- AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-20
- NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 20-17 (OT)
- Joe Paterno, American College Football HOF coach (Penn State 1966-2011; NCAA C'ship 1982, 86; Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986), dies from lung cancer at 85
- Richard "Dick" Tufeld, American voice actor (Lost in Space - "Robot"), dies at 85'
Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 11 years, 8 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes