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Rex Burkhead rushes for 2 TDs, including game-winner, in Patriots' AFC Championship win

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead ran for 41 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries on Sunday in the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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He also caught all 4 for his targets for 23 yards.

Burkhead scored 20.4 FanDuel points on Sunday and averaged 7.2 per game this season.

Sammy Watkins hauls in 114 receiving for Kansas City on Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught 4 passes for 114 yards in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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Watkins also tied for a team-high in targets with 8.

He scored 13.4 FanDuel points on Sunday and averaged 9.6 per game this season.

Rob Gronkowski catches 6 passes for 79 yards for New England on Sunday

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught 6 passes for 79 yards in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

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He also saw a team-high 11 targets, giving him a 23.9% target share. This was also a season-high for him and his 79 yards were his most since Week 10.

Gronkowski scored 10.9 FanDuel points on Sunday and is averaging 8.1 per game this season.

Patrick Mahomes throws for 295 yards, 3 touchdowns in Chiefs' AFC title game defeat

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 16-of-31 passes for 295 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in a loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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Mahomes completed just 51.6% of his passes but compensated by averaging a massive 18.4 yards per completion.

He scored 24.9 FanDuel points on Sunday and averaged 26.2 per game this season.

Chiefs' Damien Williams scores three touchdowns in AFC title game loss

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams ran for 30 yards and 1 touchdown on 10 carries and also caught 5 passes for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

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Williams was targeted 8 times, which was tied for the most on the team. No other Chiefs running back got a carry.

He scored 30.1 FanDuel points on Sunday and finished the season averaging 11.8 per game.

Tom Brady headed to ninth Super Bowl after passing for 348 yards in Patriots' AFC Championship win

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 30 attempts for one touchdown and 348 yards in Sunday's AFC Championship victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Despite two interceptions, Brady was once again his vintage self after producing clutch throws late in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Patriots to their third straight Super Bowl. In his ninth attempt to win it all, the future Hall of Famer will need to take down the Los Angeles Rams in order to win his sixth ring.

In two games this postseason, Brady has produced 64 completions for 691 yards and 2 touchdowns.

New England's Julian Edelman accumulates 96 receiving yards in Sunday's AFC Championship win over the Chiefs

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman produced seven receptions for 96 yards in Sunday's overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Edelman continued his consistent production in the playoffs with a team high seven receptions and 96 receiving yards. The veteran slot receiver will have another shot at a ring against the Los Angeles Rams in two weeks.

In two games this postseason, Edelman hauled in 16 receptions for 247 yards.

Drew Brees throws two touchdowns in Saints' overtime loss to the Rams

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 26-of-40 attempts for two touchdowns and 249 yards in Sunday's NFC Championship loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

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Brees made a key throw to Ted Ginn late in the fourth quarter but committed a key turnover by throwing an interception in overtime. The veteran quarterback will return next season for another Super Bowl run in his final year of his current contract.

In 15 games during the 2018 season, Brees produced 364 completions for 32 touchdowns and 3992 yards.

New Orleans' Alvin Kamara explodes for 11 receptions and 111 total yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara produced 111 scrimmage yards in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

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Kamara accounted for most of New Orleans' offense on Sunday, leading the team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. The second-year back will return next season with potentially a larger workload with Mark Ingram eligible for free agency.

In 15 games this season, Kamara rushed for 14 touchdowns and 883 yards on 194 attempts.

Josh Reynolds accounts for 90 scrimmage yards in Rams' NFC Championship clinching victory over New Orleans

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds grabbed four receptions for 74 yards in Sunday's overtime win over the New Orleans Saints.

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Reynolds was mostly quiet against the Saints before exploding for 66% of his receiving production in the second half. The second year receiver flashed his versatility in McVay's scheme on Sunday by rushing for 16 yards on his only attempt.

In 16 games this season, Reynolds produced 29 receptions for 402 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.

Brandin Cooks hauls in seven receptions in Rams' overtime win over the Saints

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks produced seven receptions for 107 yards in Sunday's victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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In a revenge spot against his former team, Cooks provided a huge spark for the Rams offense with a 36-yard catch in their first scoring drive and later three more receptions in a touchdown drive in the third quarter. The speedy 25-year old receiver will play in his second consecutive Super Bowl in two weeks.

In 16 games this season, Cooks scored 6 touchdowns on 90 combined touches.

Jared Goff produces one touchdown and 297 yards in Rams' NFC Championship victory

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 25-of-40 attempts for one touchdown and 297 passing yards in Sunday's victory in the NFC Championship Game.

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Goff got off to a shaky start with an early interception in the first quarter but was able to rebound with a touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee. The former first overall pick has made huge strides in his third season and will look to win his first championship in two weeks.

In 16 games during the 2018 season, Goff produced 364 completions for 32 touchdowns and 4688 yards.

Rapoport: Kareem Hunt's suspension to come before free agency

Free agent running back Kareem Hunt's suspension length will be determined before the start of free agency, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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Hunt is being investigated by the league for three separate off-field incidents and the goal is for the discipline to be handed down sometime before March, which marks the beginning of free agency. Rapoport expects Hunt, who turns 24 in August, to play in 2019.

Hunt averaged 19.7 FanDuel points in 11 games for the Chiefs this season, with 181 carries for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns and 26 receptions (35 targets) for 378 yards and another 7 touchdowns.

Source: nfl.com

Bucs' Cameron Brate (hip) has offseason surgery

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

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His recovery time will reportedly be a "few months," as the team plans to "ease" him back into action during OTAs.

Brate caught 30 passes on 49 targets for 289 yards and 6 touchdowns in 201.

Spencer Ware (hamstring) not on Chiefs' injury report for Championship Round

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware was not listed on the team's injury report ahead of the team's Championship Round game against the New England Patriots.

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Ware was participating in full all week despite a hamstring ailment, and he'll be good to go on Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Our models project Ware for 24.5 rushing yards, 11.4 receiving yards, 0.3 total touchdowns and 5.7 FanDuel points.

Source: BJ Kissell

Spencer Ware (hamstring) practicing in full for Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (hamstring) was upgraded to a full participant in Thursday's practice.

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This should put Ware on track to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. He's been sidelined since Week 14. Damien Williams will likely continue to shoulder most of the backfield work for Kansas City.

numberFire's models expect Ware to score 3.6 FanDuel points on Sunday. He's priced at $5,800.

Texans' J.J. Watt reportedly recovering from cleanup knee procedure

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt underwent cleanup knee surgery after the Wild Card Round, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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It's notable because Watt missed most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons due to a tibia injury, but Rapoport says the procedure was "just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him during the season." Watt turns 30 in March.

Watt recorded 57 tackles (44 solo), 16 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and 4 pass deflections in 16 games for the Texans this season.

Leonard Fournette 'in a really good place' with Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is "in a really good place" following a meeting with the running back last week, head coach Doug Marrone said.

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"We had a good meeting," Marrone said. "I’m not going to speak for Leonard, but when he left that meeting … I think he’s in a really good place. That’s encouraging and I’m excited about that." Fournette reportedly "cleared the air" with Jaguars Executive Vice President Tom Coughlin last week, quelling speculation that the two sides would part ways this offseason after injuries and poor decision-making plagued the back's 2018 campaign.

Fournette rushed 133 times for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns and caught 22 passes (26 targets) for 185 yards and 1 touchdown in eight games this season.

Kansas City's Eric Berry (heel) fully participates in Wednesday's practice

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry (heel) practiced fully on Wednesday.

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Berry was unable to play in the Divisional Round after not practicing most of last week but a full participation today is a great sign of improvement. If the Chiefs defense can even get Berry back in a limited role, his presence in their secondary would be a huge boost.

The Kansas City pass defense finished the 2018 season with a 14th overall ranking according to numberFire's models.

Chiefs' Spencer Ware (hamstring) limited in Wednesday's practice

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

Ware was able to practice in limited fashion last week but remained inactive in the Divisional Round. Expect Ware to play behind Damien Williams if available this Sunday against the Patriots.

If active, our models project Ware to produce 15.1 rushing yards and 7.8 receiving yards on 4.3 touches.

Panthers suggest Cam Newton (shoulder) could sit out 2019

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton could potentially sit out the 2019 season if he undergoes a second shoulder operation, per comments from David Tepper.

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"If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that's what it took, an extra year, why wouldn't you do that," Tepper replied when asked to compare Newton's situation to that of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who sat out the 2017 season after undergoing a second shoulder surgery. Newton is currently going the rest-and-rehab route after being shut down for the final two games of the season.

Newton averaged 242.5 passing yards (7.2 yards per attempts) on a career-high 67.9 completion percentage in 14 games this season, with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He added another 488 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

Source: ESPN.com

Buccaneers could release Gerald McCoy this offseason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has a "real chance" of being released this offseason, writes ESPN team reporter Jenna Laine.

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The Bucs would save $13 million against the cap by releasing McCoy, who has three years remaining on his contract, but no guaranteed money. Turning 31 next month, McCoy has 6-plus sacks in six straight seasons.

McCoy recorded 24 tackles (14 solo) with 6 sacks in 2018.

Carson Wentz (back) is Eagles' quarterback 'going forward'

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz "is the quarterback going forward," head coach Doug Pederson stated.

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There was some rumblings that the Eagles would commit to Nick Foles following a late-season surge, but Wentz is the superior talent, as well as a younger option who projects to be cheaper on the books over the next couple seasons. The main question will be whether or not the 26-year-old can stay healthy after missing 17 combined games over the past two seasons.

Wentz averaged 279.5 passing yards (7.7 yards per attempt) on a 69.6 completion percentage this season, with 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions over 11 games.

Jay Gruden: Jamison Crowder should be offseason priority for Washington

The Washington Redskins re-signing of impending free agent wide receiver Jamison Crowder should be an offseason priority, head coach Jay Gruden said Monday.

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"He's got great quickness in intermediate routes, can separate, has good hands, he's tough, he's physical in the running game," said Gruden. "There is really not anything that Jamison can't do. We have to try and get him back for sure." An ankle injury forced Crowder to miss seven games in 2018, but he was effective when active, recording a career-high 13.4 yards per reception. Crowder turns 26 in June.

Crowder caught 29 passes (49 targets) for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns in nine games for Washington this season.

Source: ESPN.com

Chiefs' Sammy Watkins (foot) escapes Saturday's game without setbacks

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins did not suffer any setbacks to his foot injury after playing on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, coach Any Reid said.

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Watkins is sore, but "nothing to be concerned about," reports Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star.

He caught 6-of-8 targets and played 76-of-82 snaps against the Colts.

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