Chiefs host Colts...Cowboys visit Rams...JGR co-founder JD Gibbs dead at 49
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The second weekend of NFL playoffs kicks off this afternoon in Kansas City, where Andrew Luck and the Indinapolis Colts take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ record-setting offense. Kansas City, the No. 1 seed in the AFC, has never beaten Indianapolis in the playoffs in four tries. The wild-card Colts, the sixth and last seed in the playoffs, rebounded from a 1-5 start to win nine of their last 10 games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys meet under the Hollywood spotlight tonight to battle for a trip to the NFC championship game. No matter who wins, several lengthy postseason droughts will end for two proud franchises. The Rams haven’t won a playoff game since January 2005 or made the conference title game since the 2001 season. The Cowboys haven’t won a road playoff game in 26 years or made the NFC title game in 23 years.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing says co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died. The team says J.D. Gibbs died of complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49. It was revealed in 2015 that he was dealing with “conditions related to brain function.” He was serving as president of JGR at the time. Gibbs played defensive back and quarterback at William & Mary from 1987-90 while his father coached the Washington Redskins.
UNDATED (AP) — There’s a full slate of Top 25 men’s basketball games today, including two that match ranked teams. This afternoon No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 Florida State and No. 23 Oklahoma takes on No. 25 TCU.
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has padded his wide lead in the overall standings with his eighth World Cup win this season. The 29-year-old Austrian overturned rival Henrik Kristoffersen’s first-run lead today to win a giant slalom in Switzerland. It’s his 66th career World Cup win, 20 fewer than Ingmar Stenmark on the all-time list.