Greg Cote's NFL Championship picks

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We were a lousy 1-3 straight-up in the Divisional Round last week, as I joined the millions of victims of the Minnesota Miracle -- or should I say the game-ending play not made by the Saints' Marcus Williams.

(Welcome to eternal infamy, kid. Your greeters are Bill Buckner and Scott Norwood. You have earned your place).

I fared much better ...Read more

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz: 'Red zone, third down, I want to be the guy who gets the number called'

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Zach Ertz wanted the ball. It was third and 7, and the Eagles were at Atlanta's 45-yard line in the fourth quarter while holding a two-point lead last Saturday, and they needed to convert a first down to keep a scoring drive alive.

Third downs were kryptonite for the Eagles during the final two weeks of the season, but Ertz, who has been a go-...Read more

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, an all-timer in regular season and playoffs

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- He is a free spirit on a buttoned-down team, but the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is as serious as anybody when it's time to get down to business, especially in the postseason.

With 835 career postseason receiving yards, he is 13 away from breaking the all-time mark for tight ends of 847 by Dallas Clark. He has 58 ...Read more

Jarvis Landry says Dolphins' handling of his contract was 'disrespectful'

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MIAMI -- Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry says his negotiations with the team on a new contract have been "handled a bit disrespectful" but he still would like to remain with the franchise if they can agree on contract terms.

The Dolphins made an offer to Landry's agent, Damarius Bilbo, in early December and Bilbo made a counter offer in mid-...Read more

Colin Kaepernick's final push to $1 million to involve Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, others

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Colin Kaepernick hasn't appeared in an NFL game in more than a year, but his name, image and message remain prominent as the nation continues to be roiled by a cultural tug of war.

In a video posted on Twitter Wednesday, the former 49ers quarterback said he'd donate $10,000 per day for the next 10 days and that he was ...Read more

Jaguars are starting to call to mind memories of 2000 Ravens

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BALTIMORE -- Perhaps it hit Ravens fans as they were watching the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-42, at Heinz Field on Sunday in the AFC divisional round. Or perhaps they were too giddy about their archrival being knocked out of the postseason on their home field to even give it much though.

Either way, the Jaguars, who ...Read more

Eagles, Vikings defenses could mean a slugfest for Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles are preparing for the Minnesota Vikings' top-ranked defense, although their own fourth-ranked unit doesn't often take a back seat. The Eagles have allowed 26 total points during the last three games and opponents have averaged only 13 points per game at Lincoln Financial Field this season.

Las Vegas has set the over-...Read more

Eagles who've played with Case Keenum marvel at his journey to NFC title game

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In 2012 and 2013, linebacker Bryan Braman and quarterback Case Keenum were Houston Texans teammates, Keenum spending 2012 on the practice squad, after going undrafted out of the University of Houston.

"No," Braman said Tuesday, when asked if he ever thought he'd be preparing to face Keenum in a conference championship game.

"I'm happy for him....Read more

Saints coach taunted Vikings fans with 'Skol clap' just before winning score

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If you believe in karma, you along with the Vikings won on Sunday during the Minnesota's 29-24 miraculous comeback victory over the Saints in the NFC Divisional playoff.

Saints coach Sean Payton turned around and taunted Vikings fans with a Skol clap at U.S. Bank Stadium after New Orleans took a 24-23 lead with 25 seconds left. It was first ...Read more

As Tony Romo readies for AFC Championship call, does he miss his playing days?

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Tony Romo could've prolonged his football career last offseason, but it would have been with a team other than the Dallas Cowboys.

Instead of making that move, Romo opted to walk away from the game and into the broadcast booth as the No. 1 analyst on CBS Sports alongside play-by-play veteran Jim Nantz.

Romo, 37, has been widely praised for his...Read more

Browns interviewing former Giants coach Ben McAdoo for offensive coordinator job

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The Browns are interviewing former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo for their offensive coordinator job Tuesday at team headquarters in Berea, a person familiar with the situation confirmed.

The Giants fired McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Dec. 4 after they started the season 2-10 and the coach enraged the fan base by benching ...Read more

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.


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