Patriots offense thriving after emphasis of rushing game

Football 01/14/19, 15:27

This much is clear about the Patriots' latest run to the AFC championship game: it's come with a lot of introspection and reinvention on offense.Gone are the days in which New England can just bank on Tom Brady piling up four-touchdown games on a weekly basis or can simply toss ...

Chiefs’ Reid trying to rewrite history of playoff letdowns

Football 01/14/19, 14:49

Andy Reid sat inside an opulent suite high above the field in Arrowhead Stadium six years ago, a sparkle in his eyes and a broad smile hiding underneath his bushy, red mustache.He had just been fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after a mostly successful 14-year run highlighted by a Super ...

Arctic blast due to hit KC for AFC championship game

Sports 01/14/19, 14:40

Break out the parkas for Sunday night's AFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium.The National Weather Service is projecting an arctic blast to settle over Kansas City for the Chiefs' game against the New England Patriots. Temperatures at kickoff could range from 10 degrees to well below zero, potentially making it ...

Kitchens believes Browns made right choice in coaching hire

Football 01/14/19, 13:56

Freddie Kitchens believes the Browns made the perfect choice.The 44-year-old Kitchens, who began last season as Cleveland's running backs coach, was introduced Monday as the 17th full-time coach in club history. Kitchens has never been a head coach, but his impressive eight-week stint as interim offensive coordinator convinced the Browns ...

Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson joins NFL draft exodus

Football 01/14/19, 11:03

Alabama middle linebacker Mack Wilson is entering the NFL draft.Wilson becomes the seventh Crimson Tide player and fourth defender to declare for the draft since losing to Clemson in the national title game.The junior announced his intentions on Twitter Sunday evening.Wilson made 71 tackles with five for a loss and ...

Browns’ Kitchens hires Browns Wilks, Monken as coordinators

Football 01/14/19, 10:40

New Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has hired Todd Monken as offensive coordinator and Steve Wilks to run his defense.Monken spent the past three years with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers ranked first in passing yardage per game (320.3) and were 12th in points. Monken called plays, but Kitchens is expected to ...

Top 4 scoring machines power into championship games

Sports 01/14/19, 03:11

So the big boys showed up this weekend and showed those usurpers from the wild-card round how it's done.The top two seeds from the AFC and NFC returned to action in their comfortable home settings — ice and snow and chills be darned in the AFC — and swatted aside ...

Risk-taking Saints advance to host Rams for NFC title

Football 01/14/19, 03:10

Coach Sean Payton the New Orleans Saints are anything but risk averse.After all, Payton's Saints won a Super Bowl with the help of a surprise onside kick nine years ago, and now New Orleans is one home victory away from its first Super Bowl since then — thanks to a ...

Patriots primed for rematch with Chiefs in AFC title game

Football 01/14/19, 03:09

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski said the Patriots would take the night to enjoy it. Safety Devin McCourty said it would be closer to just a few hours of celebration.However long the Patriots players planned to relax after their dominating 41-28 divisional-round win over the Chargers on Sunday , ...

Foles denied fantastic finish in possible Eagles finale

Sports 01/13/19, 22:14

Nick Foles got the Philadelphia Eagles off to a fast start, only to be robbed of another fantastic finish by a veteran receiver's uncharacteristic drop."Football is a funny sport, especially playoff football. It's tough," Foles said after a tense 20-14 divisional playoff loss in New Orleans on Sunday. "We started ...

Saints WR Thomas unstoppable force for Eagles defense

Football 01/13/19, 22:00

As Drew Brees sermonized his teammates in a pregame huddle, Michael Thomas hung on every word from his quarterback.Thomas seemed mesmerized as Brees pumped up the Saints, never taking his eyes off the Saints star.Then, Thomas ripped apart Philadelphia's defense with 12 receptions for a team playoff record of 171 ...

Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in conference championships

Football 01/13/19, 20:56

Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes. Drew Brees against Jared Goff.Two high-profile rematches with the Super Bowl on the line.The NFL's highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday. Brady leads the New England Patriots into Kansas City to take on Mahomes and the Chiefs, and Brees and the ...

Young Cowboys have hope, but divisional-round block remains

Sports 01/13/19, 20:13

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have their first playoff win and the same divisional-round block the Dallas Cowboys haven't been able to solve for nearly 25 years.The star quarterback and running back figure to be leading the Dallas offense for years to come with new No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper, ...

Source: A’s, MLB meet with Heisman Trophy winner Murray

Sports 01/13/19, 19:56

Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, a day before the Oklahoma quarterback's deadline to enter the NFL draft, a person with direct knowledge of the session said.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the meeting was not ...

Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game

Football 01/13/19, 19:49

The New Orleans Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game.Using a dominant ball-control offense after a horrendous start, Brees took the Saints (14-3) on ...

Rams succeeding with clever offense and major toughness

Football 01/13/19, 19:19

Marcus Peters was in Amari Cooper's face from the Cowboys' opening drive until the postgame handshakes, where the Los Angeles Rams cornerback gave one last shove to the Dallas receiver.Peters didn't win all of his matchups with Cooper. In fact, his unnecessary roughness penalty from his first scrap with Cooper ...

Colts plan to build off foundation from historic turnaround

Sports 01/13/19, 17:10

The Indianapolis Colts kept insisting Andrew Luck would play better after shoulder surgery.He did.Frank Reich acknowledged some of his best work came in a backup role.Apparently, It still does.A healthy Luck and an opportunistic first-year coach led the Colts on a historic midseason turnaround, ending with a playoff run and ...

Chargers defense a no-show in playoff loss to Patriots

Football 01/13/19, 17:03

With a few minutes left in the first half, on their fifth attempt to slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots, the Los Angeles Chargers finally managed a defensive stop.It was only temporary.Desmond King fumbled New England's first punt of the game, Albert McClellan recovered the ball just inches before ...

Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28

Football 01/13/19, 16:44

Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional playoffs on Sunday to earn their eighth straight trip to AFC championship game.New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week's AFC title game. ...

Unknown stars emerge for suddenly stingy Chiefs defense

Football 01/13/19, 16:38

The two transactions that the Kansas City Chiefs made before the start of the season came with little fanfare, mostly because casual football fans probably had never heard of either of them.Jordan Lucas was drafted in the sixth round out of Penn State by the Dolphins, and had spent most ...

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