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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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Former Eastern Washington standout, 49ers receiver Kendrick Bourne excited for ‘home game’ against Seahawks

There was a time when San Francisco 49ers receiver Kendrick Bourne’s hair color matched the blazing red turf of Roos Field.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Larry Stone: No shortage of drama in Seahawks-49ers prime-time showdown

In typical Pete Carroll understatement, here’s how the coach envisions Seahawks fans during Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field.


Matt Calkins: Pete Carroll doesn’t throw players under the bus, and maybe that’s why Marshawn Lynch is back

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll plays the long game when it comes to player punishment. “We’re not going to spank the guys publicly,” he said.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Best in West: Seahawks host 49ers for NFC West title

The Seattle Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers in the final game of the NFL regular season on Sunday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

49ers’ George Kittle is a matchup nightmare. How might the Seahawks try to defend him Sunday?

In an alternate universe, 49ers tight end George Kittle would be preparing to play for the Seahawks in the de facto NFC West championship game Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney says ‘there’s no way I’m not playing’ against 49ers

The high point of Jadeveon Clowney’s four months with the Seahawks occurred the last time Seattle played the 49ers, a spectacular performance that earned him NFC Defensive Player of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Marshawn Lynch’s return provides a spark for Seahawks locker room

When Marshawn Lynch played his last game for Seattle in January 2016, a playoff loss to Carolina, the idea of him ever wearing a Seahawks uniform again seemed preposterous.


Larry Stone: As improbable as it may be, Marshawn Lynch could be the Seahawks’ Christmas miracle

Was anyone talking Monday about the most abysmal Seahawks performance of the year? Barely. All the buzz – and it quickly turned into a din – revolved around the ramifications …


NFL roundup: Ravens clinch AFC’s top seed by beating Browns 31-15

Lamar Jackson stars as the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 31-15 for their 11th straight win.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

NFL roundup: 49ers eliminate Rams from playoff contention with 34-31 win

Jimmy Garoppolo converted a pair of conversions on third-and-16 to set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning 33-yard field goal with no time left and the San Francisco 49ers eliminated the defending …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Playoff-bound Seahawks look to avoid letdown hosting Arizona

The Seattle Seahawks are playoff bound for the eighth time in Pete Carroll’s 10 seasons in charge.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Seahawks punter Michael Dickson gives the boot to talk of sophomore slump

A year ago at this time Michael Dickson could hardly turn around in the Seahawks’ locker room without a reporter wanting to talk to him.