US Sports Roundup: Bears clinch NFC North title

Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bear clinched their first NFC North title since 2010

There are now just two games left of the regular NFL season and, as Matthew Crist explains, though a number of issues have been resolved there is still plenty to play for...

"The win saw Chicago snap a five-game skid against Green Bay and secured the Bears' first division crown at home since 2006."

Bears dare to believe again

Mitchell Trubisky threw for 235 yards and completed 20 of 28 passes, including two touchdowns, as the Chicago Bears clinched their first NFC North division title since 2010 with a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

The win saw Chicago snap a five-game skid against Green Bay and secured the Bears' first division crown at home since 2006 as Tarik Cohen and Trey Burton each hauled in touchdowns and Jordan Howard scored on the ground with Matt Nagy's side now 16.5 to win the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

Meanwhile on Sunday the Eagles hope they're about to make another late-season run following an impressive road win over the LA Rams as Nick Foles took over for Carson Wentz and passed for 270 yards, and Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns to secure victory for Philadelphia.

The Kansas City Chiefs are currently 7.613/2 to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy next February despite losing a thriller to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night, 29-28, as the Chargers took the lead with just four seconds left in the contest having overcome a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter.

In Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 235 yards with two first-half touchdowns and two interceptions as the Steelers beat the Patriots to remain in front of Baltimore in the AFC North with two weeks of the regular season remaining.

Marlon Mack rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two scores and the Indianapolis Colts defence shut out one of the league's hottest offenses in a 23-0 victory over a Dallas side who had won their previous five games on the spin.

The Houston Texans just need one more win to secure a playoff place after beating the New York Jets 29-22 on Saturday while on Monday night the Saints improved their road record to 7-1 by grinding out a 12-9 win over a skidding Carolina outfit as they prepare to mount a Super Bowl challenge.

Redskins remain in the hunt


Down in Florida the Redskins'Josh Johnson's first NFL start in more than seven years ended with a 16-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars, snapping Washington's four-game losing streak and keeping them on the fringe of the NFC playoff picture.

The Minnesota Vikings stayed in control of a playoff place with a 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins as Dalvin Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries while the the Seattle Seahawks had their four-game winning streak snapped and missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth with the loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Week 15 also saw wins for Buffalo over Detroit, Atlanta over Arizona, Tennessee over the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns beat the Broncos for the first time in nearly three decades, while the Bengals got their first win since October by beating Oakland in front of just 44,568 people, the second-smallest season attendance in Paul Brown Stadium's 19 seasons.

Lakers hit the Wall

John Wall scored a season-high 40 points and had 14 assists as Washington routed visiting Los Angeles to snap a four-game losing streak in a mixed weekend for the Lakers having beaten the Hornets on Saturday only to come crashing back down to earth 24 hours later.

Wall converted 16 of 27 field-goal attempts, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range while Bradley Beal had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, and Jeff Green and Sam Dekker scored 20 points each in a win which means the Lakers can be backed at 24.0023/1 to win the NBA Championship.

Red hot Curry delivers for Warriors


Stephen Curry scored 35 points as the Golden State Warriors' beat the Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Friday to improve their season record to 20-10 and move within just half a game of leaders Denver in the Western Conference.

Curry shot 11-of-23 - including 5-of-14 on three-pointers - and handed out six assists as the defending NBA champions overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 4:23 of the game to justify their position as 1.75/7 favourites for the NBA Championship.

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