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We’ve got high school basketball on the radio tonight as Concordia travels to Higginsville. We’ll be covering both the varsity girls and boys matchups on 103.9 FM KRLI. Mike Stone has the call on both games, with the tipoff scheduled for 5 o’clock tonight. It’s Concordia at Higginsville this evening on 103.9 FM KRLI…

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The NFL Playoffs got started over the weekend…

The New Orleans Saints opened their playoff run with a message to the rest of the Super Bowl contenders: if you want to beat the Saints, you’re going to have to score alot of points.

Drew Brees threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns, and the Saints poured it on in the second half for a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions. Brees hit on 33 of 43 passes while throwing for the most yards in a regulation playoff game. He highlighted his night with three completions of at least 40 yards.

As usual, the quarterback had plenty of help. The Saints abused the Lions defense for a whopping 627 yards of total offense, and will travel to San Francisco for next Saturday’s second-round game.

Matthew Stafford threw for 380 yards and three TDs for the Lions, who could not keep pace in their first playoff appearance since 1999. They have lost seven straight playoff games.

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In winning the first playoff game in franchise history, the Houston Texans looked like playoff veterans. The Texans dominated the mistake-prone Cincinnati Bengals 31-10 in an AFC wild-card playoff game. The Texans now move on to Baltimore, where they will play the second-seeded Ravens next Sunday. The Ravens are 8-0 at home this season.

The Texans showed no playoff jitters against the Bengals. Rookie J.J. Watt returned an interception for a touchdown. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster put the game away with second-half scores to power the Texans into the second round of the NFL playoffs.

Watt returned the first of rookie Andy Dalton’s three interceptions 29 yards for a score that broke a 10-all tie with 52 seconds left in the half. Rookie T.J. Yates then hit Johnson on a 40-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, and Foster added his second TD run, a 42-yarder, to put away the Bengals, who finished 9-8. This was Cincinnati’s third playoff appearance in the past 21 years.

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Tim Tebow does it again with an 80-yard touchdown pass in overtime to bring the Broncos to an amazing win over the Steelers. Tebow says they were able to execute the ball at key moments throughout the game.

The final score of the AFC Wild Card matchup was 29-23. Denver will hit the road to face the New England Patriots.

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Eli Manning threw for 277 yards with three touchdowns and collected his first career home playoff win as the Giants blasted the Falcons, 24-2, in an NFC Wild Card tilt. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin says it was great to get a home playoff win.

Hakeem Nicks hauled in six catches for 115 yards with two scores and Mario Manningham also found the endzone via the air for New York, which will face off against the Green Bay Packers next weekend at Lambeau Field. Green Bay beat the Giants, 38-35, in Week 13 in East Rutherford.

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It’s an all-SEC matchup as LSU and Alabama face off in the BCS National Championship Game Monday night at the Superdome. The top-ranked Tigers and second-ranked Crimson Tide meet for the second time this season. Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson says he doesn’t mind playing ‘Bama in a rematch for the National Championship.

LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in overtime November 5th in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers are looking to cap a perfect season as they enter the title game 13-and-0, including 8-and-0 in SEC play. Alabama tight end Brad Smelley says they hope to win this time out.

The Crimson Tide are seeking revenge for their only loss of the season. They are 11-and-1 and 7-and-1. The SEC has had five straight BCS champions, including one each by LSU and Alabama. ‘Bama leads the all-time series 45-25-and-5.