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Saints clinch NFC top spot; Patriots, Cowboys win divisions

The Patriots clinched their 10th straight division title Sunday when they beat Buffalo 24-12. They got an added bonus when Houston fell at Philadelphia 32-30 to drop out of the second seed in the conference, which New England grabbed.

Defense wins championships, or at least the NFC title

Two of the league’s elite defenses go at it Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the conference title game. “They have a great defense, we have a great defense,” Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said. “Whoever is most complete will win.”

Jaguars don’t fear Patriots’ history in AFC title matchup

The week started with a little trash talk from the underdog. The rest of it was dominated by speculation about a certain 40-year-old quarterback’s injured throwing hand. Plenty of intrigue for when the Jaguars and Patriots meet in Sunday’s AFC championship game?

Minnesota Vikings defeat New Orleans Saints on final play

Case Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play, and Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans and send the Vikings to the NFC championship game, with one more win needed to become a first-time Super Bowl host.

Patriots beat Titans 35-14, head back to AFC title game

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game.

Eagles use goalline stand, Jake Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

Philadelphia’s defense staged a last-minute goal-line stand and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals as the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 Saturday to move into the NFC championship game.

Drew Brees vs. Case Keenum: Will playoff savvy prevail in Saints-Vikings?

Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans offense onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th postseason game of his stellar career, already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring for the Saints. For Case Keenum, his first start in the NFL playoffs will come when the Vikings kick off their divisional round game on Sunday.

Jaguars surging, Steelers wary in high-stakes rematch

Ben Roethlisberger insists he’s not out for revenge in the rematch on Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in the divisional round with a trip to the AFC title game on the line. There’s too much at stake for him to settle some sort of personal vendetta.

Jaguars beat Bills 10-3 in ugly, sometimes unwatchable game

Blake Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an ugly and sometimes unwatchable 10-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday.

Titans rally from 21-3 hole, beat Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

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 in a 22-21 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Julio Jones says sprained toe won’t keep him out vs. Packers

Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones says sprained toe won’t keep him from playing in Sunday’s NFC championship game against Green Bay. Jones says he felt a “snag” in last week’s win over Seattle and decided not to play the fourth quarter with Atlanta holding a big lead

Packers’ Davante Adams may be game-time decision on Sunday

The Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams says he may not know until warmups on Sunday whether he’ll be able to play in the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. Adams missed a second day of practice on Thursday. The third-year receiver hurt the ankle during the 34-31 win last week against the Dallas Cowboys. Top wideout Jordy Nelson was limited in practice for a second straight day. He is recovering from broken ribs.

Leaky pass defenses to be tested when Packers meet Falcons

Leaky pass defenses will surely be tested when the Green Bay Packers meet the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game. The Packers face another worrisome injury in their secondary with veteran Morgan Burnett bothered by sore quadriceps as they prepare to face Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. It doesn’t seem to matter to Aaron Rodgers whether or not an opponent is at full strength – the Packers quarterback is dissecting defenses with laser-like precision.