Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 1/12/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, January 12, 2015

NFL – NFL Divisional Playoffs
AFC: New England 35, Baltimore 31
NFC: Seattle 31, Carolina 17

NFC: Green Bay 26, Dallas 21
AFC: Indianapolis 24, Denver 13

Packers 26, Cowboys 21 – Karma strikes Cowboys as reversed call leads Packers to win
Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of his 35 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers downed Dallas 26-21 in the NFC divisional playoffs. The Packers trailed 21-20 until Rodgers engineered an 80-yard drive that ended with his 13-yard touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers with 9:10 remaining. The Cowboys came close to taking the lead on the next possession, but Tony Romo’s pass to Dez Bryant near the goal line was ruled an incompletion following replay, giving the ball back to the Packers on downs with 4:06 left.

Colts 24, Broncos 13 – Colts advance 
The Indianapolis Colts went into Denver and knocked off the Broncos 24-13 in the AFC divisional playoffs as Andrew Luck completed 27 of his 43 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Luck’s second scoring strike was a 15-yard toss to Hakeem Nicks, putting the Colts ahead 21-13 midway through the third quarter. Dan Herron finished with 95 total yards and scored the Colts’ first TD on a six-yard run early in the second quarter.

Sunday – Conference Championships
NFC: Green Bay Packers (12-4) at Seattle Seahawks (12-4), 3:05 p.m.
AFC: Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at New England Patriots (12-4), 6:40 p.m.

NCAA Football – National Championship
(4) Ohio State Buckeyes (13-1) vs. (2) Oregon Ducks (13-1), 8:30 p.m.
2015 College Football Playoff Championship Game, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Michigan State 84, Northwestern 77

Michigan State 84, Northwestern 77 – Michigan State holds off Northwestern 84-77 in OT
Travis Trice had 18 points and 10 assists, and Michigan State outlasted Northwestern 84-77 in overtime Sunday. The extra session was finally kind to the Spartans, who had lost their first three overtime games this season, including a double-OT defeat against Maryland late last month. Michigan State (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten) held the Wildcats (10-6, 1-2) without a point in the overtime until the final minute. Denzel Valentine scored 17 points for Michigan State, and Branden Dawson and Gavin Schilling added 13 each. Bryant McIntosh led Northwestern with 18 points. Tre Demps added 17 and JerShon Cobb had 12.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
(4) Notre Dame 104, Boston College 58
Michigan 100, Ohio State 94 – OT
Northwestern 77, Michigan State 70

(4) Notre dame 104, Boston College 58 – Turner’s 21 leads No. 4 Irish 104-58 win over Boston College
Brianna Turner scored 21 points, including four baskets on alley-oop layups, Kathryn Westbeld added 15 points and No. 4 Notre Dame beat Boston College 104-58.

Michigan 100, Ohio State 94 – OT – Wolverines outlast Buckeyes in Overtime 
Shannon Smith scored a career-high36 points, Katelynn Flaherty hit six triples, and Cyesha Goree had 18 points as Michigan outlasted Ohio State, 100-94 in overtime.

Northwestern 77, Michigan State 70 – Spartans fall to Wildcats 
Despite trimming a 20-point second-half deficit down to two, Michigan State fell to Northwestern, 77-70. Sophomore guard Aerial Powers led the way for the Spartans with 24 points

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Minnesota Wild 1

Blackhawks 4, Wild 1 – Blackhawks cruise past Wild 4-1
Marian Hossa, Bryan Bickell and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the sliding Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Defenseman Johnny Oduya also scored and Corey Crawford had 36 saves as Chicago rebounded from an ugly 5-2 loss at Edmonton on Friday night. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane added two assists apiece in the opener of a four-game homestand. The weary Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game, including a 3-1 home loss to Nashville on Saturday night. Matt Cooke scored his third goal in the third period, and Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves in his third consecutive start. The Blackhawks improved to 3-0 against the Wild this season with their second win over Minnesota in four days. Kane had a goal and two assists and Crawford made 42 saves in Chicago’s 4-2 road win Thursday night.

NHL – Red Wings put Howard on IR with groin injury
The Detroit Red Wings have put goalie Jimmy Howard on injured reserve after he was carted off the ice Saturday night at Washington. Howard has a groin injury. The Red Wings called up goalie Tom McCollum on Sunday from Grand Rapids of the AHL. The 25-year-old McCollum has appeared in 21 games for Grand Rapids this season, going 10-8-3 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a 0.911 save percentage. He has won his last five starts. Howard was hurt attempting to make a save on Troy Brouwer’s goal in the first period. After Washington dumped the puck in, Howard stopped it behind the net and started back around front, but Brouwer got to the puck first. Howard _ coming from the left _ stretched trying to make the save.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors, 7:30 p.m.
Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

Golf – PGA – Two-way tie through 54
Walker and Hideki Matsuyama are tied for the lead through 54 holes of the PGA’s Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Matsuyama matched the best score of the week with a 7-under 66, leaving him at minus-17. Walker began to pull away with five birdies in 10 holes, but he didn’t make another birdie until a 4-foot putt on the last hole for a 67.  Bae Sang-Moon and Patrick Reed are two shots behind.

ISHSHL – High School Hockey
Springboro (OH) 3, Lakeshore/St. Joseph 0

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Basketball
Lake Michigan Catholic at Buchanan
Michigan Lutheran at Watervliet Grace Christian
Marcellus at White Pigeon
Holland Calvary at Martin

Girls Basketball
Bridgman at South Haven
Hartford at Cassopolis

Lakeshore at Gull Lake