NFL playoff picture: Washington claims final postseason berth with NFC East title

NFL playoff picture: Washington claims final postseason berth with NFC East title

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11:25 PM ETESPNSeveral NFL playoff spots were still in play entering Week 17, but the field is finally set.
In the early window on Sunday, the Ravens, Browns and Titans all clinched playoff spots. The Cowboys were also eliminated by the Giants, and the Buccaneers locked themselves into the No. 5 spot in the NFC. The Bills will be the No. 2 seed in the AFC after their win, locking the Steelers into the third spot.
In the afternoon window, the Rams eliminated the Cardinals while clinching their ow..

Prater’s kick earns everyone in Detroit free beer

Prater’s kick earns everyone in Detroit free beer

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8:29 PM ETMichael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal GazetteDETROIT — The Detroit Lions didn't win much on the field this season, but thanks to their kicker and a wager made over the summer, Matt Prater did win the entire city of Detroit a free beer.
Back in July, Bud Light issued a challenge to Prater and Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus — coincidentally the kicker who..

Source: No structural damage to Evans’ knee

Source: No structural damage to Evans’ knee

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2:16 PM ETJenna LaineESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Buccaneers since 2009
Joined ESPN in 2016TAMPA, Fla. — In a matter of seconds, the elation of becoming the first NFL player to record 1,000 receiving yards in his first seven seasons turned to agony as Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, a three-time Pro Bowler, fell to the turf, writhing in pain after hyperextending his left knee in the end zone.
“I think the life in the stadium really just got sucked out of it,” wide receiver ..

Lamar makes history; ‘hungry’ Ravens clinch WC

Lamar makes history; ‘hungry’ Ravens clinch WC

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3:16 PM ETJamison HensleyESPN Staff Writer CloseUniversity of Maryland graduate
Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and sonLamar Jackson made NFL rushing history, and the Baltimore Ravens are headed back into the playoffs on a full sprint.
Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to record multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons Sunday as the Ravens clinched a wild-card berth with their fifth straight victory, a 38-3 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We still got things that we want ..

Rams get ‘exactly what we wanted’: Seattle next

Rams get ‘exactly what we wanted’: Seattle next

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7:23 PM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times
Previously covered the Falcons
Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballINGLEWOOD, Calif. — The lyrics of Randy Newman's iconic song “I Love L.A.” blasted inside a fanless SoFi Stadium as the Los Angeles Rams retreated to a celebratory locker room with a playoff berth secured.
“We get an opportunity to play for it all now,” Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said after an 18-7 victory over t..

Packers blast Bears to clinch No. 1 seed, get bye

Packers blast Bears to clinch No. 1 seed, get bye

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7:33 PM ETRob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013
Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters AssociationAaron Rodgers might finally get his wish: an NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field.
All the Green Bay Packers have to do is win one more game and that becomes a reality.
Rodgers ensured that in Sunday's regular-season finale thanks in part to a perfect first half on the way ..

Henry tops 2,000 rushing yards in Titans’ victory

Henry tops 2,000 rushing yards in Titans’ victory

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7:18 PM ETTurron DavenportESPN Close Covered Eagles for USA Today
Covered the Ravens for Baltimore Times
Played college football at Cheyney UniversityFew running backs have been as dominant as the Tennessee Titans' Derrick Henry across the past two seasons. Henry provided more proof Sunday, when he surpassed 2,000 rushing yards for the season in the Titans' 41-38 road victory over the Houston Texans.
On a lengthy drive in the fourth quarter, Henry reached 227 rushing yards — surpas..

Browns end playoff drought, still ‘not satisfied’

Browns end playoff drought, still ‘not satisfied’

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4:31 PM ETJake TrotterESPN Staff Writer CloseCovers the Big 12Joined ESPN.com in 2011Graduate of Washington & Lee UniversityCLEVELAND — Long after the game had finally ended, fans hung around FirstEnergy Stadium, taking selfies and photos of one another with the field in the background. This was a moment they'd been waiting for since the 2002 season.
Sunday, the Browns finally ended the NFL's longest playoff drought with a 24-22 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, catapulting Clevel..

Gase (9-23) out as Jets coach after two seasons

Gase (9-23) out as Jets coach after two seasons

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9:12 PM ETRich CiminiESPN Staff Writer CloseLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduateFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — After months of intense speculation and fan unrest, the New York Jets finally put an end to the Adam Gase era, firing the coach Sunday night after only two seasons.
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, who called Gase a “brilliant offensive mind” at the start of the season, made the announcement after the Jets finished 2-14.
“While my sincere intentions are to ..

Follow live: Washington eyes NFC East title vs. Eagles

Follow live: Washington eyes NFC East title vs. Eagles

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Passing YardsWSHA. Smith22-32, 162&nbspYDS, 2&nbspTD, 2&nbspINTPHIJ. Hurts7-20, 72 YDS, 1 INTRushing YardsWSHA. Gibson19&nbspCAR, 75&nbspYDSPHIB. Scott15 CAR, 65 YDSReceiving YardsWSHC. Sims5&nbspREC, 43&nbspYDSPHIJ.J. Arcega-Whiteside2 REC, 40 YDS

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NFL head coach firings, hirings and openings: Latest news on Jets, Texans, Lions, Falcons jobs

NFL head coach firings, hirings and openings: Latest news on Jets, Texans, Lions, Falcons jobs

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9:15 PM ETESPN staffThe NFL regular season ends Sunday, which means head coach hiring-and-firing season is off and running. The Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions all fired their coaches during the season, and the New York Jets were the first to join them at season's end.
Bill Barnwell ranked the potential openings earlier this month, while Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler updated all of the rumblings and news on which teams could make moves. Graziano and Fowler also made their..

Adam Gase debacle: What went wrong, how New York Jets can learn from it

Adam Gase debacle: What went wrong, how New York Jets can learn from it

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9:13 PM ETRich CiminiESPN Staff Writer CloseLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduateFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — In what is becoming an annual tragicomedy, the New York Jets admitted another huge organizational blunder, firing coach Adam Gase after only two years. It was a questionable hire that turned into an 9-23 disaster. You know things are bad when you're clowned in a “Saturday Night Live” skit, which happened last month.
As the Jets begin the all-too-fam..

Show me the money: Who earned NFL performance bonuses and who missed out

Show me the money: Who earned NFL performance bonuses and who missed out

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10:00 PM ETNFL NationESPN It's the end of the 2020 NFL season, and whether or not a player's team is headed for the playoffs can have some financial impact. Several contract incentives were cashed in as the regular season came to an end — and the money earned is significant.
Here are some performances achieved by players on Sunday — and some that were just missed.
Leonard Floyd, Los Angeles Rams, $1.25 million bonusRams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd entered Sunday's game need..

Season in review: What went wrong, what’s next for non-playoff teams

Season in review: What went wrong, what’s next for non-playoff teams

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4:00 PM ETThe 2020 NFL regular season came to a close Sunday.
To say it was an unusual year is an understatement. The league worked through a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, holding games on every day of the week for the first time in history. The Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens both experienced COVID-19 outbreaks in which more than 20 players and coaches on each team contracted the virus.
On the field, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City Chiefs quarte..

Bears get assist they wanted to arrange matchup with Saints

Bears get assist they wanted to arrange matchup with Saints

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Jan 3, 2021Jeff DickersonESPN Staff Writer CloseDickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. He is the co-host of “Dickerson & Hood” on the ESPN Radio national network, and is heard in Chicago on ESPN 1000.CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears (8-8) live to fight another day.
Despite suffering yet another lopsided 35-16 loss to Aaron Rodgers and the archrival Green Bay Packers, the Bears backed into the seventh and final NFC playoff spot by virtue of the Los Angeles Rams knocking off th..

Seahawks want offense to match resurgent protection in playoffs

Seahawks want offense to match resurgent protection in playoffs

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Jan 3, 2021Brady HendersonESPN The obvious caveat to the Seattle Seahawks' defensive turnaround is that it has come against below-average or backup quarterbacks, raising questions of how real it is and what will happen if they run into Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers or New Orleans' Drew Brees in the 2020 NFL playoffs.
None of that will matter unless Seattle's offense can hold up its end of the bargain.
A lot has changed since quarterback Russell Wilson & Co. began the season on fi..