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The Vikings needed a miracle against the Saints … they got a beautiful one

Minnesota Vikings This has been a season of improbable storylines for Minnesota, and now they are one victory away from a Super Bowl in their own backyard NFL: top five plays from the Divisional Round In 51 years of Super Bowls no team has ever played for football’s championship on their home field. The closest were the Los Angeles Rams, who in their previous run as tenants of the LA Coliseum, lost the 1980 Super Bowl in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, 26 miles away. But throughout this improbable Minnesota Vikings season,…

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Patriots vs Titans LIVE stream: How to watch NFL Divisional playoff game online or on TV

The Titans shocked NFL fans last week when they recorded a tremendous comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card round. And they will be looking to upset the odds once again when they face Tom Brady and Co. The Patriots secured the No 1 seed in the AFC thanks to their 13-3 record in the regular season. And they haven’t lost a Divisional Round game in seven years since losing to the New York Jets in 2011. Experience could be the key here for both…

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Few will be surprised if the NFC’s ‘best’ teams lose next weekend

Over the last 42 years the regular season’s top teams have gone to the playoffs with an expectation of winning their first postseason game. They often don’t, of course, but the people who set sports betting lines have named the No1 seed as favorites every time in their playoff opener. Never have they wavered on this. Their faith in the higher seed has been automatic.  But faith never met Nick Foles, the unfortunate replacement for Carson Wentz as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in these playoffs. For the first time since…

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Rams vs Falcons LIVE stream: How to watch NFL playoff 2018 wildcard online or on TV

The Rams haven’t hosted a NFL playoff game at the Coliseum in nearly 40 years but the young upstart team have a chance to create history tonight. Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in NFL history at 31 years old, has completely transformed the Rams from last season’s mediocrity. But they come up against a Falcons side who came agonisingly close to winning the Super Bowl last year, only to be outdone in one of the most historic comebacks by Tom Brady’s New England Patriots. The veteran-led team will be…

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The man who wasn’t there: 2017’s most impactful player was Colin Kaepernick

Someday people will look back at the just-completed 2017 NFL season and behold the brilliance of Tom Brady at 40 and Drew Brees at 38. They will marvel at how eight teams made the playoffs who had not done so last year. They will chuckle at Cleveland’s 0-16 record and wonder how the New York Giants could have tumbled to 3-13. But these recollections will be footnotes in a record book. The 2017 NFL season had little to do with what happened on the field. It wasn’t about the quarterbacks…

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Roger Federer breaks record after being named BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year

The 36-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2017 in which he returned to the top of the game, winning two Grand Slams at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. His triumph at SW19 was his eighth title at Wimbledon, becoming the first man to lift the famous trophy aloft. He was unable to beat Rafael Nadal in the world rankings, finishing just behind the Spaniard. But Federer’s achievements at his age, having dealt with multiple back issues over the last couple of years, shocked the world of tennis and he has been rewarded…

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Eli Manning’s messy downfall a symbol of turbulent times for Giants and NFL

This wasn’t how it was supposed to end for Eli Manning. Unceremoniously benched on a Tuesday afternoon in late November after 14 years with the Giants. There’s no good or “ceremonious” way to be benched, of course. Eli’s older brother Peyton’s career concluded in storybook fashion as a Super Bowl champion and that kind of ending was not on the cards for Eli with a Giants team that at 2-9 is nowhere near being a contender any time soon.   But Eli’s Giants career definitely wasn’t supposed to end like this,…

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NFL round-up: Raiders-Broncos descends into mass brawl; Pats and Eagles win

The feud between Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib spilled over into a new season and led to a full-blown brawl and three ejections on Sunday. Crabtree has been upset ever since Talib ripped Crabtree’s chain off his neck during the regular-season finale last season. Crabtree sat out the first meeting this season in Denver with a chest injury, but didn’t wait long to try for revenge in the rematch. On the second play of Oakland’s second drive, Crabtree aggressively blocked Talib on a running play and…

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Terry Glenn: Former NFL wide receiver dies aged 43 in car crash

Glenn played 12 NFL seasons with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. He finished his career with 593 receptions for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns. According to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office Glenn was killed in a “suspected motor vehicle accident” in the early hours of Monday morning. The former Dallas Cowboys player was driving on Interstate 114 with a woman when he veered out of his lane and struck a concrete barrier dividing the toll lane and main lanes, Irving police said. Glenn, 43,…

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Patriots vs Broncos LIVE stream: How to watch Sunday night football online or on TV

Tom Brady’s Patriots side don’t have a great record against the Broncos, who haven’t the best season so far. As far as the Patriots are concerned, they have put line breaker and defensive captain Dont’a Hightower on injured reserve as he will undergo surgery on his right shoulder. The Broncos in the meantime, have right tackle Menelik Watson on injured reserve and they signed free agent Cyrus Kouandjio. Brady has won only three of his ten meetings against Broncos, the worst stats in any city he has played in. But…

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