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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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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 03, 2021 - 7:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Gase came to New York with high hopes he would be the perfect fit to help quarterback Sam Darnold take the next step in his development and boost the Jets' offense. And lead the team back to the postseason. None of that materialized. So, the search is on — again — for a...
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Tennessee Titans kicker Sam Sloman (2) kicks a 37-yard game-winning field goal against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Houston. The Titans won 41-38. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
January 03, 2021 - 7:05 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Derrick Henry ran into the NFL record books with the best game of his career on Sunday. But it was a lucky bounce that gave the Tennessee Titans a win over Houston Texans and their first AFC South title since 2008. Henry ran for a career-high 250 yards to surpass 2,000 yards rushing...
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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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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is sacked by Los Angeles Rams defensive end Morgan Fox during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
January 03, 2021 - 6:54 pm
Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray sat out most of the first three quarters with an ankle injury and when he finally returned, wasn't able to rally the Cardinals into the playoffs. Murray was hurt on the first possession Sunday and didn't return until early in the fourth quarter, when the Cardinals...
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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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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs for a first down against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
January 03, 2021 - 4:36 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Tennessee’s Derrick Henry became the eighth player in NFL history to run for 2,000 yards in a season on Sunday. Henry, who entered the game with 1,777 yards rushing, reached the mark on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Houston Texans. He’s the first player to...
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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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