ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard burst with 12:28 remaining as the Dallas Cowboys nipped the Seattle Seahawks, 24-22 in Saturday’s NFC wild-card game. Dak Prescott added a huge one-yard TD run just before the two-minute warning to secure the Cowboys’ meeting with the Saints at New Orleans. Prescott had 226 yards passing in helping Dallas end Seattle’s nine-game winning streak in playoff openers.
HOUSTON (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts are in the AFC divisional round after Andrew Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns for a 21-7 win at Houston in the wild-card game. Luck had 191 passing yards and both TD’s while Indianapolis was building a 21-0 halftime lead. Running back Marlon Mack provided 148 yards and a touchdown for the Colts, who won for the 10th time in 11 games to advance to face the top-seeded Chiefs in Kansas City next Saturday.
AMES, Iowa (AP) – Marial Shayok poured in 24 points and unranked Iowa State improved to 12-2 with its fifth straight win, 77-60 over No. 5 Kansas. Freshman Tyrese Haliburton made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Cyclones, who won with ease despite being outrebounded 41-26. The Jayhawks played without big man Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay), who was hit on the right wrist during Friday’s practice and scratched about an hour before tip-off. X-rays were negative.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Anthony Mathis scored 27 points to help New Mexico hammer No. 6 Nevada, 85-58. The Wolf Pack shot just 33.3 percent from the field, committed 14 turnovers and went 16 for 27 at the free-throw line. Vance Jackson had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Lobos, who prevented Nevada from improving to 15-0 for the first time in school history.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) each scored 30 points in the Toronto Raptors’ 123-116 win against the Bucks in Milwaukee, a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 25 points and nine rebounds, while Fred VanVleet had 21 points as Toronto pulled within four percentage points of Milwaukee. The Bucks ended a five-game winning streak despite Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh), who had 43 points and 18 rebounds.