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Sean Payton: Saints identifying ways to shore up 13-win squad

Saints coach Sean Payton and players who’ve been in New Orleans the past few years have endured a cruel kind of three-peat.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Facing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field is special – just ask Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs

For many Seahawks, a visit to Green Bay’s iconic Lambeau Field for the divisional-round playoff game Sunday will be a foreign feeling.


Bills have work to do in offseason after playoff collapse

The lingering disappointment following an AFC wild-card playoff collapse at Houston won’t deter Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott from having confidence in his team’s young foundation. That doesn’t mean the …


Head coaching hires ranging from experienced to newcomers

The Cowboys and Redskins went the experience route in their head coaching searches. The Giants and Panthers apparently are comfortable with newcomers to the job.


Jimmy Garoppolo ready for 1st playoff start for 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo’s postseason experience consists of a couple of garbage-time handoffs for New England during the 2014 AFC championship game that is remembered far more for the controversy surrounding deflated …


Titans on playoff run with top duo in final year of deals

Ryan Tannehill has gone from a quarterback traded away in March to the NFL’s top-rated passer fresh off a victory in his playoff debut for Tennessee. Derrick Henry led the …


Adam Thielen better: Vikings’ offense has made major progress

Adam Thielen learned in college the psychological art of pivoting from a bad play, courtesy of a toy toilet the Minnesota State team kept on the sideline during games to …


Ravens TE Mark Andrews flourishes as Lamar Jackson’s favorite target

The Baltimore Ravens were preparing for the 2018 NFL draft when coach John Harbaugh began studying tape of a pretty good tight end at Oklahoma by the name of Mark …


Cowboys to introduce Mike McCarthy as club’s 9th coach Wednesday

The Dallas Cowboys will introduce Mike McCarthy as the ninth coach in franchise history Wednesday.


Browns last NFL team looking for coach; interviews scheduled

The Browns are the only team looking for a coach. That should make finding one a little easier.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

AP source: Giants nearing deal with Pats’ Joe Judge to be coach

New England Patriots assistant Joe Judge probably is going to have to wait another day before finalizing a contract to become the somewhat surprising choice as head coach of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Baylor’s Matt Rhule agrees to become Panthers’ next coach

David Tepper is entrusting Baylor’s Matt Rhule to lead the Carolina Panthers out of what he views as a cycle of “long-term mediocrity.”


XFL to unveil rules innovations when it kicks off next month

When the XFL debuts in February, it will take a “Star Trek” approach of going where no football league has gone before. The eight-team league will have options for extra …


Pressure nothing new for Philadelphia Eagles as they prepare for Seattle Seahawks in NFC wild-card game

The Philadelphia Eagles have been playing must-win games for a month to get to this point so playoff pressure won’t be anything new.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Derrick Henry, Titans stun Patriots 20-13 in wild-card upset

Derrick Henry rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown while Tennessee’s defense stymied Tom Brady and perhaps ended his championship-filled New England career with a 20-13 wild-card victory Saturday night.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

AFC wild card: Houston Texans roar past Bills for 22-19 win in OT

Deshaun Watson spun out of a would-be sack and coolly completed a pass that set up the winning field goal in overtime as the Texans rallied from a double-digit second-half …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

NFL wild card: Vikings-Saints playoff clash features Dalvin Cook & Alvin Kamara show

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and Saints rusher Alvin Kamara look to play pivotal roles when New Orleans hosts Minnesota in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll savors another playoff trip after decade in Seattle

When Pete Carroll was informed that nearly 10 years to the day had passed since he was announced as the Seattle Seahawks head coach, the normally effusive coach was momentarily …


Mississippi State fires coach Joe Moorhead after bowl loss

Mississippi State has fired football coach Joe Moorhead after just two seasons


‘Patriot Way,’ burgeoning ‘Titan Way’ collide in AFC Wild-Card round

When Tennessee GM Jon Robinson fired coach Mike Mularkey after he lost to the Patriots in the divisional round in 2018, Robinson leaned on his past to plot a course …


J.J. Watt to return for Texans in playoffs against Buffalo

J.J. Watt was a rookie in the 2011 playoffs when his spectacular performance against the Cincinnati Bengals led the Houston Texans to the first postseason win in franchise history.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey a double All-Pro pick; Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner on first team

Christian McCaffrey’s versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions.


Jerry Brewer: Russell Wilson has been a star for the Seahawks. Now he has to be the franchise.

It’s remarkable how little Russell Wilson has changed. Spend five years away from a person, and you expect to notice differences, even subtle ones. I’m not sure Wilson even has …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney, Quandre Diggs not on injured list ahead of NFL wild-card game against Philadelphia

Diggs started against the Eagles in a 17-9 Seattle win on Nov. 24 in which the Seahawks forced five turnovers. He also started against the Eagles while still with Detroit …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Matt Calkins: Nobody intrigues Seattle sports fans like Marshawn Lynch

With Marshawn Lynch re-signing with the Seahawks, these past nine days have been among the wilder ones in franchise history. But they also confirmed something – that nobody intrigues Seattle …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Redskins hire Ron Rivera as coach

The Redskins hired Ron Rivera as their coach on Wednesday in owner Dan Snyder’s latest step to try to turn around the wayward franchise.


Arizona State defeats Florida State 20-14 in Sun Bowl

Willie Harts returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead Arizona State to a 20-14 victory against Florida State in the Sun Bowl


Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks needs surgery for torn ACL, but Quandre Diggs could be back this week

Seahawks strongside linebacker Mychal Kendricks tore his ACL in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers and will be sidelined for the rest of the season, coach Pete Carroll said …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Area running backs highlight Associated Press prep all-state football team

The Associated Press released its 2019 all-state football team on Monday, and many local players received honors.


Patriots to play in wild-card game, Chiefs get AFC’s No. 2 seed

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be playing in the postseason a week earlier than usual this year. The defending Super Bowl champs open the playoffs during wild-card …