Rams outlast Saints…Pats prevail in OT…Pacers stay hot…Isles pad division lead…FSU falls again
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Greg Zuerlein drilled a 57-yard field goal in overtime to complete the Los Angeles Rams’ comeback in a 26-23 victory over the Saints in the NFC Championship Game at a raucous New Orleans Superdome. The game-ending kick came after Drew Brees heaved a fluttering pass that was picked off by John Johnson III on the first drive of the extra period. The Saints were on the verge of a 23-20 victory until Zuerlein hit a 48-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The New England Patriots also needed overtime before Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard TD gave them a 37-31 victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Kansas City. Burkhead had a pair of rushing touchdowns and Tom Brady was intercepted twice while completing 30 of 46 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs trailed 17-7 in the fourth quarter until Damien Williams scored three touchdowns, including receptions of one and 23 yards from Patrick Mahomes .
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Pacers find themselves 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 NBA season. The Pacers won for the fourth time in six games as Victor Oladipo contributed 21 points to a 120-95 thumping of the Hornets. Darren Collison added 19 points and nine assists for the Pacers, who jumped to a 32-16 lead late in the first quarter.
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Islanders won for the 15th time in 18 games to open a three-point lead over Washington and Columbus in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. Cal Clutterbuck scored twice in the first 10 minutes to support Robin Lehner’s 19-save performance as the Islanders blanked the Ducks, 3-0. The Capitals absorbed their fifth consecutive loss as Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists to lead Chicago’s 8-5 victory against Washington.
UNDATED (AP) – Ky Bowman was 6-for-8 from 3-point range while scoring 37 points as Boston College handed No. 11 Florida State its third straight loss, 87-82. Jordan Chatman added 17 points including three straight 3-pointers during a 21-4 run to start the second half. Sam Hauser scored 25 points and Markus Howard added 24 as No. 15 Marquette rallied past Providence, 79-68, and freshman Joe Wieskamp matched a career high with 24 points as No. 23 Iowa routed Illinois 95-71.