Weekend Review With The The Top Games
The Chicago Bears, absent from the playoffs since the 2010 season, will be making a return.
The Bears (10-4) clinched their first NFC North title since 2010 with their 24-17 victory at home on Sunday over the Green Bay Packers (5-8-1). The Bears have won seven of their last eight games.
The Dallas Cowboys (8-6) had a chance to win the NFC East but endured a 23-0 shutout at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts (8-6).
The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5-1) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed the New England Patriots (9-5) their second straight defeat, beating them 17-10. And the San Francisco 49ers (4-10) won their second straight and kept the Seattle Seahawks (8-6) from clinching a wild card by topping them 26-23.
Washington quarterback Josh Johnson, the team’s fourth starter this year, won his first NFL start since 2011 as the Redskins (7-7) ended a four-game losing streak with a 16-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) on Dustin Hopkins’ 36-yard field goal on the final play. Johnson has been with 13 teams since entering the NFL in 2009.
Mary Hardin-Baylor avenged last year’s NCAA Division III title game loss to Mount Union by beating the Purple Raiders 24-16 for the championship on Friday night. The Crusaders (15-0) halted a Mount Union (14-1) winning streak of 29 games.
Fresno State, Tulane, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State and Utah State won their games that kicked off the bowl season.
Canelo Alvarez won one of the super middleweight title belts on Saturday at Madison Square Garden with a third-round knockout of Rocky Fielding. Alvarez knocked Fielding down four times.
LeBron James and Lonzo Ball each had a triple double for the Los Angeles Lakers in Saturday night’s 128-100 win over the Charlotte Hornets. It’s only the eighth time teammates have each had a triple double in the same game.
No. 1 Kansas defeated No. 17 Villanova 74-71. No. 12 North Carolina beat No. 4 Gonzaga 103-90. Old Dominion upset No. 25 Syracuse 68-62.
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