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Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to interview with Tennessee Titans

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Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur will interview with the Tennessee Titans for their head coach position, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

LaFleur, 38, will interview on Thursday, said the person, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the Titans' search. The Titans...Read more

Back to earth, Vikings declare it's time to move on in preparation for the Eagles, NFC Championship

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They spent Sunday night bathed in adulation, their phones chirping with congratulatory text messages and their screens glowing with highlights of the "Miracle in Minneapolis," or whatever name is ultimately given to Stefon Diggs' breathtaking 61-yard touchdown as the clock reached zero in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Adrenaline kept players ...Read more

Matt Patricia mum on Lions job, focuses on Jaguars

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If Matt Patricia has a deal in place to become the next Detroit Lions coach, he's not saying.

Patricia, the New England Patriots defensive coordinator, declined to address reports that he will be the next Lions coach during a teleconference Monday.

"I'm really just in the same place as I was last week," Patricia said. "I went through the ...Read more

Third-down stop gives the Vikings one last chance

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MINNEAPOLIS -- All-Pro safety Harrison Smith and the Vikings defense weren't in the mood to celebrate when they stuffed Saints running back Alvin Kamara for a 1-yard loss with 29 seconds left in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional playoff win at U.S. Bank Stadium.

"At the time, it was a deflating feeling," Smith said.

Indeed.

Three plays earlier, ...Read more

Nick Foles gave Eagles what they needed in playoff win

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At the beginning of last week, Eagles coach Doug Pederson told quarterback Nick Foles, "Let's go be Nick." After the Eagles' 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoffs Saturday, when Foles outplayed former MVP Matt Ryan, Pederson said, "Nick was Nick."

This is not faint praise, but rather Pederson's understanding of Foles and...Read more

Vikings beat Saints 29-24 in comeback for the ages, Stefon Diggs scores as time expires

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MINNEAPOLIS -- On the brink of another catastrophic playoff loss, the Vikings delivered a moment that will live on in their fans' minds for the rest of their lives.

In a desperate attempt to get into field goal range with 10 seconds left, Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs in Saints territory. But instead of going out of bounds after making a leaping...Read more

Jaguars advance to AFC title game with 45-42 upset of Steelers

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PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Leonard Fournette ran for three touchdowns while quarterback Blake Bortles played well enough to keep the Pittsburgh Steelers at bay, and the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off a 45-42 upset to secure a spot in their third AFC Championship game.

Thanks in part to their smothering defense, the Jaguars got out to an early lead, ...Read more

Sam Bradford active, will be Vikings' No. 2 QB vs. Saints

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The last time the Vikings played the New Orleans Saints, Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in a 29-19 win. If the Vikings need to turn to a second quarterback in their NFC divisional playoff game against the Saints on Sunday, they'll put Bradford on the field for the first time...Read more

All signs continue to point to Matt Patricia as next Lions coach

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Matt Patricia has been the favorite to succeed Jim Caldwell as Detroit Lions coach since long before Caldwell was fired.

Now, the Lions could be even closer to making it happen.

ESPN reported Sunday that Patricia "likely" will become the Lions' next head coach once the New England Patriots' season is finished.

This has been the widely held ...Read more

How roots of Matt Nagy's career grew from small rural Pennsylvania borough

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LANCASTER, Pa. -- Gail Stouch put the letters in an album and kept them for 23 years.

When her son was a senior high school quarterback in 1995, Manheim Central ended its second straight season in the Pennsylvania AAA state semifinals with a loss to powerhouse Berwick. The game came down to the final drive, and her son, Matt Nagy, threw an ...Read more

Ball slips through, Eagles do too

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Falcons broke the huddle, two yards away from victory, and All-Pro receiver Julio Jones lined up on the right side.

Philadelphia cornerback Jalen Mills -- his team clinging to a five-point lead -- couldn't hear a sound, even though the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field was loud as a jet engine.

"Can't hear the crowd,...Read more

Eagles hold off Falcons to earn spot in NFC championship game

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles defense needed one more stop. They invited the burden all week, yearning to carry the underdog label. So with the Falcons two yards from the end zone on a fourth down in a five-point game, it was the do-or-die moment they desired.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan rolled to his right side. Nigel Bradham closed in, forcing...Read more

Brett Favre on the Vikings: 'It's their time'

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Brett Favre said he'll be watching Sunday. And rooting.

"I want to see the Vikes win," the Hall of Famer said via email Friday. "It's their time."

Then, to prove that you can indeed teach an old gunslinger new tricks, Favre passed along two thumbs-up emojis to Vikings fans getting set to watch their squad play the Saints in a NFC divisional ...Read more

Panthers offer new reason for Cam Newton's stumble after taking hit in playoff game

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As the NFL and players union continues their probe of the Carolina Panthers' handling of Cam Newton last weekend, they have another factor to consider -- a knee injury to the Panthers' quarterback.

League and union officials began speaking to Panthers' medical personnel this week about the situation involving Newton, who stumbled near the ...Read more

Ravens opt for continuity at time when other perennial playoff teams are making big changes

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The Green Bay Packers, who had been to the NFL playoffs eight straight years and won a Super Bowl during that span before finishing 7-9 this season, made a change at general manager and Mike McCarthy overhauled his coaching staff, including bringing in new offensive and defensive coordinators.

After losing Sunday in an NFC wild-card game, the ...Read more

Jon Gruden: Some new ideas, but familiar ones as well

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Cindy Gruden believes her husband of 26 years has evolved from the days when he was a young assistant coach who had to be forced by his boss to leave work and take his wife out to dinner.

But she still knows "the look" that can signal his exasperation. That was a Jon Gruden specialty long before a player nicknamed him after ...Read more

Feeling otherly love for Matt Ryan

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PHILADELPHIA -- Whereas the rest of the football world will be watching with fresh eyes Saturday when Atlanta squares off against Philadelphia in a divisional playoff game, it's a matchup Brian McCloskey sees every week.

Virtually every fall Sunday in the McCloskey household, it's Falcons versus Eagles.

That's because he was the high school ...Read more

Are Eagles over the Carson Wentz hangover?

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PHILADELPHIA -- On the flight home from Los Angeles, the Eagles celebrated their NFC East-clinching win over the Rams. Players danced and posted pictures and videos on social media. Eagles employees reveled in the team's first division title in four years. Some coaches joined the party, but as the trip back to Philadelphia extended into its ...Read more

Jay Ajayi ready for Eagles to ride the 'Jay Train' in the playoffs

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PHILADEPHIA -- Jay Ajayi will arrive at the stadium Saturday for the Eagles' playoff game, but it won't be Ajayi running for the Eagles. To hear Ajayi tell it, it will be the "Jay Train" on the field.

Ajayi grabbed the gold, locomotive-shaped medallion from under his shirt and rubbed it between his fingers when explaining the difference between...Read more

Vikings' Bradford progressing, but Bridgewater expected to be backup quarterback, sources say

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Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still expected to back up Vikings starter Case Keenum during Sunday's NFC divisional playoff against the Saints, league sources told the Star Tribune. However, head coach Mike Zimmer kept the door open for Sam Bradford to be activated for the first time since Oct. 9.

"I haven't made any decisions yet," Zimmer ...Read more

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