By Andy Staples, SI.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Wes Byrum, who has been making game-winning kicks for Auburn since 2007, had two simple thoughts Monday night as he lined up a field goal shorter than an extra point.
Just make the kick. Just put it through.
"Fortunately," Byrum said, "that was a nice short one."
No, it was a huge one.
Byrum's 19-yarder as time expired lifted Auburn to a 22-19 win against Oregon and the second national title in school history. The Tigers, picked in the preaseason near the bottom of the Top 25, ended a controversial, thrilling campaign with orange and blue confetti raining on them at University of Phoenix Stadium.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers simply threw his hands in the air and pumped his fist. No, he doesn't celebrate like Brett Favre .
Rodgers doesn't have to worry about the ghost of Favre anymore. He's made his own name with the Green Bay Packers , even moreso with his first playoff victory.More »
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do, too.
Lewis and Baltimore's tough and savvy defense overwhelmed the young Chiefs on Sunday, sacking Matt Cassel three times and forcing five turnovers in a 30-7 victory in the opening round of the playoffs.More »
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Personally, Rex Ryan will take it.
He beat Peyton Manning with a made-for-TV script.
Nick Folk made a 32-yard field goal as time expired Saturday night, finally giving the Jets and their bombastic coach a 17-16 playoff victory over Manning's Colts to wrap up a head-to-head showdown that Ryan called personal.More »
SEATTLE (AP) -- In a scene straight out of college, Pete Carroll stood in the middle of a pile on the midfield logo, jumping up and down with his players celebrating in unison.
The labels stuck on the seven-win Seattle Seahawks - jokes, lightweights, laughingstocks - no longer fit Saturday.More »
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a narrow miss last year, Bert Blyleven told voters they finally got it right by sending him into the Hall of Fame along with Roberto Alomar.
And he took the opportunity to talk about baseball's dark past -- the Steroids Era.
All-Star sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez didn't come close in Wednesday's election.More »
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Adrian Beltre is taking over as the everyday third baseman for the AL champion Texas Rangers, and Michael Young is switching positions again.
The Rangers introduced Beltre as their new third baseman Wednesday after agreeing on a six-year, $96 million contract with the All-Star.
"We all know that the Rangers have a really good team. I want to win, " Beltre said.More »