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This photo provided by the New Orleans Saints shows Terry Fonetenot in an undated photo. The Atlanta Falcons named Terry Fontenot the team’s general manager, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The 40-year-old Fontenot becomes Atlanta’s first Black general manager after spending 18 seasons with division rival New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Saints via AP)

Falcons name Saints' Terry Fontenot as general manager

Jan. 19, 2021 5:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday named Terry Fontenot the team's first Black general manager, and team owner Arthur Blank said it's the kind of hire that will eventually also create more opportunities for NFL minority coaches. The 40-year-old Fontenot joins Atlanta following 18 seasons with...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen looks on during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. A person familiar with the situation says Nielsen has agreed in principle to become LSU’s next defensive coordinator. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, because some contractual details were still pending. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)

AP sources: Saints' Nielsen passes on LSU job, stays in NFL

Jan. 19, 2021 3:59 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen informed LSU on Tuesday that he will not take the Tigers' defensive coordinator job after initially agreeing in principle to do to so, two people familiar with the situation said. The people spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on...

FILE - Green Bay Packers' Robert Tonyan catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, in this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, file photo. Indiana State hasn’t had anyone drafted in nearly a quarter-century but has two of its former players a game away from the Super Bowl. Both happen to play the same position on the same team. Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan emerged as one of the league’s breakthrough performers this year. Dominique Dafney went from working at a rooftop patio bar earlier this fall to catching a touchdown pass in the Packers’ regular-season finale.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Indiana State ties connect Packers tight ends Tonyan, Dafney

Jan. 19, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Indiana State hasn’t had anyone drafted in nearly a quarter-century. However, two of its former players are a game away from the Super Bowl. Both happen to play the same position on the same team. Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan emerged as one of the league’s breakthrough performers this...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees waves to his family and fans after an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. The Buccaneers won 30-20. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Signs point to Saints entering new era in 2021

Jan. 18, 2021 8:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Signs point to new era dawning for the New Orleans Saints, even if an opportunity remains to keep together much of the young core that has powered the club to four straight NFC South titles. The Saints must be ready for Drew Brees to retire after he started at quarterback for 15 years....

Bucs designate Vita Vea to return from reserve/injured list

Jan. 18, 2021 6:23 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have designated nose tackle Vita Vea to return from the reserve/injured list and the third-year pro is expected to resume practice ahead of Sunday’s NFC championship game at Green Bay. Vea has been sidelined since breaking an ankle during a 20-19 loss at...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White, right, celebrates after his interception with cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (23) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Confident Buccaneers defense reverts to form at right time

Jan. 18, 2021 6:20 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady’s quest for a seventh Super Bowl ring continues, thanks to a young defense that’s regained its swagger when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed it most. The Bucs (13-5) advanced to the NFC championship game for the first time in 18 years, with Brady outplaying Drew...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen looks on during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. A person familiar with the situation says Nielsen has agreed in principle to become LSU’s next defensive coordinator. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, because some contractual details were still pending. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)

AP source: Saints' Nielsen accepts LSU coordinator job

Jan. 18, 2021 6:08 PM EST

New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen has agreed in principle to become LSU's next defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because some contractual details were still pending. Nielsen is in line...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pumps his fist after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers defeated the Rams 32-18 to advance to the NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Packers get second shot at Bucs with Super Bowl at stake

Jan. 18, 2021 5:58 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All that stands between Green Bay and its first Super Bowl berth in a decade is the one team that managed to shut down the Packers’ high-powered offense this season. Green Bay is the NFL’s highest-scoring team but had its lowest point total of the season in a 38-10 loss...

El quarterback Tom Brady (12), de los Buccaneers de Tampa Bay, delante del outside linebacker Demario Davis, de los Saints de Nueva Orleans, en la segunda mitad de su duelo divisional en los playoffs de la NFL, el domingo 17 de enero de 2021, en Nueva Orleans. (AP Foto/Butch Dill)

Column: Brady moves on, making history with every throw

Jan. 18, 2021 9:32 AM EST

Tom Brady is one win away from the Super Bowl, two wins away from a seventh ring. If that doesn’t get you excited about the final weeks of the strangest NFL season ever, perhaps the thought of Brady heading to Green Bay next weekend to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will. Lambeau Field will be as...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady leaves the field an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. The Buccaneers won 30-20. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Still playing: Bills, Bucs risen from Super Bowl droughts

Jan. 18, 2021 2:40 AM EST

In the 1990s, the Bills buffaloed their way to four successive — if not successful — Super Bowls. No other franchise has managed that. About a decade later, the long-downtrodden Buccaneers swashbuckled to an NFL title. Ever since, pretty much nothing for those teams. Until now. Next weekend,...