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Stakes high as streaking Steelers host Tom Brady, Patriots

PITTSBURGH — The soul searching began the moment the Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field last January at snowy Foxborough following painful three hours watching Tom Brady and the New England Patriots toy with them in a one-sided 36-17 victory in the AFC title game that didn’t even feel that close. While the Patriots moved […]

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Week 15 Preview: Game of the Millennium in Pittsburgh? Not quite

Shout it from the top of Mount Washington: It’s the Game of the Year! Perhaps the Game of the Decade!! Maybe the Game of the Millennium!!! Or, very possibly, a big dud. Until their flop in Miami on Monday night, the way the New England Patriots were performing was the way so many predicted they […]

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Nick Foles replaces Carson Wentz, but Eagles still have work to do

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Foles isn’t getting a three-week grace period in replacing Carson Wentz as the quarterback with the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles (11-2) still have work to do in the regular season, and it begins Sunday when the 28-year-old Foles makes his first start against the reeling New York […]

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Alive and kicking: Chris Boswell delivering for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Danny Smith wasn’t just looking for somebody who can kick. A lot of guys can kick. The Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator was searching for something more on that raw fall day at Heinz Field two years ago. Over the course of an hour or so, Kai Forbath, Randy Bullock and Chris Boswell […]

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Chargers, Chiefs meet with AFC West title (almost) at stake

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chargers and Chiefs understand their showdown at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night will not decide the AFC West, even though they’re tied atop the division with three games to go. It’s as close as you’ll find to a de facto championship game, though. “It is but it isn’t,” Chargers quarterback […]

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Flavor of the Week: Hang in there, we’re in for a better week

I can tell you one thing, I’m not trusting Derek Carr again this season. Facing a lowly Kansas City Chiefs passing defense in Week 14 — Darrelle Revis was a starting cornerback for Pete’s sake — the Oakland Raiders quarterback was set up for a major game, along with his top weapons. But no. Carr […]

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Steelers may need to man up to slow down Brady, Patriots

PITTSBURGH — The answer to getting to Tom Brady is right there in vivid high definition. The Pittsburgh Steelers have watched it on video repeatedly over the past 11 months since Brady and the New England Patriots turned the AFC championship game into a glorified 7-on-7 drill. Four quarters. Three Brady touchdown passes, two to […]

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Colts, Broncos believe plenty at stake other than playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS — Denver and Indianapolis find themselves in the same place with three games left. Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, both coaches face questions about their futures and players from both teams are fighting to keep jobs. No, it’s not how the Broncos or Colts envisioned this season playing out. But neither […]

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Nick Foles ready for challenge of replacing Carson Wentz

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles is stepping into a pressure situation with a team that has enormous expectations in a city desperate for its first Super Bowl title. He’s no ordinary backup quarterback. Foles had tremendous success as a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and he experienced failure as the No. 1 quarterback for […]

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Steelers offense at full strength — finally — vs. Pats

PITTSBURGH — Two snaps in, Le’Veon Bell knew he was done, that the groin injury that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back tried to ignore during his team’s run to the AFC championship game last January could be ignored no longer. Bell tried to grind it out. Emphasis on tried. By the middle of the second […]

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