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Couldn't pay attention to everything in the sports world because you were getting ready for the lunar eclipse? No problem. We've got you covered like the moon. Let's talk About Last Night.
Monday Night Football: Move over Lambeau Field, there's a new frozen tundra in the NFC North: TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Last night, the Minnesota Vikings hosted their first outdoor game in 29 years in frigid conditions (wind chill: 9 degrees). The cold conditions and hard field played a major role in the game, as players slid all over and Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre suffered a head injury after taking a hit on the cold turf in the second quarter and did not return to the game. Wait, you didn't realize Favre started the game? Yep, one week after his record 297 straight start streak was snapped, the ageless wonder went from "out" to "questionable" to "starter" in a matter of several hours before kickoff. He went 5-for-7 for 63 yards, a touchdown and an interception before he left the game. This might have been Favre's last home start in a Vikings uniform.
What else happened in Chicago's 40-14 win? Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler threw for three touchdowns to three different receivers, Matt Forte ran for 92 yards, and the Bears clinched the NFC North title, the third under head coach Lovie Smith and first since 2006. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was inactive, which hurt the Vikings but hurt his fantasy owners even more. More history was made as the Bears' Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 14th kickoff/punt return touchdown for his career. Dear NFL punters: why are you kicking to Hester and DeSean Jackson?
NBA: The Miami Heat last lost a game on Nov. 27 -- to the Dallas Mavericks. Guess what happened last night? The Mavericks beat the Heat again, 98-96 (this time in Miami), ending the Heat's win streak at 12 games. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 26 points, but the real story was Jason Terry, who scored all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter. The Celtics currently are on a season-high 13-game winning streak.
San Antonio won again, easily defeating the Phoenix Suns 118-110. The Spurs are now 24-3 and quietly boast the best record in the NBA. ... The new-look Orlando Magic struggled in their first game with new acquisitions Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu and lost to the Atlanta Hawks 91-81. ... Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan recorded his 1,210th career win, tying Pat Riley for third-most in NBA history, with his team's 91-80 win over Cleveland.
Men's college basketball: Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski notched his 879th career victory, tying former UNC coach Dean Smith as the second-winningest coach in Division I college basketball history when his No. 1 ranked and undefeated Blue Devils easily defeated Elon 98-72. And we have an upset! No. 19 Florida lost at home to unranked Jacksonville, 71-68 in overtime.
Women's college basketball: While everybody is still buzzing over the UConn women's 88th straight win on Sunday (going for 89 straight tonight), several Top 25 teams were in action. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder won her 200th game as the 15th-ranked Hawkeyes (11-1) defeated Drake (5-5) 75-71. No. 9 UCLA continues to win, overpowering Hawaii 72-44. The Bruins' 9-0 record is the team's best start since 1980-81. Third-ranked Baylor (11-1) demolished Clemson (6-6) 82-40.