Sam Fortier

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the Washington Commanders

Education: Syracuse University, B.S. in magazine journalism

Sam Fortier is a beat writer for The Post covering Washington's NFL team. He previously covered the Washington Nationals' World Series-winning season, and before joining The Post in April 2019, he covered the Los Angeles Chargers for the Athletic. Fortier was born and raised in Strafford, N.H.
Latest from Sam Fortier

Patrick Mahomes’s Chiefs outlast Bills to earn a spot in AFC championship game

The Chiefs and Lions secured their spots in the conference championship games.

January 21, 2024

Brock Purdy ‘could have been better.’ But his heroics proved a point.

Before Saturday, Purdy had in his career just one fourth-quarter comeback and one game-winning drive. The game against the Packers was a milestone of sorts.

January 21, 2024

49ers survive scare from Packers to reach NFC championship game

Baltimore used a dominant second half to roll past Houston, while San Francisco went down to the wire against Green Bay but escaped.

January 20, 2024

Lions hold off Rams for first playoff win since 1991 season

Detroit won its first playoff game in more than three decades, while Green Bay upset Dallas, snapping the Cowboys’ home winning streak.

January 14, 2024

Football belongs to Patrick Mahomes now

Nick Saban retired, Bill Belichick and the Patriots broke up, and the NFL playoffs are without Tom Brady. It’s all Mahomes now.

January 14, 2024

Chiefs ease past Dolphins in historically frigid playoff encounter

The Kansas City Chiefs rolled against the Miami Dolphins at a freezing Arrowhead Stadium. Earlier, the Houston Texans blew out the Cleveland Browns to open the playoffs.

January 13, 2024

Who should the Commanders hire as head coach? Your questions, answered.

Barry Svrluga, Nicki Jhabvala and Sam Fortier answered your questions about the Commanders after a 4-13 season and the firing of coach Ron Rivera.

January 9, 2024

The best and the worst of Ron Rivera’s four seasons in Washington

Some of Rivera’s problems, especially in football operations, were self-created. Others, like chaos under former owner Daniel Snyder, were beyond his control.

January 8, 2024

In the Commanders’ locker room, sadness, relief and reflection

“You just don’t know what’s going to happen to anybody,” punter Tress Way said after Sunday’s game. “But that’s just the reality of playing … in this league.”

January 7, 2024

It’s hard to build home-field advantage in the NFL. Can the Commanders do it?

For years, a huge array of factors — including sports science and the online secondary ticket market — has diminished the vaunted edge of playing at home.

January 5, 2024