“Looking back to 5-6, we talked at that time that if we lost another game we’d be out,” Gibbs said. “Trying to win five straight is a tough deal, but our guys seemed to understand what it would take. We went back to the basics.” Just as it did against the Eagles, Washington relied heavily on its running game behind Portis and a strong defense to turn things around after losing three straight to fall to 5-6. “The basics start with playing smart football, not turning it over and also running the football and playing solid defense,” quarterback Mark Brunell said. “That’s how you win. We’ve been doing those things. The first part of the year we weren’t.” Bucs 27, Saints 13 Tampa Bay wideout Joey Galloway caught his ninth and 10th touchdown passes to set a franchise season record, and the Bucs clinched their first NFC South division title in three years. Panthers 44, Falcons 11 DeShaun Foster rushed for 165 yards and Jake Delhomme threw for two touchdowns as Carolina clinched a playoff spot. With only two victories in their final eight games, the Falcons missed the playoffs after going to the NFC championship game last season. Chiefs 37, Bengals 3 Kansas City runner Larry Johnson ran for 201 yards and a career-high three scores on 21 carries, his ninth straight 100-yard game, and broke the Chief’s single-season rushing record. Colts 17, Cardinals 13 The Indianapolis defense had a late goal-line stand after Jim Sorgi threw two touchdown passes to give coach Tony Dungy a victory three days after he returned to the team following his oldest son’s funeral in Tampa. Dolphins 28, Patriots 26 Miami (9-7) won its sixth straight game, its longest winning streak in 13 seasons. The Patriots staged a late comeback in which Doug Flutie converted the NFL’s first successful drop kick in 64 years, according to the Web site for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Then backup quarterback Matt Cassel cut the lead to 28-26 with a 4-yard pass to Benjamin Watson with no time left. But Cassel’s pass for a 2-point conversion fell incomplete. Packers 23, Seahawks 17 Brett Favre threw his first touchdown pass in five games to lead Green Bay (4-12) by the Seahawks. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Shaun Alexander stole the show, setting an NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 28. He also clinched the NFL rushing title. 49ers 20, Texans 17 (OT ) Mike Adams lateraled his second interception to Ben Emanuel for a 35-yard return in overtime, Joe Nedney kicked a 33-yard field goal with 3:52 left and San Francisco earned consecutive victories for the first time in more than two years. Browns 20, Ravens 16 Dennis Northcutt’s 62-yard punt return helped the Browns win their sixth game under first-year coach Romeo Crennel. Vikings 34, Bears 10 Minnesota’s Brad Johnson passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings (9-7) past the NFC North champion Bears (11-5), who sat many regulars. Jets 30, Bills 26 Justin Miller returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 5:58 remaining to lead N.Y. Jaguars 40, Titans 13 Jacksonville scored 27 points in the first half and routed Tennessee for its eighth win in the last nine games. Rams 20, Cowboys 10 St. Louis running backs Aveion Cason and Arlen Harris ran for their first touchdowns since 2003, and Jeff Wilkins added two field goals as St. Louis ended a four-game losing streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Going back to the basics put Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins back in the playoffs. Clinton Portis ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Redskins to a hard-fought 31-20 victory over the woeful Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Washington (10-6) clinched the NFL’s final playoff spot and its first postseason berth since 1999 with its fifth straight win. The victory also eliminated Dallas from contention.
Michael Vaughan blamed the IPL for the Indian team’s disastrous show in England.After Ian Botham had predicted a 4-0 whitewash of the India team in the ongoing four-match Test series against England, another ex-skipper, Michael Vaughan, on Monday anticipated a similar scoreline. “4-0 England in the Test series. Zaheer coming back was India’s only hope. Big loss for them. Sorry to all my new-found Indian followers,” Vaughan tweeted. Vaughan said that without bowling spearhead Zaheer, it will be impossible for India to take 20 English wickets. “Indian fans seem to be very blinkered. Just accept that without Zaheer, you will struggle to get 20 wickets in English conditions,” he wrote. England lead the four-match series 2-0 and a win in the third Test at Edgbaston will make them the No. 1 Test side in the world. Blaming the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Indian team’s disastrous show in England so far, Vaughan tweeted: “I think the IPL will be a long-term problem for the Indian Test team. Young players will focus towards T20 cricket rather than Test.” Another former England skipper Alec Stewart joined the chorus, saying only a miracle can save India now. “No Zaheer Khan spells more trouble for India. Do the fantastic loyal Indian fans seriously believe they can draw the series?” asked Stewart in his Twitter account. – With PTI inputs read more
Manchester United Pogba, Rashford and Rooney make Smalling’s dream Man Utd XI Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 03:06 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League David de Gea Marcus Rashford Paul Pogba The Red Devils defender has pieced together a star-studded side made up of those he played alongside during his time at Old Trafford Chris Smalling has played alongside some top talent during his time at Manchester United, and has now attempted to piece together a dream XI of Red Devils team-mates.The England international moved to Old Trafford in January 2010.He has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield while with United, and the 27-year-old lies one appearance short of 250 for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Selecting a side made up of colleagues proved to be a tough task, with there a deep talent pool available from which to select.Eventually, Smalling was able to draw up a star-studded selection for United’s official website.In goal, he plumped for David de Gea over Edwin van der Sar, with the Spaniard considered to be “the world’s best”.Antonio Valencia gets the nod having “made the right-back spot his own”, while Patrice Evra was “someone who always put in a great performance”.Unable to pick himself at centre-half, Smalling opted for a pairing of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand – two players who helped him to settle at OId Trafford and were “an honour” to work with.Moving into midfielder and “no-one had a better right foot” then Paul Scholes, with his control of the game “a pleasure to watch”.Michael Carrick is selected to pick a pass, Ryan Giggs’ career “speaks for itself” and Paul Pogba is charged with the task of going “box-to-box”.Unsurprisingly, a place was found up front for United’s all-time leading goalscorer, with Wayne Rooney having left the club over the summer with 253 efforts to his name – along with 53 for England.Smalling said of the iconic frontman: “I was lucky enough to watch him a lot on TV and then play with him and be with him when he broke the United record and England record.”Man Utd 11/4 for the Premier LeagueRooney is paired with current fan favourite Marcus Rashford, with the 19-year-old being tipped for the top after graduating out of the Red Devils’ academy system.Smalling added: “There are a lot of other experienced strikers I have played with but the impact he has made, I think by the end of his career he will be known as one of the greats.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. read more