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Sorting the Playoff Pile: Patriots dynasty not dead, Saints survive and more from the divisional round – CBS Sports

Sorting the Playoff Pile: Patriots dynasty not dead, Saints survive and more from the divisional round – CBS Sports

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. The over-arching lesson from this weekend's action? Coaching matters. All over the place, all weekend long, we were reminded of the importance of coaching as various teams dominated due to putting themselves in better position throughout the regular season and because of better game planning.  We also saw the coaching help to bust plenty of narratives throughout the divisional round. Let's look at the some of the biggest coaching moves of the weekend and then take a peak at the championship game matchups.  Supergenius Sean McVay  The Sean McVay jokes on Twitter are getting old -- not that it's stopping me from making them. When Joe Buck is cracking wise about McVay's barista getting a look from NF...
Eagles’ receiver Alshon Jeffery on team’s loss: ‘That’s on me.’ – Fox News

Eagles’ receiver Alshon Jeffery on team’s loss: ‘That’s on me.’ – Fox News

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. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) leaps into the end zone for touchdown in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) Receiver Alshon Jeffery took the blame for the Philadelphia Eagles’ 20-14 loss against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday after letting the ball slip through his fingers leading to a crucial interception.With just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, a short pass from Eagle's QB Nick Foles slipped through Jeffery’s hands and was intercepted by Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The Eagles were on the move and were down by six at the time.After the interception, Jeffery was seen lying face down on the f...
Patriots’ Development of a Power Run Game Makes Them Dangerous – Sports Illustrated

Patriots’ Development of a Power Run Game Makes Them Dangerous – Sports Illustrated

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Homeless man helps Chiefs player Jeff Allen make it to playoff game – KSN-TV

Homeless man helps Chiefs player Jeff Allen make it to playoff game – KSN-TV

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. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) - Several hours before the Kansas City Chiefs' playoff victory Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts , offensive lineman Jeff Allen was stranded in the snow and needed help.That’s when a Good Samaritan driving by, Dave Cochran, stopped and offered to lend a hand.“I was driving down (U.S.) 40 highway and saw a couple cars stuck," Cochran said. "I pulled one car out before that then I saw another car stuck and I told my old lady, 'We have to help him.'"Cochran, who is homeless and lives in his truck with his girlfriend and small dog, had no idea who was in the car, but he knew driving on snow-packed streets were a challenge for whoever was in the vehicle.“It said Texas plates," Cochran said. "He wasn’t use to this weather. H...
Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game – cleveland.com

Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game – cleveland.com

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. NEW ORLEANS -- When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl.Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Glenville and Ohio State grad Marshon Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling behind 14-0. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles' pass from the Saints 27 deflected off usually sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two minutes remaining. A couple dozen Saints players surged off the sideline toward the end zone in celebration, while Jeffery fell face-first to the turf in agony."We were real calm and poised and we knew we w...
Chiefs G Jeff Allen rewards reported homeless man who helped him out of snow on game day with playoff tickets – Yahoo Sports

Chiefs G Jeff Allen rewards reported homeless man who helped him out of snow on game day with playoff tickets – Yahoo Sports

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. A pregame snowstorm didn’t slow the Kansas City Chiefs against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, but it made game day stressful for one Chiefs player.Backup guard Jeff Allen got stuck in the snow while driving to the game. A Good Samaritan with a truck helped him out of the bind, and Allen made it to the playoff game without further trouble.Allen looked to social media for helpAllen wanted to reward the man for his help, but there was a problem. He didn’t get his contact information. He reached out on Twitter for help to identify the man he knew only as Dave, while noting that his helper didn’t realize he was a Chiefs player when he gave him a hand. My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a play...
Video: Saints take lead over Eagles in playoff game — cue ‘Choppa Style’ dance-off – The Advocate

Video: Saints take lead over Eagles in playoff game — cue ‘Choppa Style’ dance-off – The Advocate

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. It was only a matter of time. When the New Orleans Saints took their first lead of their divisional playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter, it felt like a major turning point. And the Saints celebrated the only way they know how -- with "Choppa Style."Video from inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome shows Saints players dancing to the popular Bounce song by New Orleans rapper Choppa just after the Saints took their 3-point lead. Can't see video below? Click here.The song has become the Saints unofficial anthem for the 2018 season and it has swept every inch of New Orleans, from locker rooms to the streets.Choppa also recently recorded a special remix of the song celebrating the Saints' playoff run and quarterback Drew Brees' birthday.  ...
Tom Brady of New England Patriots says ‘everybody thinks we suck’ – ESPN

Tom Brady of New England Patriots says ‘everybody thinks we suck’ – ESPN

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. 8:10 PM ETFOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is embracing the underdog role in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, telling CBS in a postgame interview that "everybody thinks we suck and can't win any games."It was a theme that resonated throughout the locker room after the Patriots' 41-28 divisional-round victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.Four years ago we wrote him off. Tom Brady, age 37, done. Kansas City finally did him in. Guess what? The GOAT still roars like a lion.Let's reset the chances to win the title for the teams in the conference championship games, according to the ESPN Football Power Index.1 Related"Tom said it, so I can comment on it. Yeah, everybody does think we suck. Everybody thinks we don't have enoug...
Scouting the Patriots-Chiefs AFC Championship Game – Boston.com

Scouting the Patriots-Chiefs AFC Championship Game – Boston.com

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. The Patriots (13-5) are heading to their eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game and 13th of the Brady-Belichick era following a 41-28 victory over the Chargers Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. New England will visit the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (13-5) next Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6:40 p.m. for the right to play in Super Bowl LIII. The Chiefs defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-13 Saturday in their divisional round game. It’s the second meeting of the season between the Patriots and Chiefs. Tom Brady outdueled Patrick Mahomes in Week 6, leading the Patriots to a thrilling 43-40 win on Sunday Night Football from Gillette, capped by a late fourth-quarter drive engineered by Brady and a 28-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski with three s...
Patriots blast Chargers, advance to eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game – USA TODAY

Patriots blast Chargers, advance to eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game – USA TODAY

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. Mike Jones USA TODAY Published 4:37 PM EST Jan 13, 2019 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – OK, let’s promise each other that we’ll never question Bill Belichick and Tom Brady ever again as long as their union lasts. Deal? The New England Patriots kicked off their postseason play with an absolute thrashing of the Los Angeles Chargers. Sunday’s 41-28 victory, which only seemed close after a last-minute touchdown to Antonio Gates, earned New England its eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance, extending the franchise's own record. ...