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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott apologizes for praising fans who threw debris at referees

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott apologized on social media Tuesday night for his comments after Sunday’s playoff loss.

Prescott praised fans for throwing debris toward NFL referees as they left the field after the game at AT&T Stadium.

“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game...Read more

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Jaguars' Lerentee McCray arrested after high-speed chase in Florida: affidavit

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Lerentee McCray is charged with attempting to flee a law enforcement officer after a high-speed chase Sunday in Lake County, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officers in Fruitland Park tried to pull over McCray in a Dodge Ram around 1 a.m. after he was clocked going 88 mph in a 50-mph zone ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Thoughts on 49ers' playoff matchup with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

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The NFL and its partners have to be beaming right now.

First the 49ers — football's dominant force on the West Coast — played the Cowboys in the playoffs. Ca-ching!

Now, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers — one of the premier brands in the NFL — host the Niners?

The good stuff just keeps flowing our way.

Last week's game looked clear in ...Read more

Seahawks part ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Here's who they could hire to replace him.

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SEATTLE — With the Seahawks announcing Tuesday they have parted ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., the inevitable question is what happens next?

When it comes to Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator hires, you usually don’t go wrong thinking he will bring in someone he already knows.

In fact, of the eight defensive ...Read more

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'He's a freak': Inside Odell Beckham Jr.'s trick pass, other big plays from Rams' win

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LOS ANGELES — The Rams manhandled the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC wild-card game Monday night, their 34-11 victory before 70,625 in SoFi Stadium earning them a berth in the divisional round against the defending Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a $500,000 bonus for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham's contract contains $3 ...Read more

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In the time it takes to read this, Tom Brady has thrown the football

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Bucs offensive line is hurting.

All-Pro tackle Tristan Wirfs is in a walking boot. His backup, Josh Wells, has a quad injury. Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen gutted out Sunday’s 31-15 win over the Eagles with a severely sprained ankle but finished the game because “that thing was going to have to be broken for him not to go ...Read more

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First look at NFL divisional playoffs: Rams seek repeat against Tom Brady, Buccaneers

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LOS ANGELES — The NFL is a copycat league — and now the Rams are angling for an instant replay.

They're looking to become the second consecutive team to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.

A year ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made NFL history by doing that, and now the Rams have to get through them — and quarterback Tom Brady — ...Read more

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Cam Akers expresses regret, concern for Budda Baker after ugly moment in Rams' win

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LOS ANGELES — In the heat of the moment, in the late stages of a dominant performance by the Rams that carried them to a wild-card playoff victory over Arizona on Monday, running back Cam Akers did something he soon regretted.

The Rams were up by 20 late in the third quarter, on the way to a 34-11 rout of the Cardinals, when Akers took a ...Read more

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Dylan Hernandez: Rams brace for Tom Brady moments after their wild-card win over Cardinals

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LOS ANGELES — There was humor.

"I'm not playing against him one-on-one," Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

There were nervous smiles.

"It's tough, man," linebacker Von Miller said.

Listening to the Rams speak about Tom Brady was like traveling back in time and hearing basketball players describe Michael Jordan.

Or soccer players ...Read more

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Catherine Raiche makes NFL history, interviews for Vikings GM position

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings announced Monday afternoon they had completed interviews with Buccaneers Vice President of Player Personnel John Spytek and Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for their open general manager position. On Monday night, they announced they had completed an interview with Eagles VP of Football Operations ...Read more

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NFL playoff power rankings: Stacking the top contenders heading into the divisional round

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With the NFL’s first “Super Wild Card Weekend” in the books, only eight teams remain in the hunt for the Super Bowl title.

After ranking all 32 teams throughout the 18-week regular season, The Baltimore Sun examines the top contenders heading into the divisional round:

1. Green Bay Packers

Thanks to their first-round bye, the Packers (...Read more

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Cowboys coordinators Kellen Moore, Dan Quinn seeking NFL head coaching jobs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — By all accounts, the Dallas Cowboys are not replacing head coach Mike McCarthy.

But the shocking 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC wild-card game, abruptly ended a record-setting season and has ushered in an offseason of uncertainty for the Cowboys, who are facing looming coordinator losses and major ...Read more

Matt Canada back with Steelers? Mike Tomlin won't 'change for the sake of changing.'

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PITTSBURGH — At his annual season wrap-up, which continues to come no later than a week into the NFL playoffs, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't hand out many strong endorsements.

But he sounded more encouraged by the work of offensive coordinator Matt Canada than he did a year ago at this time, shortly before parting ways with Randy Fichtner...Read more

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NFL player Malik McDowell arrested in Florida on charges of public exposure and beating a deputy

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Malik McDowell, a defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns, has been arrested on charges of public exposure and beating a deputy in a “violent attack” that left the officer “dazed,” according to an arrest report.

The deputy said McDowell “charged at me ... at full speed with closed fist,” leaving the ...Read more

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Browns unlikely to retain Malik McDowell after arrest on charges of indecent exposure, assaulting deputy

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Malik McDowell's big chance with the Browns has almost certainly ended.

The defensive tackle with a long history of off-field trouble is highly unlikely to be retained as an exclusive rights free agent in March because of his latest brush with the law, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

McDowell, 25, was arrested at 1:25 p.m. ...Read more

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How Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs sent the league a warning shot in win over Steelers

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For about 50 minutes inside Arrowhead Stadium late Sunday, the Chiefs resembled the franchise that put its fans through 25 years of frustration and heartbreak here. Like the teams that spent regular seasons offering hope, only to play a what-could-go-wrong-will-go-wrong game at the worst possible time.

Like the old Chiefs.

But there is one not...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: Steelers end their season with more questions than answers

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Jan. 17—There are many layers to strip and examine from the season that ended quickly but not surprisingly for the Steelers, though the most difficult aspect going forward will be determining if their findings are something upon which to build or something that needs to be restructured.

It would be easy to commend the Steelers for making the ...Read more

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Rams dominate in 34-11 wild-card playoff win over Arizona Cardinals

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LOS ANGELES — The pressure came from all angles.

Up the middle. Off the edges. From both areas at the same time.

The Rams defense did not wait to see if the offense could avoid turnovers in an NFC wild-card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

Instead, lineman Aaron Donald and linebacker Von Miller led a unit that ...Read more

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49ers' Shanahan reveals Garoppolo has shoulder sprain, but optimistic that QB, Bosa and Warner will play Packers

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Coach Kyle Shanahan seemed optimistic Monday the 49ers would have defensive end Nick Bosa and linebacker Fred Warner available for their divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, as well as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

That’s right, Garoppolo.

Bosa left a 23-17 wild-card win over Dallas late in the first half with a concussion, ...Read more

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Once again, New England is stuck watching Tom Brady in January

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TAMPA — Five weeks ago, the Bucs were 10-3, the Patriots were 9-4 and the world was agog at the thought of Tom Brady facing Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl.

Yeah, so much for that fantasy.

If the wild-card weekend taught us anything, it is that Brady will never have to look back in regret. Last season’s Super Bowl was already ample ...Read more