Alex Smith found Vernon Davis for a 14-yard TD with 14 seconds left to give the 49ers a 36-32 win over the Saints in a wild NFC Divisional Round contest Candlestick Park that featured four lead changes in the final 4:11 of the fourth quarter.
Smith finished with 299 yards passing and three TD tosses. Davis caught seven passes for 180 yards and two TDs.
Drew Brees connected with Jimmy Graham on a 66-yard TD with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter to give the Saints a 30-29 (Darren Sproles hauled in a Brees pass for a two-point conversion).
The 49ers capitalized on two New Orleans early turnovers (including a fumble at the San Francisco 2 from Pierre Thomas), jumping out to a second-quarter 17-0 lead as Smith connected on TD passes to Davis and Michael Crabtree and David Akers converted a 25-yard field goal. The Saints rallied to cut the halftime lead to 17-14 as Drew Brees tossed TD passes to Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston...
FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins and Patrick Chung will be active for tonight's AFC Divisional Playoff against Tim Tebow and the Broncos at Gillette Stadium.
The seven Patriots inactives for tonight's game are quarterback Ryan Mallett, cornerback Nate Jones, running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Sebastian Vollmer and defensive lineman Ron Brace.
Mankins injured his left knee against the Dolphins in the first quarter on Christmas Eve and missed the regular season finale. Chung played in the season finale after missing seven games due to a right foot injury. He showed up on Friday's injury report as questionable after tweaking his knee during practice on Thursday. He was limited in Friday's walkthrough.
Vollmer has missed the final five games of the regular season after suffering a foot injury against the Eagles on Nov. 27.
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Dennis Clifford scored 15 points and Boston College posted its second straight ACC victory with a 61-59 triumph over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Matt Humphrey scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson added 10 for BC (7-10, 2-1 ACC).
Victor Davila scored 14 points for Virginia Tech (11-6, 0-3).
BC took a 29-27 lead into the break after Jordan Daniels scored the final five points of the half -- a 3-pointer and then a 14-footer at the buzzer. The Eagles never trailed in the second half, and they led by as much as 11 -- the first time at 56-45 with 4:34 left after an Anderson follow and the second time with 3:40 left after two Clifford free throws that made it 58-47.
The Hokies made a late run but failed to capitalize on three straight BC turnovers with a couple of minutes to play. They finally closed to within one possession on a 3-pointer with three-tenths of a second remaining but ran out of time.
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Laurent Rivard and Steve Moundou-Missi scored 16 points apiece and Harvard used an 18-2 run at the end of the first half to take a 20-point halftime lead and coast to a 69-48 victory over George Washington in a nonleague game at sold-out Lavietes Pavilion Saturday afternoon.
Rivard hit 3-of-4 3-pointers and had a pair of four-point plays on the day, while Moundou-Missi hit all seven of his shots. Keith Wright added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson (15-2), who are ranked 25th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Tony Taylor, with 13 points, led the way for cold-shooting GW (6-11).
Harvard led 33-13 at the half after shooting 67 percent (12-of-18) to GW's 15 percent (3-for-20). The Crimson jumped out to a 15-4 lead, with six players recording at least two points in that stretch. After a brief letdown -- a span of almost five minutes in which Harvard turned over the ball four times and missed two shots while GW ran off seven straight...
Speaking at the New Stars for Young Stars event at Jillian's -- which was presented by the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine confirmed that he has talked to outfielder Carl Crawford. The phone conversation took place with both Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and Crawford's agent, Brian Peters, on the line, according to Valentine.
"I finally got that call into Carl," the manager said. "Carl sounded great.
"He seemed very determined. He seemed very understanding of the fact that things got spinning a little fast for him last year in a new environment. He seemed to be determined to correct that."
Valentine had first mentioned that he was having difficulty arranging a meeting with Crawford while talking at the winter meetings in early December. He did, however,...
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
ESPN's firing of Curt Schilling has been a divisive topic. John, Gerry and Kirk discuss who's supporting Curt, who's detracting, and callers discuss North Carolina law that started the entire controversy.More from this show
Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.More from this show
We check in for the national perspective on Tom Brady's reinstated suspension from MMQB/SI's Peter KingMore from this show