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REPORTS: REID FIRED BY EAGLES

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andy Reid was out after 14 seasons as Eagles coach, multiple outlets reported after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Giants.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Reid was actually told Friday that he will not be the coach next season. Multiple sources said owner Jeffrey Lurie is expected to announce the decision today.

The Eagles' 12 losses are the most since the team went 3-13 in 1998, a season that prompted Lurie to fire Ray Rhodes and hire Reid.

"We weren't very good," Reid said. "That's my responsibility and I take complete blame for it."

Team spokesman Derek Boyko denied the reports that Reid had been fired.

Newtown families have day at game

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — They carried signs expressing gratitude and love. They exchanged high-fives with players and ringed the field during the national anthem.

About 400 residents of Newtown, Conn., attended Sunday's Giants-Eagles game. Among them were a few families who lost children in this month's school massacre, the Giants said. One was the family of Jack Pinto, the 6-year-old boy buried in a No. 80 jersey of Giants receiver Victor Cruz. The families arrived in nine chartered buses. There were some 200 students from the school system to which Sandy Hook Elementary School belongs.

"It was awesome," Giants DE Osi Umenyiora said after his team won 42-7. "Imagine what they went through on that horrific day. For them to come out here and support us as they did, it was an unbelievable feeling."

On Dec. 14, 20 children and six adults were slain at Sandy Hook Elementary in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

BILLS: Players had the sticker "WWFD" on the back of their helmets, honoring two West Webster (N.Y.) Fire Department firefighters who were shot and killed Monday while responding to a fire in the Rochester suburb.

LIONS: Matthew Stafford set a season record for pass attempts. He had 42 against Chicago for 727 total, surpassing Drew Bledsoe (691 for the 1994 Patriots).

RAVENS: Justin Tucker was 1-for-2 to finish 30 of 33 on field-goal tries; at 90.9 percent he set an NFL record for a rookie.

TEXANS: Andre Johnson (12 catches, 141 yards) was the second player with three seasons of 100 or more catches and 1,500 yards, joining Marvin Harrison.

TITANS: They set a franchise mark and league high for points allowed, 471.

NUMBER OF THE DAY I

7 Consecutive seasons that the Super Bowl champion failed to win a playoff game the next year

NUMBER OF THE DAY II

7,042 Yards allowed this season by the Saints, breaking the record of 6,793 by the 1981 Baltimore Colts

Times wires

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