KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Pittsburgh Steelers did not spend much time in the end zone at Arrowhead Stadium in Sunday night's AFC divisional round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, it was the home team that scored the game's only touchdowns. But the Steelers had the strong right leg of kicker Chris Boswell, along with the athletic limbs of running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, and it was enough to beat the Chiefs, 18-16.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers was left with a few seconds and one shot at winning it. That's more than enough. The NFL's hottest quarterback put the Green Bay Packers in position to advance to the NFC Championship and kicker Mason Crosby did the rest, booting a 51-yard field goal at the final gun to beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium. The Packers moved on to face the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday, with a spot in the Super Bowl at stake. Rodgers, the MVP of Green Bay's Super Bowl triumph six years ago, was left almost speechless after his team's nailbiting win.
DALLAS—The Minnesota Timberwolves had hoped to extend a season-long three-game winning streak before tough road tests at San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers, but they failed to take advantage of the struggling Dallas Mavericks and fell 98-87 on Sunday at the American Airlines Center. Dallas (13-27) got a balanced scoring attack with six players in double figures, led by Wesley Matthews' 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki's 17. J.J. Barea produced 15 off the bench.
ST. PAUL—Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and Nino Niederreiter scored twice for the Minnesota Wild in a 7-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Minnesota, which won for the 15th time in 17 games, got a goal and two assists from Eric Staal. Christian Folin, Jordan Schroeder, Jason Zucker and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild (26-9-5). Matt Dumba registered three assists, and Jared Spurgeon added two assists. Dubnyk missed a chance for his league-leading sixth shutout when Montreal's Tomas Plekanec scored with 8.5 seconds left in the game.
MINNEAPOLIS—Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns posted his ninth straight double-double with 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on to beat the Houston Rockets 119-105 on Wednesday night. Ricky Rubio had 10 points and tied his career high and a franchise best with 17 assists in the Timberwolves' second straight win. Brandon Rush had 12 points on four 3-pointers in his first start for Minnesota and Shabazz Muhammad added 20 points off the bench. The Timberwolves (13-26) were without third-leading scorer Zach LaVine.
MINNEAPOLIS—Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 11 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on despite losing another big lead for a 101-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins scored 13 points and Ricky Rubio added 13 points and a season-high 15 assists for Minnesota, which snapped a four-game losing streak in a battle of teams at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. The Timberwolves (12-26) overcame 18 turnovers by shooting 56.3 percent from the field and outrebounding the Mavericks 42-25.
PHILADELPHIA—Robert Covington scored on a lob from Dario Saric with 0.2 of a second left as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 93-91 on Tuesday night. Ricky Rubio's 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left allowed Minnesota, which trailed by 26 in the third quarter, to forge a 91-all tie. Covington then rubbed Andrew Wiggins off Joel Embiid's screen, took the long sideline inbounds pass from Saric near the rim and dropped the ball in.
MONTREAL—Eric Staal scored a short-handed goal early in the third to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. It's the Wild's ninth straight win, matching a franchise mark set back in March 2009. Carey Price stopped 23 shots for Montreal (21-8-4) while Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves for the Wild (20-8-4). Jordan Schroeder, Jared Spurgeon and Jason Zucker (empty net) also connected for Minnesota. Max Pacioretty and Artturi Lehkonen scored for the Canadiens.
PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles took an early lead, then held on to defeat the New York Giants 24-19 Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field, a victory that prevented the Giants from clinching their first playoff berth since 2011. The Giants (10-5) had two chances to pull it out in the fourth quarter. First, they drove to the Eagles 37-yard line, but a fourth-down pass from quarterback Eli Manning was batted down by defender Nolan Carroll. Then, with five seconds to play, Terrence Brooks picked off Manning on the Philadelphia 11-yard line.
ATLANTA—The Atlanta Hawks won at Oklahoma City without Dwight Howard, but they couldn't manage a repeat at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves two days later. Karl-Anthony Towns, taking advantage of the absence of the 6-foot-11 Howard, had 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Timberwolves defeated the Hawks 92-84 on Wednesday night for their first consecutive victories this season. Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points and Zach LaVine had 17 points for Minnesota (9-19) as the Timberwolves followed up a home victory on Monday against Phoenix.