ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 in an NL playoff opener. The Nationals overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio (JEE'-oh) Gonzalez, who walked seven and hit a batter in his five innings.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy has resigned following their last-place finish. After being promoted from bench coach to manager in May 2009, Tracy was voted the NL Manager of the Year that season after guiding Colorado into the playoffs that season but the Rockies have had tough times since.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady won his latest showdown with Peyton Manning with the help of a career-high 151 yards rushing from Stevan Ridley and the New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos 31-21. Brady is 9-4 lifetime against Manning's teams, but this was his first since Manning left Indianapolis to play for the Broncos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a franchise-record 621 yards in blowing by the Buffalo Bills 45-3. Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis each went over 100 yards receiving to back Smith, who surpassed 300 yards passing for only the third time in his career.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won at Talladega Superspeedway, where a spectacular 25-car accident on the final lap turned defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart upside down. Jeff Gordon finished second and Kyle Busch was third.