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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney yells in celebration to quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) after a touchdown against Virginia Tech during the Atlantic Coast Conference championship football game in Orlando, Fla. The Tigers start another College Football Playoff run in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State on Saturday night. Swinney stress to his team all year that its memories can’t overtake the winning dream they carried last year. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, right, runs onto the field, before the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Orlando, Fla. The Tigers start another College Football Playoff run in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State on Saturday night. Swinney stress to his team all year that its memories can’t overtake the winning dream they carried last year. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2016, file photo Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer pauses while speaking to the media following an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Minneapolis. Given a contract extension the day before training camp began and the architect of a team that started 5-0, Zimmer watched his Vikings unravel after that. Now they're eliminated from playoff contention, with one meaningless game left(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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In this Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 photo, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe (92) takes a snap as quarterback as offensive lineman Jah Reid (75) blocks Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, far right, during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. Poe threw a touchdown pass to tight end Demetrius Harris (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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In this Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 photo, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe, top left, who lined up as quarterback, throws a touchdown pass to tight end Demetrius Harris, as Chiefs offensive lineman Jah Reid (75) blocks Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) during the second half of an NFL football game Kansas City. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) leaps over Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris (31) before being tackled by cornerback Tavon Young (36) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. Sure, the play that clinched the AFC North title for the Pittsburgh Steelers went to Antonio Brown. The majority of the game-winning drive on Sunday night agains Baltimore went to role players like Jesse James or rookies and practice squad grads like Eli Rogers and Cobi Hamilton. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, left, and Sunderland manager David Moyes watch the action during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Miami (Ohio) running back Kenny Young (3) is stopped by Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis (44) and defensive back Lashard Durr (25) during the first half of the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) is sacked by Miami (Ohio) defensive back Tony Reid (14) during the first half of the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Miami (Ohio) wide receiver James Gardner (81) pulls in a 6-yard touchdown pass in front of Mississippi State defensive back Jamal Peters (2) during the first half of the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Miami (Ohio) wide receiver James Gardner (81) celebrates his 6-yard touchdown reception with offensive linemen Sam McCollum (66) and Collin Buchanan (72) during the first half of the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Miami (Ohio) quarterback Gus Ragland gets hit by Mississippi State defensive back Cedric Jiles (5) during the first half of the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) throws a pass against Miami (Ohio) during the first half of the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban talks with the media during a Peach Bowl NCAA college football press conference, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama takes on Washington on Saturday, (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

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Mississippi State defensive back Cedric Jiles (5) celebrates with teammates as he holds the football after recovering a blocked field goal by Miami (Ohio) place kicker Nick Dowd as Miami (Ohio) lineman Ian Leever (78) walks away during the second half of the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mississippi State won the game 17-16. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates stadium in London, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Manchester United players celebrate after Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, second left, after scored his side third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, field Judge Mike Weatherford, left, throws his cap toward Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) after Kelce, who was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, threw a towel in his direction during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Kansas City, Mo. This was the year of the penalty in the NFL. Not so much because more flags were thrown in 2016 than last season, but because the questioning of the competence of the officials began, literally, on opening day and continued, in some form, virtually every week, without a stop. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

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Seattle Seahawks' Tyler Lockett, right, catches the ball as Arizona Cardinals' Brandon Williams moves in for the tackle in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)