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  • NFL Today, Divisional Playoffs Titans v JagsSCOREBOARD Sunday, Jan. 21 Jacksonville at New England, 3:05 p.m. EST. New England (14-3) has reached the AFC championship game for the seventh consecutive season and the 12th time overall in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. The Jaguars (12-6) are playing in the conference title game for just the third time in franchise history, and first since ...
  • NFL Divisional Playoffs Roundup – Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD sends Vikings past Saints 29-24 Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) celebrates his interception with cornerback Trae Waynes (26) and outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks on during the first half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Case Keenum convened the Minnesota huddle with 10 seconds left, the situation staring down the Vikings was as simple as it was daunting. With the go-ahead field goal by the New Orleans Saints that silenced this deafening stadium still fresh in the air, the Vikings were well beyond any moment of anxiety. ...
  • NFL Today, Divisional Playoffs New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) catches a pass in front of Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)(Photo: The Associated Press)SCOREBOARD Sunday, Jan. 14 Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. EST. The Jaguars (11-6) and Steelers (13-3) meet in the postseason for just the second time, and first since Jacksonville stunned Pittsburgh 31-29 at Heinz Field in the wild-card round of the 2007 playoffs. Blake Bortles looks to lead the Jaguars to the franchise’s third AFC title game, ...
  • NFL Divisional Playoff Roundup: Patriots back in AFC title game, Titans trip into offseason New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota speak at midfield after an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have handled every bit of adversity that has been thrown at them this season — from a string of injuries to the recent off-field firestorm created by reports of purported discord within the core of the franchise. Now, they’ll have a chance to play for yet another AFC ...
  • NFL divisional round matchups to watch: Can Le’Veon Bell pace Steelers against Jaguars? -NFL--Oakland-Raiders-at-Philadelphia-Eagles.1(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   The Pittsburgh Steelers helped legitimize the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017. But after going 10-1 since falling to the eventual AFC South champions in a surprising 30-9 rout in Week 5, the Steelers’ potential return to the AFC Championship Game depends on the team carrying the lessons it implemented ...
  • NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview: Look out Eagles, Falcons looked Super Bowl-ready last week Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) beats Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) to the end zone as Murray scores a touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   What America saw last weekend from the Atlanta Falcons was similar to what the team showed for 2½ quarters of last year’s Super Bowl. Can they keep it up as they head on the road again Saturday to Philadelphia? The Falcons have that balanced offense — if Matt Ryan is efficient — ...
  • NFL Divisional round picks against the spread: Will the Saints pull off an upset of the Vikings? Alex Smith and Tom Brady-GTY-843944984(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   The NFL Wild Card round is in the books, so For The Win’s Charles Curtis and Steven Ruiz are back with another slate of NFL picks. All odds courtesy of Bovada… RECAP (including over/under picks) Steven: 4-4 (120-117-11, postseason: 4-4) Charles: 4-4 (104-127-11, postseason: 4-4) Steven: I put too much faith in Blake Bortles ...
  • CFB: Scott Frost wins Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of Year Award Nebraska football coach Scott Frost, formerly with Central Florida, poses with the Paul "Bear" Bryant award ahead of the 32nd annual Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Houston. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Scott Frost has one final award to share with the University of Central Florida. The former UCF coach and new Nebraska boss received the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award on Wednesday night. “It’s an honor. Obviously, he’s one of the greats,” Frost said about Bryant. “This is a team award. I’m ...
  • AP Top 25 Heat Check: Final rankings of’ 17, looking at ’18 Ala No1ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama is the national champ again and the Crimson Tide won the championship with a bunch of freshmen coming off the bunch. The Tide will keep rolling in 2018 after finishing the 2017 season by beating Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national title . Alabama was voted No. 1 in the ...
  • Divisional-round X-factors: Under-the-radar players could swing NFL playoffs Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a 22-yard touchdown catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The Titans won 22-21. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —   The NFL playoffs can serve as a stage for some of the league’s biggest stars to shine brightest, but it’s often overlooked players or aspects that decide which team moves on. Here are two X-factors for each team during the divisional round. Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu: Philadelphia led ...
  • Alabama is No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th Ala No 1 finalATLANTA (AP) — Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after its 26-23 overtime win on Monday night. UCF received the ...
  • Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith runs into the end zone for a touchdown after catching a pass past Georgia defensive back Malkom Parrish during overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Alabama won, 26-23. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now. The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard ...
  • Alabama vs. Georgia in all-SEC CFP championship game FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm throws a pass during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Pasadena, Calif. Georgia plays Alabama in the Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, College Football national championship game. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)ATLANTA (AP) — No. 4 Alabama faces No. 3 Georgia in an all-Southeastern Conference College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tries to tie former Alabama coach Bear Bryant’s record six major poll national championships. Saban has led the Tide to four national championships since 2009, and the last three ...
  • NFL Today, Wild-Card Playoffs Analysis Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a 22-yard touchdown catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The Titans won 22-21. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)SCOREBOARD Saturday, Jan. 13 Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m. EST. Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play to lead the defending NFC champion Falcons (11-6) past the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 in the wild-card round. Nick Foles played well for the first five quarters he filled ...
  • NFL Wild Card Playoffs Roundup: Saints beat Panthers, confident about rematch with Vikings New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) reacts after a long first down reception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints face the prospect of seeing their season end where it began. That is, unless they’ve improved enough to turn the tables on the Minnesota Vikings, who beat New Orleans convincingly in Week 1. “That feels like ages and ages ago,” Brees said of the 29-19 loss ...
  • NFL Today, Wild-Card Playoffs Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, left, catches a touchdown pass ahead of Los Angeles Rams strong safety John Johnson during the second half of an NFL football wild-card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)SCOREBOARD Sunday, Jan. 7 Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m. EST. The Bills (9-7) are making their first playoff appearance since 1999, ending a 17-year absence that was the longest for any team in the four major North American sports leagues. The Jaguars (10-6) are in the postseason for the first time since the 2007 season, and won ...
  • NFL Wild Card Roundup: Titans rally from hole, beat Chiefs / Falcons show playoff poise in 26-13 win over LA Rams Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a 22-yard touchdown catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The Titans won 22-21. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota did everything he could to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing a crazy touchdown pass to himself , running for crucial first downs and providing the kind of spark that Tennessee needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole. Heck, he even threw a crucial block on ...
  • FCS Game: N Dakota St takes back FCS title, tops James Madison 17-13 North Dakota State safety Tre Dempsey (3), head coach Chris Klieman and running back Bruce Anderson (8) celebrate after defeating James Madison 17-13 in the FCS championship NCAA college football game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Fargo to Frisco is a thing again at North Dakota State. Easton Stick threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd and the Bison took back the Football Championship Subdivision title, beating James Madison 17-13 on Saturday. The victory came a year after their five-year run atop the FCS ended against the ...
  • NFL 2017 AP All-Pro Team FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates a 39-38 win over the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. In voting announced Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, Antonio Brown is one of four repeaters from last season on The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, and the only unanimous choice. (AP Photo/Don Wright)(PhatzRadio Sports /AP)   —   The stunning turnaround by the Jacksonville Jaguars shows best in the NFL standings — and the All-Pro Team. Rarely do the Jags have members of the elite All-Pro squad. For 2017, they have two: edge rusher Calais Campbell and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. “It’s huge,” Campbell said. “That’s a big testament to the work ...
  • NFL wild-card matchups: Can Falcons contain Todd Gurley, Rams? New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) intercepts a throw from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the final minute of the second quarter, setting up a Saints touchdown, in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in New Orleans. The play was reviewed and the call stood as an interception. (Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —    One year after their high-powered offense led the way on a Super Bowl run, the Atlanta Falcons likely will have to rely on their defense at the outset of the postseason. With its attack regressing to the middle of the pack, Atlanta leaned on a defense that finished in ...
  • CFB Championship Game: Georgia and Alabama arrive in Atlanta, home away from home Members of the Georgia football team arrive at an Atlanta hotel Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Georgia plays Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game Monday in Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)ATLANTA (AP) — The bus ride for No. 3 Georgia was about 75 minutes from its campus in Athens to the capital city. No. 4 Alabama spent less time than that in the air, flying from Tuscaloosa to what has become something of a home away from home for the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs and Tide ...
  • CFB Championship matchups: Hurts v. Smith; Fromm v. Fitzpatrick FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts runs the ball during the second half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game Auburn in Auburn, Ala. Hurts gives Alabama a dual-threat and especially powerful runner. He was second on the team with 945 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama and Georgia should know a lot about each other when they meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night, even though the teams have not played in a few years. With Nick Saban on one side and his former defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, leading the Bulldogs, the teams competing ...
  • NFL Playoffs 2018: Brady, Patriots again top the AFC playoff field / Topsy-turvy NFC playoff field New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs in the fog as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson (33) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   In a year when two-thirds of the NFL playoff field is new, the AFC still features fixtures Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger , who have seven Super Bowl rings between them, and Alex Smith, who is coming off his best season of his 13-year career. The trio of graybeard QBs led ...
  • AFC wild-card games preview / NFC wild-card games preview Bills v Jags-USATSI-10510098(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   A preview of the AFC wild-card matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) Where: Jacksonville’s EverBank Field Line: TBA Injuries: A major subplot of this game will be the status of Bills RB LeSean McCoy, who was carted off the field in Week 17 after suffering an ankle injury. THREE THINGS ...
  • CFB Championship: Alabama, Georgia players headline All-Bowl team FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 file photo, Georgia defensive back J.R. Reed (20) celebrates with teammates including linebacker Roquan Smith (3), defensive back Tyrique McGhee (26) and defensive back Malkom Parrish (14) after he recovered a Florida fumble and scored a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   College Football Playoff finalists Alabama and Georgia have multiple representatives on the 2017 All-Bowl Team. The only problem is that one of the guys selected to the team won’t be able to play in Monday’s championship game . Although the championship game hasn’t been played yet, all the postseason games with “bowl” ...

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