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Chiefs getting another shot at Pittsburgh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The NFL has trimmed the playoff field to eight teams, and two of them are the Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll meet in Kansas City this Sunday with the winner to advance to the AFC Championship game against Saturday’s Houston-New ...

Dolphins rattled by Pittsburgh’s ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Moore slowly sat up and took a moment to gather himself after a hit by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree to the chin of the Dolphins quarterback sent Moore flying onto the frigid Heinz Field turf. Teeth? Check. Wits? Check. Any ...

GM made few mistakes in building KC

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A year ago, in the days after the Chiefs were eliminated from the postseason by the New England Patriots, general manager John Dorsey was faced with a series of decisions that would shape whether Kansas City would be a contender the ...

Pack figures out Giants’ ‘D’

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers, master of the Hail Mary pass, struck again in another big moment. Rodgers overcame a sluggish start and finished with four touchdown passes, including a momentum-swinging 42-yard heave to Randall Cobb at the end of the second quarter, ...

Steelers feel happy, healthy for a change

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The feeling of helplessness remains very real to Le’Veon Bell. Bell was standing on the sideline in sweatpants each of the last two Januarys, his knees in various stages of repair, the Pittsburgh Steelers trying to soldier on in the ...

Steelers’ Green doubtful against Miami

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green sat out practice on Friday, putting his availability for Sunday’s playoff game against Miami in doubt. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. Coach Mike Tomlin held Green out after expressing concern about ...

Numbers don’t look good for Miami

DAVIE, Fla. — Outscored. Outgained. And in the playoffs? The numbers don’t add up for the Miami Dolphins, who have overachieved to earn their first postseason berth since 2008. They have allowed 17 more points than they’ve scored, and have been outgained by 798 yards, more than all ...

Tannehill officially out

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins dispensed with any pretense of suspense regarding their quarterback situation. Ryan Tannehill was ruled out of Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh, and backup Matt Moore will start for the fourth week in a row. The Dolphins announced the decision Thursday ...

Steelers likely to face Moore, not Tannehill

DAVIE, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill stood on the practice field Wednesday wearing a cap, T-shirt and knee brace, idly spinning a ball in his hands as he watched teammate Matt Moore throw. That’s how Tannehill is preparing for the Miami Dolphins’ playoff game Sunday at Pittsburgh , where he ...

Associated Press foresees 4 competitive contests

Wild-card games can be so unpredictable because, at times, the visitors come in with a better record than the host. That’s the case in two of this weekend’s matchups, and Pro Picks sees it as a mixed bag. The Raiders (12-4), one of the AFC’s powers until, well, the past three weeks, ...

Steelers showing flexibility

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t remember the exact conversation. Alejandro Villaneuva does. The Pittsburgh Steelers were reeling in early November. Mired in a four-game slide filled with losses both heartbreaking and baffling. The talk of a seventh Super Bowl quickly took a backseat to ...

Steelers in a feel-good mood

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The last two Januarys, the Pittsburgh Steelers walked into the stadium for a playoff game hoping there were enough warm bodies to go around. Two years ago against Baltimore, running back Le’Veon Bell watched his hyperextended knee all ...

Dolphins coach unsure about QB situation

By Steven Wine The Associcated Press DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins have begun preparing for their first playoff game since 2008 uncertain who will start at quarterback. Coach Adam Gase said Monday he doesn’t know whether Ryan Tannehill will return to practice this week, much less ...

Steelers head to playoffs on win streak

PITTSBURGH — It was a game, yeah. But in some ways, it was also a job interview for Landry Jones. And while the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback — who will become a free agent in March — didn’t exactly ace it while filling in for Ben Roethlisberger in an otherwise meaningless regular ...

Steelers get rematch with Miami

For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Steelers were feeling good the last time they saw the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers were 4-1 when they stepped onto the turf in Miami on Oct. 16. They lost that game 30-15, the start of a four-game losing that would place their playoff status in ...

Mehno: Pittsburgh manages best of both worlds

PITTSBURGH — If we didn’t know this before, we do know: The Steelers can beat the Cleveland Browns without really trying. It wasn’t easy, Sunday’s 27-24 victory in overtime, but it was still a familiar outcome. The Steelers are 15-1 against the Browns at Heinz Field. Ben ...

Steelers to rest top stars

PITTSBURGH — All things being equal, Le’Veon Bell would rather not take a weekend off. The way the Pittsburgh Steelers running back figures it, he’s already spent enough time in sweatpants instead of his familiar No. 26 uniform during his four-year career. “I definitely don’t like ...

Davis’ emergence helping Steelers excel

PITTSBURGH — A month into his rookie season, Sean Davis was lost. Asked to split time between free safety and nickelback, the Pittsburgh Steelers second-round pick could do neither particularly well. At one point, veteran safety Mike Mitchell turned toward Davis during a game and asked ...

Jones trying to make most of shot at starting

PITTSBURGH — Landry Jones will be looking for a job in March. Consider Sunday’s regular-season finale against Cleveland the Pittsburgh Steelers’ backup quarterback’s last best chance at landing an interview. Nearing the end of his fourth season behind Ben Roethlisberger, Jones ...

Tomlin chides Bradshaw for comment

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t mind Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw criticizing his performance. It comes with the job. Bradshaw likening Tomlin to a “cheerleader,” however? Well that’s another matter entirely. Tomlin said Bradshaw’s comments ...