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49ers 37, Packers 20: Mostert runs wild in NFC Championship win

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- What a perfect way for the 49ers to commemorate the silver anniversary of their last Super Bowl win: they're returning Feb. 2 to the same field in Miami, in search of another sterling silver Lombardi Trophy.

Sunday's 37-20, NFC Championship win over the Green Bay Packers locked the 49ers into their Super Bowl LIV date ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: Domination and validation — how the 49ers claimed their place in Super Bowl LIV

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- No one -- not even the most pious member of the Faithful -- saw this coming from the 49ers this season.

San Francisco was supposed to be a surprise team, at best, in 2019; a plucky upstart, good for eight or nine wins and perhaps a trip to the playoffs. Maybe quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could even win them a game if they ...Read more

Raheem Mostert carries 49ers past Packers and into Super Bowl LIV

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The sequel was nearly equal.

The San Fransisco 49ers cliched the NFC's spot in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday by routing Green Bay in a manner roughly as convincing as their blowout of the Packers during the regular season.

Raheem Mostert became the first player in NFL history to rush for 200 yards and score four touchdowns ...Read more

'Best thing that could ever happen': Chiefs fans erupt under fireworks in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With two minutes left in the game, Kansas City Chiefs fan Thomas Gaye began jumping back and forth in excitement.

"I love this!" shouted Gaye, 24, of Kansas City, surrounded by more than 150 other Chiefs devotees Sunday at the downtown Power & Light District. "I love this, baby!"

When the clock hit zero, securing the Chiefs...Read more

Patrick Mahomes, 24-year-old face of the Chiefs, is now the face of the Super Bowl

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few minutes after 8 p.m. on a late-April 2017 night, Patrick Mahomes felt his cell phone ring. The Chiefs were on the other end, and they had been infatuated with the arm talent and the personality, sold by a 56-point loss in Ames, Iowa. (You read that correctly.)

At 8:19 p.m. that evening, the NFL commissioner walked to ...Read more

Patrick Mahomes guides Kansas City Chiefs to first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hey, Kansas City Chiefs, you are looking LIV.

Fifty years after their only Super Bowl victory, the Kansas City Chiefs are headed back.

Led by the phenomenal play of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and a defense that hardened like ice, the Chiefs secured their spot in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday with a 35-24 victory over the ...Read more

The Chiefs are in the Super Bowl: Insta-reaction from historic day at Arrowhead!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs are in the Super Bowl, and before we get to anything else maybe we should say that again. The Chiefs are in the Super bowl.

The Chiefs are in the Super Bowl.

The.

Chiefs.

Are.

In.

The.

Super Bowl.

The last time that was true the world did not yet know about the internet. Heck, the internet? Most people didn...Read more

NFL draft season traditionally starts at this week's Senior Bowl practices, and the Eagles have needs

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By Monday evening, the seafood restaurants on the Mobile Bay causeway -- along with seemingly every hotel lobby in the area -- will be overrun with people wearing NFL team logos on their polo shirts.

Tuesday morning's weigh-in officially kicks off Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala., and less officially, the NFL draft season.

The delineation isn'...Read more

Browns reportedly on track to hire Joe Woods as defensive coordinator; Chad O'Shea will be added to offensive staff

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New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is assembling his staff by enlisting coaches with whom he has history.

Stefanski is on track to hire San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator Joe Woods as the new defensive coordinator of the Browns, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Niners played the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night for ...Read more

Tom Brady, Raiders owner Mark Davis attend UFC fight in Las Vegas, igniting wild conjecture

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Tom Brady to the Las Vegas Raiders?

You wouldn't want to invest monetarily or emotionally in that eventuality. But as you wait impatiently for Conference Championship Sunday to launch, yeah, it's a solid diversion.

Here is the creaky underpinnings on which this fantastical rumor resides.

According to CBS Boston affiliate WBZ, Brady was in Sin...Read more

Tom Krasovic: Philip Rivers says family move from San Diego to Florida is 'permanent'

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San Diegans have lost a famous neighbor.

Philip Rivers has moved "permanently" from San Diego to Florida to be closer to his family, the free-agent quarterback texted to ESPN on Sunday morning.

"What this means football-wise is to be determined but it was time for us to move back closer to home," Rivers said in the text, reported Adam Schefter...Read more

Still looking for Super Bowl tickets? Here's what you need to know

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MIAMI -- Get your Lazy Boys, chips and (root) beer ready -- Super Bowl 54 is almost here!

Planning to be there in person? Don't fret: the Herald has you covered.

To help ease anxiety, we've put together a list that will allow you to track everything from ticket prices to availability. This list will be updated frequently so make sure to check ...Read more

What Mahomes, Tannehill, Rodgers and Garoppolo have to do to reach Super Bowl

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pitchers and catchers report Sunday.

In the NFL, that means four of the league's most intriguing quarterbacks -- Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes, Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill, San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo, and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers -- along with a truckload of sure-handed receivers are one victory away from Super Bowl LIV...Read more

5 keys for 49ers in NFC title game vs. Packers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers went 10-22 during the first two years of coach Kyle Shanahan's regime. They have a mostly young roster, a quarterback going through his first full season a starter and a head coach appearing in the NFC Championship for the first time at his position.

Yet Shanahan's team was noticeably relaxed this week. Receiver...Read more

Officer doesn't want to press charges against Odell Beckham Jr.; arrest warrant rescinded

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While Odell Beckham Jr. prepared for his first training camp with the Browns in late July, the star wide receiver lamented media portraying him as a bad teammate throughout his NFL career.

As Beckham defended his character, he said, "I've never been arrested."

Beckham's boast felt like a jinx a couple of days ago, but it turned out not to be ...Read more

Chiefs' easiest solution to their Derrick Henry Problem vs. Titans? 'Just do our job'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy admits he enjoys watching Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry do his thing.

Bieniemy played running back for nine NFL seasons and served as the Chiefs' running backs coach before being promoted into his current position, so it shouldn't surprise anyone if he ...Read more

No more overlooking Jimmy Garoppolo with 49ers on brink of Super Bowl

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It took more than three years, a trade to the opposite coast and a quarterback switch for him to finally become an NFL starter.

Things happened a little faster in college for Jimmy Garoppolo.

"It was a completely open competition -- for about five passes," Dino Babers said. "Then the competition was closed."

Babers had ...Read more

Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark explains how to stay onside (with respect, Dee Ford)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark responded to a very specific question. Let's make that clear first.

No, he did not intend to take a shot at the man who used to occupy his position, who even used to wear his number in Kansas City.

But we all remember how last year ended -- the Chiefs ready to celebrate a game-sealing ...Read more

Healthy 49ers list zero players on injury report ahead of NFC Championship game

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers won't be missing any players due to injuries in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Tight end George Kittle, who missed Wednesday's practice with a sore ankle, and defensive end Dee Ford, who's been handled carefully while working back from a hamstring injury, are expected to be available against the Green Bay ...Read more

After a record-breaking season ends early, John Harbaugh concedes that Ravens 'didn't play our game'

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BALTIMORE -- The Ravens ended the regular season with the NFL's best record and could enter next season as Super Bowl favorites. They smashed offensive records with quarterback Lamar Jackson and will have him back as the centerpiece of a potent attack. They had maybe the league's best coordinator pairing and lost neither to a head coaching job. ...Read more