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Jeremy Lane of Seattle Seahawks admitted to marijuana use before driving, according to arrest report

8:29 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane registered a blood-alcohol-content level well under the legal limit but admitted to having smoked marijuana before he was pulled over early Sunday morning, leading to his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a Washington State Patrol incident report. Lane was pulled over on Mercer Island just east of Seattle after his 2006 Dodge Charger was clocked traveling 80 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to the report, which was obtained by ESPN. The arresting patrolman…

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Mike Tomlin defends decisions, Patriots talk: ‘I don’t fear failure – Pittsburgh Steelers Blog

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin makes no apologies for his coaching style, which proved aggressive on a failed onside kick attempt in the playoffs, and unabashed in his comments from November that the Steelers should win it all. Tomlin set a tone of confidence in an interview with NBC’s Tony Dungy before a Nov. 26 game against the Green Bay Packers, saying the Steelers would experience “fireworks” against the New England Patriots in a Week 15 matchup and might see them again in the playoffs. A 45-42 loss to Jacksonville in…

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Patriots’ Dion Lewis emerges from dark clouds and a 985-day hiatus – New England Patriots Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On a steamy day in July 2015, Dion Lewis took the field under an angry sky in upstate New York. He was about to begin a workout on the University of Albany campus, not far from his childhood home, when the sun disappeared and it became “evil dark,” his trainer, Mike Grasso, recalled. The wind kicked up, and soon there was a drenching downpour. Grasso looked at Lewis, waiting for him to call it a day. “He didn’t even blink,” Grasso said. The lightning-quick running back decided…

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Minnesota Vikings players still in shock after stunning last-second victory over New Orleans Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adam Thielen was drained mentally, physically and emotionally. Being on the field for one of the greatest plays in Minnesota Vikings history and seeing the replay hundreds of times of Case Keenum‘s 61-yard pass to Stefon Diggs for the first walk-off touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL postseason game, the receiver needed more than just a moment to process what he had witnessed. Not even 24 hours after the catch that catapulted the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game at the last possible second,…

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Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant says he wants to return in 2018

PITTSBURGH — Martavis Bryant has softened on his trade request, telling reporters Tuesday that he “of course” wants to return to the Steelers in 2018 and will be ready for offseason workouts. “Hopefully we … bring everybody back,” Bryant said from his locker the day after the Steelers’ 45-42 divisional-round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Martavis Bryant caught this touchdown in a playoff loss to Jacksonville. AP Photo/Don Wright Bryant requested a trade after Week 4 and was benched in Week 8 over social media comments that said teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster…

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Greatest plays in NFL playoff history: Vikings’ miracle game-winner makes list – NFL Nation

How good was Case Keenum‘s throw to Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown to put Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game? It’s one of many miraculous plays in NFL playoff history. 2017 Divisional Round | Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs Trailing 24-23, with no timeouts left, 10 seconds remaining in regulation, and the ball at their own 39-yard line, Keenum finds Diggs deep up the right sideline and Saints safety Marcus Williams whiffs on the tackle as Diggs sprints into the end zone for the improbable game-winning TD as the…

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Inside the play that saved the Minnesota Vikings’ season

12:20 AM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 MINNEAPOLIS — The “Minnesota Miracle” happened on a play called “Seven Heaven.” Why do the Minnesota Vikings use that name? Because if the quarterback hits the seven route, a deep corner in this case, well, something heavenly happens. Stefon Diggs was running the seven route on Sunday night when he caught his miraculous 61-yard touchdown on a heave from Case Keenum that lifted the Vikings to a…

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Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford to serve as backup to Case Keenum

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford will back up Case Keenum on Sunday when Minnesota hosts New Orleans Saints in the divisional round. Bradford was activated to the 53-man roster on Saturday after spending nine weeks on injured reserve. The quarterback returned to practice on Jan. 3 and wrapped up his fifth session on Friday. Teddy Bridgewater was listed as inactive for Sunday’s game. Since coach Mike Zimmer arrived in 2014, Minnesota has never had three quarterbacks dress for a game. Bradford played in one full game this season…

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Latest beatdown shows sizable gap remains between Titans and AFC elite – Tennessee Titans Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Tennessee Titans talked all week about how they wanted an opportunity to show they could hang with the AFC elite. On Saturday night, we learned they aren’t there yet. The New England Patriots were the better team in every department — coaching, offense and defense — in their 35-14 win. Tennessee’s winning its first playoff game since the 2003 season was a good takeaway from the season, but there still remains a sizable gap between it and the AFC elite. The Titans might not be as…

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NFL Playoffs: New England Patriots top Titans, back to AFC title game – New England Patriots Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots machine rolls on. Despite all the distractions, it was business as usual for the Patriots as they returned to the AFC Championship Game for the seventh consecutive season by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday at frigid Gillette Stadium. The result came after a week in which an ESPN The Magazine report detailed friction between coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft, and had each of the “Big Three” answering questions about it. By Tuesday morning, Belichick had felt…

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