NFL Playoffs

Washington Football Team's Alex Smith plays during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. Alex Smith is the biggest reason Washington became the first team in the Super Bowl era to start 2-7 and make the playoffs. The 36-year-old’s journey back from a broken leg and 17 surgeries was a long one, but the difference with him at quarterback has been simple: Smith doesn’t make major mistakes, manages the game and is the cool hand coach Ron Rivera wanted in control of his young team. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File)
January 05, 2021 - 12:57 pm
If the Alex Smith story becomes a movie, Alex Smith doesn't want to see it. “Heck no,” he said, “I wouldn’t watch it.” Smith is living it and already documented the long journey back from breaking his right leg and needing 17 surgeries to rehab. As inspiring as it is to teammates and coaches, his...
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Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
January 05, 2021 - 12:33 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two days after celebrating their return to the NFL playoffs, the Cleveland Browns were knocked flat. COVID-19 will keep coach Kevin Stefanski and at least two players, one a Pro Bowler, out of the team's first playoff game since the 2002 season. The Browns announced Tuesday — 18...
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January 04, 2021 - 1:06 pm
DENVER (AP) — John Elway announced a major change in the Denver Broncos’ football operations Monday, saying he’ll hire a general manager who will report to him but have final say on the draft, free agency and the roster. Elway, who has been GM since 2011, will remain as president of football...
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New York Giants' Xavier McKinney, right, celebrates his interception in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)
January 03, 2021 - 8:30 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants won, and then they waited — hoping for a key win from a bitter rival. “We’ll be pulling for Philly, no doubt,” quarterback Daniel Jones said. They won't be singing “Fly, Eagles Fly” in the Big Apple any time soon. Far from .500 but still full of hope...
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins celebrates after the team defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
January 03, 2021 - 8:24 pm
Welcome to the postseason, Cleveland. Cleveland? The Browns ended their string of non-playoff seasons on Sunday with a tighter-than-expected 24-22 victory over archrival Pittsburgh, which sat many of its starters. Cleveland returned to the NFL in 1999, made the playoffs in 2002, and then, zilch...
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after the Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
January 03, 2021 - 6:56 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Squeezing the game ball in his left hand, Baker Mayfield looked at the giant scoreboard showing highlights of Cleveland's glory days. In the stands, masked fans hugged, high-fived and took one last look at the final score — Cleveland 24, Pittsburgh 22 — just to make sure. The...
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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, left, catches a pass against Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) during the first half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 03, 2021 - 6:20 pm
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — John Wolford's NFL debut started with an interception on his first throw. It ended with the inexperienced quarterback fearlessly leading the Los Angeles Rams back to the playoffs. And though Wolford capably did his part, everybody in the Rams' jubilant locker room realized...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 03, 2021 - 5:52 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While the Saints didn't get the first-round bye in the NFC playoffs they coveted, they proved again they can win big games without star players. And that could come in handy in the postseason. Drew Brees threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, the Saints had five...
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
January 03, 2021 - 4:35 pm
The Latest on Week 17 in the NFL (all times EST): ___ 7:20 p.m. Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans now has the fifth-best rushing total in NFL history. Henry became the eighth man to run for at least 2,000 yards in league history midway through the fourth quarter, and he has a career-high 246...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
January 03, 2021 - 3:21 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heating up at the right time. Hardly surprising where Brady is concerned. The six-time Super Bowl champion threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns Sunday, helping the playoff-bound Bucs clinch the fifth seed in the NFC with a 44-27...
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