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Vikings top Saints in OT…Seahawks stifle Eagles…Cowboys, Garrett part company

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have advanced to the NFC divisional round at San Francisco by defeating the New Orleans Saints, 26-20 on Kirk Cousins’ four-yard scoring pass to Kyle Rudolph on the first series of overtime. Dalvin Cook gained 130 yards from scrimmage and scored a pair of touchdowns that put the Vikings ahead, 20-10 before the Saints scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. Cousins finished with 242 yards, highlighted by his 43-yard completion to Adam Thielen  that put the ball on the Saints 2-yard line and set up Rudolph’s game-winning catch.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — DK Metcalf had seven receptions for 160 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown grab to help the Seattle Seahawks down the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-9. Wilson threw for 325 yards and led the team with 45 yards rushing as the Seahawks earned the right to play the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round. The Eagles played most of the game without Carson Wentz due to a head injury caused by a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jadeveon Clowney.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have announced that Jason Garrett is out as head coach after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team. The Cowboys finished 8-8 in the final year of Garrett’s contract, missing the playoffs by one game. It’s the fourth time Dallas finished 8-8 and missed the postseason under the 53-year-old coach, who was 85-67 at the helm. Garrett had the second-longest tenure with the franchise at 9½ seasons behind Tom Landry’s 29 years.

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers had three players score 30 points in a game for the first time in their 50-year franchise history, which includes their time as the Buffalo Braves. Montrezl  Harrell dropped in 34 points, while Lou Williams and Paul George each had 32 in the Clippers’ 135-132 victory over New York. Miami also won yesterday as Goran Dragic  tied a career high with seven 3-pointers while delivering 29 points and 13 assists in the Heat’s 122-111 win against Portland.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins has announced on social media that he’s staying in school for his senior season. Collins has 78 receptions for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns over his three-year career. He had 37 catches for 729 yards and seven scores last season for the 17th-ranked Wolverines.

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