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Full Speed Ahead: The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rushing…The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rushing attack in the NFC title game better than the Packers did, but Andrew Perloff still feels Colin Kaepernick and Co. will head to the Super Bowl.Share Tweet
Fox Gets Conservative: Did The Denver Coach's Risk-Averse Strategy Cost The Broncos A Playoff Victory?NFL coaches will often refer to "playing the percentages." But if there's one thing I've learned by studying strategic decisions, it's that coaches don't have a firm grasp of those percentages. And when anyone is uncertain of the odds, he'll f…Share Tweetnytimes.com Jan 13, 2013A preview of the A.F.C. championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.Share TweetThroughout the 2012 regular season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t pushing for a new contract, but he wouldn’t have complained if the team wanted to do a deal. They didn’t. Now, if the Ravens decide that Flacco’s performance to date in the pShare TweetAmid reports that the Cardinals hope to hire Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to be Arizona’s latest head coach and to keep Ray Horton as the team’s defensive coordinator, that plan is news to Horton. A source with knowledge of the situation tShare TweetWhile New England was defeating Houston on Sunday to set up an AFC Championship Game rematch with Baltimore, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo ripped the Patriots on Twitter, particularly criticizing their no-huddle offense.Share Tweet
Stokley hopes to play one more yearIt was believed that Peyton Manning would get the gang back together in Denver, with guys like Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, and Jeff Saturday joining Peyton as members of the Broncos. In the end, the Indy connection was limited to the likes of Jacob Tamm…Share Tweet
Stepping It Up: When Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead were hurt …When Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead were hurt in the first quarter, the Patriots turned to their reserves and ripped the Texans 41-28. It is the Patriot Way, says Don Banks.Share Tweet
Attack Mode: Tom Brady found an edge, and the Texans never adj…Tom Brady found an edge, and the Texans never adjusted, says Chris Burke, who weighs in on the Patriots' 41-28 win that set up a rematch with the Ravens in the AFC title game.Share TweetTexans receiver DeVier Posey suffered a torn Achilles tendon injury in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. Posey went down in pain and had to be carted off the field, and he confirmed the diagnosis after the game. “It felt like I got shot. I’ve never felShare Tweet
During Patriots win, Brandon Spikes shows off his sweet dance moves (VIDEO)During the New England Patriots' divisional win over the Houston Texans, Owen Daniels was dropped for a one-yard loss. He dropped the ball, but the play was whistled dead before the fumble. It didn't matter to Brandon Spikes. He used the chance to plead…Share TweetThough Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had a solid game on Sunday against the Patriots, plenty of his yards and both of his touchdown passes came after Houston had fallen into a 25-point hole. Regardless, a season of high expectations ended with the Tex…Share Tweet
Bill Belichick is not impressed by another touchdown on the way to Patriots win (VIDEO)New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been to the playoffs before. His teams have won Super Bowls. He isn't going to be impressed just because Shane Vereen got his third touchdown. Yeah, it's business as usual for Belichick. He just has to get b…Share TweetThere they go again. Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots outlasted the Texans 41-28 to reach their seventh AFC Championship Game in the past 12 years.Share TweetLast night’s game in San Francisco was a pretty good one, especially for the home team. But 92 folks who paid for tickets left prematurely, and involuntarily. According to the Associated Press, 92 fans were ejected during the 49ers’ 45-31 victory ovShare TweetTom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC Championship Game.Share TweetNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the remainder of the postseason after breaking his arm in Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share TweetNew Jersey police want to ask Kenny Britt about an incident Saturday night involving the stabbing of one of the Tennessee Titans receiver's good friends, The Tennessean reported.Share Tweet
Pete Carroll may have iced himself out of a championship gameIcing the kicker -- calling time out right before the opposing kicker tried to boot a field goal -- can be effective on a situational basis. Per ESPN's Stats & Info, kickers who were iced from 2001 through 2011 hit 76 percent of their field goals, a…Share TweetThe Falcons defense spent most of the fourth quarter getting torched by Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks offense, but the Falcons scored last and that means members of their defense were free to crow after the game. Alex Marvez of FOXSports.c…Share TweetThe Falcons got that elusive playoff win on Sunday, but it didn’t come easy and it didn’t come without a possible price in terms of health for the NFC Championship Game. Defensive end John Abraham left early in the game and did not return because, perShare Tweet
Pats push lead back to 11Yep, the Texans should have deployed an onside kick to start the third quarter. Instead, they kicked away. And Pro Bowler Matthew Slater returned it to the New England 31. And the Patriots then drove 69 yards in seven plays, with Stevan Ridley cappingShare TweetCincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' vacant head coaching position Sunday.Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have interviewed former Ravens coach and current Fox analyst Brian Billick for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on Sunday.Share Tweet
Brandon Lloyd gets a 15-yard penalty for throwing the ball at an officialBrandon Lloyd had a big impact on a Patriots playoff game, but it won't exactly thrill Bill Belichick. After a pass to Lloyd was short-hopped to him and incomplete, he got up, took a few steps and in frustration flipped the ball at a game official, hitt…Share TweetTony Gonzalez thought his career was over, and he couldn't believe how it was ending. A 27-7 lead was gone, and Seattle led 28-27 with 31 seconds left. As he waited for Atlanta's final drive, Gonzalez figured that a 16-year career was going to end and h…Share TweetStill numb from the rout in San Francisco that ended their trying season, the Green Bay Packers headed into an offseason sure to bring change -- some of it big.Share TweetAtlanta 30, Seattle 28: Seattle's all-pro shit stirrer, Richard Sherman, somehow manages to win this interaction that began with Roddy White burning the Seahawks defense for a 47-yard touchdown-Ohhh you got a touchdown, gooood for youuuu-even though tShare Tweet
Disaster Averted: The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30-28 …The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30-28 win over the Seahawks. Chris Burke examines Atlanta's escape job, Russell Wilson's brilliance, questionable strategies and more.Share Tweet
Five craziest plays from end of Atlanta’s playoff winThe Atlanta Falcons earned their first playoff win with Matt Ryan as quarterback, and they did it in heart attack-inducing manner. After pulling out to a 20-0 lead, the Falcons came close to dropping the home game to the Seattle Seahawks. Atlanta found …Share TweetSometimes, as an athlete, you define yourself in a losing effort. And in the year of the rookie quarterback, it was the last one standing who may have just done that. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks came into the 2012 NFL season as a too-short th…Share Tweet
Bryant's FG rescues Falcons from late collapseMatt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Russell Wilson and the gutty Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday.Share Tweet
Matt Ryan pulls off a great final drive to get his first career playoff win (VIDEO)There's a notion that "clutch" isn't a skill, because luck in close games evens out over a long period of time. And there's something to that. But there has to be some explanation for Atlanta's Matt Ryan and the Falcons being able to pull thes…Share TweetYesterday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game ended up being much better than anyone had expected. Perhaps today’s will be, too. Per multiple reports and accounts, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt spit on the Patriots logo in the middle of the field aShare Tweet
The Mayor Of Denver Has To Do The Ray Lewis Dance NowMayors of rival cities make cities make light-hearted bets on the outcome of sporting events all the time. Just yesterday the Packers-49ers game had chocolates, cheese curds, sparkling wine, "a free admission day to the Children's Museum" and …Share Tweet
Why didn’t Seattle’s final snap of the first half beat the clock?ATLANTA - Seattle was in the midst of an epic first-half collapse, with penalties and sacks and curious play calls combining for an absurd seven plays in the red zone with zero - literally - to show for it. Quarterback Russell Wilson had just taken aShare TweetEver since the debacle that was the referee lockout, there has been a sense in league circles that executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson could be on his way out - whether by choice or otherwise. Coincidentally or otherwise, he could be on hShare TweetCombined, the Houston Texans and New England Patriots listed 20 players as "probable" on Friday's injury report. The Patriots removed 15 players from the injury report entirely, therefore, it's no surprise that there are no surprises on either…Share TweetBroncos fans should be used to this by now: a big time, Super Bowl-winning quarterback lost to an obviously lesser quarterback in an overtime classic in Denver. The comparisons have been as inescapable as they are stupid: More »Share Tweet
Falcons’ Jacquizz Rodgers obliterates Seattle’s Earl ThomasYou want a metaphor for the first half of Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game between Atlanta and Seattle, you could do worse than looking to the last play of the first quarter. Atlanta was up 10-0, starting fast but in danger of letting Seattle back i…Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys' switch from a 3-4 standard defense to a 4-3 formation could mean a potential position change for outside linebacker Anthony Spencer.Share TweetJust before Atlanta burned Richard Sherman for a 46-yard touchdown pass and a 20-0 lead, Thom Brenaman of FOX said that Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley indicated on Saturday that he’ll interview for two head-coaching jobs other than the EagleShare Tweet
49ers kicker David Akers had to fight halftime dancers for kicking roomMan, life is tough for a kicker. You get all the blame (and death threats) for losses when you miss a game-winner; you fight for your job with every single soccer player/college kicker/donkey who wanders into camp; and since you're not a hulking physica…Share Tweet
Sparano to interview for offensive line coach position in Kansas CityAndy Reid could be bringing to the Chiefs a long-time offensive line coach who failed in his only stint as a coordinator. And the coach’s name isn’t Juan Castillo. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, former Jets offensive coordinator Tony SparanoShare TweetTucker's practice kick in OT was against the rulesShare Tweet
Intense media scrutiny looms over Jets G.M. jobWith FOX’s Jay Glazer declaring earlier today that the Jets “can’t give . . . away” their General Manager job, it’ll be interesting to see how the team reacts. Will they simply offer the job to someone with no further discussion? Or will theyShare Tweet
Calvin Johnson didn’t get a unanimous All-Pro nomination. Why? Not enough ‘wins’The process of voting for any sort of All-Star or All-Pro team is subjective at best, and that's generally what makes it so interesting. People bring different opinions and biases to the table, arguments ensue and discussion of the games we love is forw…Share TweetSeattle at Atlanta 1:00 p.m. (FOX): Well, it's put up or shut up for the "Falcons stink in the playoffs" narrative. It really could not have shaken out any worse for them, though, as the white-hot Seattle Seahawks come into town. While Atlanta…Share Tweet
Jason Taylor Went Through Absolute Hell To Play FootballIf it wasn't already obvious that football players are bad at diagnosing their own injuries-and that football is an immensely brutal game-Dan LeBatard's story about Jason Taylor in today's Miami Herald drives the point home in graphic detail: More »Share TweetMaybe the Jets eventually will just bring back Mike Tannenbaum. Something has to happen at some point, because Jets owner Woody Johnson is having a hard time finding a new General Manager. Per Jay Glazer of FOX, the team “can’t give the position awaShare TweetThe Chargers added another name to their list of coaching candidates on Saturday when former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed for their head coaching job. Whisenhunt was fired at the end of the regular season after the Cardinals finished the y…Share Tweet
Justin Tucker's Practice Kicks Before His Game-Winner Were Not Allowed, But They Were Also Not Not AllowedBefore Justin Tucker made the field goal that ended the the fifth longest game in NFL history yesterday, he jogged onto the field between the two overtimes and had an assistant coach hold the ball for him while he practiced his kicks. Champ Bailey was d…Share Tweet
All-Pro voter: Marshall, Green won more games than MegatronTim Ryan, the former Bears defensive tackle and current FOX analyst who was the lone All-Pro voter not to select Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, says he cares more about wins and losses than catches and yards. Although neither Ryan nor FOX’s PR departmenShare TweetA humbled Peyton Manning, with reporters hammering away on deadline and videocameras shut off after the last postgame question had been answered, took his family into the Ravens' locker room on Saturday night and visited with Ray Lewis.Share TweetThere aren’t too many similarities that jump to mind between San Diego and Cleveland, but it’s looking like the Browns staff will be familiar to those who follow the Chargers. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Browns have their eyes on ChargersShare TweetThe problem with football players is that they they're born not wanting to act in their own best interests, especially with regards to their long-term health. That's why they play football. In theory, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be acting in hi…Share TweetThe Packers left San Francisco as 45-31 losers to the 49ers and members of the Colin Kaepernick admiration society. Watching Kaepernick light up the defense for 263 passing yards and 181 rushing yards, the most ever by an NFL quarterback, left the archi…Share TweetAnkle injuries caused Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart to miss seven games this season, which is the reason why he had his left ankle scoped on Friday. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Stewart believes having the arthroscopic s…Share Tweet
A Summit Of Two Of The Most Widely Loved And Reviled Football Players In The NFL Took Place After Ravens-BroncosA tableau: Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis talking in a Mile High Stadium locker room, 90 minutes after the end of the pitched battle that was their AFC divisional playoff matchup, 85 minutes after Ray Lewis yelled Bible verse at Solomon Wilcots, and about…Share Tweet
Sources: Argos' Armstead on NFL teams' radarNFL teams are looking closely at former USC and Toronto Argonauts standout defensive tackle Armond Armstead, according to sources.Share TweetLooking ahead to what the Bills offense might look like next season. Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald writes about the toll a long NFL career took on former Dolphins DE Jason Taylor. Patriots T Sebastian Vollmer’s taken an unusual journey from GermanyShare TweetGreen Bay receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings both acknowledged in the locker room following Saturday’s loss to the 49ers that they might have played their last games with the Packers. The 37-year-old Driver caught just eight passes in 2012, and iShare Tweet
Kaep'n Krunch: Who can stop the Niners? Colin Kaepernick turned …Who can stop the Niners? Colin Kaepernick turned in one of the finest performances ever seen by an NFL quarterback in the Niners' 45-31 win over the Packers, says Chris Burke.Share Tweet
Officials have a rough day in Denver as the Broncos lose to the RavensDENVER - The best thing that can be said about the officiating crew for Broncos-Ravens, headed by referee Bill Vinovich, was that they didn't seem to play favorites. There were really baffling calls against both sides. But the final pair of questionable…Share Tweet
Texans Don't Matchup Against PatriotsJan 13James Walker and Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com on the Texans troubles this season against the Patriots.
Patriots Expecting Tough GameJan 13Bill Belichick and Tom Brady comment on the Patriots' upcoming matchup against the Ravens in the AFC Championship game.
Patriots Moving On Without GronkowskiJan 13Mike Reiss looks ahead to next Sunday's AFC Championship game, in which the Patriots will face the Ravens without TE Rob Gronkowski
2012 Divisional Playoffs: Weekend remixJan 13Two teams' postseason fates were decided on the success of a field goal as one of the most exciting playoff weekends in history unfolded. Relive the nonstop action from all four divisional-round games.
Don Banks: No Gronkowski, no problem as Patriots offense steamrolls TexansJan 13FOXBORO, Mass. -- By now, you have to wonder if the New England Patriots could even remember what full strength feels like, if they ever again are lucky enough to experience it. Here they are, making yet another deep playoff run, and they're faced with …
NFL playoffs -- Can the Baltimore Ravens upset the New England Patriots fo…Jan 13It's Ravens vs. Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. How does the matchup shake out?
Don Banks: It was never easy, but Ryan, Smith solve playoff woes; more Sna…Jan 13FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as the most riveting weekend of NFL playoff action in memory winds to a breathless close....
NFL playoffs -- NFC finalists have been vindicatedJan 13The Falcons and 49ers found vindication while winning their way into the NFC Championship Game.