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» Monday, January 22, 2018

The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title.

Eagles fans take to streets to celebrate after team’s win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans have taken to the streets to celebrate following their team's 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game.

Eagles fans take to streets to celebrate after team’s win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans have taken to the streets to celebrate following their team's 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game.

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» Sunday, January 21, 2018

Vikings never were in NFC title game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Vikings would have traveled anywhere to play in their first Super Bowl since 1977.

Patriots’ defense key to another postseason comeback

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) So many times during the Patriots' run of success over the past two decades, the defense was watching as Tom Brady sealed another victory.

Nick Foles goes from backup to championship game hero

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles stood tall in the pocket, ignored the pressure and made one big throw after another.

Eagles fans take to streets to celebrate after team’s win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans have taken to the streets to celebrate following their team's 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game.

The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title.

Patriots favored by 5-6 points over Eagles in Super Bowl

LAS VEGAS (AP) Oddsmakers like the chances of Tom Brady winning a sixth Super Bowl ring, making the New England Patriots nearly a touchdown favorite to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Patriots’ defense key to another postseason comeback

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) So many times during the Patriots' run of success over the past two decades, the defense was watching as Tom Brady sealed another victory.

The Latest: Foles, Eagles will be underdogs 1 more time

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Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Give `em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hey Philly, maybe it's time to forget Carson Wentz. Nick Foles might be good enough to win the Eagles their first Super Bowl.

Patriots open as favorite over Eagles in Super Bowl

LAS VEGAS (AP) The New England Patriots are the favorite once again in this city's sports books to win the Super Bowl. They're a lopsided pick to win the one after that, too.

Nick Foles goes from backup to championship game hero

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles stood tall in the pocket, ignored the pressure and made one big throw after another.

The Latest: Celebrity Eagles fans go wild in Philadelphia

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The Latest: Foles stretches Eagles lead to 31-7

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Jaguars collapse seals Patriots’ 10th trip to Super Bowl

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack put his thumb and forefinger about an inch apart as it sank in for him that the Jaguars had fallen just short - just like the Falcons and the Seahawks and the Rams and so many other Patriots opponents had before.

The Latest: Blount puts Eagles ahead 14-7 in NFC title game

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The Latest: Vikings score on opening drive of NFC title game

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The Latest: Brady and Belichick headed 8th Super Bowl

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The Latest: Patriots looking for another postseason comeback

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Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe out vs. Vikings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles starting linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is inactive for Sunday's NFC championship game against Minnesota because of a hamstring injury.

Watt, Olsen, Watson NFL Man of Year finalists

J.J. Watt, Greg Olsen and Benjamin Watson are finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Watt, Olsen, Watson NFL Man of Year finalists

J.J. Watt, Greg Olsen and Benjamin Watson are finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

The Latest: Patriots say Gronkowski questionable to return

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AP Source: Browns meet with Haley about coordinator job

CLEVELAND (AP) Todd Haley has experience calling plays, beating AFC North teams and working with star quarterbacks.

The Latest: Fournette scores to give Jags 14-3 lead

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The Latest: Jags take lead on Bortles pass to Lewis

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Patriots’ Brady throwing without glove before AFC title game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was on the field for warmups at Gillette Stadium on Sunday wearing black tape over the inside part of his injured right hand - but no glove.

The Latest: Kraft says Pats targets of "jealousy and envy"

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Title games: Brady vs. Bortles, then the matchup of backups

The Super Bowl matchup will be set after conference title games featuring three teams that have never won the big game.

Jaguars safety Gipson active for AFC title game vs. Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson is active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots.

AP Source: Browns meet with Haley about coordinator job

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns have discussed their offensive coordinator position with former Pittsburgh play-caller Todd Haley.

AFN to broadcast NFL’s championship games despite shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) The American Forces Network will broadcast the NFL's conference championship games on Sunday despite the federal government shutdown.

Philadelphia greasing light poles to stop fans from climbing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Workers in Philadelphia are greasing light poles in a bid to prevent fans from climbing up them after the NFC Championship game.

Defense wins championships, or at least the NFC title

PHILADELPHIA (AP) One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL's No. 1 unit.

AFN to broadcast NFL’s championship games despite shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) The American Forces Network will broadcast the NFL's conference championship games despite the federal government shutdown.

» Saturday, January 20, 2018

Titans hire Mike Vrabel as new coach after quick search

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey.

Titans hire Mike Vrabel as new coach after quick search

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey.

Blount and Long brought winning ways to the Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount joined the Philadelphia Eagles after winning a Super Bowl in New England, both players envisioned another title run with a team on the rise.

The NFL’s final 4 all overcame injuries to star players

The list of players sitting out this weekend's conference championships is almost as impressive as the starting lineups: Julian Edelman. Carson Wentz. Dalvin Cook. Dont'a Hightower. Allen Robinson. Sam Bradford.

Vikings-Eagles Capsule

MINNESOTA (14-3) vs. PHILADELPHIA (14-3)

Jaguars-Patriots Capsule

JAGUARS (12-6) at PATRIOTS (14-3)

Jaguars don’t fear Patriots’ history in AFC title matchup

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The week started with a little trash talk from the underdog . The rest of it was dominated by speculation about a certain 40-year-old quarterback's injured throwing hand .

» Friday, January 19, 2018

Jets WR Anderson arrested in Florida on slew of charges

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the officer's wife.

Cardinals’ pool dwindles as search goes on for coach

PHOENIX (AP) Back when Bruce Arians announced his retirement, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said he would be in no rush to find a new coach.

Jets WR Anderson arrested in Florida on slew of charges

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the officer's wife.

What matters more than a good QB in these playoffs? A good D

Four of the five teams that gave up the fewest points during the regular season are the last four left with a shot at the Super Bowl, something that had never happened since the NFL-AFL merger nearly a half-century ago.

A look at the defensive rankings for the NFL’s final 4 teams

The four teams in the NFL conference championship games Sunday are among the league's best at playing defense .

Cardinals’ pool dwindles as search goes on for coach

PHOENIX (AP) Back when Bruce Arians announced his retirement, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said he would be in no rush to find a new head coach.

Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week.

NFL: Raiders complied with ’Rooney Rule’ when hiring Gruden

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The NFL said Friday that the Oakland Raiders complied with the ''Rooney Rule'' when they hired Jon Gruden as head coach.

Dolphins hire Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator

MIAMI (AP) Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is two weeks into a new job, and with his family back in Chicago he has been working late.

Regents approve agreement for UNLV use of Raiders stadium

LAS VEGAS (AP) Nevada's Board of Regents has approved a joint-use agreement that will allow the UNLV football team to use the $1.9 billion stadium planned for the Oakland Raiders when the NFL team moves to Las Vegas in 2020.

Ramsey says Gronk ’hasn’t played a corner like me before’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey wants to cover the No. 1 receiver each opponent has to offer. He welcomes the challenge. He even requests it.

Jets WR Anderson arrested in Florida on slew of charges

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the officer's wife.

Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right-hand injury earlier in the week.

Rams coordinator Matt LaFleur 3rd to interview with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have interviewed three candidates in their search for new coach and none have had any NFL head coaching experience. Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur was the third to interview for the job.

Dolphins hire Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins have announced several changes in Adam Gase's coaching staff, including the hiring of Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator.

Cardinals’ pool dwindles as search goes on for coach

PHOENIX (AP) Back when Bruce Arians announced his retirement, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said he would be in no rush to find a new head coach.

Rams coordinator Matt LaFleur 3rd to interview with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have interviewed Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur as the third candidate for their head coach opening.

Jenkins made sure Eagles knew they can win without Wentz

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Shortly after franchise quarterback Carson Wentz left the field with a torn ACL, Malcolm Jenkins gathered his teammates following a comeback win that clinched a division title. He gave an emotional speech, imploring them to believe they can win the Super Bowl without the guy who got them to that point.

Jaguars don’t fear Patriots’ history in AFC title matchup

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The week started with a little trash talk from the underdog . The rest of it was dominated by speculation about a certain 40-year-old quarterback's injured throwing hand .

NFL: Raiders complied with ’Rooney Rule’ when hiring Gruden

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The NFL said Friday that the Oakland Raiders complied with the ''Rooney Rule'' when they hired Jon Gruden as head coach.

2 Vikings starters questionable for Sunday’s game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings starters WR Adam Thielen (lower back) and S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) are both listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury

Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right-hand injury earlier in the week.

Defense, prosecution spar as McKnight slaying trial opens

GRETNA, La. (AP) Claims of self-defense by the man who killed former NFL player Joe McKnight withered under scrutiny, a prosecutor told jurors Friday, but a defense lawyer insisted the shooter fired as McKnight approached his car, spewing obscenities and threats following a traffic confrontation in December 2016.

Rob Riggle to host NFL Honors when AP awards are announced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Rob Riggle will host NFL Honors on Feb. 3, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards.

Unfinished biz: Coughlin gets 2nd shot to make Jags a champ

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) It's no exaggeration to say Tom Coughlin built the Jaguars from the ground up.

Defense: McKnight killing self-defense. Prosecutor: not so

GRETNA, La. (AP) The man who killed former NFL player Joe McKnight was terrified and fired in self-defense as the athlete spewed obscenities and threats following a traffic confrontation in December 2016, a defense attorney told a jury Friday.

Defense wins championships, or at least the NFC title

PHILADELPHIA (AP) One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL's No. 1 unit.

Bipartisan effort would ban bidding war for Redskins stadium

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Three politicians in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are teaming up across partisan lines, seeking to prevent their governments from waging a bidding war with public money to build a new stadium for the Washington Redskins.

Bipartisan effort would ban bidding war for Redskins stadium

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Three politicians in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are teaming up across partisan lines to try and prevent their governments from waging a bidding war with public money to build a new stadium for the Washington Redskins.

Defense: McKnight killing self-defense. Prosecutor: not so

GRETNA, La. (AP) Attorneys have made their opening statements in the trial of the man who fatally shot former NFL player Joe McKnight.

Q&A: James Patterson on Aaron Hernandez’s fall from grace

BOSTON (AP) Eight months after ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison, a new book by bestselling author James Patterson is reviving unanswered questions.

Q&A: James Patterson on Aaron Hernandez’s fall from grace

BOSTON (AP) Eight months after ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison, a new book by bestselling author James Patterson is reviving unanswered questions.

AP Source: Panthers part ways with special teams coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There has been another coaching shake-up with the Carolina Panthers.

AP Source: Panthers part ways with special teams coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There has been another coaching shake-up with the Carolina Panthers.

» Thursday, January 18, 2018

Titans kick off coaching search interviewing Vrabel, Wilks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans kicked off their search for a new head coach Thursday with a pair of interviews - both defensive coordinators who've never been NFL head coaches.

All eyes on Brady as he misses practice with hand injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady hasn't missed many starts during his 18-year NFL career, and no one sounds too worried that he'll be sidelined for Sunday's AFC championship game.

Jags’ Fournette feels fine after ankle injury, fender-bender

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Fournette was sitting in his wrecked Mercedes-Benz on Interstate-295 earlier this week, waiting for the police to arrive, when he got an unusual request.

Steelers select Randy Fichtner as offensive coordinator

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Steelers didn't look very far for offensive coordinator Todd Haley's replacement, promoting longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to the position on Thursday, four days after Pittsburgh's season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to Jacksonville.

Sendejo limited in practice after concussion vs Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo is working his way back from a concussion that forced him out of the previous game.

Falcons’ offensive coordinator Sarkisian to return in 2018

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Steve Sarkisian will return as the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator despite a decline in production in his debut 2017 season.

Bears taking a different approach with new coaching staff

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) It's apparent the coaching change to Matt Nagy will mean anything but business as usual for the Chicago Bears on offense.

Nick Foles and Case Keenum have strong career connections

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles contemplated retirement after a miserable season with the Rams in which he ended up losing his starting job to Case Keenum.

Houston coordinator Mike Vrabel interviews for Titans’ job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans kicked off their search for a new head coach by interviewing Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.

Steelers select Randy Fichtner as offensive coordinator

PITTSBURGH (AP) Randy Fichtner is the Pittsburgh Steelers new offensive coordinator.

Raiders bring back ex-coach Tom Cable as O-line coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Former Raiders head coach Tom Cable is back on the Oakland staff to coach the offensive line.

Patriots’ Brady misses practice with right hand injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed practice with a right hand injury a day after being limited by the same issue as New England prepared for its AFC championship game matchup with Jacksonville.

Houston coordinator Mike Vrabel interviews for Titans’ job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have finished interviewing Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, the first candidate for their head coach opening.

Ravens defensive coordinator Martindale welcomes 2nd chance

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Don Martindale wondered if he would ever get a second chance to be an NFL defensive coordinator after his one-and-done disaster with the Denver Broncos in 2010.

Falcons’ offensive coordinator Sarkasian to return in 2018

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Steve Sarkasian will return as the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator despite a decline in production in his debut 2017 season.

Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday.

Jaguars’ Smith pleads for leniency after $10K taunting fine

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith is pleading for leniency after being fined $10,000 for taunting Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell during his fumble return for a touchdown last week.

Falcons’ offensive coordinator Sarkasian to return in 2018

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Steve Sarkasian will return as the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator despite a decline in production in his debut 2017 season.

Jaguars-Patriots Matchups

Matchups for the AFC championship game Sunday between the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots:

Vikings-Eagles Matchups

Matchups for the NFC championship game Sunday between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles:

The NFL’s final 4 all overcame injuries to star players

The list of players sitting out this weekend's conference championships is almost as impressive as the starting lineups: Julian Edelman. Carson Wentz. Dalvin Cook. Dont'a Hightower. Allen Robinson. Sam Bradford.

Jaguars-Patriots Capsule

JAGUARS (12-6) at PATRIOTS (14-3)

Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday.

Rivera, Mularkey, Roberts finalists for military salute

NEW YORK (AP) Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey, and Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Roberts are the finalists for the NFL's Salute to Service Award.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone gets advice on beating Patriots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has some tips on how to beat the New England Patriots.

Vikings-Eagles Capsule

MINNESOTA (14-3) vs. PHILADELPHIA (14-3)

America might be yawning at another Patriots AFC title

YAWN!

» Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Holding: Browns tackle Thomas still undecided about future

CLEVELAND (AP) Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future.

Brian Gaine introduced as Texans general manager

HOUSTON (AP) Brian Gaine has had a long journey to the top.

Trial in former NFL player McKnight’s death to resume Friday

GRETNA, La. (AP) The trial of the man who fatally shot former NFL football player Joe McKnight in 2016 has been delayed another day because of harsh winter weather in Louisiana.

Van Noy’s versatility key in Patriots defensive improvement

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Not being in the limelight has never bothered Kyle Van Noy.

Jets fire offensive coordinator John Morton after 1 season

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets are looking for someone to lead their offense - again.

Steelers part ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley

PITTSBURGH (AP) Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL.

Vikings deep in playoffs, thanks in part to diligent Diggs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The path for Stefon Diggs to last-play touchdown fame and sudden Minnesota savior didn't start with such brilliance.

AP source: Jets fire offensive coordinator John Morton

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets are looking for someone to lead their offense - again.

Steelers part ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley

PITTSBURGH (AP) Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL.

Aggressive Eagles set to face Minnesota’s top-ranked defense

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles threw a deep pass into the wind on the first play from scrimmage against the Falcons, LeGarrette Blount scored the only touchdown on fourth down and wide receiver Nelson Agholor ran 21 yards on a new play.

Steratore will lead 7-person officiating crew for Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) Referee Gene Steratore will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials working the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Jaguars practice for Pats without starters Gipson, Omameh

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson and guard Patrick Omameh missed practice Wednesday.

50 women set to participate in football careers forum

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL will host a forum on women's careers in football next week before the Pro Bowl.

Jaguars’ Ngakoue trying to turn heads on AFC’s biggest stage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Yannick Ngakoue has a knack for the strip-sack, an innate ability to knock balls out of the hands of quarterbacks.

Developing Derek Carr is top priority for new Raiders staff

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson was quite clear about what the top priority will be for coach Jon Gruden's new staff with the Raiders.

Brady limited participant in practice with right hand injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right hand injury.

Brady misses news conference to meet with medical staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff.

Steelers part ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley

PITTSBURGH (AP) Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most successful in the NFL.

AP source: Steelers part ways with Todd Haley

PITTSBURGH (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Pittsburgh Steelers will not renew offensive coordinator Todd Haley's contract.

Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the ''Bold North.'' Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota's wintry weather, including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports.

Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the ''Bold North.'' Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota's wintry weather, including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports.

Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl, and tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the ''Bold North.''

» Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette uninjured in car accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette escaped injury after he was involved in what authorities say was a minor three-car crash.

Trial set to begin in ex-NFL player’s road-rage killing

GRETNA, La. (AP) The trial in a road-rage shooting that took the life of former NFL football player Joe McKnight began Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb, where a judge and attorneys were questioning dozens of potential jurors.

The Latest: Icy weather delays trial in death of ex-NFL back

GRETNA, La. (AP) The Latest on the trial of Ronald Gasser, on trial in the December 2016 shooting death of former NFL football player Joe McKnight (all times local):

Seahawks hire Schottenheimer, Norton as coordinators

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have hired Brian Schottenheimer as their offensive coordinator and are bringing back Ken Norton Jr. to oversee the defense.

Titans’ Delanie Walker replaces Travis Kelce at Pro Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker has replaced Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce on the AFC roster for the Pro Bowl.

Saints QB Brees: No plans to field offers from other teams

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Drew Brees dispensed with technicalities regarding his contract and spoke as if his return to New Orleans next season was virtually assured.

Doug Pederson emerges from Class of 2016 NFL coaches

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Doug Pederson was too close to Andy Reid to get fan approval when the Philadelphia Eagles hired him to replace Chip Kelly.

Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota's still-buzzing stadium.

Bengals thank Jaguars by donating to Bortles’ foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Cincinnati Bengals fans are thanking Blake Bortles for helping the Jacksonville Jaguars eliminate Pittsburgh from the playoffs.

Tomlin not ready to endorse Haley’s return in 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) Todd Haley's contract as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers is up.

Man ejected from Eagles game is charged with punching horse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A man accused of being ejected from a Philadelphia Eagles playoff game because he was intoxicated and didn't have a ticket and then punching a police horse in the face has been charged with assault.

Jaguars running back Fournette not hurt in car accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette escaped injury after what authorities say was a minor, three-car crash.

Minneapolis improves connectivity to prepare for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis has the signal strength, data speed and reliability to handle the onslaught of service demands that come with hosting a Super Bowl, according to a wireless coverage mapping company.

Earnhardt interested in becoming minority owner of Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhard Jr. says he is interested in becoming a minority owner with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

AP source: Browns interviewing former Giants coach McAdoo

CLEVELAND (AP) Bounced from New York, Ben McAdoo might get a new opportunity with the Browns.

Minneapolis improves connectivity to prepare for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A wireless coverage mapping company says Minneapolis has the signal strength, data speed and reliability to handle the onslaught of service demands that come with hosting a Super Bowl.

Saints QB Brees: No plans to field offers from other teams

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Drew Brees says he still expects to remain with the New Orleans Saints as long as they'll have him.

Jags ’threw a tantrum’ when Marrone started making changes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville's locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room.

Trial set to begin in ex-NFL player’s road-rage killing

GRETNA, La. (AP) The trial in a road-rage shooting that took the life of former NFL football player Joe McKnight began Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb, where a judge and attorneys were questioning dozens of potential jurors.

The Latest: Jury selection starts in shooting of ex-NFL back

GRETNA, La. (AP) The Latest on the trial of Ronald Gasser, on trial in the December 2016 shooting death of former NFL football player Joe McKnight (all times local):

AP source: Browns interviewing former Giants coach McAdoo

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the situation says former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo is interviewing with the Cleveland Browns to be their offensive coordinator.

Trial set to begin in ex-NFL player’s road-rage killing

GRETNA, La. (AP) The trial in a road-rage shooting that left former NFL football player Joe McKnight dead was set to begin with jury selection Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb.

Trial set to begin in ex-NFL player’s road-rage killing

GRETNA, La. (AP) The trial in a road-rage shooting that left former NFL football player Joe McKnight dead was set to begin with jury selection Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb.

» Monday, January 15, 2018

Vikings pivot to Eagles, after big break to beat Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Their minds still racing with childlike exuberance over the stunning last-snap victory that sent them to the NFC championship game, many of the Minnesota Vikings remained awake several hours past midnight.

Titans fire coach Mike Mularkey after playoff win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change.

AP source: Colts closing in on deal to hire McDaniels

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could soon be on the other side of an AFC rivalry.

AP source: Colts closing in on deal to hire McDaniels

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could soon be on the other side of an AFC rivalry.

Wheelchair found after disappearing during Pats’ playoff win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A wheelchair that a New England Patriots fan thought had been stolen from Gillette Stadium while she watched the team's playoff win over the Tennessee Titans has been found.

Vikings pivot to Eagles, after big break to beat Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Their minds still racing with childlike exuberance over the stunning last-snap victory that sent them to the NFC championship game, many of the Minnesota Vikings remained awake several hours past midnight.

Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey tells fans ’we’re going to Super Bowl’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey did pretty much the same thing that upset his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates last week.

Titans fire coach Mike Mularkey after playoff win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change.

Patriots won’t bite on Ramsey’s trash talk

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) As they normally do when the opposition says something you might post on a bulletin board, the New England Patriots reacted diplomatically Monday to Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey guaranteeing his team is ''going to the Super Bowl and we gonna win that b----.''

Correction: AP Was There-Immaculate Reception story

PITTSBURGH (AP) In a story Jan. 14 about the Immaculate Reception game in 1972, The Associated Press erroneously said in the publishable Editor's Note at the end of the story that the touchdown came on the final play of the Raiders-Steelers game. There were 5 seconds left when Harris scored, it was not the final play.

Humbled Steelers face questions heading into offseason

PITTSBURGH (AP) It wasn't the pregame talk about New England.

Steelers, Saints staffs to coach in Pro Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The coaching staffs of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints have been selected to work the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28.

Kick it or not, extra point makes a big difference in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) The clock had ticked down to zero, and Minnesota fans were already deep into a celebration like no other.

Home underdogs again, Eagles embrace their role

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The dog masks aren't going anywhere.

Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane arrested on investigation of DUI

SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane has been arrested on investigation of driving under the influence.

Titans split with Mularkey after 1st playoff win in 14 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans and Mike Mularkey couldn't agree on how to build off the team's first playoff berth since 2008 and become a true NFL contender.

Defense rises, but offense is a new concern for Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons enter the offseason forced to address this startling new reality: Defense is the team's new strength.

Stefon Diggs erased decades of Minnesota heartache

An exceptional medley of great awareness, terrific balance and deft reflexes allowed Stefon Diggs to ad lib and seize both the ball and the moment in the Vikings' demon-exorcising ''Minneapolis Miracle .''

Titans split with Mularkey after 1st playoff win in 14 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans and Mike Mularkey couldn't agree on how to build off the team's first playoff berth since 2008 and become a true NFL contender. That job will now fall to a new coach.

Titans split with Mularkey after 1st playoff win in 14 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans split with coach Mike Mularkey on Monday after he revived a team with the NFL's worst record over two seasons and led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years.

Vikings top Saints rally with last-play stunner in 29-24 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings, after watching their late-third-quarter 17-point lead vanish at the hands of the indefatigable Drew Brees, went back in front of the New Orleans Saints on a field goal with 1:29 left.

Vikings top Saints rally with last-play stunner in 29-24 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings, after watching their late-third-quarter 17-point lead vanish at the hands of the indefatigable Drew Brees, went back in front of the New Orleans Saints on a field goal with 1:29 left.

» Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saints safety Williams suffers sad ending to rookie season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Marcus Williams sat sobbing in front of his cubicle in the silenced New Orleans locker room, his face buried in a folded white towel.

AP Was There: Harris’ miracle TD gave Steelers playoff win

PITTSBURGH (AP) It may not happen again for a thousand Christmases the way it happened Saturday for Franco Harris and the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Oakland Raiders under the dark skies in Three Rivers Stadium.

AP Was There: Harris’ miracle TD gave Steelers playoff win

PITTSBURGH (AP) It may not happen again for a thousand Christmases the way it happened Saturday for Franco Harris and the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Oakland Raiders under the dark skies in Three Rivers Stadium.

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Showdowns set: Jags-Patriots in AFC, Vikings-Eagles in NFC

NEW YORK (AP) Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville.

Defense rose to challenge for Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Carson Wentz went down for the Philadelphia Eagles, the pressure fell on backup Nick Foles and everyone else to step up.

Bills hire Alabama’s Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills hired Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator Sunday.

Showdowns set: Jags-Patriots in AFC, Vikings-Eagles in NFC

NEW YORK (AP) Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville.

Jaguars ride offense, swagger to AFC title game

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't faced the New England Patriots in a game that matters in more than two years. That's OK. They know a pretty good place to go to get a heads up on their opponent in the AFC title game.

Mularkey: Titans taking "next step" means lot of work ahead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans won more games inside the AFC South, won the franchise's first playoff game in 14 years and reached the divisional round for the first time since 2008.

The Latest: Vikings lead Saints 20-14 early in 4th quarter

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Just Terrible: Steelers season ends with shocking 45-42 loss

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh's drama-filled season ended shockingly. A final, forgettable act.

Just Terrible: Steelers season ends with shocking 45-42 loss

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh's drama-filled season ended shockingly. A final, forgettable act.

The Latest: Vikings lead Saints 17-0 at the half

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Titans right tackle Jack Conklin tore left ACL in loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says right tackle Jack Conklin tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and likely will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The Latest: Vikings lead Saints 17-0 in second quarter

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Bills hire Alabama’s Daboll to be offensive coordinator

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have hired Alabama assistant coach Brian Daboll as their offensive coordinator.

Showdown set: Battle-tested Patriots vs. fresh-faced Jaguars

NEW YORK (AP) Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville.

The Latest: Jags stun Steelers 45-42, reach AFC title game

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The Latest: Jags lead Steelers 42-35 late in 4th quarter

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Defense rose to challenge for Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Carson Wentz went down for the Philadelphia Eagles, the pressure fell on backup Nick Foles and everyone else to step up.

Vikings slot Bradford as No. 2 QB, deactivate Bridgewater

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Sam Bradford is suited up for the Minnesota Vikings as the backup to quarterback Case Keenum, with Teddy Bridgewater on the inactive list for the divisional round playoff game against New Orleans.

The Latest: Jaguars lead Steelers 35-28 in 4th quarter

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The Latest: Jaguars up 28-14 over Steelers at half

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The Latest: Fournette’s 2nd TD gives Jags 14-0 lead

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Jags-Steelers, Vikings-Saints playoff ready

The NFL divisional playoffs wrap up with a doubleheader Sunday starting in Pittsburgh where the AFC North champion Steelers (13-3) host the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars.

Steelers star Antonio Brown active against Jaguars

PITTSBURGH (AP) Antonio Brown is good to go against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Eagles use goal-line stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles was steady, Jake Elliott had a big leg and the defense made one final stop.

Patriots back in AFC title game, Titans trip into offseason

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have handled every bit of adversity that has been thrown at them this season - from a string of injuries to the recent off-field firestorm created by reports of purported discord within the core of the franchise.

Mariota limps away from first playoff loss, ’embarrassed’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Marcus Mariota threw for a touchdown to give the Tennessee Titans an early lead, and had another TD pass that was the final score of the game.

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» Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Latest: Pats dominate 35-14 to return to AFC title game

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Patriots beat Titans 35-14 to head back to AFC title game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game.

The Latest: Brady, Pats dominating Titans 28-7 in 2nd half

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Eagles use goal-line stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles was steady, Jake Elliott had a big leg and the defense made one final stop.

Falcons’ offense falters, costs them at Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons nearly won a Super Bowl a year ago behind the NFL's most potent offense.

The Latest: Brady, Pats dominating Titans with 21-7 lead

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The Latest: Brady, Pats take 14-7 lead over Titans

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Eagles embrace underdog role, beat Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Lane Johnson walked off the field wearing a dog mask while teammates barked after the Philadelphia Eagles squeaked out an upset to move within one victory of the Super Bowl.

The Latest: Davis’ TD grab gives Titans 7-0 lead over Pats

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Patriots RBs Burkhead, Gillislee inactive against Titans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots will be without running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee when they host the Titans in the divisional round Saturday night.

The Latest: Elliott hits 3rd FG to give Eagles 15-10 lead

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The Latest: Elliott hits 2nd FG to give Eagles 12-10 lead

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The Latest: Ryan’s TD pass gives Falcons 10-6 lead

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49ers linebacker Reuben Foster arrested on marijuana charge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster is free on bond after his arrest in Alabama on a charge of second-degree possession of marijuana.

Brees-Keenum: Will playoff savvy prevail in Saints-Vikings?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans offense onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th postseason game of his stellar career, already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring for the Saints.

NFL divisional playoffs kick off with doubleheader

The NFL divisional playoffs kick off Saturday with a doubleheader starting in Philadelphia where the Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to enter their first postseason game as an underdog against the Atlanta Falcons.

Cornerback Sidney Jones inactive for Eagles vs Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones is inactive for Saturday's divisional playoff against the Atlanta Falcons.

Jaguars surging, Steelers wary in high-stakes rematch

PITTSBURGH (AP) At the time the score looked like a misprint.

Texans hire Brian Gaine as GM, extend Bill O’Brien’s deal

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022.

Vikings take Bradford off IR for playoffs; 4th QB on roster

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve, putting their original starter this season on the roster before their first playoff game.

Vikings take Bradford off IR for playoffs; 4th QB on roster

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve, putting their original starter this season on the roster before their first playoff game.

Texans hire Brian Gaine as GM, extend Bill O’Brien’s pact

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan aims for happy homecoming in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming.

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster arrested on marijuana charge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested in Alabama and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster arrested on marijuana charge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested in Alabama and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.

» Friday, January 12, 2018

Carolina LB Davis announces retirement following 2018 season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says the 2018 season will be his last.

Carolina LB Davis announces retirement following 2018 season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says the 2018 season will be his last.

New fantasy sports game revives sports betting concerns

BOSTON (AP) A new daily fantasy sports game that lets users hone in on a single NFL playoff game has some gambling experts wondering if the contest inches the industry closer to the territory of sports betting that remains illegal in most of the United States.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan aims for happy homecoming in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming.

Chiefs hire McCullough off USC staff to coach running backs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs hired Deland McCullough off the staff at Southern California on Friday to coach their running backs, taking the place of recently promoted assistant coach Eric Bieniemy.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio returning to Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Vic Fangio is returning to the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator after being passed up for their head coaching job.

Steelers’ Brown sent home sick, questionable for Sunday

PITTSBURGH (AP) Antonio Brown was sent home from Steelers practice Friday, but it wasn't because of the calf injury he's been nursing for the past four weeks.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman to miss playoff game vs Vikings

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints receiver Brandon Coleman has been declared out of Sunday's divisional-round playoff game in Minnesota.

Jaguars get 4 defenders back, should play at Steelers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars are about as healthy as they could have hoped heading into the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

New fantasy sports game revives sports betting concerns

BOSTON (AP) A new daily fantasy sports game that lets users hone in on a single NFL playoff game has some gambling experts wondering if the contest inches the industry closer to the territory of sports betting that remains illegal in most of the United States.

New fantasy sports game revives sports betting concerns

BOSTON (AP) A new daily fantasy sports game that lets users hone in on a single NFL playoff game has some gambling experts wondering if the contest inches the industry closer to the territory of sports betting that remains illegal in most of the United States.

Vikings undecided on whether to activate QB Sam Bradford

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer says he hasn't made a decision regarding the status of quarterback Sam Bradford, who has practiced the last two weeks in an attempt to be activated from the injured reserve list.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan aims for happy homecoming in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming.

Club Nomadic traveling venue cancelled for Super Bowl

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) A traveling nightclub that was designed to bring VIP experiences to the Minneapolis area during the Super Bowl has been cancelled.

Patriots chase 7th straight AFC title berth against Titans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Two things, among many, have been consistent for the Patriots the past decade: Tom Brady at quarterback and New England in the AFC championship game.

Browns coach Jackson overhauls staff after winless season

CLEVELAND (AP) Hue Jackson somehow survived a 0-16 season. Not everyone who worked for him with the Browns was as lucky.

Browns coach Jackson overhauls staff after winless season

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns coach Hue Jackson has overhauled his staff following a 0-16 season.

Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison after the team finished 29th in offense this season.

Patriots chase 7th straight AFC title berth against Titans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Two things, among many, have been consistent for the Patriots the past decade: Tom Brady at quarterback and New England in the AFC championship game.

Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There will be a Turner family reunion in Charlotte.

Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator.

Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinator

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator.

Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinator

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator.

Titans, Jaguars aim to show they’re the real deal in AFC

The general belief is there are four contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC, two in the AFC.

Life around football prepares Gutekunst for Packers GM job

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The son of a college football coach, Brian Gutekunst has an idea of the kind of scrutiny that he'll receive as the new general manager of the Green Bay Packers.

The case for Keenum: Vikings QB keeps on disproving doubters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Minnesota's offense huddled for the first time that mid-September afternoon in Pittsburgh, Case Keenum's energy and confidence quickly filled the circle.

Saints’ Jordan aims to disappoint his dad’s old fans

METAIRIE, La. (AP) As much as Saints All-Pro Cam Jordan admires his father, Steve, and effusively praises the former Minnesota Vikings tight end, he hasn't been able to resist the urge to be his own man.

» Thursday, January 11, 2018

Saints’ Jordan aims to disappoint his dad’s old fans

METAIRIE, La. (AP) As much as Saints All-Pro Cam Jordan admires his father, Steve, and effusively praises the former Minnesota Vikings tight end, he hasn't been able to resist the urge to be his own man.

Look out Eagles, Falcons looked Super Bowl-ready last week

What America saw last weekend from the Atlanta Falcons was similar to what the team showed for 2+ quarters of last year's Super Bowl.

Saints’ Jordan aims to disappoint his dad’s old fans

METAIRIE, La. (AP) As much as Saints All-Pro Cam Jordon admires his father, Steve, and effusively praises the former Minnesota Vikings tight end, he hasn't been able to resist the urge to be his own man.

Falcons’ Jones ignores aches and pains to stay on the field

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Even Julio Jones was caught off guard when someone mentioned all the various body parts he's had to nurse back to health this season.

NFL to ’look into’ whether Raiders violated Rooney Rule

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The NFL said Thursday it will investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the ''Rooney Rule'' when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

Roethlisberger’s resurgence faces stiff test against Jaguars

PITTSBURGH (AP) The words that threatened to define Ben Roethlisberger's season were uttered almost as an afterthought and with more than a hint of frustrated sarcasm.

Jaguars’ Ramsey relishes All-Pro matchup vs Steelers’ Brown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles remembers the first time Jalen Ramsey got under his skin.

Titans, Jaguar aim to show they’re the real deal in AFC

The general belief is there are four contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC, two in the AFC.

Brady bullish in focus on Titans after drama-filled week

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Maybe the Tennessee Titans are coming up for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the perfect time.

Author Patterson to tell Aaron Hernandez story in TV special

BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's life and death will be the subject of a one-hour special episode of ''48 Hours'' to be broadcast on Jan. 20.

Jaguars-Steelers Capsule

JACKSONVILLE (11-6) at PITTSBURGH (13-3)

Titans-Patriots Capsule

TITANS (10-7) at PATRIOTS (13-3)

Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events, with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games.

Titans’ Henry looks to build on postseason debut vs Patriots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derrick Henry isn't a big or brash talker. That's what made the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner calling his performance ''kind of soft'' in Tennessee's regular-season finale stand out.

Saints-Vikings Capsule

NEW ORLEANS (12-5) at MINNESOTA (13-3)

Falcons-Eagles Capsule

ATLANTA (11-6) vs. PHILADELPHIA (13-3)

Ajayi ready to give Eagles a ride on Jay Train vs. Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jay Ajayi is rested, refreshed and ready.

Looks out Eagles, Falcons looked Super Bowl-ready last week

What America saw last weekend from the Atlanta Falcons was similar to what the team showed for 2+ quarters of last year's Super Bowl.

Raiders vs Seahawks in 1st NFL game at new Tottenham stadium

LONDON (AP) The NFL is heading to a new destination in London, and the first match-up at English Premier League club Tottenham will be the Oakland Raiders against the Seattle Seahawks in October.

Bengals introduce Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals and their coach, Marvin Lewis, don't like major changes.

Raiders vs Seahawks in 1st NFL game at new Tottenham stadium

LONDON (AP) The Oakland Raiders will host the Seattle Seahawks in the first NFL game at the new London stadium of English Premier League club Tottenham.

Cindy Crawford recreates iconic Super Bowl ad 26 years later

NEW YORK (AP) Cindy Crawford is heading back to the Super Bowl: The model has recreated her iconic 1992 Super Bowl ad for Pepsi, now featuring her 18-year-old son.

AP source: Panthers interviewing Turner for coordinator spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Turner family could be growing within the Carolina Panthers organization.

AP source: Panthers interviewing Turner for coordinator spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are interviewing Norv Turner for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events, with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games.

Cindy Crawford recreates iconic Super Bowl ad 26 years later

NEW YORK (AP) Cindy Crawford is heading back to the Super Bowl: The model has recreated her iconic 1992 Super Bowl ad for Pepsi, now featuring her 18-year-old son.

Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games.

» Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Advocacy group asks whether Raiders followed Rooney Rule

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Fritz Pollard Alliance called Wednesday for the NFL to investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the ''Rooney Rule'' when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

Rams GM Snead has tough offseason puzzle for NFC West champs

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead has to put together a complicated puzzle this offseason.

Rams GM Snead has tough offseason puzzle for NFC West champs

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead has to put together a complicated puzzle this offseason.

Recording of racial epithet played at Pilot Flying J trial

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) The fraud trial for four former executives and sales staff at the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J took a detour Wednesday when prosecutors played a portion of secret recordings that included one of the defendants saying the n-word and disparaging his boss' NFL team.

Bears hire Hiestand for second stint as offensive line coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have hired Harry Hiestand for a second stint as their offensive line coach.

Vikings put faith in Forbath’s leg, as Lutz satisfies Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Kai Forbath was planning to move into an apartment in New Orleans the week of the 2016 season opener, when a phone call from the Saints quickly turned his day upside down.

Business plan: Bell ready to carry heavy load for Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) This was always part of Le'Veon Bell's business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he decided to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender.

Dick LeBeau vs Bill Belichick meet in rare playoff battle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dick LeBeau vs. Bill Belichick.

Saints add offensive, defensive linemen to active roster

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have placed left guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on injured reserve and added offensive tackle Bryce Harris and defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton to their active roster.

Dick LeBeau vs Bill Belichick meet in rare playoff battle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dick LeBeau vs. Bill Belichick.

Mariota a challenge for New England’s defense

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Safety Duron Harmon and his buddies on the New England defense know they have to deal with Marcus Mariota's ''unique skill'' set when the Tennessee Titans visit the Patriots for Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game.

Nick Foles used Eagles bye week to go back to basics.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles used the bye week to go back to basics.

Seahawks shake up staff, fire Bevell, Cable

RENTON, Wash. (AP) What's expected to be an offseason makeover for the Seattle Seahawks is starting with its coaching staff.

QB Ryan back with Falcons after missing 1 day of practice

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said he'll be ready for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game at Philadelphia after missing Tuesday's practice for personal reasons.

Recording of racial epithet played at Pilot Flying J trial

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Jurors in the fraud trial of former executives at the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J have heard a portion of secret recordings that include one of the defendants saying the n-word.

Injured Steelers LB Ryan Shazier attends practice

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier won't play again this season.

Seahawks shake up staff, fire Bevell, Cable

RENTON, Wash. (AP) What's expected to be an offseason makeover for the Seattle Seahawks is starting with its coaching staff.

Titans running back DeMarco Murray will not play vs Pats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says running back DeMarco Murray will not play against the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round.

Jaguars’ LB Brown in boot after spraining ankle in practice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars backup linebacker Blair Brown sprained his left ankle during practice Wednesday, a potentially big loss considering starters Telvin Smith and Paul Posluszny already were dealing with injuries.

Broncos fill more assistant coach openings

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Broncos coach Vance Joseph is going with experience this time, hiring Tom McMahon to replace Brock Olivo as his special teams coordinator.

Jaguars QB Bortles says criticism will ’probably never stop’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles' first postseason victory came with a hefty dose of criticism, maybe even more than ever before.

Injured Steelers LB Ryan Shazier attends practice

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier has attended practice for the first time since injuring his spine against Cincinnati last month.

Gruden tasked with getting best out of Carr for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden has never had a promising, young quarterback like Derek Carr to develop in 11 seasons as an NFL head coach.

Browns add Packers execs Wolf, Highsmith to front office

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns' roster still needs major work. Their front office is starting to shape up.

Giants interview former Broncos assistant Eric Studesville

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have seemingly wrapped up their first round of interviews for a new coach.

Injured Steelers LB Ryan Shazier attends practice

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier attended practice on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his spine against Cincinnati last month.

LA Chargers sign kicker Roberto Aguayo to reserve contract

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers have signed kicker Roberto Aguayo to a reserve/future contract.

QB Ryan back with Falcons after missing 1 day of practice

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is back with the team after missing Tuesday's practice to attend to an undisclosed personal matter.

Browns add Packers execs Wolf, Highsmith to front office

CLEVELAND (AP) New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey has added former Green Bay executives Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith to his revamped front office.

» Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chargers retain coordinators Gus Bradley, Ken Whisenhunt

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers have retained defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Taylor promoted to Rams QBs coach

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Zac Taylor has been named the Los Angeles Rams' quarterbacks coach.

Gruden excited to meet Lynch now that he’s coach, not media

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden hopes he'll finally get the chance to meet Marshawn Lynch now that he's coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Gruden welcomed back to Raiders 16 years after departure

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden finally decided the time was right to finish what he nearly achieved in his first stint in Oakland and deliver another Super Bowl title to the Raiders.

Manuel getting good results as Falcons defensive coordinator

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Marquand Manuel has taught Atlanta's defense how to do a better job of closing out games in his first season as an NFL coordinator.

Titans confident with Marcus Mariota doing bit of everything

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan says he kind of blacked out.

New Bears coach Nagy faces big task to lift struggling team

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) As the interview unfolded, Matt Nagy could sense the Chicago Bears were a fit for him.

Titans confident with Marcus Mariota doing bit of everything

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan says he kind of blacked out.

New York Jets DB accused of possessing marijuana-laced candy

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) New York Jets player Rashard Robinson has been accused of possessing marijuana-laced candy.

Gruden welcomed back to Raiders 16 years after departure

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden finally decided the time was right to finish what he nearly achieved in his first stint in Oakland and deliver another Super Bowl title to the Raiders.

Chiefs promote Bieniemy to fill offensive coordinator job

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have promoted running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator, filling the job that Matt Nagy left open when he was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Gronk: Belichick knows to how help Pats avoid distractions

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Rob Gronkowski says coach Bill Belichick makes it easy for the New England Patriots to ignore distractions such as the one created by last week's ESPN report.

Bills GM keeping options open in deciding QB Taylor’s future

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane is keeping his options open and intends to take his time determining whether quarterback Tyrod Taylor will return for a fourth season.

Martindale promoted to Ravens defensive coordinator

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has promoted linebackers coach Don Martindale to defensive coordinator, assuring a seamless transition in the wake of Dean Pees' retirement.

Ryan misses Falcons’ practice because of personal matter

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan left team headquarters because of an undisclosed personal matter and did not practice with the team.

Gruden welcomed back to Raiders 16 years after departure

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden was welcomed back for a second stint as Oakland Raiders coach with an elaborate introductory news conference.

Jets’ Rashard Robinson arrested with pot-laced candy

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) New York Jets player Rashard Robinson has been accused of possessing marijuana-laced candy.

Gruden welcomed back to Raiders 16 years after departure

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden was welcomed back for a second stint as Oakland Raiders coach with an elaborate introductory news conference.

Steelers prepping for heavy dose of Jacksonville’s run game

PITTSBURGH (AP) Technically it went into the scorebook as a 2-yard touchdown run.

Panthers fire offensive coordinator Shula, QBs coach Dorsey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera fired longtime offensive coordinator Mike Shula on Tuesday, saying the team's offense needs a ''different perspective.''

New Bears coach Nagy faces big task to lift struggling team

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) New Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he is looking forward to working with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and leading a team that he insists is poised to make a jump.

Jaguars sputter as NFL’s top rushing attack slows to crawl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars will go down in history as the NFL's top rushing team in 2017.

Giants interview Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have interviewed Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for their vacant head coaching job.

Bills GM says Incognito comments may have been misunderstood

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills general manager Brandon Beane said there may have been a misunderstanding during an on-field exchange that led to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accusing Buffalo guard Richie Incognito of using ''weak racist slurs.''

Eagles had right formula for success vs Falcons last season

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Atlanta's high-flying offense had its way with every defense it faced in 2016 on the way to the Super Bowl except Jim Schwartz's unit.

Bills GM keeping options open in deciding QB Taylor’s future

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane is keeping his options open when evaluating quarterback Tyrod Taylor's future and determining whether the team needs to upgrade the position.

Yahoo Sports to livestream NFL games rest of month

NEW YORK (AP) Yahoo Sports will livestream all four divisional playoff games this weekend and the conference championships as an appetizer for next season when every game from the preseason to the Super Bowl will be livestreamed on its sports app.

Panthers fire offensive coordinator Shula, QBs coach Dorsey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mike Shula is out in Carolina.

Panthers fire offensive coordinator Shula, QBs coach Dorsey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey two days after a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Man of Year winners to gather at Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) How about getting this group together: Hall of Famers Franco Harris, Roger Staubach and LaDainian Tomlinson, plus Peyton Manning and Eli Manning and Larry Fitzgerald?

» Monday, January 8, 2018

Saints a revenge game for Vikings fans; players not so much

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) For fans of the Minnesota Vikings, at least the ones old enough to drive, there's a score to be settled with the New Orleans Saints.

Saints assert they’ve evolved considerably since Week 1

METAIRIE, La. (AP) For Saints coach Sean Payton and his players, it's a bit of a stretch to call their return to Minnesota a rematch.

Eagles aware of historic underdog status against Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carson Wentz's value to the Philadelphia Eagles is reflected clearly in a historic betting line.

Bengals hire Detroit’s Austin as defensive coordinator

CINCINNATI (AP) �� The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator.

GM Gutekunst part of revamped Packers front office structure

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) A rare losing season without a playoff appearance led to significant front office changes for the Green Bay Packers.

Brown nears return as Steelers get set for rematch with Jags

PITTSBURGH (AP) Even as he sat in the back of a police car sprinting to the hospital to get a precise prognosis on his injured left calf while the Pittsburgh Steelers played on without him during a loss to New England three weeks ago, Antonio Brown always believed he'd be back.

49ers hire former Raiders DC Ken Norton Jr. as assistant

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have hired former Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. as an assistant head coach.

Belichick ’absolutely’ intends to return as Patriots coach

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Under Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots have often thrived when inundated with scrutiny from outside of their locker room.

Bills playoff drought over; rebuilding plan to continue

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Brief and disappointing as the Buffalo Bills' first playoff appearance in 18 years was, veteran center Eric Wood can already find a bright side.

Chicago Bears hire Chiefs assistant Matt Nagy as coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears were looking for a coach to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and help a founding NFL franchise emerge from one of its worst runs.

Panthers enter uncertain offseason, beginning with ownership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers enter an offseason of uncertainty unlike any other in the 23-year history of the franchise following their 31-26 wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

NFL, NFLPA to review how Panthers handled hit on QB Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Interim general manager Marty Hurney insists the Carolina Panthers handled the medical treatment of quarterback Cam Newton ''the right way'' during Sunday's 31-26 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Ngakoue stands by tweet, says Incognito ’knows what he said’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Yannick Ngakoue says whatever Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito was trying to accomplish didn't work.

NFL, NFLPA to review how Panthers handled hit on QB Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NFL and NFL Players Association plan to conduct a joint review to determine if the Carolina Panthers followed the correct concussion protocol with quarterback Cam Newton in their 31-26 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Bills coaches, Triplette’s crew weren’t primed for playoffs

The Buffalo Bills' long-awaited playoff appearance might not have been so short-lived had their coaching staff played the percentages and not a hunch in their 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ngakoue stands by tweet, says Incognito ’knows what he said’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue stood by his tweet accusing Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito of using ''weak racist slurs'' during their playoff game, but declined Monday to provide more details about what was said.

Chicago Bears hire Chiefs assistant Matt Nagy as coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach Monday, hoping he can help a foundering NFL franchise emerge from one of the worst runs in its history.

Pink to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Pink is heading to the Super Bowl to sing the national anthem.

Brian Gutekunst succeeds Ted Thompson as Packers GM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have promoted Brian Gutekunst to general manager.

Belichick ’absolutely’ intends to return as Patriots coach

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Bill Belichick says he ''absolutely'' intends to return as New England Patriots coach next season despite reports of turmoil involving himself, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft.

Call Titans ugly or gritty, they keep finding ways to win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Go ahead and pick against the Tennessee Titans. Count them out against the New England Patriots or call them the ugliest team left in the NFL playoffs.

Saints beat Panthers, confident about rematch with Vikings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints face the prospect of seeing their season end where it began.

» Sunday, January 7, 2018

Panthers unable to convert pivotal plays in playoff loss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers had a first down at the New Orleans 21 with 41 seconds left and a chance for a winning touchdown that seemed improbable when they trailed by more than two touchdowns late in the first half.

Brees, defensive stand, help Saints survive Panthers, 31-26

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan grinned playfully as he glanced up at a bottle of red wine in the top shelf of his locker and asked if anyone knew Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's address.

Ngakoue says Incognito used "weak racist slurs" during game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue says Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito used ''weak racist slurs'' during their playoff game Sunday.

Brees, defensive stand, help Saints survive Panthers, 31-26

NEW ORLEANS (AP) ��� Saints All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan grinned playfully as he glanced up at a bottle of red wine in the top shelf of his locker and asked if anyone knew Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's address.

The Patriots are rested, recharged and rankled

Recharged and rankled are the New England Patriots, who await a visit from the Tennessee Titans in the AFC divisional playoffs next weekend.

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The Patriots are rested, recharged and rankled

Recharged and rekindled are the New England Patriots, who await a visit from the Tennessee Titans in the AFC divisional playoffs next weekend.

The Latest: Brees, Saints hold off Panthers 31-26

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Jaguars defense shines in ugly, 10-3 victory against Bills

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey wasted little time turning his attention to Jacksonville's next playoff game.

Bills lament missed opportunities in AFC wild-card loss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Despite exceeding expectations by making the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, the Buffalo Bills lamented missed opportunities in their 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday.

The Latest: Newton’s TD pass cuts deficit to 24-19

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Titans owner dispels rumors: Mularkey not going anywhere

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee owner Amy Adams Strunk shot down speculation that Mike Mularkey's job is at risk, saying her coach is going nowhere after helping change the Titans' culture and getting their first playoff victory in 14 years.

The Latest: Saints have 21-9 lead over Panthers at the half

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The Latest: Saints grab 14-3 lead over Panthers

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Rams see bright future after turnaround season ends early

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams exceeded every expectation and stunned the NFL during their surge to an 11-win season and the NFC West title.

Chiefs, Smith head into offseason with even more questions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The final pass Alex Smith threw this season was an incompletion over the middle on fourth down, one that would have given the Kansas City Chiefs a chance to kick a winning field goal had he completed it.

The Latest: Jaguars beat Bills 10-3 to advance to 2nd round

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AP source: Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Green Bay Packers are promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to be the team's next general manager, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Key lineman active in Panthers-Saints playoff clash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers each are getting starting offensive linemen back for their early round playoff matchup.

AP source: Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

MILWAUKEE (AP) A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Green Bay Packers are promoting player personnel director Brian Gutekunst to be the team's next general manager.

The Latest: Jaguars lead Bills 10-3 after 3rd quarter

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Playoff experience gives ’battle-tested’ Falcons edge

ATLANTA (AP) Experience could be the Atlanta Falcons' big edge as the only team in the NFC playoffs for the second straight year.

Titans owner dispels rumors: Mularkey not going anywhere

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee owner Amy Adams Strunk shot down speculation that Mike Mularkey's job is at risk, saying her coach is going nowhere after helping change the Titans' culture and getting their first playoff victory in 14 years.

The Latest: Bills-Jaguars tied at 3-3 at halftime

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The Latest: Bills-Jaguars game scoreless after 1st quarter

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Titans owner dispels rumors: Mularkey not going anywhere

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee owner Amy Adams Strunk says that coach Mike Mularkey is going nowhere after helping change the Titans' culture and getting their first playoff victory in 14 years.

Bills’ McCoy in starting lineup for playoff game at Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is in the starting lineup against Jacksonville.

Bears interview Chiefs’ Nagy for coaching job

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears were interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for their head coaching job.

NFL playoffs continue with Bills-Jaguars, Panthers-Saints

The NFL playoffs continue Sunday with a doubleheader starting in Jacksonville, Florida, where the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills ended lengthy postseason droughts to make a wild-card game.

Bills’ McCoy in starting lineup for playoff game at Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is in the starting lineup against Jacksonville.

Bills’ McCoy in starting lineup for playoff game at Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is in the starting lineup against Jacksonville.

Playoffs could change perception for QBs Taylor, Bortles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Benched earlier this season and questioned for years, Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles have a chance to change public perception on the NFL's playoff stage.

Falcons hitting road back to Super Bowl with 26-13 win in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Atlanta Falcons know they'll have to win three consecutive road games to get a chance for Super Bowl redemption.

Rams schooled by Falcons in return to playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Well, that didn't last long.

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Rams schooled by Falcons in return to playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Well, that didn't last long.

» Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Latest: Falcons topple Rams 26-13, face Eagles next

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Ryan leads Falcons’ 26-13 playoff win over upstart LA Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons showed the upstart Los Angeles Rams what playoff poise is all about.

Titans rally from 21-3 hole, beat Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Marcus Mariota did everything he could to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing a crazy touchdown pass to himself , running for crucial first downs and providing the kind of spark that Tennessee needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole.

Titans, Mularkey not feeling much support in playoff push

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Mularkey had heard the rumblings about his job status, and seen all those reports that claimed he would be fired by the Titans if they lost their playoff opener to Kansas City.

The Latest: Falcons lead Rams 13-10 at halftime

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Chiefs’ home playoff curse continues in loss to Titans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Smith has been part of some embarrassing playoff defeats in Kansas City, including the Chiefs' huge blown lead in Indianapolis several years ago and the nip-and-tuck loss to Pittsburgh last season.

Raiders officially announce hiring of Gruden as coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Jon Gruden as their coach.

The Latest: Goff throws TD pass, Rams cut deficit to 13-7

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The Latest: NFL playoffs back in LA

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The Latest: Titans rally for 22-21 lead in 4th quarter

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Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious.

Rams’ Barron, Cooper active for playoff meeting with Falcons

LOS ANGELES (AP) Linebacker Mark Barron and kick returner Pharoh Cooper are active for the Los Angeles Rams' wild-card playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Latest: Titans’ Mariota throws TD pass to himself

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The Latest: Chiefs lead Titans 21-3 at halftime

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The Latest: Chiefs lead 14-3 Titans late in 1st half

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Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur talks to Giants

The New York Giants interviewed Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on Saturday for their vacant head coaching job.

ESPN’s Katie Nolan calls Trump ’stupid person’ on Viceland

NEW YORK (AP) Katie Nolan co-hosted on Twitter the ESPN pregame show for an NFL game on Saturday, three days after using an expletive and calling President Donald Trump a ''stupid person.''

The Latest: Gruden getting close view at likely future rival

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Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious.

Titans visit Chiefs as NFL playoffs begin

The NFL playoffs get started Saturday with a doubleheader starting in Kansas City, where the Chiefs will try to beat Tennessee for their first home postseason win in nearly a quarter century.

Saints-Panthers rivalry becomes a trilogy in the playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints coach Sean Payton takes a small measure of comfort in New Orleans' regular-season sweep of Carolina.

Titans’ Spain active for AFC playoff game vs Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Titans left guard Quinton Spain is active for Tennessee's wild-card playoff game against the Chiefs, while tight end Jonnu Smith and cornerback Kalan Reed are also active.

Bears interview John DeFilippo for head coaching job

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears say they were interviewing Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for their head coaching job.

Panthers seek stability, give Rivera contract extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Seeking stability amid an uncertain future, the Carolina Panthers signed coach Ron Rivera to a two-year contract extension on Saturday.

Thousands of Browns fans protest 0-16 season at cold parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland Browns fans, some of them chanting for owner Jimmy Haslam to sell the team, paraded to protest a 0-16 season.

Thousands of Browns fans protest 0-16 season at cold parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland Browns fans, some of them chanting for owner Jimmy Haslam to sell the team, paraded to protest a 0-16 season.

Panthers give coach Ron Rivera 2-year contract extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera has signed a two-year extension keeping him under contract through the 2020 season.

McNabb, Davis out at ESPN after sex misconduct investigation

NEW YORK (AP) Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis have been dismissed from ESPN following an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network.

McNabb, Davis out at ESPN after sex misconduct investigation

NEW YORK (AP) Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis have been dismissed from ESPN following an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network.

Chiefs, Titans meet to end years of postseason futility

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland was in swaddling blankets the previous time Kansas City won a home playoff game.

LA Rams make long-awaited playoff return vs tested Falcons

LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons visited the Coliseum late last season on their path to the Super Bowl, and they easily racked up a blowout victory over the woebegone Los Angeles Rams.

» Friday, January 5, 2018

AP Source: Lions block Packers from interviewing Austin

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions have denied permission for the Green Bay Packers to interview Teryl Austin about their defensive coordinator position, according to a person familiar with the situation.

NFL wraps up $30 million commitment to neurological research

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is sending the remaining portion of a $30 million investment in neurological research to government-funded entities despite ending the original agreement for the project.

Bears interview Shurmur, McDaniels for coaching job

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears interviewed the offensive coordinators in Minnesota and New England for their coaching job on Friday.

Giants interview Patriots coordinators Patricia, McDaniels

The New York Giants had the busiest day in their search for a new coach, interviewing New England Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia.

Saints’ Ingram, Kamara aim to embody friendly competition

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are getting along famously - at least by appearances.

Dominant, unselfish Vikings defense is Super Bowl ready

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) No team in the NFL this season allowed fewer points or yards than the Minnesota Vikings, putting them in better position than any of their competitors to prove that old ''defense wins championships'' adage to be true.

Dolphins’ Landry fined $48,620 for unsportsmanlike conduct

MIAMI (AP) Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has been fined $48,620 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct, but he avoided a suspension for his role in a brawl with the Buffalo Bills.

AP Source: Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago.

On football: Terrell Owens belongs in Canton

When Pro Football Hall of Fame voters meet the day before the Super Bowl to choose the Class of 2018, the decision to select Terrell Owens should take less time than it does to microwave a bag of popcorn.

List of notable NFL injuries this season

Some of the star NFL players who got hurt in 2017:

McCoy, Brown big questions heading into postseason

Much of the NFL season seemed like a Hollywood sequel without the leading actors from the original as injuries claimed so many superstars, leaving the playoff field awash in postseason party crashers .

Distractions? What distractions? Steelers rise above fray

PITTSBURGH (AP) If Cam Heyward's being honest, he's lost count of distractions the Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with this season, be they self-created, overblown or otherwise.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee questionable against Bills

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee practiced for the first time in three weeks Friday, increasing his chances of playing in a wild-card game against Buffalo.

Broncos have agreements with 3 new assistants

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have reached agreements with three new assistants, including former New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to serve as their new quarterbacks coach.

Cousins ready for waiting game with Redskins this offseason

VIENNA, Va. (AP) Kirk Cousins says he is likely to wait until March for any possible negotiations with the Washington Redskins, indicating he would first make the team decide whether to apply a transition or franchise tag on him for the third year in a row.

AP Source: Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago.

Ravens hire Urban as QBs coach, retain RB coach Greg Roman

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have hired James Urban as their quarterbacks coach and given running backs coach Greg Roman the additional title of assistant head coach.

Ravens hire Urban as QBs coach, retain RB coach Greg Roman

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have hired James Urban as their quarterbacks coach and given running backs coach Greg Roman the additional title of assistant head coach.

Cousins ready for waiting game with Redskins this offseason

VIENNA, Va. (AP) Kirk Cousins says he is likely to wait until March for any possible negotiations with the Washington Redskins, indicating he would first make the team decide whether to apply a transition or franchise tag on him for the third year in a row.

Bills RB McCoy questionable for playoff game at Jacksonville

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is questionable for Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Steelers receivers growing up with star Brown sidelined

PITTSBURGH (AP) Antonio Brown's locker sat empty on Friday save for the stack of cardboard boxes pushed off to the side, items the Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver hasn't gotten around to unpacking just yet. The All-Pro is too busy trying to get his injured left calf ready in time for Pittsburgh's division playoff game to worry about wading into his ever-expanding universe of swag.

Patriots insist there’s no Kraft, Belichick, Brady rift

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) On the field, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are right where they want to be heading into the postseason.

AP Source: Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach.

Eagles use bye week to get back to basics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Earning a bye week gave the Philadelphia Eagles an opportunity to work even harder.

Cousins ready for waiting game with Redskins this offseason

VIENNA, Va. (AP) Kirk Cousins says he is likely to wait until March for any possible negotiations with the Washington Redskins, indicating he would first make the team decide whether to apply a transition or franchise tag on him for the third year in a row.

Giants interview Patriots defensive coordinator Patricia

The New York Giants have interviewed New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their vacant head coaching job.

Steelers’ Antonio Brown, unanimous choice on AP All-Pro Team

The stunning turnaround by the Jacksonville Jaguars shows best in the NFL standings - and the All-Pro Team.

Patriots insist there’s no Kraft, Belichick, Brady rift

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots dismissed as ''flat-out inaccurate'' a report suggesting a rift involving owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

ON football: Terrell Owens belongs in Canton

When Pro Football Hall of Fame voters meet the day before the Super Bowl to choose the Class of 2018, the decision to select Terrell Owens should take less time than it does to microwave a bag of popcorn.

Patriots insist there’s no Kraft, Belichick, Brady rift

FOXBOROOUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots say a report suggesting a rift involving owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady is ''flat-out inaccurate.''

Falcons-Rams Capsule

LOS ANGELES (AP) ATLANTA (10-6) vs LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-5)

Bears interview Vikings OC Shurmur for coaching job

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is interviewing for the Chicago Bears' coaching job.

Steelers’ Antonio Brown, unanimous choice on AP All-Pro Team

Antonio Brown was one of four repeaters from last season on The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, and the only unanimous choice.

Jaguars’ defense concerned with number of big plays lately

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville's vaunted defense suddenly seems vulnerable to big plays.

Steelers’ Antonio Brown, unanimous choice on AP All-Pro Team

Antonio Brown is one of four repeaters from last season on The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, and the only unanimous choice.

Misery march: Browns fans facing bitter cold for 0-16 parade

CLEVELAND (AP) The weather conditions will be suitably brutal. Like the Cleveland Browns' season.

Misery march: Browns fans facing bitter cold for 0-16 parade

CLEVELAND (AP) The weather conditions will be suitably brutal. Like the Cleveland Browns' season.

Jaguars donate 1,000 NFL playoff tickets to refugees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars will donate 1,000 playoff tickets to refugees from around the world and to Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria who have settled in the Jacksonville area.

Jaguars donate 1,000 NFL playoff tickets to refugees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars will donate 1,000 playoff tickets to refugees from around the world and to Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria who have settled in the Jacksonville area.

Gruden could follow coaches who sat out before return

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) If Jon Gruden does leave the comforts of the broadcast booth for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders, he wouldn't be the first coach lured back to the sidelines after a long hiatus from the profession.

» Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bills, Jags, Titans, LA spectators no more as playoffs begin

Welcome back, Buffalo. You, too, Jacksonville and Tennessee. It's been a while, Los Angeles.

Bears interview Vikings DC Edwards for coaching job

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears say they have interviewed Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards for their coaching job.

Jaguars owner praises Tom Coughlin, backs Blake Bortles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan felt the organization ''lacked football IQ'' in previous years.

Jags rookie Fournette buys Rolex watches for offensive line

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Fournette's thousand-yard season is costing him thousands.

AP source: Dolphins hire Washburn as offensive line coach

MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Dolphins have hired a former Chicago Bears assistant for the second time this week, giving Jeremiah Washburn the job of offensive line coach.

Father of Steelers star Shazier says injured LB is improving

PITTSBURGH (AP) The father of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier says his son has made significant progress since suffering a spinal injury in Cincinnati last month.

Doug Baldwin replaces Larry Fitzgerald on Pro Bowl roster

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was added to the Pro Bowl roster Thursday to replace injured Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Winter storm delays New York Giants’ search for coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants' coaching search was delayed by a winter storm that dumped nearly a 1 1/2 feet of snow on some New Jersey shore towns.

Jags rookie Fournette buys Rolex watches for offensive line

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Fournette's thousand-yard season is costing him thousands.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy’s status uncertain vs Jaguars

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says he's making progress with his right ankle injury but his status is uncertain for Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

NFL Playoffs: Plenty of teams with not-so-Super pedigrees

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons' claim to fame is the crushing way they lost a Super Bowl.

Matt LaFleur sees similarities between Rams and Falcons

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Matt LaFleur knows the Falcons well after spending the previous two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Atlanta before joining the Los Angeles Rams.

Chiefs to hold training camp at Missouri Western in 2018

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs and Missouri Western State University agreed to a deal Thursday that will keep the NFL franchise on the school's campus for training camp next season and potentially beyond.

Jaguars owner praises Tom Coughlin, backs Blake Bortles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan felt the organization ''lacked football IQ'' in previous years.

GM Telesco proud of Chargers’ progress in relocation season

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) General manager Tom Telesco believes the Los Angeles Chargers are starting to make themselves at home.

Panthers hoping playoff experience pays off in postseason

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When it comes to the playoffs, the Carolina Panthers have been there, done that.

Lazor gets chance to resurrect Bengals’ league-worst offense

CINCINNATI (AP) When Bill Lazor looks at the Bengals' playbook, he sees the imprint of three coordinators. He's getting a chance to try to pull it all together and resurrect the NFL's least-productive offense - a shocking statistic for a talented unit.

Panthers-Saints Capsule

CAROLINA (11-5) at NEW ORLEANS (11-5)

Bills-Jaguars Capsule

BUFFALO (9-7) at JACKSONVILLE (10-6)

Topsy-turvy NFC playoff field: 5 newcomers plus Falcons

In the topsy-turvy NFC playoffs, only the Falcons return from last year, and they sneaked in as the sixth and final team. They narrowly avoided the same fate as the Cowboys, Seahawks, Packers, Giants and Lions - all sitting this one out.

Falcons-Rams Capsule

LOS ANGELES (AP) ATLANTA (10-6) vs LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-5)

Scoring on Titans safety’s bucket list after 8 interceptions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee safety Kevin Byard is hoping to scratch one more thing off his bucket list.

Brady, Patriots again top the AFC playoff field

In a year when two-thirds of the NFL playoff field is new, the AFC still features fixtures Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger , who have seven Super Bowl rings between them, and Alex Smith, who is coming off his best season of his 13-year career.

Titans-Chiefs Capsule

TENNESSEE (9-7) at KANSAS CITY (10-6)

Pro Picks looking to beat the spread in playoffs

Pro Picks heads into the postseason with an incredible record straight up, 70 games over .500. A coach would have a lifetime contract for such an impressive showing.

Jay Ajayi could turn into workhorse for Eagles in playoffs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jay Ajayi has fit in nicely with a rotation of running backs on the Philadelphia Eagles since his arrival from Miami at the trade deadline.

Staff shakeup part of McCarthy’s effort to get Pack on track

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The standards are high in a place nicknamed ''Titletown.''

Steelers coordinator Haley says bar incident a "non-issue"

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley says the team told him an incident at a restaurant last weekend near Heinz Field is a ''non-issue.''

Wycheck on Bills bandwagon 18 years after Music City Miracle

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Of all the people glued to their TVs rooting for the Buffalo Bills to finally - and mercifully - end their 17-season playoff drought last weekend, one curiously stood out: former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck.

Missing playoffs could equal personnel changes for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Pete Carroll knows after eight seasons in charge of the Seattle Seahawks that his message always needs to evolve.

Harbaugh retains coaches, seeks personnel change for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Forced to assess the 2017 season far sooner than anticipated, Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged changes must be made for Baltimore to snap its three-year run missing the playoffs.

DeMarco Murray out for Titans, guard questionable vs. Chiefs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray will miss his second straight game with the Titans ruling him out against the Kansas City Chiefs in their AFC wild-card game Saturday.

Pro Picks looking to beat the spread in playoffs

Pro Picks heads into the postseason with an incredible record straight up, 70 games over .500. A coach would have a lifetime contract for such an impressive showing.

Wycheck on Bills bandwagon 18 years after Music City Miracle

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Of all the people glued to their TVs rooting for the Buffalo Bills to finally - and mercifully - end their 17-season playoff drought last weekend, one curiously stood out: former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck.

Wycheck on Bills bandwagon 18 years after Music City Miracle

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Of all the people glued to their TVs rooting for the Buffalo Bills to finally - and mercifully - end their 17-season playoff drought last weekend, one curiously stood out: former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck.

Packers’ McCarthy addresses coaching staff changes

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team is working through some hard times following a disappointing season.

» Wednesday, January 3, 2018

AP source: Dolphins will hire Dowell Loggains as coordinator

MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Dolphins will hire former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains as their offensive coordinator.

At 70, Rams’ Wade Phillips leads another dynamite defense

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams haven't been to the playoffs in 13 years. Their roster has only six players with NFL postseason experience, and they're led by the youngest head coach ever to earn a playoff berth.

Saints defense bracing for first test vs Panthers’ Olsen

METAIRIE, La. (AP) When Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore finished reviewing game video of the latest performance by New Orleans' defense, he came away unimpressed, but not discouraged.

Raiders headquarters land deal offered by city near Vegas

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) The Oakland Raiders came one step closer to securing the land the team needs for its new headquarters and practice facility near Las Vegas - and at a steep discount.

Rams, Chargers show off construction of new stadium

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams and Chargers have shown off their future new home rising from a very deep hole in suburban Inglewood.

Steelers standout O-line a tribute to Munchak’s approach

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Munchak doesn't live in a bubble.

Packers make it official: Capers out as D-coordinator

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have announced the departure of veteran defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo interviews for Giants’ top job

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have started the interview process for their head coaching job by starting with the man who ran the team for the final month of a disastrous season.

Sam Bradford on latest comeback: ’Really hard to let it go.’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The worst-case scenario fear surfaced in Sam Bradford's mind at midseason, in the aftermath of the 30-year-old quarterback's latest surgery on his left knee.

Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo interviews for Giants’ top job

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have started the interview process for their head coaching job by starting with the man who ran the team for the final month of a disastrous season.

Saints defense bracing for first test vs Panthers’ Olsen

METAIRIE, La. (AP) When Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore finished reviewing game video of the latest performance by New Orleans' defense, he came away unimpressed, but not discouraged.

Lions interview Vrabel for coaching opening

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions have interviewed Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel for their coaching position.

Raiders headquarters land deal offered by city near Vegas

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) The Oakland Raiders came one step closer Wednesday to securing the land the team needs for its new headquarters and practice facility near Las Vegas, and at a steep discount.

Martz back, Green debuts as coach at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

WASHINGTON (AP) Mike Martz is back trying to remain undefeated coaching in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl with Darrell Green making his head coaching debut in the all-star game.

Cam Newton key to Panthers playoffs hopes vs. Saints

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton said he lives for pressure-packed moments.

The Latest: Commissioners approve agreement with Raiders

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) The Latest on the Oakland Raiders planned stadium in Las Vegas (all times local):

Seahawks sign former Jags K Jason Myers to future contract

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The search for a kicker in Seattle now includes former Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers after he signed a reserve/future contract with the Seahawks.

Bills RB McCoy misses practice and listed day to day

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Richie Incognito is so accustomed to people counting out the Bills this season, the veteran guard isn't fazed by questions regarding injured running back LeSean McCoy's uncertain status for Buffalo's AFC wild-card playoff game at Jacksonville on Sunday.

Rams, Chargers show off construction of new stadium

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams and Chargers have shown off their future new home rising from a very deep hole in suburban Inglewood.

Broncos, Texans staffs will coach in Senior Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos' staff will coach at the Senior Bowl later this month, where they'll get an up-close look at Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield , who is one of the college quarterbacks sure to be on their radar as they prepare for the NFL draft.

Improving young defense emerges as Falcons’ point of pride

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Ricardo Allen remembers when the Falcons' defense ranked among the worst in the NFL.

Broncos, Texans staffs will coach in Senior Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos' staff will coach at the Senior Bowl later this month, where they'll get an up-close look at Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield , who is one of the college quarterbacks sure to be on their radar as they prepare for the NFL draft.

X-factor: A running Mariota gives Titans another dimension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie might have been the happiest person at practice watching quarterback Marcus Mariota look like, well, Mariota.

More of the same: Bengals stick with Marvin Lewis

CINCINNATI (AP) The assistant head coach is gone, but head coach Marvin Lewis is coming back for a 16th try at a playoff victory.

’If anybody’s going to be hyped’ for Jags-Bills it’s Dareus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus wants to let loose. He's dying to say how he really feels about getting dumped by the Buffalo Bills in October for a late-round draft pick.

Rams, Chargers show off construction of new stadium

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams and Chargers have shown off their future new home rising from a very deep hole in suburban Inglewood.

Bears interview Fangio for coaching job

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears say they have interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their head coaching job.

Gruden: There’s ’good chance’ he’ll return as Raiders coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden says he had a good talk with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis about returning to the organization for a second stint as coach and believes there is a ''good chance'' it will happen.

Dolphins coach: Brawl involving Landry was ’embarrassing’

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Jarvis Landry's return to the Miami Dolphins in 2018 looked a little less likely Wednesday after coach Adam Gase delivered a stinging critique of the excitable receiver's behavior in the season finale.

More of the same: Bengals stick with Marvin Lewis

CINCINNATI (AP) The assistant head coach is gone, but the head coach is coming back for a 16th try at a playoff victory. And so it goes in Cincinnati.

NFL rushing champ Kareem Hunt ready for playoff test

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kareem Hunt has been running through challenges all season.

Bills RB McCoy misses practice and listed day to day

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills running back LeSean McCoy missed practice Wednesday because of a right ankle injury and it's uncertain whether he can play Sunday at Jacksonville in Buffalo's first playoff game in 18 years.

City near Vegas OKs offering land to Raiders for facility

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to securing the land for their new headquarters and practice facility near Las Vegas at a steep discount.

Chiefs put Gaines on IR, sign Charles ahead of playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have placed cornerback Phillip Gaines on injured reserve, possibly ending his time in Kansas City, and signed defensive tackle Stefan Charles ahead of their playoff game against Tennessee.

In copycat NFL, Seattle’s defensive scheme keeps spreading

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Seattle didn't make the playoffs, but its defense essentially did.

Gruden: There’s ’good chance’ he’ll return as Raiders coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden says he had a good talk with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis about returning to the organization for a second stint as coach and believes there is a ''good chance'' it will happen.

Bills RB McCoy to miss practice and listed day to day

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills running back LeSean McCoy won't practice Wednesday because of a right ankle injury, and it's uncertain whether he can play Sunday at Jacksonville in Buffalo's first playoff game in 18 years.

» Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Lions interview Austin, Cooter for head coaching job

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions have interviewed two of their current coordinators for their vacant head coaching job.

Goff makes good on promise to Rams fans with playoff run

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Jared Goff hadn't even been in the NFL for a full year when he stood at a podium in the Coliseum and took responsibility for the latest in the Rams' long line of miserable seasons.

Lewis, Urlacher, Moss among 15 Hall of Fame finalists

Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

Lewis, Urlacher, Moss among 15 Hall of Fame finalists

Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

Pats end regular season at No. 1 in AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ended the regular season where they started it.

Lions interview Austin, Cooter for head coaching job

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions have interviewed both of their current coordinators for their vacant head coaching job.

Playoffs or bust? Looking that way for Cowboys in 2018

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott couldn't duplicate his remarkable rookie year even when fellow first-year star Ezekiel Elliott wasn't suspended.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer retires after 15 NFL seasons

PHOENIX (AP) Coach Bruce Arians once said he and quarterback Carson Palmer would ride away into the sunset together like a pair of old desert cowboys.

Mularkey focused on getting Titans ready for playoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mike Mularkey is about to coach his first NFL postseason game as a head coach, and he isn't reaching out to friends or former bosses for advice.

Lions interview Austin, Cooter for head coaching job

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions have interviewed both of their current coordinators for their vacant head coaching job.

Bills fans flooding Andy Dalton’s foundation with donations

CINCINNATI (AP) Giddy Buffalo fans are making a surge in donations to Andy Dalton's foundation, their way of thanking the Bengals quarterback for his role in the Bills' long-awaited playoff appearance.

Tomlin encouraged by Brown’s recovery from calf issue

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown is inching toward a return from a left calf injury.

Carroll still believes Seahawks can be title contender

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Pete Carroll insisted again that he's not going anywhere. He's intent on remaining the leader of the Seattle Seahawks even if it means many of the faces he spoke to this week while closing out the 2017 season are gone by the time Carroll finally gets to coach his team again.

Playoffs or bust? Looking that way for Cowboys in 2018

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott couldn't duplicate his remarkable rookie year even when fellow first-year star Ezekiel Elliott wasn't suspended.

Vikings OC Shurmur has become hot candidate for head coach

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) With the usual cadre of teams aggressively arranging interviews for head coach vacancies in this first week after the regular season's conclusion, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has become a person of high interest.

O’Brien retains job with Texans; is vague about future

HOUSTON (AP) Coach Bill O'Brien kept his job despite Houston's 4-12 finish and looks to be returning for next season.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer retires after 15 NFL seasons

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.

Garoppolo contract tops 49ers offseason agenda

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo's late-season performance sends the San Francisco 49ers into the offseason with more optimism than typical for a team with a losing record.

Bengals give coach Marvin Lewis 2-year extension

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension Tuesday, providing more chances to try to get the Cincinnati Bengals that playoff victory that has eluded him for 15 seasons.

Matt Ryan leads Falcons back to playoffs despite tough year

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan is in the playoffs for the sixth time in 10 seasons and still searching for the ultimate prize.

Lewis returns but uncertainty still overshadows Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals resolved their biggest offseason question when they gave coach Marvin Lewis a two-year extension through 2019 on Tuesday, providing him yet another chance - a 16th, actually - to try to get a playoff win.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer retires after 15 NFL seasons

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.

Bengals give coach Marvin Lewis 2-year extension

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension Tuesday, providing him yet two more chances to try to get the Cincinnati Bengals the playoff victory that has eluded him for 15 seasons.

Elway, Joseph promise to fix Broncos’ problems in 2018

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Even though John Elway chose continuity over change, major shifts are afoot for the Denver Broncos in the wake of the team's most disappointing season in decades .

Jets head into offseason focused on progress, promise

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Christopher Johnson knew early in the season that his New York Jets were heading in the right direction.

Lewis’ uncertainty overshadows Bengals’ pivotal offseason

CINCINNATI (AP) Talks between Bengals owner Mike Brown and coach Marvin Lewis stretched into a second day Tuesday with no resolution , leaving the franchise in flux as other teams went about filling their vacancies.

Gruden tells paper: ’I hope I’m a candidate’ for Raiders job

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden hopes he's a candidate to return for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders and believes a final decision will be made next week.

33 years and counting since Dolphins reached Super Bowl

MIAMI (AP) Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry wore a sleeveless T-shirt last week bearing the team logo from the early 1970s, and said he liked the old-school look.

Bucs feel they’re headed in right direction under Koetter

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Despite winning just five games and missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feel they're progressing under Dirk Koetter.

Gruden tells paper: ’I hope I’m a candidate’ for Raiders job

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden says he hopes he's a candidate to return for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders and believes a final decision will be made next week.

Bradford returns to practice with playoff-bound Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford returned to practice on Tuesday, two months after a cleanup surgery on his left knee.

Stable Packers embark on offseason of change with GM search

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) One of the NFL's model franchises for stability and success, the Green Bay Packers have embarked on an offseason of change after missing the playoffs and finishing with a losing record for the first time since 2008.

Chiefs’ Smith could be playing for legacy in playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) There is little disputing Alex Smith has had the best season of his 13-year professional career, whether you want to quantify that claim with individual stats or team success.

Raiders issues in 2017 went deeper than coaching

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The problems that plagued the Oakland Raiders this season in their surprising fall from Super Bowl contender to a losing record went much deeper than any coach.

Jaguars enter playoffs with little postseason experience

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Malik Jackson has a Super Bowl ring at home and eight playoff games on his NFL resume.

Broncos CEO has faith in John Elway, Vance Joseph

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos CEO Joe Ellis on Tuesday wrote a letter to fans telling them ticket prices won't be raised next season and thanking them for sticking with the franchise through its first losing season since 2010.

Jaguars enter playoffs with little postseason experience

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Malik Jackson has a Super Bowl ring at home and eight playoff games on his NFL resume.

Cousins uncertainty continues to haunt Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Christmas-colored gift bags with Nikes and more filled the lockers of each offensive lineman.

Stable Packers embark on offseason of change with GM search

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) One of the NFL's model franchises for stability and success, the Green Bay Packers have embarked on an offseason of change after missing the playoffs and finishing with a losing record for the first time since 2008.

Bills fans flooding Andy Dalton’s foundation with donations

CINCINNATI (AP) Giddy Buffalo fans are making a surge in donations to Andy Dalton's foundation, their way of thanking the Bengals quarterback for his role in the Bills' long-awaited playoff appearance.

Chiefs make roster moves ahead of playoff game vs Titans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs put wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas and running back Akeem Hunt on injured reserve and added wide receiver Marcus Kemp and running back C.J. Spiller to the roster on Tuesday.

Falcons place left guard Andy Levitre on injured reserve

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have placed left guard Andy Levitre on season-ending injured reserve four days before they visit the Los Angeles Rams for an NFC wild-card game.

Rock bottom: Browns drop to new depths after 0-16 season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) When Hue Jackson was hired less than two years ago, he was greeted in the lobby of the Browns' headquarters by cheering team employees.

Browns to interview Texans QB coach for O-coordinator job

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns have received permission to interview Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan to be their offensive coordinator.

Bills fans flooding Andy Dalton’s foundation with donations

CINCINNATI (AP) Giddy Buffalo fans are making a surge in donations to Andy Dalton's foundation, their way of thanking the Bengals quarterback for making the Bills' long-awaited playoff appearance possible.

Bradford returns to practice with playoff-bound Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has returned to practice, two months after a cleanup surgery on his left knee.

Ted Thompson out as Packers GM, now senior adviser

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Ted Thompson is out as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, but will remain as senior adviser of football operations.

NFL Overreactions: Eagles will be one-and-done in playoffs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles will be one-and-done in the playoffs.

» Monday, January 1, 2018

Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) John Fox helped change the culture in the Chicago Bears' locker room.

Seahawks spend New Year’s lamenting what went wrong

RENTON, Wash. (AP) An unfamiliar situation played out inside the Seattle Seahawks headquarters on Monday with packing boxes being filled and memorabilia getting autographed far earlier than any season in recent memory.

Colts hope Luck’s return makes coaching job more attractive

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is betting big on Andrew Luck's health.

Lynn wants Gus Bradley, everybody else back for LA Chargers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Lynn believes the Los Angeles Chargers are onto something big after their resilient season ended just short of the playoffs.

Arians announces retirement after 5 seasons in Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Say goodbye to ''No risk it, no biscuit.''

Bills reverse tank talk by ending 17-year playoff drought

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) It took four months and a dramatic turn of events on one of the final plays of the NFL's regular season for coach Sean McDermott and the Buffalo Bills to finally - and succinctly - put to rest any suggestion the team had any intention of tanking last summer.

It was a cold Week 17 in the NFL - as Del Rio can attest

The final weekend of the NFL's regular season produced some frozen water fails on television and some frostiness from Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, who put Jack Del Rio in the awkward position of announcing his own firing.

Jags’ Marrone happy for Bills, but won’t delve into odd exit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Doug Marrone's past and present are colliding in the playoffs.

Jets head into offseason with finding a QB top priority

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Priority No. 1 for the New York Jets this offseason: Find a starting quarterback.

Hopes high as Vikings take bye, franchise scars to playoffs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have begun another postseason adventure, backed by an often-burned fan base carrying several scars from flameouts of playoffs past.

Gruden cloud hangs over Raiders after Del Rio firing

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders players took their exit physicals, packed up their lockers and said their goodbyes.

The Latest: Broncos’ Joseph stay, but some assistants go

The latest on NFL coaching firings (All times EST):

Playoff-bound Saints addressing offensive inconsistency

METAIRIE, La. (AP) As the Saints head into the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, they're admittedly anxious about recent stints of sluggishness that have plagued their normally prolific offense.

Steelers enter playoffs with depth and momentum

PITTSBURGH (AP) JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't catch a snap of the 2017 AFC championship game.

Quinn knows the Falcons almost never take the easy way

ATLANTA (AP) Falcons coach Dan Quinn has seen his team coast to just one victory this season - two months ago against Dallas.

Rivera wants Panthers to turn focus to Saints, playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera sent a clear message to his players Monday: Forget about Atlanta.

Elway decides to keep Broncos coach Joseph after 5-11 season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) John Elway is giving Vance Joseph another chance.

New York Giants expect major changes after three-win season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) There are major changes coming to the New York Giants, and it is not going to surprise anyone.

Elway decides to keep Broncos coach Joseph after 5-11 season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) John Elway is giving Vance Joseph another chance.

Happy to be in playoffs, Titans ready to show they belong

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans finally making the playoffs left Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey speechless.

Redskins sign cornerback Quinton Dunbar to multiyear deal

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have signed cornerback Quinton Dunbar to a multiyear deal.

Elway decides to keep Broncos coach Joseph after 5-11 season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) John Elway is giving Vance Joseph another chance.

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions.

Chiefs hope illness has run its course ahead of playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs' practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium is named for the University of Kansas Hospital, which is altogether fitting given the state of the team the past few years.

Bye week means job search for Patriots assistant coaches

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) It's another bye week for the New England Patriots, and that means time for Bill Belichick's assistants to interview for head coaching jobs.

Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions' most successful coach in the Super Bowl era.

2 fired, 1 retired and 1 near miss on NFL’s ’Black Monday’

The Lions and Bears showed their coaches the door. Bruce Arians of the Cardinals found it himself. And Vance Joseph of the Broncos remained gainfully employed despite enduring the sort of season that doesn't go down well in Denver.

The Latest: Arians retires; Lewis’ future uncertain

The latest on NFL coaching firings (All times EST):

Eagles have plenty to fix during bye week

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have plenty to fix during their bye week.

Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears fired John Fox on Monday after three losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees retires

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced his retirement Monday following a successful NFL career that began with the New England Patriots.

GM Rick Smith says he’ll return to Texans after leave

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith provided more details on his future with the team on Monday, a day after announcing that he was taking an extended leave of absence to be with his wife as she battles breast cancer.

Bears fire coach John Fox after 5-11 season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears fired John Fox on Monday after a 5-11 season, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.

Bills coach: Tests negative on LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott says medical test results on LeSean McCoy's injured right ankle were negative, giving the running back a chance to play against Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card game on Sunday.

The Latest: Arians retires; Lewis’ future uncertain

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Ravens sent packing after ’heartbreaking’ season finale

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens never expected to spend New Year's Day saying farewell to teammates and tossing the contents of their lockers into green trash bags.

Arians announces retirement after 5 seasons in Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Bruce Arians is retiring from coaching after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions' most successful coach in the Super Bowl era.

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions.

Dolphins’ Drake says throwing helmet was stupid

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake says it was stupid for him to throw a helmet and get tossed from his team's season finale, and he's bracing for a possible fine or other punishment from the NFL.

Browns coach Jackson apologizes after dismal 0-16 season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Hue Jackson apologized. There was nothing else to do after making unwelcome history.

Bye week means job search for Patriots assistant coaches

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) It's another bye week for the New England Patriots, and that means time for Bill Belichick's assistants to interview for head coaching jobs.

Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions' most successful coach in the Super Bowl era.

Elway decides to keep Joseph after 5-11 season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos are retaining rookie coach Vance Joseph, who went 5-11 in his first season.

Dolphins’ Drake says throwing helmet was stupid

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake says it was stupid for him to throw a helmet and get tossed from his team's season finale, and he's bracing for a possible fine or other punishment from the NFL.

The Latest: Bears boot Fox after 3 straight in last place

The latest on NFL coaching firings (All times EST):

Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears fired John Fox on Monday after a 5-11 season, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.

Raiders fire coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was fired Sunday after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season.

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees retires

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is retiring following a successful NFL career that began with the New England Patriots.

Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions' most successful coach in the Super Bowl era.

Browns coach Jackson grateful to survive 0-16 season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Hue Jackson feels fortunate to be back after a historic, losing season.

Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

DETROIT (AP) Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions' most successful coach in the Super Bowl era.

After missing playoffs, Lions dismiss coach Jim Caldwell

The Detroit Lions have fired coach Jim Caldwell, who finished the season with a 9-7 record but missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

After missing playoffs, Lions dismiss coach Jim Caldwell

The Detroit Lions have fired coach Jim Caldwell, who finished the season with a 9-7 record but missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Browns coach Jackson grateful to survive 0-16 season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Hue Jackson feels fortunate to be back after a historic, losing season.

Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions fired coach Jim Caldwell on Monday after a season in which the team began well but faded and missed the playoffs.

Fans brave cold to greet playoff-bound Bills at airport

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) Fathers brought daughters. Mothers brought sons. And everyone brought their voices.

Bills, Titans, Falcons make way into playoffs with wins

The Buffalo Bills are in the NFL playoffs.

Fate of several NFL coaches to be decided in coming days

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jack Del Rio and Chuck Pagano are already out. Todd Bowles, Adam Gase and Dirk Koetter are coming back.

ICYMI in NFL Week 17: After long drought, Bills in playoffs

The final touchdown of the NFL regular season put an end to the longest playoff drought in U.S. pro sports.

NFL offensive production falls despite record for Brady

Passing production was down league-wide to levels not seen in several seasons, rookie running backs shined, and Tom Brady added another record to his brilliant career.

Fans brave cold to greet playoff-bound Bills at airport

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) It's been 18 years since the Bills made the playoffs, and a little frigid weather wasn't going to keep Buffalo from celebrating.

Fans brave cold to greet playoff-bound Bills at airport

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) It's been 18 years since the Bills made the playoffs, and a little frigid weather wasn't going to keep Buffalo from celebrating.