"Mr. Irrelevant", last pick of the NFL draft, Brock Purdy is proving to be anything but that. His 1st playoff appearance brought him 332 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. The 23-year-old led the San Francisco 49er's to victory 41-23 over the Seattle Seahawks. Purdy saying after the game:
“Once the game started, it was just 11 on 11, I have to do my job, get it to the guys in space and go from there. We didn’t make it more than what it was. ... It wasn’t, ‘Oh my gosh it’s the playoffs and we got to get all tense.’ We just have to play our game.”
The 2nd game of the day was a wild ride to say the least. Somehow the 4 interceptions in the 1st half and being down 27-0 going into the half was not enough to kill the confidence of Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jags making a spectacular comeback beating the Los Angeles Chargers in the last seconds of the game 31-30. The 23-year-old quarterback threw 4 touchdown passes and pushed his way in for a 2 point conversion. Lawrence saying after the game:
“You couldn’t write a crazier script. We said in the locker room that’s kind of how our season’s going. We’re never out of the fight. ... I’m kind of speechless, honestly, just to see what belief can do and to see when a team believes in each other what you can accomplish.”
A handful of fines coming out of last Sundays game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. Linebacker Quay Walker was fined $13,261 by the NFL for the shove that led to his ejection, cornerback Rasul Douglas was fined $11,139 for his unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty, and Lions running back Jamaal Williams was fined $18,566 for his 2 touchdown celebrations. The information on the fines came from an anonymous source from the Associated Press do to the fact that the fines had not been announced publicly.
The Baltimore Ravens have declined at this point to name a starting quarterback. The plan at this point is to play both Tyler Huntley and Anthony Brown in Sunday's wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals. They are sharing the start in place of injured quarterback Lamar Jackson who is still suffering with a PCL sprain, that has sidelined the 26-year-old for the last 5 games.
Sunday Playoff Games : 1:00pm - Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills - CBS, 4:30pm - New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings - FOX, 8:15pm - Baltimore Ravens vs. Cinncinati Bengals - NBC
The Boston Bruins have signed forward Pavel Zacha to a 4 year contract extension that carries a $4.75-million cap hit, the team making the announcement on Saturday. The 25-year-old was slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season.
Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews made his return to the ice after a 2 game absence due to an undisclosed injury.
The San Diego Padres have tied down the top ranked international prospect. Sunday the team signed Venezuelan catcher Ethan Salas to a contract. The contract is reportedly worth $5.6 million.
The Chicago Cubs and free-agent Trey Mancini have come to an agreement on a 2-year contract that is worth $14 million and does include incentives. The deal also includes an opt-out after the 2023 season.