The AFC Championship matchup is now set following Sunday’s showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Jaguars’ 45-42 win sends them to New England, where they will face the Patriots next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

It looked like the Jaguars were going to run away with this one early on. They struck early, going up 14-0 with two Leonard Fournette touchdowns in the first quarter. The Steelers trailed 28-14 going into halftime, but they had plenty of ground to make up, and questionable play calling wasn’t helping them get it done.

Be sure to give Ramsey a mic if there’s a next time, please.

Nine of the defense’s 11 starters were homegrown, and six of those nine have come aboard since Dan Quinn came on in 2015. He and Dimitroff began to push Plan D to the point where it’s become a big part of everything the Falcons do. And those numbers are counting the contributions of 2017 rookies Takk McKinley and Duke Riley, who played key roles as reserves.

Chicago’s biggest need is finding a head coach who can help mold Trubisky. The Rams and Eagles have served as excellent examples of what an offensively-minded coach (Sean McVay and Doug Pederson, respectively) can do for a blossoming second-year quarterback. The Bears need to find someone who can nurture Trubisky’s development while surrounding him with the talent he needs to succeed.

There will be several hot names on the coaching market associated with the Bears’ vacancy. Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur may not have been successful in his one stint as an NFL head coach — albeit with the black hole of failure known as the Browns — but he’s done wonders developing schemes in which both Sam Bradford and Case Keenum could have the best seasons of their careers. Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ stint as the Broncos head coach was most notable for his feud with a young quarterback Bears fans are plenty familiar with: Jay Cutler. While he didn’t win much in the Rocky Mountains, he’s built his profile back up under Bill Belichick and will be a commodity this offseason.

Say goodbye to Gruden Grinders and all of Jon Gruden’s off-the-wall comments.

The Monday Night Football commentator is leaving the booth to be the Raiders’ next head coach, and their gain is our loss.

We don’t know who will succeed Gruden on MNF yet, but we know Gruden can never be replaced completely. Here are a few things we’ll miss about him on ESPN:

On Saturday, Browns fans held their parade, gathering around FirstEnergy Stadium, despite the freezing temperatures. In fact, hours before the parade began, it was 0 degrees with a wind chill of -16, because even nature felt like joining in on the fun.

Those words from Jerry Jones on Oct. 8 were widely taken as a salvo delivered from an owner to all the players using the national anthem as a platform for protest.

But as I see it, that was no declaration of war on guys kneeling. I don’t think the Cowboys boss was even talking to players. My feeling: he was talking through the players, and hoping his message would land in living rooms from El Paso to Wichita Falls.

And to explain why, I’ll give you the three words that should serve as your guidepost in explaining almost everything NFL: Follow the money.

Of course, not everyone was in support of the parade — especially Browns players. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and defensive tackle Danny Shelton tweeted their frustration with the parade existing in the first place:

That parade is a joke don’t call yourself a true browns fan if you go to that thing! Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!

Gruden can do more on his phone than just pull up YouTube highlights, too.

But we’re starting with the NFL’s ratings issue and how the protests during the national anthem have played into it. And there’s a nice jumping off point here in the numbers that were presented to the general assembly in Manhattan this week, and that The MMQB obtained. You may have already seen the figures from Nielsen that show an overall decline of 7.5 percent in total viewership, comparing this year’s ratings to last year’s, which the NFL believed were down from 2015 because of the election.

Lattimore and his millennial cohorts have moved away from old-fashioned channel surfing.

After snatching up the NFC East with three weeks left to play, the Philadelphia Eagles are fresh off a first-round bye and will host the Atlanta Falcons — and their experienced offense — on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC (live streams at NBCSports.com, Yahoo! Sports, and FuboTV).

On the other sideline, the visiting Falcons have made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs in part due to their veteran experience in quarterback Matt Ryan and in an offense that can be one of the most explosive in the league. With players like Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu at wideout and Devonta Freeman at running back, there is no shortage of offensive playmakers for Atlanta.

Indeed, A recent Nielsen audience report from the second quarter of 2017 had TV consumption among the 18-34 age group down 37.9% over the last five years.

In 2013, Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the team and said he was the victim of harassment spearheaded by Incognito, beginning with Martin’s rookie season in 2012. An NFL investigator released a report in 2014 that detailed Incognito’s actions, which included homophobic and racist remarks.

A day after his tweet, Ngakoue stood by him claims when he met with reporters.

“He said what he said,” Ngakoue said, via ESPN. “He knows what he said. I don’t have to repeat it.

I understand, like Scot McCloughan and Gruden, it’s all about winning football .

His 24 assists are good enough for fifth on the Pats, and tied for sixth the WHL.

Today such transitions between football, rugby and soccer are not simple, and it’s a rare creature who makes the switch nowadays.Strong said he told his players, You’re going to get a degree and you’re going to go to class and you’re going to represent this university the right way.If he re-signs the offseason, he’ll have 2013 to reach the goal he set 1999 when he was competing for the job here: to surpass Groza for first-place on the Browns all-time scoring list.

It’s time for the playoffs and that means one more edition of the power rankings.

After 17 weeks of regular season action, the defending Super Bowl champions are in the same place they started. The New England Patriots battled through defensive struggles early in the year, but won 11 of their last 12 to guarantee that the road to the Super Bowl will go through Gillette Stadium.

Altuve has more 200-hit seasons than all other players 5′?6″ and under combined in the past hundred years. “Sometimes,” says Houston hitting coach Dave Hudgens, “I swear he’s the one guy who can will himself to get a hit.”

Jaylon Smith is not all the way back. Or close to it. But the fact that the Dallas linebacker—let’s call him a redshirt freshman—was back out there at all, let alone playing 36 of the team’s 53 defensive snaps last Sunday in a rotation with Justin Durant, is absolutely worth your attention. “His spirit to come back and push through it to play, I think everyone has taken notice of it,” said one club source.

Jay Jaffe: The Twins. If they’re ever going to get serious about contending, the Twins have to find pitchers who miss bats; this is a team that has ranked 14th or 15th in the AL in K’s in five of the last six years. Darvish, happens to have the highest career strikeout rate of any active starter in terms of both percentage (29.7%) or per nine (11.0).

In Buffalo’s 17 seasons outside the postseason, it had at least six wins 14 times. The Bills were consistently on the doorstep, unable to do enough to take the leap and keep pace with the Patriots in the AFC East.

That didn’t come crashing down in 2017. New England still comfortably runs the division and the Buffalo team that finally ended the drought wasn’t any better than other versions of the Bills that fell short.

According to FiveThirtyEight, there were 11 times in the last 18 years that the Bills had a higher mathematical win projection than the team did in 2017. The projections say this particular Buffalo team should’ve only won about 6.8 games.

All of a sudden I found myself with a new head coach Butch and I was no longer under the We’re going to start out with you.After this, I’m going to go pick up daughter.But to have a clue you would have to have a brain and that eliminates a lot of athletes.The Sabres used it to snare O’Reilly, but have dangled it to if that would get Frederik Andersen.The point was and is that Gerbe’s heart was unmatched, and a group of players with that kind of intensity and drive to win would be tough to beat.

The players were good about keeping the secret, and it shows just how much respect they have for Arians.

Sure, the Chiefs whooped the Patriots in Week 1. But apparently the Patriots don’t have hard enough feelings about it to keep them from borrowing a play from Kansas City for the second time this season.

The Chiefs ran this one in their Week 5 win over the Texans. The Patriots duplicated it for White’s first touchdown, the little toss that he ran in 5 yards for a score.

We saw this same play — albeit with a slightly different formation — from the Patriots earlier this season, during their Week 7 win over the Falcons.

I wouldn’t expect this area to improve a ton as the year goes on, either. In March, we wrote about the group of coaches who made their case at the league meeting for changing the work rules to allow for better player development. Offensive line play should be Exhibit A for their argument.

In December, Mitchell visited Shazier in the hospital weekly. The two men reminisced about the virtual college football dynasties they’d built on PlayStation, and they laughed about the first time they met, Shazier asking Mitchell to mentor him and starting that conversation: “I want to be a Hall of Famer.”

“I was watching that guy barely be able to sit up in a bed,” Mitchell says. “He’s got RJ, his little boy, and I want him to be able to run and play with him.”

Of far less importance, Shazier’s injury has extensive implications for the Steelers. Their goals—beat the Patriots, win Super Bowl LII—remain unchanged, and their defense still revolves around a passionate 25-year-old inside linebacker. Just not in the same way. Shazier’s injury divided Pittsburgh’s season into two parts: what they did with him, and what they’ll do for him.

On Sundays, I will usually just leave the house and go do something else so I am not tempted to watch. I am an outdoors guy, so I like to go to the woods and the mountains and hang out. I come from a big family and my nephews all play football. My family will get together and have parties to watch the games every week. They don’t even call me to invite me anymore.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 20-7 lead on the Seahawks, before putting them away for good at 26-24 on a field goal with 2:21 left in the game.

He’s done his fair share of winning in Seattle, and knows it. His opening remark at his press conference was as good as it gets:

Arians opens presser: “Thanks for coming to my house.”

Bengals fans are livid after learning about Marvin Lewis’ extension

New year, new Bengals — just kidding.

The Bengals’ last game in the 2017 season was a win against the Ravens, and it propelled the Bills into the playoffs. Not only that, but the victory was tentatively a warm conclusion to the Marvin Lewis era. There were rumors that it would be his last game as Bengals head coach.

1. Colorado: How about the BuffaloesAfter being swept on a two-game trip to Oregon the week before, Colorado defended its home court by sweeping Arizona State and Arizona, the two Pac-12 frontrunners. Junior wing Namon Wright (16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds last week) should stick back in the starting lineup.

2. Ohio State: What a debut season for Chris Holtmann so far. Sunday’s decisive win over Michigan State moved the Buckeyes to 4-0 in the Big Ten a year after they finished 7-11 in the league. With zero bad losses so far, this is looking every bit like a tournament team.

3. Texas Tech: In keeping with Beard’s point about how easily things can turn in the Big 12, the Red Raiders have to travel to Oklahoma and then host West Virginia this week. Even splitting those dates with top-10 teams would be impressive. If they go 2-0 again, the rest of the league will be put on notice.

So as y’all know, this video mostly centers on NFL players. It does include skill-position players. The goal of the weekly video is showing the disrespect and savageness of blocks. I love seeing the finishes and, more importantly, the effort to finish and be nasty. I’m not sure any block better showed the ethos of this weekly video more than a college block.

Notre Dame might have the two best linemen in the country. They for sure have the best lineman to enter the draft in left guard Quenton Nelson. He has a legit chance to be a NFL All-Pro for years. So I started the video this week with his block. It’s just savage. He choke slams this defender and then … well, watch the video.

Next, it’s the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons beat the Panthers on Sunday to get themselves into the playoffs. If the Falcons can play to their ability, they can be unstoppable. Here is Ty Sambrailo entering the game as the sixth offensive lineman, and he just crushes this defender. He times up the hips and hands and blasts this guy. Then he comes back for more and finishes the block.