What matters more than a good QB in playoffs? A good D

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' C.J. Beathard (3) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Brandon Graham (55) and Mychal Kendricks (95) as Malcolm Jenkins (27) looks on during the second half of an NFL football game. One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL's No. 1 unit.
Defense should win at least the NFC championship. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)

Four of the five teams that gave up the fewest points during the regular season are the last four left with a shot at the Super Bowl, something that had never happened since the NFL-AFL merger nearly a half-century ago.

Coughlin gets 2nd shot to make Jags a champ

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2001, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin argues a call with officials in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Jacksonville, Fla. It's no exaggeration to say Tom Coughlin built the Jaguars from the ground up. It's also no exaggeration to say Coughlin's last piece of unfinished business would be bringing a Super Bowl title to the town he helped put on the map. (AP Photo/Scott Audette, File)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s no exaggeration to say Tom Coughlin built the Jaguars from the ground up.

Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy

France's Alize Cornet is attended to by a trainer and tournament staff after suffering from the heat during her third round match against Belgium's Elise Mertens at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.

Thunder’s George doing it all for new team

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton, right, has the ball stolen by Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Milwaukee. Paul George takes pride in leading the NBA in steals while still averaging more than 20 points per game. He wants to be defensive player of the year, and believes he should have won it before. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder coach Billy Donovan can’t pinpoint the best thing about Paul George.

Brady mum on status for AFC title game

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears gloves as he arrives to speak to the media, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship on Sunday in Foxborough.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week.

Nadal into 4th round at Australian Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

MELBOURNE, Australia — The heat wasn’t a factor for Rafael Nadal this time against Damir Dzumhur, despite the searing temperature causing trouble for players earlier Friday at the Australian Open.

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