Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic took over in the second half Saturday night, leading the Miami Heat back from an 18-point deficit in a 117-111 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Johnson scored 22 points in the third quarter and Dragic had 14 in the fourth to help Miami avoid a second straight embarrassing defeat.
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Zimmer hoping history repeats 鈥?The Vikings clinched a first-round bye with victory over the Bears and, while coach Mike Zimmer isn’t predicting a Super Bowl appearance, he used a particularly piece of history to motivate his team as they aim to be the first team to win the Lombardi Trophy in their home stadium. The last five years in the NFC, one of the two teams that had the bye represented the NFC in the Super Bowl, Zimmer said after the game.
I just call him the silent assassin 鈥?Delanie Walker on his nickname for Marcus Mariota after his stiff arm of a Jaguars defender on a run for a first down that clinched a 15-10 victory and a wild card berth for the Titans. Tennessee will need more of his killer instinct in the postseason in order for the Titans to avoid being one and done.
The Packers also could look at outside candidates. At the top of that list would be Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who was Capers’ defensive coordinator in Carolina from 1995 to ’98 and runs a similar defensive scheme.
Atlanta is looking for its first road playoff victory since it beat the Packers, 27-7, Jan. 4, 2003, at Lambeau Field a span of five games. That five-game road playoff skid is the longest in franchise history.
Rams RB Todd Gurley led the NFL with 13 rushing TDs this season. In his past two seasons combined, Gurley had 16 rushing touchdowns.
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Falcons WR Julio Jones finished the regular season with 1,444 receiving yards, his fourth consecutive season with 1,400-plus receiving yards. That ties an NFL record for consecutive seasons with at least 1,400 yards (Marvin Harrison, 1999-2002).