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5:25 PM ET, January 9, 2022


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Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Week 18 recap: Chicago Bears finish their season 6-11 after collapsing in a 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings  —  The Chicago Bears added a few more maddening moments to a season filled with them as they went into the offseason with a 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Matt Nagy navigates one last turn of the quarterback carousel Sunday.  None of them have been successful enough as he enters what could be his last game as Chicago Bears coach.  —  When Matt Nagy coaches the Chicago Bears in their season finale Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium …
Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:
Buzz around the NFL is Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace will stay — possibly with a promotion — while coach Matt Nagy will be fired  —  It would appear at this point the great Chicago Bears collaboration has its limits.  —  The Bears pinned their faith in the power structure at Halas Hall …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:   Chicago Bears place Justin Fields on the reserve/COVID-19 list, putting the rookie QB's status for the season finale in doubt
Chicago Tribune:
Major changes seem imminent at Halas Hall. But what exactly will the Chicago Bears do with Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips and others?
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Playoffs are out of reach, but here's what is on the line for Dolphins in finale vs. Patriots  —  When the Miami Dolphins lost their penultimate game of the 2021 season, a demoralizing defeat at the Tennessee Titans, 34-3, it rendered their home finale against the New England Patriots meaningless.
Steve Svekis / Sun-Sentinel:
Live updates: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 4:25 p.m. kickoff  —  Keep up with the latest goings-on from the Miami Dolphins' season finale as Dave Hyde, Omar Kelly, David Furones and Steve Svekis provide the commentary.
It has been 20 years since the Dolphins swept Patriots.  Is this the season?  —  MIAMI GARDENS — Dolphins coach Brian Flores isn't in a season wrap-up kind of mood.  —  He's not interested in celebrating end-of-the-season awards, like Jaylen Waddle being named the 2021 Dolphins' Most Valuable Player.
Discussion: Twin Cities
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
With Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ruled out, Tyler Huntley will start regular-season finale vs. Steelers  —  With Pro Bowl quarterback Lamar Jackson again sidelined, backup Tyler Huntley will start the Ravens' must-win regular-season finale Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach John Harbaugh announced Friday.
Discussion: Mercury News and Boston Herald
Childs Walker / Baltimore Sun:
For 18 seasons, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been the Ravens' most constant rival: 'He's like the Terminator'  —  On his first visit, they treated him like the neophyte he was.  —  They picked him off twice and sacked him two others in a 30-13 thrashing.
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson misses practice again; FB Patrick Ricard, TE Nick Boyle placed on reserve/COVID-19 list
Discussion: Boston Herald
Former MLB pitcher David Cone to serve as Sunday Night Baseball analyst; Alex Rodriguez to lead simulcast version  —  Five-time World Series champion and Cy Young Award winner David Cone is joining the announcing booth for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, which will also feature a secondary broadcast led …
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Michael Kay will team up with Alex Rodriguez for ESPN ‘Manningcast’  —  MORE FROM:  —  Kay-Rod!  —  The complete shake-up of “Sunday Night Baseball” will end with the TV voice of the Yankees, Michael Kay, being a part of the Alex Rodriguez “Manningcast” on ESPN, according to sources.
Elliott Teaford / Orange County Register:
Coronavirus-depleted Ducks generate little offense in loss to Rangers  —  The Ducks hardly looked like themselves Saturday at Honda Center, facing the New York Rangers with a patchwork lineup that was dictated by the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.  In the end, the results were probably all too predictable …
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Breeze
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Julius Randle waves thumbs down at Garden crowd: ‘Shut the f— up’  —  Julius Randle took a page out of the Mets' book and attached an expletive.  —  The Knicks star, who has been a target for negative reactions from Knicks fans all season, motioned a thumbs down at the MSG crowd …
Discussion: Denver Post
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