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#2623   2018-10-06 05:52 GMT        
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Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. EST. The Jaguars (11-6) and Steelers (13-3) meet in the postseason for just the second time, and first since Jacksonville stunned Pittsburgh 31-29 at Heinz Field in the wild-card round of the 2007 playoffs. Blake Bortles looks to lead the Jaguars to the franchise’s third AFC title game, and first since 1999. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers will try to get to the conference championship for the second straight year.

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New Orleans at Minnesota, 4:40 p.m. EST. The Vikings (13-3) have dominated against the Saints at home, going 13-3 including a victory in the 2000 divisional round. The game marks Vikings quarterback Case Keenum’s first career playoff start – and the first postseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium – site of next month’s Super Bowl. Saints quarterback Drew Brees will make the 13th postseason start of his career and he and his teammates have some history up against them: New Orleans is 1-6 in in the playoffs on the road, including 1-4 under coach Sean Payton.

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STARS

Passing

– Tom Brady, Patriots, passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards to help New England cruise past Tennessee 35-14.

– Nick Foles, Eagles, went 23 of 30 for 246 yards in Philadelphia’s 15-10 victory over Atlanta.

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Rushing

– Tevin Coleman, Falcons, ran for 79 yards on just 10 carries in Atlanta’s loss at Philadelphia.

– Dion Lewis, Patriots Marcus Foligno Jersey , had 62 yards on 15 attempts and added nine catches for 79 yards in New England’s rout of Tennessee.

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Receiving

– Danny Amendola, Patriots, caught 11 passes for 112 yards in New England victory over Tennessee.

– Corey Davis, Titans, had two touchdown catches in Tennessee’s loss at New England.

– Julio Jones, Falcons, caught nine passes for 101 yards in a losing cause as Atlanta fell to Philadelphia.

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Special Teams

– Jake Elliott, Eagles, atoned for missing an extra point by kicking a 53-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter and added kicks of 37 and 21 yards in the second half of Philadelphia’s win over Atlanta.

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Defense

– Fletcher Cox, Eagles, had seven tackles and a sack to help lead Philadelphia past Atlanta.

– Deatrich Wise and Geneo Grissom, Patriots, each had two sacks in New England’s win over Tennessee.

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STREAKS & STATS

New England clinched its seventh straight appearance in the AFC championship game with a 35-14 victory over Tennessee. … Philadelphia’s Nick Foles became the first quarterback since Minnesota’s Randall Cunningham (1997) to win a playoff game after starting three or fewer games during that regular season. … Including their 15-10 victory over Atlanta, the Eagles have won 16 straight games when leading after three quarters. They’re 12-0 this season in that scenario. … New England set a franchise playoff record with eight sacks against Tennessee, including two each by Deatrich Wise and Geneo Grissom. … The Patriots are 8-0 this season when Dion Lewis has 100 or more yards from scrimmage. Lewis ran for 62 yards and had 79 yards receiving http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-nolan-patrick-jersey , along with a 27-yard kickoff return against Tennessee.

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MILESTONES

Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in New England’s 35-14 win over Tennessee, giving him 10 such games in his career – breaking a tie with Joe Montana for the most since the 1970 merger. At 40 years and 163 days old, Brady also became the oldest quarterback to win a playoff game. … New England’s Rob Gronkowski caught his 10th playoff touchdown in the Patriots’ 35-14 win over Tennessee, tying him with five others. Only Jerry Rice (22) and John Stallworth (12) have more.

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HOT DOGS

The Philadelphia Eagles were 3-point underdogs against the sixth-seed Atlanta Falcons, the first time a No. 1 seed wasn’t favored to win its first playoff game. They needed a stop on fourth down from the 2 in the final minute to beat the Falcons 15-10 and advance to the NFC title game for the first time since the 2008 season. Right tackle Lane Johnson walked off the field wearing a dog mask while teammates barked after the win.

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SEEING YELLOW

Tennessee had the second-fewest penalties during the regular season with 85, but was flagged 10 times for 62 yards against New England. It marked just the second time the Titans had 10 or more this season.

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INJURIES

New England right tackle LaAdrian Waddle left the Patriots’ 35-14 victory over Tennessee with a knee injury early in the third quarter. Cornerback Jonathan Jones was helped off the field late in the fourth quarter. … Tennessee right tackle Jack Conklin walked off on his own power after injuring a knee in the first quarter, but did not return. Titans tight end Jonnu Smith was carted off in the third quarter with a right leg injury.

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SPEAKING

”Just keep on disrespecting and we’re going to keep proving people wrong.” – Philadelphia wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after the Eagles topped the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 after being largely considered an underdog despite being the NFC’s No. 1 seed.

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”It definitely sounds crazy. But you have to keep ignoring the noise on the outside, just keep working every time you walk into the building and just keep grinding.” – New England tight end Rob Gronkowski after the Patriots advanced to the

HOUSTON — Any lauding of the Houston Rockets‘ resilience in Game 4 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena begins with an acknowledgment of their defense, with cliched adjectives serving the general purpose of explaining how they overcame a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit to claim victory and square the Western Conference Finals before the series relocated back to Toyota Center.

But for a series rife with adjustments, the truth of how Houston salvaged its championship aspirations lies within the minutiae. Methodically and stubbornly, the Rockets have invited the Warriors to play their brand of isolation basketball, influencing Golden State for long enough stretches to temporarily secure advantages with a style of play that blatantly benefits Houston.

The fourth quarter of Game 4 offered a prime example. The Warriors claimed their largest lead of the contest at 82-70 when Stephen Curry assisted on a Shaun Livingston dunk at the 10:45 mark. That play produced the 14th and final assist of the evening for Golden State.

“We scored 12 points,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the fourth period. “So it’s not like we were getting great shots either.

“It was sort of trench warfare. It was just everybody grinding it out, a lot of isolation. I guess this is the modern NBA. But the only way you can do this and win is you have to have great one-on-one players. You’ve got to have great defenders http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-alex-iafallo-jersey , two-way guys, and we do and they do. And so, it just becomes a one-on-one battle with all the switching, and they did a great job of it.”

The Warriors paced the NBA in assist percentage (68.5) during the regular season. The Rockets, conversely, ranked 22nd at 55.7 percent, relying on the isolation brilliance of James Harden and Chris Paul. And while Golden State features two exceptional one-on-one talents in Kevin Durant and Curry, isolation basketball doesn’t reflect the Warriors’ offensive identity.

The Warriors’ 14 assists in Game 4 represented a series low. Their 48.2 assist rate in the series is worse than the Rockets’ assist percentage (49.3), a remarkable and surprising development. The final period on Tuesday revealed Golden State at its most unrecognizable and disjointed.

“I think we just got a little rushed,” Curry said. “I think some of the mix-ups we had on defense affected our energy on the offensive end. And credit to them: We know they’re doing a lot of switching and trying to force us into one-on-one-type situations, but that’s no excuse to not get the ball moving, trusting what we do best. And whether it’s the first quarter, second quarter, or crunch time in the fourth, we got to be us. And that’s going to be the adjustment for Game 5.”

With Game 5 set for Toyota Center on Thursday Antti Niemi Jersey , the Rockets have a clear understanding of their most immediate mission. Their season-long defensive might has served them well during crucial spans against the Warriors, with Houston scrambling and contesting at a fevered pitch.

The moments when the Warriors get rolling offensively have been harrowing for Houston, yet the Rockets mustered the gumption in Games 2 and 4 to claw back into contention behind their defense. When Golden State threatened to run off to a 3-1 series lead, Houston was unbowed.

“These are the moments that we spend all that time for,” Paul said. “Mental toughness is just as important as physical toughness, and I think guys on our team showed that.”

That level of perseverance wasn’t attached to the Rockets’ collective identity or aligned to Harden individually. But in Game 4, Houston finally won at Oracle Arena and snapped the Warriors’ 16-game home postseason winning streak. After falling to the Warriors in five games in consecutive postseasons, the Rockets have finally cleared one hurdle. Another one awaits.

“We came a long way,” Harden said. “Obviously new personnel but we came an extremely long way, and we’ve been talking about it all season long (starting in the) summertime: put ourselves in the best position, and we’re doing that. And so, another opportunity Game 5, we’ve got to come out and take advantage of it. Simple.”

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