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Mike Preston: Ravens have work to do to close the gap with Chiefs, Bills and Bengals in the AFC

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BALTIMORE — As the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills were playing in their epic game Sunday night, it was hard to imagine how the Ravens could compete with either of those teams or the Cincinnati Bengals.

The conclusion was simple: They couldn’t.

If the Ravens had made the playoffs, they would have been a one-and-done reject like ...Read more

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Matt Calkins: Here's how the overtime NFL playoff game between Chiefs and Bills could have been even better

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SEATTLE — Unfortunately, it had to end eventually.

That Chiefs-Bills playoff contest Sunday — a reminder of why NFL games are consistently this country's most-watched events — might have been the best 60-minutes-plus of football we'll see for the next 10 years.

But it's the 60-minutes plus that is the point of emphasis here, because two ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Can Eagles commit to Jalen Hurts after watching Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen?

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PHILADELPHIA — There were a few ways to watch the NFL’s two playoff games Sunday, the two games that have had the whole football-loving world buzzing ever since. One way, if you were a Buffalo Bills fan, was to ricochet from joy to horror to ecstasy to complete heartbreak. Another way was to sit back, be an engaged and overjoyed observer of ...Read more

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John Romano: There's only one way the Bucs can convince Tom Brady to return

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TAMPA, Fla. — You can ask Bruce Arians. You can ask Peter King. You can ask Gisele.

You can listen to the whispers, you can read between the lines, you can play his podcast backwards and search for hidden clues.

You can speculate all you want about Tom Brady’s potential retirement plans but you will never know for sure what is in his heart...Read more

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Oh, so you care about the Chiefs now? Here's a crash course on the hottest team around.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting a fourth straight American Football Conference Championship game, something that's never happened in the National Football League. If you aren't a fan yet or you're looking to jumpstart your fandom, there's no better time than now.

Before they kickoff against the Cincinnati Bengals at 2 p....Read more

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Tom Brady says thank you, but not goodbye

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TAMPA, Fla. — As the Bucs and the NFL wait to hear whether Tom Brady is going to play or retire, the quarterback had something else to say Tuesday: Thank you.

In a social-media post, Brady said he understands the interest in his future but wanted to take time to express his appreciation for all those who made the 2021 Bucs season so special, ...Read more

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Jerry Jones' dream of Sean Payton as Cowboys coach may have to wait until 2023

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The first shoe has officially dropped on Jerry Jones’ dream scenario of hiring Sean Payton as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

But hold on to your britches.

The second shoe is at least year away.

Never say never, but Payton’s decision to walk away from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday after 15 seasons has too many legs ...Read more

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh, entering final year of deal, expected to sign contract extension

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh is expected to sign a contract extension in the coming weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Harbaugh is entering the last year of a four-year deal he signed in January 2019, and it’s long been owner Steve Bisciotti’s preference to avoid such “lame duck” scenarios at head coach.

The ...Read more

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Antonio Brown claims Bucs offered him money to go to 'the crazy house'

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The Bucs are declining comment on former receiver Antonio Brown’s latest round of allegations, including his claim the Bucs offered him $200,000 to seek mental health treatment.

Or more specifically, “go to the crazy house,” as Brown put it to HBO’s Bryant Gumbel.

Excerpts of Gumbel’s interview with Brown and his attorney, Sean ...Read more

Michael Cunningham: Good riddance to Sean Payton, Falcons nemesis. Can Tom Brady be next?

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Any list of all-time Falcons villains includes Sean Payton and Tom Brady near the top. Other coaches have won a lot of games against the Falcons. None did it while being as irritating as Payton. Brady has stolen dreams from many franchises, but he’s never done to others what he did to the Falcons on that nightmarish night in Houston five years...Read more

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San Diego taxpayer sues NFL, team owners over Chargers' move to Los Angeles five years ago

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SAN DIEGO — Two former San Diego city attorneys have followed through on their threat from last week and filed a lawsuit against the National Football League and its 32 team owners, accusing them of violating their own rules governing team relocations.

The legal complaint was filed by former San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre and his law...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Previous coaching failures should give Dolphins an idea of type of coach they need to hire

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The Miami Dolphins have had six different head coaches since 2005, and that doesn’t even count the two interim coaches they’ve had.

Before Nick Saban left the Dolphins after two seasons to become a college legend at the University of Alabama, he didn’t know how to talk to grown men in the NFL who earned more than him.

But Saban, who ...Read more

Jerry McDonald: Is NFL overtime rule unfair? 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan doesn't think so, and neither do I

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The coin toss controversy is back, courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

For what it's worth, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan isn't buying it.

Mahomes had the gall to lead his team on a 75-yard, eight-play drive for the game-winning touchdown in a 42-36 win Sunday night over the Buffalo Bills on the first possession of overtime...Read more

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The chauffeur was sent to O'Hare for 'Canandaigua.' Bears GM search ended a day later with the hiring of Ryan Poles.

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CHICAGO — The video surfaced late Monday night, a little before 11 p.m. Undercover, of course. And shared on social media by Eric Bohn, whose Twitter bio identifies him as “your trusted resource for Chicago’s Northside and the North Shore residential real estate market.”

In this case, he was moonlighting as an impromptu P.I. — with ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: A crazy question with big implications -- is the 49ers' best yet to come?

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All the 49ers do is win. And no one is quite sure how to explain it.

Yes, this team has a great defense, and they're as tough as a microwaved steak, but it still defies logic how San Francisco is playing in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

The truth is that the Niners have been the beneficiaries of some luck over these last couple of weeks...Read more

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Dylan Hernandez: Don't blame Rams for sorry spectacle of 49ers fans flooding SoFi Stadium

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LOS ANGELES — Matthew Stafford wasn't voicing a wish as much as he was making a desperate plea to his team's fans.

"Hopefully," the Rams quarterback said, "it's one of those games where we come out and it's heavy blue and yellow and we have a nice, live, loud crowd that makes it tough on them."

In other words: Please.

Please don't let SoFi ...Read more

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As NFL's crazy season commences, we rank the Bucs' free-agent priorities

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TAMPA, Fla. — If you thought Sunday’s proceedings at Raymond James Stadium were rife with drama and tension, just wait until the next couple of months play out.

The upcoming stretch of free agency could leave Bucs fans squirming, celebrating and/or screaming at various intervals.

Nearly two-dozen players, including 11 who started Sunday’...Read more

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Sean Payton is leaving the Saints. Now what?

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Sean Payton is retiring, according to multiple reports.

That could mean something intriguing for the Super Bowl-winning Saints coach and longtime Dallas resident, with Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy in limbo as Jerry Jones stews over another disappointing playoff exit. Many league sources believe Payton wants to step away from the game entirely ...Read more

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As Vikings interview Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for GM job, Bears expected to hire Ryan Poles

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings began their first in-person interview for their general manager job with Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on Tuesday. It could be the only in-person interview they conduct for the job.

Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, who was scheduled to meet with the Vikings ...Read more

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Bears are working to hire Ryan Poles as their general manager. Next up: Finding the new head coach.

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are working on a deal to make Ryan Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, their new general manager, a league source confirmed.

Poles was at Halas Hall for his second interview Tuesday, and by noon, NFL Network and ESPN reported the Bears were finalizing a contract with the man who ...Read more