Alabama and Clemson are strong favorites in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs on Friday against Notre Dame and Ohio State

And while coaches and scouts warned the Rose Bowl could get ugly between Alabama and Notre Dame (the Irish are a 20-point underdog), the games are played on the field – and anything can happen

The Irish march 75 yards in 15 games in a drive that took more than 8 minutes – limited by a 1-yard TD from Kyren Williams on the fourth relegation – to pull within a touchdown of the tide

After QB Mac Jones captured Notre Dame in the game’s first possession, he teamed up with WR DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard TD to give the Tide the early lead

Alabama went 97 yards in its next run in five games – with an amazing run from Najee Harris – and scored a 12-yard pass from Jones to Jahleel Billingsley

The Tigers (10-1) lost a regular season game for the first time since 2017, but were still able to win the ACC and reach the playoffs. The Buckeyes made it into the playoffs despite only six games – much to the chagrin of Clemson coaches Dabo Swinney, who won the Buckeyes 11th in the coach survey Had chosen place

Jack Podlesny scored a 53-yard field goal by seconds – his third FG of the game – to give Georgia (8-2) the win and Cincinnati (9-1) to deny an unbeaten season

Jerome Ford exploded for a 79-yard TD run early in the second half as Cincinnati built a 21:10 lead, but Georgia rallied for the lead with a Zamir White TD run and Podlesny FG 21:19 to shorten

Desmond Ridder took two TD passes in the first half – the second in the last few seconds of the first half – when Cincinnati led 14:10 during break

Cincinnati first scored a 14-yard TD pass from Ridder to Alec Pierce in the first quarter Georgia drove straight across the field on the following drive, but JT Daniels tossed an INT to Coby Bryant in the end zone end the threat

Peyton Ramsey had three TD passes and one championship run when the Wildcats withdrew in the second half

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver DJ Chark for their season finale in Indianapolis on Sunday, so they will have to try to end a 14-game losing streak without their top two players, coach Doug Marrone, Chark (shin) on Friday off, two days after saying James Robinson would miss the game with a badly sprained left ankle, Chark leads the team with 53 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns. Without Chark and rookie Collin Johnson (thigh), the Jaguars (1 -14) rely on rookie Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley against the Colts (10-5)Journeyman Mike Glennon starts the season for the fifth time and for the second time in a row. He has two touchdown passes and six sales in his last 10 quarters___More AP NFL: https: // apnewscom / NFL and https: // twittercom / AP_NFLDie Associated Press

Ezekiel Elliott tested positive for COVID-19 that summer, compiled the worst numbers of his career when the Dallas Cowboys sank on the NFC East, and missed a game for the first time due to an injury, returning star Dallas held the whole Season over high spirits – at least during virtual visits with reporters – and his second 100-yard game of the year helped keep the cowboys alive in the playoff race until last weekendI told you? Maybe a little, and Elliott doesn’t really care about the reality that none of this would be possible without Dallas playing in the worst division in the NFL, which will result in a loss in the postseason. “A win is a win, no matter how You get there, “Elliott said.” So if we won the division 7-9, that’s the same as 14-2″You go into the playoffs with a 0-0 record. If you win it, you win it. The winner between the Cowboys (6-9) and the New York Giants (5-10) in an early game on Sunday will be NFC East.” win if Washington (6-9) loses at home to Philadelphia in prime-time Washington advances in victory, Elliott will welcome such an unlikely continuation of a difficult season, the former Ohio state star paused a few seconds when asked if that was from The pandemic changed year was tougher than the 2017 season at the time, Elliott battled domestic violence allegations for two months in court before finally serving the six-game ban. “I would say it was up there,” Elliott said. “It was It took Elliott 10 games to hit 100 yards in a game after never going more than three weeks into a season without hitting the mark of the century in his first four years A few weeks later, the All-Pro showed up in the 2016 injury report with a calf problem that kept him out of a game in week 15 against San Francisco. Apart from the suspension, Elliott only missed the games because the Cowboys with their playoffs that 2016 and 2018 were all as good as set to go into the regular season finals, now Dallas is playing to keep those hopes alive despite a 2-7 start and a three-game winning streak since falling to 3-9 alongside all As for the other challenges of 2020, Elliott has left a provisional offensive line behind him all season. “I think the best part is he’s the same guy every day,” said offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. “The teams have a lot at times because of our circumstances Turned people around, and he doesn’t complain, he keeps dragging on. I think we’re just seeing a Zeke getting through the other side of this thing The other part of those circumstances was quarterback Dak Prescott’s ankle injury at the end of the season in Week 5, which was the only time Elliott sounded desperate and said much of the lead after the Cowboys rallied to beat the Giants would fall on him without his backfield mate since the start of their 2016 rookie season, at the time Elliott was also dealing with the worst rash of his career which, along with anemic rushing totals and six losses in seven games, seemed to heighten feelings of failure that surrounded the team Still, Elliott remained positive “We can’t control the injuries. We can’t control that we’re facing a pandemic,” Elliott said. “We can only care about what we can control and make the most of it. So grab it.” I’ll keep attacking Elliott every day, it takes 63 yards to get 1000 for the season after having never played less than 1 in at least 15 gamesHis pro-carry average is a full yard lower than the 57-yard average when he was a rookie all-pro, and the five touchdowns are one below his career lows. Still, owner Jerry Jones called Elliott in during his radio broadcast the best player on the team this season People outside of HQ wondered if the best days were behind a 25-year-old runner who averaged 25 goals per game in his first four seasons. “Ultimately, these aren’t the people who sign my checks,” Elliott said aren’t the cats that make the final decision I think there’s a reason they don’t make those decisions, and Elliott has a reason to wait before worrying about going back to big numbers again in 2021NOTES: The Cowboys have S Darian Thompson and DT Justin Hamilton put on COVID-19 reserve list on Friday LB Leighton Vander Esch (ankle) and CB Rashard Robinson (knee) were expelled against the Giants S Xavier Woods is in question with a rib injury but coach Mike McCarthy was optimistic about it Wood’s return after missing out on last week’s win against Philadelphia___More AP NFL: https: // apnewscom / NFL and https: // twittercom / AP_NFLSchuyler Dixon, The Associated Press

Darren Waller has come a long way in a little over two years since the Raiders tore him out of Baltimore’s practice group, and after Waller nearly ruined his career with a drug addiction, he has become one of the game’s most productive bottlenecks and is approaching the franchise record for catches in one seasonWaller starts the season finale on Sunday in Denver with 98 catches for 1079 yards for Las Vegas (7-8) Waller has two consecutive seasons with 1000 yards and it takes seven catches to break the franchise record of 104 set by Hall of Famer Tim Brown in 1997. “It’s pretty crazy to be mentioned by his name because I remember watching him when I was very young, “said Waller.” I was about 6 or 7 years old when he set this record. So it’s amazing to be in a conversation at all. “Almost everything about Waller is amazing because he’s different from a seldom used receiver in Georgia Tech’s college option offense developed into a disappointment with the Ravens for struggling with Pro Bowl status as one of the game’s top tight ends off the field”With an impressive combination of athleticism and size, Waller has become one of the toughest matchups, exploiting smaller and less athletic defenders. Coach Jon Gruden called him ‘one of the best players I have ever seen playing football’. He has Tim Brown, Hall of fame, all-pro work ethic, focus, focus, desire and he has the right mindset every day, “said Gruden.” He’s a leading competitor in the heats, in the meetings and on the field, and that’s why he’s there where he is today as one of the best”” Waller was at his best last month, even though the Raiders fought a second straight season on the track, losing five out of six games. He had 13 catches for 200 yards and two TDs in week 13 against the Jets, followed of three more strong games which gave him 34 catches for 537 yards in that time span. “His work ethic, preparation, weekly schedule and weekly winning routine are just a very special footballer,” said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. “But a special leader, too someone special I know his story is out there and a lot more people are getting to know Darren Waller We couldn’t be more proud of him as an organization or coaching staff “Waller’s journey has been inspiring. After nearly wasting his career in Baltimore on a drug addiction, he has Waller was banned from drug abuse for four games in 2016 and 2017 He spent most of 2018 on the Ravens’ training team before the Raiders took him away at the end of the season.He made a huge impact on the field, helping people with drug addiction through his foundation, “I was far from an open one years ago Book away, “he said,” I would never have imagined or planned to speak as I speak now. It took to accept who I was, to accept what I was doing, and to realize that it didn’t have to define me could do something else about it Just don’t dwell in these things and get rid of the shame of my struggles There was a lot of shame, a lot of guilt for all the times I was suspended and not representing my team and family name the way I should I would always take this with me anywhere “If I just get into all of this stuff and decide to leave that stuff behind and move forward, I feel lighter and frightened eggs There’s nothing anyone can do me I’ve lay down enough already and now that I’ve passed it there’s no going back for me NOTES: RT Trent Brown (knee) will miss Sunday game G Denzelle Good ( Ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (calf) and DB Lamarcus Joyner (thigh) are questionable___More AP NFL: https: // apnewscom / NFL and https: // twittercom / AP_NFLJosh Dubow, The Associated Press

For as much progress as they have made, many Browns fans who miss the playoffs would feel a lot like “Same Ol ‘Browns” even if they don’t

The Green Bay Packers’ offensive battle against David Bakhtiari will miss the rest of the season after the three-time Pro Bowl selections injured their knee in training on Thursday, Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed the severity of the injury on Friday, with the injury occurring for six weeks after signing a four-year contract worth up to $ 105 million to $ 5 million with a $ 30 million signing bonus, “It’s just one of those unfortunate, crazy things that sometimes happen in the field,” LaFleur said surely wasn’t anyone’s fault It was a crazy deal and you know it’s difficult to replace a man of his caliber I mean you speak of a leading left-wing tackle in that league The injury was first reported by NFL Network Bakhtiari played a major role in to help the Packers (12-3) win a second straight NFC North title and score a league-leading 316 pun kte per game The 2013 fourth round pick from Colorado was one of seven Packers selected for the Pro Bowl last week. He was an Associated Press all-pro second team team last year, Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he was on Friday “Still in the mourning process” after learning Bakhtiari wouldn’t be back this season. “It’s hard to see a guy go down in training like that,” Rodgers said. “You’re hoping for the best I got one late afternoon yesterday Got a phone call from him I was hoping for good news and didn’t get it You have to keep going but it’s still a little raw right now We’re still sad and hurting Dave just because it’s our brother and our left attacker, our teammate It was a tough time for us “Bakhtiari missed three games with broken ribs earlier this seasonBakhtiari’s injury will force Green Bay to retire from his offensive line shuffle again when it goes to Chicago (8: 7) in a game that has a big impact on both teams, Green Bay may be No. Earn 1 seed in the NFC playoffs plus a goodbye in the first round if it beats or ties the bears, or if San Francisco (6-9) beats or ties Seattle (11-4) Chicago can get a spot with a win During those three games, Green Bay adapted by shifting the usual right-attack Billy Turner to the left and Rick Wagner kicking in on the right-attack Green Bay went 2-1 during that stretch, with wins in Houston and San Francisco one More complicated this time: Wagner suffered a knee injury in a 40-14 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. LaFleur said Friday that “we think he’ll be good for the Bears game” The Packers have made it into the Attacking line dealt with multiple injuries but still only allowed 20 sacks, the second lowest sum behind Pittsburgh’s 13Lane Taylor opened the year as a starting player but tore himself in first game of the season the ACL Bakhtiari missed these three games Center Corey Linsley had to miss three games with a knee injury Turner suspended the Packers’ first two games with a knee problem Green Bay has withstood those losses because there are linemen who can play multiple positions Pro Bowl selections Elgton Jenkins have made eleven starts on the left this season, two in the center and one on the right Turner has started six games in the right tackle, four in the right tackle, and three in the left tackle. Lucas Patrick has 10 starts Made on the right and four on the left LaFleur said on Friday: “This is the best offensive line group I’ve ever seen” The depth of this line will now pass its greatest test after losing its standout player “It won’t be anyone who feels sorry for us as a football team, “said LaFleur.” And our standards, our expectations are changing So we’re very happy that we have a lot of depth in this position and the versatility of guys who can play multiple courses so we’re going to rely on that, gather around each other and, you know, make the most of it___More AP NFL: https: // apnewscom / NFL and https: // twittercom / AP_NFLSteve Megargee, The Associated Press

“If I go against him it won’t change anything for me,” Garrett said of the rematch with quarterback Mason Rudolph

During the summer when baseball was just returning from hiatus and the NHL and NBA struggled to “bubble” to end their interrupted seasons, many mocked the prospect that the NFL would go through a four-month schedule on time, even without it Cancellations or significant delays, likely even to the staging of the Super Bowl, it’s now 2021, and while the league isn’t excited about playing every regular season game at an NFL stadium, perhaps it should be when the Eagles host Washington for the season finale, a sense of accomplishment and relief would be taken for granted “It’s been a tremendous achievement from our players and clubs, from everyone who worked on it, and certainly our relationship with the players’ association,” said Jeff Miller, executive vice president of communications, public affairs and politics League “Thinking of Feb 7 and the Super Bowl, we all think about the vi eleven weeks after it took us to come here with appreciation and gratitude Miller underestimates the timeline The NFL began formulating its plans and protocols to mitigate COVID-19 even before the 2020 fiscal year began in March, as virtual reality became virtual Reality when events such as the free agency, draft, and all off-season activities went from afar, a number of protocols, updated throughout the year, were designed to keep the team’s practice facilities and stadiums as safe as the pandemic Preseason games have been canceled – an exhibition schedule for four games appears to be a thing of the past – and the schedule kicked off on time in September, stadiums were generally empty of fans, creating an eerie environment in places like Lambeau Field and Linc that usually went before Noise and enthusiasm from the stands rock Finally, gen allowed Practicing places for socially distant fans in some buildings, and the NFL reached 1 million visitors, which under normal circumstances is achieved in a full week of regular season games. Financial success has been enormous, estimated at $ 2 billion in lost revenue. No, that Doesn’t Mean Franchisees Begging Poverty or Going Out Broadcasting deals are making up much of the negative impact The lack of ticket sales and spending at games and the draft slated for April last year in Las Vegas and a reduced Super Bowl week are affecting however, on everything from the payline to the salary cap – which could stagnate for 2021, forcing almost every team to climb scrambling became a necessity for the clubs experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks (Baltimore, Tennessee, Denver, New England, Cleveland) and even for some of their opponents, as the games were delayed and postponed For the first time in modern times, the NFL played every day of the week, and the following Wednesday, a juicy Thanksgiving matchup between Baltimore and Pittsburgh landed on the field.Denver used a converted wide receiver for the quarterback as his entire QB group for a game against New Orleans suspended. Cleveland also dropped the top four wideouts for one game. Both the Broncos and Browns were beaten in these competitions. “It’s kind of a time we’re living in,” said Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell as he did Detroit also lost in addition to Matt Patricia of the Lions, Dan Quinn lost in Atlanta and Bill O’Brien in Houston, where he was also general manager, during the season of their jobs The GM colleague Bob Quinn in Detroit , Thomas Dimitroff in Atlanta and Dave Caldwell in Jacksonville were laid off Also gone: Redskins The Washington franchise has it after years Social and Racist Protests Against the Nickname in a Year of Social and Racial Settlement, players and franchises in the pro-football landscape have launched or participated in initiatives focusing on equality, education, voter registration, police and prison reform, and economic irregularities They donated time and money – many of both – to these programs, even during the pandemic. “I hope this will happen for years because we know how powerful the shield is and how high the NFL can be,” said Justin Simmons, Broncos Security, “and with that support, a lot of good could change”On the field there was the rise of the Dolphins and Browns, both of whom were close to qualifying for the postseason in their Sunday finals. Tampa Bay, with a 43-year-old man named Tom Brady at the quarterback, had a post-season drought of 12 years and the death of the Texans, Jets, Eagles, Vikings and above all the NFC champion 49ers of 2019 and the Patriots without Brady, rookies also made a name for themselves, including quarterbacks Justin Herbert from the Chargers and Joe Burrow from the Bengals, their season was interrupted by a knee injury while setting first year QB records that Herbert eventually surpassed James Robinson in Jacksonville, Antonio Gibson in Washington, Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Kansas City, Jonathan Taylor in Indianapolis, and J.K Dobbins in Baltimore were great, as were receivers Justin Jefferson in Minnesota, CeeDee Lamb in Dallas, Brandon Aiyuk in San Francisco and Chase Claypool in Pittsburgh Offensive Linemen were popular, and some got through straight away: Tristan Wirfs from Tampa Bay, Mekhi Becton from Jets , Jedrick Wills from Cleveland, Austin Jackson from Miami and Andrew Thomas from GiantsDefensive Rookies, who have made a name for themselves, ranged from Chase Young in Washington to Jeremy Chinn in Carolina to Patrick Queen in Baltimore, Raekwon Davis in Miami and Julian Blackmon in Indianapolis, but for every newcomer who turned their heads there were the injuries that upset the stars Denver had no LB Von Miller all season Dallas lost QB Dak Prescott, the Giants were no RB Saquon Barkley, Cleveland saw WR Odell Beckham Jr go down, and Carolina barely ran all-pro Christian McCaffrey back in 2019, while perennial offensive line dominators Tyron Smith of the Cowboys and Mike Pouncey of the Chargers were missing DE Nick Bosa, LB Chandler Jones and CB Richard Sherman, too were all of this on top of COVID -19 Complications “It’s just that you never knew when it was going to happen,” says Jets trainer Adam Gase. “It’s difficult to sit there and prepare because you never knew where it came from and which one Position group will be affected or which players will be affected I mean it has been a valuable learning experience to say the least, so we’re starting 2021 with a relatively good outlook, no one can say this was totally expected___AP Pro Football Writers Arnie Stapleton and Dennis Waszak Jr contributed___More AP NFL: https: // apnewscom / NFL and https: // twittercom / AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press

The unsettling familiarity with games in empty stadiums ushered in a new year that brought with it the same uncertainties that world football has faced, with a second wave of COVID-19 devastating so many countries – accelerated by mutant tribes – It remains a challenge to continue competitions uninterrupted, attempts to bring fans back to games have been tried across Europe, but increasingly reset with the end of 2020 until the turnstiles were completely closed at the beginning of 2021, games in all major European leagues against the backdrop of the Silence carried out In this sterile environment, there is no harsh atmosphere for gamers to feed on The continuation of the show – before the mass rollout of vaccines – is the focus of competition organizers to avoid long pauses without games that can lead to costly discounts for broadcasters in the English Premier League continued to play for the Christmas season But now with the league reporting a record number of coronavirus cases, making sure games and training sessions don’t spread infection should be a priority. “I know it might not be nice to say that, but it is are tough times for everyone, “said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on Friday.” We love to watch football, but safety and health must come first “What 2020 has shown world football is that the pandemic can ultimately take decisions out of their hands even if many governing bodies such as UEFA are determined not to The planning for the rescheduled European Championship was postponed last year and is still in flux Before UEFA can think about whether fans will be allowed to play, it must first consider where the games will take place. The logistics were for the Euro already hardest – it played in 12 cities in 12 stadiums across Europe – even before COVID-19 hit it, alternative plans are being considered that could significantly reduce the number of venues used if circumstances had not improved enough Delayed Gold Cup and Copa America across America is less difficult in June and July, but still requires protecting the team environment from coronavirus outbreaks when organizing a Europe-wide competition of 24 teams during a pandemic was not time consuming enough for the governing body , the UEFA e Solving Another Complex Situation The future of club competitions is also changing Disputes over the Champions League format need to be resolvedThe power struggles that separated European football at the beginning of 2020 continue “There’s no time for selfish ideas – there’s no time for selfishness,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin in the hours after reluctantly canceling Euro 2020 for the past year “This is a reset of world football” But almost ten months later, Ceferin is still mediating between the conflicting priorities of clubs and leagues determined to win the Champions League There is still a risk of runaway competitions as the elite teams – apparently led by Real Madrid – chase larger gusts of wind while alienating the mighty clubs from most of the smaller teams. Talk of a European Super League could emerge just step up as the powerhouses have an unusual season of upheaval s saw Juventus, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain fail to top their leagues at the start of the new year, a revision of England’s leagues by the six biggest teams was thwarted last year as a seemingly benevolent offer to help clubs who struggled financially during the pandemic – exposed as a naive takeover of power The demise of “Project Big Picture” did not dampen the desire for revolution However, it was gamers’ activism that shone in 2020 and encouraged them to keep their platforms in the new year on the field to bring about change that will help society as a whole, in England players keep kneeling before kick-off, filling the silence of the stadium with strong symbolism to achieve greater variety in the game and an end to the racism of The striker Manchester United and England, Marcus Rashford, showed how a player started a government for child starvation Health issues aside from the pandemic it caused and poverty also consume football as concerns grow over the long-term effects of ball control The New Year brings one of the most important changes to preventing players from suffering from brain injuries, as concussion replacement products will be tested starting this month It could also be that the headline of the year, at least in education, will be scaled back, as studies highlight dementia risks for former professionals “If you only behead a ball, you won’t get a concussion,” said Michael Gray, Neuroscientist at the University of East Anglia in England “But the brain is still jiggling in the skull, there is still a little bit of damage and it is this damage over the years that causes neurodegeneration” It’s a sobering warning that all disputes about competitions Rbs formats, referees of video assistants and decisions to postpone games during the pandemic put into perspective___More AP Football: https: // apnewscom / Soccer and https: // twittercom / AP_SportsRob Harris, The Associated Press

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