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Alex Smith completed 18 of 19 pass attempts for 232 yards and three touchdowns, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 24-3, in Arizona on Monday night. San Francisco (6-2) led 17-0 at halftime on the strength of two scoring passes from Smith to Michael Crabtree.
Smith connected with Randy Moss on a 47-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. The 49ers coasted the rest of the way, allowing Arizona (4-4) just a 28-yard Jay Feely field goal prior to the start of the fourth quarter.
Lawrence Tynes kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter, and the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys, 29-24, in Dallas on Sunday after blowing a 23-point lead. New York (6-2) surged to a 23-0 advantage early in the second quarter after defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned a Tony Romo interception 28 yards for a touchdown. Dallas (3-4) then scored 24 straight points to take a 1-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
Marco Scutaro's line drive single scored Ryan Theriot with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, on Sunday night in Detroit to complete a four-game sweep of the 2012 World Series.
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville; 8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
Two of the Big East's best teams meet on a Friday night in Kentucky. Fifteenth-ranked Louisville (7-0 overall, 2-0 Big East) is led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running backs Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright. Cincinnati (5-1, 1-0) was ranked and undefeated before dropping its game against Toledo last week. The Bearcats have beaten Louisville in the last four meetings between the teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings — 8:20 P.M.
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis
Tampa Bay (2-4) quarterback Josh Freeman is the 11th-rated passer in the NFL. He'll have to contend with a Vikings' defense that is tied for third in the league with 22 sacks. With quarterback Christian Ponder committing seven turnovers in his past three starts, Minnesota (5-2) may rely on running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson's 652 rushing yards are tied for third in the NFL. He'll face a Buccaneers' run defense that ranks third in the league, allowing just 76 yards per game on the ground.
After surviving their record sixth elimination game of the 2012 postseason on Monday night, the San Francisco Giants advanced to the 2012 World Series. There, they will face the Detroit Tigers starting Wednesday night at AT&T Park in San Fran. Here's a preview of the 2012 World Series:
Brian Urlacher and D.J. Moore each collected turnovers to stifle potential second-half touchdown drives, and the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions, 13-7, in Chicago on Monday night. It was the fourth straight win for Chicago (5-1).
The Bears led 13-0 when the Lions threatened in the third quarter, advancing the ball to the 1-yard line before Urlacher recovered a fumble by Joique Bell of Detroit (2-4). Quarterback Matthew Stafford drove the Lions back into the red zone three possessions later, only to have Moore intercept his pass from the 3-yard-line.
Matt Cain pitched his second series-clinching game of the postseason, and the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night at AT&T Park.
Eli Manning threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 left, and the New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins, 27-23, in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday. Cruz's score came just 19 seconds after rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had given Washington (3-4) the lead via a 30-yard TD pass to Santana Moss. Griffin had a final chance for another rally, but Moss fumbled the ball away with 39 seconds to play as the Redskins were driving on New York (5-2).
Frank Gore ran for 131 yards and Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker to secure the win, as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks, 13-6, at Candlestick Park on Thursday.
San Francisco (5-2) held the Seahawks to 251 yards of total offense on its way to claiming first place in the NFC West. Down 6-3 at the half, the 49ers scored all of the second half points while stiffening on defense.
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