Top National Sports Stories: Jaguars, Saints advance...Jags DE says Incognito used racial slurs...Mularkey staying

Published on January 08, 2018 at 07:15AM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars limited the Buffalo Bills to 263 total yards and a second-quarter field goal to earn a 10-3 victory that puts them in the AFC divisional playoffs against Pittsburgh next Sunday. Blake Bortles threw for just 87 yards, but he also ran for a team-high 88 yards and hit Ben Koyack for a one-yard TD that broke a 3-3 tie with 42 seconds left in the third quarter. The Jags secured the win when Jalen Ramsey intercepted a last-minute pass from Nathan Peterman, who entered the game after Tyrod Taylor sustained a possible concussion late in the fourth quarter.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have reached the NFC divisional playoffs against Minnesota by stopping Carolina’s late drive in a 31-26 win over the Panthers. had first down on the Saints 26 with 58 seconds left, but the drive ended when Vonn Bell sacked Newton to secure New Orleans’ first playoff win in four years. Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard scoring strike to Ted Ginn Jr.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue says Bills guard Richie Incognito used “weak racist slurs” during their playoff game Sunday. Ngakoue wrote on Twitter: “Great win today! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin!” An NFL investigation found that Incognito and two Miami Dolphins teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin during the 2013 season.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Mularkey will remain head coach of the Tennessee Titans after leading the team to its first playoff victory in 14 years. Owner Amy Adams Strunk issued a statement today saying that Mularkey isn’t going anywhere after the Titans made the postseason in just his second full season at the job. Tennessee advanced to the AFC divisional round by turning a 21-3 halftime deficit into a 22-21 victory at Kansas City on Saturday.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Green Bay Packers are promoting player personnel director Brian Gutekunst to general manager. He would replace Ted Thompson, who is transitioning to a senior advisory role in the front office. Gutekunst has been Green Bay’s player personnel director for nearly two years, though he has been with the Packers’ player personnel department for nearly two decades.