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In today's Sprint:

  • 🏈   Wild Card Weekend
  • 🏀   The Clippers collapse
  • 🏀   Big-12 showdowns

NFL

Bills Mafia Has Arrived

For the league’s most rowdy fanbase, this weekend marked the first playoff win since 1995. And they're not done yet. The Bills have legit Super Bowl hopes.

Scoreboard

(14-3) Buffalo Bills 27 vs. (11-6) Indianapolis Colts 24

  • Buffalo QB Josh Allen (378 total yds, 3 TDs) and WR Stefon Diggs (6 rec, 128 yds, 1 TD) brought their superb connection into the Playoffs, shredding a solid Colts’ defense. The Colts were lucky to keep this game close.

(11-6) LA Rams 30 vs. (12-5) Seattle Seahawks 20

  • While Rams QB Jared Goffmanaged to play with 3 screws in his throwing thumb, rookie RB Cam Akers (176 total yds, 1 TD) carried LA to the upset win. For Seattle, the loss is a huge disappointment for a team that looked like Super Bowl contenders at the season’s halfway mark.

(12-5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 vs. (7-10) Washington Football Team 23

  • Bucs QB Tom Brady (381 yds, 2 TDs) continues his quest for Super Bowl number seven. But WFT backup QB Taylor Heinicke (352 total yds, 2 TDs) kept the Football Team closer than expected, earning praise from players around the league.

Today's Games

No. 4 Tennessee Titans (11-5) vs. No. 5 Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

  • 1:05 p.m. ET, ABC
  • Opening line: Ravens -3; O/U 54.5

No. 2 New Orleans Saints (12-4) vs. No. 7 Chicago Bears (8-8)

  • 4:40 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Opening line: Saints -10; O/U 47

No. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) vs. No. 6 Cleveland Browns (11-5)

  • 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC
  • Opening line: Steelers -6; O/U 47.5

WATER COOLER TALK
  • ⚾   Tommy Lasorda, the legendary Dodgers pitcher, manager, and announcer, passed away Friday at the age of 93.
  • ⚽   Borussia Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 3-1 in a key Bundesliga matchup. Erling Haaland (2 goals) continued to dominate as transfer rumors heat up around the young star.
  • 🏈   Jim Harbaugh signed a new contract with Michigan, extending him as the school’s head football coach through 2025. - Ohio State fans rejoice.
  • 🏈  Urban Meyer reportedly met with Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan and is assembling a staff in case he takes the team’s head coaching job.

NBA

The Clippers' Closing Problem

Since the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George superteam formed, the Clippers have lost a league-leading eight games when leading by 15 points or more.

Most recent: With three minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Clippers led the Warriors by 22 points. They still managed to lose by 10. Stephen Curry (38 pts, 11 ast) played at an MVP level, but a team with the Clippers’ talent shouldn’t be blowing so many huge leads.

Scoreboard

(5-5) Charlotte Hornets 113 vs. (4-5) Atlanta Hawks 105

  • LaMelo Ball (22 pts, 12 reb, 11 ast) became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier (23 pts, 4 reb) threw down the best dunk of the young season.

(4-5) Denver Nuggets 115 vs. (7-3) Philadelphia 76ers 103

  • Due to injury and COVID-19 protocol, the 76ers played with only seven players. But, thanks to rookie Tyrese Maxey (39 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast), they kept it closer than expected.

NCAA

Texas Is Back

The Texas Longhorns had the most impressive week of the college basketball season, handling #3 Kansas and #14 West Virginia on the road.

If the NCAA Tournament started tomorrow, the 10-1 Longhorns would be a clear-cut one seed. With all the success coming to Austin this year, one has to wonder why coach Shaka Smart didn’t grow his hair out earlier.

Scoreboard

(10-1) #4 Texas 72 vs. (9-4) #14 West Virginia 70

  • In the day’s best game, Texas won on a last second three-pointer by Andrew Jones (16 pts, 3 reb). Jones was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago. Now, he’s healthy and leading the Longhorns to the team’s best start in a decade.

(11-0) #2 Baylor 67 vs. (9-4) TCU 49

  • Baylor stays undefeated on the year, thanks to star guard Jared Butler (28 pts, 8 rebs, 4 ast). Baylor and Texas are set to battle on February 2nd.

TRIVIA

Tim Tebow famously led the Denver Broncos to an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Wild Card weekend in 2012. What other team did Tebow play for in his NFL career?

  1. The Oakland Raiders
  2. The Miami Dolphins
  3. The Dallas Cowboys
  4. The New York Jets

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TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Tebow played one season for the Jets, his third and final season in the NFL.