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Defense wins championships? Not necessarily in the NFL

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We’ve all heard the adage: defense wins championships. In the NFL, that doesn’t necessarily apply. Of course, it still helps – a lot, actually – to have a stout group on that side of the line. But, as the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers have proven this season, a team can get to the cusp of the Super Bowl while ranking near the bottom of the league in the two most prominent defensive categories: points and total yards.…

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Bucs’ Vernon Hargreaves III makes NFL All-Rookie team

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The charmed life of Vernon Hargreaves III added another chapter Tuesday. Hargreaves, a graduate of Wharton High School in Tampa and the University of Florida, was named ot the NFL all-rookie team. He was the 11th overall pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Hargreaves had only one interception, but he started most of the year in a secondary that got better as the season went along. Hargreaves started all 16 games, recording 76 tackles, three for loss, nine passes defensed,…

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Veteran Aaron Rodgers, rookie Dak Prescott highlight Packers/Cowboys matchup

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Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round. So was Dallas rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, a surge that ultimately benched 10-year starter Tony Romo and led to the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the quarterback’s playoff debut Sunday against the Packers (11-6). Rodgers plays at the home of the Cowboys (13-3) for the first time since winning his only Super Bowl following the 2010…

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Drive to Super Bowl continues on Sunday

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Two teams took the first step toward the Super Bowl on Saturday. With Houston and Seattle moving on, two more games will set up the NFL’s Elite 8. Here are Sunday’s matchups. Miami (10-6) at Pittsburgh (11-5), Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CBS) Miami is making its first playoff appearance since 2008 and is looking for its first postseason win since the wild-card round in 2000. Quarterback Matt Moore will make his first postseason start for the Dolphins with Ryan Tannehill…

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NFL Pro Bowl brings football’s best to Orlando

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The NFL’s biggest superstars will be in Orlando for a week full of events culminating with the 2017 Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. New England quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Dallas rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are just some of the fan favorites who will play at the January 29 Pro Bowl. The 88 best players — 44 from the American Football Conference (AFC) and 44 from…

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Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly says he’ll “absolutely” be back next year

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is confident he will be back next year after the Fighting Irish wrapped up a disappointing season with a blowout loss at Southern California on Saturday. Kelly won at least eight games in each of his first six seasons, but the Irish finished 4-8 this season, culminating in a 45-27 loss to the No. 12 Trojans. Kelly scrapped his usual late-November itinerary of recruiting in California after facing the Trojans to return to South Bend,…

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Cowboys, Redskins both rolling for Thanksgiving showdown

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Kirk Cousins was rolling going into his previous visit to Dallas with Tony Romo sidelined, just as the Washington quarterback is this season. The Cowboys have an answer this time in rookie Dak Prescott, who’s been so good that Romo didn’t get his job back when the 36-year-old completed his recovery from a preseason back injury. Dallas, at an NFL-best 9-1, is looking for its first 10-game winning streak in the same regular season in another Cowboys-Redskins matchup on Thanksgiving.…

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