*Clemson’s Thursday night victory at NC State helped the Tigers hold on to their #3 ranking in the AP Poll this week. South Carolina was off over the weekend and remained #12. There were no changes in the AP top ten after the weekend’s games.
*Clemson sophomore defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was involved in an auto accident near his home in Forest City, North Carolina Saturday night in which there was one fatality. He was taken to a local hospital for observation and was held over night.
Here are the results of this weekend’s NFL games:
Carolina Panthers 38, New York Giants 0 (Panther’s defense sacked Eli Manning seven times and limited the Giants to 150 yards of offense, while collecting 402 yards of their own.)
Baltimore Ravens 30, Houston Texans 9
New Orleans Saints 31, Arizona Cardinals 7
Detroit Lions 27, Washington Redskins 20
Cleveland Browns 31, Minnesota Vikings 27
New England Patriots 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
Dallas Cowboys 31, St. Louis Rams 7
Tennessee Titans 20, San Diego Chargers 17
Cincinnati Bengals 34, Green Bay Packers 30
Miami Dolphins 27, Atlanta Falcons 23 (Atlanta stalled four times in scoring territory.)
New York Jets 27, Buffalo Bills 20 (Former Tiger CJ Spiller suffered a knee injury in the game.)
Indianapolis Colts 27, San Francisco 49ers 7
Seattle Seahawks 45, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
Chicago Bears 40, Pittsburgh Steelers 23
Monday Night Football game on ESPN:
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (8:30 p.m. ET)
*Both the Oakland A’s and the Atlanta Braves won their divisions Sunday, with the A’s winning their second straight AL West title and the Braves taking the NL East for the first time in eight years. The Braves earned a 5-2 win over the Cubs on Sunday with two homers by Andrelton Simmons. Atlanta is back home Monday to face Milwaukee at 7:00 PM.
*The New York Yankees honored retiring closer Mariano Rivera Sunday in the Bronx, celebrating the future first-round Hall-of-Famer’s 19-year career before the team’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The ceremony, which included the retiring of Rivera’s Number 42 and a performance by Metallica of his signature entrance song, “Enter Sandman,” came as the Yankees’ have just six games left to play in the regular season and dim prospects for getting into the post-season. Former manager Joe Torre and past teammates were part of the celebration for baseball’s all-time saves leader, with Torre saying afterward, “He was about as good a security blanket as a manager could ever have.”
*Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson won the FedEx Cup on Sunday with a three-shot victory at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, earning $10 million for the Cup and another $1.44 million for winning the Tour Championship. Stenson, who finished at 13-under 267, became the first European to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.