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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...

Minnesota Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris intercepts a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Ball-hawking Harris has been Vikings secondary success story

Jan. 8, 2020 5:40 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Over Minnesota's past six games, Anthony Harris has picked off Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, owners of three of the four lowest interception percentages in the NFL this season. The fifth-year safety has come a long way from undrafted practice squad player, as some of the...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown carry by Alvin Kamara in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Payton: Saints identifying ways to shore up 13-win squad

Jan. 7, 2020 8:24 PM EST

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton and players who've been in New Orleans the past few years have endured a cruel kind of three-peat. Three straight seasons have ended with playoff loses in which the decisive points were scored on the final play. The latest loss Sunday came in overtime against...

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer walks on the sideline in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Cousins, Zimmer quiet skeptics in playoff win for Vikings

Jan. 6, 2020 7:16 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — In their boisterous locker room in New Orleans after the overtime victory, the Minnesota Vikings roared in celebration when coach Mike Zimmer gave the game ball to quarterback Kirk Cousins. “How does it feel to win a playoff game?” Zimmer asked Cousins with a question that...

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) pulls in the game winning touchdown pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) during overtime of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. The Vikings won 26-20. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Cousins, Vikings upend Saints 26-20 in OT in NFC playoffs

Jan. 5, 2020 7:22 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After tight end Kyle Rudolph emerged from a purple swarm of celebrating Vikings near the corner of the end zone, he took an opportunity to mock those who doubted quarterback Kirk Cousins' ability to come through in the clutch. “I'm just glad Kirk can't win big games, apparently,"...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in Indianapolis. McCaffrey's versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

McCaffrey a double All-Pro pick; Gilmore, Thomas unanimous

Jan. 3, 2020 6:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Christian McCaffrey's versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions. McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns while catching a phenomenal 116 passes for 1,005 yards...

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones catches a pass ahead of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Vikings must face Saints without CBs Alexander, Hughes

Jan. 3, 2020 4:51 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings secondary will be short-handed for Sunday's playoff game at New Orleans, with cornerback Mackensie Alexander ruled out with a knee injury and cornerback Mike Hughes placed on injured reserve with a neck problem. Alexander, the slot man in the nickel defense, was...

Saints, Vikings open postseason with 5th playoff meeting

Jan. 2, 2020 6:01 PM EST

MINNESOTA (10-6) at NEW ORLEANS (13-3) Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST, Fox OPENING LINE — Saints by 7. RECORD VS. SPREAD — Vikings 9-7, Saints 11-5 SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 22-12 LAST MEETING — Saints beat Vikings 30-20, Oct. 28, 2018 LAST WEEK — Vikings lost to Bears 21-19; Saints...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo smiles after his team beat the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

San Francisco roars back into playoffs as NFC's top seed

Jan. 1, 2020 4:40 PM EST

For the first time since 1997, the San Francisco 49ers are the top seed in the NFC playoffs, a stunning turnaround for a team that owned the second overall pick in the NFL draft just nine months ago. After four straight losing campaigns, including only 10 wins in coach Kyle Shanahan's first two seasons, the 49ers...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) lines for a play against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Saints eager to tackle tougher road to Super Bowl

Dec. 30, 2019 7:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the second time since 2011, a Saints team coached by Sean Payton and quarterbacked by Drew Brees has finished a regular season 13-3, only to learn that was not good enough to secure a top-two playoff seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. In both cases, remarkably, New Orleans was...