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Bettors leaning heavily toward home teams making Super Bowl

Jan. 17, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Pro Picks is surprised. Consider that the NFC title game is a matchup of the conferences's top two seeds. The spread favors host San Francisco (14-3) over Green Bay (also 14-3) by 7 1-2 points. In the AFC, it's the sixth-seeded Titans (11-7) at No. 2 Kansas City (13-4), which would seem to be more of a mismatch....

Helmets for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans are displayed during a news conference for this weeks NFL conference championship football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history

Jan. 17, 2020 3:59 AM EST

Tom Brady has been synonymous with the AFC championship for the last two decades. Thirteen times he played for the Lamar Hunt Trophy and nine times he won it, besting MVP Patrick Mahomes in overtime, upending Blake Bortles in a classic comeback, denying Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers trips to the Super Bowl,...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid talks to down judge Tom Stephan (68), during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City, Mo. Of the coaches in the NFL's Final Four, Andy Reid is the outlier. Only Kansas City's coach has been the head man in a Super Bowl. Only Reid is close to having a Hall of Fame-worthy resume. Only Reid has been around for a couple of decades.  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga. File)

Of NFL's Final 4 coaches, Andy Reid is the outlier

Jan. 17, 2020 2:48 AM EST

Of the coaches in the NFL's Final Four, Andy Reid is the outlier. Only Kansas City's coach has been the head man in a Super Bowl. Only Reid is close to having a Hall of Fame-worthy resume. Only Reid has been around for a couple of decades. So, while Tennessee's Mike Vrabel, Green Bay's Matt LaFleur and San...

FILE - This is a 1985 file photo showing Pittsburgh Steelers safety Donnie Shell. Donnie Shell knew he was ahead of his time. It's why the Pittsburgh Steelers safety never worried about whether he'd get into the Hall of Fame. His long wait ended this week, when he got the call more than 30 years after playing his final game. (AP Photo/File)

Worth the wait; Steelers' great Shell reveling in Hall nod

Jan. 16, 2020 7:42 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donnie Shell knows what a Hall of Famer looks like. It helps when you spend your career calling them teammates, as the hard-hitting safety did during 14 seasons dealing out punishment in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. So Shell never panicked as the years passed and the call that he'd...

Vinovich chosen as Super Bowl ref because of highest rating

Jan. 16, 2020 6:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two people familiar with the assignment tell The Associated Press that Bill Vinovich was chosen to work this year's Super Bowl because he had the highest rating among referees. The selection of Vinovich has met with some disfavor from players and fans, noting that he was the referee in last...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates after the 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

49ers, Packers look to go from losing seasons to Super Bowl

Jan. 16, 2020 3:36 PM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that's been done only once before in the Super Bowl era. With a victory in the NFC championship game at home on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the Niners will become the second team in NFL history to...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. With “The Catch” that sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl and “The Blown Call” that kept New Orleans at home, NFC championship games have two seminal moments that rank with just about any in postseason history. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NFL at 100: 2 iconic moments mark history of NFC title games

Jan. 16, 2020 3:18 PM EST

With “The Catch” that sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl and “The Blown Call” that kept New Orleans at home, NFC championship games have two seminal moments that rank with just about any in postseason history. There's plenty to remember from the 37 years separating those plays,...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, foreground, is tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, center, during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. Also pictured at rear is defensive end Dee Ford. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Who matches up best in yet another Packers-49ers title game?

Jan. 16, 2020 3:09 PM EST

For the eighth time in 25 years, the Packers and 49ers — both 14-3 this season — face off in the postseason. Green Bay leads 4-3 in what has been a memorable and sometimes spicy rivalry. San Francisco has won five of its six Super Bowl trips. Green Bay is 4-1. No matchup has occurred as frequently...

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, right, watches as players practice with general manager John Lynch at the team's NFL football practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The 49ers will host the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

49ers GM John Lynch wins PFWA Executive of the Year

Jan. 16, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch won the Pro Football Writers of America Executive of the Year award on Thursday. Lynch was honored for his role in helping transform the 49ers from a four-win season in 2018 to a 13-3 record this past season. San Francisco earned the...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates in the final moments of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Will Henry's runs or Mahomes' passes decide AFC champion?

Jan. 16, 2020 1:51 PM EST

The Titans haven't been to the Super Bowl since 2000. That's barely a blip on the football history screen: The Chiefs haven't been there since 1970. One of them is headed for the big game in Miami. Here's how they match up for the AFC championship: WHEN TENNESSEE HAS THE BALL Run. Then run again. Derrick Henry...