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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • NFL: Pats end regular season at No. 1 in AP Pro32 poll New England Patriots' Tom Brady celebrates with teammate Julian Edelman after the team defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ended the regular season where they started it. Being chased by the rest of the NFL. The Patriots finished the regular season as the No. 1 team in the final AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday, receiving 11 of 12 first-place votes for 381 points in balloting ...
  • Are Eagles cursed with Nick Foles? Key question for each NFL playoff team -NFL--Oakland-Raiders-at-Philadelphia-Eagles.1(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —    Wondering about a few things as the NFL playoffs approach … Are the Eagles cursed with Nick Foles? The energy that fueled Philadelphia’s offense before Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL has largely vanished, clearly a reflection of the challenge to maintain rhythm with Foles. During the final two games, ...
  • 2 fired, 1 retired and 1 near miss on NFL’s ‘Black Monday’ Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, front right, hugs Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    The Lions and Bears showed their coaches the door. Bruce Arians of the Cardinals found it himself. And Vance Joseph of the Broncos remained gainfully employed despite enduring the sort of season that doesn’t go down well in Denver. What is traditionally the NFL’s biggest day for firings, “Black Monday,” started ...
  • NFL playoffs schedule 2018 / Sunday’s Stats: Games, dates, times, TV channel info -nfl-playoff-outlook-illo-v3(PhatzRadio Sport / AP)    —    The 2018 NFL playoffs schedule is now set for the wild-card round. Wild-card round  Saturday, Jan. 6 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC Sunday, Jan. 7 Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:15 p.m. ET, CBS Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 4:40 p.m. ...
  • NFL Roundup: Bills end 17-year playoff drought with win and help Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) shows the ball after he intercepted a pass late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 22-16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the San Francisco 49ers to their fifth straight victory, 34-13 on Sunday against a Los Angeles Rams team resting its big stars for the playoffs. The Rams (11-5), who clinched the NFC West title last weekend, did not use Todd ...
  • Five NFL Week 17 matchups to watch: Can Cam Newton knock Falcons out? Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) scrambles under pressure from Miami Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh (93) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    With a preseason play to diversify the offense gone by the wayside, the Carolina Panthers’ approach is clear. Now and into the playoffs, this remains Cam Newton’s show. As Carolina finishes off yet another late-season surge by making a last push for the NFC South title, Newton has reaffirmed his ...
  • NFL: Belichick runaway winner in AP’s NFL coach rankings / Big doings in NFL finales center on NFC South Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch is tackled by the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    With five Super Bowl titles and the third-most wins in NFL history, the comparisons for Bill Belichick are with the all-time greats in the game rather than his current peers. Belichick’s unmatched 18-year tenure in New England made him the runaway winner in in The Associated Press’ top 10 rankings of ...
  • NFL Week 17 kickoff times, TV channel info, game breakdowns -nfl-playoff-outlook-illo-v3(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks heading into the final weekend of the regular season. AFC 1. yz-New England Patriots (12-3): AFC East champion. They can clinch home field by beating the Jets. A Pittsburgh loss would also do the trick. 2. yz-Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3): AFC North champion. If they can complete ...
  • NFL hot seat rankings: List of coaches in trouble could be long as Black Monday nears Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) gestures toward fans after an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The Rams won 41-39. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —    We’re mere days away from Black Monday (and teams increasingly tend to get a jump on shopping for new coaches, opting for Black Sunday Night instead). And this year could be especially dark. The Giants are weeks into their search to replace Ben McAdoo. Bruce Arians spent Tuesday denying ...
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