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Giants outlast Vikings 31-24 for 1st playoff win in 11 years

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(MINNEAPOLIS) — Brian Daboll, the team’s first-year head coach, had his young squad completely prepared. Daniel Jones performed at a level well above his experience.

The New York Giants confidently came into Minnesota’s boisterous stadium and beat the tight-finish masters at their own game.

Jones threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 78 yards playoff game for the Giants, who defeated the Vikings 31-24 in the wild-card round on Sunday, handing them their first loss in 12 one-score games this season.

“This is what we’re supposed to do with a cornerstone franchise with such a great heritage,” wide receiver Darius Slayton said. “We were meant to make the playoffs. We’re meant to be a successful team. We’ll keep striving to live up to the legacy that’s been established.”

Saquon Barkley scored twice on the ground, including the game-winning touchdown the fourth quarter. Jones became the first quarterback in NFL history to have 300-plus yards passing, two-plus passing touchdowns, and 70-plus yards rushing in a postseason game.

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Defence Swarmed The Tight End

“He’s a fantastic player,” said Barkley, who finished with 109 yards on 14 touches. “The playoffs are where you can build your legacy, and what a way to start.”

The defense swarmed tight end T.J. Hockenson near midfield after a 3-yard reception from Kirk Cousins on fourth-and-8 to force a turnover on downs with 1:44 remaining and no timeouts remaining for the Vikings (13-5).

The Giants (10-7-1) advanced to the divisional round, where they will face No. 1 seed and NFC East rival Philadelphia on Saturday night. They converted seven of thirteen third downs and dominated a Vikings defense that had been shaky all season.

“I believe we’ve had some of our better games recently and found some stuff that works for us,” said Jones, who connected with Isaiah Hodgins and Daniel Bellinger for touchdowns. “As a result, we’ll keep doing it. “I believed the coaching team did an excellent job preparing us.”

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Incredible Win For The Giants

Two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to cap the game’s first series, with the too-short ball to Hockenson being his only noticeable error. Cousins was even more irritated by his placement on the third-and-8 pass to K.J. Osborn, who had a first-half touchdown catch; Cor’Dale Flott intercepted that.

Cousins finally got to play in the playoffs in Minnesota in his fifth season, five years and one day after Case Keenum threw a touchdown pass of 61 yards to Stefon Diggs that helped the Vikings beat New Orleans 29-24 in the divisional round.

The Vikings held to form by trailing by 10 points late in the second quarter and again early in the third quarter.

Cousins, dragged to the ground by the blitz-fueled Giants defense, connected with Irv Smith Jr. for a touchdown that pulled the Vikings within 24-21.

Then something extraordinary happened: the defense got a stop.

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The Second Half Was A Nail Biter

Danielle Hunter’s sack prompted the first Giants punt, and the Vikings converted the game-tying field goal the other way. They did, though, lose some vital points when Cousins ran a successful fourth-and-1 at the 15 that was neutralized by a false start on left tackle Christian Darrisaw.

On the Giants’ next drive, Jones converted a penalty-free fourth-and-1 sneak. With 7:47 remaining, Barkley chugged into the end zone to take the lead.

“There were genuine tears in there,” said first-year coach Kevin O’Connell outside the locker room. “There are some guys who expected to win a world championship. You have to give credit to the Giants.”

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JEFFERSON VS. JACKSON

Hockenson 11 times for 10 receptions and 129 yards, but after Justin Jefferson had four catches on the first touchdown drive, he only had three more the rest of the way and one in the second half.

In the Giants’ 27-24 win last month, the NFL’s best receiver caught 12 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. He was almost always accompanied by a safety, and Adoree’ Jackson did a great job covering him in his first game back after a seven-game knee injury layoff.

“I believe in myself all the time, but it’s always pleasant and appreciated when others believe in you,” Jackson added.

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REPORT OF INJURY

Azeez Ojulari, an outside linebacker for the Giants, hurt his quadriceps in the second quarter and was ruled out at the half. After covering a kickoff in the fourth quarter, backup FS Jason Pinnock (abdomen) exited on a cart and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He rejoined the Giants in the locker room and flew home with them.

LB for the Vikings Brian Asamoah II (concussion) was hurt late in the second quarter while covering a kickoff. Cameron Dantzler Sr., the backup cornerback, was inactive due to a personal matter.

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Scottie Scheffler Wins the RBC Heritage Taking Home $3.6M Prize

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PGA Golfer Scottie Scheffler has won the 2024 RBC Heritage on Monday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with a 19-under 265 score. The world number one has won four of his past five contests.

Scheffler shot a 3-under 68 in his final 18 holes at Harbor Town Golf Links. The final round was postponed due to rain on Sunday afternoon and ultimately halted due to darkness.

“I got off to a slow start on Thursday, but played some really nice golf in the middle of the tournament,” Scheffler said on the Golf Channel. “Yeah, it’s nice to be done.”

Scheffler entered Monday’s round at 20-under par, with three holes to play. He made pars on 16 and 17 before finishing with a bogey on 18 to win the event and $3.6 million.

Scheffler has won $16.25 million in the last 44 days, including $3.6 million from winning the 2024 Masters Tournament last week.

He began his rich run by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational — and the $4 million first-place prize — on March 10 in Orlando, Florida. A week later, on March 17, he won the Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, earning $4.5 million.

 RBC Heritage his 10th career PGA Tour victory

He won his green jacket and second Masters title two weeks later at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Scheffler recorded 20 birdies and an eagle during his 36-hole victory at the RBC Heritage. A double bogey on Thursday, along with a bogey on Monday, resulted in his lowest scores of the event.

On March 31, Scheffler tied for second at the Texas Children’s Houston Open. The world number one won $553,735 from the five-way tie.

Sahith Theegala shot a 16-under 268 to finish second at the RBC Heritage, three strokes behind Scheffler. Wyndham Clark and Patrick Cantlay tied for third place after shooting 15-under 269s.

Scheffler, who made his professional debut in 2018, currently has ten career PGA Tour victories. He won his first tournament in 2022.

Zurich Classic in New Orleans

The PGA Tour’s next tournament is the 2024 Zurich Classic in New Orleans. The competition will take place from Thursday to Sunday at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana. Scheffler is not included in the team event field.

Scheffler’s wife, Meredith, is expecting their first child later this month. The second major of the season, the PGA Championship, will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, from May 16 to 19.

The RBC Heritage is an annual PGA Tour event that takes place at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It’s one of the tour’s must-see events, taking place in April immediately following the Masters.

Pete Dye developed the course, which is known for its tight fairways, overhanging trees, and short greens, giving it a true challenge for professional golfers.

The tournament has drawn elite players since 1969, because to its gorgeous setting and tough layout. Harbour Town’s renowned 18th hole is a beast, with a shot over Calibogue Sound to a tiny green.

Every year, fans gather there to witness the drama unfold. The winner receives the renowned plaid jacket, making the RBC Heritage one of golf’s most prestigious non-major tournaments.

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New York Jets to Trade Quarterback Zach Wilson to Broncos

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NFL Network has reported the New York Jets will trading quarterback Zach Wilson and a seventh-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos. According to the report, the Jets will receive a sixth-round pick in return and will cover a portion of Wilson’s $5.5 million salary next season.

Wilson joins the Broncos following three unsuccessful seasons in New York. The Jets selected Wilson as the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, hoping he would blossom into their long-awaited franchise quarterback. Instead, he was benched regularly for bad play in his first two seasons before the Jets traded for Aaron Rodgers before the 2023 season.

Wilson received another chance to start when Rodgers tore his Achilles on his first drive as New York’s quarterback. He continued to struggle through 11 starts in 2023, as the Jets finished 7-10 and missed the playoffs. He now has a new home.

Wilson joins a Broncos club in the midst of its own quarterback crisis. After two unsuccessful seasons, Denver decided to abandon the Russell Wilson experiment this off-season.

The Broncos terminated Wilson in March, incurring a $85 million dead salary cap penalty over the next two seasons. It also left the Broncos without a reliable starting quarterback on their roster.

News York Jets 12-21

Zack Wilson’s departure sent Jarrett Stidham to the top of Denver’s depth chart. The four-year NFL veteran has made four career starts. Throughout his career, which includes 16 game appearances for three clubs, he has completed 59.6% of his throws for 7.2 yards per attempt, eight touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

Wilson has significantly more starting experience. That experience does not give the Broncos optimism that they are any closer to resolving their quarterback issues.

Wilson completed 57% of his throws in 34 career games, including 33 starts, averaging 6.3 yards per attempt and 185.1 yards per game while scoring 23 touchdowns and intercepting 25 others.

The New York Jets were 12-21 in games he started. He was the weak link on a 2023 team with a top-3 defense and playmakers on an offense that had the potential to challenge in the AFC East with respectable quarterback play.

Rather of making an in-season deal to upgrade the position, the Jets stuck with Wilson for the majority of the season, finishing third in the AFC East and missing the playoffs.

For now, Zach Wilson expects to fight for the starting job in Denver next season. Prior to Wilson’s arrival, practice squad quarterback Ben DiNucci was the only Broncos quarterback under contract aside from Stidham.

2024 NFL Draft

Wilson is a low-risk acquisition for the Broncos in the form of a late-round draft selection swap. If he does not develop, the Broncos will not have suffered significantly. However, Broncos supporters who expect for a competitive squad in 2024 are still waiting for the franchise to make a substantial move at quarterback.

The NFL Draft on Thursday will provide Denver with the finest opportunity to address the position further. The Broncos have the No. 12 choice but will most likely have to move up to get one of the draft’s top quarterback prospects.

The 2024 NFL Draft promises to be an entertaining event for both fans and clubs. Top college prospects will have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and realize their ambition of playing in the NFL.

Teams will thoroughly assess each player’s potential in order to make the best decisions to bolster their lineups.

The NFL draft order will be determined by the previous season’s results, allowing struggling teams to acquire top players. Experts predict a strong group of quarterbacks, defensive linemen, and offensive tackles.

Teams with glaring needs at those areas will keep a close eye on the best prospects. The draft is a critical opportunity for organizations to redefine their destiny with strategic picks that could catapult them to success in the coming seasons.

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Dakota Joshua Scores 2 Goals To Help Lift Canucks Past Predators 4-2 In Game 1 Of Playoff Series

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Vancouver, British Columbia – Pius Suter and Dakota Joshua scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-2 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday night.

Joshua had two goals and an assist, Elias Lindholm scored, and Thatcher Demko stopped 20 shots for Vancouver, the Pacific Division champions who hosted a playoff game for the first time since 2015.

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Dakota Joshua Scores 2 Goals To Help Lift Canucks Past Predators 4-2 In Game 1 Of Playoff Series

“We’ve been talking about being in one-goal games the whole season for these moments, and I love that there was zero panic today, hardly any at all,” J.T. Miller, the Vancouver Canucks forward, said. “We just stayed with it.”

Nashville’s Jason Zucker and Ryan O’Reilly scored, with Juuse Saros making 17 saves.

Suter tied the game for the Canucks 8:59 into the third period after they trailed 2-1. Quin Hughes received a pass from Brock Boeser and fired a shot that deflected off Suter and past Saros from just inside the blue line.

Lindholm checked Jeremy Lauzon behind the Predators’ net and shook him off the puck in 12 seconds. Conor Garland grabbed it up and sent it to Joshua, who scored from the top of the frame to put Vancouver ahead 3-2.

“I’ll never forget it,” Joshua said about his goal. “And it makes you want to keep doing it.”

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Dakota Joshua Scores 2 Goals To Help Lift Canucks Past Predators 4-2 In Game 1 Of Playoff Series

Demko maintained the one-goal lead with a series of late saves, including one against Roman Josi with 1:49 remaining.

The Predators removed Saros, and Joshua capitalized, scoring his second goal of the night into an empty net with 1:28 left to secure the victory.

“I think we just stayed patient the entire game and didn’t really push too hard or give anything up when we were down going into the third,” Hughes, who had a pair of assists, said. “We got our looks and we knew we were going to get our looks.”

Nashville finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Vancouver went 0-for-3.

“Every power play that you don’t score on is a missed opportunity,” Zucker went on to say. “I felt it was great to receive that one. (O’Reilly) and those guys made some terrific plays there, and I thought our penalty kill was excellent tonight.”

Nashville opened the score at 15:15 when Zucker collected a pass from Josi and blasted through traffic from the top of the faceoff circle, beating Demko stick side.

Lindholm knotted the game 47 seconds into the second period with a long wrist shot past Saros.

The Canucks got into penalty trouble early through the second period, taking three calls in just over six minutes. Nashville used their first man advantage as Teddy Blueger was sent to the box for interference.

Gustav Nyquist slid a pass to O’Reilly, who blasted into the top corner of Vancouver’s net. This was O’Reilly’s 26th career playoff goal.

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Dakota Joshua Scores 2 Goals To Help Lift Canucks Past Predators 4-2 In Game 1 Of Playoff Series

“I thought we were starting to take over the game and we fall asleep on a shift in the offensive zone, lose assignments, don’t block a shot and it’s 2-2,” Andrew Brunette, the coach of the Predators, said. “I thought we had a lot of momentum there, so that’s hockey.

“We’ve got to learn from it and move on — Etch A Sketch memory, short term — and move straight ahead.”

NOTES: The Canucks recorded 39 hits, while the Predators had 32. Cole Smith, a Predators forward, led the game with six points. Josi has 32 career postseason assists, which is a Predators record. He also holds the franchise record for postseason points by a defenseman, with 43.

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