The Lions lost to the New York Giants 17-6.  The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Lions.  They now lead the NFC North by one game over the Packers.  The Vikings lost their game.  Odell Beckham Jr. made another one-hand touchdown catch.  The Lions didn’t have many scoring chances, and squandered a big one when Zach Zenner fumbled into the Giants’ end zone.  Lion’s fans didn’t have much to cheer about.  A couple of Matt Prater field goals, a couple of nice pass plays, and a few sacks on defense.   Next for the Lions is a game next Monday night in Dallas against the 12-2 Cowboys, who beat Tampa Bay last night.

NFL

Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson with a 60-yard pass to set up Mason Crosby's 32-yard field goal to give Green Bay a 30-27 win over the Bears as time expired in one of the coldest games ever played in Chicago. Temperature at game time was 11 degrees with a minus-4 degree wind chill as the Packers won their fourth straight game.  Wide receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery ran for a career-high 162 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers (8-6) earned their fourth straight victory despite blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 19-16 in the Relocation Bowl between two teams contemplating franchise moves. The victory clinched Oakland's playoff berth for the first time since 2002.

The New England Patriots will enjoy another year in which they have earned a first-round bye in the upcoming NFL playoffs. The Pats clinched their seventh straight bye by beating the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos 16-3 at Mile High yesterday.

Monday Night Football

Carolina is at Washington, as the Redskins try to keep their playoff hopes alive.

College Basketball

WMU Loses

The WMU Bronco basketball team lost to Washington 92-86 on Sunday night in Seattle.  A 3-pointer by Tucker Haymond gave Western Michigan an 80-77 lead with 6:02 left but Markell Fultz scored 10 from there, including a driving dunk with about five minutes to play that energized the crowd.

Haymond, a Seattle native, led Western Michigan (3-7) with a career-high 28 points.

WMU plays at UCLA on Wednesday night.

MSU Loses

The Spartans were ambushed by Northeastern 81-73 last night at the Breslin Center.   Alex Murphy scored 18 points, including a crucial 3-pointer from the corner late in the second half to lead Northeastern to the upset win. It was the second head-turning upset of the season for the Huskies, who won at Connecticut last month.  Cassius Winston had 21 points and 10 assists for the Spartans (7-5), who trailed 36-32 at halftime and could never really take control.  Michigan State went on a 17-4 run in the second half and led 51-45.  MSU plays Wednesday at home against Oakland.

Michigan is off until Thursday when they host Furman.

Red Wings

The Red Wings came from behind to beat the Ducks on Saturday to salvage one win on their long home stand.  They were 1-3-1 in the five games at the Joe.

Detroit plays at Carolina tonight and then on to Tampa on Tuesday and Florida later this week.

Pistons

The Pistons are in Chicago to play the Bulls tonight, and host Memphis on Wednesday night.  Detroit is a game below .500 and a half game behind the Bulls in 9th place in the Eastern Conference.