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ICYMI in Week 17: Ravens hang on, move on after Browns scare

All the Ravens had to do to make the playoffs was beat the Browns. It’s not as easy as it used to be. Baltimore needed a late fourth-down interception to stifle Baker Mayfield’s momentum, secure a 26-24 victory over Cleveland and wrap up the AFC North. The win ended the season for the Steelers, who had closed out their own ...

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Ryan has TD catch, 2 TD passes; Falcons beat Bucs 34-32

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta’s Matt Ryan talked about the margin for error in the NFL being “razor thin.” Dirk Koetter spoke of Tampa Bay being closer to winning than its record suggests, but that “close with no cigar” is not good enough in a results-based league. “If we make a few plays in some games throughout the course of ...

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Prescott throws 4 TDs, Cowboys rally to beat Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Dak Prescott threw a 32-yard fourth-down touchdown pass to Cole Beasley on a play that was reversed by video replay and added a winning 2-point conversion pass to Michael Gallup with 1:12 to play as the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys beat New York 36-35 on Sunday. In what might have been quarterback Eli Manning’s final start ...

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Florida routs Michigan 41-15 in Peach Bowl

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns and No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl. The high-scoring Sooners reached the semifinal despite a porous defense that was no match for Alabama’s diverse attack, and the Crimson Tide led 28-0 ...

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Gardner-Johnson hopes Gators return to Peach Bowl in 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — The signage on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium facade reminded Chauncey Gardner-Johnson that Florida’s dramatic comeback is not yet complete. Florida’s big reward for its bounce-back season was a spot in the Peach Bowl. A bigger prize would be a return trip in one year. Gardner-Johnson, a junior, already has announced plans to enter the NFL draft. He knows ...

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Vandy CB Williams bypassing senior season to enter NFL draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams is bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Williams revealed his plans via Twitter on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 Williams finished his junior season with 61 tackles, four interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He was a second-team selection on The Associated Press all-SEC team and the coaches’ all-SEC team. Williams said ...

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Former Clemson WR Mike Williams (LA Chargers) celebrates Tigers’ victory over Notre Dame

Mike Williams knows a thing or two about winning a national championship. The Los Angeles Chargers‘ second-year receiver helped Clemson capture the 2016 title with a win over Alabama. On Saturday night, Williams was again celebrating his former team’s success as Clemson knocked off Notre Dame to advance to the College Football Playoff Championship … vs. Alabama … on Jan. ...

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Perkins, Zaccheaus lead Virginia over South Carolina 28-0

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Shortly after winning the Belk Bowl and earning Virginia its first bowl victory since 2005, quarterback Bryce Perkins raised the bar. “This is the first step toward making big strides,” Perkins said. “Next year we want the Coastal Division — and the ACC championship.” That would mean knocking off perennial ACC power Clemson, which has won ...

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