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Saints coach Payton intends to retire

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, whose 15-year tenure with the club included its only Super Bowl championship and also a one-season suspension stemming from the NFL's bounty investigation, intends to retire from coaching.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 58-year-old Payton was stepping down. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move was not going to be announced until a media availability later in the day.

Payton leaves his first and only NFL head coaching job with a 152-89 regular-season record - and nine playoff appearances - in 15 seasons. The Saints won the NFL title in 2009.


Reid questions OT rules even after win

Even the winning coach, in this case Andy Reid, is questioning the NFL's overtime setup.

One day after Reid's Chiefs won the OT coin toss, then marched downfield for Travis Kelce's 8-yard touchdown reception to end an epic divisional round game with Buffalo, Reid recognized how fortunate Kansas City was.


Daboll gets 2nd interview for Giants job

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is getting a second interview for the vacant New York Giants head coaching job before some candidates have gotten a chance for a first meeting.

The Giants confirmed on Monday that Daboll will meet with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and new general manager Joe Schoen on Tuesday at the team's headquarters in the Meadowlands sports complex.


Packers to Rodgers: 'No rebuild' planned

Aaron Rodgers says he doesn't want to be part of a rebuilding project.

Apparently, neither does his current coach.


Panthers bring McAdoo on as new OC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo to become their next offensive coordinator on Monday.

The Associated Press reported last week that the team has settled on McAdoo to replace Joe Brady, who was fired late in the regular season with the offense struggling to produce points.


Mahomes leads KC back to AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) You could spend about a year describing the frantic two minutes that led to overtime between the Bills and Chiefs on Sunday night, when Kansas City rallied for a heart-pounding 42-36 victory to reach its fourth consecutive AFC title game.

Or you could use two words: Patrick Mahomes.


49ers' improbable run leads back to LA

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers didn't know if they would even get another chance when they punted the ball away in the final two minutes of the season finale still needing a touchdown to extend their season.

Now after mounting that late-game comeback at SoFi Stadium in Week 18 and winning on the road at Dallas and Green Bay the past two weeks, the Niners head back to Los Angeles for an improbable NFC title game appearance against the Rams on Sunday.


Rams turn focus toward closing games

LOS ANGELES (AP) For the third straight week, the Los Angeles Rams took a huge early lead.

For the second time in those three weeks, they subsequently gave it all away.


Burrow has Bengals 1 win from Super Bowl

CINCINNATI (AP) Joe Burrow took another beating against the top-seeded Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday.

However, he still managed to push and will the Cincinnati Bengals to within one game of the Super Bowl.


Bills add new entry to history of woes

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) After "Wide Right" and "Music City Miracle," the Buffalo Bills begin the offseason adding a new entry into their history of playoff heartbreak: "13 Seconds."

That's how much time separated the Bills from securing the next step in their Super Bowl aspirations. Instead came a stunning 42-36 overtime loss at Kansas City in a divisional playoff game on Sunday.

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