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Bucs’ Dirk Koetter disagrees with Jon Gruden on play call

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The current coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs said that a third-and-run had nothing to do with a lack of confidence in quarterback Jameis Winston, no matter what a former coach of the Bucs says. The call, which came late in the game as the Bucs beat the Carolina Panthers, 17-14, was part of the Bucs’ conservative game-plan. Coach Dirk Koetter said it had nothing to with Winston, although former coach Jon Gruden disagreed. “That wasn’t a lack of confidence,”…

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Roberto Aguayo hits game-winning field goal for Bucs on Monday Night

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Perhaps you think it should matter that Carolina was without star Cam Newton. It doesn’t. Perhaps you think it should matter that the Panthers are off to a simply dreadful start. It doesn’t. Perhaps you think it should matter that Roberto Aguayo missed two field goals before nailing the winner. It doesn’t. For the Tampa Bay Bucs, 2-0 in their division, there isn’t a lot of taking away from their 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers Monday night. With their…

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Broncos’ fierce pass rush took Cam Newton out of Super Bowl 50

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For the Denver Broncos, the game plan was simple. All they had to do to win the Super Bowl 50 was to make league MVP Cam Newton even less of a threat than aging quarterback Peyton Manning. The fierce pass rush of the Broncos, especially of linebacker Von Miller, held Newton to 10 points in Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday night. Miller had 2½ sacks, forced two fumbles, and made six tackles to lead the Broncos’ victory.…

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Denver captures Super Bowl 50 behind Von Miller’s performance

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The best storyline was Peyton Manning, winning Super Bowl 50 in what may have been the final game of his historic career. However, the best performers in Sunday night’s Super Bowl was that magnificent defense of the Denver Broncos. Denver smothered and harassed Carolina’s Cam Newton and high-powered Panthers in a 24-10 victory Sunday night on their way to an upset victory. The defense, led by Von Miller, sacked Carolina seven times, including six of Newton, the league’s MVP. That defense…

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Panthers to meet Cardinals in NFC championship game

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Cam Newton. Larry Fitzgerald. Two of the biggest stars playing for the two highest scoring teams with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Welcome to the NFC championship game — the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers next Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers held on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 on Sunday, knocking the two-time defending NFC champs out of the postseason with their 12th straight home win. Now they’ll host the NFC championship game for the…

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Lightning’s seven-game winnings streak stopped by Panthers

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A huge second period was enough for the Florida Panthers to stop all of the momentum of the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night in Sunrise. The Lightning, which had won seven straight games and entered this one hoping to tie the record for the most the franchise had ever won in a row, were overwhelmed in the second period and went on to lose a 5-2 decision to the Panthers. The Panthers outshot the Lightning 19-5 in the period. After…

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Suddenly hot Lightning wins 5th game in a row

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is playing as if it never plans to lose again. The Lightning beat the Florida Panthers Sunday night, 3-1, to momentarily climb to third in the NHL East Standings. Nikita Kucherov scored twice, the opening goal and an empty-netter, to lead the Lightning in scoring. Andrej Sustr also scored for the Lightning. Tampa Bay, which has spent most of the season trying to climb the standings, are now 24-17-4. For the Lightning, goaltender Ben Bishop stopped…

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