The Power of Humility

Tonight, America begins an annual festival celebrating hubris.

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What We Learned From the N.F.L.’s Conference Championships

The Bengals’ defense had the antidote for Patrick Mahomes’s late-game magic, and the Rams did just enough to keep San Francisco’s offense in check.

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Bengals Beat Chiefs to Advance to the Super Bowl

With a calm that belied their underdog status, the Bengals intercepted Patrick Mahomes and completed a field-goal drive in overtime to end Kansas City’s streak of Super Bowl appearances.

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What to Watch as Kansas City Hosts the Bengals in the AFC Championship

Joe Burrow and the Bengals are all that stand in the way of Kansas City’s return to a third consecutive Super Bowl.

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A Generational Shift at N.F.L. Quarterback

The evolution at the N.F.L.’s most important position has been clear even with familiar names frequently making deep playoff runs. Today’s emerging stars are taking on more of their team’s offensive load.

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Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow Took Different Paths to the AFC Championship

Despite just a year’s difference in age, Joe Burrow, 25, and Patrick Mahomes, 26, have a vast gap in N.F.L. experience that will be on display in the A.F.C. conference championship.

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How Kansas City’s Win Affects the N.F.L. Playoff Picture

Angling for the top seed in the A.F.C. with a win, Kansas City’s much maligned defense forced a fumble and returned it for a third-quarter touchdown.

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NFL Week 11 Picks Against The Spread

Cam Newton and the Panthers can muck up the N.F.C. South, and Patrick Mahomes will try to prove Kansas City’s troubles are over.

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NFL Week 10 Picks Against the Spread

The gulf between the two conferences will show when Kansas City and the Las Vegas Raiders vie in the jammed A.F.C. West, and the Cleveland Browns try to derail the Patriots, while the Rams roll.

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N.F.L. Week 6 Picks Against the Spread

Kansas City travels to Tennessee in a rematch of a recent A.F.C. championship game; the Bengals meet the Ravens in a key A.F.C. North game; and the Raiders move on with their interim coach.

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In Rolling Over Chiefs, Bills Encounter Little Resistance

An easy Buffalo victory left Kansas City with a losing record and a lot of questions about its defense.

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What We Learned From Week 4 of the N.F.L. Season

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is sitting on top of Jerry’s World, the Giants got an instructive win, and Kirk Cousins reverted to form in the Vikings’ loss.

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What We Learned From Week 3 of the N.F.L. Season

Justin Herbert and the Chargers want a Chiefs rivalry, Josh Allen is still Josh Allen and the Steelers aren’t winning their bet on Ben Roethlisberger.

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NFL Bull Market Benefits T.J. Watt and Other Pass Rushers

N.F.L. teams are in an ever-escalating arms race to generate maximum pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt and other QB maulers benefit from the demand.

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NFL Week 1 Picks Against the Spread and Predictions

Dak Prescott vs. the Bucs’ pass rush, dueling Alabama quarterbacks and a rematch of January’s Browns-Chiefs playoff game make for a compelling start to the regular season.

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NFL Quarterbacks Want Their Voices Heard

From Aaron Rodgers to Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes, quarterbacks are trying to push football’s status quo. The results have lagged behind stars’ achievements in other sports.

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Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Win Is a Familiar End to an Odd Season

The N.F.L. season persisted through challenges wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, political discord and a national reckoning on race to reach a familiar ending.

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Super Bowl: What We Learned

With help from his team’s fearsome pass rush, Tom Brady reminded Patrick Mahomes that he could still control the N.F.L.’s biggest stage.

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A Painful Lesson for the Chiefs: It’s Hard to Repeat as Champions

Parity in the N.F.L. makes it difficult to build dynasties. Even the seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has won back-to-back titles just once.

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With Travis Kelce, the Parrrty Comes Second to His Savvy Playmaking

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end spent his formative football years playing quarterback. In his mind’s eye, he can both throw the ball and catch it.

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Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes: A Battle of the Ages

Much has been made about the nearly 20-year age difference between the two quarterbacks. But Super Bowl LV will come down to other numbers.

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Tampa Bay’s Pass Rush Would Like Your Attention

Shaquil Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh found a home with the Buccaneers after being discarded elsewhere. On Sunday, their mission is clear: Get Patrick Mahomes.

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Super Bowl Prediction: Why the Chiefs Will Beat the Buccaneers

No one has won more Super Bowls than Tom Brady, but in a high-scoring game, Patrick Mahomes has a slight advantage.

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Why the Chiefs Will Beat the Buccaneers: Super Bowl 2021 Prediction

No one has won more Super Bowls than Tom Brady, but in a high-scoring game, Patrick Mahomes has a slight advantage.

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Is Len Dawson Better Than Patrick Mahomes?

Sure, Mahomes has more impressive numbers, a boundless future and the chance on Sunday to win his second Super Bowl. But sometimes, nostalgia beats reason by a touchdown.

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Is the N.F.L.’s Salary Cap a Myth?

A Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should not be fiscally possible on paper, but here we are.

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NFL Playoffs: What We Learned From the Conference Championship

The Chiefs will try to defend their Super Bowl title against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers — who are playing at home.

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NFL Playoff Predictions: Packers at Buccaneers, Bills at Chiefs

With a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, Tom Brady leads Tampa Bay into Green Bay while Josh Allen and the Bills take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

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When Two Stars Being Removed From N.F.L. Playoff Games Counts as Progress

Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes did not return to games over the weekend after concussions, which at least pleased critics who have long accused the league of turning a blind eye to brain injuries.

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NFL Playoffs: What We Learned From the Divisional Round

Buffalo rode its defense, Green Bay thrived on offense and Tampa Bay let Drew Brees beat himself. Kansas City, which lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion, simply survived.

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NFL Playoff Predictions: Our Picks in the Divisional Round

The A.F.C.’s young quarterbacks fight for a trip to the conference championship, while veterans, and defense, lead the way in the N.F.C.

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2020’s Memorable Moments in Sports

Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.

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NFL Week 16: What We Learned

The Steelers came back to beat the Colts, Kansas City survived against Atlanta and Jacksonville secured the No. 1 pick in the draft.

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No Chiefs, Braves, Blackhawks and Seminoles. Remove Indigenous Names Now.

The Chiefs, Braves, Blackhawks and Seminoles need to follow the Cleveland baseball team in dropping their offensive names.

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NFL Week 15 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Saturday games return, but this week is dominated by a potential Super Bowl preview between the Saints and the Chiefs.

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NFL Week 14: What We Learned

The Chiefs did not need perfection to win, the Steelers are on a losing streak and the N.F.C. East remained wide open.

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NFL Week 14 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

The Dolphins face their biggest test yet in the Chiefs and the Steelers, after an 11-0 start, are trying to avoid a losing streak.

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Chiefs Beat Raiders on Sunday Night

Mahomes is the best because he is the most predictable. He knew the Chiefs were going to score and beat the Raiders.

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What We Learned from Week 8 of the NFL Season

Dalvin Cook shredded the Packers, the Steelers stayed undefeated and Joe Burrow and the Bengals shocked Tennessee.

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NFL Week 6 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

The red-hot Browns and Steelers will resume a fierce rivalry. The Chiefs and Bills will try to get back on track. And the Packers will try to pick up where they left off before their bye week.

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The N.F.L.’s High Scores This Season Might Be Related to the Pand

Some look to the effects of the disruptions caused by the pandemic, while others find other explanations. But it’s irrefutable teams are scoring more points than in last season.

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Russell Wilson Leads the N.F.L. M.V.P. Race, but Josh Allen Is …

Smart money is on the Seattle quarterback receiving at least a vote or two this year. But the better bet, counter-intuitively, might be the Bills’ Josh Allen.

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Too Many Sports, Not Enough Time

It’s not your imagination. This glut of sports events is kind of epic.

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Patriots-Chiefs Game Postponed After Positive Coronavirus Tests on Both Teams

Cam Newton was reportedly among those who tested positive. Sunday’s game will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday, the N.F.L. said.

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NFL Week 4 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs face New England, the Bears try to continue their improbable start and the whole league waits to see what will happen with Tennessee and Pittsburgh.

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Monday Night Football: Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes

They’re under 26, have won M.V.P.s and they can seemingly do anything. On Monday night, the N.F.L. gets a boost from the latest installment of its best current rivalry.

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Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson Face Off on Monday Night Football

They’re under 26, have won M.V.P.s and they can seemingly do anything. On Monday night, the N.F.L. gets a boost from the latest installment of its best current rivalry.

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NFL Week 3 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

With a matchup between the Ravens and the Chiefs looming on Monday, the rest of the week feels like an appetizer.

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What to Know About N.F.L. Week 1

Some familiar faces joined new teams — looking at you, Tom Brady and Cam Newton — and young stars like Lamar Jackson are ready to pick up where they left off in a season unlike any other.

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N.F.L. Week 1 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

The Texans and the Chiefs will get things started on Thursday in a season that should look different from previous years, but will feature plenty of intriguing story lines.

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