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Joe’s Sportscast-January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017 GMT

The NFL’s final foursome is set. The Green Bay Packers are going to Atlanta to play the Falcons in next Sunday’s NFC championship. In the AFC title game on Sunday, the top-seeded New England Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of an Oct. 23 game when the Patriots beat the Steelers 27-16 when they were without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury.

It was a nail-biter but Green Bay Packers fans will take it. Mason Crosby boomed a 51-yard field goal at the final gun to give the Packers a tense 34-31 win over the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys. The big play in Green Bay’s game-winning drive was a 36-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Jared Collins on a third down-and-20 situation in the final minute.

Pittsburgh’s Chris Boswell booted six field goals for an NFL postseason record to give the Pittsburgh Steelers just enough offense in their 18-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers, who have won nine straight game, are moving on to meet the Patriots next Sunday in Foxborough in the AFC championship and a spot in the Super Bowl.

The Nebraska football team has landed another recruit in wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey. The Omaha World Herald reports that the 5’9, 180 pounder is the nation’s 38th top ranked player according to 247Sports’ composite service. He had earlier committed to Ohio State. Lindsey, who decommitted from the Buckeyes, says they would have used him as a “situational player”. He missed most of the 2016 high school season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada with a right knee injury that, in various reports, Lindsey has not described as serious. But in the three years he played at Gorman, he averaged 25.3 yards per catch and scored 31 touchdowns on 84 career catches. Lindsey is the third wideout to commit to the class. NU has 16 commits, and Lindsey’s pick put the Huskers in the top 25 of national class rankings according to 247Sports’ composite service. NU is fifth in the Big Ten behind Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Maryland.

The fifth ranked Nebraska wrestling team beat 13th ranked Michigan 29-15 in a dual in Lincoln yesterday. Winners for the Huskers included (125) Tim Lambert (Fft.); (141) Colton McCrystal (Dec 7-4); (157) Tyler Berger (Pin 5:25); (184) TJ Dudley (Pin 1:06); (197) Aaron Studebaker (Dec 2-0); (Hwt.) Collin Jensen (Tech Fall 17-2). Nebraska is now 9-1 in duals overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Papillion La Vista is the new number one and Norfolk moves up from fourth to third in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Aurora remains first and Columbus slips from sixth to eighth. In Class ‘C-1’, Bishop Neumann is once again first, Columbus Scotus stays at number two, O’Neill remains fourth, and Winnebago is once again fifth. In Class ‘C-2’, Hastings St. Cecilia is the new number one, Ponca jumps from fifth to fourth, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge slips from fourth to fifth, Hartington Cedar Catholic stays at number six, Neligh/Oakdale enters the rankings at number eight, Oakland/Craig falls from seventh to ninth, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family drops from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Nebraska City Lourdes remains first, Walthill stays at number two, Lutheran High Northeast jumps from fourth to third, Boyd County moves up from tenth to ninth, and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Riverside is the new number one, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, Wynot remains sixth, O’Neill St. Mary’s enters the rankings at number ten, and Chambers/Wheeler Central falls from the rankings.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Norfolk High has moved up from fourth to third in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ and Class ‘A’. They are 11-2 on the season and have won seven games in a row and eleven of their last twelve after sweeping last weekend. The Panthers beat Lincoln North Star on the road 59-40 last Friday and then clipped Omaha Westside at home on Saturday 52-51. This year, Norfolk is outscoring their opponents on average through eleven games 62.9-51.4. They return to action on Friday when they host Omaha World Herald tenth ranked in Class ‘A’ 8-3 Omaha North. Lutheran High Northeast moved up from fourth to third in Class ‘D-1’. They are 10-3 on the year after beating Battle Creek in their lone game last week. The Eagles beat the Braves on the road last Thursday 61-31. Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through 13 contests 58.8-41.7. They are in action next on Friday when they host 0-13 Clarkson/Leigh.

The third ranked Norfolk High boys basketball team is 11-2 on the season and have won seven games in a row and eleven of their last twelve after sweeping last weekend. They beat Lincoln North Star on the road 59-40 last Friday and then clipped Omaha Westside at home on Saturday 52-51. This year, the Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average through eleven games 62.9-51.4. In Class ‘A’ this year, the top five ranked teams have a combined 13 losses. The Panthers return to action on Friday when they host Omaha World Herald tenth ranked in Class ‘A’ 8-3 Omaha North.

The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team is 17-1 on the season and have won 16 games in a row after routing the Hastings JV at home last Thursday 117-56. The Hawks’ lone loss occurred last November 5th at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota 62-59 which Northeast avenged on November 19th at home 77-70. The Hawks are outscoring their opponents on average through the 18 contests 87.9-50.7. Northeast’s road game at the Midland JV this evening has been postponed. They return to action on Friday when they host North Platte Community College.

Local Schedule: Creighton at Xavier at Cincinnati, OH (MBB-1:00); NECC at Midland JV at Fremont (WBB-Ppd. Weather).

Local Scores: (5) Nebraska 29 (13) Michigan 15 (WR Dual); Illinois 79 Nebraska 59 (WBB).

CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Dallas 98 Minnesota 87

Final Atlanta 111 Milwaukee 98

Final Toronto 116 N-Y Knicks 101

Final Houston 137 Brooklyn 112

Final Oklahoma City 122 Sacramento 118

Final Chicago 108 Memphis 104

Final Detroit 102 L.A. Lakers 97

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Washington 5 Philadelphia 0

Final Minnesota 3 Chicago 2

Final OT New Jersey 2 Vancouver 1

Final OT St. Louis 2 Anaheim 1

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final Green Bay 34 Dallas 31

Final Pittsburgh 18 Kansas City 16

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (22) Cincinnati 55 East Carolina 46

Final (25) Southern Cal 71 Colorado 68