Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Leonard Fournette led the Jags to a 14-3 lead in the second quarter.

Bortles finished the game 23-for-36 passing with 293 yards and a touchdown. Fournette finished with 76 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.

Bortles failed to complete what would have been a comeback drive with two minutes left. His pass on fourth-and-14 from the Patriots’ 40 was batted away by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots took over on first down, and James White rushed for a first down to seal the win.

Rob Gronkowski left the game during the second quarter after a hit to his head sent him through concussion protocol. Gronkowski was declared out for the rest of the game.

Brady will make his eighth Super Bowl appearance Sunday, Feb. 4. The Patriots will face the winner of the Vikings-Eagles game.

SN provided live updates from the Patriots’ win over the Jaguars in the AFC championship game. Here’s how it went down.

Dom Capers’ guys would prevail. But Carolina could not sustain that momentum going forward, not even sniffing the postseason for years to come. Tom Coughlin’s Jacksonville team, meanwhile, lost to the Patriots but made the playoffs in 1997, ’98 and ’99, when the Jags went back to the AFC title game.

The ’67 Raiders were talented (they boasted 16 All-Pro players and five future Hall of Fame inductees) but they were no match for the defending champion Packers in Super Bowl II. They were soundly defeated, 33-14.

The 1969 Vikings had one of the most fearsome defenses in league history, led by the “Purple People Eaters” on the defensive line. Minnesota boasted 10 All-Pro players and a bevy of future Hall of Fame inductees, but still lost 23-7 to the 11-3 Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV.

Rodgers heard about it in the responses, with one fan writing, “You’re biting the hand that feeds you” and another reminding him that “people are going for the sole purpose of the entertainment of watching a football game. They are not going to see you lock hands with your teammates.”
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Darrelle Revis could make $13.5M in 2018 if Chiefs win Super Bowl, report says

Revis, 32, had been a free agent the entire season after he was released by the Jets in February but signed a two-year deal with Kansas City last week that will pay him $352,941 for 2017.

The Chiefs (6-5) will look to snap their three-game skid when they visit the Jets (4-7) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Questionable (Q): This remains the most dreaded player designation. By definition, it means a player is “uncertain to play.” How uncertain is uncertain? There is no percentage or measurement scale, leaving this classification rather vague. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he feels on game-day morning or how he performs during warm-ups. Final inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.

Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player is unlikely to play that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.

Jones injured his groin while making an interception against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Monday night. He will end his season with nine starts, one interception and four pass deflections. Jones was also one of the team’s kick returners and had a punt return for a touchdown that was called back due to a penalty earlier in the season.

Jones will be replaced by second-year cornerback William Jackson III, the Bengals’ first-round pick in 2016.

A video from the back of a cop car showed Jones going on a tirade against the arresting officer and telling him “I hope you die tomorrow.” Jones was suspended by the NFL for the Bengals’ season opener after the incident.

He was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, along with a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance for spitting on the hand of a nurse while being booked into injury.orioles_052

The most notable thing Winston did Sunday came after being yanked for injury reasons following a middling first half.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots: After teammate Gilmore went back to the locker room because of dehydration, Amendola joined him, also suffering from the effects of dehydration. Similarly, he was declared questionable to return; also similarly, he made his return in the fourth quarter.

New Orleans controlled the game from the onset by exploiting the same weaknesses — awful third-down defense, an unproductive running game and a quarterback (Jameis Winston) who simply isn’t right because of shoulder problems — that have contributed to Tampa Bay (2-6) losing five straight games.

Winston wandered onto the field from the sideline to tap the back of Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore’s helmet with his finger at the end of a third-down play. Winston later said that he was telling Lattimore “to go to the sideline.”

Like every NFL coach and player says in cliché, the only thing we can do is worry about this week, not what just happened or what’s still coming. While teams are “just trying to go 1-0” every week, we’re just hoping to be 1-0 with our pick for each game.

Here are this week’s predictions and prognostications, both against the spread and straight up. Thanks again to Bovada for the Week 10 betting lines.

It was just the 14th time in NFL history, including the postseason, that a team had six or more rushing touchdowns in a game and first since the Patriots had six rushing scores in a 2013 playoff win over the Colts. The Chiefs were the last team with a least six rushing scores in a regular-season games, scoring eight times on the ground in a 56-10 rout of the Falcons.
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Raiders player tells ref he was ‘just kidding around’ after personal foul penalty

Raiders tight end Lee Smith was handed a 15-yard personal foul penalty during Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Smith appeared to channel his inner little kid as he was caught on the referee’s microphone pleading his case, “I was just kidding around!”

With 10 weeks in the books for all 32 NFL teams, Carlos Hyde sits ninth among running backs in fantasy points. Hyde is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has rushed for four touchdowns. He also has caught 42 of 58 targets for 274 yards but has yet to catch a touchdown.

Irving ranks No. 1 in the NBA in clutch-time scoring (when the score differential is five points or less in the final five minutes). He’s shooting 61.5 percent (24-of-39) in that situation. Maybe more impressive, Irving hasn’t committed a single turnover in 38 minutes of clutch time this season.

Garoppolo is set to serve as backup to rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard for the second straight week Sunday against the Giants, but could lead the team under center following the 49ers’ bye week.

Reports of Garoppolo’s potential debut comes after 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan suggested that it could be a while before the fourth-year quarterback got more involved with the team. Shanahan indicated that he wanted Garoppolo to get a better understanding of the playbook before being thrown into a situation he couldn’t handle.

“I can’t promise you guys that he’ll play this year,” Shanahan told reporters earlier this month.

Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers on Oct. 31 in exchange for a second-round draft pick. He started a pair of games in 2016 while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension, but otherwise served as the franchise quarterback’s backup since being selectd by New England in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.nationals_005

Week 8 NFL picks straight up: Chargers stun Patriots; 49ers, Browns stay winless

It’s one of “those” weeks on the NFL schedule … already. It’s honestly more worrisome when it happens later in the season than at the midway point, but whenever there’s a slate of games in which none pits teams with winning records against each other, it’s disheartening. If parity really is the goal, this schedule is proof it has been achieved.

That shows up on his pro tape also. Garoppolo is very good with his eyes. He understands how to manipulate the defense. Whether that is moving a linebacker to create a window underneath or freezing the safety in the deep middle to generate a lane to hit the seam, Garoppolo’s vision creates opportunities to expose coverages.

Here’s an example on Garoppolo’s touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett versus the Dolphins.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Cavs over the Knicks. Cleveland’s dry spell also saw the Cavs’ 17-game winning streak over the Magic snapped.

The Cavs are allowing 109.8 points per 100 possessions this season, making them the second-worst team in defensive efficiency in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Nets.

The Seahawks have been seeking upgrades to an offensive line that has lost two starters to injury. The trade for Brown marks another bold move by Seattle general manager John Schneider, who previously made deals for Marshawn Lynch in 2010, Percy Harvin in 2013 and Jimmy Graham in 2015.

The Jaguars have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and are hoping the addition of Dareus will be enough to help them win the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Bills clear the salary of their highest-paid player off their books. The trade also reunites Dareus with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Bills from 2013 to 2014.ducks-095

The Chiefs have problems on defense, but it’s too early to panic

Allowing 944 yards of total offense over a two-week span is a red flag. For a Super Bowl contender like the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s a blaring red siren that sends people running for the nearest fire extinguisher.

In the midst of one of his best performances of the season, Flacco was hit high by Alonso while sliding at the end of an impromptu run. Flacco’s helmet flew off his head, and the 10-year quarterback appeared wobbly as he struggled to his feet.

Alonso was flagged for unnecessary roughness, providing Baltimore with a first down that ultimately turned into a touchdown.

Flacco was initially placed in concussion protocol, and by halftime was ruled out.

“Joe had a concussion and a cut ear,” coach John Harbaugh said. “They were stitching it up without any anesthesia, so he’s a tough dude. That’s as much as I know.”

In a corresponding move, the Cowboys promoted tight end Blake Jarwin from their practice squad.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton threw some of his teammates under the bus after the team’s ugly 27-0 home loss to the Jaguars.

Explaining the Colts offensive woes, Hilton told reporters the offensive line didn’t do its job protecting quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

“The O-line’s just got to play better,” Hilton said. “We’ve got to take some pride up front and block for (Brissett). What if we put them back there to take those hits?

“You’ve got to start up front, man. Once we get the O-line going back in rhythm we’ll be fine.

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Watch: Donald Penn gets out of his car, confronts heckling fans after Raiders loss

Nobody in Raider Nation is happy right now. Nobody on the Raiders team is happy right now. Judging by some of the reactions on twitter throughout the game to a couple of the sacks given up by the Raiders, a lot of outrage is being directed at Donald Penn.

Sherman, speaking to reporters Tuesday after owners, players and league and union representatives met in New York, was asked specifically if he thinks, as Kaepernick claims in a recently filed grievance, that the league and owners colluded to keep him from being signed.

“I think they had a point to make and they made it,’’ Sherman said (via the Seattle Times). “You can see what it is. They have agreed not to give him a job, and it is what it is.’’

The league, owners and players are trying to find common ground on how to highlight social issues in the wake of kneeling protests during the national anthem that have rocked the NFL this season, in part because of comments by President Donald Trump.

When Tennessee exited the tunnel to begin the second half, backup quarterback Matt Cassel started for the rest of the game. And Mariota stood on the sidelines. After the game, head coach Mike Mularkey told Jim Wyatt of titansonline.com that Mariota wanted to see if he could still play with the injury. However, Murlarkey didn’t decided not to play him.

“He came out, warmed up, and I said to him: ‘I’d like to be smart about it. There’s a lot of football still to go. We have 12 games to go, so let’s be smart about it,” Mularkey said.
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Bell went in motion to the right side.

Running back Matt Forte (turf toe), who missed last week’s game, is in danger of missing Sunday’s matchup against the Browns. There’s no reason to rush him back. Bilal Powell and rookie Eli McGuire combined for 256 rushing yards and two touchdowns last week. The Jets lose a bigger, more physical back with Forte, but they gain speed with Powell and McGuire. — Rich Cimini

On third-and-goal, McCarron scrambled for 13 seconds and headed for the end zone, where he was met by cornerback Dustin Harris, setting up fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Will Johnson: That was real tension on the sidelines … we’ve come this close to a monumental win and now it could get taken away. Energy and elation left the A&M sidelines after those two bombs and now reality was setting in. The defense is on the field, so Johnny’s not the one that can bail you out now, it has to be somebody else.

McCarron took the snap. Cooper ran high and Bell ran underneath. A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett jumped in front of Bell — avoiding the rub by Cooper — and intercepted McCarron with 1:36 left.

In Cook’s place, running back Latavius Murray will inherit the bulk of the workload. Murray is coming off ankle surgery during the offseason that still has him feeling less than 100 percent.

To be honest, I think I’m still getting to that point, said Murray, 27, who spent the previous three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. It’s not going to quite feel the same for awhile. I knew that dealing with my previous ankle procedure.

For me, it’s being well enough to be out there and being able to help the team be successful. … I feel good enough to be out there, and I’m confident in myself that I can play at a high level.
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‘NBA Live 18’ to feature ESPN’s ‘First Take’ as part of new career mode

“Embrace debate” has taken over sports television programming, and now even sports video games aren’t safe from it. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will appear in “First Take” segments during the new career mode built for the upcoming “NBA Live 18” called “The One.” The duo provides character background and comment on events taking place within the storyline that involves coming up through the streets and reaching the NBA.

Create your unique player identity and decide how you become a legend by mastering your chosen role on the court using unique signature abilities and traits. Embark on your quest to be the greatest basketball player on the planet in The League and The Streets with, or against other players in solo, co-op and multiplayer challenges, in dynamic LIVE Events. Dominate the hardwood or blacktop with deep customization and innovative one-on-one gameplay arming you with an arsenal of all-new moves for each position on the court.

The highest-profile move to affect a video game release took place shortly after Brett Favre appeared on the cover of “Madden NFL 09.” It was the first time publisher EA Sports had chosen a retired player for the cover of the storied franchise. Favre then unretired and forced a trade to the Jets. The deal happened too late for the company to do anything but produce a downloadable cover of him in his new uniform that fans could print out and insert into their game boxes.

The first screenshot to feature the Cavs’ new Nike uniforms and sponsor Goodyear was released Monday by 2K Sports. Irving begins the year rated 90 Overall, which is unchanged from last season. Among point guards, he’s tied for fourth with John Wall and is behind Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul.
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On Tuesday, he said it was the frustration of losing a playoff game he barely played in that pushed him to vent.

“I’ve always wanted to win a championship, and I’ve always been a part of the equation, and what happened last year is, I just wanted to win,” Hali said on Facebook Live. “I think anybody can bear with me, understand that, the frustration of losing a game in the playoff and barely playing. Being a competitor as myself, you just want to win. And that was basically what the rant was about.”

Hali also drew a parallel between the Patriots with Aaron Hernandez and Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.

After 4,727 passing yards and 39 touchdowns in 2014, he threw just nine touchdowns with 17 interceptions in 10 regular season games in 2015. The end came quick, and the reality is that it could strike just as fast for Brees.

The end hasn’t looked near, though.

“Drew is not 38,” Saints linebacker Craig Robertson told NOLA.com. “That’s just chronological right now. Drew is definitely like 26. He killed everybody in the conditioning test.”

Back in 2005, Brees’ time with the San Diego Chargers ended with a labrum tear that required surgery to repair. Miami Dolphins doctors were so nervous about the injury that they advised the team to steer clear of signing Brees. But in 11 seasons with the Saints, he’s missed only two games.

Brees dealt with minor knee problems in 2010 and 2013 and had shoulder and foot injuries in 2015, but for the most part, he’s stayed healthy. So much so, that Brees believes he could play much longer.patriots_322-180x180