Gostkowski's FG puts Pats up 17-7 in KC

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(AP) -- The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST):

8:40 p.m.

Stephen Gostkowski has given the New England Patriots a 17-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs with just over a quarter left in the AFC championship game.

Rams make Super Bowl on 57-yard FG in OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.

After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday - an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation. (MORE)

Payton: NFL says refs blew crucial call

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans' bitter fate - as unfair as he thought it was.

And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl. (MORE)

Keys, Svitolina open play at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Madison Keys has opened play at Rod Laver Arena against sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina on Day 8 at the Australian Open.

There are spots in the quarterfinals on the line for the winners of Monday's matches. (MORE)

Bowman scores 37 as BC tops No. 11 FSU

BOSTON (AP) With just over a minute left and No. 11 Florida State rapidly closing the gap, an unlikely contributor popped onto the court to help Boston College hold on for a victory.

Running back AJ Dillon, the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason football player of the year, got out of his courtside seat and wiped down the floor while the teams lined up for a free throw, drawing a chuckle and a cheer from the crowd. (MORE)

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