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The New Orleans Saints met The Minnesota Vikings in an NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Drew Brees passed it to Michael Thomas for two touchdown passes in a span of 3:09 of the second half. The first score came after a 12-play, 80-yard drive. The second was set up at the Minnesota 40 by an interception by Williams after an off-balance throw by Keenum, his one costly moment of either inexperience or recklessness.
Saints coach Sean Payton lost two challenges and two timeouts on the next drive by the Vikings, which ended with a successful 49-yard kick by Kai Forbath after he missed from the same distance right before halftime.
Drew Brees had given the Saints in position for Wil Lutz's go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining, punctuating a steely rally from a 17-point deficit that stood until 1:16 was left in the third quarter.
The Vikings did not have anymore timeouts as Keenum dropped back with 10 seconds to go from his 39 and threw high into a crowd. Diggs jumped in front of Marcus Williams, who rolled underneath Stefon Diggs during an ill-fated attempt at a tackle.
Diggs kept his feet in bounds and raced untouched into the end zone for 61 yard Game Winning TD
The Vikings will play at Philadelphia next Sunday, and The Super Bowl is in Minnesota in two weeks!!!
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.Who would have thought that The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled a upset again The Pittsburgh Steelers.
If you remember during the NFL season in October, Jaguars dominated the Steelers back in October the score was 30-9, winning by three touchdowns when Blake Bortles was 8 for 14 , 95 yards 1 touchdown and 1 Interception while Leonard Fournette had 28 carries 181 yards 2 Touchdowns for Jacksonville. As for The Steelers , Ben Roethlisberger was 33 for 55 , 312 yards and threw 5 picks , Le'Veon Bell had 15 carries and 47 yards and Antonio Brown 157 receiving yards
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns while Blake Bortles had 214 passing yards.
The Jaguars went fo 75 yards in 11 plays, the final one a 4-yard sprint by T.J. Yeldon that put them up 21-0.
Leonard Fournette soared for a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down on Jacksonville’s first possession. He ran for an 18-yard score on the first play following a Roethlisberger pick.
Jacksonville's Defense forced a pair of first-half turnovers, including Roethlisberger’s fumble that Telvin Smith returned 48 yards for a score and a 28-7 lead, Pittsburgh rolled up 545 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards and set a franchise record with five touchdown passes, but was also intercepted once and had a fumble returned for a score. Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in his return from a left calf injury. Le’Veon Bell had 155 yards of total offense and two scores.
The Steelers led the NFL with a franchise-record 55 sacks but never sacked Bortles. Bortles 45-yard completion in the fourth quarter set up Fournette’s final score, and his 14-yard flip to Tommy Bohannon with 4:19 left vaulted the Jaguars to the NFL’s final four for only third time in team history.
The Steelers were down a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and had fourth and inches at the Jacksonville 39. Roethlisberger checked at the line of scrimmage, faked a handoff to Bell and instead threw incomplete to diving rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The Jaguars will head to New England, where they were beaten in the 1996 AFC Championship game.
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The Philadelphia Eagles will go to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2009.
Nick Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions.
Alshon Jeffery was the top receiver with four catches for 61 yards while rookie running back Corey Clement led the team with five receptions for 31 yards. Ajayi, who ran for 54 yards, caught three passes for 44 yards. Foles did get lucky as the Eagles got a field goal to make it a 10-9 Falcons lead before halftime thanks to a fortunate deflection. A Foles pass went off the knee of a leaping Keanu Neal and the ball caromed back to Eagles receiver Torrey Smith.
The Eagles Defense Sacked Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan 3 times
Matt Ryan's 21 of his 36 pass attempts were to either Julio Jones or Sanu. Jones finished with nine catches for 101 yards on 16 targets while Sanu had three receptions for 50 yards on five targets.
Taylor Gabriel, who had two catches for 4 yards, was the only other Falcons receiver with more than one target. Ryan's best pass may have been an improvisational throw as the Falcons capitalized on an Eagles turnover to take a 10-6 lead in the second quarter.
Ryan's final pass, on a fourth-and-goal from the 2, was incomplete as he tried to force it to Jones in the corner of the end zone.
The Eagles will have home field Advantage next Sunday in The NFL Championship Game as they wait on who they will face either the Saints or the Vikings as they face off today at 4:40 pm est at U.S. Bank Stadium
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The New England Patriots will advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the 7th straight year.
Marcus Mariota tossed an early touchdown pass to give the Titans an early 7-0 lead. But Tennessee couldn't handle the Patriots defense as Patriots Defense Sacked Mariota 8 times which is a Patriots playoff-record.
Tom Brady had his 10th career postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history.
James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards -- his first career 100-yard receiving game.
Gronkowski finished with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. It was his 10th career postseason TD. He's tied with five others for third all-time. But it's the most for a tight end. Only two players in NFL history have more receiving touchdowns in the playoffs: Jerry Rice with 22 and John Stallworth with 12.
The Patriots were 11 of 17 on 3rd Downs
Titans coach Mike Mularkey revealed after the game that Mariota suffered a strained quadriceps muscle in the first quarter. But Mariota said it was no excuse.
Tom Brady was asked after the game about his name being mentioned in a swirl of media reports last week about alleged bickering between himself, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.
"Noooo," he responded sarcastically, when a reporter asked about Brady's name being mentioned in a negative light.
"I just try to be consistent, show up and do the best I can do every week for the team and regardless of whether I'm the worst quarterback in the league or the best quarterback in the league or somewhere in-between," he said.
Patriots beats the Titans 35-14 and will have Home field Advantage in the AFC Championship next Sunday and will face either Pittsburgh or Jacksonville as they play Today at 1:05 pm est at Heinz Field.
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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced in a press conference Monday that Aaron Rodgers will undergo surgery to repair his injured collarbone.
"Aaron Rodgers suffered a significant injury in the game," McCarthy said. "It will require surgery. He'll be out a minimum of a significant amount of time. Potentially, his season can be over. He'll have surgery here in the near future. After we see how that goes, focus on getting better and healthy -- that's all that really matters right now."
Rodgers injured the collarbone on his throwing shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings when he was drilled into the turf by linebacker Anthony Barr.
"The key is to get Aaron healthy, it's not to develop a timeline. That's not the focus," McCarthy said when pressed on Rodgers' potential availability.
"I didn't like the hit," McCarthy said. "I had a chance to watch it last night on the plane. He's out of the pocket. He's clearly expecting to get hit, but to pin him to the ground like that, I felt was an illegal act. To sit here and lose any of your players on something like that doesn't feel very good. I didn't like the hit. It was unnecessary, illegal, whatever you want to put it. It was totally unnecessary in my opinion."
The Packers (4-2) will turn their season over to third-year quarterback Brett Hundley, who will make his first career NFL start at home Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints. Green Bay signed backup quarterback Joe Callahan from the practice squad on Monday.
"I've got three years invested in Brett Hundley. I've got great confidence in Brett Hundley," McCarthy said. "I've got two years invested in Joe Callahan. It's a quarterback room that has structure and there is a philosophy behind the development of it and it will be applied to the game plan. So, I feel great about the room. That's not really a concern of mine. I'm more focused on getting back to playing Green Bay football because yesterday was not anything where we need it to be."
"I've got to do a better job. I've got to get Brett into a flow," McCarthy said. "But more importantly we need to get our offense in a flow. We didn't run the ball very well yesterday. Pass protections was a negative. We didn't handle basic blitzes that they came with. So we need to get that shored up and then the pass game will then come. We've got to play cleaner football. "
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From Chris Wood
The New York Giants have been Manning’s team since 2004, and has led them to 2 super bowl victories.
Since 2011, only one playoff appearance, and after last season’s early exit versus the Green Bay Packers. There have been a lot of questions with the Giants, and what direction they want to go. As of now the Giants do not have Eli Manning’s successor on the team.
They will need to make a decision after this season on the future of Manning. Could it be 2004 all over again for the Giants, when they traded with the then-San Diego Chargers for a Quarterback and some picks. However, the San Diego Chargers did not get to a super bowl up till last season.
However, the Giants have more problems beyond Manning. Mainly Odell Beckham Jr. and his over the top antics. Manning has called out Beckham Jr. the past 2 seasons, and it has not worked. Also the Head Coach Ben McAdoo is having play-calling issues with Manning. They have only scored 3 touchdowns on the season (in 3 games).
Right now, the Giants are 0-3 and there season is slipping away. Many of the experts had the New York Giants, a playoff team for 2017. Many questions have occurred for the Giants, as they need to rebound and quickly. They play of Eli Manning will need to improve in a hurry, if not this season could be over before Halloween.
Eventually, the Eli Manning era will be over and the Giants will need to get a quarterback to replace him. Its only a matter of when, not if the Giants will get a quarterback next off season. The Giants will need to concentrate on saving this season, then worry about the off season.
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Thursday Night: LA Rams vs San Francisco (NFLN)
Sunday Morning: Baltimore vs Jacksonville (in London) (Yahoo!/Go90) (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton)
(also available on the CBS stations in Baltimore and Jacksonville only)
Sunday Night: Oakland vs Washington (NBC)
Monday Night: Dallas vs Arizona (ESPN)
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Red- Houston vs New England : Ian Eagle , Dan Fouts
Blue - Pittsburgh vs Chicago : Greg Gumbel , Trent Green
Green - Denver vs Buffalo : Spero Dedes , Adam Archuleta
Yellow - Miami vs NY Jets : Tom McCarthy , Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
Brown - Cleveland vs Indianapolis : Beth Mowins , Jay Feely
Gray - NO GAME due to local team at home on FOX
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Red - Cincinnati vs Green Bay : Jim Nantz , Tony Romo
Blue - Kansas City vs LA Chargers : Kevin Harlan , Rich Gannon
Gray - NO GAME due to local team at home on FOX
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Red- NY Giants vs Philadelphia : Joe Buck , Troy Aikman
Green - Atlanta vs Detroit : Chris Myers , Daryl Johnston
Yellow - Tampa Bay vs Minnesota : Thom Brennaman , Chris Spielman
Brown - New Orleans vs Carolina : Kenny Albert , Ronde Barber
Blue - Seattle vs Tennessee (LATE) : Kevin Burkhardt , Charles Davis
Tony Romo will replace Phil Simms as top analyst for The NFL on CBS beginning in the 2017 NFL Season
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CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus announced on Tuesday that Romo will be joining the network’s NFL team for the upcoming season.
The former Cowboys quarterback will be the lead NFL game analyst at CBS, where he’ll be paired with lead announcer Jim Nantz and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson on the network’s No. 1 NFL team.
“Tony has been one of the NFL’s biggest stars for the past decade, and we are thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports,” McManus said. “He will bring the same passion, enthusiasm and knowledge that he displayed on the field to the broadcast booth. He brings a fresh and insightful perspective to our viewers having just stepped off the field. We know Tony will quickly develop into a terrific analyst, and alongside Jim Nantz, will become a must-listen for fans each week.”
“When you think about the NFL, two of the most iconic brands are the Dallas Cowboys and CBS Sports,” Romo said. “Going from one legendary team to another as I begin the next phase of my career is a dream come true. I have always known that once my playing career was over I wanted to become a broadcaster. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Jim as I learn the craft and convey to fans my passion for this great game.”
The Cowboys officially released Romo on Tuesday after his move to CBS became official.
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The Los Angeles Rams announced on Twitter on Thursday that they have hired Sean McVay as Head Coach.
McVay, who turns 31 on Jan. 24, will become the youngest head coach since Art "Pappy" Lewis for the Cleveland Rams, who took the job in 1938 at 27 years old, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Before he had a coaching career in the the NFL, McVay played college football at Miami (OH) University as a wide receiver.
After he finished his college football career , McVay started his NFL coaching career as a wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, then spent a season coaching in the United Football League. He has spent the past seven seasons climbing the ranks of Washington's coaching staff.
After working with Washington's tight ends for four seasons, McVay was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014. He development Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins for the past three years and helped him guide the NFL's third ranked offense with an average of 403.4 yards per game in 2016.
McVay said in a statement: "I am incredibly honored by this opportunity, and I want to start by thanking Mr. [Stan] Kroenke and Kevin Demoff for their faith in me to lead the Los Angeles Rams as head coach. Collectively, we are committed to building a championship-caliber team, and I'm excited to start that process and make our fans proud."
McVay is the grandson of John McVay, a successful San Francisco 49ers executive who presided over five Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1980s and '90s.
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Now that the Chargers moved back to Los Angeles , the Chargers have hired former Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will be the franchise's new coach.
Anthony Lynn joins the Chargers after serving as the Bills' running backs coach/offensive coordinator. Buffalo's offense ranked 13th in the NFL in total yardage (360.9 yards per game) in 2015 and 16th in 2016 (354.1 per game), and led the league in rushing in both seasons (152.0 and 164.4 yards per game in 2015 and '16, respectively).
Lynn began his coaching career as a special teams and offensive assistant for the Broncos, working in Denver from 2000-02. He later served as the running backs coach for the Jaguars (2003-04), Cowboys (2005-06), Browns (2007-08) and Jets (2009-14) before joining the Bills.
Lynn was named as the Bills' interim coach for the final game of this season after Buffalo fired Rex Ryan. The Bills lost to the Jets 30-10.
“I’m having a hard time even putting into words how excited I am to be the new head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers,” Lynn said via a team statement. “This is really a dream come true."
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Here is List of NFL Game for Week 17 of the NFL Season, these games are flexed
RAVENS vs BENGALS 1:00 pm est on CBS
PANTHERS vs BUCCANEERS 1:00 pm est on Fox
TEXANS vs TITANS 1:00 pm est on CBS
JAGUARS vs COLTS 1:00 pm est on CBS
PATRIOTS vs DOLPHINS 1:00 pm est on CBS
BEARS vs VIKINGS 1:00 pm est on Fox
BILLS vs JETS 1:00 pm est on Fox
COWBOYS vs EAGLES 1:00 pm est on Fox
BROWNS vs STEELERS 1:00 pm est on Fox
SAINTS vs FALCONS 4:25 pm est on Fox
GIANTS vs REDSKINS 4:25 pm est on Fox
RAIDERS vs BRONCOS 4:25 pm est on CBS
CARDINALS vs RAMS 4:25 pm est on Fox
CHIEFS vs CHARGERS 4:25 pm est on CBS
SEAHAWKS vs 49ERS 4:25 pm est on Fox
Sunday Night Football
PACKERS vs LIONS 8:30 pm est on NBC
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According to a report by E! News , Ciara and Russell Wilson are reportedly expecting their first child together.
Ciara and Russell Wilson were married in July of this year. If this report is true, this will be Russell Wilson's first child and Ciara's second. The singer is already a mom to two-year-old Future Zahir Wilburn, whom she had with her ex, Future.
There were rumors about Ciara being pregnant earlier this week when the singer went to the Refinery Hotel in New York City Tuesday night for Revlon as the brand's newest global brand ambassador. Ciara was wearing a loose-fitting cream tuxedo jacket that sent her fans off on social media. "Baby bumpin," one person commented on Instagram.
"Ciara is pregnant and is so excited to be a mom. Russell [Wilson] would like to have two to three children. They both would like a big family," one unnamed source told E! News.
Ciara and Future have had an ongoing legal battle with Ciara previously filing a $15 million lawsuit against Future in February for slandering her name in public and making it seem like she's a bad mother. Future shot back with his own countersuit, but later asked the judge to dismiss the suit after he was awarded joint custody of their son. Then, Ciara's lawyer filed legal documents to dismiss Ciara's libel suit, according to TMZ, because she is making so much money that she cannot legally stand by her claim that Future's words cost her money. Ciara is still suing Future for "false light," which is a charge that doesn't require a financial loss to win.
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As a lifelong, 23-year-old 49ers diehard fan, I’ve had my shares of ups and downs. Their last title came when I was all of 18 months old and I hardly count it since I couldn’t tell you Ronnie Lott from Steve Young, thus making the past runs at title #6 even harder for me to swallow. But what is even harder for me to handle is how far we have fallen from the ranks of the best to a team looking at drafting in the top 5 next year. Bear with my stream of thoughts, starting in 2011 and leading up to the current mess the Red and Gold are in now in 2016.
First off, we had Alex freakin’ Smith lead us to the doorstep of the NFC title, before Kyle Williams decided to literally fumble the game away (twice) like his father (Ken Williams, executive VP of the Chicago White Sox) fumbled allowing children in the clubhouse. That was the year I believe to win it all. Our defense was so damn dominant that all we had to do was hand off to Gore and let him run straight forward and get 17 points on the board and let our D do the rest.
The 49ers then caught a huge break the following year when Alex Smith got hurt and we “had” to start Kap on MNF against the Bears. You know how the story goes. Kap, who becomes the poster boy of the NFL and touchdown celebrations, leads us to a first round bye, then runs for a historic amount against the Packers before surviving the Falcons to make it back to the Super Bowl! After the NFL “assisted” in cutting the power in New Orleans during a blow-out in the Ravens favor, the 49ers still couldn’t punch in the game winning touchdown on 4th and goal and I was devastated.
The next year was more of the same. Great regular season, and then we blow a late lead to the hated Seahawks and Richard Sherman got his money’s worth with his few seconds of TV time with Erin Andrews. After that, the Niners were never the same.
After that mass exodus that began with Harbaugh leaving, the 49ers were a shell of that former NFC powerhouse and it showed. Things have gotten so bad that 49ers brought in a so-called offensive genius in Chip Kelly, yet handed him Blaine Gabbert as the top QB option in the defensively stout NFC West. That’s like giving Jeff Gordon a freakin’ Prius and asking him to win the Indy 500.
Imagine my surprise when the 49ers won their first game! I was forced to swallow so many negative opinions that I had been spewing out and had a sliver of hope that our defense could make us relevant again. Then I realized that the Rams literally ran the most vanilla offense ever and any capable NFL D should be able to stop 2 rushes and a 5 yard pass every dam series. Over the next couple weeks, order was restored to the universe and all of my previous smack-talk about the Niners came true. We got smacked around and punched in the mouth, yet came back with the same game plan and intensity the next week.
Things hit an all-time low this past Thursday when we saw Gabbert continually check down and throw a 2-yard pass on 3rd and long. Are we so pathetic that we can’t go for a 10-yard pass when we freakin’ need 10 yards???? Is Chip Kelly that suppressed by the worst owner in sports that he can’t get creative and get us more than 90% of our possessions ending in punts?
I feel that the special teams on the Niners is the place to get the most action! Why try out for first string WR when it will be non-stop 3 and outs with no passing plays over 4 yards? Instead, try out for 4th string WR and earn your worth on special teams and break a sweat!
To further annoy me this year, fantasy football has no relevance for the 49ers unless you have players playing against the Red and Gold. I hate to say it, but the putrid brand of football being played isn’t entertainment anymore. I have reverted back to the 2003-2010 days of just wishing for a 1-15 season so that we can get a pick so high that our front office can’t absolutely fumble.
See, these damn 6-10 and 5-11 seasons really screw the 49ers because they end up drafting from picks 7-16 and have a helluva time picking talented players that can contribute. Baalke and Jed York (hands down the worst sports duo around) try to outsmart everyone and end up outsmarting themselves. They drafted a punter in the 5th round of the 2015 draft, but no other teams selected a punter the 49ers could’ve signed one after the draft. But wait! This isn’t their first horrible displays of football “smarts.”
What do you do when your team is stacked on DB’s but short on offensive playmakers? Well you draft safety Jimmy Ward out of a small school and plan to use him as a nickel package DB or even better yet, a DB on the slot receiver! How about when you have literally no WR’s, well you draft back to back DE’s from Oregon and hope for the best! Oh boy! Next year’s draft is going to be so much fun that I am actually looking forward to how badly the front office can screw things up.
Finally we restructured Kap’s contract so that an injury won’t screw us over, so perhaps he can start this upcoming week, but it will be against the defensive genius Ryan brothers and the red-hot Bills. After Kap (hypothetically) gets his behind kicked up and down the field and there is another blowout, Kelly will rotate his QB’s for the rest of the season until landing back on Gabbert to end our 4-12 season with the #3 pick overall and the chance for us to draft a franchise player…or for the front office to fumble once again and maybe draft a kicker?
Thank you for letting me release my inner hurt as a Forty-Whiner fan and let’s hope my SF Giants can make history, starting with the game I’m attending tonight!
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Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting that the Baltimore Ravens have fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.
He will be replaced by Marty Mornhinweg, who had previously been Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach.
This is not the first time Ravens coach John Harbaugh has fired his offensive coordinator in the middle of a season: In 2012, Harbaugh fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell. That move (which coincidentally also came after a loss to Washington) precipitated the Ravens’ run to the Super Bowl.
Trestman was in his second season with the Ravens after spending the previous two years as head coach of the Bears. Mornhinweg is also in his second season in Baltimore. He’s previously been an offensive coordinator for the Jets, Eagles and 49ers and head coach of the Lions.
From SNF on NBC/ Vine
If you have been to a football game , you know that fans can be carried away.
Jerry Jones was looking to sign an autograph for a Cowboys fan, who thought it would be wise to toss a helmet toward the 73-year-old owner.
Unfortunately it didn't go well
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Now that the Carolina Panthers are 1-3 , Cam Newton had to leave the game with 11:42 left in the 4th Quarter due to a concussion.
Newton was trying to score on a fourth-quarter two-point conversion when he was hammered by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones just before he reached the goal line.
Newton didn't score on the conversion, then headed to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.
In the first quarter, Newton received a taunting penalty after he picked up a first down, then pushed Jones, threw the ball at him and signaled for a first down in his face.
The Last time Newton suffered a concussion was against the Denver Broncos in Week 1.
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