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WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

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Albany, NY – The New York Giants are NFC East Champions. The Cowboys? Their season's over...

Last night in east Rutherford...

That one of three touchdown passes by Eli Manning, as the Giants raced out to a 21 point lead and held off the Cowboys 31-14. Victor Cruz finished with six receptions for 178 yards, including that 74-yard strike. Sound courtesy of NBC.

In New England, the Patriots scored 49 unanswered points, rallying from 21 points down to beat Buffalo 49-21. With the win, the Patriots secured the top spot in the AFC.

In Miami, the Jets have again fallen short of coach Rex Ryan's pledge to win a Super Bowl - this time, they didn't even make the playoffs. The Dolphins beat the Jets 19-17, eliminating New York from postseason contention.

Elsewhere, Baltimore bounced Cincinnati 24-16, Pittsburgh downed Cleveland 13-9, Kansas City dropped Denver 7-3, Atlanta demolished Tampa Bay 45-24, San Diego downed Oakland 38-26, New Orleans blew out Carolina 45-17, Green Bay outlasted Detroit 45-41, San Francisco dumped St. Louis 34-27, Arizona edged Seattle 23-20, Philadelphia whipped Washington 34-10, Tennessee got by Houston 23-22, Chicago held off Minnesota 17-13, and Jacksonville beat Indianapolis 19-13 - the 2-14 Colts secure the top pick in the 2012 draft.

Taking a look at the NFL's playoff picture... On Saturday, the Bengals take on the Texans in Houston, and the Lions meet the Saints in New Orleans. On Sunday, the Falcons travel to the Meadowlands to play the Giants, and the Broncos host the Steelers in Denver. The Patriots, Ravens, Packers, and 49ers all have first round byes.

To the NBA, Miami blasted Charlotte 129-90, Denver beat the Lakers 99-90, Chicago pounded Memphis 104-64, the Clippers got past Portland 93-88, Boston cruised past Washington 94-86, Minnesota downed Dallas 99-82, Cleveland rolled over the Nets 98-82, Orlando outlasted Toronto 102-96, and Sacramento beat New Orleans 96-80.

And in baseball news, Andruw Jones is staying with the Yankees, signing a one year deal worth $2 million dollars.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.