The Viral Roundup – Prep The Playoffs Edition
Did You Hear?
The Texas Rangers locked up the AL West division title and knocked the Angels out of the postseason in one spectacular flourish. Cole Hamels was dominant on the mound over nine innings and held Los Angeles to a minuscule three hits in a 9-2 Rangers victory. Adrian Beltre hit his 18th homer of the year and the Rangers will face Toronto in the opening round of the postseason. Texas winning springboards Houston into a Wild Card game against the Yanks tomorrow night. The last time Houston made the playoffs? 2005.
Did You See?
19-year-old figther Sage Northcutt made his UFC debut this weekend and he unquestionably made his mark on UFC 192 from Houston. The hotly tipped lightweight pulled off an incredible TKO that was a marvellous combination of agility and ferocity to get a quick win over Francisco Trevino. To top things off, he threw in some light tumbling as part of his celebration. Not too shabby. We have the footage below. By the way, Daniel Cormier emerged as the winner by split decision in his main event light heavyweight title defense versus Alexander Gustafsson.
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- Sam Bradford may have tossed 3 TDs for the Eagles, but that wasn’t enough to beat their NFC East rivals from Washington. Washington, a four point home underdog, edged out at 23-20 Sunday afternoon victory versus Philly that was capped off by a TD pass from Kirk Cousins to Pierre Garcon. Philadelphia had an underwhelming day on the ground while dropping to 1-3, the Eagles only racked up 87 yards from rushing.
- The NFC South has two 4-0 clubs to its name. Carolina snapped up their fourth win of the season courtesy of a complete demolition job of the Bucs. The Panthers feasted on Tampa Bay’s foibles in a 37-23 triumph and Josh Norman nabbed two of Tampa’s four interceptions of the day. Elsewhere, Atlanta blew out the hapless Texans 48-21 in Georgia. Devonta Freeman torched Houston’s defense for 3 touchdowns over the four quarters while his Houston counterpart Arian Foster was unable to manage anything over 10 yards in 8 attempts. Atlanta will look to go 5-0 at home next week against Washington.
- Andrew Luck wasn’t well enough to play for Indy on Sunday, but Matt Hasselbeck did alright in the substitute’s role. The 40-year-old pivot threw for 282 yards to help lead the Colts to a 16-13 OT win over Jacksonville. Adam Vinatieri’s 27-yard-kick was what gave the game to the Colts and now they sit at the top of the AFC South standings.
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