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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.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- J eff Teague contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a game-opening, 15-1 run on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6, that paved the way for the host Minnesota Timberwolves to post a 108-86 rout of a Los Angeles Lakers' squad missing LeBron James. Teague finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns added a double-double of his own with 28 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who swept a two-game homestand that began with a win over Orlando on Friday night.
BALTIMORE -- The visiting Los Angeles Chargers sacked Lamar Jackson seven times and held on for 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday, Jan. 6. Mike Badgley kicked five field goals, Melvin Ingram had two sacks and Melvin Gordon scored the Chargers' touchdown. Philip Rivers was 22 of 32 for 160 yards. The Chargers led 23-3 before the Ravens scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had a chance to take the lead.
DALLAS -- Dak Prescott guided two fourth-quarter touchdown drives as the Dallas Cowboys rallied to defeat the visiting Seattle Seahawks 24-22 Saturday night, Jan. 5, in the NFC wild-card round. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, while chipping in four catches for 32 yards. Prescott completed 22 of 33 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown and also scored the decisive TD on a 1-yard run with 2:08 remaining.
HOUSTON -- Andrew Luck paced an efficient offense and the visiting Indianapolis Colts continued their torrid play, defeating the Houston Texans 21-7 on Saturday, Jan. 5, in an AFC wild-card playoff game. With the win, the sixth-seeded Colts will face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs next Saturday, Jan. 12, at 4:35 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium.