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Packers thrash Ponder-less Vikings to advance in big Lambeau Fi…

Packers thrash Ponder-less Vikings to advance in big Lambeau Field victory

The Green Bay Packers have been beset by injuries on both sides of the ball all season, and as a result, they've been the NFL s forgotten team when it came to ranking the best and brightest in the Super Bowl hunt. After Saturday night's 24-10 wild-card …
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  • The Joe Webb Experiment Did Not Work: Vikings-Packers, In Two G…

    The Joe Webb Experiment Did Not Work: Vikings-Packers, In Two GIFs

    deadspin.com Jan 5, 2013
    Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10: You know how the most important part of the Hippocratic Oath is primum non nocere, or "do no harm"? Probably you do, because they kept showing that promo for that show about the schizophrenic doctor called Do No Har…
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  • Tony Dungy’s Playbook: How to beat the Pats

    Tony Dungy’s Playbook: How to beat the Pats

    Tony Dungy says Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has a big job ahead of him in getting his team ready to face the Patriots next week. Earlier in the season, New England blew out Houston, so the Texans will have to make some adjustments. The Texans need to …
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  • Two teams advanced, one looked Super

    Two teams advanced, one looked Super

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    Saturday’s start of the postseason went according to form, as the division champion No. 3 seeds in each conference advanced by winning at home, eliminating the wild card No. 6 seeds. But the similarities between the two games end there. In Houston, the
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  • Survive And Advance: Did the Texans right the ship after their …

    Survive And Advance: Did the Texans right the ship after their 19-13 w…

    CNNSI.com Jan 5, 2013
    Did the Texans right the ship after their 19-13 wild-card win over the Bengals? Austin Murphy says we'll know the answer next Sunday, when Houston re-visits New England.
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  • Long lunch: Kelly still meeting with Eagles

    Long lunch: Kelly still meeting with Eagles

    Thanks to Joe Webb’s introduction to the forward pass, we’re counting on external means for drama tonight. We may have found it in the person of for-now Oregon coach Chip Kelly. The plan was for him to have a perfunctory lunch with the Eagles, then di
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  • Bengals need to ask themselves just what they have in Andy Dalt…

    Bengals need to ask themselves just what they have in Andy Dalton

    yahoo.com Jan 5, 2013
    In Cincinnati's 19-13 wild-card loss to the Houston Texans, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's day was defined by one underthrow and one overthrow, and a whole lot of bad throws in-between. With 11:10 left in the first half and the ball on his own 38-yar…
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  • Joe Webb starts on the ground, gets points

    Joe Webb starts on the ground, gets points

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    Joe Webb’s playoff debut went as you might expect, and as many Vikings drives this year went without him. They ran the ball, and kicked a field goal, and lead the Packers 3-0. Their first eight plays with their backup quarterback were runs, two of them
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  • Arian Foster leads Texans to 19-13 win over the Bengals

    Arian Foster leads Texans to 19-13 win over the Bengals

    Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster accounted for 178 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown as the Houston Texans advanced to the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs with a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Reliant Stadium on Saturday afternoon. T…
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  • Who Wants To Sex J.J. Watt? Bengals-Texans, In Three Gifs

    Who Wants To Sex J.J. Watt? Bengals-Texans, In Three Gifs

    deadspin.com Jan 5, 2013
    So, 23 years now, and a guaranteed extra 365 days (at least) on that 8,400 day playoff winless streak for the Bengals. Yikes! They sure do suck. Matt Schaub played just OK but still completed 29/38 passes, Arian Foster ran for 140 yards, and J.J. Watt c…
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  • Adrian Peterson Says He Will Run For 2,500 Yards In 2013, So Na…

    Adrian Peterson Says He Will Run For 2,500 Yards In 2013, So Naturally He Will

    deadspin.com Jan 5, 2013
    We'd scoff if anyone other than Adrian Peterson were to say, as Adrian Peterson did this week, that he doesn't just want to break the single-season rushing record, he wants to obliterate it. Actually, the way he put it to Marshall Faulk on the NFL Netwo…
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  • Ponder inactive, Webb starts tonight for Vikings

    Ponder inactive, Webb starts tonight for Vikings

    That elbow bursitis that limited him in warm-ups was apparently more than Christian Ponder could play through. As a result, he’s inactive for tonight’s Wild Card game against the Packers, and Joe Webb will start at quarterback for the Vikings. That le
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  • The MLS Isn't Interested In Citi Field, Because When You Can Pl…

    The MLS Isn't Interested In Citi Field, Because When You Can Plow A Massive Park To Build A Soccer Stadium, You Do It

    deadspin.com Jan 5, 2013
    The opening of the Barclays Center hasn't been without its challenges. Even after most of the ideological debate-lawsuits over eminent domain stalled the project for years, affordable housing advocates vociferously protested the development-dissipated
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  • League says there’s no timetable for Payton reinstatement heari…

    League says there’s no timetable for Payton reinstatement hearing

    Earlier today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t consider a reinstatement request from Saints coach Sean Payton until after the Super Bowl. Not so fast, the NFL says. According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, no t
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  • Browns lining up G.M. candidates

    Browns lining up G.M. candidates

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    The Browns are waiting to find out if Chip Kelly will be their next head coach, but that’s not stopping them from checking out possible general managers to team with Kelly or whoever else becomes their head coach. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that t
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  • Leon Hall scores first touchdown of the playoffs on pick-six of…

    Leon Hall scores first touchdown of the playoffs on pick-six of Matt Schaub throw

    The Houston Texans had dominated the Cincinnati Bengals through the first quarter-and-a-half of their wild-card matchup, at least in yardage. Starting their second drive of the second quarter, the home team at Houston Reliant Stadium had well over 100 t…
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  • Rex Ryan's Bahamas vacation helps NY Jets and owner Woody Johns…

    Rex Ryan's Bahamas vacation helps NY Jets and owner Woody Johnson chance to regroup and possibly hire a new GM

    nydailynews.com Jan 5, 2013
    If Woody Johnson hires his new general manager by Tuesday - and he’s apparently getting close to picking San Francisco’s Tom Gamble - then the Jets’ stalling tactic of not making Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson available last Monday has allowed the o
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  • Watch today’s wild card games on NBCSports.com

    Watch today’s wild card games on NBCSports.com

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    If you can’t get in front of a TV today or you want even more than the TV has to offer, you’re in luck: Both of today’s wild card playoff games will stream live as part of Wild Card Extra right here at NBCSports.com. Wild Card Extra features the liv
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  • Rivera gets chance, but it might not be a very good one

    Rivera gets chance, but it might not be a very good one

    Ron Rivera got another chance. But it may not be that good of one, and it’s only making their new general manager wait a year for his. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson decided to keep Rivera after a Saturday meeting, despite Rivera’s 13-19 record, whic
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  • Bengals rule Crocker inactive against Texans

    Bengals rule Crocker inactive against Texans

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Jan 5, 2013
    Cincinnati strong safety Chris Crocker is inactive for the Bengals' AFC wild-card playoff game against Houston.
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  • Sources: Bears to interview Alouettes' coach

    Sources: Bears to interview Alouettes' coach

    The Bears, looking north of the border at a noted quarterback guru from the Canadian Football League, will reportedly interview Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman for their head coaching position.
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  • Barrett Ruud to start for Texans vs. Bengals

    Barrett Ruud to start for Texans vs. Bengals

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    After playing more on special teams than on defense during the regular season, inside linebacker Barrett Ruud will be a starter in the postseason. As we noted would likely be the case thanks to the Texans’ injuries at the position, the team has official
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  • Former NY Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff would be a per…

    Former NY Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff would be a perfect fit as NFL television analyst

    nydailynews.com Jan 5, 2013
    While Rex Ryan heads home from Paradise Island with his tattoo tucked between his legs, Woody Johnson peers up from under his desk wondering if it’s safe to come up for air and Mike Tannenbaum ponders his next move, there is one man walking out of the F
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  • The Bengals Really Could Break Their 8,400-Day Playoff Winless …

    The Bengals Really Could Break Their 8,400-Day Playoff Winless Streak Today

    deadspin.com Jan 5, 2013
    For a summer in college I interned for the sports department of the Columbus Dispatch, which sent me for a few days to cover Cincinnati Bengals training camp. The 1990s had just come to a close-a dismal era even by the Bengals' standards-and the beat
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  • Clemson QB Tajh Boyd undecided on NFL draft

    Clemson QB Tajh Boyd undecided on NFL draft

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    With 10 days to go before players with NCAA eligibility remaining must declare their intentions for the NFL draft, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd remains undecided. Boyd’s father, Tim Boyd, told the Post and Courier that Tajh has been told NFL teams view
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  • Ray Lewis: Linebacker, Leader

    Ray Lewis: Linebacker, Leader

    nytimes.com Jan 5, 2013
    One of Ray Lewis's former teammates, Trevor Pryce, writes about what makes the Ravens linebacker, who plans to retire after the season, extra special.
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  • Picking apart the wild-card picks

    Picking apart the wild-card picks

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    The good news is that I beat MDS in the regular-season picks contest by 11 games.  The bad news is that I can still get blowed blew blown out in the postseason edition of the series. MDS joined PFT Live this week to review our picks for the wild-card ga…
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  • Bears, Eagles and Chargers have interest in Colts offensive coo…

    Bears, Eagles and Chargers have interest in Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians

    yahoo.com Jan 5, 2013
    Below is a Saturday afternoon look at the NFL head coach and general manager rumor mill: Arizona Cardinals: After firing Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals were believed to be the early favorites to land former Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who signed with th…
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  • Horton remains a finalist in Cleveland

    Horton remains a finalist in Cleveland

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    If the Browns don’t hire Chip Kelly to be their next coach, Cleveland could opt for a defensive mind instead of an offensive specialist. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton remains in the mix for Clev
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  • Steelers Safety Ryan Clark Made A Good Point About Hypocritical…

    Steelers Safety Ryan Clark Made A Good Point About Hypocritical Steelers Fans

    deadspin.com Jan 5, 2013
    If there's one thing we learned while sifting through the assorted vitriolic, typo-ridden responses to the Why Your Team Sucks series, it's that many fans have no perspective when it comes to their favorite teams and players. Morals go out the window (&…
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  • Redskins’ Kedric Golston on Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: ‘He’s a …

    Redskins’ Kedric Golston on Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: ‘He’s a cheater’

    yahoo.com Jan 5, 2013
    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman doesn't generally need any incentive to be lippy and contentious on the field -- that's just the way the second-year man from Stanford does things. But it's safe to say that when Sherman takes the field agains…
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  • Jay Gruden emerges as a coaching candidate in Philadelphia

    Jay Gruden emerges as a coaching candidate in Philadelphia

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    The latest name to emerge as a candidate for the Eagles’ head-coaching vacancy is Gruden. But not Jon Gruden. The Eagles are expected to seek permission from the Bengals on Monday to talk to their offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, ESPN’s Adam Schefte
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  • Packers’ receiving corps at full strength, feeling “very danger…

    Packers’ receiving corps at full strength, feeling “very dangerous”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    We noted this week that the Packers’ receiving corps is as healthy this week as it’s been since the very start of the season. That has them feeling pretty good about themselves. “It makes us very dangerous,” Greg Jennings told the Associated Press
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  • Saturday morning one-liners

    Saturday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    Everyone except the Jets is talking about Rex Ryan’s notorious tattoo. The Pats have added QB Mike Kafka to their offseason roster. The Dolphins didn’t make it to the postseason, but some have received postseason awards from the South Florida Sun-Sent
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  • Elway reflects on two years of success with the Broncos

    Elway reflects on two years of success with the Broncos

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    On the two-year anniversary of PFT Live, it was fitting to welcome to the show Broncos executive V.P. of football operations John Elway.  After all, he took that job two years ago, too. While some (including me) were skeptical, Elway has knocked it out …
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  • Aaron Rodgers brushes it off after Greg Jennings’ sister rips h…

    Aaron Rodgers brushes it off after Greg Jennings’ sister rips him

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    Aaron Rodgers says Greg Jennings‘ sister will not create a rift between the Packers’ starting quarterback and veteran receiver. During Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, Jennings’ sister, Valyncia Jennings, ripped Rodgers in a series of Twitter message
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  • Bills interview Lovie Smith in search for coach

    Bills interview Lovie Smith in search for coach

    ESPN.com Jan 5, 2013
    The Buffalo Bills coaching search went into overdrive Friday, when team officials interviewed three candidates, including Oregon's Chip Kelly, one of college football's hottest prospects.
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  • Hakeem Nicks and Giants' Lament

    Hakeem Nicks and Giants' Lament

    nytimes.com Jan 5, 2013
    The Giants' quarterback, general manager and coach pointed to the impact of receiver Hakeem Nicks's injuries in a disappointing 2012 season.
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  • Report:  Heckert cancels interview with Jets

    Report: Heckert cancels interview with Jets

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    The disclosure of Rex Ryan’s wife-in-Sanchez-jersey-while-Tebowing tattoo could be having its intended effect, even if the effect wasn’t specifically intended. According to Newsday, former Browns and Eagles G.M. Tom Heckert has canceled his interview
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  • Bucs are poised to sever ties with Eric Wright

    Bucs are poised to sever ties with Eric Wright

    profootballtalk.com Jan 5, 2013
    When Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright recently returned from a suspension and faced a fairly aggressive grilling from the local media without a lifeline from the team’s P.R. department, the speculation commenced that the Bucs have decided to move on fr
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  • Jets' search for new general manager begins

    Jets' search for new general manager begins

    ESPN.com Jan 5, 2013
    The New York Jets have begun their search for Mike Tannenbaum's replacement.
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  • Video - Vikings Struggle Mightily Without Ponder 01:33

    Vikings Struggle Mightily Without Ponder

    Jan 5
    Trent Dilfer discusses Christian Ponder's absence due to an elbow injury and how the lack of chemistry with Joe Webb affected the Vikings' offense.
  • Video - Frazier: 'Not the way we wanted this to end' 04:19

    Frazier: 'Not the way we wanted this to end'

    Jan 5
    Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier spoke after the game about his decision to start quarterback Joe Webb and how proud he is of his team's performance this season.
  • Video - Frazier: 'Not the way we wanted this to end' 04:19

    Frazier: 'Not the way we wanted this to end'

    Jan 5
    Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier spoke after the game about his decision to start quarterback Joe Webb and how proud he is of his team's performance this season.
  • Video - How will the Green Bay Packers handle the San Francisco 49ers? 02:22

    How will the Green Bay Packers handle the San Francisco 49ers?

    Jan 5
    The Green Bay Packers only put up 24 points against the Minnesota Vikings, and face a much tougher opponent next week in the San Francisco 49ers. The "GameDay Overtime" crew is here to tell you how they will matchup against them, and who will prevail.