PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers could be close to fully healthy when they travel to Kansas City to take on the AFC West champion Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs on Sunday.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday running back Najee Harris, cornerback Arthur Maulet, left tackle Dan Moore Jr.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It seemed only fitting the Las Vegas Raiders needed every second of an overtime game to earn their first playoff berth since 2016, a microcosm of their roller coaster season.
And as they’ve done five other times this season, the Raiders won on the final play of the game.
DENVER (AP) — Down a touchdown late in a meaningless game — for Denver, anyway — coach Vic Fangio decided to send out the field goal unit on fourth-and-long from the 13.
The crowd voiced its displeasure, at least the fans who showed up.
What the NFL covets for the regular-season finale is a pivotal game, a win-or-else matchup.
The league got it with the Raiders hosting the Chargers. Barring a tie — oh, please, not one of those — either Las Vegas or Los Angeles will be heading to the playoffs.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Derek Carr practiced game-winning drives over and over when he was growing up.
“For like three hours, you would just hear me count down, ‘3, 2, 1,’ and I’d shoot it, or throw the last pass, or catch the last pass,” the Las Vegas quarterback said after leading the Raiders into game-winning field-goal position Sunday in Indianapolis.
Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes made the NFL’s first 17-game regular season feel a little more normal despite playing through a pandemic again.
Brady broke more records and had one of his best seasons at age 44 while helping the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers win their first division title in 14 years.
The Kansas City Chiefs will likely be without running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the second straight week when they visit the Broncos on Saturday in their crucial regular-season finale.
Edwards-Helaire hurt his shoulder early in the second half of a romp over the Steelers on Dec.
For three straight weeks, the Las Vegas Raiders needed to win in order to keep any realistic playoff hopes alive.
Three nail-biters later, and the Raiders can get into the postseason for the second time in the past 19 seasons with another win against the fellow AFC West playoff hopeful Los Angeles Chargers.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Derek Carr has started 126 games during his eight-year NFL career.
There has been none bigger than No. 127.
Carr will lead the Las Vegas Raiders into the NFL’s final game on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers in what likely will be an all-or-nothing showdown between AFC West rivals.
The NFL's schedule changes for Week 18 will feature exactly what the league wanted: a Sunday night showdown for a playoff berth.
To finish off the NFL's first 17-game season, the Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders game was flexed from daytime to primetime.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Evan McPherson kicked a 20-yard field goal as time ran out, and the Cincinnati Bengals earned their first AFC North title and postseason appearance in six years with a wild 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Broncos' failed Philly Special on Sunday encapsulated much of Denver's disappointment from a season that will end with the extension of this proud franchise's longest playoff drought since the 1970s.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs downgraded running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to out of Sunday's game in Cincinnati.
Edwards-Helaire hurt his shoulder early in the second half of last weekend's romp past Pittsburgh.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two weeks ago the Los Angeles Chargers were feeling pretty secure about getting to the postseason for the first time since 2018.
After two straight losses though, their challenge is more formidable going into Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow admitted that this week that he heard the warning from Baltimore defensive coordinator Wink Martindale against putting him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame so early in his young NFL career.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes remained in constant communication with Travis Kelce last week, when the Chiefs tight end was trying to test out of COVID-19 protocols in time to play an important game against the Steelers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has lifted the Green Bay Packers to the NFL's best record.
Two wins away from securing home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, the Packers maintained their hold on the top spot for the latest AP Pro32 poll.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will never take for granted winning their division, which they’ve now done six straight times, but a thorough thrashing of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night served notice to the rest of the league.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns, Byron Pringle caught two of the TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-10 on Sunday to clinch their sixth consecutive AFC West title.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with their playoff hopes beginning to fade.
Then, they played like a team ready to disappear into the offseason.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The chances that the Kansas City Chiefs would spend Sunday night celebrating their record sixth straight AFC West title seemed slim last week when Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce headlined an outbreak of COVID-19 within the team.
The Buffalo Bills’ already beleaguered offensive line was dealt another blow when left guard Ike Boettger was carted off the field with a ruptured Achilles tendon in a big win against New England, and Jacksonville running back James Robinson left the Jaguars’ game against the New York Jets with an torn Achilles tendon.
HOUSTON (AP) — After a loss to the lowly Houston Texans on Sunday, Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley was quick to remind his players they still have plenty to play for.
HOUSTON (AP) — Coming off a tough overtime loss to Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chargers are focused on taking care of business against the lowly Houston Texans on Sunday as they chase a playoff spot with three regular-season games remaining.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The postseason is arriving early for the AFC North.
That's how Baltimore offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler sees it, at least.
“I’d say every week from here on out is a playoff game,” said Zeitler, a 10-year veteran now playing for his third AFC North team.
DENVER (AP) — Patrick Mahomes is getting into his opponents' heads, and they're playing right into his hands.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on a roll again thanks to division foes getting spooked by Mahomes the way opponents used to wig out when facing a young Peyton Manning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs took care of their business with a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory over the Los Angeles Chargers last Thursday, avenging an earlier loss to their AFC West rival and taking a two-game lead in the division.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The about-face of the Kansas City Chiefs from their 3-4 start to their seven-game winning streak can be traced to the abrupt turnaround of their defense, and that in turn can be traced to the arrival of defensive end Melvin Ingram.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Staley did not apologize because he isn't sorry.
The Los Angeles Chargers' rookie head coach did not lament leaving a bunch of probable points on the field Thursday night because he didn't regret it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first two meetings between Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert have come down to the final minute.
With playoff positioning up for grabs, the same thing is expected Thursday night when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Los Angeles Chargers.
With COVID-19 outbreaks for a variety of NFL teams, figuring out who will be on the field is as difficult as predicting who will win games.
Those issues begin with Thursday night's prime-time and big-time matchup in the AFC West between the Chiefs (9-4) and Chargers (8-5).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs added linebacker Willie Gay Jr. to the COVID-19 list on Wednesday, one day before they play the Los Angeles Chargers in a game that could go a long way toward deciding the AFC West.
KANSAS CITY (9-4) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-5)
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. EST, Fox/NFL Network/Amazon
BETTING LINE: Chiefs by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Joey Bosa has been considered one of the NFL’s best pass rushers since entering the league in 2016. The Los Angeles Chargers linebacker has added another element to his game, making him an even bigger headache for quarterbacks.
Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was added to the COVID-19 reserve list Tuesday as the NFL reported 28 more positive tests among players in the league's worst two-day outbreak since the pandemic started.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs was placed in the COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday, one day after wide receiver Josh Gordon tested positive and two days before a crucial game against the Chargers.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Rashawn Slater tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and entered league protocols.
Slater is the 10th Chargers player since the start of November that has been placed on the league's reserve/COVID-19 list.
Josh Jacobs took the handoff on the opening play from scrimmage, got stripped and watched Mike Hughes return the fumble for a touchdown.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders stumbled into Kansas City still harboring playoff hopes, even though they've been beset by injuries, dealt with a season's worth of off-the-field turmoil, and had lost four of their last five games.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Even without two of their top players, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers were able to get wins in consecutive games for the first time since early October.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs probably look back wistfully these days to their last game against the Raiders.
It was the only time in about two months their offense looked like normal.
DENVER (AP) — The maddeningly erratic Denver Broncos have decided to try elbowing their way into the postseason by pretending they're there already.
“Kareem Jackson said it best in the locker room, that we have five games left and each one is a playoff game for us,” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said in the aftermath of Denver’s lackluster showing at Kansas City last week.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — With the AFC West lead so tantalizingly in reach, the Denver Broncos fumbled, bumbled and stumbled their way to another loss against Kansas City, plunging to their familiar whereabouts in the division's cellar instead.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have reached the end zone so regularly on their opening offensive possession this season that their opponents might as well stop wasting time and just give them the seven points.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs' Andy Reid is an offensive-minded coach to his core, so the Kansas City defense must have done something special against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night for him to call its performance “beautiful.”
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Ailing running back Melvin Gordon III was unable to practice Saturday and was ruled out for the Denver Broncos' Sunday night showdown at Kansas City with the AFC West lead on the line.
The Broncos don't beat the Chiefs. Andy Reid almost never loses coming off a bye.
The NFL flexed Denver at Kansas City with those facts staring directly at the league
LAS VEGAS (AP) — DeSean Jackson has tormented NFC East teams for years, having played 11 of the first 13 years of his career for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington.
Advantage, Las Vegas.
The 35-year-old wideout, who celebrated a birthday Wednesday, ignited the Raiders' offense on Thanksgiving in a 36-33 win over the Dallas Cowboys to help Las Vegas snap a three-game losing streak.