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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Don Martindale wondered if he would ever get a second chance to be an NFL defensive coordinator after his one-and-done disaster with the Denver Broncos in 2010. The Broncos went 4-12 that season and gave up more points (29.4 per game) and yards (390.8) than any team in the league. Those …

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Matchups for the AFC championship game Sunday between the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots: — When the Jaguars (12-6) have the ball: That impressive performance in Pittsburgh very likely will be needed for the Jaguars to have a chance. That means QB Blake Bortles (5) must get time from his blockers, led by …

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Matchups for the NFC championship game Sunday between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles: — When the Vikings (14-3) have the ball Watch out for Stefon Diggs (14) on a desperation pass! Seriously, Vikings receivers are more dangerous than given credit for. Indeed, that’s also true for Philadelphia’s wideouts. Diggs, breakout star Adam Thielen …

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The list of players sitting out this weekend’s conference championships is almost as impressive as the starting lineups: Julian Edelman. Carson Wentz. Dalvin Cook. Dont’a Hightower. Allen Robinson. Sam Bradford. Following the NFL’s season of carnage that claimed the likes of, among others, Aaron Rodgers, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, J.J. Watt, DeShaun Watson, Odell Beckham …

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