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NFL's final four get offensive to win playoff games

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Denver Broncos made their case last season that it takes a great defense to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

This season's four remaining teams -- New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Atlanta -- are proof that the Super Bowl pendulum tends to swing.

While each of those teams has had its moments defensively, it's offensive ...Read more

Steelers silence the Chiefs, 18-16, to advance to the AFC championship

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Killer B's of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- an all-world triumvirate composed of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown -- can add a fourth member to their group. Chris Boswell, the Steelers kicker, set an NFL playoff record with six field goals as the Steelers held off the ...Read more

Steelers defeat Chiefs, 18-16, to advance to AFC championship

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers, dominating throughout the game, held on for an 18-16 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night and will play at the New England Patriots for the AFC championship next Sunday.

The Steelers and Patriots last played in AFC title games after the seasons of 2001 and 2004 at Heinz Field, both New...Read more

Chiefs' suffer 18-16 loss to Steelers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The weather was cold and rainy; the sky overcast, dark and foggy. The backdrop for the Kansas City Chiefs' AFC divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium was classic January football, the kind of weather old-school football lovers could only dream of.

And appropriately enough, the Chiefs and ...Read more

Packers edge the Cowboys in a shootout with last-second field goal

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- What began with a rookie's legacy ended with the leg of a seasoned veteran.

Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby stole the show Sunday from first-year Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, making two clutch field goals in the final two minutes to lift the Packers to a 34-31 divisional playoff victory before a stunned and sullen AT&T ...Read more

Packers edge Cowboys to advance to NFC title game

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers watched the Dallas Cowboys tie Sunday's divisional round playoff game with 35 seconds remaining, and he didn't think about overtime. He knew how little time remained. He also knew the Green Bay Packers had two timeouts, and his right arm has been responsible for enough dramatics during a dozen seasons that even ...Read more

Packers hold off Cowboys in NFC Divisional playoff thriller

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys didn't finish the fight Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Mason Crosby's 51-yard field as time as expired gave the Green Bay Packers a 34-31 victory in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

It robbed the Cowboys of their first trip to the NFC championship game in 21 years, ending their season two games short of their first ...Read more

49ers interview ex-Raiders coach Tom Cable

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As Tom Cable left the Oakland Raiders locker room after a raucous win at Kansas City to close the 2010 season, his coaching tenure hung in the balance. An 8-8 record seemed like a breakthrough, and Cable said: "Hopefully I get another chance."

He didn't get it from the Raiders, and after six seasons as the Seattle Seahawks ...Read more

Jaguars reportedly interviewed Chip Kelly 'very quietly' before Marrone hire

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chip Kelly was fired after just one season as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but that didn't stop one team from bringing him in for an interview.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars interviewed the former Philadelphia Eagles coach prior to hiring Doug Marrone to fill their head coaching ...Read more

Barry to be part of Rams coaching staff

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LOS ANGELES--New Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay is working quickly to put together his staff.

Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips already is in place, and people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Joe Barry has agreed to terms to become linebackers coach and assistant head coach.

Barry, 46, was the Washington ...Read more

Ryan leads Falcons into NFC championship game

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ATLANTA -- All that talk of nasty playoff weather in Kansas City, and it was the Seattle Seahawks who ran headlong into an Ice storm.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, nicknamed Matty Ice, put on a frozen-in-time performance Saturday in what could be the last game in the 25-year history of the Georgia Dome. He threw for 338 yards and three ...Read more

Falcons roll past Seahawks, 36-20

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ATLANTA -- That one play might have swung the game so drastically for the Seahawks in a divisional playoff game at Atlanta was unmistakable.

Equally true, though, was that Seattle had enough flaws this season that once a big break was denied them, it was enough to also break them.

And after a chance to take a 17-7 lead was nullified due to a ...Read more

Prescott says 'Finish' is mantra for Cowboys, who fight for biggest finish in two decades

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The Dallas Cowboys have the word in huge letters inside the weight room: Prepare to Finish.

They offer a reminder outside the position meeting rooms: Attack. Compete. Physical. Relentless. Execute. Finish.

Lest they forget, Cowboys players wear it on team-issued T-shirts and sweatshirts: Finish.

It's also become the team's official Twitter ...Read more

Falcons WR Jones hobbled but gets best of Seahawks CB Sherman

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ATLANTA -- Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones has insisted his injuries aren't an issue yet he keeps taking himself out of games. An injury slowed Jones again on Saturday but he still won his rematch with Seahawks nemesis Richard Sherman at the Georgia Dome.

Jones had six catches for 67 yards with a TD during the Falcons' 36-20 victory ...Read more

Is LA getting a quality NFL team with the Chargers?

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LOS ANGELES -- Jilted fans from San Diego and St. Louis have taken to social media in recent days to congratulate Los Angeles on its accumulation of yet another losing NFL team.

Sour grapes, truth, or both?

The Chargers were 5-11 this season and 4-12 last, so there is more than a hint of truth. But the depiction might not stick for long.

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Chargers departure affects more than football

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Blood Bank, Rady Children's Hospital, local schools and other organizations across the county on Friday were adjusting to life in the year 2017 A.C.

After Chargers.

"It's going to leave a tremendous void in the community," said Debbie Pollakov, co-founder of Bikes for Kids, which has worked with the team and its ...Read more

Injured WR Nelson will not play against Cowboys

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The broken ribs he suffered last weekend are going to prevent Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson from playing against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced Friday that Nelson has been ruled out for Sunday's game but will travel with the team to Dallas. ...Read more

Chargers hire Bills assistant Lynn to revive their fortunes in move north

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The Chargers won nine games the past two seasons, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL. They have won four playoff games the past 22 years. They've never won a Super Bowl, the only championship in their 57 seasons coming in 1963 while playing in the now-defunct AFL.

Los Angeles has a reputation for supporting a winner.

Despite its recent history,...Read more

New Rams coach Sean McVay says he's been ready for the job 'my whole life'

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LOS ANGELES--His mother was not surprised by the phone call.

Sean McVay was on the line from Southern California, where he had gone through a series of final interviews before the Los Angeles Rams made him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history.

"I have the job," McVay told his parents, who were at home in Atlanta.

"You ready for this?...Read more

Checking the scorecard on the Chargers' move to Carson, er, L.A.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Chargers don't kick off the 2017 season in their new home for eight-plus months, but there are already some winners and losers emerging from the team's relocation north.

A look at the scorecard:

Winner: The Spanos family -- This move makes them even richer. The Chargers were valued at $2.08 billion in 2016 -- not...Read more