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Chiefs take late 28-24 lead over Pats

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The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST):

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Damien Williams has a touchdown rushing to go with two through the air, and this one has given the Chiefs a 28-24 over the Patriots with 2:03 left in their AFC championship showdown.


Rams make Super Bowl on 57-yard FG in OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.

After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday - an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.


Payton: NFL says refs blew crucial call

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans' bitter fate - as unfair as he thought it was.

And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.


Rams' Gurley struggles in NFC title game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the Super Bowl despite one of the worst games of Todd Gurley's career.

The star running back carried the ball just four times for 10 yards Sunday, caught one pass for 3 yards and let a couple of passes slip through his hands - one of which led to an interception that set up a New Orleans Saints' field goal.


Cowboys fire much-maligned OC Linehan

DALLAS (AP) Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, less than a week after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the future for the oft-criticized assistant.

Garrett, in a statement released by the team Friday, described the move as a mutual decision after he and Linehan had some open and positive discussions this week. Linehan, who just completed his fifth season in Dallas, had one more season left on his contract.


Jaguars re-sign S Wilson to 3-year deal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract.

Wilson was set to become a restricted free agent on March 13.


Record 135 leave college for NFL draft

NEW YORK (AP) A record number of college football players will bypass their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

The 135 players forgoing eligibility surpasses the 119 from last year. The NFL released the official list on Friday. There are 103 underclassmen eligible for the April 25-27 draft. Another 32 players have graduated but still have college eligibility.


Pats' Flowers, Brown fined $20K by NFL

NEW YORK (AP) New England Patriots teammates Trey Flowers and Trent Brown have each been fined $20,054 by the NFL for illegal hits in the Patriots' divisional-round win last Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Flowers' fine was for a low hit on quarterback Philip Rivers that resulted in a penalty for roughing the passer in the third quarter of the Patriots' victory. Brown was docked for his unnecessary roughness penalty after a block during the game.


Eagles WR Jeffery visits, thanks student

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been getting lots of support from fans after dropping a critical pass in a playoff game, including from a second-grader who wrote him a supportive letter.

Jeffery stopped by Abigail Johnson's classroom in West Chester on Thursday to thank her and her classmates at Sarah Starkweather Elementary.


Colts sign veteran TE Holmes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran tight end Gabe Holmes to a reserve-future contract.

Holmes has made four starts and played 10 career games since 2015. All four starts came last season with Arizona.

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