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N.F.C. Championship Preview: 49ers at Falcons

N.F.C. Championship Preview: 49ers at Falcons

A preview of the N.F.C. championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • Full Speed Ahead: The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rus…

    Full Speed Ahead: The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rushing…

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    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.
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  • Fox Gets Conservative: Did The Denver Coach's Risk-Averse Strat…

    Fox Gets Conservative: Did The Denver Coach's Risk-Averse Strategy Cost The Broncos A Playoff Victory?

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    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…
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  • A.F.C. Championship Preview: Ravens at Patriots

    A.F.C. Championship Preview: Ravens at Patriots

    nytimes.com Jan 13, 2013
    A preview of the A.F.C. championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.
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  • As leverage rises, Flacco doesn’t care

    As leverage rises, Flacco doesn’t care

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Throughout 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 p
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  • Horton hopes to hear more about his status by Tuesday

    Horton hopes to hear more about his status by Tuesday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Amid 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 t
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  • Ravens LB Ayanbadejo bashes Pats on Twitter

    Ravens LB Ayanbadejo bashes Pats on Twitter

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    While 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.
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  • Stokley hopes to play one more year

    Stokley hopes to play one more year

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    It 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…
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  • Stepping It Up: When Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead were hur…

    Stepping It Up: When Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead were hurt …

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    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.
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  • Attack Mode: Tom Brady found an edge, and the Texans never adj……

    Attack Mode: Tom Brady found an edge, and the Texans never adj…

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    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.
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  • Texans’ DeVier Posey suffers torn Achilles tendon

    Texans’ DeVier Posey suffers torn Achilles tendon

    Texans 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 fel
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  • During Patriots win, Brandon Spikes shows off his sweet dance m…

    During Patriots win, Brandon Spikes shows off his sweet dance moves (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    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…
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  • Texans hands are tied with Schaub in 2013

    Texans hands are tied with Schaub in 2013

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Though 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…
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  • Bill Belichick is not impressed by another touchdown on the way…

    Bill Belichick is not impressed by another touchdown on the way to Patriots win (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    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…
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  • Brady, Pats finish Texans

    Brady, Pats finish Texans

    There 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.
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  • 92 ejected from Candlestick Park

    92 ejected from Candlestick Park

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Last 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 ov
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  • Brady, Vereen help Patriots cruise by Texans

    Brady, Vereen help Patriots cruise by Texans

    Tom 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.
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  • Sources: Gronkowski (arm) done for playoffs

    Sources: Gronkowski (arm) done for playoffs

    New 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.
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  • Report: Police want to ask Britt about stabbing

    Report: Police want to ask Britt about stabbing

    New 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.
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  • Pete Carroll may have iced himself out of a championship game

    Pete Carroll may have iced himself out of a championship game

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Icing 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…
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  • Asante Samuel: Carroll, Sherman can have some humble pie

    Asante Samuel: Carroll, Sherman can have some humble pie

    The 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…
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  • John Abraham “retweaked” his ankle

    John Abraham “retweaked” his ankle

    The 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, per
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  • Pats push lead back to 11

    Pats push lead back to 11

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Yep, 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 capping
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  • Chargers interview Jay Gruden for coaching job

    Chargers interview Jay Gruden for coaching job

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' vacant head coaching position Sunday.
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  • Ex-Ravens coach Billick interviewed with Eagles

    Ex-Ravens coach Billick interviewed with Eagles

    PHILADELPHIA (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.
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  • Brandon Lloyd gets a 15-yard penalty for throwing the ball at a…

    Brandon Lloyd gets a 15-yard penalty for throwing the ball at an official

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Brandon 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…
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  • Tony Gonzalez can’t contain emotions after finally experiencing…

    Tony Gonzalez can’t contain emotions after finally experiencing a playoff win

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Tony 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…
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  • Offseason could bring big changes for Packers

    Offseason could bring big changes for Packers

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    Still 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.
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  • Congratulations, You Won A Playoff Game: Falcons-Seahawks In Se…

    Congratulations, You Won A Playoff Game: Falcons-Seahawks In Seven GIFs

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Atlanta 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 t
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  • Disaster Averted: The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30…

    Disaster Averted: The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30-28 …

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    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.
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  • Five craziest plays from end of Atlanta’s playoff win

    Five craziest plays from end of Atlanta’s playoff win

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Russell Wilson sets rookie passing yardage record in close loss…

    Russell Wilson sets rookie passing yardage record in close loss to Falcons

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Sometimes, 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…
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  • Bryant's FG rescues Falcons from late collapse

    Bryant's FG rescues Falcons from late collapse

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    Matt 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.
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  • Matt Ryan pulls off a great final drive to get his first career…

    Matt Ryan pulls off a great final drive to get his first career playoff win (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    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…
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  • J.J. Watt greets Pats logo with saliva

    J.J. Watt greets Pats logo with saliva

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Yesterday’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 a
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  • The Mayor Of Denver Has To Do The Ray Lewis Dance Now

    The Mayor Of Denver Has To Do The Ray Lewis Dance Now

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Mayors 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 …
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  • Why didn’t Seattle’s final snap of the first half beat the cloc…

    Why didn’t Seattle’s final snap of the first half beat the clock?

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    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 a
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  • Report:  Raiders talking to Ray Anderson

    Report: Raiders talking to Ray Anderson

    Ever 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 h
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  • No surprises on inactive lists for Texans, Patriots

    No surprises on inactive lists for Texans, Patriots

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Combined, 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…
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  • Reminder: Peyton Manning Still Better Than Tim Tebow

    Reminder: Peyton Manning Still Better Than Tim Tebow

    Broncos 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 »
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  • Falcons’ Jacquizz Rodgers obliterates Seattle’s Earl Thomas

    Falcons’ Jacquizz Rodgers obliterates Seattle’s Earl Thomas

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    You 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…
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  • Cowboys' Spencer willing to play defensive end

    Cowboys' Spencer willing to play defensive end

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Gus Bradley to interview for two other coaching jobs

    Gus Bradley to interview for two other coaching jobs

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Just 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 Eagle
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  • 49ers kicker David Akers had to fight halftime dancers for kick…

    49ers kicker David Akers had to fight halftime dancers for kicking room

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Man, 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…
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  • Sparano to interview for offensive line coach position in Kansa…

    Sparano to interview for offensive line coach position in Kansas City

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Andy 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 Sparano
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  • Tucker's practice kick in OT was against the rules

    Tucker's practice kick in OT was against the rules

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    Tucker's practice kick in OT was against the rules
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  • Intense media scrutiny looms over Jets G.M. job

    Intense media scrutiny looms over Jets G.M. job

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    With 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 they
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  • Calvin Johnson didn’t get a unanimous All-Pro nomination. Why? …

    Calvin Johnson didn’t get a unanimous All-Pro nomination. Why? Not enough ‘wins’

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    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…
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  • Your Divisional Playoffs Open Thread

    Your Divisional Playoffs Open Thread

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Seattle 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…
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  • Jason Taylor Went Through Absolute Hell To Play Football

    Jason Taylor Went Through Absolute Hell To Play Football

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    If 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 »
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  • Glazer: Jets “can’t give [G.M.] position away”

    Glazer: Jets “can’t give [G.M.] position away”

    Maybe 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 awa
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  • Ken Whisenhunt interviewed in San Diego Saturday

    Ken Whisenhunt interviewed in San Diego Saturday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Justin Tucker's Practice Kicks Before His Game-Winner Were Not …

    Justin Tucker's Practice Kicks Before His Game-Winner Were Not Allowed, But They Were Also Not Not Allowed

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Before 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…
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  • All-Pro voter: Marshall, Green won more games than Megatron

    All-Pro voter: Marshall, Green won more games than Megatron

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Tim 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 departmen
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  • Humbled Peyton visits Lewis after loss in locker room

    Humbled Peyton visits Lewis after loss in locker room

    A 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.
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  • Report: Browns eye John Pagano for defensive coordinator

    Report: Browns eye John Pagano for defensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    There 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 Chargers
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  • Roger Goodell Thinks That Robert Griffin III Knee Injury Saga P…

    Roger Goodell Thinks That Robert Griffin III Knee Injury Saga Played Out Just Fine

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Ted Thompson on Colin Kaepernick: Oh my, that was special

    Ted Thompson on Colin Kaepernick: Oh my, that was special

    The 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…
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  • Jonathan Stewart had ankle surgery

    Jonathan Stewart had ankle surgery

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Ankle 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…
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  • A Summit Of Two Of The Most Widely Loved And Reviled Football P…

    A Summit Of Two Of The Most Widely Loved And Reviled Football Players In The NFL Took Place After Ravens-Broncos

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    A 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…
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  • Sources: Argos' Armstead on NFL teams' radar

    Sources: Argos' Armstead on NFL teams' radar

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    NFL teams are looking closely at former USC and Toronto Argonauts standout defensive tackle Armond Armstead, according to sources.
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  • Sunday morning one-liners

    Sunday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Looking 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 Germany
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  • Donald Driver, Greg Jennings unsure if they’re done as Packers

    Donald Driver, Greg Jennings unsure if they’re done as Packers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Green 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 i
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  • Kaep'n Krunch: Who can stop the Niners? Colin Kaepernick turned…

    Kaep'n Krunch: Who can stop the Niners? Colin Kaepernick turned …

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    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.
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  • Officials have a rough day in Denver as the Broncos lose to the…

    Officials have a rough day in Denver as the Broncos lose to the Ravens

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    DENVER - 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…
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  • Video - Texans Don't Matchup Against Patriots 03:06

    Texans Don't Matchup Against Patriots

    Jan 13
    James Walker and Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com on the Texans troubles this season against the Patriots.
  • Video - Patriots Expecting Tough Game 00:44

    Patriots Expecting Tough Game

    Jan 13
    Bill Belichick and Tom Brady comment on the Patriots' upcoming matchup against the Ravens in the AFC Championship game.
  • Video - Patriots Moving On Without Gronkowski 01:30

    Patriots Moving On Without Gronkowski

    Jan 13
    Mike Reiss looks ahead to next Sunday's AFC Championship game, in which the Patriots will face the Ravens without TE Rob Gronkowski
  • Video - 2012 Divisional Playoffs: Weekend remix 03:49

    2012 Divisional Playoffs: Weekend remix

    Jan 13
    Two 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.

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    Jan 13
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    Jan 13
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    Jan 13
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    Jan 13
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