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Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Tom Brady wears massive jacket on sideline

Tom Brady jacket

Tom Brady was seen wearing a jacket on the sidelines to stay warm during the AFC Championship Game. His jacket wasn’t just any jacket, though. It was a massive jacket.

The coat had to be large enough to fit around Brady while he was wearing his shoulder pads, and there was very little doubt that it would.

Take a look at some of the photoshops and memes of the picture:

With temperatures in the 30s, you have to do anything to stay warm.

NFL VP Dean Blandino explains controversial touchback call

Jalen Collins fumble recovery

A forced fumble and recovery by Jalen Collins during the NFC Championship Game became a controversial point in the Packers-Falcons game, but it looks like the officials got it right.

Green Bay had the ball 1st and 10 at the Atlanta 23 early in the second quarter when Aaron Ripkowski powered his way for a big gain. Ripkowski had the ball stripped by Collins, who later recovered the fumble near the goal line.

Some thought that Collins recovered the ball at the one and then rolled into the end zone for a safety. NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino explained why touchback was the correct call.

The only possible calls were either touchback or ball at the 1. Blandino explained why the touchback was called.

That play was a major turning point in the game. Had Green Bay kept the ball and scored some points, it would have been 10-7 or 10-3. Instead, Atlanta turned the fumble recovery into a touchdown and went up 17-0.

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash

Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Yordano Ventura died early Sunday in a fatal car accident in the Dominican Republic.

Details are scant, but ESPN’s Cristian Moreno cited Dominican police who confirmed the tragedy.

Ventura was just 25 years old, and had parts of four MLB seasons under his belt, all with the Royals. He went 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA.

Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams reportedly will be available for Packers

Jordy Nelson rib injury

The Green Bay Packers may not be at full strength for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Atlanta, but they should have most of their weapons available.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Saturday that the Packers are expected to have injured players Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison and Morgan Burnett available for the game. All four players are listed as questionable on the injury report.

Nelson’s status is the most important, as he’s a huge play-maker. He has two broken ribs suffered against the Giants two weeks ago and has been having pain while breathing. He did take place in Saturday’s practice, which was conducted without pads.

Adams missed practice all week because of a sprained ankle. He had 997 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

Allison did not practice during the week because of a hamstring injury sustained against the Cowboys. He had 202 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season. He’s been receiving treatment on the injury to help heal.

Burnett, a safety, and Nelson were both listed as “limited” on Friday’s report, which indicates they are slightly ahead of Adams and Allison in terms of their status.

Having the four players available does not necessarily mean they will be active for the game, as Packers head coach Mike McCarthy could decide it would be more worthwhile to use the roster spots on other players. On Friday, McCarthy said all three receivers would be game-time decisions.

Jim Irsay: Peyton Manning not a candidate for Colts’ GM position

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning won’t be in charge of the Indianapolis Colts’ football operations, at least not yet.

Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Saturday that Manning was not a candidate for the team’s general manager position, but did not rule out the possibility of Manning being involved in the organization in some way.

The Colts probably were never going to hand Manning the GM job with no prior front office experience, no matter how beloved he is in both league and organizational circles. Earlier reports indicated that Irsay wanted him in a different, but still major role, though the owner seemed to downplay that. Either way, it doesn’t sound like anything is happening on that front.

Report: Carmelo Anthony, Knicks will part ways by next season

The trade speculation surrounding Carmelo Anthony has been heating up, and now one plugged-in NBA reporter says ‘Melo and the New York Knicks will part ways by next season.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says Anthony will be gone either by the trade deadline or summer.

The writing is on the wall in this one.

The Knicks are looking to get younger and build around second-year player Kristaps Porzingis. It’s hard to do that with Anthony being the focal point of the team. Even Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek recently seemed frustrated by Anthony calling for an isolation play on offense.

Between Phil Jackson confidants saying Anthony has worn out his usefulness in New York and reports saying some in the Knicks’ front office want to get rid of Anthony, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him traded.

What helps is the latest report saying Anthony would be willing to waive his no-trade clause. The problem is figuring out who would be able to acquire him in a trade. The Clippers and Cavs have been mentioned as potential destinations, while the Celtics have been cited as a possible fit.

Could Chip Kelly wind up on Patriots staff?

Chip Kelly 49ers

There is some reason to believe that Chip Kelly’s next landing spot could be next to Bill Belichick.

After missing out on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator position, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen speculates that Kelly could end up with the New England Patriots in some capacity.

A league source told Mortensen that Kelly was set to meet with Belichick after the Jaguars decided against hiring him as their offensive coordinator. It’s not known if there’s a specific role in mind or if it’s just an exploratory meeting between friends.

Mortensen notes that Kelly’s expertise of football extends to the science of the game as well as offense, so he could have a number of roles if someone offered.

There is precedent for Belichick talking employment with Kelly. It reportedly happened when Kelly was let go by the Eagles, and with no head coaching or coordinator jobs coming his way, it might happen again here.

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