C.J. Spiller’s 80-yard touchdown catch 13 seconds into overtime gave the Saints a 26-20 win over the Cowboys in New Orleans. The touchdown pass was the 400th of Drew Brees’ career. The Saints earned their first win while Dallas dropped to 2-and-2 with its second straight loss.
Rookie Todd Gurley rushed for 146 yards to lead the Rams to a 24-22 win over the Cardinals in Arizona. Gurley needed only 19 carries to crack the century mark and help hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season. Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and Tavon Austin had six catches for 96 yards and two scores as the Rams evened their record at 2-and-2. Arizona fell to 3-and-1. The Rams are at Green Bay this Sunday.
Robbie Gould’s 49-yard field goal with two seconds left lifted the Bears to a 22-20 win over the Raiders at Soldier Field. Sebastian Janikowski [[ jan-ah-COW-skee ]] had given Oakland a 20-19 lead with 2:05 to play, but Chicago put together a 12-play, 48-yard drive to setup the game-winning field goal. Jay Cutler returned from a one-game absence and threw for 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Bears, who moved to 1-and-3 on the season. The Bears visit the Chiefs on Sunday.
Adam Vinatieri’s [[ vin-uh-TARE-ee ]] 27-yard field goal with 4:36 left in overtime gave the Colts a 16-13 win over the Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Matt Hasselbeck started for the injured Andrew Luck, and went 30-for-47 for 282 yards and a score in his first start since 2012. Vinatieri was 3-for-3 on field goals and Coby Fleener caught nine passes for 83 yards and a TD. The 2-and-2 Colts beat an AFC South foe for the 15th straight time, tying the NFL record for consecutive wins against division opponents set by the 1972-73 Dolphins. Jaguars kicker Jason Myers missed a field goal with six seconds left in regulation, and another in overtime. The Colts head to Houston on Thursday.
Five teams kept their perfect record intact on Sunday. The Bengals, Broncos, Packers, Falcons and Panthers all posted victories to run their records to 4-and-0. The 3-and-0 Patriots had a bye this weekend.
Former Cardinal Shelby Miller pitched eight shutout innings as the Braves blanked the Cardinals 6-0 in Game One of their doubleheader in Atlanta. Adonis Garcia homered twice for the Braves. John Lackey took the loss for St. Louis. It ended a 24-start winless streak for Miller going back to May 17th.
Matt Wisler came within one out of a complete-game shutout as the Braves kept the Cardinals quiet again, winning the nightcap of a doubleheader 2-0 at Turner Field. Edwin Jackson got the final out for the save. Lance Lynn took the tough-luck loss. The Cardinals finished the regular season 100-and-62.
The Cubs scored three times in the first inning and held on for a 3-1 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Dan Haren pitched six innings of one-run ball for his 11th win as Chicago closed the regular season with eight straight wins. The Cubs play the Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game tomorrow in Pittsburgh.
The White Sox suffered a 6-0 loss to the Tigers in their season finale at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago mustered only three hits en route to falling to 76-and-86. Frankie Montas allowed a run during his four-inning start to take the loss. The Pale Hose have endured three straight losing seasons.
The field for the 2015 MLB Postseason is set. The Yankees will host the Astros in the AL Wild Card game tomorrow, while the Pirates will host the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game on Wednesday. The AL winner will meet the Royals, while the NL winner will clash with the Cardinals.
Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick advanced to the championship field of 12 by winning the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Harvick led a whopping 355 of the 400 laps to clinch an automatic berth in the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Harvick entered the race in 15th in the standings and needed a victory to advance. Kyle Busch finished second, while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five. Meanwhile, the “Contender 12” heading into Saturday’s race in Charlotte is set. The field consists of Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Earnhardt Jr. Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson has been eliminated.
Wes Lunt hit Geronimo Allison with a one-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left to lift Illinois to a 14-13 win over Nebraska on Saturday. Marchie Murdock had a 22-yard TD catch earlier in the quarter as the Illini overcame a 13-0 deficit to improve to 4-and-1. Illinois plays at Iowa this Saturday. Millikin loses their 100th Homecoming Game against North Central by a 49-21 final.
Coming up this Friday Night, It’s the Talk 101 High School Game of the Week presented by World of Powersports as the Eisenhower Panthers look for their 5th win of the season on the road against Springfield Southeast. The Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy Pregame Show gets underway at 6:30p.m. and the kickoff follows at 7:00p.m. Join Scott Busboom and Glen Purvis this Friday Night from Springfield Southeast with all the action. You can also listen to the game online at www.decaturradio.com.
Coming up this Saturday afternoon, it’s Millikin University football on Talk 101 as The Big Blue are on the road against Illinois Weslyan University. The Pepsi Pregame Show gets underway at 1:00p.m. and the kickoff follows at 1:30p.m. Join Scott Busboom and Kevin Hale this Saturday afternoon from Illinois Weslyan University with all the action. You can also listen to the game online at www.decaturradio.com.