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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, left, and Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) chat on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
January 07, 2018 - 12:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is in the starting lineup against Jacksonville. McCoy was listed as questionable to play in Sunday's AFC wild-card game after spraining his right ankle in a victory at Miami last week. He was carted off the field, sat out two days of...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., addresses protesters near a National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta. President Donald Trump's speech at the convention sparked protests from people advocating for stricter gun control measures. Trump has disparaged Lewis' congressional district and Atlanta, saying it is "falling apart" and "crime infested" but the president will attend the college football championship game at the city's new stadium on Monday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
January 07, 2018 - 7:48 am
ATLANTA (AP) — When President Donald Trump swoops into Atlanta for a VIP seat at college football's biggest game, he'll enjoy the Southern hospitality of a city he disparaged a year ago as "falling apart" and "crime infested." The insults tweeted by Trump a week before his inauguration may seem...
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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley during the first half of an NFL football wild-card playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
January 07, 2018 - 1:43 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons know they'll have to win three consecutive road games to get a chance for Super Bowl redemption. The Falcons already nabbed the first victory by spoiling a festive night in Los Angeles, and they seem quite confident about their chances to run the table in...
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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) scores against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football wild-card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
January 07, 2018 - 12:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons jumped to an early 13-point lead before the Rams mounted two swift scoring drives. Los Angeles went to the Coliseum locker room at halftime with just a three-point deficit amid raucous cheers from a home crowd thirsty for playoff success. And then Matt Ryan...
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, left, catches a touchdown pass ahead of Los Angeles Rams strong safety John Johnson during the second half of an NFL football wild-card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
January 06, 2018 - 10:51 pm
The Latest on the NFL playoffs on wild-card weekend (all times EST): 11:45 p.m. Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the Rams...
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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a 22-yard touchdown catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The Titans won 22-21. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
January 06, 2018 - 9:14 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota did everything to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing two touchdown passes, running for crucial first downs and providing the spark needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole. Heck, he even caught one of his own TD passes . It all added up to a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2001, file photo, then-Oakland Raiders' coach Jon Gruden is shown during a press conference at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif. The Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach. A person with knowledge of the team's plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
January 06, 2018 - 8:53 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Jon Gruden as their coach. The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Gruden is returning for a second...
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North Dakota State safety Tre Dempsey (3), head coach Chris Klieman and running back Bruce Anderson (8) celebrate after defeating James Madison 17-13 in the FCS championship NCAA college football game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
January 06, 2018 - 7:24 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Fargo to Frisco is a thing again at North Dakota State. Easton Stick threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd and the Bison took back the Football Championship Subdivision title, beating James Madison 17-13 on Saturday. The victory came a year after their five-year...
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FILE - This Dec. 17, 2017 file photo shows Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera watching his team warm up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Charlotte, N.C. Rivera has signed a two-year extension keeping him under contract through the 2020 season. The team announced the extension Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, file)
January 06, 2018 - 1:41 pm
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. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the extension is worth $15.5 million over two seasons. The person spoke...
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