Bet Five Redskins Could've Stopped Him Four Washington defenders—including one grabbing his waist and another his legs—were unable to keep Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch from crossing the goal line after a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter of their wild-card game in D.C. on Sunday. Lynch, who ran for a total of 132 yards on 20 carries in Seattle's 24--14 win, brings his Beast Mode to Atlanta for a divisional playoff game on Sunday. (NFL playoff coverage begins on page 40.)
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May I Take Your Hat And Ball? South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney left Michigan running back Vincent Smith empty-handed and bareheaded with a fourth-quarter hit in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year's Day. The crunch seen 'round the Internet set up a touchdown by the 10th-ranked Gamecocks, who rallied to a 33--28 victory over the 18th-ranked Wolverines.
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Think This Is Hard? You Should See Me Herd Mustangs During the halftime show at the Colts-Texans game on Dec. 30, a border collie with more than the proverbial monkey on its back herded goats around the field in Indianapolis. Anticlimactically, the home team won 28--16. The Colts would go on to lose their AFC wild-card playoff game against the Ravens 24--9 on Sunday.
A title-tested quarterback, a fearsome pass rush, a healthy roster and the confidence to win on the road—Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers fit the Lombardi formula. But they'll have to get past Peyton Manning