New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton  greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo  following the game  at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Late last season, the New England Patriots were 10-1 and considered a favourite to win a seventh Super Bowl. The team’s downfall since then has been b(...)

Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a 36-yard catch against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Photograph: Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers roared to 5-0 for the season with an emphatic 38-7 win over the Cleveland Browns. James Conner ran 101 yards over 20 carries (...)

 Anthony Miller celebrates his touchdown with Darnell Mooney during the Chicago Bears’ win against the Atlanta Falcons. Photograph: Getty Images

Nick Foles came off the bench and tossed three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to rally the Chicago Bears, who sent the host Atlanta Falcons to(...)

Tom Brady during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium in Florida. Photograph: Getty Images

Tom Brady secured his first victory at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following their 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers. The 43-year-old quarterback was(...)

 Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Getty Images

Kansas City Chiefs 31 San Francisco 49ers 20 In the build-up to Super Bowl LIV we were repeatedly told that Patrick Mahomes is the future of the NFL.(...)

 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 321 yards in the post-season nailbiter against the Houston Texans. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

The NFL post-season rolls onward on Sunday, with young talent facing off against veteran experience in the NFC conference championship, and an AFC und(...)

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry runs for a 66-yard gain against the Baltimore Ravens. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill shocked the top-ranked Baltimore Ravens with two early touchdown passes as the sixth-seeded Titans upset the Rave(...)

Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks leaps to score during his side’s defeat to San Francisco. Photograph: Alika Jenner/Getty

The San Francisco 49ers held off a late charge by the Seattle Seahawks to claim the NFC’s top seed while defending Super Bowl champions New England we(...)

Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson of the Miami Dolphins sit on the bench during the playing of the national anthem. Photograph: Getty Images

Reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as New England Patriots opened the season with a 27-20 win over Houston Texans. Brady connect(...)

 Jimmy Garoppolo: “Even social media, I’m not out there a ton. But my life’s looked at differently. I’m under a microscope.”  Photo: by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

As August beckons each year, America grows tired of yawning at eternal baseball games and turns its eyes towards the more violent charms of the NFL, t(...)

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