What you may have missed this weekend in sports: 1/11-1/13

We’re back again for another edition of what you missed this weekend, and boy was it a good one! I hope you didn’t miss it, but in case you did, we’ve got you covered.
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NFL Playoffs

Chiefs end Colts’ Luck (31-13) 

If I had told you the Chiefs won their first home playoff game since the 1993 Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, would you have believe me? Well, there is a first time for everything! This is also the first Conference Championship game the Chiefs will play in since 1993, but this is the first Conference Championship game they will host as the home team.

With that being known, the Chiefs will look to do something they have never done before, which is winning a Conference Championship as the home team. They will look to get revenge over the New England Patriots as well. During their game against the Colts, the defense showed up. Yes, that’s right! It was the Chiefs’ defense who came up big in their win. That same defense will need to show up again on Sunday if they want to knock off the defending AFC champions.

Colts QB Andrew Luck has bounced back from injuries to lead his team to a playoff win, as they went 9-1 in the last 10 games, but their luck runs out and Andrew Luck couldn’t do anything. Also, don’t forget the Chiefs have the best offensive pieces and a great coach in Andy Reid. That could come in handy against the Patriots.

Rams run over Cowboys (30-22)

The Rams stayed true to their name, as they rammed and dodged their way through the LA Live night to pick up their first playoff win under Sean McVay. It’s also the Rams’ first playoff win since 2005. The Cowboys gave up 273 rushing yards to Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson on the ground with three touchdowns. Gurley ran for 115 yards and one touchdown, while Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns. QB Jared Goff and the receiving core of Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds combined for the remaining 35 yards. Goff added another 186 yards passing yards.

But the real question, is how do the Rams expect to do that same thing against the New Orleans Saints who have swallowed up big running backs this season? That’s including Todd Gurley earlier this season when the Saints became the first team to beat the Rams.

Patriots overcharge the Bolts (41-28)

The Patriots have a magical number when it comes to this game. It is the eighth time QB Tom Brady has faced Chargers QB Phillip Rivers. He is now 8-0 against him. It is also the eighth straight year the Patriots have been in the Conference Championship game, but this game feels different. It is Brady and the Patriots looking to make their third straight Super Bowl, but this is a Patriots team who has relied a lot on the running backs, as they did on Sunday. RB Sony Michel rushed 24 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns, while Rex Burkhead got four touches for 12 yards and a touchdown. RB James White has continuously been one of Brady’s favorite targets, as he tied the NFL record for most receptions in a postseason game (15). White used his 15 catches and 97 yards to help Brady get to his 323 yards passing and one touchdown.

This win means that Brady and the Patriots will also continue the streak of Conference Championships with Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger being involved in the game that dates back all the way back to the 2003-04 season. They have gone 10-4 in Conference Championship games, and look for their third straight win to once again make it to the Super Bowl. Can Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and his explosive offense knock off the Patriots?

Who Dat said they gonna beat the Saints? (20-14)

No, seriously! Who said they were going to beat the Saints? It wasn’t the Eagles, as the reigning Super Bowl champions have been eliminated. The Eagles started off hot and looked like they were ready to run away with a big win. As the Eagles jumped out 14-0, we slowly watch as the Saints chipped away at their lead. QB Drew Brees and WR Michael Thomas look like the best duo on the field. Thomas caught 12 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. Brees finished with 301 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a possibly trip to the Super Bowl. Can the Saints continue their winning ways against the hungry Rams, or will the Rams figure out a way to slow Brees and the Saints?

 

College Basketball

Losses by top 25 teams

22 Indiana to Maryland (78-75 – Friday)

12 North Carolina to Louisville (83-62)

20 Iowa State to Kansas State (58-57)

14 Mississippi State to Mississippi (81-77)

25 TCU to 23 Oklahoma (76-74)

13 Florida State to 1 Duke ( 80-78)

16 Ohio State to Iowa (72-62)

24 St. John’s to DePaul (79-71)

 

Soccer

Arsenal, a top five team? Really?

Arsenal very rarely falls into the hands of London-rivals West Ham, but this weekend is one to forget for the Gunners. Despite Arsenal playing with intent, they failed to get many good shots into the goal. Eventually, yet another mistake from midfielder Granit Xhaka led to a Declan Rice goal, and Arsenal lost 1-0. Despite the loss, Arsenal still sits fifth in the Premier League table, while West Ham has improved to ninth.

Manchester United find form at Wembley

Marcus Rashford’s goal to find Manchester United the 0-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspurs was finesse, but the real hero, Goalkeeper David de Gea, was class. His eleven saves made it impossible for Tottenham to score, despite having 21 shots. Both teams’ position in the table hasn’t changed, with Tottenham still in third and United behind at sixth.

 

Cricket

Indian openers hand Australia victory

With a weak, depleted Australian squad, up against the second-best in the world, it would’ve been easy to predict India as the winner. In fact, after Australia only managed 288-5, India set their eyes upon victory. India lost their opening three wickets for just four runs, and an unreliable middle order failed to cross the line. There were bright spots for India, though. After the crash of the openers, opener Rohit Sharma and Wicket-Keeper MS Dhoni put up a 138-run partnership, and Sharma himself scored 133(129). Pacer Jhye Richardson got Man of the Match for his 4-46 in 10 overs.

Pakistan challenge as South Africa look for white-wash

When the cricketers wear white, Pakistan hasn’t been good as of late. The batting in test cricket has been annoyingly terrible, and the bowlers can only do so much. Despite bowling out South Africa for a low total of 262, Pakistan crumbled to 185, only for Wicket-Keeper Quinton de Kock’s ton took South Africa to 303. But with well ever two days to bat, Pakistan faced a tough target of 384, and the openers had intent. Shan Masood and Imam Ul-Haq put up a 67-run partnership, followed by Asad Shafiq on 48(47)* at stumps.

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