by Tom Morgan

Green Bay and Pittsburgh relied on the field goal to get them to the conference championship on Sunday.

Nathan Crosby's 51 yard field goal as time expired lifted the Packers over the top seeded Dallas Cowboys 34-31.
Crosby's field goal came after Aaron Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline.
Rodgers threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers, who will play Atlanta for the NFC title next Sunday.

Green Bay led 21-3 at one point but rookie quarterback Dak Prescott rallied the Cowboys and threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with 4:08 to play. He ran for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 28-28.

After Crosby's 56-yard field goal that put Green Bay ahead 31-28, Dan Bailey of Dallas tied the game with a 52-yard field goal with :35 left.

Meanwhile in the AFC playoffs,  Pittsburgh defeated Kansas City 18-16 without the benefit of a touchdown. Chris Boswell booted an NFL playoff-record 6 field goals for the Steelers, who will visit the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game next Sunday.

In other state sports news...

  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is expected to be sidelined four weeks with a lower-body injury. Callahan underwent offseason hip surgery in June and has mustered just two goals and as many assists in 18 games this season.  He hasn't played since Jan. 7. Tampa Bay opens a six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
  • The Magic make the fifth stop on their six-game road trip tonight facing the Nuggets in Denver.  Orlando has lost five-of-six, including a 114-to-107 loss to the Jazz on Saturday.  The Magic lost a five-point lead with 3 minutes to go in Saturday's loss.
  • Ama Degbeon scored a career-high 13 points, Kai James had 12 and Maria Conde 10 as No. 7 Florida State won its 15th straight over Clemson with an 86-27 victory Sunday.
  • Mariya Moore scored 24 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, to lead ninth-ranked Louisville to a 63-59 win over No. 14 Miami on Sunday.