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Tennessee Titans cornerback Curtis Riley (35) breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (88) on a fake punt play by the Rams in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
December 24, 2017 - 2:12 pm
The Latest on the 16th Sunday of the NFL regular season. (all times Eastern): 2 p.m. The loss of Pro Bowl kicker Greg Zuerlein already has cost the Los Angeles Rams at least four points. Sam Ficken, the replacement signed to replace Zuerlein when the Rams had to place him on injured reserve ,...
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Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn (94) raises his fist during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
December 24, 2017 - 1:52 pm
The Latest on the 16th Sunday of the NFL regular season. (all times Eastern): 1:30 p.m. Four NFL players protested during the national anthem before the early games in Week 16. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters stayed off the field until after the anthem was played in Kansas City, while Dolphins...
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Denver Broncos quarterbacks Brock Osweiler (17) and Paxton Lynch (12) warm up before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 24, 2017 - 1:17 pm
The Latest on the 16th Sunday of the NFL regular season. (all times Eastern): 1:05 p.m. After a week of uncertainty, Brock Osweiler is starting at quarterback for the Denver Broncos at the Washington Redskins. Coach Vance Joseph had refused to name his starter between Osweiler and Paxton Lynch...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, warms up beside backup quarterback Brian Hoyer before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
December 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm
The Christmas Eve NFL schedule is full of games with playoff implications , and as many as six teams could be out with a loss. The highlight of the early afternoon is the NFC South matchup with the Falcons in New Orleans. Tampa Bay travels to Carolina, and those results could decide the division,...
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December 24, 2017 - 12:16 pm
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive against the Los Angeles Chargers after being benched at New Orleans last Sunday for being late to a team meeting. Wilkerson practiced with the team all week, and coach Todd Bowles insisted the veteran "served his sentence" when asked if...
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December 24, 2017 - 12:13 pm
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive against the Los Angeles Chargers after being benched at New Orleans last Sunday for being late to a team meeting. Wilkerson practiced with the team all week, and coach Todd Bowles insisted the veteran "served his sentence" when asked if...
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Minnesota Vikings' Harrison Smith (22) celebrates his second interception of the game during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. The Vikings won 16-0. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
December 24, 2017 - 2:46 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — While winning at Lambeau Field means a lot to the Minnesota Vikings, the NFC North champions have bigger goals in mind. A first-round playoff bye is well within reach, and could be secured as soon as Sunday. The Vikings took care of business on their end with a 16-0 victory...
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Minnesota Vikings' Stefon Diggs catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Josh Hawkins during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
December 24, 2017 - 12:41 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Case Keenum stopped one last time before heading up the tunnel at Lambeau Field, clapping his hands above his head while Minnesota Vikings fans chanted "Skol! Skol!" The Vikings' defense felt right at home Saturday night in Titletown. A 16-0 victory over the injury-depleted...
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Minnesota Vikings' Stefon Diggs catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Josh Hawkins during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
December 24, 2017 - 12:14 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings shut out an opponent for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, beating the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers 16-0 on Saturday night to stay in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye. Stefon Diggs caught a 4-yard pass from Case Keenum just inside...
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Minnesota Vikings' Stefon Diggs catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Josh Hawkins during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
December 23, 2017 - 11:38 pm
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings shut out an opponent for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, beating the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers 16-0 on Saturday night to stay in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye. Stefon Diggs caught a 4-yard pass from Case Keenum just inside...
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