The San Francisco Giants forced another winner-take-all game last night, their second of the postseason. This time it was not even close. Giants starter Matt Cain was stellar over his 5.2 shutout innings allowing just five hits. The Giants erupted for five runs in the third inning involving a fluky double for Hunter Pence in which he broke his bat and hit the ball three separate times on the same swing. The Giants pushed their lead to 9-0 before the skies opened up in the bottom of the ninth. With the rain pouring down in San Francisco, the Giants clinched the National League Championships. More here.
The Chicago Bears were looking to stay perfect at home this season and push their record to 5-1 on Monday Night Football last night against the Detroit Lions. The Bears defense flexed their muscles as they forced three turnovers in the red zone last night. Jay Cutler hooked up with Brandon Marshall and a simple roll out pass to put the Bears up 7-0. They took a 13-0 lead to the locker rooms. The defense stood strong in the second half repeatedly getting to Lions QB Matthew Stafford and having him pick grass out of his facemask. The Lions got on the board with 30 seconds left as Stafford hooked up with Ryan Broyles. Stafford has not thrown a touchdown pass in the first three quarters of a game yet this year. Bears improve to 5-1 with a 13-7 victory and the Lions fall to 2-4 on the year. More here.
Do you watch the Pro Bowl for the high level of competition among the NFL’s best players? No, you don’t. No one does and the league is beginning to take notice. Roger Goodell said yesterday on Siriux XM Radio that the league is considering not playing the Pro Bowl anymore if the level of play does not increase. Goodell makes a point because, in reality, it is a glorified walk-through. More here.
The Sixers wrapped up their preseason last night with a trip to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY to take on the New York Knicks. The Sixers, once again, played solid basketball and opened up in the second quarter. The Sixers outscored the Knicks 36-21 in the second quarter en route to a 98-90 victory. Jason Richardson lead the Sixers with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. The victory wraps up the preseason for the Sixers with a 6-1 record waiting for next week’s season opener. More here.