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Eagles QB Carson Wentz needs tough love right now, and he's not getting it from coaching staff

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PHILADELPHIA -- In the days following the Eagles' Super Bowl victory over the Patriots two years ago, Doug Pederson suffered two major setbacks.

First, he lost his quarterback whisperer, John DeFilippo, who took the offensive coordinator's job in Minnesota. Then, his own offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, accepted the Indianapolis Colts' head-...Read more

Rams stay in the middle of NFC wild-card chase with victory over Seahawks

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LOS ANGELES -- A playoff atmosphere permeated the Coliseum on Sunday -- and with good reason.

Each of the Los Angeles Rams remaining games is essentially an elimination game as they attempt to make a run to a third consecutive postseason berth.

The Rams stayed in the hunt by defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 28-12, before a crowd of 71,501.

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Impressions from the Seahawks' loss to the Los Angeles Rams

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams were in control from start to finish Sunday night, handing the Seahawks their worst loss of the season, 28-12, at the Coliseum.

The loss drops the Seahawks (10-3) into second place in the NFC West, one game back of San Francisco (11-2), and keeps the Rams (8-5) alive in the postseason race.

Three instant ...Read more

Chiefs knock off Brady, Belichick's Patriots 23-16 at Foxborough

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- This is a really weird thing to think let alone write but they say trust your eyes so here goes:

The Chiefs just beat the Patriots 23-16, becoming the first visiting team to win here in more than two years, and really didn't play all that well.

Look, the win is what matters. We're adults. We understand that.

Beating the ...Read more

Titans blow it open in second half to beat Raiders

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Raiders received a dose of hard reality Sunday in a 42-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum.

A sellout crowd saw what a potential playoff team looks like, and turns it wasn't the Raiders in their penultimate game in Oakland.

What was left of the crowd let its feelings be known with scattered boos as the teams ...Read more

Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. will likely need sports hernia surgery after season, but no decision has been made yet

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CLEVELAND -- Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will likely need surgery to repair a sports hernia after this season, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Sunday morning.

Earlier, NFL Network reported Beckham will need the surgery. However, the person familiar with Beckham's injury said the superstar undergoing surgery isn't set ...Read more

Austin Ekeler and Philip Rivers lead scoring barrage in Chargers' win over Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Los Angeles Chargers offense that has lacked consistent explosion and production this season finally exploded and produced Sunday.

And it wasn't just consistent. It was constant, led by Austin Ekeler.

Taking advantage of a Jacksonville Jaguars team spiraling toward the end of the year, the Chargers enjoyed a rare ...Read more

The Bears didn't get a helpful big upset Sunday, but their slim playoffs hopes are still alive

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The NFC playoff picture is beginning to take shape after the 49ers defeated the Saints 48-46 on Sunday afternoon at the Superdome, a game that could wind up deciding the No. 1 seed.

It was a thrilling game, one of the best of the regular season, with the Saints going ahead on Drew Brees' 18-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith with 53 seconds ...Read more

Browns 27, Bengals 19: Cleveland maintains slim playoff hopes with fourth consecutive home win

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CLEVELAND -- The Browns rebounded from last week's devastating loss by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 27-19 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium to keep their slim playoff hopes flickering.

The Browns (6-7) swept the Bengals (1-12) last season and have now won three consecutive games in the "Battle of Ohio" for the first time since 2001-02.

Two ...Read more

Ravens win ninth straight, clinch playoff berth with 24-17 victory over Bills

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Led by a stout defense and a resurgent Lamar Jackson, the Ravens held off the Buffalo Bills, 24-17, to extend their franchise-record winning streak and clinch a playoff berth.

The ninth straight victory strengthened the Ravens' hold on the AFC North entering Thursday night's matchup with the New York Jets and dealt the ...Read more

Ravens' Lamar Jackson joins Michael Vick as only NFL QBs to rush for 1,000 yards in single season

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson joined his favorite player in NFL history in the record books in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

With a 7-yard run, Jackson reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season, joining Michael Vick in 2006 as the only quarterbacks to reach the milestone.

Jackson could ...Read more

Falcons dismantle Carolina Panthers for second time in three weeks

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ATLANTA -- I hope you had something else good to do on Sunday, because the Carolina Panthers were just showing a rerun.

Three weeks after losing badly to Atlanta at home, the Panthers went down to Georgia and played nearly the exact same game.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw for more than 300 yards -- again. Carolina quarterback Kyle Allen...Read more

Vikings handle Lions 20-7 for ninth victory of season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Six days after an angst-filled loss in Seattle, the Vikings took care of business against the undermanned Lions, beating Detroit 20-7 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Lions quarterback David Blough was making his second NFL start Sunday and couldn't solve a Vikings defense that was torched in a 37-30 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night.

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49ers 48, Saints 46: Studs and duds — Garoppolo, Kittle, Shanahan star

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NEW ORLEANS -- Winning one of the greatest shootouts in 49ers history could pay crucial dividends in their upcoming playoff return.

Sunday's 48-46, instant-classic victory over the New Orleans Saints bolstered the 49ers' chances of securing the NFC's No. 1 playoff seed, so long as they win out their remaining three games.

Robbie Gould's 30-...Read more

Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn fined for injury report violation

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DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford's back injury has cost the Detroit Lions on the field, and now it's costing the team in the pocket book.

The NFL fined the Lions $75,000 as an organization and handed down personal fines to head coach Matt Patricia ($25,000) and general manager Bob Quinn ($10,000) for violating the league's injury report policy for ...Read more

Panthers sign LB Shaq Thompson to 4-year extension to stay with team through 2023

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers continue to take steps forward for the 2020 season and beyond.

The team announced Saturday that it signed linebacker Shaq Thompson to a four-year contract extension. Per a source, the deal is worth $54.2 million with max value of $57M and also includes a $16M signing bonus and $28M guaranteed.

Thompson is now ...Read more

Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen have put draft doubts behind them as they prepare for Ravens-Bills showdown

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As NFL draft prognosticators sorted through the ballyhooed quarterback class of 2018, they could not stop nitpicking Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.

Allen was a 6-foot-5, 237-pound marvel of speed and arm strength, but why couldn't he complete more than 56% of his passes at Wyoming? Was he just another workout warrior destined to disappoint on ...Read more

Greg Zuerlein is upright about chances to redeem himself in key rematch with Seahawks

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LOS ANGELES--It was a kick that changed the trajectory of the Los Angeles Rams' season.

On Oct. 3 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, with his team trailing by a point, Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein lined up for a 44-yard field-goal attempt with 15 seconds left.

Zuerlein was no stranger to game-winning kicks: His 57-yard field goal in overtime in ...Read more

Antonio Brown pleads on Instagram for another chance; Tom Brady, man without a receiver, likes post

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Stop us if you've heard this before: Antonio Brown wants another chance.

"First and foremost," Brown posted on Instagram, "I'd like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended."

Observation No. 1: His English seems to be improved since he went back to Central Michigan. A few months ago, he requested help for an assignment ...Read more

How less became more during the best month of 49ers LB Fred Warner's career

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- NFL players can never prepare enough.

There's never too much information to gather on an opponent or too many trends to study in a scouting report. But sometimes gathering all that intelligence and disseminating it on game day can slow you down.

That's what happened recently with 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner, who was ...Read more