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Gibbs back in Super Bowl hunt

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Jan. 2, 2006 | Dick's Stock Watch provides a fast-glance review of the past week in the world of sports, charting whose stock is up and whose is down.

STOCK UP

Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins won their last five games to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Tiki Barber is a lot like Derek Jeter, solid, steady and unsung. Barber set a Giants record with a 95-yard touchdown run. He finished with 203 rushing yards in a win over the hapless Raiders. Hey, Al Davis, just win baby ... when?

Seattle's Shaun Alexander set an NFL record with his 28th touchdown of the season.

The Bus, Jerome Bettis, scored three touchdowns in Pittsburgh's win over Detroit that gave the Steelers a playoff berth.

University of Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams had his 34th career 100-yard rushing game, breaking the mark previously held by Tony Dorsett and Archie Griffin.

Nick Saban and the Miami Dolphins closed the season with six straight wins. Remember when Saban said he didn't care about wins or losses? Sure.

STOCK DOWN

The University of Miami suffered its worst bowl loss ever, 40-3 to LSU in the Peach Bowl. The Hurricanes showed no intensity.

Michigan football finished with five losses, its most in two decades.

Kobe Bryant got a two-game suspension for throwing an elbow at Mike Miller. Bryant said he was protecting the lane, give me a break.

The Indiana Pacers lost at home to the Toronto Raptors.

The Cincinnati Bengals were outscored 74-30 in their last two games, not the way Marvin Lewis wanted to enter the playoffs.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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