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LEADING OFF

Jan. 16, 2012
Jan. 16, 2012

Table of Contents
Jan. 16, 2012

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP
NFL PLAYOFFS: AFC
NFL PLAYOFFS: NFC
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
POP HERRING
POINT AFTER
Departments

LEADING OFF

PHOTOPhotograph by Rich Gabrielson/Icon SMI'BOW, WOW And on the seventh day, he wrested from defeat yet another late miracle, this one an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime on Sunday to lift the Broncos—who blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead—to a 29--23 upset of the Steelers in the wild-card round (page 42). And then he Tebowed gracefully.PHOTOPhotograph by Damian StrohmeyerONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANNING'S KIND Hakeem Nicks soared to pull in this second-quarter touchdown pass from Eli Manning and give New York a 7--2 lead on Sunday. It was the first of two passes Nicks took to the house in the Giants' 24--2 defeat of the Falcons in the Meadowlands.PHOTOPhotograph by John BieverTHROUGH THE ROOF In the first NFL playoff game in Houston since 1994, Arian Foster rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns. The All-Pro running back, however, wasn't the lone star in the Texans' first-ever postseason appearance. The defense picked off three Andy Dalton passes in Houston's 31--10 victory over the Bengals to set up a showdown with the Ravens on Sunday in Baltimore.