With so much at stake Week 14 of the NFL season promised much and, as Matthew Crist explains, it didn't fail to deliver...
"In a defensive masterclass the Chicago Bears proved they're a serious threat in a conference long viewed as a two-team race as they picked up an impressive 15-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams while keeping the usually dominant Jared Goff to just 80 yards."
Dolphins secure last-gasp victory over Patriots
The Miami Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play on Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33 in one of the most thrilling finishes to a game this season which keeps their playoff hopes alive. The Dolphins are still massive outsiders in Betfair's Super Bowl winner market, they can be backed at 280.0279/1 but have been backed at the maximum price of 1000.0.
The Patriots were just 16 seconds away from securing their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins scored on the 69-yard play with Kenyan Drake running the last 52 yards to rally from a 33-28 deficit. Watch the incredible play in the tweet below...
The Indianapolis Colts snapped a nine-game Houston winning streak while also trimming the Texan's lead in the AFC South to two games with three remaining as Andrew Luck threw for 399 yards and two touchdowns with TY Hilton clocking 199 receiving yards in a 24-21 road victory
In Florida Drew Brees helped the New Orleans Saints rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to clinch their second straight NFC South title with a 28-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a touchdown throw and a rushing score of his own.
Derek Carr threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds remaining before Chris Boswell slipped on a potential game-tying 40-yard field goal with the final play of the game as Oakland beat Pittsburgh 24-21 leaving the Steelers with a 0.5 game lead in the AFC North.
Chiefs clinch playoff spot
Harrison Butker made amends for a 43-yard miss in the closing seconds of regular time with a 36-yard field goal in overtime as the Kansas City Chiefs stopped the Baltimore Ravens on fourth down to clinch a playoff spot with a 27-24 victory. The Chiefs are 6.611/2 third favourites in Betfair's Super Bowl Winner market.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper caught a deflected pass for a 15-yard touchdown in overtime as the Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 29-23, for their fourth win in a row which all but ended the defending Super Bowl champions' postseason chances.
Saquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to exceed 1,000 for the season while Eli Manning threw for three scores as the New York Giants hammered the Redskins 40-16 to all but end Washington's already-slim hopes of making the postseason.
In Cleveland, the Browns dealt a severe blow to Carolina's playoff hopes with a 26-20 win over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight as the home team continued their recent improvement and are now 3-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams and are 5-7-1 for the season.
Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes while setting an NFL record with 359 consecutive attempts without an interception as the Green Bay Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-20 to win their first game under interim head coach Joe Philbin.
In a defensive masterclass the Chicago Bears proved they're a serious threat in a conference long viewed as a two-team race as they picked up an impressive 15-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams while keeping the usually dominant Jared Goff to just 80 yards.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Chargers, Lions and 49ers beat the Bengals, Cardinals and Broncos respectively.
Record win for Celtics over Bulls
The Boston Celtics produced their biggest win in franchise history with a 133-77 thrashing of the Chicago Bulls on Saturday as Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Daniel Theis notched a career-high 22 as the Celtics extended their winning streak to five games in the Eastern Conference.
The 56-point margin surpassed the 51 points by which the Celtics defeated the Philadelphia Warriors in March 1962 and also tied the record for the biggest win by an away team in the NBA, which was previously held by Seattle at Houston in December 1986.
Also on Saturday LeBron James scored 20 points, offered nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to victory over the Memphis Grizzlies which means they have now won five of their last six and improved to 16-10 in the Western Conference.
There were also wins for Indiana, Atlanta and Cleveland, Brooklyn, Portland and Miami, while the Dallas Mavericks extended their home-court winning streak to nine games with a victory over the Houston Rockets.
Milwaukee close the gap on Toronto
On Sunday Malcolm Brogdon made two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks picked-up a road victory by beating the Toronto Raptors 104-99, their second win over the Raptors this season to close the gap at the top of the Eastern Conference to 2.5 games.
Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle combined to score 65 points as the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the Detroit Pistons 116-108, while there were also wins for the San Antonio Spurs over Utah Jazz and the Charlotte Hornets beat the New York Knicks.