Patriots host Chargers...Saints host Eagles...Former Dolphin guard Bob Kuechenberg dies
UNDATED (AP) — The AFC and NFC championship game matchups will be set in a few hours. The winner of the Chargers-Patriots game that’s underway in New England will face the Chiefs in Kansas City next Sunday. Later today, the Philadelphia Eagles visit New Orleans in a game that pits the defending Super Bowl champs against the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The winner will play the Rams in next week’s NFC title game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The daughter of Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane was remembered before Los Angeles’ playoff game against the New England Patriots. The Patriots asked fans to stand and observe a moment of silence for Makenna Mebane, who died on Jan. 3 at the age of 7 weeks. She was born with a rare genetic condition that causes delays in development and affects several organs. Brandon Mebane had missed five of the past seven games, including last week’s wild-card game at Baltimore, to be with his family.
MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg has died at age 71. The six-time Pro Bowl selection was a member of the only team to achieve a perfect season. Kuechenberg spent his entire NFL career with the Dolphins from 1970 to 1983. He started every game for the team that went 17-0 in 1972, and started 16 games for the team that repeated as Super Bowl champions in 1973.
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has won a World Cup slalom in Switzerland, setting a men’s record on the 52-year circuit for most wins by one skier at a single venue. Today’s win was Hirscher’s ninth career victory at Adelboden. It’s the second day in a row he has won by making a charge in his second run.
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Two-time overall World Cup ski champion Anna Veith has ended her season after injuring a knee in training. The Austrian ski federation says the 2014 Olympic gold medalist tore her right ACL in a giant slalom run yesterday and will undergo surgery. The 29-year-old Veith had four top-10 finishes in the World Cup this season with a best of sixth in super-G at Lake Louise, Canada.