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Grading NFL head coach hires: What we think of the moves by the Falcons, Jets and Jaguars

Arthur Smith to the Falcons, Robert Saleh to the Jets, and Urban Meyer to the Jaguars. Here's what our experts think of the hires.

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Arthur Smith brings optimism, but the Falcons will need patient approach

Smith brings impressive credentials to Atlanta, but with several key veterans facing uncertain futures, a quick turnaround could be a challenge.

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THE RIVALRY STARTED IN COLLEGE

AND CONTINUES IN NFL PLAYOFFS

Latest round in Drew Brees-Tom Brady rivalry will be the most consequential

It's a playoff matchup four decades in the making. How have Brees' and Brady's games evolved, and what are opponents seeing in each QB?

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When Brady faced Brees in college

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TEXANS

NFL

Clark on Watson's cryptic tweet: Deshaun is fed up and wants out

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AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Silencing critics: Ravens' Lamar Jackson has MVP award, could Bills' Josh Allen be next?

Once considered the projects of the 2018 NFL draft, the QBs who face off on Saturday are now the Pro Bowl quarterbacks of that class.

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'The running back whisperer': The Browns' rushing success starts with Stump Mitchell

NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Best buds Sean McVay, Matt LaFleur to lock horns when Rams battle Packers

McVay and LaFleur ascended the coaching ladder together and will finally face each other as head coaches with an NFC title game trip on the line.

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Tom Brady's Tampa Bay timeline: Events that defined his first season with the Buccaneers

It has been a season of change for Brady, but he's back to a familiar spot: contending for titles. Here's how it all unfolded.

BROWNS

NFL

Scottish accents, pranks and humor: Unflappable Kevin Stefanski perfect fit for Browns

The embodiment of grace under pressure, the Browns coach remained cool even when his team faced myriad injuries and COVID-19 .

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BEFORE THEY WERE NFL STARS

THEY BATTLED IT OUT IN COLLEGE

The legend of Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes' 2016 epic

In 2016, the two future NFL stars led their teams to a record-shattering 1,708 total yards in Oklahoma's 66-59 win over Texas Tech, a quarterbacking classic that their coaches say might never be duplicated.

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Flashback: Mayfield, Mahomes duel in historic college showdown

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