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Inside the play that saved the Minnesota Vikings’ season

12:20 AM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 MINNEAPOLIS — The “Minnesota Miracle” happened on a play called “Seven Heaven.” Why do the Minnesota Vikings use that name? Because if the quarterback hits the seven route, a deep corner in this case, well, something heavenly happens. Stefon Diggs was running the seven route on Sunday night when he caught his miraculous 61-yard touchdown on a heave from Case Keenum that lifted the Vikings to a…

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NFL playoffs: Minnesota Vikings use miracle to beat New Orleans Saints – Minnesota Vikings Blog

MINNEAPOLIS — Keenum to Diggs. Just like they drew it up. With time running out and the window to punch their ticket to the NFC Championship Game closing, Case Keenum exorcised all of the Minnesota Vikings‘ playoff demons with one heroic, career-defining throw. Trailing by one, Keenum dropped back and stepped up into the biggest play of his life, launching a last-second bomb that was caught down the sideline by Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown reception. The Vikings wide receiver caught the pass over Saints defender Marcus Williams, regained…

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Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans need to reject status quo – Tennessee Titans Blog

The Tennessee Titans ended their season with a 35-14 divisional-round loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday. Here’s a recap of the season and what’s next: Season grade: Somewhere between average and above average. The Titans overcame a December three-game losing streak to end their nine-year playoff drought and won their first postseason contest since the 2003 season, but their offensive struggles were too much to compete against the AFC’s elite. It took too long to unleash the late-season version of quarterback Marcus Mariota, but when we saw it…

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Latest beatdown shows sizable gap remains between Titans and AFC elite – Tennessee Titans Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Tennessee Titans talked all week about how they wanted an opportunity to show they could hang with the AFC elite. On Saturday night, we learned they aren’t there yet. The New England Patriots were the better team in every department — coaching, offense and defense — in their 35-14 win. Tennessee’s winning its first playoff game since the 2003 season was a good takeaway from the season, but there still remains a sizable gap between it and the AFC elite. The Titans might not be as…

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NFL Playoffs: Atlanta Falcons sputter in divisional loss to Eagles – Atlanta Falcons Blog

PHILADELPHIA — The Atlanta Falcons needed a red zone touchdown. It just didn’t happen. Throughout the season, there were moments when the Falcons’ high-octane offense just couldn’t punch it into the end zone. That figured to catch up to them at some point, and it certainly did in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. From the wild-card round through Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, ESPN.com has the playoffs covered. • Schedule, coverage, more » The moment was set up for Matt Ryan to respond with one of…

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Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89

Keith Jackson, who was widely regarded as the voice of college football by several generations, died late Friday night, his family said. He was 89. Jackson, who retired in 2006, spent some 50 years calling the action in a folksy, down-to-earth manner that made him one of the most popular play-by-play personalities in the business. “For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a…

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San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster arrested in Alabama for marijuana possession

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested for possession of marijuana in Alabama on Friday, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office database. Foster was released Friday night on $2,500 bond. A second-degree marijuana possession charge is considered a Class A misdemeanor in Alabama. The 49ers released the following statement Friday night: “The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Reuben Foster and we are currently gathering all relevant facts.” The arrest comes almost two weeks after Foster wrapped up a rookie…

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Brandon Coleman of New Orleans Saints out for Minnesota Vikings game

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints have ruled out No. 3 wide receiver Brandon Coleman for Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game at Minnesota with a neck injury. Coleman has quietly been a major contributor to the Saints’ offense this year as both a pass-catcher and a blocker (the Saints led the NFL in both yards per rush and yards per pass attempt). The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder caught 23 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games played. He has never missed a game because of injury in his three…

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Buffalo Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills on Friday fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, the team announced. The Bills finished 29th in average yards per game (302.6) and were tied for 24th in offensive points scored (17.6) this season. Buffalo finished with a 9-7 record and lost 10-3 in an AFC wild-card game to the Jacksonville Jaguars. “We’re not satisfied with the whole offense, and it wasn’t just about [quarterback] Tyrod [Taylor],” general manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of hands in the cookie jar, so to speak,…

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Oakland Raiders obligated to lose Oakland home game to London – Oakland Raiders Blog

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Now that we know the Oakland Raiders will be giving up a home game this coming season to play host to the Seattle Seahawks in London on Oct. 14, a few suppositions can be made. For one, the Raiders will likely have their bye week the following Sunday, which would be Week 7 of the NFL season. For another, Oakland might ask the NFL schedule makers to give it a road game in the east on Oct. 7. That way the Raiders, to cut down on travel,…

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