The Buffalo Bills beat the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 for a spot in the AFC championship game.,Rodgers threw two TD passes and ran for another score to lead the top-seeded Green Bay Packers into the NFC championship game with a 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams.,Allen threw a TD pass to Stefon Diggs and Taron Johnson returned an interception a record-tying 101 yards for a touchdown to lead Buffalo past Baltimore 17-3 for a spot in the AFC championship game.,The Bills will either play the Kansas City Chiefs or the Cleveland Browns in the AFC championship game.,While the Packers will either play the New Orleans Saints or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC championship game.
The injury thrust an injured Jared Goff into the game and his fate wasn't much more pleasant, at least for the most part, seeing as he was sacked twice in only a handful of plays before finally locating the big play -- by way of a 44-yard grab by wideout Cooper Kupp that could've easily been an interception instead.,Russell Wilson wasn't faring much better though, sacked three times in less than 1.5 quarters -- two of the blows being delivered by defensive lineman Donald before the Rams lost the Pro Bowler to a rib injury early in the second half.,But even without Donald, Wilson couldn't get anything going en route to an abysmal outing, while Goff ended up making the right plays at the right time.,It was a messy contest by both teams, but the Seahawks truly wet the bed -- particularly in the fourth quarter and helped mightily by an elite defensive outing by Los Angeles -- punctuated by a turnover that led to Goff hitting wide receiver Robert Woods for what would be the game-sealing 15-yard touchdown.,And even with Donald out for most of the second half, there seemed to be nothing Seattle could do to protect Wilson from being pushed, pulled, hurried and tossed around -- en route to being sacked five times and hit a total of 10 times over the course of the game.
No NFL team scored more points during the regular season than the Green Bay Packers.,That sets up an intriguing showdown of strength vs. strength when MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (13-3) host All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and the Rams (11-6) in an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday.,DONALD’S HEALTH Donald left the Seahawks game last week with injured ribs, but the Rams have expressed confidence the six-time All-Pro will play Saturday.,FANS AT LAMBEAU The Packers will be playing a home game in front of paying spectators for the first time this season.,Green Bay hadn’t allowed any spectators for its first four regular-season home games due to the pandemic.
Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay say their friendship and shared history shouldn’t have much of an impact on their teams’ upcoming NFC divisional playoff matchup.,LaFleur was the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2017 during the first year of McVay’s head coaching tenure after they spent four seasons as assistants on Mike Shanahan’s Washington staff.,LaFleur says he learned his lesson as a first-year head coach last season matching up twice with the San Francisco 49ers, whose staff included his younger brother Mike as passing game coordinator.,McVay credits his time working on Mike Shanahan’s staff with LaFleur and the Shanahans for helping mold him into the coach he is now.,After Mike Shanahan was fired at the close of a 3-13 season in 2013, McVay remained at Washington as part of Jay Gruden’s staff while LaFleur spent a year as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach before heading to Atlanta.
Holmes is believed to be one of the first - if not the first - HBCU graduates to hold the general manager position for any major pro sport.,DETROIT — Brad Holmes, Aggie Alum class of 2002, was named executive vice president and general manager for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.,In his new role, Holmes will oversee the Lions' football operations and will report directly to principal owner and chairman Sheila Ford Hamp.,Holmes is believed to be one of the first - if not the first - HBCU graduates to hold the general manager position for any major pro sport.,After several months of intensive speech and physical therapy, Holmes fully recovered the ability to speak clearly, and was cleared to play football again in May of 2001.
“The (West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission), (Tuesday), sent out a proposed winter and spring sports calendar to our schools based upon the governor’s orders,” Dellinger said.,The WVSSAC is allowing spring sports to begin practice on March 15, a week earlier than the tentative date in Berkeley County.,The initial schedule sent out by the WVSSAC, after working with the West Virginia Department of Education and the governor’s office, indicated that winter sports practices could begin Feb. 15, and the first contests for girls basketball, wrestling and swimming would be March 3, with boys basketball starting at the end of that week.,The source said winter sports practice in Berkeley County would not be allowed to start until March 1, which would limit the number of contests that can take place and put the sports teams in the county behind teams throughout West Virginia.,Berkeley County has been red on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources map for the vast majority of late fall into winter, the district going red on the now-defunct WVDE Saturday map for the first time on Nov. 21.
Meyer isn’t just a former college football coach — he’s one of the most accomplished in history.,In his final season with the Buckeyes, Meyer was suspended for three games after mishandling domestic abuse allegations involving former assistant coach Zach Smith.,The go-to sentiment is Meyer won’t be able to handle the week-to-week failure in the NFL knowing his worst season as a head coach in college was an 8-5 with Florida in 2010.,NFL MOCK DRAFT 2021: Projecting where Alabama, Ohio State players will land in first round
Meyer also is a hyper-competitive motivator who had success with college rosters flush with NFL talent.,The Ohio State NFL pipeline helped Meyer develop relationships with NFL coaches, and he undoubtedly spent the last two years learning from other coaches.
On Thursday, McVay noted that quarterback John Wolford will be out of Saturday's playoff matchup after suffering a neck injury that forced him out of Los Angeles's wild-card win over the Seahawks last week.,This isn't totally surprising as Wolford has been unable to hit the practice field this week due to that injury.,As Jared Goff continued to rest his surgically repaired right thumb as the backup for L.A. last weekend, Wolford originally got the nod to start against Seattle.,With Wolford now officially sidelined, that means Jared Goff will start for the Rams in the divisional round.,As Goff gets back to his starting spot and Wolford out, Blake Bortles will serve as the backup quarterback for the Rams this weekend.