EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll seemingly has become the front-runner for the vacant New York Giants' head coaching position.
Daboll got his second interview for the job in five days when he spent Tuesday with co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara, new general manager Joe Schoen and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara at the team's headquarters.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Rhule decided to go with NFL experience this time at offensive coordinator.
The Panthers are hiring former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo to be their new offensive coordinator, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The NFL fined Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott $25,000 for comments condoning fans throwing objects at officials after a wild-card loss to San Francisco.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful that star edge rusher Nick Bosa will be cleared to play in a divisional-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night.
TV ratings for the NFL's wild-card round increased 21% over last year despite most of the games not being in doubt going into the fourth quarter.
The six games averaged 30.5 million viewers, making it the second-highest average for the postseason's opening weekend over the past six seasons.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings completed head coach interviews Wednesday with the two top assistants for the Dallas Cowboys: offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Kyle Shanahan has a simple request for the San Francisco 49ers special teams units each week.
With a dynamic offense and fearsome pass rush leading a stout defense, he just wants to avoid catastrophes in the kicking game.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott apologized Tuesday night for his comments that condoned Dallas Cowboys fans throwing objects at NFL officials after the team's playoff loss, with the quarterback saying in a series of tweets that he deeply regretted what he said after the game.
Dak Prescott kept handing it to all the wrong people.
He should have delivered the football to umpire Ramon George instead of to his center Tyler Biadasz before time ran out on Dallas' season, leaving Cowboys fans ruminating the quarterback draw that was called with no timeouts and just 14 seconds left.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers sure aren't advancing the easy way.
A week after overcoming a 17-point deficit and then holding on at the end to get into the the playoffs, the Niners nearly blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on for a 23-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy's future as Dallas Cowboys coach wasn't something Jerry Jones wanted to discuss after a wild-card loss that left the owner saying “I can't remember” when asked if he'd ever been more disappointed in defeat.
Officially, NBA players began participating in games that were scheduled to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1986, when the federal holiday commemorating the civil-rights leader was observed for the first time.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Versatile receiver Deebo Samuel ran 26 yards for a touchdown the play after an interception by Dak Prescott, and the San Francisco 49ers held on for a 23-17 wild-card victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Shanahan walked onto the field with an emphatic nod, believing his San Francisco 49ers had beaten the Dallas Cowboys in a chaotic wild-card finish that left many not sure what was happening.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys thought they were going to get one more snap, one more chance to avoid another playoff setback.
Prescott's spike at the end of a wild final sequence came too late.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — San Francisco pass rusher Nick Bosa has been ruled out of a wild-card game against Dallas because of a concussion after a collision with teammate D.J. Jones.
Bosa was rushing Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott from the left side when he was crunched in the head and neck area as Jones came from the other direction late in the second quarter Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are off on the wrong foot before their playoff opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch's name was misspelled on the back of his No.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams is active for a wild-card game against the Dallas Cowboys after missing the regular-season finale with an elbow injury.
The nine-time Pro Bowler returned to practice Thursday after missing the 27-24 overtime victory at the Los Angeles Rams that put the 49ers in the playoffs.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have begun the search for a new coach by seeking interviews with an initial slate of seven candidates, including Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
Encores are tougher to pull off after receiving overwhelming acclaim for trying something new.
However, Nickelodeon and CBS Sports feel as if Sunday's kids-focused broadcast of an NFL playoff game will be better than last year.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Old playoff foes Dallas and San Francisco haven't met in the postseason since the last of three consecutive NFC championship games in the 1990s.
The wild-card meeting Sunday is the first step toward a Super Bowl instead of the last, with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys (12-5) trying to get that far in the playoffs for the first time since the year after their rivalry with the 49ers was the biggest thing going in the NFL.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott soared to the top of the NFC as twin rookie stars for the Dallas Cowboys five years ago.
It's not so much that the quarterback and running back didn't appreciate the moment and the opportunity, and there are better reasons to explain why Green Bay beat Dallas in their playoff debut (Aaron Rodgers would be a good place to start).
Not only do NFL fans get three night games to savor during wild-card weekend, but they also can revel in the rivalries.
AFC East foes New England and Buffalo, who split victories on the road during the season.
SAN FRANCISCO (10-7) at DALLAS (12-5)
Sunday, 4:30 p.m. EST, CBS
BETTING LINE: Cowboys by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NEW YORK (AP) — Five players, including dynamic pass catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, are unanimous choices for The Associated Press 2021 NFL All-Pro Team.
Joining the Rams' Kupp and the Packers' Adams in receiving votes Friday from all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league are Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, Steelers edge rusher T.J.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are expected to get a big boost for their playoff opener with the return of injured star left tackle Trent Williams.
Williams returned to practice Thursday after missing the season finale with an elbow injury and is on target to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team that didn't lose a game at home in the 2021 season. They're counting on their frenzied fanbase and frigid climes to help them get to the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 years.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have agreed on a contract extension for vice president of player personnel Will McClay, who has played a significant role in a series of solid drafts over nearly a decade.
943 — Montreal’s Alex Smart scores three goals in his first NHL game and leads the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks.
1962 — Margaret Smith wins her third straight Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jan Lehane.
Kyle Shanahan and Dan Quinn will always share the painful memory of coaching in the Super Bowl together with Atlanta five years ago when the Falcons couldn't hold a 25-point lead in the second half of a loss to New England.
NEW YORK (AP) — The race to Super Bowl 56 in sunny southern California is about to begin.
And if the Green Bay Packers have anything to say about it, opposing teams will have to go through frigid Lambeau Field for an opportunity to get there.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan was a teenager watching on the sideline when the heated playoff rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers reached a fever pitch with three straight NFC title game matchups.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When the San Francisco 49ers made the decision to bring Jimmy Garoppolo back this season even after trading away three first-round picks to draft Trey Lance as his replacement, it was because of moments such as the one they faced Sunday.
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys didn't see the regular-season finale at Philadelphia as meaningless because they wanted to feel an offensive rhythm going into the playoffs.
Turns out it mattered in the postseason pecking order, too.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dak Prescott ran into Dallas' locker room with a message for any NFC team he'll play next week in the playoffs.
“The real (stuff) starts,” he said.
It starts with finding out the Cowboys' wild-card opponent, and Prescott will be like millions of football fans every Sunday and watch the scoreboard with their playoff fate at stake.
DENVER (AP) — Linebacker Nick Bolton’s 86-yard fumble return after Melvin Ingram III darted into Denver’s backfield untouched and stripped Melvin Gordon powered the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-24 victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts was inactive for Philadelphia in the regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, and the Eagles will start Gardner Minshew on Saturday night.
The Eagles are locked into the sixth or seventh seed in the NFC, making the game essentially meaningless.
DALLAS (11-5) at PHILADELPHIA (9-7)
Saturday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
BETTING LINE: Cowboys by 7, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
That sweet 16-game symmetry of the NFL, with each team's schedule neatly divided into quarters just like the action on the field, has been brushed aside after 43 seasons.
The long-discussed 17th game has finally arrived, another weekend of the made-for-television inventory that turned the league into an annual 11-figure revenue generator.
SEATTLE (6-10) at ARIZONA (11-5)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, Fox
BETTING LINE: Cardinals by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Not much gets the competitive juices flowing in Philadelphia like the Eagles hosting the Dallas Cowboys.
Eagles wideout Greg Ward called it “the biggest rivalry in football,” but rivalry talk has been muted for the final week of the regular season with both teams headed to the playoffs.
WASHINGTON (6-10) at NEW YORK GIANTS (4-12)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox
BETTING LINE: Washington by 7, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
Dallas star rookie linebacker Micah Parsons and Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon were the latest big-name players added to the COVID-19 reserve list Wednesday.
Parsons will likely miss the season finale for the Cowboys on Saturday against Philadelphia when Dallas has a chance to improve its playoff seeding.
The Philadelphia Eagles have placed defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and tight end Dallas Goedert along with 10 others on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday ahead of Saturday's regular-season finale against Dallas.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have to figure out whether to play quarterback Dak Prescott and the other stars and starters with only playoff seeding at stake in the finale of the first 17-game regular season at Philadelphia.
Resting or playing their starters is the biggest question facing the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
The playoff-bound Eagles (9-7) sure have come a long way since a 2-5 start.
After securing a wild-card spot with their fourth straight win Sunday, the Eagles are locked into the sixth or seventh seed in the NFC.
Kyler Murray insisted throughout the Arizona Cardinals' three-week swoon that the team was fine, the sky wasn't falling and the recipe for a turnaround was cleaning up simple mistakes.
1970 — The Minnesota Vikings become the first expansion team to win the NFL title by beating the Cleveland Browns 27-7 in 8-degree temperatures in Bloomington, Minn.
1970 — Kansas City’s defense, highlighted by four interceptions, three in the final quarter, carries the Chiefs to a 17-7 victory over Oakland Raiders in the last AFL title game.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Evan McPherson kicked a 20-yard field goal as time ran out, and the Cincinnati Bengals earned their first AFC North title and postseason appearance in six years with a wild 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.