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Saints open playoffs with 45-28 win over Lions 3

Posted: January 09, 2012 1:22 PM ; Updated: January 09, 2012 1:26 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are pouring on the points, racking up the wins and rewriting the record books nearly every time they play.

Things sure are rollin' on the river.

Brees led an unstoppable offense by throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns, and New Orleans dominated the second half for a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. New Orleans broke the postseason mark for total yards with 626, beating the record set 49 years ago.

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Texans win first playoff game, 31-10 over Bengals

Posted: January 09, 2012 1:20 PM ; Updated: January 09, 2012 1:20 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Andre Johnson hugged his coach at the end of Houston's first playoff victory - a moment a decade in the making.

"This is something not just for me, but for the whole organization," the Texans star receiver said. "It's a very special feeling. That's probably the most I've smiled in a long time."

As well he should.

Johnson, the face of this 10-year old franchise, scored on a 40-yard pass that powered the Texans to a 31-10 victory over the bungling Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in an AFC wild-card game.

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West Virginia routs Clemson 70-33 in Orange Bowl 12

Posted: January 05, 2012 11:33 AM ; Updated: January 05, 2012 11:33 AM

MIAMI (AP) -- The West Virginia Mountaineers were tough to slow down, and only the Orange Bowl mascot could stop Darwin Cook.

Geno Smith tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, and the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers set a bowl scoring record Wednesday night with their high-powered offense. But safety Cook made the pivotal play by returning a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown to break the game open and help rout No. 14 Clemson 70-33.

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Michigan beats Va. Tech in Sugar Bowl, 23-20 3

Posted: January 04, 2012 11:07 AM ; Updated: January 04, 2012 11:07 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Here's another tradition that Brady Hoke has restored at Michigan: Winning.

The coach who grew up in Ohio but revered the Wolverines since childhood ended his first season in charge holding up the silver Sugar Bowl trophy amid fluttering maize and blue confetti. The Michigan band provided the soundtrack for the raucous celebration: the school's familiar fight song.

Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech at the Superdome on Tuesday night.

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Oklahoma St beats Stanford 41-38 in Fiesta Bowl 6

Posted: January 03, 2012 2:02 PM ; Updated: January 03, 2012 2:02 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The BCS system left Oklahoma State bitter.

After a thrilling win in the Fiesta Bowl, the Cowboys have a chance to throw a stick in the spokes.

Surviving a missed field goal at the end of regulation and getting a big kick of its own in overtime, No. 3 Oklahoma State opened the door for the chance at a split national championship with a wildly entertaining 41-38 win over No. 4 Stanford on Monday night.

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Oregon powers past Wisconsin 45-38 in Rose Bowl 7

Posted: January 03, 2012 2:00 PM ; Updated: January 03, 2012 2:00 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oregon Ducks had waited 95 years to win another Rose Bowl, and the last few seconds stretched for an eternity. The players in mirrored helmets held each other back on the sideline, waiting on tiptoes for video review to confirm Wisconsin was out of time.

The call went Oregon's way. The Ducks stormed the hallowed field.

The most futuristic team in college football had buried another bit of history, and that revolutionary offense finally has a shiny trophy that will look right at home among those eye-catching uniforms.

Darron Thomas passed for three touchdowns, De'Anthony Thomas scored on runs of 91 and 64 yards, and the No. 6 Ducks earned their first bowl victory under coach Chip Kelly, holding off the Badgers 45-38 Monday night in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played.

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Giants win NFC East, beat Cowboys 31-14 3

Posted: January 02, 2012 3:40 PM ; Updated: January 03, 2012 11:26 AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Thanks to Eli Manning and Victor Cruz , an all-or-nothing game was all New York Giants and nothing but frustration for the Dallas Cowboys.

Manning threw three touchdown passes, including a momentum-grabbing 74-yarder to Cruz early, and the Giants claimed the final spot in the NFL playoffs, beating the Cowboys 31-14 on Sunday night to win the NFC East.

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