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    On Feb. 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Super Bowl LII. About five years and one week later, the Eagles will return to the Super Bowl, having won the NFC Championship Game 31-7 over the 49ers on Sunday. Vikings fans might resent the Eagles for the walloping they delivered in the 2017 NFC title game, or Eagles fans for their felonious ...

      The Chiefs advanced to Super Bowl LVII after Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. But the victory produced a laundry list of multiple injured players: cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (concussion), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (shoulder), wide receiver Kadarius Toney (ankle) and wide receiver Mecole Hardman (pelvis). The Chiefs ...

        He stood in the winning locker room three years ago after a Super Bowl win in Hard Rock Stadium, dripping champagne and football wisdom, when someone asked him to look back at the decisions that won the night. “I’m not good at looking back,’’ Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said that night in 2020. “I’d rather look ahead.” Now comes a Super Bowl with two teams, Kansas City and ...

          Bill Polian, the Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager, has hired Frank Reich twice at critical points during both men’s careers. The two have stayed in regular touch for decades. And Polian thinks it is important that Panthers fans understand that there’s a big misconception about Reich only being hired as Carolina’s next head coach because he is a former NFL quarterback who can coach ...

            Patrick Mahomes deserved the game ball from the AFC title game. Travis Kelce probably did, too. But behind the scenes were Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder and his staff. They had to get their star QB ready for the Bengals and help their star tight end when back spasms nearly kept him from playing, too. Their work is just beginning. 

            A college friend of mine lived in a house in Venice, California, for almost 20 years and generally had at least three roommates. But the tenant turnover rate was high, and to keep his own rent down, he was often tasked with finding new dwellers. One day when I was visiting, a prospective renter looked at the place and told my buddy that he was in and would have the check for him tomorrow. ...

            Deion Sanders assumed some adorable rounds — Coach Prime and Peggy Coppom need a reality show on the Pac-12 Network, or whatever’s left of it after Comcast collects — with CU icons this past week. Yet as of this past Thursday night, Dave Logan wasn’t one of them. “Haven’t heard from Coach Prime,” Logan told me. “I have heard from (CU tight ends coach) Tim Brewster.” Brewster, the Buffs’ ...

            It feels like we’ve been here before. Once. Twice. Three times. Well, with a different ending. You know, the important part. The Chiefs beat the Bengals 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game, advancing to their third Super Bowl in the past five years. They will play the Eagles. The initial 59 minutes played out the way the previous three meetings with the Bengals had — the Chiefs taking a lead ...

            Patrick Mahomes scrambled for a first down on his badly sprained right ankle and then was shoved late out of bounds by Joseph Ossai, giving Harrison Butker a chance to kick a 45-yard field goal with three seconds left that gave the Kansas City Chiefs a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game.

            The Dolphins got their man. They started their offseason in style. They are hiring Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator and got a smart, experienced football mind who knows how to strategically use leverage in a winning way. You can see those attributes without seeing Fangio’s defenses. You just had to watch him deftly play the field of teams chasing him the past few weeks. Fangio picked ...

            There was, for the slightest of moments, a hesitation before everyone at Lincoln Financial Field understood it to be over, before Eagles 31, 49ers 7 was not just inevitable but official. Third-and-goal, less than a minute left in the third quarter Sunday, the Eagles leading by 14 points and 1 yard away from a touchdown that would bury a tough but shorthanded 49ers team, and Jalen Hurts took ...

            The defining moment arrived long before the confetti began to fall, long before “Dreams and Nightmares” began to play, long before Nick Sirianni celebrated his Super Bowl berth with a promise that the journey was not yet complete. Peel back the layers of touchdowns and penalties and knockout hits that rounded out the Eagles’ 31-7 victory over the 49ers in the NFC championship game, and this is ...

            If recent history is an indication, the Sunday morning arrest of Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett in Old East Dallas will have little effect on his draft stock. The two-time national champion already was expected to be a late-round pick. Bennett was arrested and charged with public intoxication, according to Dallas police, after being picked up at 6:10 a.m. Sunday by officers responding to ...

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            Jalen Hurts had one of Philadelphia’s four rushing touchdowns and the Eagles soared into the Super Bowl, forcing both of San Francisco’s quarterbacks out of the game with injuries and beating the wounded 49ers 31-7 in the NFC championship game.

            Tua Tagovailoa’s parents said this past week he’ll play next season. He remains in concussion protocol and will skip the Pro Bowl. Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells wrote the Miami Dolphins are at risk relying on him. It’s only the second week of the Dolphins offseason and if it seems conversation already is funneling to one player that’s because it is. Just as it did during the 2022 season. ...

            Damar Hamlin released a video Saturday in which he says he’s thankful for the outpouring of support and vows to pay it back, marking the first time the Buffalo Bills safety has spoken publicly since he went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati on Jan. 2. Hamlin said now was “the right time” to speak after the Bills’ season ended and because he needed time to recover and gather his thoughts. The 5 1/2-minute video was posted on Hamlin's social media accounts.

            PITTSBURGH — I was sad when Buffalo lost to Cincinnati last week but not for the reasons you might think. I am not a Bills fan — don't particularly care for the Bills, to be honest — and while the Damar Hamlin story was captivating and inspiring, no, that didn't have me rooting for the Bills, either. My interest in the Bills winning had everything to do with my desire to see the Bills play the ...

            KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The single most impactful player in the AFC Championship Game plays quarterback for the Chiefs. The biggest unknown in the AFC Championship Game is the quarterback for the Chiefs. You can see why the Vegas oddsmakers have had a tough time with this one. Patrick Mahomes will play through a high-ankle sprain, his true effectiveness to be determined. Even by his own admission. ...

            SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Football can be a beautiful game, replete with dazzling athletic feats of finesse, improvisation and grace. Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles won’t be that kind of football. No, the Niners and Birds are set to play a brutal, facemask-to-facemask, mud-and-blood contest in Philadelphia. A trip to the Super Bowl is on the line. If scars ...

            PHILADELPHIA — Inside the practice bubble at the NovaCare Complex, taking up the entire wall behind one of the end zones, is a wide-angle photograph from what was, in all likelihood, the game that featured the loudest moment at Lincoln Financial Field. The photo is from the 2018 NFC championship game, and it spans to show the Eagles and Vikings on the field and most of the crowd in the stands. ...

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