Lions are winning playoff games and changing perceptions of what they can accomplish

DETROIT — There’s an oft-shared experience among those who’ve played for the Detroit Lions. A rite of passage, really. You’re told you won’t win anything. That this franchise is known for losing. Players know it all too well and have heard it all too often. “‘Oh, you guys are no good. You guys aren’t gonna … Read more

What separates the Bills from the Chiefs (it’s not just Patrick Mahomes): Sando’s Pick Six

The final four teams in the NFL playoffs are set, and the Buffalo Bills are not among them — another “wide right” inflicting heartache upon a franchise that has gotten so much right but keeps adding emotional scar tissue in the biggest moments. No one outside Bills Mafia should complain about the Kansas City Chiefs … Read more

Lions advance to first NFC Championship since 1991 season with win vs. Buccaneers

By Larry Holder, Colton Pouncy and Mike Jones It’s only the second time in NFL history where this statement has been true: The Detroit Lions are one win away from a berth in the Super Bowl. The Lions pulled away in the fourth quarter after both teams flip-flopped scoring throughout the first three quarters as … Read more

Chiefs move on to sixth straight AFC title game after beating Bills in another playoff classic

By Larry Holder, Nate Taylor and Joe Buscaglia The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills added another playoff classic to their rivalry Sunday. But again, the Chiefs came out on top with a 27-24 win over the Bills at Highmark Stadium. The Chiefs will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in the AFC Championship … Read more

Lamar Jackson challenges teammates at halftime, then carries Ravens to win over Texans

BALTIMORE — They told anyone who would listen that this was a different team, that they had learned from past playoff failures, that they were “locked in” on making a Super Bowl. Then, over the first 30 minutes of football Saturday on a frigid late afternoon in Baltimore, they looked like the playoff Ravens of … Read more

Kawakami: This was the playoff comeback the 49ers, and especially Brock Purdy, really needed

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — You want to know who held Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers accountable Saturday, with the clock running out, the rain coming down, Deebo Samuel out injured and the Green Bay Packers just a play or two from a monumental playoff upset? You want to know who assigned responsibility and … Read more

How a Stanford professor helped lay the foundation for this 49ers era

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For his first few frenetic months as the San Francisco 49ers’ general manager in 2017, John Lynch left his family behind in San Diego. His temporary home at the Santa Clara Marriott became a brainstorming center for reversing the fortunes of a moribund franchise. The 49ers, coming off a 2-14 season, had perhaps the NFL’s … Read more

Taylor Swift’s jacket brings star boost to Kristin Juszczyk, wife of 49ers’ All-Pro fullback

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers had a bye during the opening round of the playoffs, but that didn’t mean Kyle Juszczyk had the weekend off. The team’s fullback went into action after his wife, Kristin, managed to meld three massive newsmakers — Taylor Swift, the NFL and the winter storms that were … Read more

As Jason Kelce retires, teammates tell stories from his and Travis’ college days at Cincinnati

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For those who know Jason and Travis Kelce best, there’s a familiar quality when listening to “New Heights,” the duo’s wildly popular podcast that launched in the fall of 2022. “It’s awesome because I can turn it on and it feels like I’m back in college hanging out with them,” said Craig Carey, a longtime … Read more

NFL playoff predictions: 9 coaches, executives predict divisional-round winners

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Don’t smile because it’s over. Cry because it happened. That’d be the more fitting phrase for anyone hoping wild-card weekend might offer more than a single competitive game throughout the three-day slate. Not only had five of the six games been decided by multiple possessions, but all the blowouts were also practically decided at some … Read more