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With voodoo dolls, cookies Saints fans protest missed call

A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Michael Dickson and other Seahawks things to know about the Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl isn’t where any of the Seahawks wanted to be playing Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

From the archives: Jerry Kramer’s ‘Ice Bowl’ block a moment frozen in time

Editor’s note: The following story, written by former Spokesman-Review columnist Harry Missildine, appeared in The Spokesman-Review on Jan. 1, 1968, following the Green Bay Packers’ 21-17 victory over the Dallas …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

A Super Bowl shutout? Don’t bet on it

Anyone willing to wager that the high-scoring Patriots or Rams will get shut out in the Super Bowl can count on a big payday if that unlikely scenario occurs. William …


Patriots controlling clock, third downs during playoffs

The Patriots’ biggest weapon on offense this postseason has been their ability to keep the ball out of the hands of their opponent. New England’s commitment and success in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 3:12 p.m.

Carolina QB Cam Newton has surgery on throwing shoulder

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had arthroscopic surgery on his right throwing shoulder. The team announced the surgery on Thursday, saying Newton’s rehabilitation process will begin immediately. There was no …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Football great Joe Montana looking to score with marijuana

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry. San Jose, California-based Caliva announced Thursday that the Hall of Fame quarterback’s venture …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Ray Lewis back at an Atlanta Super Bowl 19 years after arrest

Ray Lewis is coming back to Atlanta for another Super Bowl. It was after a Super Bowl party in 2000 when Lewis was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated …


Les Snead’s big bets on Rams’ future pay off in Super Bowl trip

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead decided last year that his team had to jump through the championship window that had suddenly appeared. So they went out and added …


Patriots’ defense back on track heading into Super Bowl

It hasn’t been perfect, but after a slow start the Patriots have stabilized a defense that gave up 25 or more points four times in its first eight games and …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

Security inside stadium and out for Super Bowl in Atlanta

Legions of police and federal agents will be protecting Super Bowl fans inside and outside the Atlanta stadium hosting Super Bowl 53. Authorities won’t discuss specifics of their security plan. …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

Star receiver Larry Fitzgerald is returning to the Arizona Cardinals for a 16th season. The Cardinals announced they signed the 35-year-old Fitzgerald to a one-year contract. The future of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Lowe’s announces major new deal with the NFL months after cutting NASCAR ties

The multiyear deal, announced Tuesday morning, comes as the Mooresville, North Carolina, home improvement retailer is looking to give itself a competitive edge against its chief rival, Home Depot.


After tough year, Rob Gronkowski coming alive at right time for Pats

Even as Rob Gronkowski turned in a vintage performance with his big grabs down the stretch in the AFC championship game, the veteran Patriots tight end also did plenty of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Chiefs fire defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after loss to Pats

The Chiefs have fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after a second-half collapse in the AFC championship game, including an overtime period in which Kansas City failed to stop the New …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Blown-call lawsuit seeks do-over of Rams-Saints game

It may be the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass: Two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders want a court-ordered do-over of the NFC championship game that sent the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

AP sources: NFL to consider expanding replay reviews

Two people with direct knowledge of the NFL’s plans tell The Associated Press that the league’s competition committee will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference. …


Build it and the Super Bowl will come

Build it and the Super Bowl will come. While that’s not exactly how the sites of the NFL’s championship extravaganza are determined, it sure doesn’t hurt to have a brand …


Arnie Stapleton: Pats’, Rams’ titles not tarnished by bad officiating

The AFC and NFC championships won by the Patriots and Rams were not tarnished by bad officiating, according to Arnie Stapleton.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Prop bets popular for Super Bowl, but NFL wants them gone

Many Americans in places where sports betting is legal for the first time are beginning to make wagers on the Super Bowl, including some bets on the performances of individual …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Super Bowl: Patriots vs. Rams in a meeting of Past vs. Future

It all began in 2002, back when the Rams were in St. Louis and the Patriots were a plucky underdog standing in the way of a potential dynasty. So much …


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

Three former Eastern Washington stars headed to the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams

Former EWU linebacker Samson Ebukam had three tackles and a forced fumble, helping the Rams clip the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in overtime Saturday in the NFC championship game at …


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

New England Patriots headed to their third straight Super Bowl

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 …


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

Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth

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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal sends Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl LIII

Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal in overtime to send the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl with a 26-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the …


Mark Rypien rolls with veteran quarterbacks in NFL conference championship games

Mark Rypien is pulling for the veteran quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, to somehow continue to forestall the forces of aging and physical attrition. He understands the ultimate futility …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

AFC Championship preview: Chiefs’ bandwagon rolling into Arrowhead for mighty Patriots

The Patriots and Chiefs meet for the AFC title, with New England seeking its third straight Super Bowl appearance and Kansas City trying to make it back for the first …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

NFC Championship preview: Saints-Rams a clash of like-minded coaches

New Orleans’ Sean Payton and Los Angeles’ Sean McVay design and call plays for two of the NFL’s top offenses.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Paul Newberry: Steve Gleason comes along for the New Orleans Saints’ playoff ride

As the New Orleans Saints go for another Super Bowl title, Steve Gleason is along for the ride – the perfect beacon for a city that knows about emerging from …


Matt Hasselbeck says a playoff contender called him about playing in 2018

Hasselbeck, who works as an NFL analyst for ESPN, told the Ringer’s Kevin Clark that a contending NFL team called him this year to inquire whether “he was in shape …