Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

Vikings 39, Colts 36 OT
Colts led this game 33-0 at halftime. 33. Nothing.
This is biggest comeback win in NFL history.
Matt Ryan is now losing QB in biggest comebacks in regular season/Super Bowl history.
Colts blocked punt for TD, also had a pick-6 in first half.

Colts lost six of their last seven games SU.
Underdogs covered 10 of their 14 games.
Colts are 8-4 ATS last 12 games as a road underdog.
Colts are 23-10-1 ATS in last 34 games vs NFC opponents.

Vikings in first half: 24 plays, 91 yards, 3 first downs, no points.
Vikings in 2nd half/OT: 60 plays, 499 yards, 29 first downs, 39 points.
Dalvin Cook had 95 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards.
Vikings won 10 of their last 12 games SU- they clinched NFC North.

Browns 13, Ravens 3
Browns win Deshaun Watson’s home debut in Cleveland.
Watson’s first three starts TY: 2 offensive TD’s on 28 drives (12 3/outs).
Browns are 6-3 giving up 24 or less points, 0-5 giving up more than 24.
Cleveland is 4-3 in its last seven games after a 2-5 start.

Baltimore had two empty trips to red zone, averaged 3.8 yards/pass attempt.
Nine of Ravens’ last eleven games stayed under the total.
Last three weeks, Ravens converted 12-38 on 3rd down.
Ravens’ loss puts Cincinnati atop the AFC North.

Bills 32, Dolphins 29
Dolphins lost their last three games, after a 5-0 streak. 
4th quarter of this game was played in snowy conditions.
Mostert ran ball for 136 yards (8 yards/carry).
Bills converted 8-14 on third down, Miami 5-14.

Buffalo drove 86 yards, kicked game-winning FG at the gun.
Bills clinch their fourth straight playoff berth.
Bills won their last five games, scoring 27 ppg.
Buffalo is 1-6-1 ATS since their bye week.   

Gonzaga 100, Alabama 90
Alabama led 20-11 early on.
Zags forced 21 turnovers (+9)
Gonzaga shot 62.3% inside arc, Alabama 65.7%.
Zags’ next top 50 game figures to be February 4, at Saint Mary’s.

North Carolina 89, Ohio State 84 OT
Buckeyes led 66-56 with 6:58 left in game.
UNC was 19-27 on foul line, Ohio State 7-14.
Tar Heels scored on a side out-of-bounds play at buzzer to force OT.
Bacot had 28 points, 15 rebounds for North Carolina.

UCLA 63, Kentucky 53
Kentucky had 18 turnovers on 67 possessions.
Teams combined to make 8-29 on the arc, 13-28 on foul line.
UCLA has won seven in a row, with four top 70 wins

— Coming into this weekend, there were no freshmen in the top 50 in scoring in college basketball.

Baseball happenings:
Cubs are signing SS Dansby Swanson to a 7-year, $177M contract.
Dodgers signed OF/DH JD Martinez for one year, $10M.

— It is possible that I have a masochistic side to me, seeing how I read all these articles about the Oakland A’s off-season moves.

A’s recently added a pitcher named Garrett Williams, who pitched in college at Oklahoma State and was most recently in the Cardinals’ organization.

In 80 innings pitched at the AAA level, Williams has walked 70 batters; no bueno. He is also 1-8, 6.75 in 44 AAA games (11 starts). He’s struck out 93 guys in those 80 IP, which is probably the attraction, but 1-8, 6.75 doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

There is this though; he once struck out 17 kids in a game at the Little League World Series.

— Most Super Bowl appearances, since 1999 season:
9— New England
4— Rams
3— Seahawks, Steelers, Giants
Eight teams have been in two Super Bowls in this century.
11 teams haven’t been to any Super Bowls in this century.

Louisville 24, Cincinnati 7
Cardinals outgained Cincinnati, 419-127
Louisville was 7-14 on third down, Bearcats 2-13.
ACC teams are 22-11 SU last 33 games vs AAC squads.

Fresno State 29, Washington State 6
Fresno outgained the Coogs. 502-183.
Wazzu is 0-6 ATS in its last six bowl games.
Coach Tedford has an 8-3 record in bowl games.

Oregon State 30, Florida 3
Beavers finish the season 10-3, a great year.
Gators ran the ball 33 times for 39 yards.
Florida lost five of its last seven games.
Pac-10 teams are 4-0 ATS vs SEC opponents this year.

BYU 24, SMU 23
SMU scored TD with 0:08 left, went for 2 points/win, but fell short.
BYU took lead for good on a 76-yard pick-6 in third quarter.
SMU outgained the Cougars, 389-256, converted 10-18 on third down.

Southern Miss 38, Rice 24
USM outscored the Owls 21-0 over last 19:00 of game.
Eagles ran for 361 yards (9.5 yards/carry)
Frank Gore Jr ran for 329 yards, also threw a TD pass. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.