N.F.L. Divisional Round: Our Picks Against the Spread

Green Bay and Tennessee will have the benefit of a week’s rest against San Francisco and Cincinnati. Buffalo and Kansas City will provide tougher tests for each other after coasting last week. The Bucs and the Rams’ veteran quarterbacks will take center stage.

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What We Learned in the N.F.L.’s Wild-Card Round

The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo managed their game plan just well enough to upset the Cowboys, but blowouts in the rest of the wild-card matchups showed the folly of playoff expansion.

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Cowboys Come Up Short Against 49ers Long Before Clunky Finish

The No. 6-seeded 49ers upset the No. 3-seeded Cowboys after a chaotic final drive that will prolong Dallas’s disappointment.

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How Sunday’s Games Affect the NFL Playoff Picture

The Eagles ran up against the Buccaneers’ fearsome defense. Now the 49ers and Cowboys will square off ahead of the Steelers and Kansas City in prime time.

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N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Our Picks in the Wild-Card Round

The postseason’s first weekend will see the third matchup between the Patriots and the Bills, and for the Cardinals and the Rams.

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The Reason Every N.F.L. Playoff Team Will Lose

Only one of these teams will prove us wrong.

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N.F.L. Week 18 Picks Against the Spread

Division rivalries should decide playoff seeding as the Eagles host the Cowboys, the 49ers try to extend their win streak to six against the Rams, and the Chargers and Raiders play the weekend’s only true elimination game.

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How Week 18 Could Shape the N.F.L. Playoff Picture

In the N.F.C., Green Bay has clinched the bye, but a divisional race and a wild-card spot are still up for grabs. In the A.F.C., things are messier.

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What We Learned From Week 7 in the N.F.L.

King Henry’s court helped Tennessee take down Kansas City, Chicago’s aimlessness was on display again, and middling quarterback plans caught up to Denver and Washington.

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Richard Sherman Joins the Buccaneers After a Call From Tom Brady

Sherman is facing criminal charges for five misdemeanors, including two for domestic violence, from an arrest this summer. The free agent cornerback was recruited to Tampa Bay by his former rival.

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Will the 49ers Contend if They Just Get Healthy?

After an improbably injury-riddled 2020, 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan’s disaster-proof offense is back on track.

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What We Learned From Week 1 of the N.F.L. Season

The Steelers won a reminder game over the Bills, Russell Wilson roasted the Colts, and Jalen Hurts looked unstoppable against the Falcons.

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Can Anyone in the N.F.C. Stop Tom Brady and the Bucs From Repeating?

Tampa Bay returns much of its Super Bowl-winning roster, but Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have Jordan-and-Pippen-style title dreams for Green Bay.

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Some Dramatic Quarterback Successions Start at the N.F.L. Draft

If the draft last week revealed anything, it was that there’s no tactful way to replace a healthy starting quarterback.

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What Led Phillip Adams, Former N.F.L. Player, to a Shooting Spree?

A small city that bills itself as “Football City U.S.A.” is grappling with the shooting deaths of members of a prominent local family by Phillip Adams who, many say, had been adrift after his N.F.L. career ended.

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Patriots and 49ers Among N.F.L. Free Agency’s Biggest Spenders

The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.

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Brady, Mahomes, Kaepernick: Quarterbacks Who Deserve the Stage Now

The N.F.L. has tried to move on from the controversy over Colin Kaepernick, but recent events suggest his critique of America’s racial climate has remained relevant.

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Jets Hire Robert Saleh as Head Coach

Saleh, believed to be the first Arab-American head coach in the N.F.L. who is Muslim, will take over the franchise with the league’s longest current postseason drought.

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Virus Disruptions Hit 49ers and Broncos, as N.F.L. Crisis Grows

The 49ers would need to train away for the headquarters for three weeks under an order from local health officials. The Broncos have none of their quarterbacks available for their game on Sunday.

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NFL Week 12 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Washington’s game against Dallas will be the highlight of Thanksgiving now that Baltimore’s matchup with Pittsburgh has been delayed until Sunday.

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The N.F.C. West Has Highlights and Stars. But Can it Contend?

DK Metcalf’s chase-down. DeAndre Hopkins’s catch. The division has produced some of the most memorable moments of the 2020 season, but there’s no distinguishing among its logjam of 6-3 teams.

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NFL Week 8 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Lamar Jackson will look for room to run against unbeaten Pittsburgh, San Francisco will try to hand Seattle a losing streak and Tua Time begins in Miami.

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Fred Dean, Sack Specialist Who Ignited 49ers Dynasty, Dies at 68

Dean helped lead San Francisco to two Super Bowl victories, transforming the team into an N.F.L. powerhouse. He died of Covid-19.

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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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Joe Montana and Wife Confront Intruder Who Tried to Kidnap Their Grandchild

A woman entered the Malibu, Calif., home of the former N.F.L. star on Saturday afternoon and took the child from a playpen, officials said.

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NFL Injuries Lead to Hand-Wringing, Finger-Pointing and Confusion

Conventional football wisdom suggests player health would benefit from either more — or less — preparation.

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NFL Week 2: Recap, Top Performers and Highlights From Sunday’s Games

The Falcons collapsed as only the Falcons can, the Chargers nearly shocked the Chiefs, injuries were everywhere and the Ravens simply never lose (in the regular season).

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Week 2 NFL Recap: The Chargers Nearly Shocked Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs

Kansas City needed fourth-quarter heroics and a 58-yard field goal in overtime to push past rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Live NFL Scores Tracker and Updates

After last week’s upsets, some contenders are licking their wounds while last week’s Cinderellas are looking to dance again.

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N.F.L. Week 1: Live Scores, Tracker and Updates

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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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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2020 N.F.L. Season Preview: A Look at All 32 Teams

Mahomes and Lamar Jackson headline an exciting new era of the N.F.L., which is on track for an on-time return to the field, just as planned.

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Navy Investigates Video of Dogs Attacking Man in Kaepernick Jersey

The Navy condemned the video, which it said was taken at an “independent organization’s event” last year. A filmmaker said it took place at a museum dedicated to the SEALs.

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