October 4th, 2010
11:12 AM ET

Victory for Giants, more MLB action

San Francisco Giant Buster Posey, number 28, jumping for joy

The weekend belonged to the San Francisco Giants and to Buster Posey. The Rookie of the Year contender and his team managed to end their seven-season playoff drought, clinching the National League West and becoming the first wild card in franchise history for Atlanta. Posey nailed an eighth-inning homer to bump the Giants to a 3-0 lead against the Padres, effectively sealing their playoff deal.

SI.com's Joe Lemire says that Posey's Sunday performance has once again pushed him up in contention for Rookie of the Year honors. But his performance and the Giants' win didn't just benefit San Francisco.

The Braves were also in the unlikely position of rooting for the Giants so that they could clinch a playoff spot without having to face another team in a one-game matchup. Interestingly enough, the Braves good wishes for the Giants may already be a distant memory. The teams are slated to face off against each other Thursday night in San Francisco in the NL Division Series.

The MLB may be getting a break a Monday night, but the NFL is in full swing with a matchup between the Pats and Dolphins.

New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins (8:30 p.m., ET) - Taking the action to Sun Life Stadium, the New England Patriots will face off against the Miami Dolphins in the last game of Week 4. One win shy of a career 100, Tom Brady is looking to avenge for a 22-21 loss last year against Miami.

By The Numbers

89 - Number points the U.S. women's basketball team scored in their victory against host Czech Republic at Sunday's FIBA world championship. Led by captains Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi the team brought home its eighth championship after 2006's disappointing third-place finish.

125 - Number of yards Redskins QB Donovan McNabb managed in his Philly homecoming against the Eagles. Though McNabb's performance wasn't all that awe-inspiring, he and the 'Skins eked out a 17-12 victory, aided in part by an injury to Eagles QB Michael Vick.

$55 million - Estimated price tag on Joakim Noah's supposed five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls. While details have yet to be finalized, a source close to the situation said the Bulls are on the verge of locking down the center, who would take over starting center duties after Carlos Boozer's recent injury may cause him to be out for about two months.

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    Talk about choke..what is it with San Diego teams ? They do good all year and then choke when it counts

    October 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alejandro

      i know the san diego padres suck when it comes to important games 🙁

      October 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |

    And who gives a sh!t about womens b-ball..what a joke

    October 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |

    55 million..wow..don't ppl have anything better to spend there money on..sports players are way overpaid..there should be salary caps for all team sports

    October 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |

    Hopefully the dolphins tear apart the patriots...

    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |