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Packers elevate CB Williams to active roster for game day

Jan. 23, 2021 4:23 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have elevated recent cornerback acquisition Tramon Williams to their active roster for Sunday’s NFC championship game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move Saturday comes two days after the Packers announced they had signed Williams to their practice...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh cheers on his team from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. The New York Jets' new head coach is charged with turning around the fortunes of a franchise that has missed out on the playoffs the past 10 seasons — the NFL's longest active drought — and has a few generations of frustrated fans impatiently waiting for at least a chance at another Super Bowl. After all, it has been 52 years and counting.  (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

Saleh begins tough task of changing Jets' identity, culture

Jan. 23, 2021 2:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest part of the job begins now for Robert Saleh. The New York Jets' new head coach is charged with helping turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has missed out on the playoffs the past 10 seasons — the NFL's longest active drought — and has a few generations of...

FILE - Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn. Smith, the new Atlanta Falcons coach, has started building his staff by hiring offensive coordinator Dave Ragone, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and special teams coach Marquice Williams.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Falcons' Smith adds veteran Gary Emanuel, 3 more assistants

Jan. 23, 2021 2:47 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — New Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith is building his staff. He added four assistants Saturday, including veteran defensive line coach Gary Emanuel. Emanuel coached the New York Giants' defensive line in 2018-19. He has 38 years coaching experience, including 10 in the NFL. He...

Les Motes and his two-year-old daughter Mahalia leave flowers, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Atlanta, near the spot where a ball hit for a home run by Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron cleared the wall to break Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974. Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died peacefully in his sleep early Friday. He was 86. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Aaron's death prompts call to change name: Braves to Hammers

Jan. 23, 2021 2:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As his adopted hometown mourned Hank Aaron's death, some fans called on the Atlanta Braves to change their name to the Hammers in his honor. “Hammerin' Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents...

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)

All eyes on QBs as Packers host Bucs for NFC championship

Jan. 23, 2021 1:52 PM EST

For as much as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have accomplished in their Hall of Fame-caliber careers, they’ve rarely faced off on the field. Never have they met with so much at stake. When Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers (14-3) host Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-5) in the NFC championship game...

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, left, talks with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid after an NFL divisional round football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 22-17. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs' Reid, Bills' McDermott to match wits for AFC title

Jan. 23, 2021 1:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten years after firing Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will stare across the field inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and see his protégé trying to spoil his hopes of a Super Bowl repeat. Funny thing: Even after firing him,...

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)

NFC Matchups: Where else to start but Brady and Rodgers?

Jan. 23, 2021 12:42 PM EST

More than 100 players will suit up for Sunday's NFC championship game, so try to ignore all those talking heads making mention of only two: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Yes, it's as juicy a matchup of quarterbacks as the current NFL can offer. The Battle of the Bays might well be decided by what Mr. Six Rings...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes walks on the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Big offenses, overlooked defenses in AFC title game

Jan. 23, 2021 12:37 PM EST

Two teams so absent from championship history for so long until recently face off for the AFC championship. The Kansas City Chiefs won their first NFL title since 1970 when they beat San Francisco in last year's Super Bowl. When they host Buffalo, the Chiefs will take on a franchise that went from the 2000-2016...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes walks on the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Column: Mahomes 'cleared' for big game. What could go wrong?

Jan. 23, 2021 3:45 AM EST

Never mind that Patrick Mahomes got knocked silly and out of a game barely a week ago. He was always going to play Sunday against Buffalo, and because it’s the AFC Championship — instead of, say, Week 3 of the regular season — the only way the Chiefs' star wouldn’t have cleared the...

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) returns an interception during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chiefs' Mathieu making most of opportunity in Kansas City

Jan. 23, 2021 3:33 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two years ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off an AFC championship heartbreak against the New England Patriots that rested largely on the shoulders of their defense, which couldn't stop Tom Brady and Co. in overtime. Not enough talent? Maybe. Not enough playmakers?...