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Phil Mickelson laments Chargers' move to LA (The Associated Press)
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If more people in San Diego shared his passion for the Chargers, Phil Mickelson figures the NFL team wouldn’t have bolted for Los Angeles. ”I just wish that all the people in San Diego loved them the way I do and fought a little harder to keep them, but I understand it,” the golf star […]

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Browns add 5 defensive assistants to Hue Jackson's staff (The Associated Press)
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Former Pro Bowler Clyde Simmons has been hired by the Cleveland Browns to coach their defensive line. Simmons, who played 15 seasons in the NFL, spent the past five years as an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams.

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Ravens lose leading tackler Zach Orr to surprising retirement after just three seasons (Shutdown Corner)
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr missed the team’s Week 17 game with what the team said was a neck injury. The Ravens were already eliminated from a playoff spot. The Baltimore media didn’t make a big deal out of it.

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Brady's Pats, Big Ben's Steelers chase Super Bowl history (AFP)
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Oddsmakers have installed host New England as a six-point favorite over the Steelers in the American Football Conference championship game. The winner will become the first club to make a ninth Super Bowl appearance, facing either Green Bay or Atlanta in Super Bowl 51 next month in Houston. The Steelers are on a nine-game win […]

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AFC Championship: Can the Steelers' Killer Bs lead Pittsburgh past the Patriots? (Shutdown Corner)
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Yes, it’s obvious, but Bell has to be one of the five best players in the NFL right now. The Patriots’ M.O. on defense has long been to do what they can to take away a team’s biggest offensive weapon and make them win with everyone else. The 24-year old has totaled 1,431 yards from […]

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Ten years later, Brady-Manning AFC title game tilt lives on as narrative-changing classic (Shutdown Corner)
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Peyton Manning finally erased some of his demons 10 years ago this week against the New England Patriots. Before you go back and watch a single snap of one of the most underrated games in NFL history, which happened 10 years ago this Saturday, we suggest a quick scan of one of the strangest box […]

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AFC Championship Game primer: Steelers-Patriots
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The Steelers and Patriots meet up in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday — a game that has an Ali-Frazier type quality to it. Chris Wesseling tells you all you need to know about this matchup.

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New England Patriots standouts praise James Harrison
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The Patriots have a lot of respect for ageless Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Pats tight end Martellus Bennett called him a "beast." Julian Edelman had even more praise for Harrison.

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Adrian Peterson wants to remain with Vikings but also eyeing Giants, Bucs, Texans
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The Minnesota Vikings could look a lot different next season if they decide to move on from Adrian Peterson. Peterson has an unwieldy salary-cap number and could be a victim of cost coming off an injury-decimated season and set to turn 32 in March. He told ESPN’s “First Take” that he wants to remain with […]

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President-elect Donald Trump picks Jets owner Woody Johnson as UK ambassador
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The NFL’s presence overseas just took a strange and interesting turn. President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday that New York Jets owners Woody Johnson would be named to the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Trump revealed his newest appointment at a luncheon in Washington D.C. the day prior to being sworn in […]

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Former Jets star Gastineau suffering from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
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NEW YORK – Mark Gastineau is trying to help sack safety issues in football. And the former New York Jets sack-dancing star wants to use himself as an example of the dangers of playing the game. The 60-year-old Gastineau said during a radio interview Thursday night with Pete McCarthy on 710 WOR Radio in New […]

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3-Wide: Which QB's legacy has the most to gain with a Super Bowl win?
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3-Wide is a weekly feature in which theScore’s NFL editors debate the hot topics around the league. Grab a cold towel and brace for hot takes. Which Super Bowl matchup is most desirable? Mitch Sanderson: Easy. The Patriots against the Packers. The NFL’s best two quarterbacks have only played each other once in their careers […]

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