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Chris Hogan plays big role in helping Patriots reach Super Bowl

The New England Patriots make a habit of picking up free agents that help them get to the Super Bowl. Receiver Chris Hogan is the latest. Hogan caught a career-high nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns Sunday night, helping the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl with a 36-17 victory over...

  • Wade Phillips officially announced as Rams' new defensive coordinator

    Wade Phillips officially announced as Rams' new defensive coordinator

    Wade Phillips, the architect of one of the most dominating defenses in NFL history, on Thursday was officially announced as the Rams’ defensive coordinator. Phillips, 69, has been an NFL head coach, defensive coordinator or assistant for 39 seasons. New Rams Coach Sean McVay and the Rams had agreed...

  • A look at this year's Super Bowl shuffle

    A look at this year's Super Bowl shuffle

    With one more Sunday of games left before Super Bowl LI, here are the four potential matchups for that Feb. 5 showcase game in Houston. Unlike last weekend’s divisional round, when all four games were rematches from the regular season, these potential Super Bowl pairings did not face each other...

  • Chargers try to move on from their San Diego past with Los Angeles rally

    Chargers try to move on from their San Diego past with Los Angeles rally

    By the time Chargers owner Dean Spanos stepped to the microphone, the 150 or so fans at the Forum were on their feet. They waved team flags. A few wore T-shirts with the Dodgers-like interlocking L.A. logo the Chargers used, then quickly abandoned last week, after announcing their move from San...

  • Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide selected to Pro Bowl

    Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide selected to Pro Bowl

    Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide established a first for the franchise Wednesday when he was named to the Pro Bowl. McQuaide, a sixth-year pro who played at Ohio State, is the first Rams long snapper to be selected for the annual all-star game, which will be played Jan. 29 in Orlando, Fla. McQuaide...

  • Rams will add Greg Olson to staff as quarterbacks coach

    Rams will add Greg Olson to staff as quarterbacks coach

    In another move geared toward developing quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams are expected to add former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson to the staff as quarterbacks coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. New Rams Coach Sean McVay, who was hired last week,...

  • NFL report: Josh McDaniels withdraws from consideration for 49ers job

    NFL report: Josh McDaniels withdraws from consideration for 49ers job

    Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expressed appreciation for the opportunity to interview with the San Francisco 49ers but says for now he will remain in New England.  He said during a conference call Monday that the decision was what's “best for my family and myself” and that he will...

  • Green Bay's win over Dallas is the most viewed NFL divisional playoff game ever

    Green Bay's win over Dallas is the most viewed NFL divisional playoff game ever

    Green Bay's 34-31 win over Dallas was seen by an average of 48.5 million on Fox, the most-viewed NFL divisional playoff game ever. The game Sunday had a 26.1 rating and 46 share, the network said Monday, the highest-rated NFC divisional game since 1997. The rating is the percentage of television...

  • Steelers silence the Chiefs, 18-16, to advance to the AFC championship

    Steelers silence the Chiefs, 18-16, to advance to the AFC championship

    His profession requires him to avoid distraction at all costs, so Chris Boswell unloaded his cargo with care, placing his white Beats by Dre headphones atop a pyramid created by his gym bag and backpack, before he noticed the crowd ahead of him. Inside a cramped cubbyhole in the lower confines...

  • NFL's final four get offensive to win playoff games

    NFL's final four get offensive to win playoff games

    The Denver Broncos made their case last season that it takes a great defense to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. This season’s four remaining teams — New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Atlanta — are proof that the Super Bowl pendulum tends to swing. While each of those teams has had its moments defensively,...

  • Packers edge the Cowboys in a shootout with last-second field goal

    Packers edge the Cowboys in a shootout with last-second field goal

    What began with a rookie’s legacy ended with the leg of a seasoned veteran. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby stole the show Sunday from first-year Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, making two clutch field goals in the final two minutes to lift the Packers to a 34-31 divisional playoff victory before...

  • NFL report: 49ers interview Tom Cable for head coaching position

    NFL report: 49ers interview Tom Cable for head coaching position

    The San Francisco 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line coach and former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable for their head coaching vacancy on Sunday.  Team CEO Jed York met with Cable as part of his search for replacements for fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke following...

  • NFL playoffs | Chiefs vs. Steelers: How they match up

    NFL playoffs | Chiefs vs. Steelers: How they match up

    This probably won’t be known as “Ice Bowl II,” since temperatures are not expected to dip below 32 degrees in Arrowhead Stadium.  That 1967 NFL championship game between Green Bay and Dallas in Lambeau Field kicked off amid temperatures of minus-15 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like...

  • NFL playoffs | Cowboys vs. Packers: How they match up

    NFL playoffs | Cowboys vs. Packers: How they match up

    Some 15 minutes after Dez Bryant said he didn’t want to talk about “the catch that wasn’t,” the Dallas Cowboys receiver was still talking about the controversial play from the 2014 NFC divisional playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. “Even if we were to win four or five Super Bowls, people still...

  • Patriots outduel Texans, 34-16, to reach record sixth consecutive AFC championship game

    Patriots outduel Texans, 34-16, to reach record sixth consecutive AFC championship game

    The New England Patriots are headed back to a familiar spot: the AFC championship game.  Dion Lewis had a 13-yard touchdown reception , a 98-yard kickoff return for a score, and a late 1-yard touchdown to help the Patriots hold off the Houston Texans 34-16 on Saturday night and advance to an NFL-record...

  • Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Seahawks, 36-20, and into NFC championship game

    Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Seahawks, 36-20, and into NFC championship game

    All that talk of nasty playoff weather in Kansas City, and it was the Seattle Seahawks who ran headlong into an Ice storm. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, nicknamed Matty Ice, put on a frozen-in-time performance Saturday in what could be the last game in the 25-year history of the Georgia Dome....

  • Rams agree to terms with Joe Barry to be linebackers coach

    Rams agree to terms with Joe Barry to be linebackers coach

    New Rams Coach Sean McVay is working quickly to put together his staff. Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips already is in place, and people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Joe Barry has agreed to terms to become linebackers coach and assistant head coach. Barry, 46, was...

  • NFL report: Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott seek playoff history against Packers

    NFL report: Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott seek playoff history against Packers

    Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round.  So was Dallas rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, a surge that ultimately benched 10-year starter Tony Romo and led to the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the quarterback's playoff...

  • Can L.A. support two NFL teams? It's a challenge

    Can L.A. support two NFL teams? It's a challenge

    When Dan Reeves moved the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, the owner made a prediction about his new home. “It's going to be the greatest professional football town in the country,” Reeves said. Seventy-one years later, the boast about the nation’s second-largest market remains an open...

  • NFL playoffs | New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans: How they match up

    NFL playoffs | New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans: How they match up

    As if conditions in Gillette Stadium won’t be harsh enough for the visiting Texans, with temperatures expected to be in the 20s and the Patriots installed as 151/2-point favorites, Houston must find a way to crack a New England defense that has been one of the NFL’s best over the last two months....

  • NFL playoffs | Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks

    NFL playoffs | Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks

    The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title in 108 years last fall, and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended their city’s 52-year championship drought by winning the NBA title last June. Could the Atlanta Falcons, who have never won a Super Bowl in their 51-year history, end more than five decades...

  • Steelers' Le'Veon Bell draws comparisons to Marcus Allen

    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell draws comparisons to Marcus Allen

    He stops. He surveys. He stutters. He goes. Le’Veon Bell is no typical running back. The Pittsburgh Steelers star is so calm, so patient, so deliberate, it’s as if he’s waiting for a door to swing open before he chooses a hole to run through. Like the uncommon apostrophe in his first name, he’s...

  • Rams report: Les Snead isn't going anywhere as the GM prepares to work with Coach Sean McVay

    Rams report: Les Snead isn't going anywhere as the GM prepares to work with Coach Sean McVay

    Rams General Manager Les Snead took his seat on stage with Kevin Demoff, vice president of football operations, as Sean McVay was introduced as the team’s new coach Friday. Snead’s future with the organization has been uncertain since former coach Jeff Fisher was fired with three games remaining...

  • New Rams Coach Sean McVay says he's been ready 'my whole life'

    New Rams Coach Sean McVay says he's been ready 'my whole life'

    His mother was not surprised by the phone call. Sean McVay was on the line from Southern California, where he had gone through a series of final interviews before the Rams made him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. “I have the job,” McVay told his parents, who were at home in Atlanta....

  • Sean McVay brings passion of youth to new job with Rams

    Sean McVay brings passion of youth to new job with Rams

    Several Rams officials were interviewing a coaching candidate at Spago this week when owner and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck visited their table with a plea. He wanted them to make the right hire. He wanted them to find the perfect guy. He addressed his concerns to owner Stan Kroenke, executive...

  • Chargers hire Anthony Lynn to guide team in new L.A. home

    Chargers hire Anthony Lynn to guide team in new L.A. home

    The Chargers won nine games the past two seasons, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL. They have won four playoff games the past 22 years. They’ve never won a Super Bowl, the only championship in their 57 seasons coming in 1963 while playing in the now-defunct AFL. Los Angeles has a reputation for...

  • NFL report: New Bills Coach Sean McDermott does not make any bold predictions

    NFL report: New Bills Coach Sean McDermott does not make any bold predictions

    Buffalo Bills new Coach Sean McDermott ushered in the post-Rex Ryan era by making no bold promises in his vision to restore relevance to a franchise in the midst of a 17-year playoff drought.  McDermott was short and to the point during his inaugural news conference on Friday. The 42-year-old first-time...

  • Winners and losers in the Chargers' move to L.A.

    Winners and losers in the Chargers' move to L.A.

    The Los Angeles Chargers don’t kick off the 2017 season in their new home for eight-plus months, but there are already some winners and losers emerging from the team’s relocation north. A look at the scorecard: Winner: The Spanos family — This move makes them even richer. The Chargers were valued...

  • Letters: Hey, did you hear? The Chargers are coming

    Letters: Hey, did you hear? The Chargers are coming

    Not sure when the Statue of Liberty was relocated to L.A., but with the Chargers joining the Rams, the words “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” should be amended to include “your losing football teams.” Mark S. Roth Los Angeles :: If an NFL team is content spending two seasons...

  • Chargers explained: Is Los Angeles getting a quality NFL team?

    Chargers explained: Is Los Angeles getting a quality NFL team?

    Jilted fans from San Diego and St. Louis have taken to social media in recent days to congratulate Los Angeles on its accumulation of yet another losing NFL team. Sour grapes, truth, or both? The Chargers were 5-11 this season and 4-12 last, so there is more than a hint of truth. But the depiction...

  • Todd Gurley welcomes new Rams Coach Sean McVay with open arms

    Todd Gurley welcomes new Rams Coach Sean McVay with open arms

    Rams running back Todd Gurley had not heard the news. Then he got a text from quarterback Jared Goff. “You’re going to like him,” Goff wrote. “What are you talking about?’’ Gurley responded. “We just got a new coach,” Goff wrote. Gurley said Friday that after learning that Sean McVay had been hired...

  • Steelers-Chiefs game moved to prime time Sunday because of ice storm

    Steelers-Chiefs game moved to prime time Sunday because of ice storm

    The AFC divisional playoff game Sunday between the Steelers and Chiefs has been moved from a midday kickoff to prime time because of an ice storm due to hit the Kansas City area this weekend. The game was originally scheduled to kick off at 12:05 p.m. local time (10:05 a.m. Pacific). It will now...

  • Patriots' favored status over Texans reaches rarefied air for gamblers

    Patriots' favored status over Texans reaches rarefied air for gamblers

    As soon as time expired on the Houston Texans’ wild-card-round playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders last week, a humbling slap of reality smacked them in the face. Not only do the Texans find themselves in the freezing environs of Foxborough, Mass., where the New England Patriots and four-time...

  • FAA approves Inglewood stadium that Rams, Chargers will share

    The $2.6 billion stadium the Rams and Chargers will share in Inglewood took another step forward Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration approved the project after a lengthy review. The agency had been concerned the structure —  the centerpiece of Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s 298-acre sports...

  • Bo Jackson: 'If I knew back then what I know now, I would have never played football'

    Bo knows. That was the slogan that helped make Bo Jackson a household name in the 1980s. But he knows even more now. And had he possessed that knowledge, Jackson says, he never would have become a two-sport All Star. “If I knew back then what I know now, I would have never played football,’’ Jackson...

  • Rams already winning the perception fight with their new roommate

    The Rams were so excited by the arrival of their new non-threatening roommate Thursday, they celebrated by hauling in a shiny new piece of furniture. Just as the Chargers officially announced their move to Los Angeles, they were casually directed to the back bedroom, the smaller one in the shadows,...

  • Rams have a new leading man in Coach Sean McVay

    The Rams featured one of the youngest teams in the NFL last season. Now they have the youngest head coach in league history. On Thursday, the Rams hired 30-year-old Sean McVay, the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.  The Rams will formally introduce McVay in...

  • Chargers' task to win over L.A. is like climbing 'Mt. Everest'

    This is a Dodgers town for baseball, a Lakers town for basketball. So whose will it be in football?  The Rams have a rich history here and a one-year head start on the Chargers in their return. The Chargers might prosper, or they could sink into mediocrity and invisibility, swallowed up into an...

  • Rams' Sean McVay: Portrait of an up-and-coming coach

    New Rams Coach Sean McVay played college football at Miami (Ohio), which is so prolific at developing coaches — Bo Schembechler, Ara Parseghian and John Harbaugh among others —  it is known as the ‘’Cradle of Coaches.” McVay, 30, might be mistaken for a coach coming straight out of the bassinet....

  • Chargers' move a risky proposition for more than just the team

    Gambling isn’t allowed in the NFL, but this Chargers relocation feels like one big roll of the dice. There’s extreme anger in San Diego, where betrayed fans are discarding their Chargers jerseys in front of team headquarters. And there’s apathy in Los Angeles, where the arrival of a second team...

  • Chill out, there is little downside to the Chargers coming to Los Angeles

    The backlash against the Chargers’ move was immediate, as a proud city that regards itself as a home of champions recoiled at the idea it had become America’s dumpster. Los Angeles had already taken in the Rams. Who was next? The Arizona Diamondbacks? The Minnesota Timberwolves? The El Salvador...

  • Double-teamed: Chargers make move to Los Angeles official

    It took 21 years for the National Football League to return one team to Los Angeles. On Thursday — a year to the day after NFL owners approved the Rams’ move to L.A. — San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos completed the saga, taking a 21-minute flight in his private jet to give the city its...

  • NFL report: Ravens hire former Bills coodinator Greg Roman as offensive assistant

    The Baltimore Ravens have hired Greg Roman as the team's senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach.  Roman was fired as Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator two weeks into the 2016 season. He came to Buffalo in 2015 after spending four seasons as offensive coordinator of the San Francisco...

  • Timeline: Chargers' journey back to Los Angeles

    A brief, recent history of the Chargers and Los Angeles: December 2014: The Chargers say they’ll play the 2015 season in San Diego. February 2015: The Chargers and Raiders announce plans to build a privately financed stadium in Carson on the site of an old landfill. March 2015: AEG abandons plans...

  • Chargers' move to L.A. is just like their new logo: unoriginal and uninspired

    One look at the logo of the new Los Angeles Chargers tells you all you need to know about owner Dean Spanos and his motives in moving the team. It’s unoriginal and uninspired, just like his decision to uproot the Chargers from their longtime home and flee northward to escape paying for a new stadium...

  • StubHub Center: It's the Galaxy's world, Chargers will just play in it

    Although the Chargers will call the StubHub Center home the next two seasons, Major League Soccer’s Galaxy will remain the stadium’s main tenant. “The Galaxy is the main priority for StubHub Center,” said Brendan Hannan, the director of communication for the facility. “The Chargers’ NFL schedule...

  • Why Chargers' departure for L.A. won't make Padres a power, even as the only game in town

    The Clippers bolted for Los Angeles, and now the Chargers have followed more than 30 years later. The Padres are the lone major sports team left in San Diego, and the only Major League Baseball team that does not have to share its market with an NFL, NBA or NHL team. Good for the Padres? Sure. ...

  • Football: High school coaches hope Rams, Chargers can make impact in L.A.

    High school football coaches in Southern California are both optimistic but also a little skeptical about whether having the Rams and Chargers in Los Angeles will impact their programs in a positive manner.Charles Mincy, the football coach at Dorsey and a former head coach at Inglewood, the city...

  • Rams talk with Sean McVay again — will they name a coach Thursday?

    The Rams moved closer Wednesday to hiring a new head coach, interviewing Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay for the second time. He is the prime focus of their coaching search, and it is possible they could hire McVay as soon as Thursday. A second interview served as the immediate precursor...

  • Rams safety T.J. McDonald pleads guilty to one misdemeanor count

    Rams safety T.J. McDonald, who was arrested last May after a traffic accident in Woodland Hills, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of reckless driving involving drugs or alcohol, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Wednesday. McDonald, a free agent when the NFL league...

  • Chargers' deadline to decide on move to L.A. is extended to Tuesday

    As the 11th hour nears for the Chargers to decide whether to move to Los Angeles, there’s no indication that the NFL has a last-ditch plan to keep the franchise in San Diego. Members of the stadium and finance committees met Wednesday at league headquarters and focused primarily on the Raiders’...

  • Buffalo Bills hire Sean McDermott as coach

    The Buffalo Bills have hired Sean McDermott to be their next head coach, the team announced Wednesday. The deal was reached shortly after the Bills interviewed McDermott for a second time in eight days. The 42-year-old has no previous head-coaching experience and spent the last six seasons working...

  • Broncos hire Vance Joseph as head coach

    A runner-up two years ago, Vance Joseph is John Elway's pick this time around. “It's official. Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos!” Elway tweeted early Wednesday afternoon. Joseph impressed Elway in 2015 when Gary Kubiak got the job. He was on Elway's shortlist...

  • NFL playoffs: Packers pull away from Giants in second half for 38-13 victory

    Aaron Rodgers, master of the Hail Mary pass, struck again in another big moment.  Rodgers overcame a sluggish start and finished with four touchdown passes, including a momentum-swinging 42-yard heave to Randall Cobb at the end of the second quarter, to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 38-13 win...

  • NFL report: Derek Carr left to ponder 'what if' he could have played for Raiders

    As the playoffs played in the background, the Oakland Raiders packed their bags, said their goodbyes and began an off-season that started far sooner than they had hoped or expected before star quarterback Derek Carr broke his right leg.  With Carr in a walking boot unable to travel, the Raiders...

  • NFL playoffs: 'Big Three' leads Steelers to 30-12 playoff rout of Dolphins

    Injuries forced Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell to wait three seasons for the chance to run onto the field together in the playoffs. The wait for the Pittsburgh Steelers' “Big Three” to do it again won't be nearly as long.  Bell ran for a franchise postseason record 167 yards...

  • California fires Coach Sonny Dykes after 4 seasons

    More than six weeks after coach Sonny Dykes finished his fourth season at California, he was called into a meeting Sunday with athletic director Mike Williams and promptly fired.  Williams said the decision wasn't about one winning record in four seasons and was made in spite of dramatic improvement...

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