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The Texans enter the divisional round of the playoffs as decided underdogs to the Patriots. And the Texans embrace that role. Which is a good thing, because they’ve earned that role. “Yeah, I love being the underdog. It’s my claim to fame,” defeUpvote Share Tweet
The girlfriend of former (eventually) Steelers running back Chris Rainey says that Rainey didn’t assault her, and that the charges against him should be dropped. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Rainey’s lawyer read an email from the womanUpvote Share TweetIt took a bit longer than five minutes for him to find a new job, but not too much longer in the grand scheme of things. Three days after he was fired by the Dallas Cowboys, longtime NFL defensive coordinator Rob Ryan may have been hired by the St. Loui…Upvote Share TweetAs the Jets prepare to hire a successor to Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator, the list of candidates stands at three. Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, they are former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, Bengals assistant Hue J…Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Namath’s Divisional Round Playoff Picks: Matchup winners have the advantageAs he did last year, NFL Hall of Famer and New York Jets legend Joe Namath will join Yahoo! Sports and the Shutdown Corner Blog for commentary and analysis. Make sure you like the Official Joe Namath page on Facebook. And with playoff news always breaki…Upvote Share Tweet
Under Pressure: What do Aldon Smith (above), Michael Oher and Ari…What do Aldon Smith (above), Michael Oher and Arian Foster have in common? Peter King says all three players will be under big pressure as their teams try to survive the divisional round.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL puts the pinch on Santa Clara for Super Bowl hostingWith the universe of cities that could host the Super Bowl expanding to include cold-weather locations and brand-new venues, the NFL has the ability to drive an increasingly hard bargain when it comes to awarding the game. And the folks in Santa Clara c…Upvote Share Tweet
Fox: Falcons primed to rewrite historyFranchise aims to forget its star-crossed past with a run to the Super BowlUpvote Share TweetThe Eagles are scheduled to meet with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday, continuing their slow search to replace Andy Reid.Upvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: RockerThank you for your continued support of Deadspin. NFL playoffs and all sorts of stuff on tap. The weekend gang will be here to keep you on top of any good nonsense. Come on by. More »Upvote Share TweetShuffling position coaches is a rite of January, with many of the guys coming and going never registering with the general public. But the guy the Titans fired Friday, special teams coach Alan Lowry, drew up one of the most famous plays in NFL playoff h…Upvote Share Tweet
No one’s questionable for the Patriots this weekThroughout the regular season, there was a regular Friday post wrapping up the final injury reports of the week. Frequent readers of that post will know that you could set your clock to the Patriots listing some large portion of their roster as question…Upvote Share TweetDays after the Falcons lost director of player personnel David Caldwell to the Jaguars, they’ve promoted from within to replace him. The Falcons announced that Lionel Vital, formerly the associate director of player personnel, has been moved up a notchUpvote Share TweetAndy Reid is wasting about as much time putting together his first coaching staff in Kansas City as he did in finding his new job.Upvote Share TweetWhen new general managers take over in January or February, they usually hang onto the existing scouting staff to get them through the draft in April. But after that, old guys are usually fair game. Still, the Rams diverted from the normal post-draft ho…Upvote Share TweetWhen the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio as their head coach during the 2011 season, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker stepped in as the team’s interim coach. Fast forward a year and the Jaguars are in search of a head coach again with Tucker set for a shot aUpvote Share TweetThe New England Patriots made a massive overhaul to their injury report on Friday, removing 15 players who had been listed as limited in Thursday's session.Upvote Share TweetAndy Reid hired Doug Pederson and Bob Sutton as assistant coaches with Kansas City Chiefs.Upvote Share TweetEarlier today, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made it known that, if the NFL were handling the HGH testing issue like Major League Baseball, the NFL would have implemented HGH testing before MLB. The NFL disagrees. “This is a continuation of tUpvote Share TweetEveryone has pegged Tim Tebow going to the Jacksonville Jaguars as a "virtual certainty" based on ESPN's report, but new GM Dave Caldwell has gone on the record to say he can't envision a scenario where the QB is a member of his team. If Jacks…Upvote Share TweetNot much sizzle to the name Rob Chudzinski? Mike Florio says once Chudzinski starts winning in Cleveland, he'll get all the sizzle he deserves. With new decision-makers in place, the Browns have found a coach they can trust over the long haul in Chudzin…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network gets you ready for the Divisional RoundIt’s just about time for the talking to stop and the games to start. Before the talking totally wraps up, though, we’ve got Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network coming to bring you everything you need to know for the DivisionaUpvote Share TweetPlaying in freezing weather is bad enough for any football player, but when you've spent your entire 13-year career playing half your games in a dome, well ... it's a bit of an adjustment. And Peyton Manning is a bit late in his career for adjustments, …Upvote Share Tweet
Sunday divisional playoffs preview: Tom Brady will lead potent Patriots offense to AFC title gameHouston Texans at New England Patriots Sunday, January 13, 2013 Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. The Houston Texans have the most wins in franchise history, won a second consecutive AFC South title and, after last week's 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Be…Upvote Share TweetQuarterback Colin Kaepernick is widely credited with sparking the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of the NFL season. He's already achieved pre-folk hero status on Candlestick Point. He's also definitely considered a reason the Niners might beat t…Upvote Share Tweet
Justin Smith cleared to play, all the 49ers probableApparently, the creek has not, in fact, risen. The 49ers appear to be as healthy as anyone’s going to be this time of year, and defensive tackle Justin Smith has been given the go-ahead to return to action. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, SUpvote Share TweetSan Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith is listed as probable for Saturday's NFL divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.Upvote Share TweetSeahawks running back Marshawn Lynch missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury, putting his availability for Sunday’s playoff game against the Falcons in doubt. There is now no doubt. Lynch practiced on a limited basis on Friday, andUpvote Share TweetA post-game skirmish has led the NFL to dock the paycheck of Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams. Williams was fined $7,875 for smacking Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in the face following Sunday’s game, the NFL has confirmed. That’s aboutUpvote Share TweetCHICAGO (AP) -- Longtime NFL assistant and current CFL coach Marc Trestman denies a rumor that the Chicago Bears are set to hire him.Upvote Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys have hired former USC defensive coach Minte Kiffin as their new defensive coordinator.Upvote Share TweetThe NFLPA would like to see something done about the playing surface at FedEx Field after the sloppy conditions during last weekend’s Wild Card game, but they aren’t going to be filing a formal inquiry into the way the injury suffered by Robert GriffiUpvote Share TweetThe Panthers are already moving on finding a replacement for Rob Chudzinski, who was hired as the new Browns head coach today. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Panthers asked permission to interview Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson f…Upvote Share Tweet
Packers healthy heading into CandlestickWide receiver Jordy Nelson sat out a couple of days of practice and quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been under the weather, but the Packers are heading to San Francisco with a roster as healthy as they could probably hope for at this point in the season. …Upvote Share TweetThe Jets have more candidates for general manager than they have unnamed sources. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik will interview today for the job. Idzik had worked for the Card…Upvote Share TweetFormer Jets coach Mike Westhoff said team's handling to Tim Tebow was a 'mess.'Upvote Share TweetAs Peyton Manning prepares to quarterback the Broncos in the playoffs a year after he sat out his final season with the Colts following multiple neck surgeries, the coach who guided him through his comeback is calling it a tribute to Manning’s hard workUpvote Share Tweet
Elvis Dumervil's Weight On The PlanetsElvis Dumervil, Pro Bowl defensive end, has great short-burst speed despite weighing 260 pounds, which is five pounds heavier than the more famous Elvis at the time of his death. In case you were wondering (and in case you were a Spy reader back in the …Upvote Share TweetSeattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons Sunday, January 13, 2013, 1:00 p.m. ET Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga. There are many interesting match-ups to track when the Seattle Seahawks take the Georgia Dome turf against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but the key b…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants, Jets, Broncos: Answers to Readers' Questionsnytimes.com Jan 11, 2013Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Upvote Share TweetAs the Denver Broncos prepare for the first playoff game of the Peyton Manning era, only one player is out due to injury. Cornerback Tracy Porter has been scratched due to the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered against the Browns on December …Upvote Share Tweet
Lawyer to represent interests of Belcher's babyA Missouri court will appoint a lawyer to protect the interests of the 4-month-old daughter of the late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher as her grandparents argue over custody.Upvote Share TweetAlabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft instead of returning for the Crimson Tide.Upvote Share Tweet
Save The Dates: With the divisional round of the playoffs at hand…With the divisional round of the playoffs at hand, the potential Super Bowl matchups are within sight. Don Banks evalauates all the possible pairings and ranks them all.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, PFT Planet calls and tweetsWe’ve reached Friday, which means we’re just a bit more than 24 hours away from the start of the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The 49ers will be one of the teams playing this weekend and Mike Florio will have Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area on FridayUpvote Share Tweet
Manti Te’o looks like a first-round pick, but Alabama game will hurtAlabama dominated Notre Dame in Monday night’s college football national championship game, and Alabama’s offense was particularly successful going directly at what was supposed to be the strength of Notre Dame’s defense: The Crimson Tide ran for 26Upvote Share Tweet
Mark Wahlberg Shouts Out The Falcons While Possibly Being Haunted By A Demon In A Football JerseyD-Block is a video web series that is produced by the Atlanta Falcons linebacking corps and broadcast from the team's locker room. It's wonderful. Earlier this week, D-Block somehow managed to get a shout out from Mark Wahlberg while he was promoting hi…Upvote Share Tweet
David Caldwell: Gabbert still has upsideThe big story out of Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell’s introduction to the media was his firm statement that Donald Duck has as much chance of being a member of the Jaguars this season as Tim Tebow. Tebow wasn’t the only quarterback who came upUpvote Share TweetThree years ago, Ryan Longwell was robbed of the chance to kick the Vikings to the Super Bowl. Now with the Seahawks. Peter King examines if Longwell can rewrite history?Upvote Share TweetOther players with the resume of Donald Driver might have made far more of a stink. But the Packers veteran wide receiver has refused to make a spectacle of himself as he’s fallen down the offensive pecking order, and has even volunteered to play speciaUpvote Share TweetThe Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 15 modern-era finalists and two senior nominees who will be voted on by the Hall's Selection Committee for induction as part of the Class of 2013. The committee will conduct its final vote on Saturday, Feb…Upvote Share TweetSingle-season sacks leader Michael Strahan and two players who tried to block him are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Upvote Share TweetThe Bills introduced their new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Thursday and, as you’d expect, he faced a lot of questions about what kind of offense the team would run with him at the controls. There’s been talk about ratcheting things up iUpvote Share TweetLate in the 2012 season, we created an unintended stir in Tampa by reporting that an unnamed Bucs player vented frustration after a 41-0 loss to the Saints by remarking, “Can we send these coaches back to college?“ Coincidentally or not, some of themUpvote Share TweetWhile we’re not sure whether he has a window or aisle seat, former Bears coach Lovie Smith is apparently on his way to interview with the Chargers. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Smith is at an O’Hare Airport gate, about to board a planeUpvote Share TweetLast week, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis parlayed his sudden pledge to retire into a rousing victory in what necessarily was his final home game. This week, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez could help the Falcons get a little extra lift from a similar situ…Upvote Share TweetTim Tebow may be too popular to play football anymore -- unless he wants to quit playing as a quarterback.Upvote Share Tweet
Moss isn’t saying much to the media, but plenty to his teammatesAs Randy Moss embarks on his latest run at the one thing that would make his career complete, he’s not talking much to the media about his seventh career trip to the postseason. He’s talking plenty to his teammates about it. Via Cam Inman of Bay AreaUpvote Share TweetTexans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips did not say anything controversial or disrespectful when asked on Thursday about how Houston will cover Patriots receiver Wes Welker this weekend. But that didn’t stop Phillips’ comments from becoming a storyUpvote Share TweetWith 3-4 guru Mike Pettine taking over a defense that has been constructed to operate as a 4-3, the big question for the Bills has become whether Mario Williams will for the second time in three seasons be asked to play outside linebacker. The easy answ…Upvote Share TweetLovie Smith interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday as the team continued its search to replace Andy Reid, who was fired after a 4-12 finish.Upvote Share TweetLast month, when former Colts coach Jim Caldwell abruptly became the Ravens’ offensive coordinator, Caldwell’s initiation featured a visit from his prized pupil in Indy - Peyton Manning. Four weeks later, Caldwell has had a chance to adjust. And hUpvote Share Tweet
Cousin Sal's Divisional Prop BetsRough week last week. My NFL prop picks got smoked harder than a blunt backstage at a Bieber concert. I pulled a giant oh-fer, wiping out my entire je...Upvote Share Tweet
Dan Sullivan Is Not Not in ShapeWatch this video. Pretty cool, right? I'm not an NFL scout by trade (sorry if there was any confusion or I misled you in any way), but this 2011 vid...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Night: Browns Get Their Chud OnIn case you were out pretending like you've seen and have an opinion about Oscar nominee Amour, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday. The Cl...Upvote Share TweetThis Saturday night, I plan on sitting in front of my television set for three-plus hours and praying that the Packers' pass protection is better than...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Texans-Patriots Set For RematchJan 11Episode 247: Merril Hoge breaks down the Texans-Patriots matchup. The NFL32 crew discuss which quarterback has the most difficult matchup against the opposing defense.
2012: Best of Jamaal CharlesJan 11Watch the best plays of the season from Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who finished the year with 1,509 rushing yards and six total touchdowns.
2012: Best of Jamaal CharlesJan 11Watch the best plays of the season from Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles who finished the year with 1,509 rushing yards and six total touchdowns.
Ray Lewis reflects, motivates post Baltimore Ravens winJan 11Have a look back to Sunday as Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis recalls his first day as a Raven and gears his team for this weekend's divisional round. For more Ravens content check out @rave_tv.
Don Banks: Niners-Patriots tops best potential Super Bowl matchupsJan 11The NFL's divisional round means we're down to the league's elite eight in the playoffs, and that's when the Super Bowl pairing starts to first come into view. There are still 16 potential matchups for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans next month, and her…
Peter King: Ryan Longwell gets chance to rewrite historyJan 11RENTON, Wash. -- It's so strange to see Ryan Longwell here, out of retirement, into the NFL's Final Eight. This is the day he should have been doing a light jog, just to stay loose as his final pre-race prep for Sunday's Walt Disney World Marathon, whic…
The Sports Guy make his divisional playoffs picksJan 11Aaron Rodgers's quest for revenge highlights the Sports Guy's inbox while he makes his divisional weekend picks.