Weekend In Review – Rams’ Loss Is Others’ Gain In NFL, Burrow Wins Heisman Trophy, And More

The Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys made winners of others The Cowboys (7-7) rolled to a 44-21 home victory over the Rams (8-6). While the victory...

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The Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys made winners of others

The Cowboys (7-7) rolled to a 44-21 home victory over the Rams (8-6). While the victory kept the Boys even in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, it locked up playoff berths for the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers (all 11-3).

The Niners lost to the comeback-minded Atlanta Falcons (5-9) at home, 29-22. The Falcons had a touchdown taken away by instant replay but quickly scored again on a pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones. The Seahawks and Packers won.

As did the Buffalo Bills (10-4). Their 17-10 road victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6) Sunday night nailed down their berth.

Of note:
The Oakland Raiders, who will move to Las Vegas next season, lost the last game at what we will still call the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum after building a 16-6 lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags (5-9) won 20-16, dropping the Raiders to 6-8.

On the other coast, Eli Manning may well have made his final start for the New York Giants. He threw a pair of touchdown passes (and three interceptions) as the Giants (3-11) snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins (3-11).

The New England Patriots (11-3) earned their 11th straight trip to the playoffs with a 34-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (1-12).

College football:
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.

Navy beat Army 31-7 in the 120th meeting between the two.

Investigations are on-going into the televised flashing of white power symbols by several Cadets and at least one Midshipman.

College basketball:
Tiny Wofford College upset No. 17 North Carolina 68-64 on Sunday. It’s Wofford’s second win over UNC in three years.

Unranked Minnesota took out No. 3 Ohio State 84-71.

No. 10 Oregon hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday to beat No. 5 Michigan 71-70.

Elsewhere:
Tiger Woods, the first playing captain in 25 years, led the U.S. to a comeback victory over the International team in Melbourne, Australia, in the Presidents Cup. Woods won his singles match against Abraham Ancer as the U.S. came from a two-point deficit to win 16-14.

Pitcher Madison Bumgarner is reportedly leaving the San Francisco Giants for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Cleveland Indians traded pitcher Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, to the Texas Rangers for infielder Delino DeShields and young pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase.

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns 121-119 in overtime in Mexico City, playing and winning in OT for a record fourth consecutive game.

The Orlando Magic beat New Orleans 130-119, handing the Pelicans a club-record 12th straight loss.

Georgetown won the NCAA men’s soccer title, beating Virginia on penalty kicks Sunday night.

 
 
Post By: Larry Weisman, a longtime sportswriter for USA TODAY, blogs for Twistity.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrLarryWeisman

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