Bills gambled away a 17-point lead before rebounding to win. That narrow escape came less than 24 hours after the Jacksonville Jaguars recovered from a 27-point deficit and pulled off one of the most impressive comeback wins in playoff history on Saturday. No lead is safe and drama has abounded in the NFL playoffs so far. A packed Sunday schedule saw the Bills for a 34-31 win over the Miami Dolphins, the New York Giants upset the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 and the Cincinnati Bengals held on to beating the Baltimore Ravens 24-17. There’s still one game left in the round: Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.
Brady downplays his perfect record against favorite Cowboys
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tom Brady is not concerned about being a home underdog in the NFL playoffs for the first time in his career. After all, no one has enjoyed more postseason success than the seven-time Super Bowl champion, who begins his quest for a record in the eighth ring when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC wildcard match Monday night. Brady owns a slew of playoff records, including most games played, wins, passing yards, and touchdown passes. The 45-year-old quarterback has something else going for him — the Cowboys have never beaten him. Not that Brady thinks career victories or a 7-0 win against Team America on Monday night will matter.
Hubbard’s 98-yard fumble return lifts Bengals over Ravens
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sam Hubbard returned Tyler Huntley’s fumbling 98 yards for a tied touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-17 in an AFC wild card game. About 12 minutes before the end of the third goal, Huntley attempted to go over the top of the line for the starting shot. But he was picked up by Germaine Pratt and stripped by fellow linebacker Logan Wilson. The ball went straight to Hubbard on the 2, and the defensive end launched downfield for the longest fumble return for a touchdown in NFL postseason history.
Giants outlast Vikings 31-24 for 1st playoff win in 11 years
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daniel Jones passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 78 yards in his first career playoff game for the New York Giants in a 31-24 win over Minnesota in the wild card round. The Vikings conceded their first loss in a one-score game of the season. Saquon Barkley scored two goals, including the tiebreaker, midway through the fourth quarter. The Giants’ defense ended the franchise’s first playoff win since the Super Bowl 11 years ago. The Giants advanced to play at No. 1 seed and division rival Philadelphia.
Bills are in for a 34-31 wildcard win over Dolphins
ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Josh Allen shrugged by throwing two touchdown passes 3:11 apart in the third quarter, and the Buffalo Bills rebounded for a 34-31 win over the injury-struggling Miami Dolphins AFC Wildcard Matchup. Cole Beasley scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 6-yard catch, and Gabe Davis extended the lead to 34-24 with a 23-yard TD reception in a game where Buffalo had an early 17-0 -Leadership wasted. The Bills will host the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday. Three weeks earlier, the Bills’ game in Cincinnati was suspended and ultimately canceled after Buffalo security guard Damar Hamlin suffered a heart failure on the field. Hamelin is recovering.
Hamlin cheers on Bills from home, saying the team is ‘with heart’
ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Bills safety Damar Hamlin, still recovering after suffering cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati two weeks ago, cheered Sunday during Buffalo’s wild-card playoff home game against the Miami Dolphins via Twitter from home. Hamlin tweeted less than an hour before kick-off and said there was nothing he wanted more than to be with his team-mates. But he says he is supporting her from home while he focuses on his recovery. Hamlin visited teammates at the Bills’ stadium on Saturday.
Nadal sometimes struggles during the 4-set win at the Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has started his Australian Open title defense with a minor struggle en route to a four-set win over a cramped Jack Draper. Nadal wasn’t at his best but managed to beat Draper 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1 in a match that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours at Rod Laver Arena. It was Nadal’s first match win of 2023. He had lost six of his previous seven competitions by the end of last season. The biggest development on Day 1 could very well have been Nick Kyrgios’ withdrawal. America’s Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff and Danielle Collins all advanced to the women’s second round with wins on Monday.
WNBA star Maya Moore officially retires from basketball
Maya Moore has officially decided to retire from basketball. The Minnesota Lynx great resigned from the WNBA in 2019 to help her now-husband Jonathan Irons secure his release from prison by having his 50-year sentence commuted in 2020. Irons married Moore shortly after his release and the couple had their first child in July. She announced her decision to retire on Good Morning America. Moore, 33, has won four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx, two Olympic gold medals with USA Basketball and two NCAA titles with UConn. She will be eligible for the Naismith Hall of Fame next year as she retired four years ago.
Alabama basketball player, second man charged with murder
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder after a deadly shooting near campus. Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack Kennedy said the shooting happened early Sunday morning on the Strip off University Boulevard near the campus. He said 23-year-old Jamea Harris, from the Birmingham area, was shot dead. Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, were both charged with capital murder. The university says Miles has been removed from the fourth-place Crimson Tide. He was a reserve striker.
UGA soccer player killed in wreck after title celebration
Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiter were killed in a car crash hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship. The school announced her death and said two other members of the football program were injured in the crash. They were not immediately identified, but the school said both are in stable condition. Willock, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, was taken to a hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. She worked as a recruiting analyst for the Bulldogs.
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