BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Kentucky 23 #23 North Carolina State 21
Ole Miss 26 #11 Indiana 20
#10 Iowa State 34 #25 Oregon 17
#5 Texas A&M 41 #13 North Carolina 27
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 Gonzaga 85 San Francisco 62
#2 Baylor 76 Iowa State 65
#8 Texas 84 #3 Kansas 59
Alabama 71 #7 Tennessee 63
Oklahoma 75 #9 West Virginia 71
#10 Iowa 77 #14 Rutgers 75
#11 Creighton 67 Providence 65
#12 Missouri 81 Arkansas 68
Oklahoma State 82 #13 Texas Tech 77 OT
#15 Illinois 77 Purdue 58
#17 Michigan State 84 Nebraska 77
#21 Oregon 73 Stanford 56
Louisville 76 Boston College 64
Northeastern 75 Elon 52
Canisius 63 St. Peter’s 60
Duquesne 75 George Washington 63
South Carolina 78 Florida A&M 71
VMI 84 Chattanooga 79
Florida 83 LSU 79
Delaware 70 Charleston 67
Hartford 76 Binghamton 56
Furman 83 Mercer 80
Northern Arizona 83 Idaho 78 OT
Hofstra 61 William & Mary 56
TCU 67 Kansas State 60
Clemson 66 Miami, Florida 65
North Carolina A&T 97 South Carolina State 86
Tulane 60 E. Carolina 56
Toledo 70 Western Michigan 59
Navy 78 Bucknell 69
Tulsa 70 Cincinnati 66
Ohio 78 Ball State 68
Georgia State 70 Coastal Carolina 62
Colgate 101 Army 57
Old Dominion 71 Florida International 66
Georgia Southern 62 S. Alabama 49
Rice 84 Texas San Antonio 69
Maine 59 New Hampshire 56
New Jersey Tech 73 UMass Lowell 67
Texas A&M 68 Auburn 66
Abilene Christian 83 Lamar 65
Appalachian 90 Troy 59
Evansville 65 Northern Iowa 61
Charlotte 75 Western Kentucky 71 OT
North Carolina 66 Notre Dame 65
Colorado State 70 San Diego State 67
Green Bay 79 Youngstown State 66 2OT
USC 64 Utah 46
Dayton 74 George Mason 65
Jacksonville 72 Kennesaw State 66
Seton Hall 68 Butler 60
Weber State 70 Utah Valley 62
North Dakota State 68 Western Illinois 50
North Dakota 52 Kansas City 45
Eastern Kentucky 80 Austin Peay 75
Little Rock 75 Texas Arlington 62
Fairfield 72 Rider 56
Eastern Illinois 87 Tennessee Tech 81
Central Arkansas 81 McNeese State 67
Morehead State 61 Murray State 56
Louisiana Monroe 62 Arkansas State 55
Eastern Tennessee 71 North Carolina Greensboro 61
St. Bonaventure 69 Richmond 66
Oakland 81 Wright State 71
Texas State 71 Louisiana 59
UTEP 77 Southern Miss 62
Belmont 90 Tennessee Martin 69
Cleveland State 59 IUPUI 49
Oral Roberts 95 Omaha 83
Liberty 66 Lipscomb 50
South Dakota 93 Denver 54
Grambling 66 Alabama State 49
Stephen F Austin 78 New Orleans 67
Utah State 72 Air Force 53
Arkansas Pine Bluff 92 Mississippi Valley 52
Kentucky 78 Mississippi State 73 2OT
Wichita State 83 Ole Miss 79
Sam Houston 84 Nicholls 81
Bowling Green 68 Northern Illinois 42
Oregon State 73 California 64
Southeast Missouri State 83 Tennessee State 79 2OT
Missouri State 84 Indiana State 74
Northern Kentucky 70 Fort Wayne 68
Albany 63 Vermont 62
LaSalle 89 Fordham 52
Boise State 87 San Jose State 86
Bakersfield 89 Long Beach State 76
Wyoming 78 Fresno State 74
Northern Colorado 64 Montana 62
Marshall 80 Louisiana Tech 73
South Florida 68 Central Florida 61
Wofford 94 Samford 80
Loyola Chicago 57 N. Texas 49
Marquette 64 Georgetown 60
Houston Baptist 99 Northwestern State 93 OT
Santa Barbara 65 Cal State Fullerton 61
UCLA 65, Colorado 62
Nevada 84 New Mexico 74
Arizona 86 Washington State 82 2OT
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Louisville 97 Bellarmine 46
#7 Baylor 74 TCU 50
#21 S. Florida 71 E. Carolina 58
#23 Gonzaga 69 St. Mary’s 37
Kent State 67 Eastern Michigan 61
Lehigh 81 Lafayette 75 OT
IUPUI 74 Robert Morris 53
Bradley 80 Drake 75
Drexel 76 North Carolina Wilmington 63
New Hampshire 58 Maine 57
Green Bay 92 Oakland 61
Niagara 81 Iona 63
Central Michigan 90 Ohio 87
Austin Peay 69 Eastern Kentucky 51
Wright State 54 Youngstown State 39
Bucknell 72 Loyola Maryland 44
Tennessee Tech 72 Eastern Illinois 67
Liberty 88 Lipscomb 59
Loyola Chicago 59. Indiana State 52
Buffalo 75 Miami Ohio 67
McNeese State 59 Central Arkansas 45
Howard 73 Morgan State 48
Northern Illinois 73 Western Michigan 56
Idaho 66 Northern Arizona 59
Florida International 81 Old Dominion 80
North Florida 90 Stetson 73
Southeast Louisiana 71 Texas A&M CC 58
Fairfield 70 Rider 59
Georgia Southern 78 S. Alabama 71
Rice 69 Texas San Antonio 57
Toledo 65 Akron 57
UTEP 74 Southern Miss 72
Western Illinois 77 North Dakota State 65
Wofford 88 Erskine 49
Kansas City 71 North Dakota 67 OT
South Dakota 87 Denver 47
Colgate 87 Army 76
Southern 51 Prairie View A&M 44
North Texas 79 Alabama Birmingham 70
Boise State 70 San Jose State 53
Houston Baptist 82 Northwestern State 56
Marshall 61 Louisiana Tech 57
Nicholls 89 Sam Houston 82
Middle Tennessee 66 Florida Atlantic 64
Northern Iowa 72 Illinois state 67
Southeast Missouri 84 Tennessee State 50
Stephen F Austin 88 New Orleans 29
Cleveland State 72 Fort Wayne 57
Eastern Washington 73 Portland State 67
Jackson State 64, Alabama A&M 56
Eastern Washington 73 Portland State 67
Hartford 64 Binghamton 54
Montana State 66 Utah Valley 63
William & Mary 63 Hofstra 56
New Mexico 78 Nevada 67
Idaho State 72 Weber State 53
Southern Illinois 69 Evansville 51
Wyoming 65 Fresno State 63
Utah State 61 Air Force 55
UMass Lowell 58 New Jersey Tech 53
Milwaukee 77 Detroit 38
Houston 102 Sacramento 94
New York 106 Indiana 102
Oklahoma City 108 Orlando 99
Philadelphia 127 Charlotte 112
Cleveland 96 Atlanta 91
New Orleans 120 Toronto 116
INDIANA LOSES TO OLE MISS
Even before Mississippi took the field for the Outback Bowl, the Rebels felt good about the direction they’re headed.
Coach Lane Kiffin was rewarded with a new contract despite having only been at the school one season. There also was no guarantee one of the nation’s lowest-ranked defenses would be able to slow down No. 7 Indiana enough to ensure the team’s first non-losing record since 2017.
“It’s really only up from here,” quarterback Matt Corral said Saturday after throwing for 342 yards and two touchdowns to pace a 26-20 victory that ruined the finish to surprising Indiana’s breakout season.
Corral’s 3-yard pass to Dontario Drummond put the Rebels (5-5) ahead for good with 4:12 remaining.
The Ole Miss defense, which allowed 535.7 yards and 40.3 points per game during the regular season, came through with one more stop to clinch the school’s first bowl win since beating Oklahoma State in the 2016 Sugar Bowl.
“We talked about it all week. We’re going to need that,” Kiffin said. “We were not going to go score 60 points. … We knew it was going to be a struggle, and it was great to see the defense play like they did.”
Drummond finished with six catches for 110 yards. Corral completed 30 of 44 passes without an interception, including a 5-yard TD throw to Casey Kelly that put Ole Miss up 13-3 midway through the second quarter.
Jack Tuttle was 26 of 45 for 201 yards in his second start in place Michael Penix Jr. for Indiana (6-2), which lost its star quarterback to a season-ending knee injury in late November.
Stevie Scott III rushed for 99 yards and scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards to help Indiana wipe out a 20-6 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Ole Miss missed the extra point after Drummond’s go-ahead TD catch. leaving Indiana with an opportunity to pull out its first bowl win in nearly 30 years.
The Hoosiers, who don’t have a postseason win since the 1991 Copper Bowl bowl, drove to the Rebels 33 before stalling and turning it over on downs.
“They made enough plays to come up with the win. I’m disappointed for our players,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “They have been through so much, sacrificed so much and worked hard. This one is going to hurt for a while.”
KENTUCKY WINS GATOR BOWL
Kentucky’s postgame locker room provided a scene players and coaches might never forget. They celebrated a third consecutive bowl victory while dedicating it to two guys who couldn’t be there.
This one was for late offensive line coach John Schlarman and rehabbing linebacker Chris Oats, who has been battling a significant medical condition since May.
A.J. Rose ran for a career-high 148 yards, Chris Rodriguez added 84 yards and two scores and the Wildcats held off No. 24 North Carolina State 23-21 on Saturday in a chippy TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.
“It was extremely emotional, even walking into the locker room we were saying, `That was for (Oats), that was for Schlarman,'” said linebacker Jamin Davis, who finished with 13 tackles and an interception.
“It’s definitely something to show to the younger guys that we just keep playing through all the adversity, whatever’s going on around us, all the outside noise,” Davis added. “Just block it out. … We’ve got to keep going regardless.”
Christopher Dunn missed two field goals for the Wolfpack (8-4), who trailed 16-14 late when Bailey Hockman threw his third interception of the game. Rodriguez scored on the ensuing play, going nearly untouched for 26 yards.
NC State got a final chance after Jordan Houston scored with 1:10 remaining. But Allen Dailey recovered Dunn’s onside kick, and the Wildcats (5-6) ran out the clock. Coach Mark Stoops got a Gatorade bath following the team’s second straight win, which ended a tumultuous season that included Schlarman’s death following a two-year battle with cancer.
“John was definitely looking down on us; Coach Schlarman definitely inspired us all,” said Rose, who was named Kentucky’s bowl game MVP. “Offensive line did a great job today. They were moving people all around all day. I give credit to all five of those guys.”
Kentucky finished with 281 yards on the ground, helping offset one of the nation’s worst passing attacks.
A big issue for the Wolfpack was playing without four defensive starters. Safety Tanner Ingle (suspended), defensive tackle Alim McNeil (opt out) and injured linebackers Payton Wilson and Drake Thomas missed the game.
“Those are four really good run defenders against a really good rushing offense,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said. “We were concerned coming into the game about it. Not that we stopped the run; we didn’t. But we did enough and kept them off the scoreboard enough to give ourselves a chance.”
Zonovan Knight, who led the Wolfpack with 52 yards rushing and a touchdown, was named the losing team’s MVP.
Penalties were a problem for both teams. There were 11 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and several more instances where a flag could have been thrown.
“I got to get them cleaned up and I will. That’s not us; we’re not going to accept that,” said Stoops, who blamed part of it on being unfamiliar with the Big 12 officiating crew. “When you get in these bowl games, you’re not used to certain officials, and I’ve got to do a better job preparing us for that.”
TEXAS FIRES HERMAN, HIRES SARKISIAN
Texas was tired of waiting for Tom Herman to deliver a Big 12 title and turn the Longhorns back into national championship contenders.
Next up: Steve Sarkisian, the architect of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offense and its tsunami of points this season.
Texas fired Herman on Saturday after four winning seasons, then hours later announced it was giving the job to the Alabama offensive coordinator.
It’s a quick move Texas expects will deliver quick results. The Longhorns are not known to be a patient bunch.
“I think there’s championship talent on this team. Clearly, there’s work to be done or a change wouldn’t be made,” Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian leads a Crimson Tide offense that has pummeled opponents and produced two Heisman Trophy finalists in quarterback Mac Jones and receiver DeVonta Smith heading into the Jan. 11 College Football Playoff championship game against Ohio State. He recently won the Broyles Award given to college football’s top assistant coach.
He’s also been around. At 46, Sarkisian has previous head coaching stints at Washington and Southern California. He’s been Alabama’s offensive coordinator under Nick Saban since 2019, and has experience as an NFL assistant.
Sarkisian will remain with Alabama for the championship game.
“Coach Saban wants to win a national championship, so he didn’t push me out the door,” Sarkisian said.
Texas wants Sarkisian to not just win – Herman did that with a 32-18 record and four bowl victories – but to knock rival Oklahoma off the top of the Big 12 while also making sure recruiting in their home state doesn’t get swamped by Texas A&M’s rise in the Southeastern Conference.
He will be Texas’ fourth head coach since the program’s last Big 12 championship in 2009. Since then, Texas has fired Mack Brown – the only coach to lead the program to a national championship (2005) in 50 years – Charlie Strong and Herman. Of note, Sarkisian was a USC assistant when Texas beat the Trojans for the national championship in the epic 2006 Rose Bowl.
“It’s amazing to think here we are 15 years removed from me standing on the opposite sideline of Vince Young running into the end zone at the Rose Bowl, (to) me being the head coach at Texas,” Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian was 46-35 overall at Washington and USC, but was fired midway through his second season with the Trojans 2015 and went into alcohol rehabilitation treatment. He later lost a $30 million breach of contract and disability discrimination lawsuit against USC that alleged the school fired him instead of allowing him to seek treatment.
Sarkisian said he’s grown as a person since then and is ready to step back into the spotlight at Texas.
“I’m proud of the work that I’ve done (in treatment). But I will say when you battle what I battle, you have to work on it every day,” he said.
Texas did not immediately release contract terms for Sarkisian. Herman still had three years left on a guaranteed contract set to pay him more than $6 million per year. Texas is on the hook for more than $20 million in buyouts for Herman and his staff.
Texas fired Herman just three weeks after athletic director Chris Del Conte said he would remain the coach. In a new statement Saturday, Del Conte said he’d since decided it was time for a change.
Texas President Jay Hartzell said Texas first began talks with Sarkisian a “couple of weeks” earlier and that a deal was reached Saturday morning.
“I can’t wait to see what the team accomplishes under his leadership,” Hartzell said.
TEXAS A&M BEATS UNC LATE
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher pulled a hamstring as he tried to avoid the players who wanted to give him a celebratory Gatorade bath.
Luckily, Fisher didn’t have to run in the Orange Bowl.
Devon Achane did more than enough of that for the Aggies.
Achane had two touchdowns in the final 3:44, including a 76-yarder that put Texas A&M ahead to stay, and the fifth-ranked Aggies beat No. 14 North Carolina 41-27 on Saturday night – capping a winless bowl season for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“North Carolina had one heck of a team, man,” Fisher said. “That was one of the great Orange Bowls. … But I also say, there’s a heck of a football team standing in front of me.”
Kellen Mond passed for 232 yards and ran for a score for the Aggies (9-1), who were in the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1944 and were one spot away from making the College Football Playoff field. Fisher improved to 3-0 in Orange Bowls, winning two previous ones at Florida State.
Achane’s go-ahead score came on a play where he nearly tripped over one of his own blockers, broke a tackle and then got loose down the left sideline.
“Ain’t nobody catching me,” Achane said.
The Aggies got a fourth-down stop on the ensuing possession, and Achane – the game’s MVP after a 140-yard effort, taking over for Isaiah Spiller after he got “a little banged-up,” Fisher said – sealed the win on a 1-yard run with 1:34 left.
Fitting, in a season when young players scored the overwhelming majority of Texas A&M’s touchdowns, a freshman had the final two scores.
“I just can’t wait for next season,” Achane said.
Sam Howell passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Josh Downs, for the Tar Heels (8-4). North Carolina was without leading rushers Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, leading receiver Dyami Brown and top tackler Chazz Surratt – all of whom opted out of the bowl game.
“We were so close,” Howell said. “We played a heck of a game out there tonight and just came up short. We were right there.”
The ACC sent two teams to the playoff but went 0-6 in bowls, four of those losses by two touchdowns or more.
Howell – a likely Heisman Trophy candidate in 2021 – did his best to change that stat. He tied the Tar Heels’ career TD passing record of 68 with his three scoring throws, all of which gave North Carolina leads.
“We lost 4,000 yards coming into the game and still had a chance against the No. 5 team to win,” UNC coach Mack Brown said.
IOWA STATE WINS FIESTA BOWL
Iowa State had a year of highs in the dark days of a pandemic. The Cyclones capped it with a dominating performance under one of college football’s brightest spotlights.
Breece Hall ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns, Brock Purdy accounted for two scores and No. 12 Iowa State grinded out a 34-17 victory over No. 25 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.
“Life has been really hard for our society, really since March,” coach Matt Campbell said. “Through dark and trying times, this team has been a beacon of hope for a lot. This team has grown and gotten better when things maybe say the other way.”
The Cyclones (9-3, CFP 10) used their ball-control offense to dominate the time of possession and keep Oregon’s offense off the field for long stretches to win their first New Year’s Six bowl.
Hall, an AP All-American, had 34 carries and his ninth 100-yard game this season. Purdy, who went to high school in nearby Gilbert, threw for 156 yards and a touchdown on 20-of-29 passing, adding a touchdown on the ground.
Iowa State had a time of possession advantage of more than 25 minutes to cap the best season in school history.
“We’re a tough team,” Purdy said. “We’ve faced so much the past couple of years. We have a lot of great leaders and experienced guys who have been there and understand this is what we’ve got to do to take it to the next level. I feel like that’s what we’ve done this year.”
Oregon (4-3, CFP 25) alternated between Tyler Shough and Anthony Brown at quarterback, but couldn’t sustain anything on offense and was plagued by numerous mistakes.
The Ducks lost two fumbles, an interception and a pooch kick. They also turned it over when a punt hit a blocker’s helmet and had a touchdown wiped out by a penalty.
“Obviously, we didn’t play up to our standards,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “It’s a game of execution and in critical situations, we didn’t coach well enough or play well enough.”
Iowa State took a methodical offensive approach in the Fiesta Bowl, scoring its first two touchdowns on drives of 14 and 15 plays. Hall scored for the 12th straight game on a 1-yard run and Charlie Kolar caught a 14-yard TD pass from Purdy.
The Cyclones were stuffed on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter, but went right back to marching on Oregon’s defense.
Purdy scored on a 1-yard run and Hall made it 28-14 with a 1-yard run after Iowa State recovered a pooch kick.
The Cyclones bogged down in the second half, settling for two field goals by Connor Assalley, but maintained their ball-control advantage and shut down Oregon’s offense.
“We didn’t go into the game saying, we’re going to each up as much clock as we can, but that’s really how the game turned out for us,” Purdy said.
The Ducks won their second straight Pac-12 championship after Washington had to pull out, earning their second straight trip to a major bowl.
Oregon had some early offensive success against the Cyclones, scoring on touchdown runs of 6 and 16 yards by Brown. The Ducks moved the ball late in the first half, but a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Mycah Pittman wiped out by a holding penalty. Henry Katleman’s 47-yard field goal pulled them within 28-17.
Shough returned for several plays in the second half, but he nor Brown could get much going. Oregon had 88 yards of offense in the second half and Shough’s pass was intercepted by Mike Rose late in the fourth quarter.
“They played exactly the way we expected to and we just didn’t execute,” said Shough, who threw for 79 yards on 7-of-9 passing. “That’s what it comes down to.”
TEXAS ROUTS KANSAS
Texas stumbled into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday well aware of its humbling track record in the storied arena.
The Longhorns sauntered out having made some much better history.
After winning once in their previous 17 tries in the Phog, the nation’s eighth-ranked team turned a narrow halftime lead into a record-tying rout. Courtney Ramey scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures scoring, and Texas beat the No. 3 Jayhawks 84-59 to match the most lopsided win by an opponent in the 65-year history of the building.
“I’m just happy for our guys. They put so much energy and time and effort into everything,” said coach Shaka Smart, whose Longhorns never trailed. “These last several months and having guys canceled and guys having things up in the air, having a couple guys unavailable, but the guys just hung in there and controlled what they could control.”
They certainly controlled the Jayhawks.
Andrew Jones added 14 points, Matt Coleman III had 13 and Jericho Sims had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Longhorns (8-1, 2-0 Big 12), whose victory margin at Allen Fieldhouse was the most since Missouri’s 91-66 win on Feb. 1, 1989.
“The message is pretty obvious: This doesn’t happen in the Fieldhouse,” said Jalen Wilson, who led the Jayhawks with 20 points. “This is very embarrassing. We’re a good team and today we didn’t show what we’re capable of.”
Ochai Agbaji also had 11 points for the Jayhawks (8-2, 1-1), who shot just 31% from the field and went 3 of 23 from beyond the arc while losing their first game since their opener against top-ranked Gonzaga.
“There were blank stares in the huddle,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We have to be a lot better mentally. A lot tougher.”
Coincidentally, it was the first top-10 matchup for Texas in a Big 12 regular-season game since beating then-No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 22, 2011. The win also snapped a three-game skid against the Jayhawks, who had won 16 of 17 against the Longhorns and had been 16-1 against them in games played inside 65-year-old Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas hadn’t taken the floor since Dec. 22, when it routed seventh-ranked West Virginia. The 12-day layoff was the longest in the regular season Self, who took over the program before the 2003-04 season.
The Longhorns had been off even longer. Thanks to an uptick in COVID-19 positives at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, their game Tuesday night was canceled. That left Texas without a game since beating Oklahoma State on Dec. 20.
The rust was evident for both teams in the first half.
Kansas missed its first eight shots and finished 1 of 7 from beyond the arc in the first half. Texas fared little better from the arc and coughed up 10 turnovers, though a late run fueled by Kai Jones off the bench resulted in a 37-29 halftime lead.
The Jayhawks trimmed their deficit to four early in the second half, but consecutive 3-pointers by Andrew Jones – who had been 1 for 8 from the field – along with Coleman and Ramey gave Texas its biggest lead at 50-38 with 15:42 to go.
Relying on their experience, the Longhorns refused to pull back on the pressure. They began to create turnovers on the defensive end that led to easy layups, and their outside shooting continued to sizzle. Their advantage swelled to 63-47 with 8:51 to go, forcing Self to call a timeout – only for the Jayhawks to immediately turn it over again.
Sims added a dunk, Donovan Williams a 3 and Self burned another timeout as the Texas lead stretched even more.
At that point, it looked as if the Longhorns would have a shot at the most lopsided win by an opponent in Allen Fieldhouse history. Tyon Grant-Foster’s basket with just over a minute left prevented that from happening.
“The biggest thing I said when we got into the locker room after the game is, `We’re supposed to do this,'” Ramey said. “This shouldn’t be a shock or a surprise. When you go (and) be us, you come out with a dominant performance. Now we have to keep it rolling.”
ILLINOIS RALLIES TO BEAT PURDUE
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Kofi Cockburn had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Ayo Dosunmu scored 12 and No. 15 Illinois beat Purdue 66-58 on Saturday.
Da’Monte Williams added 12 points for the Fighting Illini (8-3, 4-1 Big Ten) in their seventh consecutive Big Ten home win dating to last season. Andre Curbelo, who leads the conference in assists, had six.
Brandon Newman scored 14 points and big man Trevion Williams had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers.
Purdue (7-5, 2-3) is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, but Illinois outrebounded the Boilermakers 39-33. Illinois shot 48% (25 of 52) from the field, while Purdue was 22 of 56 for 39%.
The Boilermakers started the second half with a 16-0 run to take a 39-33 lead before Illinois found its range from behind the 3-point line. Long shots by Williams and Trent Frazier helped the Illini take the lead for good.
Purdue jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Illinois slowly began to control the tempo of the game. Fueled by acrobatic passes from Curbelo, both Cockburn and Dosunmu took over early for the Illini. Cockburn had six points and seven rebounds, and Dosunmu scored 12 in the opening period.
Illinois led 33-23 at halftime.
Purdue fell to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten after falling to No. 15-ranked Illinois 66-58.
The loss was Purdue’s second straight to a top-15 opponent on the road. The Boilermakers lost at No. 14-ranked Rutgers on Tuesday night. The two losses have come by a combined 13 points.
Purdue now leads the all-time series 102-90. The margin of points in the 192 meetings is just 19 points (Purdue – 11,103; Illinois – 11,084).
Matt Painter is now 17-10 all-time against the Illini.
Matt Painter was coaching his 523rd game at Purdue, tying Ward “Piggy” Lambert for second on Purdue’s games coached list.
Purdue was outrebounded for just the second time this season (39-33) and had just six offensive rebounds, resulting in five second-chance points.
Brandon Newman scored 14 points with five rebounds.
Trevion Williams tallied 14 points with eight rebounds and two assists. He has scored in double-figures in seven straight games.
Sasha Stefanovic went 3-of-5 from long range and has made a 3-pointer in 13 straight games. He is now shooting 34-of-67 (.507) from 3-point range on the season.
BUTLER’S LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT
A second-half run came up just short as Butler fell to Seton Hall, 68-60, Saturday afternoon in Newark, N.J. Freshman guard Myles Tate had a career-best 22 points for Butler, who played without several of its rotation guys once again.
Sandro Mamukelashvili led Seton Hall with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 8-4 overall and 5-1 in BIG EAST play. Butler falls to 2-5 (1-3 BIG EAST).
“I knew we would learn a lot about ourselves tonight because Seton Hall is a really good, really experienced team,” said Butler head coach LaVall Jordan. “We had some moments and I thought we played with a lot of grit throughout. That was a good response after our last game. We’re not into moral victories, but we need to stay the course and continue to get better.”
After Seton Hall took its largest lead of the game at 13 points, the Bulldogs pulled back into the contest with an 11-0 run, highlighted by consecutive three-pointers from freshmen Tate, Chuck Harris and Myles Wilmoth. That would trim the Seton Hall deficit to 47-46. Seton Hall responded with five straight points. Over the final six minutes, Butler would cut the lead to one on several occasions, but never got over the hump as Seton Hall capped the game at the free throw line.
The Pirates went 17-of-20 at the line, while Butler had only nine attempts.
Butler’s 11-of-22 performance from three-point range kept the Bulldogs in the game. Tate had a career-high five makes from behind the arc. He added five assists against only one turnover.
Harris (11), Jair Bolden (10) and Bryce Golden (nine) helped Tate in the scoring column.
The Bulldogs limited Seton Hall to 39-percent shooting in the second half as Butler pulled back in the game. Seton Hall shot 46 percent overall.
The Bulldogs played without starting point guard Aaron Thompson, who missed his fifth consecutive game with a sprained knee. Freshman JaKobe Coles also missed Saturday’s game after injuring his knee in practice Friday.
Nine early points (all on three-pointers) from Tate gave the Bulldogs an 18-11 a little more than eight minutes into the contest. That would be Butler’s largest lead of the half. Seton Hall closed the half on an extended 21-5 run to take a 34-25 lead into the intermission. Mamukelashvili and Jared Rhoden combined for 23 of the Pirates’ 34 first-half points. Rhoden finished with 19 points.
The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a pair of games this week, hosting Georgetown Wednesday and Connecticut Saturday.
NEW YORK BEATS INDIANA
Austin Rivers made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:23 left and finished with 15 points to help the New York Knicks rally past the Indiana Pacers 106-102 on Saturday night.
The Knicks have won three of four to pull to .500 after six games under new coach Tom Thibodeau. R.J. Barrett scored a team-best 25 points.
Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with a career-high 33 points but had his shot blocked with less than a minute to go, which led to another basket by Rivers during an 11-0 run that helped seal the win. Indiana has lost two of three.
It certainly had the sluggish feel of a post-holiday game.
The Pacers struggled all night and New York couldn’t put it away until the closing minutes. But the Knicks did just enough in the second half after trailing 51-50 at halftime.
The Knicks opened the second half on a 16-5 scoring flurry to retake the lead and extend it to 66-56 with 7:35 left in the third quarter.
Indiana answered with eight straight points to make it 75-73 with 2:31 left in the period and when Justin Holiday made a 3 to end the quarter, the score was tied at 82.
Julius Randle broke the tie with a 3 to open the fourth, and the Knicks quickly pulled out to a 92-87 lead only to watch the Pacers charge back into a 96-93 lead, courtesy of Victor Oladipo’s 3 with 6:35 left.
Mitchell Robinson’s basket started the 11-0 spurt that included Rivers’ go-ahead shot and his crucial basket following the block with 35.3 seconds left.
HALL OF FAMER PAUL WESPHAL DIES
Paul Westphal, a Hall of Fame player who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and later coached in the league and in college, died Saturday. He was 70.
He died in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to a statement from Southern California, where Westphal starred in college. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last August.
A five-time All-Star guard, Westphal played in the NBA from 1972-84. After winning a championship with the Celtics, he made the finals in 1976 with Phoenix, where he was a key part of one of the most riveting games in league history. He also played for Seattle and the New York Knicks.
He averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds during his career.
After his playing career ended, Westphal moved into coaching. He led the Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993, and also was head coach of Seattle and Sacramento. He had stints as an assistant with Dallas and Brooklyn.
“There may be just a handful of people who have as much influence and significance on the history of the Phoenix Suns,” former team owner Jerry Colangelo said. “All he accomplished as a player and as a coach. Off the court, he was a gentleman, a family man, great moral character. He represented the Suns the way you want every player to represent your franchise.”
At the college level, Westphal coached at Southwestern Baptist Bible College (now Arizona Christian University), Grand Canyon and Pepperdine.
Westphal played at USC from 1968-72, and the Trojans honored him with a moment of silence before their game Saturday. His No. 25 jersey hangs in the Galen Center rafters. He led the Trojans to a 24-2 record in 1971. The following year, he was an All-American and team captain who led the Trojans with a 20.3-point average.
Born on Nov. 30, 1950, in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Paul Douglas Westphal was drafted 10th overall in the first round of the 1972 NBA draft by the Celtics. The 6-foot-4 guard spent three seasons in Boston before being traded to Phoenix.
In 1976, Westphal helped the Suns reach their first NBA Finals against the Celtics. Game 5, a triple-overtime thriller in that series, is often called “the greatest game ever played.”
The Suns trailed 94-91 in the closing seconds of regulation when Westphal stole the ball from JoJo White and got fouled. His 3-point play tied the game at 94.
In the second overtime, with 15 seconds left and the Suns trailing 109-108, Westphal stole the ball from John Havlicek, who had taken an inbounds pass. That led to a sequence in which the Suns scored to take a 110-109 lead.
Havlicek scored with five seconds left to put the Celtics ahead 111-110. The buzzer sounded and Celtics flooded the court, believing their team had won. However, the referee ruled that Havlicek scored with two seconds remaining.
One second was put back on the clock. Westphal called for a timeout that the Suns didn’t have, resulting in a technical foul. The Celtics made the free throw for a 112-110 lead. After a timeout, the Suns inbounded at midcourt and scored to force a third overtime.
With 20 seconds left and the Celtics leading 128-122, Westphal scored two quick baskets to cut it to 128-126 and nearly stole the ball at midcourt, but failed and the Celtics ran out the clock to win.
The Suns retired his No. 44 jersey.
MICHIGAN EXPECTED TO EXTEND HARBAUGH’S CONTRACT
There’s optimism at Michigan that the school will soon finalize an extension with head coach Jim Harbaugh through the 2026 season, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports.
Both sides have been embroiled in contract talks since early December. Harbaugh’s current deal will expire after the 2021 season.
Harbaugh’s hiring was celebrated, but Michigan has failed to defeat rival Ohio State or win a Big 10 title in the six seasons since. The Wolverines finished a disappointing 2-4 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign and did not make a bowl appearance.
The 57-year-old’s future with the school has been in question as a result.
Michigan has already made one significant coaching move, firing defensive coordinator Don Brown on Dec. 22 after five seasons.
NEW YORK TO FIRE GASE AFTER SUNDAY
The New York Jets are expected to part ways with head coach Adam Gase following Sunday’s season finale against the New England Patriots, sources tell NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Gase will have lasted just two years with the Jets after being hired before the 2019 campaign. The sideline boss owns a 9-22 record in New York.
General manager Joe Douglas will undergo a lengthy search for his club’s next coach, according to Rapoport. The list of candidates the executive plans to consider includes Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Baltimore Ravens DC Don Martindale, Tennessee Titans OC Arthur Smith, and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.
The Jets could also evaluate Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh from the college ranks.
Gase has been highly criticized since taking the job two years ago, ultimately failing to develop 2018’s third overall pick Sam Darnold. New York ranked last in total offense in each year under its coach.
The 42-year-old likely would’ve been fired last week if the Jets had lost, Rapoport reports, but Gang Green pulled off a second consecutive upset over the Cleveland Browns.
Douglas and co. hold the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
JAGS EXPECTED TO FIRE MARRONE
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to part ways with head coach Doug Marrone following the team’s last game of the season Sunday, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Jaguars have shown interest in former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who has been putting together a staff and has told people close to him he expects to get the Jacksonville job, Rapoport adds, citing sources.
However, if Meyer decides to stay retired, the Jaguars would then turn their attention to current Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day, according to Rapoport.
Day, Meyer’s successor at Ohio State, led the Big 10 powerhouse to the NCAA national championship with a win over Clemson on Friday night.
The 41-year-old will make his first appearance in the title game as a head coach on Jan. 11.
Meyer retired after the 2018 season due to various health issues. His name has been tied to many major college openings in the time since, but Meyer has opted to stay off the sidelines. The Ohio native currently serves as a college football analyst on Fox Sports.
The 56-year-old has won three national championships at the college level – two with the Florida Gators in 2006 and 2008 and one with the Buckeyes in 2014.
Marrone has been the Jaguars’ coach since 2016. Despite leading Jacksonville to the AFC Championship game in 2017, the team has gone 12-35 in the three seasons since. The 1-14 Jags have already clinched the worst record in the league and will own the No. 1 pick in April’s draft.
Should Meyer – or Day – be hired, he’ll presumably have the choice of either Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State passer Justin Fields with the first overall selection in the draft. Fields outdueled Lawrence in a 49-28 victory in Friday night’s College Football Playoff semifinal. Neither player has declared for the draft.
MOORE STAYS WITH DALLAS
Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said Saturday night he is no longer pursuing the Boise State job, and the Cowboys agreed on a multiyear contract extension with their play-caller.
The 32-year-old Moore was a candidate at his alma mater after Bryan Harsin took the Auburn job. Moore was the winningest quarterback in college football history with a 50-3 record when he left Boise State in 2011.
“I will always root for them, and I hope one day to be a part of the program again,” Moore said in a statement issued by the team. “We are building something special here in Dallas. I am excited for us to put it all together and finish the job.”
The Cowboys finished No. 1 in the NFL in total offense in Moore’s first year as the play-caller last season and were leading the league again this year when quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5.
Dallas lost six of the first seven games without Prescott, but has won three straight games with increasingly solid production from backup Andy Dalton to stay alive in the race for the NFC East title. Dalton is 4-4 as Prescott’s replacement.
The Cowboys (6-9) visit the New York Giants (5-10) on Sunday, and the winner can make the playoffs as NFC East champion if Washington (6-9) loses to Philadelphia later in the day. Washington advances to the postseason with a victory.
Moore, who started his pro playing career as an undrafted free agent in Detroit in 2012, spent six seasons in the NFL but only played in 2015. He started the final two games of a lost season for Dallas after Tony Romo was injured.
Moore retired in 2018 and immediately became quarterbacks coach for the Cowboys. He was promoted after one year and called plays in Jason Garrett’s final season as coach in 2019.
New coach Mike McCarthy decided to keep Moore in that role despite his own long history as the play-caller when he was coach in Green Bay.
KIFFIN GETS NEW DEAL
Mississippi says it has reached agreement in principle with coach Lane Kiffin on a new contract.
The school made the announcement Saturday, hours before the Rebels (4-5) – in their first season with Kiffin as coach – faced Indiana in the Outback Bowl. It is their first bowl appearance in five seasons.
“This is an investment in the future of Ole Miss Football,” Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Keith Carter said in a statement. “We hired Coach Kiffin with the hope of revitalizing our football program, and in just one short year, he has done just that.
“His innovative offensive approach has shattered SEC records, and with a top-20 recruiting class coming in, the future is bright under Coach Kiffin’s leadership. We are committed to him and providing the resources necessary to elevate this program to greater heights.”
The school says contract details have not been completed.
Ole Miss broke the Southeastern Conference record for total offense in conference games, averaging 562.4 yards, and ranks among the top 20 nationally among Bowl Subdivision teams in 10 categories. Those also include scoring offense (40.7), rushing offense (217.7), passing offense (344.8) and passing yards per completion (14.99). The Rebels completed 71.4% of their passes and converted on third down 50.4% of the time.
In a career that has included stops at Florida Atlantic, USC and Tennessee, Kiffin heads into Saturday’s matchup against the Hoosiers (6-1) with a career record of 65-39.
“While I’m proud of what our team accomplished this season, we have higher aspirations for Ole Miss football,” Kiffin said in the statement. “This is just the start, and I look forward to continuing to build a championship program.”
FLOYD LITTLE DIES AT 78
Floyd Little, the versatile running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 78.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame said he died Friday night at his home in Nevada.
“Floyd Little was not only a Hall of Fame running back, he was a Hall of Fame person,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Faith, family and football were the pillars of his life.”
Little was a three-time All-American at Syracuse, where he wore No. 44 like Jim Brown and Ernie Davis before him. From 1964-66, he ran for 2,704 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Little was the sixth overall pick in the 1967 AFL-NFL draft. He played nine seasons in Denver, where he earned the nickname “The Franchise” because his signing was credited with keeping the team from relocating and helped persuade voters to approve funds for the old, iconic Mile High Stadium, which has since been replaced by Empower Field at Mile High.
“I know when I got there the talk was about the team moving to Chicago or Birmingham,” Little told The Associated Press in an interview in 2009. “So, I supposedly saved the franchise.”
Little was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
“Floyd Little was a true hero of the game,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the pro hall. “He was a man of great integrity, passion and courage. His contributions off the field were even greater than his amazing accomplishments he did on it. Floyd’s smile, heart and character epitomized what it meant to have a Hall of Fame life.”
A high school star in Connecticut at New Haven’s Hillhouse High, Little overlapped at Syracuse with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who said in a statement Saturday the pair had become friends and often spoke by phone after Orange football games.
“He was full of character, decency, and integrity,” Biden said. “He was always gracious with his time with fans – parents and grandparents who wanted to introduce their children and grandchildren to a genuine role model.”
Floyd’s greatness transcended the football field, said former Broncos teammate Randy Gradishar.
“He was the strength and the roots of the Denver Broncos,” said Gradishar, a linebacker on the “Orange Crush” defense whose career overlapped with Little’s for two years. “He certainly wasn’t the biggest, fastest or strongest guy that ever played NFL football, but he accomplished great things through his attitude. A really great football player but more than that, a great man.”
Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis called Floyd “one of the greatest Broncos of all-time and an unforgettable part of our history.”
“He rightfully earned the nickname `The Franchise’ for his profound impact on this organization, helping to put the Broncos on the pro football map in the early days. As the first Pro Football Hall of Famer to star for the Broncos, Floyd brought credibility to this team while becoming one of the most dominant players of his era,” Ellis said. “Seeing him finally receive that gold jacket was the culmination of a tremendous lifetime in football.
“Even after his retirement, Floyd was a wonderful ambassador for the game and the Denver Broncos, carrying himself with warmth, kindness and class-always with humility and a smile,” Ellis added. “In recent months, he faced his cancer diagnosis with the same grit and determination that defined his incredible playing career.”
A five-time Pro Bowler, Little led the NFL in rushing in 1971 with 1,133 yards and in touchdown runs in 1973 with 12. He also was one of the league’s best kick returners, leading the AFL in punt returns as a rookie in 1967.
During his nine-year pro career, Little rushed for 6,323 yards and 43 touchdowns and caught 215 passes for 2,418 yards and nine TDs. He had the most all-purpose yards in pro football and ranked second only to O.J. Simpson in yards rushing over his career.
After a three-decade wait, Little made it into Canton in 2010. He told the AP when he was nominated by the hall’s senior committee that he had given up hope of ever making it into the Hall of Fame.
“I was running out of guys who had seen me play,” said Little, whose career in Denver spanned the years 1967-75, lean times in the former AFL franchise’s history. “The people that had seen me play were starting to fade off and retire. All these guys were no longer there, so who’s going to talk about Floyd Little? Nobody. I thought I’d just fallen through the cracks never to be seen or heard from again.”
He was never forgotten in Denver, where the late team owner Pat Bowlen once hailed Little’s “immeasurable contributions to this franchise and the NFL.”
During his long wait for enshrinement, Little said he was regularly approached by fans wanting him to settle a bet: Which year did he go into the Hall of Fame?
“And I have to tell them I’m not in the Hall of Fame and I’ve never even been nominated,” Little said in the months before his selection on Feb. 6, 2010.
Little decided not to get his hopes up anymore and a few years later, the senior committee nominated him, allowing him to dream anew about football immortality.
Hall Vice President Joe Horrigan called him with the good news the day before New Orleans’ 31-17 win over Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.
“I was numb,” Little said. “I knew he wasn’t calling to tell me I was passed over again.”
Little said he learned a valuable lesson that day: “Well, you don’t give up on your dreams,” even if it’s to assuage the pain of envisioned rejection.
Little, who had sold his car dealership in Seattle after 32 years not long before his nomination, returned to Syracuse the following year as a special assistant to the athletic director, a position he held until 2016, when he received an honorary doctorate degree from the university.
After that, Little and his wife moved to Las Vegas.
A former teammate of Little’s at Syracuse, Pat Killorin, made Little’s cancer diagnosis public in May 2020 when he created a GoFundMe page to help the family with treatment costs.
Floyd is survived by his wife DeBorah.
STEELERS PUT HADEN AND EBRON ON COVID LIST
The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Eric Ebron and reserve linebacker Cassius Marsh on the reserve/COVID-19 list, putting the players’ status for the playoffs in jeopardy.
The move also leaves the AFC North champions further depleted for their regular-season finale in Cleveland on Sunday. The Steelers (12-3) are already assured of finishing no worse than third in the AFC while Cleveland (10-5) can end an 18-year playoff drought with a victory.
The team announced quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, outside linebacker T.J. Watt, defensive end Cam Heyward and center Maurkice Pouncey will not make the trip to give them additional rest ahead of the postseason. Kicker Chris Boswell and safety Terrell Edmunds are also out due to injury.
Mason Rudolph will start at quarterback in place of Roethlisberger with J.C. Hassenauer likely filling in for Pouncey at center. Matthew Wright will kick for Boswell, who will miss his third game in a month with hip/groin issues. Justin Layne or Cam Sutton could fill in for Haden at cornerback.
To provide some depth, the Steelers promoted offensive tackle Anthony Coyle and wide receiver Deon Cain to the active roster and elevated tight end Kevin Rader and Wright from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements.
Per NFL COVID-19 protocols, a player placed on the reserve list due to contact tracing can return after five days provided they continue to test negative. A player who tests positive for the novel coronavirus but does not show symptoms needs to wait 10 days to return to football activities or test negative twice within a 24-hour period. A player who tests positive and is symptomatic must wait at least ten days from the time symptoms first appeared, and at least 24 hours since he last experienced symptoms before returning to football activities.
The Browns have been dealing with COVID-19 issues of their own. They were unable to practice most of the week and will be down at least five players and three assistant coaches.
NFL PREVIEWS WEEK 17
MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (12-3)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BILLS STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-48-1
STREAKS: Bills have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Bills 31 at Dolphins 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/19: Bills 31, Dolphins 21
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA (rookie) completed 17 of 22 attempts (77.3 pct.) for 94 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 99.4 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ comp. pct. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.6 rating in 3 career road starts. QB RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 9 of 13 passes (69.2 pct.) for 182 yards & TD vs. INT & 137.5 rating in Week 16. Passed for 328 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.3 rating in Week 2 meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN had career-high 169 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 82 rec.) & career-high 2 TD catches last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 140+ scrimmage yards. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Had 82 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 36 rec.) & 6 catches in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. Rookie RB SALVON AHMED has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 53 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. Buf. with 50+ catches. Had TD catch in last road meeting. WR JAKEEM GRANT had 5 catches for 43 yards in Week 16. TE MIKE GESICKI aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. Had 8 catches for career-high 130 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2 PD last week & has PD in 6 of past 7. Has 2+ PD & INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 2+ PD. Leads NFL with career-high 9 INTs. LB JEROME BAKER had sack & team-high 10 tackles in Week 16. Aims for 4th in row with sack. LB ANDREW VAN GINKEL had career-high 2 sacks last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3. LB KYLE VAN NOY had FF & PD in Week 2 meeting.
BILLS clinched AFC East division title for 1st time since 1995. • QB JOSH ALLEN completed 27 of 36 passes (75 pct.) for 320 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138.7 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes & 3rd in row with 320+ pass yards & 0 INTs. Has 110+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 415 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 146.7 rating in Week 2 meeting. Has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 126.8 rating in past 3 vs. Mia. Has 34 TD passes, most in Buf. franchise history. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 76 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 20 rec.) in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 75+ scrimmage yards. Rookie RB ZACK MOSS rushed for 57 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with rush TD. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 9 catches for 145 yards & tied career high with 3 TDs last week. Aims for 5th in row with 9+ catches & 90+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 130+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 8 catches for 153 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with rec. TD. Leads NFL with career-high 120 catches, most in Buf. history. TE LEE SMITH had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 16. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 2 PD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Mia. with INT. S JORDAN POYER has 7+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Had sack in Week 2 meeting. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 vs. Mia. Leads safeties with career-high 116 tackles. LB MATT MILANO had 8 tackles & sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. DE MARIO ADDISON had sack in Week 2 meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 138 (Mia), 81 (Buf) | XM: 381 (Mia), 226 (Buf)
BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-5) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-10-1)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 26-23
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 4
LAST GAME: 10/11/20: Bengals 3 at Ravens 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/10/19: Ravens 49, Bengals 13
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 17 of 26 passes (65.4 pct.) for 183 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.5 rating & rushed for 80 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating & 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 223 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating & rushed for 65 yards & TD in last road meeting. Has 27 TDs (21 pass, 6 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 118.5 rating in his past 10 on road. Leads QBs with 908 rush yards in 2020. • RB J.K. DOBBINS (rookie) rushed for 77 yards & TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with rush TD. Had 55 scrimmage yards (34 rush, 21 rec.) in Week 5 meeting. Ranks tied-3rd among rookies with 7 rush TDs. RB GUS EDWARDS led team with season-high 122 scrimmage yards (85 rush, 37 rec.) in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with rush TD. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5 on road. • TE MARK ANDREWS aims for 6th in row with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with TD catch. Has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 8 vs. division. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2019, most among TEs. WR MARQUISE BROWN had rec. TD last week & has rec. TD in 4 of past 5. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 75+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for 5th in row vs. division with rec. TD. WR DEZ BRYANT aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 6 tackles & season-high 3 PD last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in Week 5 meeting. Has 5 PD in his past 4 vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ FFs & PD. LB MATTHEW JUDON aims for 3rd in row with sack & has sack in 4 of past 5. Had 3 TFL in last road meeting. LB CHRIS BOARD had career-high 2 sacks in Week 16.
QB BRANDON ALLEN completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 pct.) for career-high 371 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD pass, 0 INTs & 95+ rating. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD had season-high 131 scrimmage yards (66 rec., 65 rush) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 95+ scrimmage yards. Has 95+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Has 764 scrimmage yards this season (409 rush., 355 rec.) & is 1 of 2 RBs (FRANK GORE) with 400+ scrimmage yards in each of past 8 seasons. RB SAMAJE PERINE led team with career-high 136 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 41 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 16. • WR TYLER BOYD had 42 rec. yards in Week 5 meeting. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. WR A.J. GREEN had 4 catches for 64 yards in Week 16. Had 3 rec. TDs in his last home game vs. Bal. (9/13/18). Rookie WR TEE HIGGINS had 6 catches for 99 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of past 5. Had 62 rec. yards in Week 5 meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 908 rec. yards, 3rd with 67 catches & tied-3rd with 6 rec. TDs. • S JESSIE BATES has PD in 2 of past 3. Had 7 tackles & 2 PD in Week 5 meeting. Had INT in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Bal. with PD. S VONN BELL had 8 tackles & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & FF. Ranks 3rd among safeties with career-high 111 tackles. CB DARIUS PHILLIPS had career-high 9 tackles & had 2 PD & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ PD. LB SAM HUBBARD had sack & 1st FF of season in Week 16. Has PD in 2 of past 3.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta SIRIUS: 121 (Bal), 134 (Cin) | XM: 383 (Bal), 228 (Cin)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-5)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 75-59-1
STREAKS: Steelers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/18/20: Browns 7 at Steelers 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/14/19: Browns 21, Steelers 7
STEELERS clinched AFC North division for 1st time since 2017. • QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 33 TD passes, 2nd-most in career (34 in 2018). Has 3,804 pass yards, his 10th-career season with 3,500+ pass yards. QB MASON RUDOLPH expected to make 1st start of season. Passed for 221 yards in last road meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER had 65 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 20 rush) & rush TD with 5 catches last week. Rushed for 101 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Cle. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB BENNY SNELL aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with rush TD. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 9 catches for season-high 96 yards & TD last week. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Rookie WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 74 yards in Week 6 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. division. Leads rookies with 8 rec. TDs. TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week. • LB T.J. WATT had 2 sacks & FF last week, his 4th game with 2+ sacks this season, most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 6 of 7 career games vs. Cle. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with sack. Leads NFL with career-high 15 sacks. DE STEPHON TUITT aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had FF in Week 6 meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 8 tackles & TFL in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with TFL. CB MIKE HILTON had 2 PD, INT & FR in Week 16.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD aims for 5th in row with 285+ pass yards. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Has 640 pass yards (320 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 113.2 rating in his past 2 vs. division. • RB NICK CHUBB had 66 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 28 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Pit. with 75+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Has 554 rush yards (110.8 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 5 home games this season. RB KAREEM HUNT rushed for TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD catch. Chubb & Hunt are 1st pair of RB teammates each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ TDs since MARK INGRAM & ALVIN KAMARA in 2017. • WR JARVIS LANDRY aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in last home meeting. WR RASHARD HIGGINS has 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Had rec. TD in Week 6 meeting. TE AUSTIN HOOPER set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (71) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 52 rec. yards in Week 6 meeting. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD last week. Had sack in Week 6 meeting & has sack in 4 of 5 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with TFL. DE OLIVIER VERNON had sack in Week 16 & has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Had PD in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ sacks & PD. CB DENZEL WARD aims for 4th in row with PD. Has 2+ PD in 2 of past 3. Had PD in Week 6 meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Pit), 82 (Cle) | XM: 382 (Pit), 227 (Cle)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-9) AT DETROIT LIONS (5-10)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 77-39-2
STREAKS: Vikings have won past 6
LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Lions 20 at Vikings 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/19: Vikings 42, Lions 30
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 291 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.9 rating last week. Is 1 of 2 NFC QBs (AARON RODGERS) with 11+ games (11) of 95+ rating this season. Passed for 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 141.7 rating in Week 9 meeting. Passed for 338 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 141.5 rating in last road meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 110+ rating. Has career-high 32 TD passes & needs 140 pass yards for 5th-career 4,000-yard season. Is only QB with 25+ pass TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • RB DALVIN COOK had rush TD in Week 16 & aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (career high 1,918) & ranks tied-2nd in scrimmage TDs (career-high 17). Needs 82 scrimmage yards to become 2nd RB in Min. history (ADRIAN PETERSON, 2012) with 2,000+ scrimmage yards in single season. Had career-high 252 scrimmage yards (career high 206 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 9 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with rush TD. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 receptions for 97 yards & TD catch last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 14 rec. TDs, most by Min. WR since 2003 (HOFer RANDY MOSS – 17). Had TD catch in last road meeting. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON leads all rookies in receptions (79) & rec. yards (1,267) & is 4th rookie in SB era with 1,200+ rec. yards. Has 6+ receptions in 4 of his past 5. • LB ERIC WILSON had 9 tackles & 2 PD in Week 16. Had 13 tackles & INT in Week 9 meeting. Is only LB with 3+ INTs (3) & 3+ sacks (3) in 2020. Wilson (114) & LB ERIC KENDRICKS (107) are 1 of 4 NFC LB duos with 100+ tackles each in 2020. S HARRISON SMITH had 10 tackles & INT in Week 9 meeting.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 364 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 111.7 rating in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 100+ rating. Needs 209 pass yards for 8thcareer 4,000-yard season. QB CHASE DANIEL completed 13 of 18 attempts (72.2 pct.) for 86 yards in Week 16 Had TD vs. INT in Week 9 meeting. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON spent 10 seasons (2007-16) with Min. & is all-time franchise leader in rush yards (11,747), scrimmage yards (13,692) & rush TDs (97). Rookie RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 70 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 16. Had 97 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 33 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB/WR JAMAL AGNEW had 74-yard PR-TD last week. Has 4 PR-TD since 2017, most in NFL. • WR MARVIN JONES had rec. TD in last meeting. Had 10 receptions for 93 yards & tied his career-high with 4 rec. TDs in last home meeting. TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 5 catches & rec. TD in last meeting. Ranks 3rd among TEs with career-high 698 rec. yards & 4th in receptions (career-high 64). WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 5 receptions last week. Had 8 receptions for 105 yards in last home meeting. • DE ROMEO OKWARA had his career-high 9th sack of season & 5th-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in Week 16 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had 74.5 sacks, 86 TFL & 10 FFs in 147 games (2010-19) with Min. LB JAMIE COLLINS has 101 tackles in 2020, his 4th-career 100+ tackle season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 132 (Min), 135 (Det) | XM: 384 (Min), 229 (Det)
NEW YORK JETS (2-13) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-9)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 66-53-1
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 9
LAST GAME: 11/9/20: Patriots 30 at Jets 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Patriots 30, Jets 14
QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 175 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 167 yards with 0 INTs in only career start at NE. Has 215+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. division. • RB LA’MICAL PERINE had 44 scrimmage yards (30 rush, 14 rec.) last week. • WR JAMISON CROWDER led team with 7 catches for 92 yards & TD last week, his 4th game this season with 90+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in Week 9 meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. division. WR BRESHAD PERRIMAN set season highs in catches (5), rec. yards (101) & rec. TDs (2) in Week 9 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 75+ rec. yards. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had 3 catches for 60 yards & TD in Week 16. Has 45+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Rookie WR DENZEL MIMS had 4 catches for 62 yards in Week 9 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 60+ rec. yards. TE CHRIS HERNDON had TD catch in Week 16. • DL JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had sack, PD & 2nd FR of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DL NATHAN SHEPHERD aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB NEVILLE HEWITT had careerhigh 2 PD in Week 16. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had sack in last road meeting. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB TARELL BASHAM had 5 tackles, sack & career-high 2 FFs last week. Had 2 TFL in Week 9 meeting. LB FRANKIE LUVU had 1st sack of season & 1st-career FF in Week 16. CB ARTHUR MAULET had 5 tackles & career-high 3 PD last week.
QB CAM NEWTON rushed for 12th TD of season last week, most among QBs & tied 2nd-most by QB in single season since 1970. Completed 27 of 35 passes (77.1 pct.) for 274 yards & 99 rating & rushed for 2 TDs in Week 9 meeting. Has 250+ pass yards, 0 INTs & 95+ rating in 2 of 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Aims for his 8th in row vs. AFC East with 0 INTs. • RB SONY MICHEL led team with 69 rush yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Has 5 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. NYJ. Has 65+ rush yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. RB JAMES WHITE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NYJ. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NYJ with TD catch. Since 2015, leads RBs in catches (360), rec. yards (3,130) & rec. TDs (24). • WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for his 4th in row with 45+ rec. yards. Set career highs in catches (12) & rec. yards (169) in Week 9 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 5+ catches. Has 110+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. WR DAMIERE BYRD had 5 catches for 65 yards in Week 9 meeting. • DB J.C. JACKSON tied season-high with 5 tackles last week. Had 2 PD & INT in Week 9 meeting. Has INT in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 8 INTs this season. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 6 tackles & TFL in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NYJ with PD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. NYJ. DB JONATHAN JONES led team with season-high 8 tackles & had 1st FF of season last week. DL DEATRICH WISE had sack in Week 9 meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 108 (NYJ), 136 (NE) | XM: 385 (NYJ), 230 (NE)
DALLAS COWBOYS (6-9) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (5-10)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 69-45-2
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 7
LAST GAME: 10/11/20: Giants 34 at Cowboys 37
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/4/19: Cowboys 37, Giants 18
QB ANDY DALTON passed for season-high 377 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 134.7 rating in Week 16, his 29th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Completed 9 of 11 passes (81.8 pct.) for 111 yards in Week 5 meeting. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 5th in row overall with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 139 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 34 rec.) in Week 16. Is 4th player (HOFer RANDY MOSS, HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON & RICKY WATTERS) with 1,200+ scrimmage yards & 7+ TDs in each of 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Had 105 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 14 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 5 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMARI COOPER had 121 rec. yards last week. Has 1,073 rec. yards this season, his 5th-career 1,000-yard season. Is only player with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 6 seasons. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NYG. Rookie WR CEEDEE LAMB had 65 rec. yards, rec. TD & 1st-career rush TD in Week 16. Is only player with rec. TD (5), rush TD (1) & KR-TD (1) in 2020. Ranks 2nd among rookies in catches (69) & 3rd in rec. yards (892). WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 6 catches for 121 yards & 2 TDs last week. Had TD catch in last road meeting. • LB JAYLON SMITH led team with 11 tackles & had 5th-career FR in Week 16. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 144 tackles & aims for his 5th in row with 10+ tackles. CB JOURDAN LEWIS aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE RANDY GREGORY had 1.5 sacks & career-high 3 FFs in Week 16.
QB DANIEL JONES passed for 252 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 84.6 rating last week. Passed for 222 yards in Week 5 meeting. • RB WAYNE GALLMAN had 53 scrimmage yards (27 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 16. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. Has career highs in scrimmage yards (731), rush yards (617) & rush TDs (6) this season. RB ALFRED MORRIS has 7 rush TDs in 8 career games vs. Dal. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with 9 receptions for 77 yards & rec. TD in Week 16. Has 5 consecutive seasons with 50+ receptions & 500+ rec. yards. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 7 receptions for 65 yards last week. Had rush. TD in Week 5 meeting & has TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. Dal. Is 1 of 3 NFC TEs (T.J. HOCKENSON & LOGAN THOMAS) with 60+ receptions (61) & 600+ rec. yards (637) this season. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 8 receptions for 129 yards in Week 5 meeting. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 12 tackles last week. Had FR in Week 5 meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 140 tackles in 2020, his 4th-consecutive season with 140+ tackles. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS leads team with career-high 8.5 sacks. Has 4 sacks & 7 TFL in 7 home games this season. DB LOGAN RYAN had 2nd-career FR last week. Had 9 tackles in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 DBs (MARCUS PETERS) with 85+ PD (87) & 10+ FFs (11) since 2013. CB JAMES BRADBERRY ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 17 PD this season. Is only DB with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S JABRILL PEPPERS had 12 tackles & FF in last home meeting. Has career-highs in tackles (82), sacks (2.5) & PD (10) in 2020.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 106 (Dal), 146 (NYG) | XM: 386 (Dal), 231 (NYG)
ATLANTA FALCONS (4-11) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (10-5)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 28-26
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Buccaneers 31 at Falcons 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Falcons 28, Buccaneers 22 (OT)
QB MATT RYAN passed for 300 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.1 rating last week, his 69th-career game with 300+ pass yards, 5th-most in NFL history. Ranks 4th in NFL with 4,316 pass yards, his 10th-career 4,000-yard season. Passed for 356 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.6 rating in Week 15 meeting. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 at TB. • RB TODD GURLEY had 50 scrimmage yards (34 rec., 16 rush) last week. Rushed for 85 yards & 2 TDs in his only career game at TB (9/25/16 w/ LAR). Has 5 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. TB. RB BRIAN HILL had 61 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 16. • WR JULIO JONES has 114 receptions for 1,841 yards (115.1 per game) & 11 TDs in 16 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with 5+ receptions. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 130 rec. yards last week. Has 8 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2020, most in NFL. Had 10 receptions for 163 yards & TD in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with rec. TD. WR RUSSELL GAGE had 5 receptions for 68 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. TE HAYDEN HURST had career-high 5th rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had INT in Week 16. Is 1 of 3 (MARCUS PETERS & JASON PIERRE-PAUL) with 4+ FFs (2) & 3+ INTs (2) in 2020. Leads team with career-high 110 tackles. LB DEION JONES had 102 tackles, 4th-career 100+ tackle season. Had 10 tackles & sack in Week 15 meeting. Had INT-TD & FR in last road meeting. S KEANU NEAL had 2nd-career INT in Week 16.
TAMPA BAY earned playoff berth for first time since 2007. • QB TOM BRADY passed for 348 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating in Week 16, his 3rd-career game with 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark. Has franchise-record 36 TD passes in 2020 & is 1 of 2 QBs (AARON RODGERS) with 5 career seasons of 35+ TD passes. Has 2,298 pass yards (328.5 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 110.7 rating in 7 career games vs. Atl., incl. postseason. • RB RONALD JONES had 116 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 10 rec.) in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • WR MIKE EVANS had 10 catches for 181 yards & 2 TDs in Week 16 & has franchise-record 13 rec. TDs this season. Needs 40 rec. yards to become 1st player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 7 seasons. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. Atl. with 5+ receptions & TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN has 23 receptions for 390 yards (97.5 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 5th in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. WR ANTONIO BROWN had rec. TD in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 2 rec. TDs last week, his 17th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had FF last week. Is only player with 20+ FFs (23) & 10+ INTs (11) since 2013. Has 109 tackles, his 8thcareer 100+ tackle season. LB DEVIN WHITE is 1st player with 140+ tackles (140) & 9+ sacks (9) since 2000.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 137 (Atl), 83 (TB) | XM: 380 (Atl), 225 (TB)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-10)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 26-25
STREAKS: Saints have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 10/25/20: Panthers 24 at Saints 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Saints 42, Panthers 10
QB DREW BREES passed for 287 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 118.4 rating in Week 7 meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 at Car. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Has 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113 rating in 4 road starts this season. Needs 259 pass yards for 17th-career season with 3,000+ pass yards. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 172 scrimmage yards (career-high 155 rush, 17 rec.) & 6 rush TDs in Week 16, tied-most (ERNIE NEVERS – 11/28/29) in single game in NFL history. Leads NFL with franchise-record 21 TDs this season & ranks 3rd with 1,688 scrimmage yards. Leads RBs with career-high 83 receptions. Had 8 receptions & 148 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 65 rec.) in Week 7 meeting. Had 2 rush TDs in last road meeting. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 5+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 4 receptions for team-high 83 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Car. (10/27/19 w/ SF). Is 1 of 3 WRs (T.Y. HILTON & JULIO JONES) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. TE JARED COOK had 82 rec. yards last week. Had rec. TD in Week 7 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack & FF last week. Has 93.5 sacks since 2012, 4th-most in NFL. Had sack in last road meeting. DE TREY HENDRICKSON ranks tied-3rd in NFL with career-high 12.5 sacks. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 114 tackles & 10 TFL in 2020, his 4th consecutive season with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL.
• QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER had TD vs. INT & 85 rating last week. Passed for 254 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.3 rating in Week 7 meeting. Passed for 1,384 yards & 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 99.1 rating in 2019 w/ NO. Has career-highs in passing yards (3,557), pass TDs (15) & rush TDs (5) in 2020. • RB MIKE DAVIS had rush TD last week. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 2 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards & TD. Ranks 3rd among RBs with career-high 59 receptions. Has career-high 1,015 scrimmage yards in 2020. • WR D.J. MOORE had 5 receptions last week. Has 2nd-career season with 1,000+ rec. yards (1,092) in 2020. Had 93 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 2+ TD catches. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 7 receptions & TD catch last week. Had 6 catches for 74 yards in last meeting. Has career-high 92 receptions for career-high 1,056 rec. yards, his 1st-career 1,000-yard season. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had career-high 158 scrimmage yards (106 rec., 52 rush) last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has career high 930 scrimmage yards (733 rec., 197 rush) & career-high 70 receptions this season. • S JEREMY CHINN leads all rookies with 109 tackles, most by Car. rookie since 2012 (LUKE KUECHLY). DE BRIAN BURNS had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. NO with sack. DT DERRICK BROWN ranks tied-2nd among rookies with 8 TFL. LB SHAQ THOMPSON has 2nd-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (104).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 132 (NO), 135 (Car) | XM: 384 (NO), 229 (Car)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (8-7)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 99-94-6
STREAKS: Packers have won 8 of past 9
LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Bears 25 at Packers 41
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/5/19: Packers 10, Bears 3
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 4 TDs vs INT for 128.1 rating last week. Is 4th QB with 11+ games (11) of 3+ TD passes in single season in NFL history. Has 13 games with 100+ rating, tied-most in single season in NFL history. Leads NFL with 44 TD passes & 119.4 rating in 2020. Had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 132.3 rating in Week 12 meeting. Has 52 TDs (51 pass, 1 rush) vs. 10 INTs for 105.3 rating in 24 career starts vs. Chi. Has 280+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 6 of his 7 road starts this season. • RB AARON JONES had 108 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 14 rec.) last week. Ranks 4th in NFL in rush yards (1,062), his 2ndconsecutive season with 1,000+ rush yards. Since 2019, ranks 3rd in NFL with 29 scrimmage TDs. Rookie RB A.J. DILLON had 1st-career 100-yard game (124) & 1st 2 rush TDs in Week 16. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 11 receptions for 142 yards & 3 TDs last week & became 5th WR with 100+ catches (109), 1,300+ rec. yards (1,328) & 15+ rec. TDs (17) in single season in NFL history. Is 1st WR since HOFer RANDY MOSS (23 in 2007) with 17 rec. TDs in single season. Has 4 games with 10+ catches & 2+ rec. TDs, tied most (HOFer CRIS CARTER, 1995) in single season in NFL history. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE ROBERT TONYAN leads NFC TEs with career-high 10 rec. TDs. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had sack & FF last week. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 12.5 sacks. Had sack in last road meeting. LB PRESTON SMITH had sack & FR-TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Chi. with TFL. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had sack & INT in Week 16. S DARNELL SAVAGE had career-high 3 PD & 4th INT of season last week. Had 2 INTs in last meeting.
QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 97.9 rating last week. Passed for 242 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 12 meeting. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his 3 career home starts vs. GB. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ rating & 5th in row overall with 95+ rating. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 121 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD last week. Since Week 12, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage yards (692) & tied-2nd in scrimmage TDs (7). Aims for his 6th in row with 110+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has career-high 1,001 rush yards in 2020 & is 1st Chi. RB with 1,300+ scrimmage yards (1,376) since JORDAN HOWARD (2016). Had 143 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 40 rec.) & TD catch in Week 12 meeting. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 10 receptions for 103 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 74 yards & 2 TDs in Week 12 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has career-high 100 receptions in 2020 & has 1,213 rec. yards, his 3rd-career season with 1,000+ rec. yards. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 69 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 16. Has 17 games with 2+ rec. TDs, tied 3rd-most (ROB GRONKOWSKI) by TE in NFL history. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had 8 tackles & 1st career game with 2 INTs last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL in TFL (17) & 5th in tackles (career high 136). LB KHALIL MACK has 4 sacks, 3 PD, 2 FFs & FR in his past 5 at home. LB DANNY TREVATHAN had 10th-career sack last week. CB KYLE FULLER aims for his 4th in row at home vs. GB with 2+ PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 137 (GB), 83 (Chi) | XM: 380 (GB), 225 (Chi)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (7-8) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-10)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 65-53-2
STREAKS: Raiders have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/15/20: Broncos 12 at Raiders 37
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Broncos 16, Raiders 15
QB DEREK CARR passed for 226 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.5 rating & rushed for TD last week. Has 315+ pass yards & 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Passed for 391 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.3 rating in last road meeting. Aims for his 10th in row vs. Den. with 0 INTs. Has 95+ rating in 6 of his past 7 vs. division. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of past 3 on road. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 69 yards last week. Had 136 scrimmage yards (112 rush, 24 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 110+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC West with rush TD. Has 976 rush yards & can become 1st Raider with 1,000+ rush yards in consecutive seasons since HOFer MARCUS ALLEN (1983-85). RB DEVONTAE BOOKER rushed for seasonhigh 81 yards & 2 TDs in Week 10 meeting. • TE DARREN WALLER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 110+ rec. yards. Has 537 rec. yards (134.3 per game) in his past 4. Had 6 catches for 107 yards in last road meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 1,079 rec. yards, 2nd-consecutive season with 1,000+ rec. yards. WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 5 catches for career-high 155 yards & TD last week. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DE MAXX CROSBY had TFL last week. Had 2 TFL & sack in Week 10 meeting. Had 1.5 sacks, FF & PD in last road meeting. Has TFL in 8 of his past 9 vs. division. DE CARL NASSIB had sack in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had only career INT in Week 10 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with PD. DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS had 1st sack of season last week.
QB DREW LOCK passed for 264 yards & rushed for TD last week. Has 0 INTs in 2 of past 3. Passed for 257 yards in Week 10 meeting. Has 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. division. • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for 79 yards in Week 16. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. Raiders. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 8 rush TDs this season & is only player in NFL with 8+ rush TDs in each of past 5 seasons. Has 1,034 scrimmage yards this season, his 4th-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. • TE NOAH FANT aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has career-high 625 rec. yards this season, most by Den. TE since JULIUS THOMAS (788 in 2013). Rookie WR JERRY JEUDY had 6 catches for 61 yards last week. Had 68 rec. yards in Week 10 meeting. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Ranks 3rd among AFC rookies with 716 rec. yards, most by Den. rookie since EDDIE ROYAL (980 in 2008). WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches for 61 yards in Week 10 meeting. WR DAESEAN HAMILTON had 77 rec. yards on season-high 5 catches in Week 16. Had TD catch in Week 10 meeting. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB had TFL in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. division with sack. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home. LB MALIK REED had sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. division with sack. LB JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU has sack in 3 of his past 4. DT DRE’MONT JONES had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles in Week 10 meeting. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had TFL in Week 16.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Beth Mowins, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 106 (LV), 146 (Den) | XM: 386 (LV), 231 (Den)
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-5) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (4-11)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 20-17
STREAKS: Titans have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/18/20: Texans 36 at Titans 42
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Titans 35, Texans 14
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 121 yards & rushed for season high 55 yards & TD last week. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6. Passed for 366 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 122.6 rating in Week 6 meeting. Has 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 129.4 rating in his past 4 vs. Hou. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 0 INTs & 3rd in row with 105+ rating. Has career-high 32 TD passes. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 98 yards last week. Has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Had career-high 264 scrimmage yards (212 rush, 52 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 6 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs. Aims for 5th in row vs. division with 100+ rush yards. Leads NFL with career-high 1,777 rush yards & ranks 3rd with 15 rush TDs. • WR A.J. BROWN had 4 catches for 43 yards last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches for 58 yards & season-high 2 TDs in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with rec. TD. Has 110+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Hou. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR COREY DAVIS has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. vs. Hou. TE JONNU SMITH had careerhigh 8th TD catch of season in Week 16. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for 4th in row with 9+ tackles. Had INT in last road meeting. Ranks 4th among safeties with career-high 107 tackles. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had INT last week & has INT in 2 of past 3. Had 8 tackles & PD in Week 6 meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou & 8 of his past 9 vs. division. Aims for 3rd in row on road with INT. LB DAVID LONG had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. DE JEFFERY SIMMONS had sack in Week 6 meeting.
QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 24 of 33 passes (72.7 pct.) for 324 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.9 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs & 100+ rating & 3rd in row with 315+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Passed for 335 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138.9 rating in Week 6 meeting. Has 16 TDs (14 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 120.1 rating in 5 career games vs. Ten. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had season-high 139 scrimmage yards (128 rush, 11 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 125+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 57 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with TD. RB DUKE JOHNSON has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Had rush TD in last home meeting. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 catches for 141 yards & TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 5th in row with 5+ catches. Had 9 catches for 68 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting. WR KEKE COUTEE aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. TE DARREN FELLS had 6th TD catch of season in Week 16. Had 6 catches for career high 85 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting. • DE J.J. WATT had sack, FF & PD in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with FF & 3rd in row with sack. Has FF in 8 of his past 9 vs. Ten. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 14 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Leads NFL with career-high 150 tackles. LB TYRELL ADAMS has 9+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 2 PD & sack in Week 6 meeting. CB KEION CROSSEN had career-high 4 PD in Week 16.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Ten), 134 (Hou) | XM: 383 (Ten), 228 (Hou)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-14) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-5)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 24-15
STREAKS: Jaguars have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 9/13/20: Colts 20 at Jaguars 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/19: Colts 33, Jaguars 13
QB MIKE GLENNON completed 24 of 37 passes (64.9 pct.) for 211 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. • RB JAMES ROBINSON (rookie) had 90 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 1 meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. division. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Leads rookies with 1,414 scrimmage yards, most by undrafted rookie in common-draft era. Ties-2nd among rookies with 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.), tied with PHILLIP LINDSAY (10 in 2018) & DOMINIC RHODES (10 in 2001) for most by undrafted rookie in common draft era. RB DARE OGUNBOWALE led team with career-high 71 rush yards last week. • WR DJ CHARK had 4 catches for 62 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in Week 1 meeting. Had 8 catches for 104 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting. Rookie LAVISKA SHENAULT had 5 catches for 48 yards & TD in Week 16. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had rec. TD in Week 1 meeting. Has 52 catches, 3rd-most among AFC rookies. WR KEELAN COLE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rec. TD. Has TD catch in 5 of his past 6 vs. division. • LB MYLES JACK aims for 6th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & sack in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 10+ tackles. Has FR in 2 of past 3 on road. LB JOE SCHOBERT had 8 tackles, sack, FF & INT last week & is 1 of 4 players with sack, FF & INT in single game this season. Had TFL in Week 1 meeting. CB GREG MABIN led team with career-high 10 tackles last week. DE DAWUANE SMOOT has FF in 2 of past 3.
QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 22 of 35 passes (62.9 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of past 6. Passed for 363 yards in Week 1 meeting. Has 24 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 121.4 rating in his past 9 vs. Jax. Has 105+ rating in 3 of past 4 vs. division. Has 420 career TD passes, tied with HOFer DAN MARINO for 5th-most in NFL history. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR (rookie) rushed for 74 yards & 2 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD. Has 2+ rush TDs in 2 of past 3. Had 89 scrimmage yards (career-high 67 rec., 22 rush) & career-high 6 catches in Week 1 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 95 scrimmage yards & TD. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 916 rush yards & 9 rush TDs. RB NYHEIM HINES aims for 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 73 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 28 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 1 meeting. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Jax. • WR T.Y. HILTON aims for 6th in row with 60+ rec. yards. Had 53 rec. yards in Week 1 meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. WR ZACH PASCAL aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE JACK DOYLE had 50 rec. yards last week. Had 49 rec. yards in Week 1 meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 10 tackles & TFL in Week 16. Aims for 4th in row with 10+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had TFL last week. Had sack in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with sack. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had PD in Week 16. Had TFL in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ sacks. Has FF in 2 of past 3 at home. S KHARI WILLIS had 2nd sack of season last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Jax), 136 (Ind) | XM: 385 (Jax), 230 (Ind)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-9) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (14-1)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 64-55-1
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 12 of past 13
LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Chiefs 20 at Chargers 17 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Chiefs 31, Chargers 21
QB JUSTIN HERBERT (rookie) passed for 253 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.2 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 95+ rating & 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 311 yards & TD vs. INT for 94.4 rating & rushed for TD in Week 2 meeting. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 107.7 rating in his past 3 vs. division. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of 6 career road starts. Has 28 TD passes this season, most by rookie in NFL history. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 68 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 23 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season last week. Had season-high 148 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 55 rec.) in Week 2 meeting. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. RB KALEN BALLAGE has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 7 catches for 96 yards in Week 2 meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 on road. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 100 catches, 3rdcareer season with 100+ catches. WR MIKE WILLIAMS led team with 54 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Rookie WR TYRON JOHNSON has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. TE HUNTER HENRY had 83 rec. yards in Week 2 meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. KC with 5+ catches. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in Week 2 meeting. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Has 3 sacks in his past 2 on road. LB NICK VIGIL aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 1st INT of season in Week 16. Has PD in 2 of past 3. CB MICHAEL DAVIS had season-high 9 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Aims for 5th in row vs. KC with PD & 3rd in row vs. KC with 2+ PD. Had INT in last road meeting.
CHIEFS clinched AFC West division title for 5th-consecutive season & #1 overall seed in AFC for 2nd time in past 3 seasons. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 278 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 90+ rating in 9 of past 10. Passed for 302 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 90.9 rating & rushed for season-high 54 yards in Week 2 meeting. Has 12 TDs vs. INT for 110.4 rating in his past 4 at home. Leads NFL with 4,740 pass yards & can join DREW BREES as only players in NFL history with 5,000+ pass yards in 2+ seasons. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS had season-high 73 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 27 rec.) last week. Has TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. LAC. RB LE’VEON BELL rushed for 111 yards & TD in only career game vs. Chargers (10/12/15 with Pit.). • WR TYREEK HILL aims for 10th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches for 99 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 15 rec. TDs. TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 9th in row with 7+ catches & 60+ rec. yards & 5th in row with rec. TD. Had 9 catches for 90 yards in Week 2 meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. LAC. Aims for 6th in row at home with 95+ rec. yards. Leads NFL with 1,416 rec. yards, most by TE in single season in NFL history. • DT CHRIS JONES had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had sack in last home meeting. DE FRANK CLARK had sack in Week 16 & has sack in 3 of past 4. Has sack in 3 of 4 career games vs. LAC. DE ALEX OKAFOR had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Rookie CB L’JARIUS SNEED aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 4 PD in his past 4. Had INT in Week 2 meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 138 (LAC), 81 (KC) | XM: 381 (LAC), 226 (KC)
ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-7) AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-6)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 45-38-2
STREAKS: Rams have won past 7
LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Rams 38 at Cardinals 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Rams 31, Cardinals 24
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 247 yards & rushed for 75 yards last week. Is 1st QB with 800+ rush yards (816) & 10+ rush TDs (11) in single season in NFL history. Needs 116 pass yards for 1st-career 4,000-yard season. Had 3 TDs vs. INT in Week 13 meeting. Passed for 325 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in last road meeting. Has 13 TDs (10 pass, 3 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 93.9 rating in 7 road starts this season. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had rush TD in Week 16. Has 17 rush TDs in his past 17 with Az. Had rush TD in Week 13 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR & 6th in row on road with rush TD. Has 3rd-consecutive season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,041) & career-high 10 rush TDs in 2020. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 8 receptions in Week 16. Ranks 2nd in NFL in receptions (111 ) & rec. yards (1,372). Is 1 of 3 WRs (ANTONIO BROWN & WES WELKER) with 3 seasons with 110+ receptions & 1,300+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in Week 13 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row with 8+ receptions. WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 6 receptions last week. Has 54 catches in 2020 & has 17 seasons with 50+ receptions, tied with HOFer JERRY RICE for most in NFL history. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had season-high 7 receptions in Week 16. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 1.5 sacks & FF last week & is 1 of 2 (MYLES GARRETT) with sack & FF in 3 consecutive games in 2020. Has career-highs in sacks (12.5), TFL (14) & FFs (6) this season. S BUDDA BAKER led team with 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAR with 12+ tackles & TFL. Ranks 2nd among DBs with 113 tackles, his 3rd-consecutive 100+ tackle season.
QB JOHN WOLFORD expected to make his 1st career start. • RB MALCOLM BROWN had rush TD in last home meeting. Rookie RB CAM AKERS had 94 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 5th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR ROBERT WOODS had 10 receptions for 85 yards in Week 13 meeting. Has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4 vs. Az. Aims for his 8th in row vs. Az. with 5+ receptions. Needs 100 rec. yards for 3rd-consecutive 1,000+ rec. yard season. WR JOSH REYNOLDS has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC West. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NFC West with 5+ catches. TE TYLER HIGBEE had 8 catches for 84 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with TD catch. • DL AARON DONALD had sack in Week 16 & ranks 2nd in NFL with 13.5 sacks in 2020. Leads NFL with 85.5 sacks since 2014 & surpassed HOFer DERRICK THOMAS (85) for 3rd-most sacks by player in 1st 7 seasons since 1982. Has 12 sacks & 16 TFL in 13 career games vs. Az. Aims for his 6th in row with TFL. LB LEONARD FLOYD had 2 sacks last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFC (DENNIS GARDECK & TREY HENDRICKSON) with 3 games of 2+ sacks in 2020. LB TROY REEDER led team with 11 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his past 5. CB JALEN RAMSEY aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB DARIOUS WILLIAMS had INT in last home meeting. has 7 PD & 3 INTs in his past 6 at home. Rookie S JORDAN FULLER had 7 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ tackles. DL SEBASTIAN JOSEPH-DAY had 1st sack of season last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (AZ), 82 (LAR) | XM: 382 (AZ), 227 (LAR)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (6-9)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 26-17
STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/1/20: 49ers 27 at Seahawks 37
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/19: Seahawks 27, 49ers 24 (OT)
QB RUSSELL WILSON had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs last week. Passed for 261 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.3 rating in Week 8 meeting. Has 13 TDs vs. INT for 114.5 rating in his past 5 vs. SF. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 38 TD passes & his 4th-career 4,000+ pass yard season (4,031) in 2020. Has 265 TD passes & can surpass HOFer DAN MARINO (266) for 2nd-most by QB in 1st 9 seasons in NFL history. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 457 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row at SF with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Needs 115 scrimmage yards for 3rd-consecutive season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE had 3,363 scrimmage yards & 24 TDs in 50 games (2014-17) w/ SF. • WR DK METCALF led team with 6 receptions & 59 yards last week. Ranks 6th in NFL with 1,282 rec. yards & can surpass HOFer STEVE LARGENT (1,287 rec. yards in 1985) for most in single season in franchise history. Had career-high 12 catches for 161 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with TD catch & 4th in row vs. SF with 6+ catches. WR TYLER LOCKETT has career-high 88 receptions in 2020. Needs 36 rec. yards for 2nd-consecutive 1,000-yard season. • LB BOBBY WAGNER has 132 tackles, his 9th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for his 6th in row vs. SF with PD. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in 4 road games with Sea. in 2020. S JAMAL ADAMS has 9.5 sacks, most by DB in single season since 1982.
QB C.J. BEATHARD passed for career-high 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 125.4 rating in Week 16. Passed for 201 yards in only career start vs. Sea. (11/26/17). • RB JEFF WILSON had career-high 204 scrimmage yards (career-high 183 rush, 21 rec.) & rec. TD in Week 16, most rushing yards by 49ers RB since CARLOS HYDE (12/11/16). Aims for his 4th in row with TD. Has 180 scrimmage yards (90 per game) in 2 career games vs. Sea. FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had 2 rec. TDs in Week 16, his 1st-career multi-TD game. Has career-high 6 TDs (4 rec., 2 rush) in 2020 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. RB JERICK MCKINNON had rush TD in last meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 4 catches for 92 yards in Week 16. Has 4+ catches in 6 of his 7 games this season. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Sea. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 8 catches for 81 yards in last meeting. Had rec. TD in last home meeting. • LB FRED WARNER led team with season-high 14 tackles, had career-high 3 PD & FF & FR in Week 16. Is 1 of 2 LBs (DEMECO RYANS) with 14+ tackles, 3+ PD & FF in single game since 2000. Had 10 tackles, 2 sacks, & FF in last home meeting. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Had 1.5 sacks & FF in last home meeting. DL KERRY HYDER had sack last week & has career-high 8.5 sacks in 2020. Had sack in Week 8 meeting. CB AHKELLO WITHERSPOON had 4th-career INT in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB K’WAUN WILLIAMS had sack & FF in Week 16. Had sack in last meeting. Had 2 FFs in last home meeting. CB JASON VERRETT aims for his 4th in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 113 (Sea), 119 (SF) | XM: 387 (Sea), 232 (SF)
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-9) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-10-1)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 86-80-6
STREAKS: Eagles have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 9/13/20: Eagles 17 at Washington 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/8/19: Eagles 32, Washington 27
QB ALEX SMITH passed for 251 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 113.8 rating in his last start vs. Phi. (9/17/17 w/ KC). Has 80+ passer rating in 3 of his 4 road starts this season. QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 12 of 19 attempts (63.2 pct.) for 137 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.3 rating & had 22 rush yards in Was. debut in Week 16. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON (rookie) rushed for 61 yards last week. Has 7 rush TDs in 6 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Leads rookies & ranks tied5th in NFL with 11 rush TDs in 2020. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 8 receptions, 92 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 15 rush) & TD catch in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. Ranks 2nd among RBs with career-high 75 receptions, most by Was. RB since LARRY CENTERS (81 receptions in 2000). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 15 receptions for 316 yards (105.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. & 4th in row on road vs. NFC East with 5+ receptions. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 7 catches for 63 yards last week. Has career-highs in receptions (69), rec. yards (633) & TD catches (5) in 2020. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ catches. • DE CHASE YOUNG (rookie) had sack, FF & FR in Week 16. Has FF & FR in 2 of his past 3. Leads all rookies in sacks (6.5), TFL (9) & FFs (4). Had 1.5 sacks & FF in Week 1 meeting. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had career-high 8th sack of season last week. Had sack & 2 TFL in Week 1 meeting. DT DARON PAYNE has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had FF in Week 1 meeting. LB COLE HOLCOMB had season-high 11 tackles & sack last week.
QB JALEN HURTS (rookie) passed for 342 yards & TD & had 69 rush yards last week. Joined MICHEAL VICK (2011) as only QBs with 300+ pass yards & 50+ rush yards in consecutive games in NFL history. Joined LAMAR JACKSON as only QBs with 50+ rush yards in each of 1st 3 career starts in NFL history. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 83.6 rating & 106 rush yards in only career home start (Week 14 vs. NO). • RB MILES SANDERS had 84 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD last week. Had career-high 172 scrimmage yards (122 rush, 50 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. Was. (12/15/19). Is 1 of 4 RBs (NICK CHUBB, DERRICK HENRY & AARON JONES) with 4.9+ yards per carry (4.9) since 2019 (min. 300 attempts). • WR DESEAN JACKSON had 81-yard TD catch in Week 16. Has 5 career rec. TDs of 80+ yards, tied with HOFers LANCE ALWORTH, BOB HAYES & JERRY RICE, & DERRICK ALEXANDER for most in NFL history. TE ZACH ERTZ had rec. TD in Week 1 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD catch. TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 8 receptions for 101 yards & rec. TD in Week 1 meeting. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 5 vs. Was. DT FLETCHER COX has 4 sacks & 9 TFL in 7 home games this season & aims for his 8th in row at home with TFL. DE JOSH SWEAT had sack & FF in Week 1. CB DARIUS SLAY had 1st INT of season last week. Has 3 PD in his past 3 vs. Was. Leads NFL with 110 PD since 2013. LB ALEX SINGLETON had team-high 8 tackles in Week 16.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Ron Jaworski SIRIUS: 81 (Was), 83 (Phi) | XM: 226 (Was), 225 (Phi), 88 (National)
GARCIA WINS WBC LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
Ryan Garcia scored a seventh-round knockout victory over Luke Campbell to claim the vacant WBC interim lightweight title at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday.
It’s Garcia’s 21st career victory, and fifth straight via knockout.
Garcia was a little shaky to start. In the second round, Campbell unleashed a vicious left hook that sent the 22-year-old to the canvas for the first time in his career.
Once Garcia defeated Campbell, he was able to take the moment in stride.
After his win, Garcia said he wants to face WBA regular lightweight champion Gervonta Davis next. He even got the crowd, which was largely in his corner all night, to chant “We want Tank!” If not Davis, Garcia said he’d consider Devin Haney for his next bout, according to DAZN Boxing.
Garcia’s manager Oscar De La Hoya said on Twitter that a decision for his next opponent is not imminent.
CANADA TO FACE RUSSIA IN WORLD JUNIOR SEMI’S
The semifinals are set at the World Junior Championship.
Canada will play Russia, and the United States will face Finland. Canada advanced with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday evening, while the U.S. slipped past Slovakia 5-2 a few hours later.
Russia defeated Germany in earlier quarterfinal action Saturday, while Finland stunned Sweden on Roni Hirvonen’s last-minute winner.
Both semifinal matchups are scheduled for Monday. Canada and Russia will play at 6 p.m. ET. The U.S. and Finland will clash at 9:30 p.m.
The bronze- and gold-medal games will be played Tuesday.