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ALAMEDA,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, Calif. (AP) -- The touchdown passes and yards are down. The interceptions and sacks are up.

The straight upward trajectory that Derek Carr's career took for his first three seasons in the NFL hit a speed bump this season,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, contributing to the Oakland Raiders' fall from a 12-win team to one almost certain to miss the postseason.

But rather than being discouraged by the results,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, Carr said he will use the lessons from this season to build for the future.

''I use it all to just fuel the fire,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, this time next year we're standing here I'll feel like,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey,'' he said Thursday. ''There's been things that I've gone through this year that I've never been through and I'm learning how to deal with those things and not just deal with them, but execute them at a high level. So, I absolutely, 100 percent believe that going forward, man because I trust my work ethic, again, that I'm a better player this year because of what I went through.''

Carr had few setbacks last season when he led Oakland to seven comeback wins and was one of the most promising quarterbacks in the league when he threw for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns with only six interceptions before a broken leg in the next-to-last game of the year ended his season before he got to play in the postseason.

Carr turned that performance into a $125 million, but the performance hasn't matched that level., five-year contract in the offseason that briefly made him the NFL's highest-paid player

He's on pace for his lowest yards per attempt, TD throws and passer rating since his rookie season in 2014.

Carr's path is not an unusual one. He became the 13th quarterback in the past 30 years to start at least 10 games in his first season and have his passer rating improve in each of the next two seasons.

Only Troy Aikman followed that with another year of improvement in year four, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl title.

The other 11 quarterbacks saw their passer rating drop by an average of nearly 10 points in year four, a group that includes quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning and Cam Newton.

''The experience he's getting,'' coach Jack Del Rio said. ''Even the very best. Even the very elite quarterbacks of all time weren't perfect every year. Derek is good football player. We're going to win a lot of games together here.'',Womens Julio Jones Jersey, he's definitely growing

After winning the first two games of the season,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, Carr struggled in a prime-time loss at Washington and then injured his back in a loss the following week in Denver. He missed one game with that injury before returning for a loss at home to the Chargers.

Carr has been up-and-down ever since,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, mixing in some highlight-level plays with more poor ones than usual.

Oakland's latest loss was an example of that when Carr nearly led a comeback win only to fall short when he fumbled while trying to stretch the ball over the goal line for the go-ahead score in the final minute of a 20-17 loss to Dallas.

That defeat left Oakland on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention. The Raiders (6-8) need to win their final two games,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, Miami wins twice and Baltimore gets at least a win or tie in its final two games., hope Buffalo and Tennessee lose twice

''You know, it's definitely one of those things that you're not out until you're out, especially playing this game. You're not out until you're out.'',Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey,'' Carr said. ''We've all seen crazier things, that's for sure

NOTES: WR Amari Cooper (ankle) worked out on the side and Del Rio said he hoped he'd be able to play Monday. ... C Rodney Hudson (kidney stone), C Jon Feliciano (concussion), TE Clive Walford (concussion, CB David Amerson (foot), DL Denico Autry (hand, ankle), neck) and DB Keith McGill (knee, DT Treyvon Hester (ankle), LB Bruce Irvin (concussion), illness) all didn't practice. ... DL Mario Edwards Jr. (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis.
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Most of the snow was cleared by the time Mitchell Trubisky plowed in on a draw for a 4-yard touchdown.

That didn't stop him and two teammates from making snow angels.

and they weren't about to let it pass even if they were facing a winless team.,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey,The Chicago Bears got a rare chance to celebrate with a 20-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Sunday's home finale

''It was fun to play in the snow,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, staying on schedule and helping our defense get off the field. Just get a complete team win.'','' Trubisky said. ''I took my glove off early cause it slipped out of my hand. So it was just better in the snow to go with bare hands. Hroniss (Grasu) did a great job of the snaps under center and shotgun and that's a crucial part of the game. Take care of the football

There certainly hasn't been much fun for the Bears (5-10) in a season where they hoped to take a step forward.

where the Vikings will be attempting to secure a first-round playoff bye to go with their NFC North championship.,They will try to end it on a strong note at Minnesota

he could be on his way out after three seasons.,The final game of the season could also be John Fox's final game as Bears coach. With a 14-33 record and one of the lowest winning percentages in franchise history

the No. 2 pick in the draft. But the more immediate issue is simply finishing strong.,The Bears would probably bring in an offensive-minded coach to help develop Trubisky

539 no-shows and just 41,Chicago is wrapping up a fourth straight losing season and fifth in a row without a winning record. Fans are continuing to tune out,257 in attendance to watch the Bears beat the Browns., with 17

they would end the season by winning three of four.,Those who went to the game saw Chicago pull away for a rather lopsided victory after dropping six of seven. If the Bears manage to beat Minnesota

It would also give them a win over a team hoping for a playoff run unlike the two teams they beat recently - Cincinnati and Cleveland with a loss at Detroit in between.

and just doing what we love to do,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey,''It's just going out,'' receiver Josh Bellamy said. ''Everything's not always going to be perfect. I've never seen a team that's just gone undefeated every year. We're just trying to build something here and keep it going. Hopefully this will lead into next year; building confidence and building each other up.'',Womens Julio Jones Jersey, having fun

The Bears were helped by some sloppy play by Cleveland,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, the other wiped out Myles Garrett's apparent interception return for a touchdown., whether it was DeShone Kizer hitting an open Kyle Fuller in stride in the end zone or Carl Nassib lining up offside. One breakdown resulted in an interception

But there were also some strong performances by Chicago.

Fuller continued a comeback season in a contract year with his second interception of the season and six passes defensed. He missed last season because of a knee injury.

''That's as good a game by a corner that I've seen since I've been here,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, especially for him being injured.'','' Fox said. ''My hat's off to him because last year was a very frustrating year

Trubisky threw for 193 yards and ran for 44 while playing turnover-free ball after throwing a career-high three interceptions against Detroit.

many of them screens to offset the Browns' blitz.,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey,The Cleveland-area product completed 14 of 23 passes

when you let him do his thing,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey,''He played with poise, he's a playmaker.,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey,'' Bellamy said. ''He played great. He always plays like that. When you just let him take the wheel

''He's an athlete. You can see what he can do with his legs. He can run the ball, he's a great quarterback. He'll be real good.'',Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, he can throw the ball
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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The Denver Broncos' quarterback carousel continues to spin, and no one's quite sure when or where it'll stop.

coach Vance Joseph hopes to get Paxton Lynch some snaps in the season finale next week against the AFC West-champion Kansas City Chiefs (9-6).,After Brock Osweiler was 22 of 38 for 193 yards with an interception and a fumble in a loss to Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins

he'll probably play for us. Absolutely.","Our goal is to see him play, if he's ready to go next week,Womens John Ross Jersey," Joseph said. "So absolutely

and Denver's only touchdown came with 78 seconds left.,Womens A.J. Green Jersey,The Broncos (5-10) didn't choose a starter during the week as Lynch was listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Osweiler finished with a 60.7 rating

Osweiler in the first half could be seen yelling on the sideline and afterward expressed frustration over not capitalizing on good field position.

"There was no finger pointing," Osweiler said. "The words that I used weren't directed at anybody specifically,Womens DeShone Kizer Jersey, just trying to ignite the offense. I felt like we were leaving too much out there."

throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns against Denver's defense that came in ranked first in the NFL. Some Broncos fans on their way into FedEx Field discussed the possibility of Cousins being their quarterback next year. His performance with general manager John Elway in attendance didn't do anything to douse that speculation.,Womens Jim Brown Jersey,Cousins didn't leave much out there

but I can't say anything about next year.","I don't want to say anything right now," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "He definitely can make some plays and he can make all the throws, but he's a ballplayer

The Broncos have started three QBs this season — Osweiler, Lynch and Trevor Siemian, who's on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Cousins is playing a second consecutive year on the franchise tag and is facing another offseason of uncertainty.

but right now I've got to focus on winning football games.","You have to focus on the present," Cousins said. "There will be plenty of time to discern all those questions and think about the options come the offseason, and certainly your mind does like to wander

Some other things we learned in the Redskins' 27-11 victory over the Broncos:

but the Redskins have also gotten better at forcing turnovers and improved their practice habits.,REDSKINS' D UPGRADE: Washington allowed a combined 68 points in losses at the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers before giving up one touchdown combined in beating the Arizona Cardinals and Broncos. Bad QB play by Blaine Gabbert and Osweiler factors into that

we played a full team game,"I feel like guys are paying more attention to details in practice and getting more out of practice and it's showing up on Sundays," said safety D.J. Swearinger, who intercepted Osweiler. "For the performance that we had it's incredible. From the D-line to the linebackers to the secondary,Authentic John Ross Jersey, and that's all you can ask for."

Washington visits the NFC East-rival New York Giants (2-12) on New Year's Eve.,Authentic A.J. Green Jersey,WHAT TO PLAY FOR: The Broncos and Redskins (7-8) have each long been eliminated from playoff contention but seem intent not to fold the tent before the season is over. While Denver faces Kansas City

" Broncos safety Darian Stewart said. "It's still a division game,Authentic DeShone Kizer Jersey,"It's time to get to K.C.,Authentic Barry Sanders Jersey, man,Womens Barry Sanders Jersey, and try to prepare as well as we can for them, man. And It will feel better getting a win going into the offseason."

It matters to the Redskins to put together their first three consecutive seasons at .500 or better since 1999-2001.

this organization,"That's really where our focus is: get to 8-8," Cousins said. "It's not 13-3, but it's not a losing season. I want this brand,Authentic Jim Brown Jersey, to be associated with winning."

ANDERSON FOR 1,000: Broncos running back rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins and now needs 54 to hit 1,000 in a season for the first time in his career.

" Anderson said. "We've got one game to do it. There's nothing better than having the pressure of one game.","It would mean a lot
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Most of the snow was cleared by the time Mitchell Trubisky plowed in on a draw for a 4-yard touchdown.

That didn't stop him and two teammates from making snow angels.

The Chicago Bears got a rare chance to celebrate with a 20-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Sunday's home finale,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, and they weren't about to let it pass even if they were facing a winless team.

'' Trubisky said. ''I took my glove off early cause it slipped out of my hand. So it was just better in the snow to go with bare hands. Hroniss (Grasu) did a great job of the snaps under center and shotgun and that's a crucial part of the game. Take care of the football,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey,''It was fun to play in the snow,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, staying on schedule and helping our defense get off the field. Just get a complete team win.''

There certainly hasn't been much fun for the Bears (5-10) in a season where they hoped to take a step forward.

They will try to end it on a strong note at Minnesota,Womens Drew Brees Jersey, where the Vikings will be attempting to secure a first-round playoff bye to go with their NFC North championship.

The final game of the season could also be John Fox's final game as Bears coach. With a 14-33 record and one of the lowest winning percentages in franchise history, he could be on his way out after three seasons.

The Bears would probably bring in an offensive-minded coach to help develop Trubisky, the No. 2 pick in the draft. But the more immediate issue is simply finishing strong.

with 17,539 no-shows and just 41,Chicago is wrapping up a fourth straight losing season and fifth in a row without a winning record. Fans are continuing to tune out,257 in attendance to watch the Bears beat the Browns.

Those who went to the game saw Chicago pull away for a rather lopsided victory after dropping six of seven. If the Bears manage to beat Minnesota,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, they would end the season by winning three of four.

It would also give them a win over a team hoping for a playoff run unlike the two teams they beat recently - Cincinnati and Cleveland with a loss at Detroit in between.

having fun,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, and just doing what we love to do,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,''It's just going out,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,'' receiver Josh Bellamy said. ''Everything's not always going to be perfect. I've never seen a team that's just gone undefeated every year. We're just trying to build something here and keep it going. Hopefully this will lead into next year; building confidence and building each other up.''

whether it was DeShone Kizer hitting an open Kyle Fuller in stride in the end zone or Carl Nassib lining up offside. One breakdown resulted in an interception,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,The Bears were helped by some sloppy play by Cleveland,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, the other wiped out Myles Garrett's apparent interception return for a touchdown.

But there were also some strong performances by Chicago.

Fuller continued a comeback season in a contract year with his second interception of the season and six passes defensed. He missed last season because of a knee injury.

'' Fox said. ''My hat's off to him because last year was a very frustrating year,''That's as good a game by a corner that I've seen since I've been here, especially for him being injured.''

Trubisky threw for 193 yards and ran for 44 while playing turnover-free ball after throwing a career-high three interceptions against Detroit.

The Cleveland-area product completed 14 of 23 passes, many of them screens to offset the Browns' blitz.

'' Bellamy said. ''He played great. He always plays like that. When you just let him take the wheel, when you let him do his thing,''He played with poise, he's a playmaker.

he can throw the ball,''He's an athlete. You can see what he can do with his legs. He can run the ball, he's a great quarterback. He'll be real good.''
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Entering Saturday, and Brown's 17, only one trio spent more time together than the Los Angeles Kings' top line of rookie Alex Iafallo, and they've given the Sharks particular trouble., Kopitar, captain Anze Kopitar, and his predecessor Dustin Brown. Just three combinations scored more goals than Iafallo

a 4-1 drubbing of the Sharks in their second game of the season.,Kopitar and Brown scored four of Los Angeles' five goals in their first two match-ups with San Jose. Three of those came in the first game

The fourth was the Kings' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Sharks on November 12. That, came down to matchups., at least in part

according to Natural Stat Trick. The Kings' first line controlled the puck away from the Sharks' shutdown pairing,Authentic Gustav Nyquist jersey,The first time around,Authentic Tomas Tatar jersey, and dominated in terms of puck possession., Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic spent no more than two minutes of five-on-five ice time against Los Angeles' top trio

and Joe Pavelski were the forwards that lined up against them most,Authentic Aleksander Barkov jersey,Even without the benefit of last change, San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer was able to hard match Vlasic and Braun against each player for about 10 minutes in the second matchup last month. Logan Couture,adidas Pekka Rinne jersey, as DeBoer threw his lines into the proverbial blender. , Tomas Hertl

Tomas Hertl,There's little doubt DeBoer will continue to rely heavily upon Braun and Vlasic, but it's a bit of a mystery which forward line he'll utilize. With Couture still recovering from a concussion, based on what the Sharks have done in his absence., it's likely shutdown duties will fall to his old linemate

On Thursday,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey, and spent nearly half of his night against Hertl., Brock Boeser led the Canucks in five-on-five ice time. Boeser also leads the Canucks in scoring

Matched up head-to-head, but the ice was clearly tilted in San Jose's favor., the Sharks controlled 70.83 percent of the shot attempts and 69.23 percent of the scoring chances when Hertl and Boeser were on the ice. Each line scored a goal

Kopitar,The Sharks have controlled possession when Hertl lines up against the Kings' top line this season,adidas Gustav Nyquist jersey, but in only two of those matched up minutes did the 24-year-old man the middle. If Thursday was any indication,adidas Tomas Tatar jersey, and Brown for a lot longer.,adidas Aleksander Barkov jersey, he'll see Iaffalo

and Hertl,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey,The Kings are dangerous aside from their top line, but stopping them is key to limiting Los Angeles. As long as they see plenty of Vlasic,Authentic Pekka Rinne jersey, of course, the Sharks will be in a strong position to do just that., Braun
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FLORHAM PARK � Maybe Jets� fans won�t have to wait until 2018 to finally see Christian Hackenberg play.

Coach Todd Bowles wouldn�t rule out the possibility of Hackenberg making his long-awaited NFL debut on Sunday when the Jets play the Patriots.

�We�ll see,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey,� he said.

The plan is for Bryce Petty to start at New England. Petty has played every snap since starter Josh McCown suffered a season-ending broken hand in Week 14.

Bowles said he�ll decide during Sunday�s game if it�s time to finally get Hackenberg his first NFL snaps. He wouldn�t provide any details about what will go into that decision. But he tried to lower the expectations in case Hackenberg does play.

� Bowles said. �To put him out there the last game and expect him to be Superman,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey,�Christian�s time will come,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, we�d be fooling ourselves.�

Hackenberg has been a polarizing figure for the Jets since he was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft. He�s struggled with accuracy during offseason workouts and has looked overwhelmed in preseason games during each of his first two seasons.

Still,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey, some fans believe that the Jets are missing an opportunity if they don�t get Hackenberg out on the field in a real game and see what they have � especially with Petty struggling mightily the last two games.

Bowles doesn�t agree.

�I don�t feel the need to put him in this game,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey,� Bowles said of Hackenberg. �We see him every day in practice. We saw him in the preseason. We�re comfortable.�

But Bowles wouldn�t say if he�d talked with general manager Mike Maccagnan about potentially playing Hackenberg late in the season.

�What me and Mike talk about is private,� Bowles said.

it's likely he knows exactly what he is going to do with Hackenberg. In the preseason,Despite Bowles' claims that he won't make a decision until Sunday,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, Bowles refused to reveal the quarterback rotation before any game. But it became clear his plan all along was to give Hackenberg the majority of the reps and a chance to beat out Petty and McCown for the starting job.

completing only 42-of-74 passes (56.8 percent) for 372 yards,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey,Hackenberg started two preseason games and saw more in-game action than the other two quarterbacks. But he played poorly,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey, two touchdowns and two interceptions while being sacked nine times.

Bowles said that the Jets were able to get a good read on Hackenberg during that time. And he said that Hackenberg learned a lot. But he also hinted as to why he�s hesitant to throw Hackenberg into action in the final week of the season.

you don�t get a chance to play those guys like you want to,Womens Joe Montana Jersey,�The regular season is not preseason,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey,� Bowles said. �And you don�t just put pull them in and out and expect them to play where the defenses are more complex than they are in the preseason.�

Hackenberg said he won�t change anything about his routine this week. And he said that Bowles hasn�t approached him about potentially playing. But he did admit there is some measure of excitement about finally playing.

of course, Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey,you�re excited. But I think the big thing is to not get so lost in that and continue to make sure that you�re hammering home on the fine details each week and making sure you know the game plan and things like that.�,� he said. �At the end of the day,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey, all of us want to play and all of us compete and we come out and we work extremely hard. � So,�Yeah, I mean, naturally as a player, yeah
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DALLAS (AP) -- Sam Darnold knows the speed of an NFL game is much faster than it appeared from the upper-level seats that he and his Southern California teammates had for a Dallas Cowboys game after arriving in North Texas for the Cotton Bowl.

What is still unclear is how quickly the All-Pac-12 Trojans quarterback could be playing at field level in the pros.

Darnold,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, a third-year sophomore,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, which will be held in late April in the same stadium where he will play Friday night., hasn't said yet if he will return to Pac-12 champion USC for another season or if the Cotton Bowl against fifth-ranked Ohio State will be his Trojans finale. He has to decide by Jan. 15 whether to make himself eligible for the next NFL draft

I haven't been thinking about it a ton. I've been really focused on Ohio State. So I think after the bowl game, I can't really pinpoint anything specifically.'', honestly,''Obviously, I'll be able to give a better answer,'' Darnold said Wednesday during his media session at the Cotton Bowl. ''But I think just looking at all the factors

he has also run for 350 yards and seven scores., though he didn't become the starter until the fourth game in 2016 on way to a Rose Bowl title,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, Darnold has thrown for 6,In two seasons with the Trojans,873 yards with 57 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while completing 65 percent of his passes. Often considered just a prototypical drop-back passer

The kid who has always dreamed of playing in the NFL is expected to be a top pick if he leaves USC early. Darnold said his decision on whether to go or stay won't be impacted by which NFL team might chose him.

to be able to have the opportunity to even play in the NFL and achieve that dream of mine is something that I've always looked at,'' Darnold said. ''And for an organization to put their trust in me to be able to go out there and play football for them,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey,''It's been such a dream of mine to play in the NFL that whether I go or whether I stay at USC,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, I think any opportunity to play for anyone would be amazing and something that I've always dreamed of.''

While Darnold expects it to be a hard decision,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, he believes he will be able to say he made the right decision - no matter what that is.

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin describes Darnold as a ''quarterback's quarterback'' who will be ready for the NFL whenever he decides to go.

he wants to win. He's an extreme competitor, then you'll see him coming back.,'' Martin said. ''I think he does like being in college. It might be one of those heartstring things,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, where,''Ultimately at the end of the day, 'Hey we made it to the Cotton Bowl, we did great. But can we do better? Can I play better?' If that's the case

or the right timing for the right organization on the next level, he may make the decision to leave,''If he feels it's the right situation,Womens Julio Jones Jersey, '' he said.

when they were eliminated from playoff contention in a loss to Seattle,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey,Before that Cowboys game on Sunday, Darnold hadn't attended an NFL game since going to see the Chargers as a young kid.

It was only three years ago that USC coach Clay Helton was in Darnold's living room recruiting him to the Trojans.

'' Darnold said. ''I've made some big decisions, and coming to USC was one of them. And it was a really great decision. So I think whatever decision I make by Jan. 15 is going to be a great decision,''Life is kind of moving really fast right now,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey,too.''
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Mass. � As multiple Pittsburgh Steelers players blasted James Harrison for the way the linebacker left the Steel City,FOXBORO,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey, the New England Patriots welcomed him with open arms.

�He�s done a lot of good things around the league through his own career,Authentic David Johnson Jersey,� Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers said Thursday after Harrison�s first practice with New England. �I�m looking forward to him being out there on the field with me making plays.�

who at 39 is the NFL�s oldest active defensive player,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey,Harrison,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey, adds experience and physicality to a youthful and injury-depleted Patriots front seven.

�He�s been doing it a long time,� Flowers said. �Very physical player. Obviously in the weight room,Womens Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, whether it�s stopping the run, pass rush, just being able to keep his body strong. So (I can learn) a whole lot, things like that. Anytime you get a vet that�s been doing it a long time, you can learn a lot from him.�

� added rookie defensive end Deatrich Wise,�It�s exciting to see him on our team, who was 7 years old when Harrison signed his first NFL contract in 2002.

A former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, appearing in just five games and logging a total of 40 defensive snaps. On Saturday, Harrison played sparingly for the Steelers this season,Womens David Johnson Jersey, Pittsburgh waived him 15 weeks into his 15th NFL season (14 with the Steelers, one with the Cincinnati Bengals).

Two days after passing unclaimed through waivers, who beat the Steelers in last season�s AFC Championship Game and are expected to contend with Pittsburgh for this year�s conference title, the veteran outside linebacker signed with the Patriots, as well.

�Guys can play anywhere in this league,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey,� Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. �That�s just the way it works. You never know who will show up or who will be gone. That�s the tough part about playing the NFL.�

Harrison is a physical specimen. He�s listed a 6-foot,Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey,Even in his advanced age,Authentic Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, 242 pounds and is known for his legendary workout regimen.

� McCourty said. �Scary-looking,Womens Deion Jones Jersey,�He�s a well-put-together human being, some would probably say.�

Pittsburgh�s all-time sacks leader with 80 1/2,Harrison, could make his Patriots debut this Sunday against the New York Jets.

�What he�s done for this league, how he wasn�t the most polished but just kept getting better and better � it�s a pleasure to have him here, and just his story � undrafted free agent,� safety Duron Harmon said. �We�ll try to welcome him with open arms, and hopefully he can do some things to help us.�

several Pittsburgh players felt otherwise,Though Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he harbored no ill will toward Harrison over his decision to sign with a rival, publicly skewering the veteran linebacker for what they believed to be a dishonorable exit from the team.

let�s be serious,�He erased his own legacy here,� Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey told reporters Thursday. �� It�s crazy. It blows my mind.�

Harrison is not scheduled to address the New England media for the first time until Friday, according to the Patriots.
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DALLAS (AP) -- Sam Darnold knows the speed of an NFL game is much faster than it appeared from the upper-level seats that he and his Southern California teammates had for a Dallas Cowboys game after arriving in North Texas for the Cotton Bowl.

What is still unclear is how quickly the All-Pac-12 Trojans quarterback could be playing at field level in the pros.

Darnold,Authentic DeShone Kizer Jersey, a third-year sophomore, which will be held in late April in the same stadium where he will play Friday night., hasn't said yet if he will return to Pac-12 champion USC for another season or if the Cotton Bowl against fifth-ranked Ohio State will be his Trojans finale. He has to decide by Jan. 15 whether to make himself eligible for the next NFL draft

''Obviously, honestly, I haven't been thinking about it a ton. I've been really focused on Ohio State. So I think after the bowl game,Authentic Jim Brown Jersey, I can't really pinpoint anything specifically.'', I'll be able to give a better answer,'' Darnold said Wednesday during his media session at the Cotton Bowl. ''But I think just looking at all the factors

Darnold has thrown for 6,In two seasons with the Trojans, though he didn't become the starter until the fourth game in 2016 on way to a Rose Bowl title, he has also run for 350 yards and seven scores.,873 yards with 57 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while completing 65 percent of his passes. Often considered just a prototypical drop-back passer

The kid who has always dreamed of playing in the NFL is expected to be a top pick if he leaves USC early. Darnold said his decision on whether to go or stay won't be impacted by which NFL team might chose him.

''It's been such a dream of mine to play in the NFL that whether I go or whether I stay at USC, to be able to have the opportunity to even play in the NFL and achieve that dream of mine is something that I've always looked at,Authentic John Ross Jersey, I think any opportunity to play for anyone would be amazing and something that I've always dreamed of.'',Authentic A.J. Green Jersey,'' Darnold said. ''And for an organization to put their trust in me to be able to go out there and play football for them

he believes he will be able to say he made the right decision - no matter what that is.,While Darnold expects it to be a hard decision

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin describes Darnold as a ''quarterback's quarterback'' who will be ready for the NFL whenever he decides to go.

''Ultimately at the end of the day,Authentic Barry Sanders Jersey, where, he wants to win. He's an extreme competitor,'' Martin said. ''I think he does like being in college. It might be one of those heartstring things, we did great. But can we do better? Can I play better?' If that's the case,Womens Jim Brown Jersey, 'Hey we made it to the Cotton Bowl, then you'll see him coming back.

''If he feels it's the right situation,Womens DeShone Kizer Jersey, or the right timing for the right organization on the next level,'' he said., he may make the decision to leave

Before that Cowboys game on Sunday,Womens John Ross Jersey, Darnold hadn't attended an NFL game since going to see the Chargers as a young kid., when they were eliminated from playoff contention in a loss to Seattle

It was only three years ago that USC coach Clay Helton was in Darnold's living room recruiting him to the Trojans.

''Life is kind of moving really fast right now,Womens A.J. Green Jersey,'' Darnold said. ''I've made some big decisions, too.'',Womens Barry Sanders Jersey, and coming to USC was one of them. And it was a really great decision. So I think whatever decision I make by Jan. 15 is going to be a great decision
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is betting big on Andrew Luck's health.

He's hoping some head coaching candidates follow his lead.

One day after firing Chuck Pagano,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard laid out their plan to search for a successor and Irsay wasted no time making his strongest selling point - Luck's likely return in 2018.

'' Irsay said Monday,''I am telling you that I have no doubt in my mind that Andrew is going to come back. I'm telling you that kid is a special kid. Special, raising his voice for emphasis.

''He was born to do great things in the National Football League and he will do great things in the National Football League.

''I believe he is going to be back and I believe he is going to be back for a long time and I believe he is going to write his name into the National Football League record books in a very strong way.''

If Luck does regain his form after missing the 2017 season following surgery on his throwing shoulder, it could make the Colts' job one of the most attractive.

Indy has a chance to surround Luck with a better supporting cast in 2018., three-time Pro Bowler at quarterback, nearly $90 million in salary cap room,With a healthy 28-year-old, one of the younger teams in the league and the No. 3 draft pick

But the first order of business is finding a head coach.

Neither Ballard nor Irsay discussed specific candidates on their short list and instead only cited broad parameters of what they're seeking.

Ballard said he isn't concerned with an offensive or defensive-minded coach.

The first evidence came Monday when Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks acknowledged the Colts are one of three teams that have already requested permission to speak with him.

The prevailing wisdom is the Colts also will look at several offensive coordinators perhaps including Josh McDaniels of the Patriots, who worked with Jacoby Brissett for 18 months in New England before he was traded to Indy in early September.

Another name to watch might be Kansas City special teams coordinator Dave Toub, who worked with Ballard with the Chiefs.

either., Ballard said,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, Previous head coaching experience, isn't a prerequisite

who will lead the search,But Ballard, insists he wants someone who is interested in more than Luck.

'' he said. ''I don't want them to come here just for Andrew Luck. If he's coming here just for Andrew,''I want someone that wants to come to the Indianapolis Colts, then he's probably not the right fit.''

And what if the candidate is concerned about Luck's prognosis?

'' Ballard reiterated. ''If he has pause,''Not the right fit, he's not the right guy.''

Monday's comments come three days after Luck insisted his shoulder is stronger, more stable and less painful than it was in October when his throwing program was put on hold.

Luck said,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey,In fact, he's now convinced he won't need a second surgery and expects to participate in the Colts' offseason workouts when they start in April.

Irsay staunchly backed his star quarterback.

'' he said. ''You don't realize what kind of fever he has for success right now. It's a 107-degree fever that he has right now.'',Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,right now,''I'm telling you,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, you don't know the fierce fire that's burning in No. 12's eyes

In the meantime, Ballard must come up with an offseason strategy to keep the Colts' rebound back on track.

he completely overhauled the defense and after a slow start,Last year, the play improved during the second half of the season. Sixteen of the Colts key defensive contributors are already under contract for next season.

coming in from a lot of different areas,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,''I think we made some strides,'' linebacker John Simon said. ''It takes some time to jell a little bit and I think we made some progress and will continue to get better.''

getting him back behind center.,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, though,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, will be putting more pieces around Luck and,The real key, of course

we'll start throwing again soon and that's going to tell us a lot.'', that will not change,'' Ballard said. ''As for Andrew,''We're going to add competition everywhere, we're just going to continue down the path. He's in a good place

NOTES: Irsay may have given away a little draft strategy when he said: ''You put him (Luck) on the field, 216 pounds) in the 1999 draft. ... Indy signed eight players to reserve-future contracts. They are tight end Mo Alie-Cox, all healed up, and an Edgerrin James-type guy,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, receivers Dres Anderson and Kolby Listenbee, defensive tackle Johnathan Calvin, who might be bigger and stronger and let this guy (Luck) do what he's able to do and this is going to be a special place to play.'' Penn State's Saquon Barkley is projected to be the first running back selected and at 5-foot-11,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, 230 pounds is a little bigger than James was (6-1, outside linebackers Arthur Miley and Josh Perry, quarterback Phillip Walker and guard Isaiah Williams.
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Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have begun another postseason adventure,EDEN PRAIRIE,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey, backed by an often-burned fan base carrying several scars from flameouts of playoffs past.

and the memories of Darrin Nelson's drop,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey,There's already a dose of modesty embedded in state culture that contributes to regulated expectations,Womens Sean Taylor Jersey, Gary Anderson's miss and Brett Favre's misfire naturally make the purple-clad people more hesitant to get their hopes up this time.

Well, these Vikings will calmly tell them to forget about all those infamous flops on some of football's biggest stages over the 57-year history of the franchise. This team didn't play in those games.

and I've got a wood spirit hanging in my office,''I've got a crystal ball,'' head coach Mike Zimmer said. ''So there's no damn curse.''

their second-best record in 40 seasons since the NFL implemented a 16-game schedule in 1978,After finishing 13-3 , the Vikings were rewarded with a first-round bye and a home game on Jan. 14 in the divisional round.

the Vikings will host the Rams. If the Falcons are victorious on Saturday,If Los Angeles beats Atlanta at home, the Vikings will face the Carolina-New Orleans winner. The Saints host the Panthers on Sunday.

Nine of the past 10 teams to reach the Super Bowl did so with the first-round bye. The only outlier was the Baltimore Ravens, the AFC's No. 4 seed in 2012.

That's a fact that Zimmer made sure to share with his players last week,Womens Joe Montana Jersey, prior to completing their pursuit of the bonus rest time and automatic advancement to the quarterfinals of the tournament that conveniently concludes this time on their home turf.

As for whether the first matchup comes against the Rams, Saints or Panthers?

'' defensive end Brian Robison said. ''They've got to come to U.S. Bank Stadium,''Don't care at all, and we're going to be ready for them.''

when Favre joined his former rival. He steered the Vikings at age 40 to the NFC championship game,Robison is the only player remaining on the roster from 2009,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey, only to throw the off-balance interception late in the fourth quarter following the 12-men-in-the-huddle penalty that lowlighted the overtime loss at New Orleans.

Anderson's wide-left field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship against Atlanta following the 15-1 finish in 1998 was the even more stunning miscue in modern Vikings history, leading to the overtime loss at the Metrodome.

Then there was the 1987 team that sneaked into the playoffs after the strike and notched two upsets on the road,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey, before falling by seven points at Washington when Nelson didn't hang on to the potential tying touchdown catch at the goal line in the NFC championship game.

too,Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey,The Vikings played for the 2000 NFC title, falling 41-0 to the New York Giants in embarrassing fashion. Then there are those four Super Bowl defeats between the 1969 and 1976 seasons that laid the foundation for a half-century of January failure.

though,The way the Vikings have progressed through 2017,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey, has produced a different feel.

The teams that head coaches Brad Childress, Dennis Green and Jerry Burns took to the NFC championships were more reliant on high-octane offenses and high-profile stars at the skill positions.

is a defense-first creation that has exhibited more discipline,Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey, albeit with multiple Pro Bowl players,Zimmer's group, humility and harmony than the other elite teams the franchise has fielded.

but we like each other too,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey,''We not only respect each other,'' quarterback Case Keenum said.

we fight for each other,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey,''And I think that goes a long way. Outside of the X's and O's,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, and I think you go up and down the row in there and everybody feels the same. I think that's pretty rare.''
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Without the ability to pick from a generation of young American stars, USA Hockey is leaning on a longtime NHL winger as captain and hopes a diverse roster can capture an Olympic medal.

the first games without NHL players since 1994. There's no Patrick Kane, the U.S. named veteran Brian Gionta captain as it unveiled its roster for the Pyeongchang Olympics, four college players, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel or Jonathan Quick,At the Winter Classic in New York on Monday, Johnny Gaudreau, so the U.S. men's hockey team is made up of Gionta, three from the American Hockey League and 15 playing in professional leagues across Europe.

"We really like our roster," general manager Jim Johannson said. "It's a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country."

Boston University's Jordan Greenway,Denver's Troy Terry, St. Cloud State's Will Borgen and Harvard's Ryan Donato are the NCAA players who should give the U.S. a shot of youth. Terry and Greenway won World Junior gold with the U.S. last year.

"I get the opportunity to go over there and show everyone what I can do,adidas Juuse Saros jersey," Greenway said. "I would have never (thought I'd) been saying to myself I will probably be playing in the Olympics in my junior year of college."

" the last time the U.S. men's hockey team won the Olympic gold medal. The goal was to build a team of varying talents that could compete with two-time defending champion Canada and favored Russia,This isn't a rag-tag bunch of college kids like the 1980 "Miracle On Ice,adidas Viktor Arvidsson jersey, so much of the roster is seasoned.

006 games played over 15 seasons, the 38-year-old Gionta has by far the most NHL experience of the 23 players named. A total of 15 players have appeared in the NHL,Authentic Jordan Eberle jersey,With 1, including AHL star Chris Bourque and European-based forwards Mark Arcobello and Jim Slater and defensemen James Wisniewski and Bobby Sanguinetti .

" said Sanguinetti,"I think it's a great mix of young talent and veteran players with a lot of international experience, who was a first-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2006. "Excited to get together in a month."

who played at the 1988 Olympics and now coaches at Wisconsin,Tony Granato, will be behind the bench in South Korea. The U.S. lost the bronze medal game to Finland in 2014 and got the silver in Vancouver in 2010.

Bobby Butler and John McCarthy, as national federations couldn't pick any player with an active NHL contract. The initial U.S. roster includes the admittedly "semi-retired" Gionta, five from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League,But this is an entirely different dynamic with the NHL choosing not to send players, three players from the AHL in Bourque, five from Switzerland's National League A, three from the Swedish Hockey League and two from multiple levels of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

"I think we put together an outstanding group of players that will represent us well come February and give us a great chance to do really well," Granato said. "There was consideration of a lot of players who were there that have had good years and made it hard on us. That is the good thing about the depth of USA Hockey now. There are a lot of players out there that could potentially be Olympic athletes."

who plays for Finnish-based Jokerit in the KHL,Authentic Viktor Arvidsson jersey, is the only goaltender on the roster so far,Ryan Zapolski, with two more to be added later this month. Granato said after the pre-Olympic Deutschland Cup in November that Zapolski had the tools to be the Americans' starting goalie even though it was too early to name him as such.

Gionta called the tournament "wide open,Canada is expected to announce its roster on Jan. 11. Because NHL players aren't going,adidas Jordan Eberle jersey," something Canada coach Willie Desjardins and others have said in recent months.

the U.S. roster is a blend of youth and experience that also takes into account the wider,To that end, international-sized ice that the tournament will be played on.

" said defenseman Ryan Gunderson, which can be helpful,Authentic Juuse Saros jersey, college guys, which I'm sure will bring a lot of skill and energy,adidas Jaroslav Halak jersey, then proven AHL players that can produce, as well. Gio,Authentic Jaroslav Halak jersey,"We have a decent amount of players that are already used to playing in Europe on the big ice, one of the eight players on the roster without NHL experience and who currently is playing in Sweden. "(We have) some younger, of course, has experienced the Olympics before and will lead the way."

Gionta put up 588 points for the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres. He played for the U.S. at the 2006 Olympics and has been practicing with the AHL's Rochester Americans to stay in shape for Pyeongchang.

I haven't been able to achieve, is an Olympic medal,"It's one thing I don't have," Gionta said. "I would love to end my career with something like that."

The U.S. faces Slovenia in its Olympic opener on Feb. 14.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anthony Lynn believes the Los Angeles Chargers are onto something big after their resilient season ended just short of the playoffs.

The head coach is determined to keep this group together as it attempts to build on that success in 2018.

including coordinators Gus Bradley and Ken Whisenhunt.,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey,Lynn said on Monday that he wants to return next season with the Chargers' complete player nucleus and his coaching staff

but Lynn is fighting to retain him amid probable interest from other teams.,Bradley's contract is up after the former Jacksonville head coach joined the Chargers on a one-year deal last winter

''We'd like to keep this together if we can,'' Lynn said Monday. ''I know some guys, the contracts are up. We're working on that right now. We're trying to keep this staff together, because I think we got better as a coaching staff as the season went on., this nucleus together

''We hit some bumps there early, but things are a lot smoother right now. I think we understand each other.'', and midway through the season

The Chargers (9-7) missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, outscoring those 12 opponents by a combined 283-179., but not many teams headed into the offseason playing better football. Los Angeles won six of its last seven games and five straight at StubHub Center

even though the Chargers' only three losses after Oct. 1 were on the road against playoff teams.,An 0-4 start to the relocation season was too much to overcome

but their struggles in September undid their excellence for the rest of the season.,The Chargers likely would have been a daunting matchup for pretty much any AFC playoff opponent

''To come in the building today and see all of the people that were still disappointed, to me,'' Lynn said., that was encouraging

the standards and expectations are right where they need to be right now.'',Womens Landon Collins Jersey,''The last thing I want to do is come into a place and everyone is satisfied with being 9-7. I think the people in this building and in this organization

when Mike McCoy's injury-plagued Chargers won just nine combined games under the specter of relocation.,Lynn's first season undeniably was a major step forward from the last two years in San Diego

and the Chargers got off to a slow start in their compact soccer stadium.,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey,The move eventually happened in January 2017

But Philip Rivers led the Bolts back from that rough start to the season with another spectacular season for the only quarterback to start a game for this franchise since 2005.

Rivers passed for 4,515 yards with 28 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, who set the franchise record with 102 catches., and he has given every indication he'll return next season with a superb group of receivers including Pro Bowl selection Keenan Allen

he wasn't sure.,When Rivers was asked whether relocation contributed to the slow start that kept the Chargers out of the playoffs

''I think it would be seen as an excuse to say it, but I also think it's naive to think it had nothing to do with it, who commuted 90 minutes each way from his family home in San Diego instead of moving his wife and eight children to Orange County where the Chargers are now based.,'' said Rivers

''Did it have something to do with throwing three interceptions against Kansas City? Probably not. It's hard to say that it did, getting settled in. But it's one of those things you can't gauge.'', but I think it's crazy to say that it didn't have any effect on a team early

While the offensive line could use bolstering, including 1,105-yard running back Melvin Gordon, the Chargers' core of offensive skill players can return largely intact, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams., tight end Hunter Henry and receivers Allen

but the Chargers publicly remain high on the No. 7 overall pick.,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey,Rookie receiver Mike Williams never blossomed after an injured start to his career

who are both signed.,The defense also can retain its key pieces around pass-rushing stars Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram

and its inconsistent run defense could be bolstered by the acquisition of a defensive lineman.,The Chargers had one of the NFL's best pass defenses under Bradley

he said the Chargers' ''top priority'' is to find a kicker after cycling through four this season. He's already hard at work on building off the Bolts' success.,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey,In perhaps the surest sign yet of Lynn's belief in his current roster

''You're supposed to take some time off,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, but I started grinding this morning,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, and I'm going to get out of the building and do something.'','' Lynn said. ''But I'll finish up in a couple days



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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anthony Lynn believes the Los Angeles Chargers are onto something big after their resilient season ended just short of the playoffs.

The head coach is determined to keep this group together as it attempts to build on that success in 2018.

Lynn said on Monday that he wants to return next season with the Chargers' complete player nucleus and his coaching staff, including coordinators Gus Bradley and Ken Whisenhunt.

Bradley's contract is up after the former Jacksonville head coach joined the Chargers on a one-year deal last winter,Authentic Howie Long Jersey, but Lynn is fighting to retain him amid probable interest from other teams.

this nucleus together,'' Lynn said Monday. ''I know some guys, the contracts are up. We're working on that right now. We're trying to keep this staff together,''We'd like to keep this together if we can, because I think we got better as a coaching staff as the season went on.

and midway through the season,''We hit some bumps there early, but things are a lot smoother right now. I think we understand each other.''

but not many teams headed into the offseason playing better football. Los Angeles won six of its last seven games and five straight at StubHub Center,The Chargers (9-7) missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, outscoring those 12 opponents by a combined 283-179.

An 0-4 start to the relocation season was too much to overcome, even though the Chargers' only three losses after Oct. 1 were on the road against playoff teams.

The Chargers likely would have been a daunting matchup for pretty much any AFC playoff opponent, but their struggles in September undid their excellence for the rest of the season.

to me, that was encouraging,''To come in the building today and see all of the people that were still disappointed,'' Lynn said.

''The last thing I want to do is come into a place and everyone is satisfied with being 9-7. I think the people in this building and in this organization, the standards and expectations are right where they need to be right now.''

Lynn's first season undeniably was a major step forward from the last two years in San Diego, when Mike McCoy's injury-plagued Chargers won just nine combined games under the specter of relocation.

The move eventually happened in January 2017,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey, and the Chargers got off to a slow start in their compact soccer stadium.

But Philip Rivers led the Bolts back from that rough start to the season with another spectacular season for the only quarterback to start a game for this franchise since 2005.

515 yards with 28 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions,Womens Leonard Williams Jersey, and he has given every indication he'll return next season with a superb group of receivers including Pro Bowl selection Keenan Allen,Rivers passed for 4,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey, who set the franchise record with 102 catches.

When Rivers was asked whether relocation contributed to the slow start that kept the Chargers out of the playoffs, he wasn't sure.

but I also think it's naive to think it had nothing to do with it,'' said Rivers,Authentic Derek Carr Jersey,''I think it would be seen as an excuse to say it, who commuted 90 minutes each way from his family home in San Diego instead of moving his wife and eight children to Orange County where the Chargers are now based.

but I think it's crazy to say that it didn't have any effect on a team early,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey,''Did it have something to do with throwing three interceptions against Kansas City? Probably not. It's hard to say that it did, getting settled in. But it's one of those things you can't gauge.''

the Chargers' core of offensive skill players can return largely intact,105-yard running back Melvin Gordon, including 1,While the offensive line could use bolstering,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey, tight end Hunter Henry and receivers Allen, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams.

Rookie receiver Mike Williams never blossomed after an injured start to his career,Womens Howie Long Jersey, but the Chargers publicly remain high on the No. 7 overall pick.

The defense also can retain its key pieces around pass-rushing stars Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, who are both signed.

The Chargers had one of the NFL's best pass defenses under Bradley,Womens Bo Jackson Jersey, and its inconsistent run defense could be bolstered by the acquisition of a defensive lineman.

In perhaps the surest sign yet of Lynn's belief in his current roster,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, he said the Chargers' ''top priority'' is to find a kicker after cycling through four this season. He's already hard at work on building off the Bolts' success.

but I started grinding this morning,Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey,'' Lynn said. ''But I'll finish up in a couple days,''You're supposed to take some time off,Womens Derek Carr Jersey, and I'm going to get out of the building and do something.''
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Michael Thomas threw his right arm up before the ball arrived.

He knew. The Saints knew. The play was going to score a touchdown. New Orleans saw how the Atlanta Falcons defended against the look during the first meeting between these teams and designed a wrinkle to take advantage of the coverage during the second game.

Thomas knew it spelled trouble when he drew double coverage on a fade route, just like he did in the first game,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, leaving Ted Ginn Jr. on single coverage in the middle of the field.

He was right. The familiarity between the two teams resulted in a 54-yard touchdown. All New Orleans had to do was have Ginn break his route vertically during the rematch instead of something in-breaking and horizontal. Atlanta fell into the trap.

It just as easily could have gone the other way,Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey, with New Orleans ending up on the wrong end. But these are the traps that sometimes exist when teams from the same division play each other multiple times during a season. You have to find ways to protect against the pitfalls and find ways to be different,Authentic Adam Thielen Jersey, while at the same time doing what got you here.

“In these games,Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, there’s always wrinkles on both sides that you try to prepare for, or at least have the ability to make adjustments on the run when you need to, it's do what we do,” quarterback Drew Brees said. He added: "For us, do it very well, execute to perfection and make the plays when you have the opportunities."

Finding the balance between those two extremes is going to be the juggling act the Saints and Carolina Panthers are going to have to figure out heading into this week’s playoff game, which will be the third meeting between these teams this season.

Neither team is going to rewrite their playbook or come out with an exotic and unrecognizable scheme. At this point, everyone has their bread and butter and a handful of staples, but New Orleans wants to find ways to present those things differently.

It would be essential anyway, but the stakes will be a little bit higher with Luke Kuechly patrolling the middle of Carolina's defense.

“He’s one of the smartest football players I’ve seen, had the chance to go up against, been around,” Brees said.

Kuechly plays the “cat-and-mouse” game with quarterbacks, as well as anyone. Coach Sean Payton knows this after going up against the linebacker several times over the years, where he’ll go back and forth making adjustments and calling out plays, and it’s why he feels he must take measures this week to make things look different this week.

He and the New Orleans coaching staff have been doing some self-scouting this week. When they notice a tendency or something stands out, they know that Kuechly is seeing the same things and is taking notes. That's why the team is trying to find ways to repackage plays in a different exterior.

“You have to have plays that begin looking like something you’ve done and that are something different, if you line up in a similar formation two or three times — even in the game — he’s that in tune and he’s such a good communicator to (linebackers Thomas) Davis and Shaq (Thompson). He’ll yawn at some of your formations if you don’t create some disguise,Womens Golden Tate III Jersey,” Payton said. “In other words,Womens Calais Campbell Jersey, backfield depth. Every iota of your formation has to be looked at clearly so he’s not leaning one direction or another.”

The familiarity with an opponent can be useful.

New Orleans knows Carolina’s personnel. It knows the things the Panthers like to do and won’t be surprised by much. For instance,Womens Adam Thielen Jersey, the Saints already know how to keep Cam Newton contained to the pocket by crush rushing,Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, which is when a defensive line builds a wall and tries to bully its way to the quarterback instead of trying to speed around the edges.

But at the same time, there are situations where that familiarity can be used against a team, like how the Saints caught Atlanta earlier this year. That’s why New Orleans will be keeping an eye on what the Panthers have been doing lately and see what’s been trending for them and what has been falling out of favor.

In the end, and there will be times when a defense gets caught looking for something that isn't coming, it's all about playing the percentages, but all they can do is hope to get more right than wrong.

“You kind of have to play both sides of the fence,” defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. “Things they did against us they’re going to try to come back and try to do them again. But at the same time, they’ve been doing some different things that we’re going to have to go out there and stop on Sunday.”

The Panthers could be keeping their plans mum, but it doesn’t sound like Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a much different game this week. And to a certain degree, he’s probably right. Only so much can or should change in a short period. A team has to keep doing the things it does well.

His team spent the whole season forming an identity, and it would be foolish to veer too far from it now. Just like he largely expects New Orleans to do a lot of the same things it has done throughout the season.

“You got to do what you do. They’ll do what they do,” Rivera said. “There may be a wrinkle or two. For the most part, understand what you had success with, they’re going to do what they do. Go out there, understand what you didn’t, and make your adjustments from there.”

He might be right. But the Saints aren’t going to show their hand early. They’ll be trying to find ways to get Thomas to put his other one in the air.
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos' staff will coach at the Senior Bowl later this month,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, who is one of the college quarterbacks sure to be on their radar as they prepare for the NFL draft., where they'll get an up-close look at Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield

The Senior Bowl announced Wednesday that the Broncos,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, led by Vance Joseph, will coach the North Team and the Houston Texans staff,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, led by Bill O'Brien,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, who won the Heisman Trophy this season., will coach the South Team, which will include Mayfield

''We jumped at the opportunity for the Broncos to work the Senior Bowl, the experience gives us a chance to meet these prospects and get to know them on and off the field. The Senior Bowl has a great tradition and we are excited to be a part of it.'','' general manager John Elway said. ''On both the coaching and personnel sides

Although the Broncos will keep an eye on all positions, Elway said at his season-ending news conference this week that fixing his QB problem was a top offseason priority.

''For us to have a chance to get better,'' Elway said after the Broncos missed the playoffs for the second straight season following their Super Bowl 50 triumph in Peyton Manning's last game., we have to get better at that position

The Texans already have their quarterback in Deshaun Watson,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, but will also benefit from the three days of practices leading up to the game Jan. 27 in Mobile,Womens Julio Jones Jersey, that features many of this year's top draft prospects.,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, Alabama

It's a big year for O'Brien , which had a lot to do with season-ending injuries to Watson and superstar defensive end J.J. Watt.,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, who will enter the final year of his contract after being retained following a 4-12 finish

This marks the first time the Broncos have coached in the Senior Bowl since 1989.

''It's a tremendous evaluation tool spending all week with these players,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey,'' said Joseph, the Senior Bowl experience lets us see how these prospects work and prepare in a competitive environment.'',Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, who worked the 2006-08 games as a 49ers assistant coach. ''From the meeting rooms to the practice field

In addition to the coaches, the Broncos' and Texans' football support staffs - athletic training, operations and public relations - will work the Senior Bowl week., equipment, video

The NFL Network will televise practices Jan. 23-25 and sessions Jan. 24-25 will be broadcast by ESPNU. Also, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 27., the NFL Network will broadcast the game
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Two prominent Western Conference players are set to make their season debuts on Tuesday night as Zach Parise and Ryan Ellis will be returning to the lineup for their respective teams,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey,.

because his return could potentially make the biggest impact out of the two just based on where the Minnesota Wild are in the standings.,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey,Let’s start with Parise

by the way — just one point back of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference even though they have been without Parise for the entire season and have missed Nino Niederreiter for 10 games.,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey,Parise has missed the Wild’s first 39 games this season as he recovered from back surgery. Tuesday will be his first NHL game in eight months and it comes as the Wild are in a fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Wild enter Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers — a Panthers team that has won five in a row

Parise may not be the player that he was during his peak years with the New Jersey Devils,adidas Gordie Howe jersey, but he is still a top-line player that can score at a 50-60 point pace over 82 games. That is going to be a big addition to the lineup, even if he is limited in the early going.

one of the NHL’s top teams and top Stanley Cup contenders is getting a key part of its defense back when Ellis makes his season debut for the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights.,Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey,While the Wild are getting one of their top forwards back for a playoff push

Ellis has been sidelined all season as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

The foundation of the Predators’ success has been their defense that is led by what is arguably the best top-four in the league with P.K. Subban,adidas Jimmy Howard jersey, Roman Josi,Authentic Frans Nielsen jersey, Mattias Ekholm and Ellis. Even without Ellis — who played 23 minutes per game a season ago — the Predators are still one of the best teams in the NHL and enter Tuesday night looking like one of the top Stanley Cup contenders in the league once again. They are also still one of the top teams in the league when it comes to keeping the puck out of the net.

With Ellis back in the lineup that defense will only get better.

Ellis’ return also comes at a good time as the Predators just lost one of their top forwards, Filip Forsberg,adidas Henrik Zetterberg jersey, to an injury.
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Michael Thomas threw his right arm up before the ball arrived.

He knew. The Saints knew. The play was going to score a touchdown. New Orleans saw how the Atlanta Falcons defended against the look during the first meeting between these teams and designed a wrinkle to take advantage of the coverage during the second game.

Thomas knew it spelled trouble when he drew double coverage on a fade route, leaving Ted Ginn Jr. on single coverage in the middle of the field., just like he did in the first game

He was right. The familiarity between the two teams resulted in a 54-yard touchdown. All New Orleans had to do was have Ginn break his route vertically during the rematch instead of something in-breaking and horizontal. Atlanta fell into the trap.

It just as easily could have gone the other way, while at the same time doing what got you here.,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, with New Orleans ending up on the wrong end. But these are the traps that sometimes exist when teams from the same division play each other multiple times during a season. You have to find ways to protect against the pitfalls and find ways to be different

there�s always wrinkles on both sides that you try to prepare for,�In these games,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, or at least have the ability to make adjustments on the run when you need to,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey,� quarterback Drew Brees said. He added: "For us,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, do it very well, it's do what we do,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, execute to perfection and make the plays when you have the opportunities."

Finding the balance between those two extremes is going to be the juggling act the Saints and Carolina Panthers are going to have to figure out heading into this week�s playoff game, which will be the third meeting between these teams this season.

Neither team is going to rewrite their playbook or come out with an exotic and unrecognizable scheme. At this point, but New Orleans wants to find ways to present those things differently., everyone has their bread and butter and a handful of staples

It would be essential anyway, but the stakes will be a little bit higher with Luke Kuechly patrolling the middle of Carolina's defense.

�He�s one of the smartest football players I�ve seen, been around,� Brees said., had the chance to go up against

Kuechly plays the �cat-and-mouse� game with quarterbacks, where he�ll go back and forth making adjustments and calling out plays, and it�s why he feels he must take measures this week to make things look different this week., as well as anyone. Coach Sean Payton knows this after going up against the linebacker several times over the years

He and the New Orleans coaching staff have been doing some self-scouting this week. When they notice a tendency or something stands out, they know that Kuechly is seeing the same things and is taking notes. That's why the team is trying to find ways to repackage plays in a different exterior.

�You have to have plays that begin looking like something you�ve done and that are something different,� Payton said. �In other words, backfield depth. Every iota of your formation has to be looked at clearly so he�s not leaning one direction or another.�, if you line up in a similar formation two or three times � even in the game � he�s that in tune and he�s such a good communicator to (linebackers Thomas) Davis and Shaq (Thompson). He�ll yawn at some of your formations if you don�t create some disguise

The familiarity with an opponent can be useful.

New Orleans knows Carolina�s personnel. It knows the things the Panthers like to do and won�t be surprised by much. For instance,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey[url], which is when a defensive line builds a wall and tries to bully its way to the quarterback instead of trying to speed around the edges.,[url=http://www.falconsfootballauthentic.com/julio-jones-jersey-authentic]Womens Julio Jones Jersey, the Saints already know how to keep Cam Newton contained to the pocket by crush rushing

But at the same time,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, like how the Saints caught Atlanta earlier this year. That�s why New Orleans will be keeping an eye on what the Panthers have been doing lately and see what�s been trending for them and what has been falling out of favor.,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, there are situations where that familiarity can be used against a team

In the end,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, it's all about playing the percentages, but all they can do is hope to get more right than wrong., and there will be times when a defense gets caught looking for something that isn't coming

�You kind of have to play both sides of the fence, they�ve been doing some different things that we�re going to have to go out there and stop on Sunday.�,� defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. �Things they did against us they�re going to try to come back and try to do them again. But at the same time

The Panthers could be keeping their plans mum, he�s probably right. Only so much can or should change in a short period. A team has to keep doing the things it does well., but it doesn�t sound like Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a much different game this week. And to a certain degree

His team spent the whole season forming an identity, and it would be foolish to veer too far from it now. Just like he largely expects New Orleans to do a lot of the same things it has done throughout the season.

�You got to do what you do. They�ll do what they do,� Rivera said. �There may be a wrinkle or two. For the most part, they�re going to do what they do. Go out there, understand what you didn�t, understand what you had success with, and make your adjustments from there.�

He might be right. But the Saints aren�t going to show their hand early. They�ll be trying to find ways to get Thomas to put his other one in the air.
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Recharged and rankled are the New England Patriots,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, who await a visit from the Tennessee Titans in the AFC divisional playoffs next weekend.

The Titans (10-7) are coming off their first playoff win in 14 seasons,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, a 22-21 thriller at Kansas City in the wild-card round Saturday that left the Chiefs winless at Arrowhead in the postseason since 1994.

The Patriots (13-3) are fresh off their eighth consecutive first-round bye as they seek their third title in four years.

They're not only refreshed but fired up after a report suggesting a fractured relationship that could break up the franchise's three most important pieces in QB Tom Brady,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft.

coming off its first playoff win in a decade,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, a 10-3 snoozer over Buffalo on Sunday,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,Jacksonville (11-6), visits Pittsburgh (13-3) in the other AFC divisional playoff game (1:05 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS).

The Steelers are hoping the weekend off helps Antonio Brown return from a torn calf he sustained on Dec. 17 against New England.

Philadelphia (13-3),The NFC's top seed, hosts the defending conference champion Atlanta Falcons (11-6) on Saturday (4:35 p.m. ET on NBC) and the Minnesota Vikings (13-3) host the New Orleans Saints (4:40 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX).

The Saints (12-5) edged Carolina 31-26 Sunday night in the wild-card weekend finale.

The Falcons throttled the upstart Los Angeles Rams 26-13 Saturday night, sending the league's best comeback story of 2017 to a premature end.

The Patriots have won 11 of 12 after stumbling to a 2-2 start but the buzz around Boston isn't about their usual dominance but whether that excellence could be coming to an end soon.

Brady, Belichick and Kraft released a joint statement this weekend dismissing as "flat-out inaccurate" an ESPN report detailing an array of tension in New England between the triumphant triumvirate responsible for decorating team headquarters with five championship trophies.

One of the many things the Patriots are good at is navigating negativity.

Last year they overcame the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski to win it all and they're trying to do the same this year without receiver Julian Edelman and linebacker Dont'a Hightower, two of their biggest stars.

The Titans came back from a 21-3 halftime deficit Saturday at Kansas City and in the process probably saved coach Mike Mularkey's job .

Team owner Amy Adams Strunk on Sunday said her coach isn't going anywhere after helping change the Titans' culture and leading them to their first playoff victory in 14 years.

The Titans opened as 13-point underdogs to the Patriots (8:15 p.m. ET on CBS).

" Mularkey said,"This is a good test for our football team, "but these are the type of games you have to win."

Or go home.

The Titans needed an amazing comeback to get their latest win, which tied for the second-largest rally by a road team in the playoffs. Dallas also overcame an 18-point deficit in 1972 in the divisional round to beat San Francisco.

Only Detroit's rally from 20 points down in 1957 to beat the 49ers in the divisional round was bigger than Tennessee's comeback.

when the Jaguars beat Pittsburgh 30-9 . Ben Roethlisberger, who threw five interceptions in that game,The other AFC game is a rematch of Week 5, has led Pittsburgh to 10 wins in 11 games since then with the lone loss coming against the Patriots, 24-21 last month when Brown got hurt and missed most of the showdown in Pittsburgh.

In Blake Bortles,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, the Steelers will face a quarterback who ran for more yards (88) than he threw for (87) Sunday and who put together one decent drive all day.

we made some bad plays and did some stupid stuff,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, but we found a way to win and that's all that matters,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey,"We weren't sharp," said Bortles,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, whose TD pass to backup tight end Ben Koyack late in the third quarter was his best throw of the game and a gutsy call on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

the Falcons are the only NFC team to make it back to the playoffs this year,Although they're the sixth seed, and that edge in experience showed Saturday night in the Rams' first playoff game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1979.

the Falcons are "a battle-tested brotherhood,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey," suggested coach Dan Quinn,One year after advancing to the Super Bowl, who added Sunday "That kind of experience I thought certainly showed up last night."

it's on to Philadelphia,After showing impressive poise against the Rams, which is the NFC's top seed for the first time since 2004 but is led by backup quarterback Nick Foles following a season-ending knee injury to MVP hopeful Carson Wentz.

So, it's no surprise the Falcons opened as 2-point favorites on the road.

who combined for 1,852 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns during the regular season but were quiet Sunday,The Vikings are coming off a first-round playoff bye for the first time since 2000 and they'll face a Saints team that features Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, managing just 45 yards on 19 carries but one of them was a 2-yard TD by Kamara.

The Vikings beat the Saints 29-19 on opening weekend when Sam Bradford and not Case Keenum was under center for Minnesota.
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NEW ORLEANS -- Somewhere in Atlanta, fighting his buddy Bill Belichick for control of the AFC East., Nick Saban might have interrupted his film work for Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship to hurl his remote against a wall. Drew Brees had just thrown an 80-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of what would be a rollicking playoff victory for the New Orleans Saints over the Carolina Panthers -- the same Drew Brees who might have kept Saban in the pros in Miami

You know the story. In the spring of 2006, and his would-be coach went on to become an all-time NCAA great in Tuscaloosa., Dolphins doctors were worried enough about the right shoulder Brees wrecked in his final San Diego game to persuade Saban to sign Daunte Culpepper instead. The principals survived this haunting (for Saban) twist of fate. Brees went on to become an all-time NFL great in New Orleans

But you should understand that Saban had the easier route to a Hall-of-Fame career. He could recruit the best prospects in America year after year, schedule,Womens Leonard Williams Jersey, giving him a competitive advantage that the draft, he had to overcome a built-in size disadvantage at a position heavily tilted toward much taller men. On the sidelines, salary cap and free agency don't allow teams in the NFL. Brees? Not only was he burdened by the rules in the pros,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, height was never a problem for the 5-foot-6 Saban.

As it turned out, it came as no surprise that Brees outplayed Cam Newton in a heavyweight matchup that featured only one true heavyweight in the ring. In the tale of the tape, height was never a problem for the 6-foot Brees on the field. Sunday in the Superdome,Womens Bo Jackson Jersey, who rallied late, the soon-to-be 39-year-old Brees was giving away 10-plus years, six inches and 51 pounds to Newton,Womens Khalil Mack Jersey, overcame a shot to his eye that staggered him and threw some heavy punches before losing the decision on points.

Newton completed 24 of 40 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns, and everything he still is despite his advanced age., while Brees completed 23 of 33 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns ... and five more points on the scoreboard. This 31-26 wild-card victory summarized everything Brees has been for his wildly-improbable 17-year career

The Panthers had lost their two regular-season matchups with the Saints, and arrived Sunday with a game plan they figured would make the third time the charm. Carolina wanted to stop (or contain) the record-breaking partnership of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara -- the league's first set of running back teammates to each have 1, touchdowns and completions than Peyton Manning and Tom Brady -- to win the game with his right arm.,500 scrimmage yards in a single season. In other words: The Panthers were going to force Brees to beat them in his own building. They were actually daring the most accurate quarterback in NFL history (66.9 career completion percentage) -- a passer who could someday finish his career with more yards

So that's what Brees did. After Carolina forced him into two three-and-outs to start the game, Brees changed everything with that heave to his fastest receiver. The quarterback was supposed to go elsewhere with the ball, and after the Panthers' Graham Gano missed a chip-shot field goal, who called himself the mere "clear-out guy" on the route, and he said the defensive look instructed his eyes to scan the left side of the field. But Brees realized the safety vacated the middle -- "which I think was a mistake," he said -- and felt Ted Ginn Jr., breaking free in that area. That's what happens when you're a Super Bowl champ who has played the game as long as Brees has -- you feel things before you see them.

Brees didn't think the backside cornerback, was keeping up with Ginn, James Bradberry," Brees said of the moment the crowd went mad. "I think that just kind of blew the whole thing wide open." The Saints were up 7-0, who is still a burner at 32 years old. "So I let it fly, and they never surrendered the lead.

In the second quarter, Brees made a ridiculously precise 14-yard throw to a diving Michael Thomas at the Carolina 1-yard line to set up the Saints' third touchdown. It appeared New Orleans would comfortably finish off a three-game sweep of the Panthers, after hitting Josh Hill for his second scoring pass, he met the challenge and gave his team a chance to advance to the divisional round to face the Vikings in Minnesota. Sean Payton gave Newton a hand, and to Newton's credit, too.

On third-and-2 in the final minutes, and on fourth down, Payton went away from a hot quarterback with historic accuracy and called Kamara's number on a day when the rookie was as quiet as a church at midnight. Kamara came up short, but couldn't finish the drive. Brees took a knee,Authentic Leonard Williams Jersey, a scrambling Brees had no choice but to lob up a jump ball that the Panthers intercepted -- losing 16 yards in the process. Newton moved his team down the field, and the 2017 Panthers took a long flight home.

"With a quarterback like Drew,Authentic Howie Long Jersey, "no matter if you're in or out of the game,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey," said Ginn, and it made perfect Yogi-ism sense. Ginn,Womens Howie Long Jersey, was wearing an exotic outfit at his locker while holding a $5 broom (in honor of the sweep) and taking some not-so-subtle digs at his former boss,Womens Derek Carr Jersey, you're still in the game." It sounded like a quote pulled from Yogi Berra's playbook,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey, a former Carolina Panther, Dave Gettleman. The NFL playoffs can be a pretty fun place to be.

But this was serious business for the Saints,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey," and he needed Brees to play up to his resume. The quarterback completed nine consecutive passes and threw for 230 yards in the first half, who hadn't won a home playoff game since the 2011 season. Payton knew the Panthers were going to be what he called "a tough out, and all eight made at least one catch. Brees used his mobility,Authentic Derek Carr Jersey, and spread the ball all over the field. He targeted eight receivers, athleticism and downfield vision to book a game with the Vikings that will be played the day before his 39th birthday.

" Brees said. "And certainly these are the memories that you hang on to.","You try to enjoy as many as these moments as possible because its not going to last forever

In his postgame conference, Brees was peppered with questions about Carolina's curious approach. He's been around long enough to quickly figure out where reporters were going. They wanted to know if he felt insulted, by the Panthers' obvious attempt to force him to win the game., or at least inspired

"If a team is going to do that, "obviously I feel like with the matchups we have on the outside that there should be opportunities."," Brees said

he wasn't going to bite.,No

"I think what we proved is that we can beat you in a lot of different ways," he said. Brees talked about all the "weapons" he had around him, the Saints' most dangerous weapon this month is the guy throwing the ball -- not the guys catching it., but in reality

Brees proved Sunday that he can still carry a contending team, the football coach who nearly hired him in a different life, which is a hell of a thing to say about an athlete days away from turning 39. Monday night, and his fifth at Alabama. Even if Brees doesn't win a second Super Bowl ring for the Saints, Nick Saban, might win his sixth national title, what he's done is just as impressive.

Brees has overcome a major competitive disadvantage, a little man at a big man's position can go down among the giants of his craft., and sent this message to underdogs of all shapes and sizes: Yes
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