The Sixers were in action last night against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Unfortunately for Andrew Bynum, he would not get an opportunity to face off against his former team. The Lakers jumped out to a four point lead after the first quarter before dropping 32 in the second quarter and taking a 60-50 into halftime. The Sixers could not get much going after the break either as they were outscored 51-48 in the second half. Ther Sixers were able to cut the Lakers lead to nine with 8:27 remaining before going cold from the field. Philadelphia struggled to hit anything while the Lakers got 3-pointers from Chris Duhon and Kobe Bryant while getting buckets from Dwight Howard as well to open their lead up to 18 with 3:28 remaining. It was too much for the Sixers to overcome as they fell 111-98. More here.
The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots met in Foxboro last night in a battle. The 49ers held a 17-3 lead at halftime and stormed out in the third quarter to a 31-3 lead before Tom Brady got going. Brady threw for over 300 yards after halftime and led the patriots on a miraculous comeback to tie the game at 31 with 6:43. 49ers running back LaMichael James took the ensuing kickoff all the way back to the Patriots 38 yard line. One the first play after the return, Colin Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree who shed a tackler and took it 38 yards for the game winning touchdown. The 49ers would clinch a playoff berth with their 41-34 win. More here.
Around the NFC East:
The Washington Redskins took on the Cleveland Browns yesterday in Landover, Md. Redskins rookie QB Kirk Cousins got the start ahead of injured rookie Robert Griffin III. Cousins had 329 yard with two touchdowns and an interception. The Redskins became the first team in NFL history that has had two rookie quarterbacks throw for 300+ yards in the same season.Alfred Morris led the ground game with 87 rushing yards and two touchdowns en route to a 38-21 win. The win moved the Redskins to 8-6 and tied for first place in the NFC East. They hold the tie breaker over the Cowboys and Giants. More here.
The Cowboys had a tough task yesterday as Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tony Romo threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns while Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards, two touchdowns, and one very costly interception. The two teams were tied 24-24 in overtime when Roethlisberger was picked off by Brandon Carr and taken to the one foot line. The Cowboys would kick a field goal and win 27-24. They move to 8-6 and in second place in the NFC East due to tiebreakers. More here.
The Falcons welcomed the New York Giants to the Georgia Dome. Atlanta Falcons quarterback, and local product, Matt Ryan was 23-for-28 for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns. He took a 17-0 lead into halftime. They would put up another 17 points after halftime to give them a 34-0 victory. The 34-0 loss by the Giants was the worst shutout defeat of a reigning Super Bowl champion in NFL history. More here.