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Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told reporters during a conference call Wednesday that he played through a concussion during the 2009 NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints. The call took place ahead of Favre's documentary "Shocked: A Hidden Factor in the Sports Concussion Crisis," which is set to air at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Stadium Network.
ATLANTA — Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is certain that Crimson Tide freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would have transferred if coach Nick Saban hadn't used him in Monday night's national title game.
ATLANTA — Playing true freshman Tua Tagovailoa in the national championship game became a consideration for Alabama head coach Nick Saban more than a month before the lefty entered college football lore with a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime. During many of the 15 practices before Alabama entered the College Football Playoff, Tagovailoa continued to impress with poise and potential. "We just all knew," Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley said of Tagovailoa.
ATLANTA—Tua Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith with a 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime early Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, giving Alabama a dramatic 26-23 win over Georgia in the championship game of the College Football Playoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. "The resiliency of this team to come through in the second half ... I'm so proud of our players to come back after the first half we played wasn't very good," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said.
The Chicago Bears on Monday named former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history. Nagy, 39, will be introduced to at a press conference on Tuesday. He replaces John Fox, who was fired after posting a 14-34 record in three seasons, including 5-11 in 2017.
NEW ORLEANS—Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 31-26 in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 7, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Saints beat the Panthers for the third time this season to advance to the divisional round. They will face the Vikings in Minnesota next Sunday, Jan. 14. Brees, who completed 23 of 32 passes, threw first-half touchdown passes of 80 yards to Ted Ginn Jr. and 9 yards to Josh Hill.
Even as the underdog, perhaps the Georgia Bulldogs can find some solace in friendly surroundings when the College Football Playoff national championship game tees off Monday, Jan. 8, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart will be able to glance in almost any direction from the Georgia sideline and see familiar faces. Not just because it is a virtual home game. The Bulldogs (13-1) bussed from campus a short 75 miles to arrive in Atlanta on Friday night, Jan. 5.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars broke a 10-year playoff drought because of their defense, so it wasn't surprising that the defense carried most of the load in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card win over the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Jacksonville, which won the AFC South title and the No. 3 seed for the AFC playoffs, advances to a conference semifinal next Sunday at No. 2 Pittsburgh. The Jaguars intercepted Ben Roethlisberger five times in a 30-9 Week 5 victory.
LOS ANGELES—Matt Ryan threw a clinching touchdown pass to Julio Jones, and the Atlanta Falcons made big plays on special teams to spoil the Los Angeles Rams' return to the playoffs with a 26-13 win Saturday, Jan. 6, in an NFC wild-card game at Los Angeles Memorial Stadium. Matt Bryant kicked four field goals, and Atlanta's coverage units recovered two fumbles to help send the sixth-seeded Falcons to the divisional round, where they will face the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, Jan. 13.
KAPALUA, Hawaii — Top-ranked Dustin Johnson charged into first place Saturday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, and he takes a two-shot lead into the final round. Johnson's 7-under-par 66 on Saturday at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course on the island of Maui matched the best round of the tournament. Johnson sits at 16-under 203 through three rounds. "I felt like I really drove it well, which I have been all three days," Johnson said, according to GolfDigest.com. Second-round co-leader Brian Harman is in second place at 205 following a 69.