BALTIMORE — The Los Angeles Chargers kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for the Baltimore Ravens.,Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a 23-17 victory Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.,In the days leading up to the game, Jackson — the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner — was lauded for the job he did to get Baltimore into the postseason.,Jackson threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree to make it 23-10 with 6:33 remaining and tossed a 7-yarder to Crabtree with 1:59 left, but Baltimore’s last chance ended when Jackson fumbled after being hit by Uchenna Nwosu.,Eagles win after late TD, missed Chicago field goal CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL’s stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles over the Chicago Bears 16-15 in the final wild-card game Sunday.,CHARGERS 23, RAVENS 17 read more

After beating the Ravens 23-17 on Sunday in Baltimore, the L.A. Chargers earned themselves a trip to Foxboro for a playoff game next week.,OFFENSE: 11th, 372.6 yards per game

SCORING: T-6th, 26.8 points per game read more

The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.,The win for the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and Prescott after losing a divisional game in their playoff debut as first-year stars two years ago.,Dallas' defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.,Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.,After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis' 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins once had a coach named Bob Berry, who had this opening comment after the team was eliminated from postseason consideration:

Mike Tomlin didn’t have anything nearly as dramatic to say after the Steelers were excluded from the NFL playoffs despite Sunday’s 16-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.,McCrane, who had spent time with two other teams this season, was called and practiced for the first and only time on Friday.,In addition to divisional road games in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore, they will play at New England, the New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona and San Francisco.,Their home games will be against the three divisional teams plus Buffalo, Miami, Seattle, the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts.,Roethlisberger became the seventh NFL quarterback to pass for at least 5,000 yards in a season. read more

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On the first drive to South Bend, Justin and Jiseop Yoon talked in Korean, like they always do.,Jiseop, 52, arrived in the United States at 13 years old, when his father, a Korean naval officer, sent him to boarding school because they wanted their son to experience the U.S. There, he lived in a foster home and eventually did figure skating at a high level in his native South Korea.,Clockwise from top left: Jiseop, Mihwa, Eric and Justin Yoon.Courtesy of Jiseop Yoon Justin was born in Cincinnati before moving to Korea with his family, where he went to international school.,You're different from all the other kids," Jiseop told Justin.,Justin Yoon kicking for Milton Academy.Photo courtesy of Jiseop Yoon For high school, Justin was sent to Milton Academy, hand-selected by Jiseop because of its academic and equally important athletic fit.

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the conference with its 596.5 yards of offense per game, which is 125.5 more yards per outing than the team with the second-best average (Texas Tech; 471.0) and 145.7 more yards than Oklahoma State averages.,• Despite losing preseason All-Big 12 running back Rodney Anderson for the season due to an injury against UCLA in the second game of the year, Oklahoma leads the Big 12 and ranks 12th nationally with its 246.8 rushing yards per game (Oklahoma State ranks second in the league at 200.1).,• Oklahoma has rushed for at least 300 yards and passed for at least 300 yards in a game three times already this year, a single-season school record (vs. Florida Atlantic in the season opener and each of the last two weeks against Kansas State and Texas Tech).,• Through nine games, quarterback Kyler Murray leads the nation in passing efficiency rating (216.6; the NCAA single-season record of 198.9 was set by Baker Mayfield last year) and yards per pass attempt (12.3), and ranks second in yards per completion (17.5) and points responsible for per game (25.3), third in passing touchdowns per game (3.4) and total offense per game (362.6 yards), and fifth in completion percentage (.706).,• In Big 12 play, Murray owns healthy statistical leads in total offense at 403.3 yards per game (next most is 302.0 by Oklahoma State's Taylor Cornelius), passing yards at 336.3 per contest (next most is 309.5 by West Virginia's Will Grier) and passing efficiency rating with his 222.9 mark (next best

Millions of Americans experience headaches, but this was something new and different and troubling for Cunningham, a Birmingham native who is now a Christian minister at a church in Raleigh, N.C.

"These would last a couple of weeks," he said., He opted to see a different doctor, traveling to Birmingham and undergoing an angiogram -- a procedure that involves injecting iodine dye and using X-Rays to evaluate possible arterial abnormalities, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery's website., Cunningham said he's also been diagnosed with a sports hernia and has problems with his hip labrum, likely overuse injuries left over from his career as a kicker at Alabama and briefly with an arena league team in Birmingham., The 42-year-old Cunningham said his illness proved to be a humbling experience, from members of his church family at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ visiting the hospital to high school and college friends reaching out to him via Facebook., "One of the remarkable things is the outpouring of love and support I got from so many people," Cunningham said, "from back at Minor and people from college at Alabama. read more