The Detroit Lions are likely to lose ground in the NFC playoff race after falling behind by 17 points late in a showdown with the Ravens. What’s worse is that they may be without the engine of their offense for an extended period after losing Matthew Stafford to a hand injury.
The Miami Dolphins are having an easy time with the Denver Broncos at home.
After a Julius Thomas touchdown made it a 9-3 game, he celebrated by riding the football like it was a horse:
Coming into Sunday’s game, Thomas had 34 catches for 342 yards and two touchdowns.
Thomas’ celebration is likely a jab at his former team. Thomas played the first four seasons of his career with the Broncos, being selected to Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2014, where he had 24 touchdowns in those two seasons combined.
He hasn’t been the prolific tight end he was there, but it’s a funny jab he took on Sunday.
The New England Patriots happily obliged with a 33-8 whacking.
Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon is firing on all cylinders as the Avalanche return home to face the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
“I have never really thought about that either, but I wouldn’t see why that wouldn’t be — I mean, everyone has the opportunity to go to another team or get traded, or cut, or released,” Brady said. “I have played with so many great players that that has happened to, several times, and coaches too. Player movement is not new to anyone.
“You try and play well and try and add value to the team and you try and be a great player, and if you’re not a great player for the team you are on then you try and be a great player for the other team that you are on … I just try and do the job the best I possibly can. Show up every day with a good positive attitude, try and lead the team and we try and win games. I have been very fortunate to be part of a great organization that focuses on those things too.”
James went to the locker room with the laceration to his face in the third after he appeared to take an elbow from Tyler Zeller in the lane. While James was off the floor, the Nets extended their lead to six on a 3-pointer by Allen Crabbe.
But shortly after James returned with some stiches and puffiness around his mouth, Cleveland went on an 8-0 run and headed to the fourth quarter tied at 77-all.
The Kings (12-7-2) dropped a 4-2 decision to the host Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, Los Angeles’ fifth loss in six games. Goaltender Jonathan Quick (9-7-1, 2.47 GAA, .926 save percentage) delivered his worst performance of the season, surrendering three goals on nine shots in 11:22 of play.
Trevor Lewis, who registered his sixth goal in the loss to Vegas, refused to pin the loss solely on the goalie.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Giants (2-8) and sent the Chiefs (6-4) to their fourth loss in five games.
The Chiefs believed their recent slump had as much to do with the strength of their schedule. They can no longer fool themselves with that logic.
The winning kick came two plays after Lewis was yanked to the ground on a deep pass from Eli Manning, but still caught the ball while flat on his back for a 34-yard completion on a fourth-down heave.
“It sucks,” center Hassan Whiteside said.
“Terrible game, from the first minute to the last,” point guard Goran Dragic said.
“Embarrassing performance by us,” said shooting guard Wayne Ellington, who led Miami with 21 points on seven 3-pointers.
Turner made 11 of 14 shots for the Pacers, who won their third straight game overall and got their first win in Miami since Nov. 12, 2014. Each of the last 11 regular-season games in the series were won by the home team, until the Pacers emphatically changed that in this one.
Niederreiter deflected Mikko Koivu’s shot from the point to make it 3-1 on a power play two minutes later. It was the first power-play goal the Sabres have allowed at home this season.
After Nolan scored his first goal as a Sabre to make it 3-2 two minutes into the second, Niederreiter netted his second of the night to extend Minnesota’s lead midway through the period.
Granlund got his second goal on a power play with 4:04 left in the third to make it 5-2.
And even though Kansas City had the NFL’s No. 1 rusher, rookie Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs were not able to produce enough offense Sunday, as the Cowboys pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 28-17 win.
Cavaliers: When he left to get stitched up, James only had eight points and his streak of double-digit games appeared in jeopardy. But he scored on a layup in the third, giving him 809 straight regular-season games with at least 10 points.
“The whole game I thought I was kind of flat,” Embiid said. “I was kind of going through the motions. I needed that, getting the crowd going.”
The Jazz had cut a 21-point deficit to 11 and were down 92-79 with 4:13 left when rookie Donovan Mitchell drove the lane and Embiid emphatically swatted away his shot.
After Mitchell fell underneath the basket, Embiid turned and jawed at him. While the 6-foot-3 Mitchell claimed he couldn’t hear what he said, he got up and lightly shoved Embiid.
Myles Turner made almost every shot he took in Indiana’s biggest win of the season, and even got a chance for a brief postgame chat with actor Matthew McConaughey.
According to the NHL’s media regulations: “When an injury occurs in a regular season game, a Club spokesperson must notify the media of the approximate location, nature, and severity of the injury as soon as possible, except to the extent that the Club determines that such disclosure may jeopardize the Player’s physical well-being if and when the Player returns to play, in which case the Club is entitled to provide a more general overview of the Player’s injury status.”
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz told ESPN on Tuesday that there are some injuries his team will disclose and others it won’t, based on sensitivity or severity.
Blake Griffin had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Wesley Johnson scored a season-high 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a nine-game skid with a 116-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Johnson hit six of his first seven 3-point attempts and went 8 for 10 from the field. Williams finished with 20 points, and Austin Rivers added 18. DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Clippers: G Lou Williams, a productive sixth man for most of his career, made just his second start since he played for the Lakers in 2015-16. In 13 seasons, Williams has scored 8,599 points as a reserve, second only to Jamal Crawford among active players.
Hawks: Rookie F John Collins, the 19th overall draft pick, made his first career start and finished with 14 points and team highs with 10 rebounds and 38 minutes. Collins got the nod with back tightness still bothering Luke Babbitt, but he could hold the job the rest of the season given that he’s shooting over 58 percent from the field and consistently plays above the rim.
A letter was sent to the league’s counsel late Wednesday from Cowboys general counsel Jason Cohen, which was obtained by ESPN, and was shared with team owners and executives. In the letter, Jones claimed he “has discovered a number of very concerning issues.”
Jones was terminated from the league’s compensation committee by Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank, who is the committee chairman. As a result, Jones and Blank are conflicted about the league’s protocol and negotiations.
The letter from Jones and his counsel said that, “the Ownership and Jerry Jones now understand they have been unquestionably misled” by Blank and that “critical facts” have been misrepresented regarding Goodell’s contract.