Rams' one-two punch is a new look against Saints

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LOS ANGELES--The rotation began seven plays into the Los Angeles Rams' divisional-round playoff victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Star running back Todd Gurley, on the field for the first time in nearly a month, had carried the ball four times when backup C.J. Anderson came off the sideline and carried three times before an eventual field goal. ...Read more

Toughest foe for Chiefs, Patriots might be wind chill

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The icicles that formed on his beard early in the game were a novelty. The loss of pliability in a helmet that became more difficult to put on and take off throughout the frigid afternoon was a nuisance.

But as cold as it was for the 1981 AFC championship game known as the "Freezer Bowl," it wasn't the arctic-like ...Read more

AFL/AFC championship history: Chiefs blazed trail, Patriots set modern standard

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In their first decade, the Chiefs knew how to get to the league championship game, collecting three AFL titles. They've mostly been getting lost ever since.

Not so for the New England Patriots in the 21st century. They've been regulars in the conference championship game, appearing more times since 2000 than not in the Tom ...Read more

Jason Garrett, Cowboys fire offensive coordinator Scott Linehan

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have fired offensive coordinator Scott Linehan less than a week after coach Jason Garrett initially promised there would be no staff changes for 2019 before walking back those comments a few hours later.

A few days of discussions about the future of the Cowboys offense, which finished No. 22 in the league in ...Read more

Kareem Hunt, Robbie Gould could head Bears' offseason shopping list

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CHICAGO -- As the Saints and Rams play for the NFC championship Sunday in New Orleans, Bears general manager Ryan Pace will continue thinking long and hard about how he can get his team on that stage next winter.

The Bears followed a 12-4 regular season with a galling one-point playoff loss to the Eagles. And listening to Pace and coach Matt ...Read more

Ravens' pass catchers face uncertain offseason as they search for chemistry with Lamar Jackson

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BALTIMORE -- John Brown's 2018 season peaked less than three months ago.

Joe Flacco threw seven passes his way during a tense battle with the New Orleans Saints. Brown caught all seven for 134 yards and a touchdown.

He'd bet on himself by signing a one-year contract in the offseason, and after seven weeks, he was the leading face of a fresh, ...Read more

A mom's cancer battle and the message from Chiefs' Eric Berry that lifted up her family

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The phone call came on a Sunday. Jay Howell sensed something was awry almost immediately, observing the trembling in his mom's voice. "I have cancer," she told him. "It's lymphoma."

Howell recalls the way his mind raced after absorbing the news. He hung on every word. But minutes later, he settled on the only glimpse of ...Read more

Chargers' future starts with Rivers

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LOS ANGELES--He has one year remaining on his contract but almost certainly more than one year remaining with the Chargers.

Philip Rivers just finished a season that Tom Telesco called "tremendous," the team's general manager saying Thursday that the veteran quarterback is "not going anywhere."

Telesco wouldn't officially commit to offering an...Read more

Rams' Suh seeks to cash in on Saints game

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Rams gave Ndamukong Suh a one-year, $14-million contract to add another dominant presence to their defensive line.

It appeared to be a solid, if unspectacular investment during the regular season. Suh stood out at times, but as part of a front that featured star Aaron Donald he was not a game-changer.

He looks like...Read more

Patrick Mahomes gets another crack at defensive mastermind Bill Belichick

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Conventional wisdom would have made Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes out to be a lost puppy wandering in a dark and strange place with a storm about to unleash upon him. That's the sort of helpless situation most young quarterbacks face when lining up against a Bill Belichick-coached defense.

Except Mahomes passed his ...Read more

Seahawks sign QB former first-round pick Paxton Lynch as backup candidate behind Russell Wilson

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In need of some quarterbacks to compete for a backup role behind Russell Wilson, the Seahawks on Thursday signed former Denver first-round pick Paxton Lynch -- who was waived last September and not on a roster last season -- to a reserve/futures deal.

And in the weird way that sports often works, Lynch was drafted by Denver with a pick the ...Read more

Greg Cote's Championship round picks

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Our playoff run has not yet caught the magic of our record-setting regular season, so acing Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games tops the to-do list. We went 3-1 in last week's Divisional Round games but a humbling 1-3 against the spread, with the Saints and Cowboys narrowly failing to cover for us. Our one real misfire (a bad one) was the ...Read more

Panthers QB Cam Newton just did something former team owner forbid

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has gotten his first tattoo, something he was told not to do by former team owner Jerry Richardson, according to Carolina Blitz and other sports news outlets.

Newton has not confirmed the report, but one of the world's most famous tattoo artists, "Bang Bang" McCurdy, posted an ...Read more

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin can stand trial for threats involving Harvard-Westlake, judge rules

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LOS ANGELES -- A judge Wednesday ruled there is enough evidence for a former NFL player to stand trial on charges he made criminal threats online last year by posting an image of a shotgun and a reference to Harvard-Westlake, where he went to high school.

Jonathan Martin, a former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, was charged in March with four...Read more

Mahomes has led the Chiefs to within one win of big game, and excited a city

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The day after Patrick Mahomes was born, his father, Pat, then a relief pitcher with the Minnesota Twins, threw 31/3 scoreless innings to earn a save in the second game of a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

On Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, a short walk across the parking lot from Kauffman Stadium, the younger ...Read more

Rams' Jared Goff against Saints' Drew Brees is full of superlatives

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- They were Pro Bowl teammates after last season, and both again were voted onto the NFC roster for the NFL's annual All-Star exhibition that is played the week before the Super Bowl.

But Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees won't be sharing a meeting room, practice reps ...Read more

Aggressive Chiefs aren't getting kicks out of fourth-down situations

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It's not a democracy for the Chiefs when it comes to fourth-down decisions.

The final call to try and pick up a first down or punt the ball away belongs to head coach Andy Reid, which is probably a good thing.

"I want to go for it every single time," quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.

If that happened, the Chiefs' terrific success rate ...Read more

Reports: Sentencing for Mychal Kendricks pushed back to April

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SEATTLE -- The sentencing for impending Seahawks free-agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been pushed back to April 4, according to two reports Wednesday.

Kendricks had been initially scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 25 after pleading guilty to insider trading last August. It's unclear why the sentencing was pushed back. ESPN cited a ...Read more

Chiefs-Pats, Rams-Saints should be a conference championship weekend to remember

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NFL Divisional Round featured the Chiefs' most notable victory in at least 25 years. It made for quite a thrilling weekend in Kansas City, snowfall and all.

But the second round of the NFL playoffs were otherwise a bit of a dud. None of the four games saw a fourth-quarter lead change.

Need not worry: The postseason is ...Read more

Cole Beasley takes dig at Jerry Jones on social media, then calls it an accident

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Jerry Jones is no stranger to criticism.

In October of 2018, Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Cowboys' executive vice president and chief brand officer, even said her father was sometimes 'hurt' by it.

These days, the owner's unwillingness to make changes to the franchise's coaching staff has drawn the ire of fans and media pundits.

Ex-Dallas ...Read more


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