LOS ANGELES — The pressure came from all angles.
Up the middle. Off the edges. From both areas at the same time.
The Rams defense did not wait to see if the offense could avoid turnovers in an NFC wild-card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.
Instead, lineman Aaron Donald and linebacker Von Miller led a unit that ...Read more
Coach Kyle Shanahan seemed optimistic Monday the 49ers would have defensive end Nick Bosa and linebacker Fred Warner available for their divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, as well as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
That’s right, Garoppolo.
Bosa left a 23-17 wild-card win over Dallas late in the first half with a concussion, ...Read more
TAMPA — Five weeks ago, the Bucs were 10-3, the Patriots were 9-4 and the world was agog at the thought of Tom Brady facing Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl.
Yeah, so much for that fantasy.
If the wild-card weekend taught us anything, it is that Brady will never have to look back in regret. Last season’s Super Bowl was already ample ...Read more
TAMPA BAY, Fla. —The Bucs began a new week Monday with their all-pro right tackle in a protective boot and their iron-horse offensive line potentially in flux.
During his weekly Zoom session with reporters, coach Bruce Arians said he likely won’t know the game-day status of Tristan Wirfs — the first Bucs offensive lineman ever to earn all...Read more
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 13 general manager and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects.
Matt Eberflus will interview for the head coaching position Monday, according to NFL Network.
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They were there. That’s the thing. Were they there in abundance? Maybe not. But this was the postseason. And the throws it takes to win playoffs games were there to be made.
There was Quez Watkins with a step on man coverage, about to clear the top of the defense with nobody between him in the end zone. There was Jalen Hurts, looking some ...Read more
ST. LOUIS — Soon after a $790 million wire transfer from the NFL arrived in St. Louis just in time for the holidays, Bob Blitz did a little online shopping.
He sent his Team STL teammates, from secretaries who plowed through piles of paperwork, to attorneys who clashed with the league’s best suits, a small pouch tied up with ribbon.
PITTSBURGH — As he said himself, the writing was on the wall for Ben Roethlisberger entering this season. There was a will-he-or-won’t-he-return story line that loomed over the early portion of the offseason, and with this being the last year on his contract, the exit plan was clear.
But when did the 39-year-old first start down the path of...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ben Roethlisberger did a terrific job Sunday night. Unfortunately for him and the Pittsburgh Steelers, his best work came after the 42-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs ended his career and the team’s season.
“God has blessed me with an ability to throw a football and blessed me to be able to play in the greatest city ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers traded a combined seven punts in the first quarter of a game that started as a defensive struggle at Arrowhead Stadium.
And it took a second-quarter defensive touchdown by the Steelers to awaken the sleepwalking Chiefs.
After Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt opened the scoring ...Read more
The Niners are advancing in the playoffs.
But not without some trademark stress and puzzling play down the stretch.
The Niners beat the Cowboys 23-17 in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, and will play the Packers next weekend in the divisional round.
It was San Francisco’s first road playoff win since January 2014.
Here were the studs and duds of ...Read more
NFC’s top team Green Bay Packers will host sixth-seeded San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field
After holding on to get a road playoff win over a longtime rival in the Cowboys, the 49ers will … head back on the road to face a longtime rival in the Packers.
And while the Dallas-San Francisco rivalry started back in the 1970s, the 49ers rivalry...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — The nose of the football slipped past Jalen Reagor’s fingertips and tumbled onto the grass below. After he declined to signal for a fair catch, the former Eagles’ first-round pick then failed to secure the punt, muffing yet another opportunity in the third quarter. An assortment of Buccaneers mobbed Reagor and pounced on the ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — Like the team he just beat, the old guy was also one step ahead of the crowd on Sunday.
While players from the Bucs and Eagles were still glad-handing each other at midfield, while fans were still dancing and cheering in the aisles after a rare playoff game at Raymond James Stadium, Bruce Arians made a hustler’s getaway.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Eagles had just forced Tom Brady and the Buccaneers into their third straight three-and-out series as Jalen Reagor settled under a punt early in the third quarter. They trailed, 17-0, but they had more than enough time to mount a comeback as the ball descended from the sky.
The wind at kickoff was officially out of the west ...Read more
The 49ers advanced with a 23-17, wild-card win over the Cowboys to next face the No. 1 seed Green Bay Packers
ARLINGTON, Texas — Advancing with a playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys never gets old nor boring for the 49ers.
Sunday’s 23-17, wild-card victory came with a hold-your-breath, heart-stopping fourth quarter.
Next up is a trip to ...Read more
As kickoff neared before Super Bowl 50, Von Miller quietly prepared while a boisterous teammate stalked the Denver Broncos locker room.
"Who ready?" cornerback Aqib Talib repeatedly asked. "Who scared?"
Talib went from locker to locker. He stared into the eyes of every player, posing his questions like a mantra as the Broncos readied to play ...Read more
SEATTLE — The headline on a story Sunday morning on NFL.com — the league’s sanctioned website — was catchy.
“Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants to explore options this offseason,” was the headline emblazoned across the top of a story written by one of the network’s main information reporters, Ian Rapoport.
And as expected, the ...Read more
Jerome Boger and the rest of the officials that worked Saturday night’s Bengals-Raiders game are probably out for the rest of the playoffs, according to an ESPN report Sunday morning.
It’s little consolation to Raiders fans after Saturday night’s debacle. And although leaking to Adam Schefter that Boger’s crew is out for the rest of the...Read more
TAMPA BAY, Fla. — The milestones keep looming larger. And grayer.
When the Bucs beat the Eagles 31-15 on Sunday, Tom Brady became the oldest starting quarterback to win a playoff game. He broke the record he set last season. And in 2020.
In fact, there have been only 12 playoff games won by a starting quarterback past the age of 40, and ...Read more
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