PITTSBURGH — The last time the Green Bay Packers came to Heinz Field, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger hooked up in a duel for the ages. No one expected anything like it Sunday night, particularly with Brett Hundley playing for Rodgers. But it went down to the final play again, this time Chris Boswell's 53-yard field goal with no time left giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a 31-28 win.
GREEN BAY — It was just after 10 p.m. on April 27. The Green Bay Packers, desperate for a young pass rusher, were on the clock with the 29th pick in the 2017 Draft. The top remaining rusher just happened to grow up two hours from Lambeau Field, starred at the University of Wisconsin and came from impeccable bloodlines. As Pewaukee's T.J. Watt waited and watched, the ex-Badgers star and lifelong Packers fan had one overriding thought. "I thought it was a legitimate possibility that I could go to Green Bay," Watt said recently. "But they didn't want me."
Nebraska fired head coach Mike Riley on Saturday after he went 19-19 in three seasons. The decision comes a day after the Cornhuskers were embarrassed 56-14 by Iowa at home in the team's regular-season finale to finish 4-8. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime before Iowa scored 42 straight points in the second half.
GREEN BAY — On Nov. 19, 2006, the New England Patriots came to Green Bay on a blustery afternoon in which the wind chill was zero. The Patriots knocked Brett Favre from that game, held the Packers to 149 total yards and rolled to a 35-0 win. "I didn't see anything like this coming into this game," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on that 2006 day. "I fully anticipated getting out there today and competing. Our performance was poor. To lose by 35 points, frankly, is unacceptable."
MINNEAPOLIS—Jordan Murphy continued his run of double-doubles with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes as No. 14 Minnesota routed Alabama A&M 100-57 on Tuesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Davonte Fitzgerald had 13 points to lead a strong performance from the Minnesota bench. Nate Mason scored 12 points and Reggie Lynch added 11 for the Gophers (5-0), who cruised in their final tune-up before heading for the Barclays Center Classic this weekend. Murphy, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, has posted a double-double in every game this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds, Frank Kaminsky came off the bench to score 24, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-102 Monday night at the Spectrum Center. Howard was 8 of 10 from the field and a surprising 9 of 14 from the free-throw line. Kaminsky was 9 of 14 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range on a night when the Hornets shot 49.4 percent from the field.
GREEN BAY — For the course of three hours on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers couldn't find the end zone against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore's defense bent here and there, but never came close to breaking in beating Green Bay 23-0. The Ravens (5-5), coming off their bye, had six sacks and forced five turnovers. It was the first time the Packers (5-5) were shut out since 2006, when they were blanked by the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots in coach Mike McCarthy's first season.
GREEN BAY — Running back Jamaal Williams was a forgotten man in Green Bay. In the Packers' first eight games of 2017, Williams had only 11 carries for 34 yards (3.1 average). Then in the first half last week, Aaron Jones (torn medial collateral ligament) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) both left with injuries and Williams was ready. Williams ran hard, broke tackle after tackle, and powered for 67 yards on 20 carries (3.4). The 6-foot, 213-pound Williams is extremely powerful and an ideal back for when conditions get nasty.
MADISON — Forget that Alex Hornibrook has thrown interceptions in eight straight games. The miscues aren't ideal, but Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's confidence hasn't wavered in the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback. Hornibrook completed 9 of 19 passes for 143 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in No. 5 Wisconsin's 24-10 win over No. 24 Michigan on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Hornibrook persevered despite throwing his 13th interception of the season in the second half against the Wolverines (8-3 overall, 5-3 Big Ten).
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Jason Zucker's backhand shot with 2:55 remaining in the third period completed a crazy comeback for the Minnesota Wild, who beat the Nashville Predators 6-4 and extended their winning streak to four games. The Wild trailed 4-2 with seven minutes to play before Jared Spurgeon and Eric Staal scored to tie the game, and Zucker eventually won it. Zucker has eight goals in his last five games.