A pair of games out of the CLAA Conference tonight on 103.9 FM KRLI will feature the Norborne Pirates taking to the road to take on the Tina-Avalon Dragons. The Girls game will tip-off about 6:00 PM with the boys tilt to follow.
The Green Bay Packers will not end the season undefeated and the Indianapolis Colts won’t finish the year winless. It was quite a week in the NFL:
In Kansas City, the Chiefs, with interim coach Romeo Crennel, pulled the upset of the year as they beat the Packers 19-14. One of the first things Crennel did when he replaced the fired Todd Haley was announce that Kyle Orton was his quarterback. In return for the show of faith, the veteran completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards. The win was just the second in seven games for the Chiefs, who are 6-8 on the season and still have just a glimmer of hope to make the post season.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was just 17 of 35 in the air for 235 yards and one score. He also ran eight yards for a TD with 2:12 left in the game. KC’s Ryan Succop (SUH’-kuhp) had a big day with four field goals. The loss was Green Bay’s first since Dec. 19, 2010 when the Packers were beaten by New England. Incredibly, just six days after a head coaching change, the Chiefs are back in the AFC West playoff picture. Yes, playoff picture.
The Chiefs still need to win-out in their final two games against Oakland and Denver, along with some outside help. But if the Chiefs take care of business, one more San Diego loss and a Buffalo victory over Denver next weekend will put the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs.
Playing in front of their home fans, the Colts racked up their first win of the season, beating Tennessee 27-13. Colts QB Dan Orlovsky threw one touchdown pass and the key block on an 80-yard TD run. By winning the Colts avoid the chance of becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16. The loss dealt a serious blow to the Titans’ playoff hopes. Their quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, was picked off twice and Chris Johnson rushed for only 55 yards.
In other Week 15 action:
The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East by rallying from a 16-7 second-quarter deficit to beat Denver 41-23. That’s the Pats’ sixth straight victory and ended Tebow’s run of producing six straight victories for Denver.
The playoff hopes of the New York Giants were dealt a severe blow as they lost at home to the Redskins, 23-10. The loss knocked the 7-7 Giants out of first place in the NFC East. They trail the Cowboys by a game with two to go, including one with Dallas on the final weekend.
Drew Brees had another big day, throwing for 412 yards and five touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints won their sixth straight, 42-20 over Minnesota. Brees now is just 304 yards from breaking Dan Marino’s single-season record with two games to play.
Seattle kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a 38-14 win over the Bears in Chicago.
Houston’s seven-game winning streak was snapped by Carolina as the Panthers beat the Texans 28-13. The Texans, who clinched the AFC South last weekend, are now 10-4.
Cincinnati kept its AFC playoff hopes alive with a 20-13 win over St. Louis. Brandon Tate’s 56-yard punt return set up Bernard Scott’s go-ahead touchdown run late in the third quarter and Cedric Benson added a short scoring run in the fourth as the 8-6 Bengals won for only the second time in six games.
Todd Bowles made his debut as the interim coach of the Miami Dolphins a good one as the Fins beat the Bills 30-23. Reggie Bush was the big factor for the Dolphins as he rushed for a career-best 203 yards and a 76-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Bills have lost seven straight and are in jeopardy of finishing last in the division for a fourth straight year.
Detroit rallied from 13 points down late in the game to slip by the Oakland Raiders 28-27, and the Lions improved to 9-5 with a two-game lead in the NFC wild-card race.
LeSean McCoy ran for three TD’s and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the New York Jets 45-19 to stay in the NFC East race. The 8-6 Jets are tied with Cincinnati for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.
The Baltimore Ravens, who clinched a playoff berth before taking the field, stumbled badly in San Diego 34-14 in the sunday night game. The Ravens fell a half-game back of Pittsburgh in the AFC North race.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who also gained a postseason berth without even taking a snap, visits San Francisco for Monday night football. Both teams enter tonghts match-up with identical 10-3 records.
Sixth-man Michael Dixon scored a career-high 30 points and No. 10 Missouri beat William & Mary 94-56 on Sunday for its best start in two decades. Missouri (11-0) jumped to a 19-0 lead over the hapless Tribe, which missed its first eight shots while committing five fouls and 10 turnovers and didn’t score until nearly 12 minutes into the game. William & Mary (2-9) made just five first-half baskets.
Kim English added 17 points for Missouri, which last started a season with 11 straight wins under long-time legendary Tigers coach Norm Stewart 20 years ago at the old Hearnes Center.
Marcus Denmon, Missouri’s leading scorer entering the game averaging nearly 21 points a game, was held to seven points and went scoreless for most of the first half until converting a reverse layup off a lob pass as he fell to the ground.
Playing for the first time since being involved in a bench clearing brawl with the Cincinnati Bearcats, eighth-ranked Xavier was easily disposed of by Oral Roberts 64-42. Playing without several players because of suspensions handed down by the school because of the fight, Xavier never really was in the game. The Musketeers, who are now 8-1, didn’t have point guard Tru Holloway, shooting guard Mark Lyons or freshman forward Dez Wells. They account for 40 percent of Xavier’s offense. Dominique Morrison scored 19 in the win for Oral Roberts.
And the ninth ranked UConn Huskies defeated Holy Cross 77-40. Freshman Andre Drummond scored a season-high 24 points for the Huskies and grabbed eight rebounds. UConn has won 40 straight games against non-conference opponents.