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Vikings OC Shurmur named Giants coach

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been hired as the New York Giants head coach.

The Giants announced the hiring late Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game.

The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December with the team mired with a 2-10 record and owners and fans upset with his handling of the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.

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Cards hire Panthers DC Wilks as coach

PHOENIX (AP) Steve Wilks is the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and chances are he won't tread meekly into his new job.

"Steve's personality is as an aggressive guy," his ex-boss, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, said.

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Browns hiring Haley to run offense

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says the Browns are hiring former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Cleveland coach Hue Jackson is turning his offense over to Haley, who spent six seasons in Pittsburgh before he was fired last week, said the person who spoke Monday night to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move.

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Panthers replace Wilks with Washington

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers wasted little time naming a new defensive coordinator after Steve Wilks left to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera promoted defensive line coach Eric Washington as Wilks' replacement on Monday, just hours after the hiring of Wilks became official. Rivera said after the season that had a hunch Wilks would get a head coaching job, and was prepared in the event that it happened.

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Patriots open as favorite over Eagles

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title.

They'll face a Philadelphia Eagles team looking for their first Lombardi Trophy.

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Foles, backups help resilient Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Using a cane to walk on his surgically repaired left knee, Carson Wentz celebrated a victory with his teammates that many thought the Philadelphia Eagles couldn't secure without him.

Wentz led them to a division title. Nick Foles is taking them to the Super Bowl.

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Jaguars head into offseason with hope

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars won't shock anyone next season.

A day after a disappointing loss to New England in the AFC championship game, players packed up their belongings and headed into the offseason. They carried with them more hope than heartache.

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Few arrests amid celebrations in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia police say few arrests have been made amid celebrations following the Eagles' NFC championship game victory.

The arrests came as thousands of fans took to the streets following the Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. The Eagles advanced to their first Super Bowl since 2005, against the AFC champion New England Patriots.

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Vrabel: Titles proof Titans' plan works

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson got his NFL start as a scout with the New England Patriots, the same team his new head coach Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker.

Yes, it seems like the Titans are trying to implement the Patriot Way in Music City.

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Knapp returns to Falcons as QBs coach

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that Greg Knapp is returning to the team as quarterback coach, working with 2016 MVP Matt Ryan.

Knapp replaces Bush Hamdan, who left to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Washington.

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