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Tom Krasovic: Bills' touchback aided Chiefs' comeback in playoff stunner

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A friendly suggestion if you count any Buffalo Bills fans among your friends and family.

Give them doughnuts or other comfort food today. Just don't tell them they have 13 seconds to eat it.

The Bills — a smart, sharp team boasting the NFL's top-ranked defense — somehow lost a playoff game Sunday night despite kicking off with a three-...Read more

Steelers saw firsthand how Chiefs' QB succession plan worked. Could they do the same?

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From now until late April, you'll hear any number of theories and possibilities for how the Steelers should address their No. 7-sized hole at quarterback for next season and beyond.

But for the second week in a row, the AFC championship-bound Kansas City Chiefs served as a reminder of how a patient process can be the best course of action. ...Read more

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Wife, 3 kids remain top consideration as Tom Brady assesses future

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Until he reaches a decision on whether to play a 23rd NFL season, Tom Brady’s every sound bite will be scrutinized by a public desperate to get a read on his future.

Which takes us to his latest Let’s Go! podcast Monday evening, when the married dad of three often sounded like a middle-aged man content to call it a career and start giving ...Read more

Mark Bradley: Memo to Falcons: The Rams blew a lead vs. Brady - and won!

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Apologies in advance. The most-lamented loss in Atlanta annals if not the history of humankind is about to be invoked. Maybe, probably, it says something about me that, after an astonishing weekend of playoff football – every game decided at 0:00 or later – I flashed back to the night of Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (The same city in which the ...Read more

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If Tom Brady retires, Bucs again will look for a free-agent quarterback

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TAMPA, Fla. — If Tom Brady retires, the Bucs will take a hard look at free agency to determine whether they can find another veteran quarterback, head coach Bruce Arians said Monday.

Other than Brady, Tampa Bay has only one other quarterback under contract ― second-year pro and former Florida Gators star Kyle Trask, who was inactive for ...Read more

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NFL Monday Roundup: Sean Payton, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, overtime rules and more

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Every team with a head coaching vacancy should be putting out feelers to the New Orleans Saints right now. That includes the Giants.

Numerous league sources have been telling the Daily News for more than a week that they believe Saints coach Sean Payton either wants out of New Orleans or may retire to take a year off from coaching entirely. ...Read more

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Controversial WR Antonio Brown says he wants to play with Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

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After shedding his Buccaneers jersey and leaving Tampa Bay in one of the strangest exits in NFL history, Antonio Brown has eyes on Baltimore.

In an interview on the popular “I Am Athlete” podcast released Monday, the controversial wide receiver, and cousin of Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, was asked what quarterback ...Read more

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KC Chiefs waive Josh Gordon but hope to bring him back to practice squad, source says

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The Josh Gordon experiment in Kansas City has absorbed a blow.

The Chiefs are waiving Gordon from their active 53-player roster but hope to re-sign him to their practice squad, a source confirmed Monday afternoon with The Star.

The waiver comes a day after Gordon was inactive for the Chiefs' thrilling 42-36 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills ...Read more

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A riveting NFL playoff weekend has implications for the Chicago Bears

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The weekend slate of NFL playoff games was more than just riveting television for Chicago Bears fans.

Five coordinators under consideration for the Bears head coaching job coached in the games. One executive in the running to be the Bears general manager saw his team advance to the AFC championship game. And one longtime thorn in the Bears’ ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: What a dramatic, historic and utterly depressing weekend for Dolphins fans

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Sunday’s loser threw four touchdowns. Sunday’s loser had a pristine 136 quarterback rating. Sunday’s loser led his team on two, 75-yard touchdown drives in the final two minutes to give Buffalo the late lead twice.

Sunday’s winner answered with his own passing miracles. Sunday’s winner got the ball with 13 seconds left and made two ...Read more

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With breakout performance against the Packers, Arik Armstead turns into 49ers legend

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — The snow flurries came in the second half of the San Francisco 49ers' playoff game at host Green Bay on Saturday. The temperature dropped. The fog of heavy breath poured out of players' face masks in one of the most storied venues in American sports.

The 49ers needed their defense to come through over and over again. The ...Read more

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Ron Cook: Where does Ben Roethlisberger stand among the Steelers' all-time greats?

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PITTSBURGH —Can we agree quarterback is the most important position on a football team?

That's easy, right?

How about Ben Roethlisberger as the best quarterback in Steelers history?

That makes for a good debate, doesn't it?

And if Roethlisberger is the best quarterback, does that make him the most important player in franchise history?

...Read more

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L.A. is next stop on 49ers' unprecedented, road-heavy route to Super Bowl

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 49ers are, so far, conquering an unprecedented travel log to reach the Super Bowl.

At least this next stop is a short, familiar jaunt.

They'll be visiting the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC Championship at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday at SoFi Stadium, where the 49ers won in overtime two weeks ago, and where Super Bowl LVI will ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Is Dolphins' coaching vacancy attractive when compared to other openings?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It is critically important to have an awareness of where you stack up with your competition, especially when competing for the same job — or in the Miami Dolphins’ case, prospective coaches.

One-fourth of the teams in the league are searching for a new coach, and according to numerous people with insight on this ...Read more

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Chiefs' Mecole Hardman had less than a 2% chance of scoring on his 25-yard TD run

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Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman’s nickname is “Jet,” and if fans were wondering why, they got the answer during Sunday’s AFC Divisional playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium.

In the third quarter, the Chiefs held a three-point lead and had driven to the Buffalo 25-yard line.

On a first-and-10 play, Chiefs ...Read more

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'This game is officially lunacy': The eight crazy plays that capped the Rams' win

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Leave it to veteran play-by-play man Al Michaels, who has authored some of the most memorable lines in sports broadcasting history, to deliver an apt summation of the fourth quarter of the Rams-Tampa Bay game Sunday.

"This," Michaels said on NBC's telecast of the Rams' 30-27 walk-off win, "is officially lunacy."

A look at "The Crazy Eight" ...Read more

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Incredible! KC Chiefs outlast Bills in OT victory to reach 4th straight AFC title game

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thirteen seconds.

That’s all it took for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to calmly lead his team into field goal range against the Buffalo Bills in the waning moments of regulation to send the game into overtime, which kicker Harrison Butker did with a 49-yard kick.

The Chiefs won the toss and Mahomes took care of ...Read more

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When it mattered most, Cooper Kupp again carried the Rams

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The father of Rams receiver Cooper Kupp stands nearly 6 feet 5, and he was teetering on a chair to peer over the people clustered at the front of a suite Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

No one dared breathe.

"We were living and dying in that fourth quarter," Craig Kupp said.

The Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers miraculously had clawed ...Read more

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Five things that stood out about the Kansas City Chiefs thrilling win vs. the Bills

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There was a time when you wondered if this stadium was some sort of curse to its primary resident. A time when a fan left this venue in the middle of a playoff game fearing he might be the curse.

And now?

The Kansas City Chiefs cannot lose here.

Even when backed into the smallest of corners.

And guess what? They get one more game here ...Read more

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Was this Tom Brady's final game? Speculation runs rampant as Rams end Bucs' playoff run

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Is this the way Tom Brady is ending his legendary NFL career?

Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were bounced by the Los Angeles Rams in an NFC divisional round game Sunday at Raymond James Stadium and speculation is growing that Brady might call it quits.

NBC, which broadcast the 30-27 Rams win, helped amplify the rumors with Brady’s ...Read more