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Broncos beat Chargers to reach AFC title game

Jan 13, 2014

Broncos beat Chargers to reach AFC title game

Peyton Manning took a knee again, just as he had at the end of regulation exactly a year earlier. Only this time, he trotted off to cheers, high-fives and smiles. Manning welcomed Wes Welker back into the lineup with a touchdown toss Sunday and ...

Niners oust Panthers

Jan 13, 2014

Niners oust Panthers

Colin Kaepernick raced into the end zone, then pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands imitating Cam Newton’s Superman touchdown celebration. Three years of frustration had come to a head. “Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said. To whom? “I think you know ...

Blount, Pats run over Colts

Jan 12, 2014

Blount, Pats run over Colts

LeGarrette Blount ran the Patriots into their third straight AFC Championship Game. The 113-kg back had four touchdown runs and New England kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback victory, beating the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 on Saturday night. Blount scored on three 2-yard ...

QBs set to run wild in playoffs

Jan 11, 2014

QBs set to run wild in playoffs

Not surprisingly, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton avoided saying anything too specific about whether he’ll wind up with some extra carries in the playoffs. Adept at speaking a lot while divulging little, Newton looked ahead to his postseason debut Sunday against the San Francisco ...

Redskins give new coach Gruden five-year deal

Jan 10, 2014

Redskins give new coach Gruden five-year deal

The face was different, the words familiar. Like Mike Shanahan and nearly every recent Washington Redskins coach, Jay Gruden is anxious to declare an end to franchise’s days of dysfunction. “I don’t know what happened last year,” Gruden said. “I know that interviewing with ...

Dolphins GM Ireland out after six seasons

Jan 8, 2014

Dolphins GM Ireland out after six seasons

The first airborne banner calling for Jeff Ireland to be fired flew over the Miami Dolphins’ stadium in 2011. Other similar signs followed, most recently in November, and on Tuesday those wanting him out finally got their wish. Ireland’s six-year stint as general manager ...

Florida State wins BCS title

Jan 7, 2014

Florida State wins BCS title

For all Jameis Winston had done as a redshirt freshman for Florida State, he never had to pull the Seminoles from the brink of defeat. In the biggest game of the year, down by four with 79 seconds left, the Heisman Trophy winner put ...

Buccaneers counting on Smith for turnaround

Jan 7, 2014

Buccaneers counting on Smith for turnaround

Lovie Smith spent the past year watching lots of football, analyzing himself and preparing for his next job in the NFL. “How many times in life do you get a chance to take a break and really evaluate everything that you’ve done and who ...

Suddenly hot Chargers pounce on Bengals' miscues

Jan 6, 2014

Suddenly hot Chargers pounce on Bengals' miscues

Dump it off to the running back, hand it off, let the field goal kicker take it from there. Philip Rivers didn’t have to do a whole lot to get a playoff win. Not with the way San Diego’s defense was dominating. And not ...