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Los Angeles Rams' Aqib Talib (21) warms up during practice at the team's NFL football training facility Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 19, 2019 - 4:29 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams realize they're heading into one of the NFL's most intimidating environments when they visit the top-seeded New Orleans Saints in the deafening Superdome for the NFC championship game. Leave it to Aqib Talib, their voluble veteran cornerback, to...
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January 19, 2019 - 12:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Coming off two straight trips to the playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons had high hopes of becoming the first true home team in Super Bowl history. Well, those plans were dashed before the leaves changed colors. Now, the city is left with a nightmare of a potential matchup as it prepares...
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FILE - At left, in an Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla. At right, in a Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay watches on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Los Angeles. One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean _ and with an Irish surname _ who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. (AP Photo/File)
January 19, 2019 - 11:54 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. The ties between the Saints'...
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FILE - At left, in a Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a pass during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. At right, in a Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws during the second half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Chiefs’ bandwagon, enthralled by their record-setting young quarterback and exciting offensive playmakers while hopeful that their amiable old coach can finally win the big one. Then again, maybe they’re just fans of anybody facing New England.(AP Photo/File)
January 19, 2019 - 11:30 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Chiefs' bandwagon, enthralled by Kansas City's record-setting young quarterback and exciting playmakers and hopeful the amiable coach can finally win the big one. Then again, maybe they're just fans of anybody facing New...
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January 19, 2019 - 10:33 am
The Green Bay Packers' defense suffered a lot of injures in 2018. By Week 17, seven guys who projected as key contributors coming out of the offseason were, instead, sitting on injured reserve: Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels, Davon House, Kevin King, Nick Perry, Jake Ryan and Muhammad Wilkerson. That...
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In a photo provided by Hormel Foods, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, left, and chef Kenneth Temple prepare a Minnesota-inspired chili dip Jan. 15, 2019, in Austin, Minn. “The beautiful thing about it is chili and football go hand in hand,” Temple says, noting Hormel was a partner with the NFL as far back at the 1950s. “At tailgates or with friends at a viewing party or wherever, it is easy to accommodate a larger crowd.” (Hormel Foods via AP)
January 19, 2019 - 1:48 am
Kenneth Temple is a devout New Orleans Saints fan. Ask him a question about his beloved team, and the first words from his mouth are "Who Dat? Who Dat?" Still, Temple, a noted chef who has cooked for several NFL players, including Malcolm Jenkins, Brandin Cooks and All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas,...
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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff answers questions during a press conference in the team's NFL football training facility Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 18, 2019 - 6:26 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Although Jared Goff is uncomfortable being overly nosy when he's around the NFL's best quarterbacks, he kept a close eye on Drew Brees while they were together at the Pro Bowl in Orlando last year. The most prolific passer in NFL history had no problem sharing aspects...
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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after defeating the Miami Dolphins 41-13 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots have dominated the AFC for nearly two decades _ if not the entire NFL _ and the coach-quarterback combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will be playing in their eighth conference title game Sunday when New England visits the Chiefs at frigid, hostile Arrowhead Stadium. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
January 18, 2019 - 5:48 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It may have been hard to hear him over the noise of the New England fans celebrating an eighth straight trip to the AFC title game, but Tom Brady is feeling disrespected. That's right: The three-time NFL MVP and five-time Super Bowl champion told a national TV audience...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason rides onto the field with with his son Rivers before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. He's the Saints' biggest fan and the perfect symbol of a city that knows a thing or two about overcoming hardship. As the Big Easy goes for another championship, Gleason is along for the ride. Even though his body failed him, perhaps because of the game he loved so much, he never lost the will to live and love and make a difference. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 18, 2019 - 4:50 pm
He's the New Orleans Saints' biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging from darkness. As the Big Easy goes for another NFL championship, Steve Gleason is along for the ride. Sure, his body failed him, perhaps because of the game he loved so...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan talks with the media after morning practice at NFL football training camp, in Oxnard, Calif. Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys only days after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the oft-criticized assistant's future. Garrett said in a statement released by the team Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, that he and Linehan had some open discussions this week and mutually agreed that a change was needed after five seasons. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
January 18, 2019 - 4:22 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, less than a week after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the future for the oft-criticized assistant. Garrett, in a statement released by the team Friday, described the move as a mutual decision after he...
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