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Mostert's 220, 4 TDs help 49ers win NFC

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Coach Kyle Shanahan received the NFC championship trophy from his Super Bowl-winning father Mike and raised it to the sky.

The San Francisco 49ers have gone on a surprising journey from No. 2 pick in the draft to one of the last two teams standing. They have one of the most unlikely playoff heroes to thank for it.

Journeyman Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mostly a spectator, Nick Bosa harassed Aaron Rodgers from the start and the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship on Sunday.

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Chiefs break 50-year Super Bowl drought

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) With his best imitation of a tightrope walker, Patrick Mahomes high-wired the Kansas City Chiefs into their first Super Bowl since 1970.

Oh sure, Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Tennessee Titans and star back Derrick Henry for a 35-24 victory Sunday in the AFC championship.

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Chiefs open as slim Super Bowl favorite

LAS VEGAS (AP) Even the bookies are having a problem figuring out a favorite in the Super Bowl.

Odds opened at pick 'em Sunday at many Las Vegas sports books, though the Kansas City Chiefs quickly moved to 1-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. Early bettors favored the Chiefs in a game that will almost surely set new legal betting records.

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Rodgers, Packers come up short once more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) These playoff defeats when he is oh so close sting a bit more for Aaron Rodgers now, at this later stage in his career.

"It's a little raw right now. It definitely hurts I'd say a little more than early in your career just because you realize just how difficult it is to get to this spot," Green Bay's veteran quarterback said after another season fell short of the Super Bowl. "... Then you realize I don't have the same number of years ahead of me as I do behind me, so it's slightly more disappointing."

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Reid back in Super Bowl after long wait

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Andy Reid sat inside a small dorm room on the campus of Missouri Western State six months ago, right as training camp got underway, and lamented for a moment how close his Kansas City Chiefs came to the Super Bowl last season.

On Sunday, the coach affably known as "Big Red" was at the epicenter of a big party.

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Henry shut down as Titans' dream ends

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Tennessee Titans hoped to follow the same game plan against the Kansas City Chiefs that had carried them to playoff wins in Baltimore and New England, giving the ball to running back Derrick Henry as much as possible.

It was a bad sign that their bruising star never got a carry in the fourth quarter.

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Boldin shares personal tragedy in PSA

Players Coalition co-founder Anquan Boldin shared a poignant personal tragedy in the signature public service spot of the NFL's Inspire Change platform during Sunday's conference championship games.

In the spot that will run through Super Bowl Sunday, Boldin shares his inspiration to launch social justice work: the 2015 shooting death of his cousin Corey Jones, 31, at the hands of a plainclothes police officer after his car had broken down on Interstate 95 in Florida.

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Warrant for Browns WR Beckham rescinded

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A misdemeanor simple battery warrant for Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. has been rescinded, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed Saturday.

The warrant was issued Thursday as video posted on social media appeared to show Beckham swatting a security officer's buttocks during LSU's locker room victory celebration after Monday night's college national championship game in the Superdome.

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Giants name ex-Cowboys coach Garrett OC

NEW YORK (AP) Jason Garrett is headed to the other side of the Giants-Cowboys rivalry.

New York announced Friday night that the former Dallas coach will join new coach Joe Judge's staff as the offensive coordinator.

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Browns interview Eagles VP Berry for GM

CLEVELAND (AP) Andrew Berry may still have his parking spot with the Browns.

After spending three seasons in Cleveland's front office, Berry, who is currently the Eagles' vice president of football operations, interviewed Friday to be the Browns' new general manager. Berry was with the team from 2016-18, when the Browns won just eight games and had an 0-16 season.

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