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Around the NFL: Bills Top Colts 27-24, Win First Playoff Game Since 1995

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The Buffalo Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 on Saturday for their first playoff win in 25 years thanks to an outstanding performance by quarterback Josh Allen.

Allen was excellent on the afternoon, with his patented improvisation leading to at least one Bills score, a three-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Knox on a busted designed quarterback run.

The MVP-candidate completed 26 of 35 passes for 324 yards and two scores, while also rushing for 54 yards and a touchdown. Allen was a vast improvement over performance a season ago in Buffalo’s first round exit, where he failed to run or pass for a touchdown as his team surrendered a double-digit second half lead.

The Allen-to-Diggs connection also continued to dominate Saturday, as the quarterback found his All-Pro wideout 35-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Diggs finished the day with six receptions for 128 yards and the score.

A surgical as Buffalo was throwing the football, the Colts were never going to go down lightly. While the defense had Allen under constant duress all game, the Indianapolis offense clicking through the air and on the ground.

Looking to exercise some playoff demons of his own, Colts quarterback Philip Rivers was effective, though he appeared to struggle when attempting to push the ball downfield at times. The veteran passed for 309 yards and a pair of touchdown, connecting with eight different receivers. Rookie wideout Michael Pittman Jr. was Rivers’ primary target, catching five passes for 90 yards, while his touchdown strikes went to tight end Jack Doyle and receiver Zach Pascal.

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor continued his impressive rookie campaign, piercing the Buffalo defense for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Indianapolis executed a near-perfect game play, but poor timeout management by head coach Frank Reich hurt the Colts down the stretch and ultimately prevented them from mounting a successful game-winning drive.

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are able to knock off the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night, it will set up a Week 14 rematch with the Bills in Buffalo next weekend.

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Pittsburgh Fan to Serve as Honorary Captain for Super Bowl LV Coin Toss

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The NFL is honoring three community leaders as honorary captains for the Super Bowl LV coin toss, including a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

James Martin, a Marine Corps veteran and community leader, will be recognized on the field for his selfless work in his community over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin has worked virtually with veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project, assisted Aliquippa high school in live-streaming football games for individuals unable to attend and opened his home to children in need, providing them stability and comfort within his own family.

The NFL informed Martin of the honor in a special way, having Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Steeler great Jerome Bettis surprise him with the exciting news via Zoom. Martin’s reaction is as priceless as you would expect.

“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Wednesday. “During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way. We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognize them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday.”

Not only will Martin and his counterparts participate in the coin toss ceremony, they will also be honored by poet Amanda Gorman, the star of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, who will recite an original piece recognizing their efforts.

The league is also honoring educator Trimaine Davis and healthcare worker Suzie Dorner in addition to Martin.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 from Raymond James Stadium.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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Former Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Signs with CFL’s Toronto Argonauts

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is heading north for his next opportunity and signing with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, the team announced Monday.

While Bryant is currently suspended indefinitely from the NFL, he has nothing preventing him from continuing his career in Canada. He has not played since 2018 following multiple violations of the league’s drug policy.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bryant spent the first three seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, catching 126 passes for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Steelers traded Bryant to the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2018 season, but played in just eight games before the suspension.

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