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Saints lose grip on NFC’s top seed after failing to hold off 49ers – New Orleans Saints Blog

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints finally got the offensive outburst they’ve been waiting for. But they squandered it with their worst defensive performance of the season in a wild 48-46 track meet that nobody could have seen coming against the San Francisco 49ers’ No. 1-ranked defense.The Saints (10-3) can still potentially wind up as the NFC’s No. 1 seed. But now they may need losses by the 49ers
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Garrett-Rudolph fight immortalized in Christmas tree topper – Pittsburgh Steelers Blog

It’s Christmastime, time for goodwill on earth and peace toward men.Except, apparently, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.Seattle resident Steve Schneider immortalized the brawl with a motorized tree topper that features Garrett swinging a helmet toward Rudolph. He even included another Steelers player, who appears to be David DeCastro, coming in to push Garrett away and an official throwing a flag.May I present the
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Bears’ Eddie Jackson honed skills covering Cowboys’ Amari Cooper at Alabama – Chicago Bears Blog

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson doesn’t need a copy of the advance scouting report on Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper.“He’s really the one that [helped me learn] my coverage skills,” Jackson said of Cooper. “He helped me build [as a player] and got me polished.”Both Jackson and Cooper were four-star high school football recruits who played together at Alabama. Cooper finished his career as the Crimson
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Chiefs sweep of Raiders all but locks up division title – Kansas City Chiefs Blog

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A fourth straight AFC West championship is not yet in the possession of the Kansas City Chiefs, but they took a huge step toward securing it with their 40-9 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.The 8-4 Chiefs are two games ahead of the 6-6 and second-place Raiders in the AFC West. They swept the season series, having also won in September when
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Chargers find unique way to lose yet another heartbreaker with late PI – Los Angeles Chargers Blog

DENVER -- Playing against a rookie quarterback making his first career start in the Denver Broncos' Drew Lock, the Los Angeles Chargers were the team surprisingly experiencing a case of the nerves.The Bolts fell behind by 14 points early, made a late surge but ultimately lost their eighth game of the season when Broncos kicker Brandon McManus drained a 53-yard field goal, giving Denver a 23-20 win.Michael Badgley appeared to
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No more debate: Ravens are NFL’s best team after beating 49ers – Baltimore Ravens Blog

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens entered Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers as the NFL’s hottest team.Quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens left with a 20-17 victory over the 49ers and a franchise-best eighth straight win.Simulate your own scenarios and check out the latest playoff picture. Playoff Machine »• Full schedule » | Standings » | More » On Justin Tucker's 49-yard winning field goal as time expired, Baltimore
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Steelers, fittingly, all but extinguish Browns’ playoff hopes – Cleveland Browns Blog

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh finished it.The game. And, likely, the Cleveland Browns' season.Everything you need this week:• Full schedule » | Standings »• Depth charts for every team »• Transactions » | Injuries »• Projected 2020 NFL draft order »More NFL coverage » Not surprisingly, it was the Steelers who all but extinguished the Browns' already slim playoff hopes, rolling to the 20-13 victory on Sunday in a revenge game off
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Niners go deep on fourth down for opening TD against Ravens – San Francisco 49ers Blog

BALTIMORE -- Entering Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens had not allowed a point on their opponent’s opening possession all season.San Francisco receiver Deebo Samuel changed that less than three minutes into Sunday’s matchup.Facing fourth-and-2 at Baltimore’s 33 on what had to that point been a choppy drive, Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo dropped back and let a deep pass fly down the right sideline."THAT'S MINE!" -@19problemz#SFvsBAL
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Shortcomings exposed: Count the ways Packers are inferior to 49ers – Green Bay Packers Blog

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Now we know the difference between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.A tight end who makes big plays.A defensive front that stuffs the run and harasses quarterbacks down-after-down without blitzing.And a young head coach experienced in game-management decisions.Someday, the Packers might be able to claim all of the above.Not now, though, and certainly not in Sunday night's 37-8 loss at Levi's Stadium in
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Baker Mayfield clicking with OBJ, Landry as Browns roll into Steelers rematch – Cleveland Browns Blog

CLEVELAND -- Baker Mayfield might finally be finding a rhythm with his star wide receivers.Mayfield tossed a season-high three touchdown passes Sunday -- two to Jarvis Landry and another to Odell Beckham Jr. -- as the surging Cleveland Browns rolled to a 41-24 rout against Miami for their third consecutive victory. It was the first time all season that Mayfield found Beckham and Landry for touchdowns in the same game.Despite