Deshaun Watson insisted Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is the right man for the job, despite the team's stunning loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL playoffs.

The Texans blew a 24-0 lead in Kansas City as the red-hot Chiefs rallied to win 51-31 en route to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Houston conceded 41 consecutive points, with the Chiefs becoming the first team in history to win a postseason game by at least 20 points after trailing by at least 20.

Texans quarterback Watson, though, stood by O'Brien – who has been in charge since 2014.

"There's no doubt," Watson told reporters when asked whether O'Brien is the right coach for the Texans. "I mean, you might have doubt, but there's no doubt. I mean, I love that man. I'm going to play hard for that man. Y'all can say whatever you want to say through all the media and all the writing, but as long as I'm at quarterback, he's cool with me.

"He's got my heart. He's going to get all of my 110 per cent every time I step on that field. So y'all can say whatever, but [I'll] always be rooting for that man and going to play hard for him."

The Texans entered the divisional-round contest having topped the Buffalo Bills in a wild-card clash – their second playoff win under O'Brien.

Houston also wrapped up their fourth AFC South crown in five seasons as they eyed a first conference championship appearance.

O'Brien said: "I feel like we are moving in the right direction. I think we did a lot of good things this year. Not enough, obviously. I feel good about where we are headed."

Aaron Rodgers praised the "incredible" Davante Adams after the Green Bay Packers held off the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL playoffs on Sunday.

Adams had 160 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns in the 28-23 win that sent the Packers into the NFC Championship Game.

Rodgers, who was 16 of 27 for 243 yards and the two TDs, praised the wide receiver's performance.

"He had an unbelievable night. He carried us on offense," the Packers star told Fox Sports.

"His route-running ability was incredible.

"We came up with a timely stop because Russ [Wilson, Seahawks QB] and their offense was pretty tough.

"We started off the game the right way and we finished it the right way."

Green Bay, who set up their win by taking a 21-3 half-time lead, moved into a clash with the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

Rodgers paid tribute to the 49ers, who were 13-3 during the regular season before overcoming the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.

"We're going to enjoy this one first," he said.

"I think it's super special, a little extra special to get the ball to Jimmy [Graham] there on the last third down because he was in Seattle for a few years, but we'll enjoy this one tonight and we'll get onto San Francisco.

"They're a great football team, they've had a fantastic year. I think these are the two best teams in the NFC and we have to go out there and get a win."

The Green Bay Packers held off the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 to reach the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

The Packers set up their win in the first half at a cold Lambeau Field, taking a 21-3 lead that proved to be enough to advance to a meeting with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL playoffs.

Davante Adams scored two touchdowns on the back of 160 receiving yards, while Aaron Jones rushed for 62.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw the two TD passes to Jones as he went 16 of 27 for 243 yards.

Russell Wilson (21 of 31 for 277 yards and a TD) and the Seahawks came to life in the second half, but it was too little, too late.

The Packers made their dominance count in the first half, with Jones scoring two second-quarter touchdowns.

But the first score came through Adams, who was found by a 20-yard Rodgers pass after an eight-play, 75-yard drive early in the encounter.

Jason Myers' 45-yard field goal put the Seahawks on the board, but the Packers were 21-3 up at half-time.

After two lengthy plays for 75 and 60 yards, Jones pushed over from close range to put Green Bay in control.

Seattle delivered a much-needed response through Marshawn Lynch early in the third quarter, only for Rodgers and Adams to combine again, a 40-yard TD pass restoring the Packers' 18-point lead.

Wilson's short TD pass to Tyler Lockett late in the third quarter brought the Seahawks back into the clash before Lynch bulldozed his way over from close range in the fourth to bring Seattle within five.

But that was as close as they got as Green Bay moved to within a win of Super Bowl LIV.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton believes star quarterback Drew Brees will be back on the field in 2020.

Brees is coming out of contract after the Saints suffered a surprise wild-card loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL playoffs earlier in January.

Set to celebrate his 41st birthday on Wednesday, Brees has refused to be drawn on his future amid reports of offers to become a television analyst.

Payton, though, expects the Super Bowl champion and MVP to play in New Orleans next season.

"I see him on our field this upcoming season," Payton told ESPN on Sunday.

"I do think he is one of those guys that, whatever he touches - business, obviously football, and whatever his future holds when he is done playing - he is going to be successful at.

"But I still think and based on what we just finished watching and grading, which was the body of work of all season, he was outstanding and he's got more football left in him."

Brees, who suffered a thumb injury during the season, completed 281 passes for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns in 11 games.

The Saints veteran also broke the NFL record for most career touchdown passes this season.

Brees moved up in the record books yet again, surpassing Peyton Manning with his 540th TD pass against the Indianapolis Colts in December.

Kansas City Chiefs star and reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes proved he is the best quarterback in the NFL after leading an incredible comeback against the Houston Texans, according to team-mate Travis Kelce.

Mahomes became the first player in playoff history to throw for 300-plus yards, rush for 50-plus yards and throw five touchdowns in a game as the Chiefs erased a 24-0 deficit to beat the Texans 51-31 and move through to the AFC championship on Sunday.

The Chiefs quarterback was at the forefront of the biggest comeback in franchise history – Mahomes finishing 23 of 35 for 321 yards and five touchdowns, while he rushed for 53 on seven carries.

"Not anybody in Kansas City, I'll tell you that right now," Kelce told the NFL Network when asked if some forgot how good Mahomes was due to Lamar Jackson's exploits with the Baltimore Ravens this season. "Pat Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, and he proved it today."

The Chiefs reeled off 41 successive points to dig themselves out of a big hole and top the visiting Texans in Kansas City, becoming the first team in history to win a postseason game by at least 20 points after trailing by at least 20 points.

Standing in the way of the Chiefs and a Super Bowl berth are the giant-slaying Tennessee Titans.

"Obviously we didn't start the way we wanted to, but all we were preaching -- offense, defense and special teams -- is let's do something special," Mahomes said. "Everybody's already counting us out, let's keep fighting and just go one play at a time, and we found a way. Obviously, this is a huge win and now we've got the AFC championship game at home."

Chiefs tight end Kelce, who had three TDs, added: "I've never been a part of a team like this, either, so it was, I guess, a perfect match there, after we went down.

"Just leaned on each other, circled the wagons, get a little bit tighter when things get a little rough and lean on your brother. And when in doubt make plays for your guy back there. 1-5 [Mahomes] got us going, 17 was the one that really sparked us there on the special teams and, you know what, this defense played their tails off all game."

The Kansas City Chiefs scored 41 unanswered points as they incredibly erased a 24-point second-quarter deficit to defeat the Houston Texans 51-31 and book a place in the AFC Championship Game.

A day after the Tennessee Titans' stunning defeat of the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens, another upset appeared on the cards as the Texans raced into a 24-0 lead at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City committed a series of mistakes in a disjointed start that seemingly put the Texans in command, however, the Chiefs found their rhythm on offense in the second quarter and never looked back. 

Last season's MVP Patrick Mahomes threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns, while tight end Travis Kelce and running back Damien Williams each scored three apiece in a remarkable offensive performance from Kansas City that ensured they will host the Titans next Sunday.

The prospect of them doing so seemed an unlikely one when Deshaun Watson hit a wide-open Kenny Stills for a 54-yard touchdown and Lonnie Johnson returned a blocked punt for a score to put the Texans up 14-0.

Another special teams error gave the Chiefs a mountain to climb as Tyreek Hill fumbled a punt and the Texans immediately took advantage, Watson connecting with tight end Darren Fells.

However, the Texans' decision to settle for a field goal on fourth down at Kansas City's 13-yard line turned the tide. 

Mahomes found Williams for a 17-yard touchdown reception to get the Chiefs on the board and, after the Texans failed with a fake punt and were assessed a 28-yard pass interference penalty, he escaped pressure and fired a sidearm throw into Kelce for a five-yard touchdown.

That pair combined again to reduce the deficit to three points after Houston returner DeAndre Carter fumbled on the kick-off, and the Texans' huge lead was wiped out in just over 10 minutes of game clock when Mahomes delivered to Kelce again with a five-yard throw on the run.

Mahomes led a seven-play, 85-yard drive finished off by Williams to start the third quarter. The same man was celebrating again at the end of the next Chiefs' possession, Kansas City aided by three defensive penalties.

A five-yard touchdown run from Watson gave the Texans some hope, but that was extinguished by a four-play, 72-yard drive that Mahomes capped with a touchdown pass to Blake Bell as the Chiefs moved within a win of Super Bowl LIV.

Julian Edelman was arrested for vandalism after jumping on a car in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday, police have confirmed.

The New England Patriots wide receiver featured in the defending Super Bowl champions' shock Wild Card round defeat to the Tennessee Titans last week.

With the Patriots' season over, Edelman was in Los Angeles County while the Titans stunned the Baltimore Ravens, the AFC's top seed.

Edelman caused damage to a car after climbing onto the vehicle and will now appear in court in April after he was released on a citation.

"On Saturday, January 11, 2020, at approximately 9:00pm, Beverly Hills Police arrested Julian Edelman for vandalism after he jumped onto a driver's vehicle causing damage," the department said in a statement released to Omnisport.

"The vandalism occurred in the 200 block of North Beverly Drive.

"Edelman was released on a citation and scheduled to appear at the Airport Courthouse on April 13, 2020."

Edelman, a three-time champion with the Patriots, was the MVP in last season's Super Bowl LIII.

The 33-year-old played in each of New England's 16 regular season games in 2019, starting 13 times and scoring six touchdowns.

However, Edelman looked out of sorts heading into the surprise loss to Tennessee and is reportedly set for surgery in the offseason after battling injuries throughout the campaign.

Derrick Henry was keen to praise the collective effort rather than take individual praise after starring in the Tennessee Titans' Divisional Round upset win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Titans were physically a step above of the top-seeded Ravens in a 28-12 triumph that booked a Conference Championship berth.

Running back Henry made history by becoming the first player in NFL history to finish with 180 or more rushing yards in three consecutive games, including the playoffs.

Henry rushed for 195 in total and threw a three-yard touchdown pass in a fine showing, but the 26-year-old said the win was a mark of the efforts of the whole team.

"I am more happy that we won [than making history]. The stats and all of that stuff is good. But we got the win, and we are advancing. That's the most important thing to me," Henry told reporters.

"It's not just me. It's a team effort. We're all playing collectively as an offense, as a whole. We're just locked in. We believe in each other. We communicate. It's working out there."

Head coach Mike Vrabel added: "They handed me a sheet that said, 'the only player in NFL history...'

"Whatever comes after that is pretty much self-explanatory when it's the only player in NFL history. It's fun to get to coach him."

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill described his team-mate as a "special" talent and explained what makes Henry so unique.

"He's special. I think he is special because he has the size that is extremely rare in a running back. But he also has the speed to go with it," Tannehill said.

"So he has the size to run those two or three-yard runs that are physical when there's no hole. He's getting the yards to keep us ahead of the chains.

"But also if he breaks free and gets past the first level, he has the speed to take it 60 or 70 yards, which is extremely rare and what makes him special."

John Harbaugh has no doubt Lamar Jackson will rebound from a difficult evening after the Baltimore Ravens were shocked by the Tennessee Titans in Saturday's Divisional Round game.

The Titans earned an upset 28-12 victory on the road to earn a spot in the Conference Championships, with the top-seeded Ravens unable to cope with Tennessee's physicality.

Jackson has racked up sensational numbers in his first full season as a starter, becoming the first player to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards, while breaking Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback.

But it just did not happen against the Ravens for Jackson, who ended with 21-of-59 passing for 365 yards and was intercepted twice.

Ravens coach Harbaugh has no concerns over 23-year-old Jackson in the long term, though.

"I won't have to say much to him. We will talk for sure and we will see where that conversation goes, just from a standpoint of two people talking," he told reporters.

"But I know how he's going to respond. He is going to respond by being extremely motivated and determined to improve as a football player.

"I think the strategy made between last year and this year are pretty indicative of that, and we expect him to get better. That's what he should do.

"It's simple – [for] him and everybody else. That's what we all should strive to do and I just know his character and who he is as a person. That's what he will be thinking about."

Jackson was pretty forthright with his own assessment, saying: "We just beat ourselves. I had a lot of mistakes on my behalf. Three turnovers, that shouldn't happen. But they came out to play."

When it was pointed out he is winless in the postseason, Jackson replied: "I don't really care about what they say.

"This is my second year in the league. Most people [aren't] able to bring it to the playoffs. I don't really worry about [what] people say. We're going to keep going [and] get ready for next year."

The giant-slaying Tennessee Titans produced a stunning performance to eliminate Super Bowl favourites the Baltimore Ravens from the NFL playoffs.

Tennessee caused an upset when they shocked reigning champions the New England Patriots in the wild-card clash last week to earn a trip to the divisional round.

And the Titans – 9-7 in the regular season – defied the odds again with a sensational 28-12 victory away to Lamar Jackson's Ravens in Baltimore, where Derrick Henry starred on Saturday.

Through to their first AFC championship game since 2002, the Titans will next face either the Kansas City Chiefs or Houston Texans.

Coming off the bye week and a franchise-record 14-2 season, confidence was high within the Ravens camp, but the top seeds found themselves trailing from the outset.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who finished seven of 14 for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go with a rushing TD, and his 12-yard throw to Jonnu Smith with less than four minutes remaining in the opening quarter gave Tennessee a 7-0 lead.

Another Tannehill pass, this time a 45-yard throw to Kalif Raymond early in the second quarter, extended the Titans' lead amid silence in front of Ravens fans in Baltimore.

A pair of Justin Tucker field goals gave the Ravens their first points as they went into the half-time break trailing 14-6.

The Titans oozed confidence in the second half and a sequence of brilliance from running back Henry stretched Tennessee's advantage against Baltimore.

After his breathtaking 66-yard run, Henry put the Titans in the red zone and he capped the drive with a jump-pass touchdown throw to Corey Davis as back-up quarterback Marcus Mariota motioned out of the backfield.

Tannehill returned to the field moments later and rushed for a one-yard touchdown – the Titans ending the third period with a commanding 28-6 lead.

Frustrated, Ravens star Jackson – 31 of 59 for 365 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions and four sacks – gave Baltimore some hope with a TD pass to Hayden Hurst with just over 11 minutes remaining in the contest but the Titans were too good.

Richard Sherman hit out at his critics after helping the San Francisco 49ers advance to the NFC championship round in the NFL playoffs.

San Francisco cornerback Sherman was influential as the 49ers outclassed the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in Saturday's divisional clash.

A five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks, Sherman intercepted Kirk Cousins in the third quarter which led to a Tevin Coleman touchdown as the 49ers' defense suffocated the Vikings.

"I get tired of hearing 'oh man, he's a zone corner'. I get tired of hearing the excuses for why I'm great," the 31-year-old told reporters. "It was zone coverage. I covered the man and picked the ball off. In the playoffs, in big games, I show up.

"I show up year in, year out. Whether it's 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Unless I tear my Achilles, I'm out there doing my job at a high level.

"I get tired of excuses for why I'm good. 'Oh my god they're playing zone, oh my god it was this guy, oh my god the receiver slipped'. Why don't other people get those opps then?

"It's odd. It's like people got frustrated that I was so confident early on in my career, so people wanted me to fail. When I didn't fail, it's like how do we tear him down in other ways. I'm too consistent on a yearly basis. Since I got in the league, every category that matters to a corner, I'm number one."

The 49ers – buoyed by the bye week – will face either the Green Bay Packers or the Seahawks for a place in the Super Bowl after winning their first playoff game since 2013.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan added: "I was pumped for the defense. We had a goal going into this game. We thought the team that got over 30 runs would win this game. We truly look at that as a team goal and we ended up getting 47 on offense.

"It's a lot easier to do when the other team goes 2-of-12 on third down. I think we were 45 percent. I think they only ended up being able to get 10 [runs] and when you just see the way the defense is playing, it makes it so much easier to stay with that and I think our whole team kind of fed off it."

Tom Brady said he is not concerned about his future at the moment, with the New England Patriots quarterback unwilling to put a timetable on his 2020 plans.

Brady is set to become a free agent after defending Super Bowl champions the Patriots were eliminated by the Tennessee Titans in the NFL playoffs earlier this month.

The 42-year-old star, who said retirement was "pretty unlikely" following New England's wild-card loss, has already made it clear he still has more to prove in the NFL.

Amid question marks over his future in New England, six-time Super Bowl champion Brady told Westwood One: "The contract things, a week after the season, I would say these things haven't even started to pick up. It's really not my concern at this point.

"It's been about decompressing, and resting my mind a little bit, and resting my body and spending time with the people who have supported me over the last six months."

Brady added: "I love playing football. I love playing for this organisation. I really don't know what it looks like moving forward, and I'm just taking it day to day.

"We are a week removed from the end of our season. There is a lot of time to figure these things out. I don't think any player or team is ready to make any commitments at this point and I'm sure as the offseason progresses those things will take care of themselves."

On the continued speculation, Brady said: "I can only say how I feel and that's what's the truth to me and what's authentic to me. And I have no decision that I have made and there won't be for some considerable time, so I know there is speculation; there always is that's just part of being in professional sports, that's part of being a professional athlete.

"When people aren't talking about this season, they want to talk about next season, and the reality is that next season is quite a ways away. I have some other things that are happening at this time. Like I said, spending some time with my family, my loved ones and giving them the time they need. And then as people begin to plan for next season like I said, these things will take care of themselves."

"It's always been proving it to myself and being motivated internally to push myself to the limits. Sometimes the limits push back. I've experienced that," Brady continued. "But I also think I'm inspired by so many people who push the limits. I love watching documentaries of incredible human feats. They're inspiring. People climb these mountains, and do things that people never thought were possible. I'm at a certain point in my career where people think what I'm doing is to a degree impossible.

"For me, it's about continuing to prove to myself that I can lay it on the line and we can still try to achieve the ultimate goal, which is winning Super Bowls."

The San Francisco 49ers advanced to the NFC championship after seeing off the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in the NFL playoffs.

San Francisco were a class above against Minnesota in the divisional-round clash on Saturday as the 49ers moved a step closer to the Super Bowl.

The 49ers will face either the Green Bay Packers or Seattle Seahawks for a place in the Super Bowl after Tevin Coleman rushed for two touchdowns, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw one TD.

Garoppolo finished 11 of 19 for 131 yards and an interception as he claimed his first playoff victory as a starter.

A week after their dramatic overtime win against the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings were dominated by San Francisco's suffocating defense in Santa Clara.

The 49ers drew first blood after Garoppolo's three-yard throw to Kendrick Bourne capped a 61-yard drive for a 7-0 lead, though the Vikings responded four minutes later following Kirk Cousins' pass to Stefon Diggs.

Midway through the second quarter, Eric Kendricks forced a fumble on Deebo Samuel, which was recovered by Irv Smith Jr., but the call was overturned because the replay concluded a knee was down.

The 49ers then proceeded to complete the touchdown drive – a one-yard run by Coleman finishing it off and putting San Francisco ahead 14-7.

As Minnesota tried to reduce the deficit, Dee Ford sacked Cousins – who was 21 of 29 for 179 yards, a touchdown and interception – to restrict the Vikings to a 39-yard Dan Bailey field goal.

The 49ers extended their lead in the third quarter thanks to Robbie Gould's field goal and another rushing TD from Coleman with less than five minutes remaining.

Gould nailed a 21-yard field goal in the final quarter to seal the 49ers' passage through to the next round of the postseason.

Lamar Jackson said he thinks about playing in the Super Bowl "every day" as he discussed his aim to be "the Tom Brady" of his era in the NFL.

Quarterback Jackson is two wins away from reaching the grandest stage of all after producing a stunning individual campaign that is likely to lead him to the league's MVP award.

The Baltimore Ravens went 14-2 in the regular season and host the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round on Saturday, with the second-year pro fully aware of the high stakes.

"Every day I think about the Super Bowl," Jackson, who threw 36 touchdowns and rushed for another seven, told Good Morning Football.

"It's been on my mind since the first game of the season. When I got drafted I told Baltimore that's what I was going to do. I want to be like the Brady of my era."

The Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans in the other AFC contest, while the NFC playoffs will see the San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks.

Yet the Ravens won 12 straight games to finish the regular season with some incredible momentum and, with Brady's New England Patriots already out courtesy of the Titans, John Harbaugh's team are the favourites to go all the way this year.

"We started the season 2-0 and then we lost to the Chiefs and we lost to the [Cleveland] Browns," added Jackson.

"Coach said, 'We're gonna find out what we're made of'. After that it was go time and we just knew we've just got to keep stacking, we can't look back. 

"No matter how we win we've just got to win. When we played the Seattle Seahawks [in Week 7] I was taking a shower that morning and it fogged up and I put on the thing '14-2' and I told [quarterbacks] coach James Urban that we're gonna go 14-2. 

"We ain't losing no more games, I ain't losing no more games."

Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are the "obvious" impending free agents the Dallas Cowboys will look to re-sign, says chief operating officer Stephen Jones.

Quarterback Prescott and wide receiver Cooper are two of 25 Cowboys players whose contracts are set to expire in the offseason.

Jones, who serves as the team's vice-president of player personnel, is focused on tying the star duo down before looking at the rest of the team.

"[Prescott's contract is a] huge priority for us. Obviously, that will find its way in a hurry," said Jones, quoted on the Cowboys website.

"We have to be back interacting with Dak and his representation and Amari and his representation. And then working with coach [Mike] McCarthy and his staff to give us a third-party evaluation.

"Certainly, Dak and Amari are obvious ones, then after that, we have to make sure these guys fit systematically.

"We don't think there's going to be a lot of difference in opinions, but part of what is good about a change, you get to have people come in and give you outside opinions on our personnel and our team in what we need to do to improve and try to win a championship."

Prescott threw for 4,902 yards - the second most in the NFL - 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in the 2019 season. Cooper had 1,189 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

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