🏈 Stars Shine

NFL Week 14 recap, Shohei Ohtani, Heisman Trophy, NBA ITS final, and more...

Good Morning! It was a glorious Sunday of football: Twelve NFL games, all with playoff implications. The Cowboys made a statement in primetime. Kadarious Toney was over the line. An unlikely hero walked it off in overtime. And other offenses made us wish we were blind. Off the field, some fairly important hardware was handed out in college football, and Shohei Ohtani is a lot richer than you. The Lakers earned some cash too, with a title in the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament, while the MLS Cup was hoisted as well. We’ll also recap a busy weekend of college hoops, NHL, and Premier League action. Last but not least, Army-Navy had the most perfect ending ever. Let’s go!

WTF Stat: The Vikings’ 3-0 win against the Raiders yesterday is the lowest-scoring game played indoors (or with the roof closed) in NFL history - there hadn’t been an NFL game that was 0-0 at halftime in four years; there were two yesterday.

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⚾️ Dodgers signed former Angels P/OF Shohei Ohtani to a 10-year, $700M deal on Saturday, marking the largest contract in the history of major North American team sports - the two-time AL MVP (2023, 2021) was considered one of the most highly-coveted free agents in MLB history

🏈 LSU QB Jayden Daniels won the 2023 Heisman Trophy on Saturday, beating out Washington QB Micahel Penix Jr., Oregon QB Bo Nix, and Ohio State WR Marvin Harison Jr. for the award - the finalists finished in that order; see this season’s entire list of award winners here

🏈 Former Titans TE Frank Wycheck, 52, died Saturday after reportedly falling and hitting his head at his home in Chattanooga, TN - Wycheck is one of the most popular players in Titans’ history and known for his cross-field lateral in “The Music City Miracle”

🏈 Stars Shine in Week 14

Photo: Take Dak! | Source: USA Today

NFL Week 14 - Sunday Recap

  • Dallas Cowboys (10-3) 33, Philadelphia Eagles (10-3) 13: In a highly-anticipated divisional duel on Sunday Night Football, the Cowboys jumped the Eagles for first place in the NFC East by dominating Jalen Hurts (18/27, 197 YDS, 1 FUM) and their rivals at Jerry World, as Dallas’ defense forced three fumbles, Brandon Aubrey (4/4 FG, 3/3 XP) became the first kicker in NFL history to hit two field goals from 59 yards or more, and Dak Prescott (24/39, 271 YDS, 2 TDs, 1 FUM) was lights out to lead the Boys to an emphatic wire-to-wire win - Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy was on the sideline coaching despite having an appendectomy on Wednesday, and Philly’s only touchdown was a Jalen Carter scoop-and-score

  • Buffalo Bills (7-6) 20, Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) 17: The Chiefs and Bills got together and produced another classic. What else is new? Clinging to their playoff lives, Tyler Bass’ (2/2 FG, 2/2 XP) 39-yard field goal gave Josh Allen (23/42, 10 CAR, 255 Tot. YDS, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and the Bills a three-point lead with 1:54 to play, but on the ensuing drive, Travis Kelce (6 REC, 83 YDS) reeled in a catch deep downfield and then lateraled it across the hashes to Kadarius Toney (3 REC, 2 CAR, 41 YDS), who ran in untouched for an unthinkable 49-yard, go-ahead score with 1:12 remaining. However, the touchdown was wiped off because Toney was called offside, and Buffalo escaped Arrowhead with a wild win, handing Kansas City their fourth loss in six games - Patrick Mahomes (25/43, 271 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT) was livid with the call, and he and Andy Reid both expressed their frustration with the officiating after the game

  • Baltimore Ravens (10-3) 37, Los Angeles Rams (6-7) 31 / OT: In an epic finish from Baltimore where Matthew Stafford (23/41, 294 YDS, 3 TDs) and Lamar Jackson (24/43, 11 CAR, 386 Tot. YDS, 3 TDs, 1 INT) were equally outstanding, Los Angeles forced overtime with a game-tying field goal in the final seconds of regulation, but Ravens WR Tylan Wallace, who was filling in for the injured Pro Bowl returner Devin Duvernay (back) and had never scored a touchdown in his three-year NFL career, took a punt 76 yards to the house for an electric walk-off win, snapping the Rams’ three-game winning streak - with a Dolphins loss tonight, Baltimore will have sole possession of first place in the AFC

  • San Francisco 49ers (10-3) 28, Seattle Seahawks (6-7) 16: San Francisco’s stars shined as Brock Purdy (19/27, 368 YDS, 2 TDs, 1 INT), Christian McCaffrey (16 CAR, 145 YDS), Deebo Samuel (7 REC, 149 YDS, 2 TDs), and company all had huge days, and the Niners cruised past the Seahawks for the second time in three weeks, extending their winning streak to five games - Drew Lock (22/31, 269 YDS, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) got the start for Seattle with Geno Smith out due to a groin injury, and DK Metcalf (2 REC, 51 YDS, 1 TD) was ejected for body-slamming Fred Warner

  • Cleveland Browns (8-5) 31, Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) 27: Trevor Lawrence (28/50, 257 YDS, 3 TDs, 3 INTs) valiantly played through a high ankle sprain that he suffered just six days prior but was picked off three times, and 38-year-old Joe Flacco (26/45, 311 YDS, 3 TDs, 1 INT), who was signed off the couch three weeks ago, turned back the clock to toss three touchdown passes, including two to David Njoku (6 REC, 91 YDS, 2 TDs), as the Browns survived a late rally for an upset win in Cleveland - Browns HC Kevin Stefanski named Flacco the starter for the rest of the season

  • Chicago Bears (5-8) 28, Detroit Lions (9-4) 13: Justin Fields (19/33, 12 CAR, 281 Tot. YDS, 2 TDs) and DJ Moore (6 REC, 3 CAR, 88 Tot. YDS, 2 TDs) connected on a 38-yard touchdown pass and each ran for another, and Chicago outscored Jared Goff (20/35, 161 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INTs) and the Lions 18-0 in the second half to avenge their 4th-quarter implosion three weeks ago in Detroit

  • Denver Broncos (7-6) 24, Los Angeles Chargers (5-8) 7: Easton Stick (13/24, 179 YDS) had to fill in for Justin Herbert (9/17, 96 YDS, 1 INT) after the Chargers’ star quarterback broke his right index finger in the 2nd quarter, Courtland Sutton (3 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD) Mossed DB Michael Davis for an insane 46-yard touchdown grab, and Russell Wilson (21/33, 224 YDS, 2 TDs, 1 INT) led the Broncos to a decisive victory in Los Angeles - Denver has won six of seven, and are one of six AFC teams at 7-6 fighting for one of the last two playoff spots

  • Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) 34, Indianapolis Colts (7-6) 14: After picking up his first career win last Monday night, Jake Browning (18/24, 275 YDS, 3 TDs, 1 INT) dazzled again, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another to lead the Bengals past Gardner Minshew (26/39, 240 YDS, 1 TDs, 1 INT) and the Colts in his third career start

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) 29, Atlanta Falcons (6-7) 25: Kyle Pitts (3 REC, 57 YDS, 1 TD) scored his fifth career touchdown, and Desmond Ridder (26/40, 347 YDS, 2 TDs, 1 INT) ran in a six-yard score to put the Falcons up 25-22 with 3:23 remaining, but Baker Mayfield (14/29, 144 YDS, 2 TDs) found Cade Otton (2 REC, 16 YDS, 1 TD) on an 11-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass with 31 seconds to play, and the Bucs beat the Falcons to force a three-way tie with the Saints atop the NFC South

  • New Orleans Saints (6-7) 28, Carolina Panthers (1-12) 6: It wasn’t pretty at times, but Derek Carr (18/26, 119 YDS, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and Alvin Kamara (12 CAR, 56 YDs, 1 TDs) led New Orleans on three touchdown drives, and their special teams added six points with a blocked punt for a score, as the Saints went marching over Bryce Young (13/36, 137 YDS) and the league-worst Panthers in the Big Easy

  • New York Jets (5-8) 30, Houston Texans (7-6) 6: After a scoreless first half, Zach Wilson (27/36 YDS, 301 YDS, 2 TDs) came alive in the final 30 minutes of play, while the Jets defense held rookie sensation CJ Stroud (10/23, 91 TDS) and the Texans out of the endzone the entire afternoon, snapping their five-game losing streak with a win in rainy New Jersey - Stroud left the game late with a concussion

  • Minnesota Vikings (7-6) 3, Las Vegas Raiders (5-8) 0: In an instant classic that featured zero points in the first three quarters, Justin Jefferson left the game in the 1st quarter with a chest injury, and Joshua Dobbs (10/23, 63 YDS) was benched in the 4th quarter for Nick Mullens (9/13, 83 YDS). But Mullins provided enough of a spark to get Minnesota in field goal range, where Greg Joseph (1/1 FG) sunk a 36-yarder with 1:57 left, giving the Vikings an ugly win against Aidan O’Connell (21/32, 171 YDS, 1 INT) and the Raiders - it was the first 3-0 game since 2007, the third in the past 40 years, and the seventh in the Super Bowl era

Monday Night Football

  • Tennessee Titans (4-8) @ Miami Dolphins (9-3) 8:15pm ET, ESPN

  • Green Bay Packers (6-6) @ New York Giants (4-8) 8:15pm ET, ABC

  • Byes: Arizona Cardinals (3-10), Washington Commanders (4-9)

See the full box scores here and the current NFL standings here.

Photo: | Source: USA Today

NBA In-Season Tournament - Final

  • Los Angeles Lakers 123, Indiana Pacers 109: In the inaugural In-Season Tournament Final, Anthony Davis (41 PTS, 16-24 FG, 20 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL) was an absolute animal, as he, LeBron James (24 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST) and the Lakers took over down the stretch to outlast Tyrese Haliburton (20 PTS, 11 AST) and the Pacers in Vegas on Saturday night, wrapping up a very successful and highly-competitive tournament - every player on Los Angeles earned $500,000 for the win, while each Indiana player made $200,000 for reaching the title game

See the full box score here and the current standings here.

College Football - America’s Game

  • Army (6-6) 17, Navy (5-7) 11: Does this game ever disappoint?! In a classic Army-Navy affair, the Black Knights used their $715 billion defense budget to make a dramatic goal-line stand by a matter of inches in the game’s waning seconds, and then Army QB Bryson Daily (7/14, 27 CAR, 138 Tot. YDS, 1 TD) voluntarily took a safety on the ensuing play to run out the clock, securing his team the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy on Saturday at Gillette Stadium - the safety also cashed the total points over of 27.5, leaving betters either elated or heartbroken

See the full box score here and the upcoming bowl schedule here.

NHL - Top Games

  • Edmonton Oilers 4, New Jersey Devils 1: The Oils extended their league-leading win streaking to seven games, as Calvin Pickard (26 SV) was a brick wall in goal, Evan Bouchard (1 G) topped 99 miles per hour on the radar gun with a slapshot goal, and Connor McDavid (1 G, 1 A) was up to his usual tricks to coast past Jesper Bratt (1 G) and the Devs on Sunday

  • New York Rangers 4, Los Angeles Kings 1: The Rangers got the best of the Kings in a matchup between two Cup contenders yesterday, as Jonathan Quick (25 SV) looked like his vintage self against his former team, and Vincent Trocheck (3 A) dished out three dimes to easily handle Phillip Danault (1 G) and Los Angeles at the Garden

  • Winnipeg Jets 4, Anaheim Ducks 2: The Jets moved atop the Central Division with their fourth straight win, using four unanswered scores in the 3rd period, including Gabriel Vilardi’s (1 G) go-ahead goal with 1:42 remaining to rally past Alex Killorn (1 G) and the Ducks in Anaheim

See the full NHL scoreboard here and the current standings here.

Soccer - Top Matches

  • MLS Cup Final | Columbus Crew 2, LAFC 1: Cucho Hernandez (33’ Pen) cashed in an ice-breaking penalty kick, and Yaw Yeboah (37’) doubled Columbus’ lead minutes later to ultimately hold off Denis Bouanga (74’) and defending champion LAFC on Saturday to win their second MLS Cup title in three years - the Crew, one of the league's original clubs, now has three titles (2023, 2020, 2008), trailing only the LA Galaxy (five) and DC United (four) 

  • EPL | Aston Villa 1, Arsenal 0: John McGinn’s (7’) early goal led the red-hot Villains to a club-record 15th consecutive home Premiership victory on Saturday in a high-tense contest at Arsenal, preventing the Gunners from reclaiming the top spot in the table

  • EPL | Tottenham Hotspur 4, Newcastle United 1: After a disheartening few weeks of football, Tottenham earned their first Premier League win since October as Richarlison (38’, 60’) built on a 1-0 lead with a brace before Son Heung-Min (85’ Pen) put the nail in the coffin with a late penalty - the Spurs are now fifth in the table at 9-3-4

See the full scoreboard here and the current EPL table here.

College Basketball - Top Games

  • NCAAM | Long Beach State 84, USC 79 (OT): After suffering cardiac arrest in July, Bronny James (17 MIN | 4 PTS, 1-3 FG, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL) made his collegiate debut yesterday and had a vintage James chase-down block with his father watching courtside before knocking down a three for his first career points. However, his day was spoiled as Marcus Tsohonis (28 PTS, 3 AST) and Long Beach State upset the Trojans in overtime

  • NCAAM | #1 Arizona 93, #23 Wisconsin 73: Unbeaten Arizona made another statement on Saturday by blasting Wisconsin in Tucson behind Pelle Larsson (21 PTS, 6-6 FG, 4 AST) and Caleb Love (20 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL) who were cooking offensively and combined for seven triples

  • NCAAM | Washington 78, #7 Gonzaga 73: Graham Ike (18 PTS, 6 REB) and the Zags were in control the entire game until they were held to three points for the final 7:12, allowing Kevin Brooks Jr. (17 PTS, 8 REB) and the Huskies to come back and pull off the upset at home on Saturday

  • NCAAW | #1 South Carolina 78, #11 Utah 69: Utah’s Alissa Pili (37 PTS, 15-23 FG) was in her bag, but Kamilla Cardoso (17 PTS, 6 REB) and the Gamecocks had too much firepower in the end, and earned a wire-to-wire win in Connecticut at the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase

  • NCAAW | #17 UConn 76, #24 North Carolina 64: Two storied programs also went at it in the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase, where Paige Bueckers (26 PTS, 11-14 FG) led the Huskies to a much-needed W over Maria Gakdeng (14 PTS, 13 REB) and the Heels on Sunday

See the full men’s scoreboard here and the full women’s scoreboard here.

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Jayden Daniels is the second LSU quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in the last five seasons, joining Joe Burrow. How many LSU players have won the award in total?

A. 3

B. 4

C. 5

D. 6

Photo: Tom Brady, OTD 2018 | Source: ESPN

On December 9, 2018, former Patriots QB Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning's record for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history, with 582. Brady claimed the historic mark by throwing for three scores in a 34-33 loss to the Dolphins. Coincidentally, on that exact same day, Aaron Rodgers broke a different record of Brady's, attempting the most consecutive passes (359) without throwing an interception. Rodgers would ultimately finish the streak at 402, and Brady would retire with 649 career touchdown passes, both NFL records.

NFL - Monday Night Football

  • Tennessee Titans (4-8) @ Miami Dolphins (9-3) 8:15pm ET, ESPN

  • Green Bay Packers (6-6) @ New York Giants (4-8) 8:15pm ET, ABC


  • Denver Nuggets @ Atlanta Hawks 7:30pm ET, Local

  • Dallas Mavericks @ Memphis Grizzlies 8:00pm ET, NBA TV

  • Brooklyn Nets @ Sacramento Kings 10:00pm ET, Local


  • Arizona Coyotes @ Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm ET, NHLPP / ESPN+

  • Toronto Maple Leafs @ New York Islanders 7:00pm ET, NHLPP / ESPN+

  • Detroit Red Wings @ Dallas Stars 8:00pm ET, NHLPP / ESPN+

  • Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche 9:30pm ET, NHLPP / ESPN+

College Basketball

  • Mississippi Valley State @ #7 Gonzaga 9:00pm ET, ESPN+

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A. 3. Jayden Daniels, Joe Burrow, and Billy Cannon are the only LSU players ever to win the Heisman Trophy. Cannon won the award in 1959 as a halfback, return man, and safety for the Tigers. LSU is now the 12th school with at least three Heisman winners.

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