Alabama coach Nick Saban's team fell short of the national championship game and a shot at its fourth title in six years. The group might actually have overachieved in winning 12 games and the Southeastern Conference title simply because of a defense and offensive line that weren't as dominant as they had been in recent years.
The Carolina Panthers held the Arizona Cardinals to 78 yards and forced three turnovers in a 27-16 win, the franchise's first postseason victory in nine years.
Tony Romo's first playoff game in five years is a second chance for the quarterback on the other side, Detroit's Matthew Stafford.
Michael Sam brought significant media attention to Missouri when he came out publicly, bidding to become the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.
The Cavaliers' superstar has logged more than 41,000 minutes in his career, racking up plenty of mileage on his 30-year-old body.
Each team playing on wild-card weekend has major questions.
The Winter Classic was a thrill for the host Washington Capitals, who beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on New Year's Day.
The NHL's annual showcase has been able to establish a beachhead on New Year's Day in part because college football essentially abandoned what used to be its biggest day, populating it with run-of-the-mill bowl games and saving the big ones for later.
The Blues lost for the fifth time in six games despite the return of No. 1 goalie Brian Elliott.
The outfielder needed work done on his right wrist.
The veteran only needed to stop 16 shots in the 3-0 St. Louis win.
The Jets and Bears both fired their coaches and general managers, while the Falcons also canned their coach.
The former 49ers coach left that position after winning his final game with the team Sunday.
The 9-7 Chiefs were close to a second consecutive playoff berth, but ultimately they let too many chances slip away during the season.
Chase Daniel threw for 157 yards without an interception in the Chiefs' win.
For the second straight season, the road through the NFC playoffs will go through Seattle.
The Blues have now lost four consecutive games.
Former Missouri star Chase Daniel will start for the Chiefs in a must-win regular-season finale Sunday against the Chargers.
The teams faced the same scenario in Week 17 last year, before the Seahawks went on to win the Super Bowl.
The documentary on Sam will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network at 8 p.m. Saturday.