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New England Patriots headed to their third straight Super Bowl

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady. The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard TD lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship Sunday night.
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Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Saints coach Sean Payton says NFL executives expressed disbelief and regret that no defensive penalty was called on an incomplete pass that denied the Saints a chance to run the clock down before setting up a go-ahead field goal

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Scott Linehan out at Cowboys offensive coordinator after 5 seasons

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 2:24 p.m.

Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys after five seasons. The announcement came only days after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the assistant’s future with the team. Garrett says he and Linehan had some open discussions this week and mutually agreed a change was needed. Dallas won the NFC East this season before losing to the Rams in a divisional game last weekend.
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Seahawks sign former 1st-round QB Paxton Lynch

The Seattle Seahawks are giving quarterback Paxton Lynch another chance in the NFL. Lynch’s signing throws the former first-round pick directly into the mix as a potential backup for Russell Wilson. Lynch was cut by the Denver Broncos before the start of the 2018 season.
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John Parry will lead 7-person officiating crew for Super Bowl

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Referee John Parry will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials working the Super Bowl in Atlanta. This will be the third Super Bowl that Parry has worked. Three officials will make their second appearances in the NFL’s title game. It will be the first Super Bowl for the other three. The game is Feb. 3.
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Chargers, Cowboys coaching staffs to lead Pro Bowl teams

The coaching staffs of the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys have been selected to lead the Pro Bowl teams. Anthony Lynn and his Chargers’ staff will coach the AFC team in the Jan. 27 game in Orlando. Jason Garrett and his Cowboys’ staff will coach the NFC team.
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Vahe Gregorian: Sayonara, paranoia – Kansas City Chiefs’ win over Indianapolis Colts sets fans free to be in moment vs. New England Patriots

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6 p.m.

This, too, shall pass. It always helps to remember that. Just the same, it takes a lot to disperse lingering ghosts, doesn’t it? Especially when the paranoia was almost tangible among Kansas City Chiefs fans, who have endured a bizarre array of tortured terminations for even their most seemingly promising teams.
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Patriots’ Julian Edelman still making most of his opportunities

The Patriots were dealt a blow prior to their final two regular-season games when Josh Gordon was suspended for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. But what could have created a hole in the receiving group has been filled by the group’s oldest member. At age 32, Julian Edelman has put together back-to-back vintage performances and is expected to again be a big factor in the AFC championship game.
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Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.