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LOS ANGELES -- C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley added 115 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams ran their way into the NFC Championship game with a 30-22 victory Saturday, Jan. 12, over the visiting Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Jared Goff was 15-of-28 passing for 186 yards as the Rams moved one victory from the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance since 2001, when they lost to the New England Patriots. The Rams will face the winner of Sunday's Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints matchup in next weekend's NFC title game.
ST. PAUL -- A career night from Tyler Bertuzzi helped the Detroit Red Wings earn something positive in an otherwise negative stretch. Bertuzzi scored his first career hat trick to help Detroit earn a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Red Wings won for just the second time in 11 games and also cooled off a Wild team that had won four of its previous five games. Detroit dominated, outshooting the Wild by 37-19 margin.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 27 rebounds as the host Minnesota Timberwolves held off the New Orleans Pelicans 110-106 on Saturday night, Jan. 12. The Timberwolves bounced back from their first loss under interim head coach Ryan Saunders a night earlier to improve to 2-1 since he replaced the fired Tom Thibodeau on Jan. 6. Andrew Wiggins added 18 points, Josh Okogie scored 17, Dario Saric and Tyus Jones had 14 each and Taj Gibson 10.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 278 yards and ran for a score Saturday, Jan. 12, as the Chiefs ended a six-game home losing streak in the postseason by stomping the Indianapolis Colts 31-13. The AFC playoff victory was the first in a quarter-century for the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after they advanced as the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997. More than a half-foot of snow socked Kansas City before kickoff. Light snow also fell during the game.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Amir Coffey scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights 88-70 in Big Ten action Saturday, Jan. 12, in Minneapolis. Jordan Murphy recorded a double-double for the Golden Gophers with 15 points and 16 rebounds. He was 9 of 11 from the line. Dupree McBrayer scored 12 first-half points and finished with 15 points and nine assists. Minnesota (13-3, 3-2) has won seven of its last eight. Rutgers (8-7, 1-4) lost its fourth straight road game.
ST. PAUL -- Jason Zucker scored twice and goalie Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves as the Minnesota Wild kicked off a two-game homestand by clinging to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, Jan. 10. Dubnyk was especially strong during the third period, as the Jets registered 13 shots. By comparison, the Wild -- who have won four of five games -- didn't register a single shot in the final frame.
BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the shutout, and Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had three points as the Boston Bruins earned a 4-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Bruins extended their winning streak to a season-high five games, and won for the 16th time in 21 home games this season.
MONTREAL -- Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season as the visiting Minnesota Wild earned a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, Jan. 7. Mikael Granlund scored the game's only goal, breaking the deadlock after almost 47 minutes of scoreless hockey. The goal was Granlund's 12th of the season, and it snapped a 15-game scoreless drought for the center. Dubnyk improved to 9-1-1 with a 1.90 goals against average in 11 career games against Montreal, with two shutouts.
Cody Parkey's missed field goal that sunk the Chicago Bears on Sunday is no longer a straight-up miss. The NFL made a scoring change on Monday, crediting Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester with a block on the play that gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 victory over the Bears in the NFC wild-card matchup. Slow-motion video of the play showed Hester's raised left hand barely tipping the football as it made its ascent.