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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson feeds on doubts in quest for greatness: 'He knows what they're saying about him'

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BALTIMORE -- Joshua Harris almost smiled to himself as the air at M&T Bank Stadium filled with jeers and calls for Joe Flacco to enter the game.

The date was Jan. 6, and a chorus of derision soundtracked the lowest moments of Lamar Jackson's budding professional career. This playoff failure against the Los Angeles Chargers -- three fumbles and ...Read more

Falcons 29, 49ers 22: Crazy finish but playoff berth secure

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers' five-season playoff drought officially ended Sunday, but their hopes for a No. 1 seed may have been extinguished by a late-game replay review and bizarre upset to the Atlanta Falcons.

Officials in New York reversed an on-field call and awarded the Falcons' Julio Jones a touchdown catch with two seconds ...Read more

Rams' playoff aspirations suffer devastating blow in loss to Cowboys

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Rams professed that they were peaking at the right time.

They had shaken off a rout by the Baltimore Ravens, won two games in a row, and on Sunday were facing a woefully inconsistent Dallas Cowboys team that had a sub-.500 record.

But the Rams' playoff chances suffered a possible lethal blow at AT&T Stadium....Read more

Cardinals 38, Browns 24: Cleveland dominated in defeat as its playoff hopes are buried in desert

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Frustration mounted and tempers flared as the Browns had their playoff hopes buried in the desert Sunday.

The Browns are on the brink of being mathematically eliminated from postseason contention after falling 38-24 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium.

Coach Freddie Kitchens needed a win in his reunion ...Read more

Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon plagued by turnovers in Chargers' loss to Vikings

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Chargers returned home for the first time in six weeks Sunday and brought with them a familiar ailment, one that has haunted their 2019 season.

They turned the ball over seven times in a 39-10 loss to Minnesota, falling to 5-9 and ensuring the first losing record in Anthony Lynn's three years as head coach.

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Vikings move closer to playoff berth by beating Chargers 39-10

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CARSON, Calif. -- The defense broke open a close game with a strange touchdown at the end of the first half, and the Vikings moved a step closer to a playoff berth with a 39-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The Vikings took the field as the Packers beat the Bears, whittling the Vikings chances ...Read more

After health scare, Chiefs' Clark is back where he's most comfortable: on the field

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Frank Clark has fought an uphill battle with his health all season. There was a pinched nerve in his neck that he'd been dealing with since the preseason, plus a shoulder injury. He's missed two games.

But the latest malady may have been the scariest.

Clark missed practice last week while visiting a specialist for a stomach...Read more

Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters fined for celebratory beer in win vs. Bills; Bud Light offers to pick up tab

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BALTIMORE -- Stadium beers aren't cheap. Marcus Peters' wasn't, either.

The NFL fined the Ravens cornerback $14,037 for drinking a beer after helping to clinch a Week 14 win over the Buffalo Bills. Peters' deflection of a pass from Bills quarterback Josh Allen with about a minute left essentially sealed the Ravens' 24-17 win, and he celebrated ...Read more

Eagles 37, Redskins 27: Carson Wentz and Greg Ward help offense wake up in 2nd half to bury Washington

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LANDOVER, Md. -- Greg Ward did something Eagles fans haven't seen much this season, and all -- or at least much -- was forgiven as the Eagles escaped FedEx Field with a victory over the now 3-11 Washington Redskins.

Ward outleaped Josh Norman in the left corner of the end zone, catching a 4-yard Carson Wentz touchdown pass at the end of an 11-...Read more

Chiefs 23, Broncos 3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Before we get to the football we need to start here, a direct message to the many thousands of fans who drove snowy roads to stand outside for hours and watch something that's readily available through the magic of television:

Salute, and also, are you OK? Your decision making is both admirable and questionable.

The snow ...Read more

Detroit Lions drop seventh straight, 38-17 to Buccaneers, before sparse Ford Field crowd

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DETROIT -- For a coach on one of the hottest seats in the NFL, with few chances left to prove he deserves to keep his job, it wasn't the start – or finish – he needed.

The Detroit Lions played their worst first quarter of the season, then mounted a comeback that went up in flames when David Blough threw a fourth-quarter interception that ...Read more

Bears' 21-13 loss to the Packers pushes them to the brink of playoff elimination

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Bears had one final play to try to keep Sunday's game against the Packers -- and likely their playoff hopes -- alive at Lambeau Field.

With 34 yards to go for the touchdown, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky passed to Tarik Cohen, who threw a lateral pass to Trubisky, who threw another lateral to Jesper Horsted. But as ...Read more

Impressions from the Seahawks' Week 15 win vs. the Carolina Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Seahawks came out hot and held on for a tense 30-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, giving them a franchise-record seven road wins this season and keeping them, at 11-3, in the hunt for the NFC West division title.

Three immediate impressions from Sunday's game:

Revitalized passing attack

The biggest ...Read more

Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters fined for celebratory beer in win vs. Bills

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BALTIMORE -- Stadium beers aren't cheap. Marcus Peters' wasn't, either.

The NFL fined the Ravens cornerback $14,037 for drinking a beer after helping to clinch a Week 14 win over the Buffalo Bills. Peters' deflection of a pass from Bills quarterback Josh Allen with about a minute left essentially sealed the Ravens' 24-17 win, and he celebrated ...Read more

Bears activate Akiem Hicks from injured reserve, setting up his return Sunday against Packers

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CHICAGO -- The Bears activated defensive tackle Akiem Hicks from injured reserve Saturday as they traveled to Green Bay to face the Packers on Sunday afternoon.

Hicks hasn't played in a game since he suffered a left elbow injury Oct. 6 against the Raiders in London. He returned to practice two weeks ago, and coach Matt Nagy seemed optimistic ...Read more

Homecoming in Kansas City: How Drew Lock turned a draft-day nightmare into NFL redemption

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DENVER -- An inconspicuous backpack occupies the bottom shelf of Drew Lock's cubbyhole inside the Denver Broncos' practice facility in Dove Valley, Colo. Although he has owned it for less than a year, it rarely leaves his side.

A few minutes before practice Wednesday, he unzipped its top flap to glance at an item he purposefully views almost ...Read more

'This feels like us again': Bears head to Green Bay with surge of confidence after staying unified through midseason struggles

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CHICAGO -- At the end of an exhilarating Thursday night, Bears safety Eddie Jackson found himself enjoying the rush, immersed in the positive energy pulsing through the locker room.

"Bears 31, Cowboys 24" felt a little different. It felt overdue. It felt energizing. It felt gratifying.

It was, at long last, a complete victory with productivity...Read more

Tyler Higbee has emerged as a big target for Rams quarterback Jared Goff

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LOS ANGELES -- His recent highlight-reel exposure might have been a revelation for some, but the dynamic pass-catching ability Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee displayed during consecutive 100-yard receiving performances was no surprise to others.

Bob Hudson helped develop it while coaching Higbee in high school in Florida. Jeff Brohm ...Read more

DeVante Parker becomes the latest Dolphin to have contract extended

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DAVIE, Fla. -- As a reward for his breakout season with the Miami Dolphins, receiver DeVante Parker is getting a long-term contract extension, with the 26-year-old getting a four-year deal that features an $8 million signing bonus.

The extension, which could pay Parker as much as $40 million, ensures that the Dolphins' 2015 first-round pick, ...Read more

Michael Vick owes $70,000 in back taxes on luxury cars

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Former football star Michael Vick left his Hampton mansion years ago, but he still owes the city $70,800 in unpaid taxes on a fleet of luxury cars.

Vick lived in the city after serving time in prison on federal charges of running a dog-fighting operation in Surry County, in which, federal investigators reported, he was ...Read more