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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes enters the injury tent 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)

Chiefs' Mahomes practices again ahead of AFC championship

Jan. 22, 2021 2:15 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes went through his third consecutive day of practice Friday and needs only to receive clearance from team physicians and an independent neurologist to play in Sunday's AFC title game against Buffalo. The exams on Mahomes and cornerback Bashaud...

FILE - Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald (89) plays against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, in this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, file photo. Steelers tight end Vance McDonald is retiring. The 30-year-old announced the decision Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Steelers tight end Vance McDonald retiring after 8 seasons

Jan. 22, 2021 1:36 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vance McDonald could sense last spring the end of his NFL career was in the offing. The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end's urge to branch out beyond the football field — one that bubbled for years — came to a head during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It...

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. 22, 2021 1:31 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...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play at the line of scrimmage 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/Brynn Anderson)

After 4-0 weekend, can Pro Picks get Super Bowl teams right?

Jan. 22, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Not to brag — well, yes, to BRAG — Pro Picks was perfect straight up last weekend, selecting all four winners in the NFL's divisional round. The problem with conference championship weekend is simple: We are torn. Any of the four not only can get to the Super Bowl, but win it. Some might want to...

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. 22, 2021 1:08 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...

FILE - Cutout photos of people, including first responders and healthcare workers, sit in seats in Gillette Stadium before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass., in this Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, file photo. The NFL says 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release Friday that attendance at the Feb. 7 game would be limited to those workers and about 14,500 other fans.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

Jan. 22, 2021 12:48 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month's Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release that attendance at the Feb. 7 game would be...

FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, then-Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks during a news conference in Allen Park, Mich. Washington has hired Martin Mayhew to be its new general manager. The hiring of Mayhew makes Washington the only team in the NFL with a Black team president and GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Washington hires Martin Mayhew as general manager

Jan. 22, 2021 12:46 PM EST

Ron Rivera bulked up his front office Friday, hiring Martin Mayhew to be Washington's general manager and Marty Hurney to serve as executive vice president of football and player personnel. The moves give Rivera two seasoned NFL executives to work with going into his second season coaching and running football...

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Bills' Diggs among NFL elite receiving company this weekend

Jan. 22, 2021 2:36 AM EST

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With his name plastered on election campaign-style lawns signs — “Allen-Diggs 2020” — popping up across Buffalo, receiver Stefon Diggs requires no further introduction. And yet, cornerback Tre’Davious White playfully decided one was necessary...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich during an NFL football practice Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers play the Washington Football Team in a playoff game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Leftwich helping Brady transform potent Buccaneers offense

Jan. 22, 2021 2:27 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Byron Leftwich remembers traveling to Lambeau Field for the first time, walking into the legendary stadium and soaking up the atmosphere. “When you think of it, it’s the mecca of football. ... It’s like (Madison Square) Garden in basketball. I guess it’s like...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni speaks during a news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Indianapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles are nearing a deal to hire Nick Sirianni to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the decision. Both people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't officially announced the hiring.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

AP sources: Eagles plan to hire Colts OC Nick Sirianni

Jan. 21, 2021 10:37 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Sirianni's success working with various quarterbacks with different styles comes in handy in his new job. The Philadelphia Eagles are nearing a deal to hire Sirianni to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the decision. Both people spoke to The Associated...