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Soon-to-be free-agent receiver Wes Welker likely can remove the Ravens from his list of potential destinations. Welker’s wife launched a Facebook tirade against Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after Sunday’s AFC title game, in which Mrs. Welker criticizesUpvote Share Tweet
Wilson replaces Ryan on NFC Pro Bowl rosterSeattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl after Atlanta's Matt Ryan withdrew due to an injury.Upvote Share TweetThe list of changes to the San Diego Chargers coaching staff continues. According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers will not retain strength and conditioning coach Jeff Hurd and assistant strength coach Vernon Stephens. Hea…Upvote Share TweetA decade ago, the Raiders’ fate in Super Bowl XXXVII presumably was sealed by the weekend disappearance of center Barret Robbins. Hall of Fame finalist Tim Brown believes that the blame for the 48-21 loss to the Buccaneers should go to Oakland’s heaUpvote Share TweetAs the Eagles' new coach, Chip Kelly faces more challenges than simply finding a quarterback. The biggest one? Adjusting to the NFL game's many differences, says Andy Staples.Upvote Share TweetWith Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanting to transform his team into the Lakers of the NFL, Dolphins fans now have reason to fret about Ross moving his team to the Lakers’ neighborhood. According to Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ross has mUpvote Share TweetRussell Wilson isn’t the only rookie quarterback going to the Pro Bowl. The Colts have announced that rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has been selected to play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl in place of Tom Brady, who is out with an injury. There’s no word onUpvote Share TweetThe fact that the Ravens and 49ers are coached by the Harbaugh brothers promises to be one of the most discussed angles to Super Bowl XLVII and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had his first chance to address the topic on Monday. Harbaugh said that he hopes to …Upvote Share TweetSix replacements for injured or unavailable players were named Monday to the AFC roster for Sunday's Pro Bowl.Upvote Share TweetFormer LSU star Tyrann "Honey Badger'' Mathieu is at the Senior Bowl attempting to repair his image and convince NFL teams that he has changed his ways.Upvote Share TweetWhen the season ended, Redskins wide receiver Pierre GarÃ§on was unsure whether or not he’d have surgery to repair a torn plantar plate on his right foot. GarÃ§on still hasn’t made a final decision, although a report from Zac Boyer of the FredricksbuUpvote Share TweetBus Cook has another reason to not ask the Seahawks for a new contract for Russell Wilson. Robert Griffin III, not Wilson, was the rookie quarterback named to the NFC Pro Bowl team. But it’s Wilson, not Griffin, who’ll play in the game. Griffin is rUpvote Share TweetJim Caldwell will remain the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator next season.Upvote Share TweetThe Jive Turkey Gobbler is sticking with the Jive Turkey Wobbler. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that embattled kicker David Akers would keep that job for the Super Bowl. Akers missed a 38-yarder yester…Upvote Share Tweet
Another Dolphin heads to the Pro BowlBetween the injured players from the conference finalists who lost and the Pro Bowlers from the teams that won, replacements will be needed for the Pro Bowl. The latest is Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks, who is replacing Patriots defensive tack…Upvote Share TweetAfter the Patriots lost in the AFC Championship Game, coach Bill Belichick was ripped on the postgame show for declining to give an interview to CBS. That wasn’t the first time that happened. Six years ago, Belichick was curt with CBS’s Solomon WilcotUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network wraps up the weekendIt’s a good thing we have two weeks until the Super Bowl because we’re going to need a while to process everything from Sunday’s conference title games. Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will spend an hour doing just that on Monday. Erik KuselUpvote Share Tweet
Pressure? Niners Were 5-0 in Super Bowls With Montana and YoungAmong franchises with more than two Super Bowl victories, San Francisco has the only untarnished record.Upvote Share TweetThat goofy Ray Lewis retirement party countdown billboard apparently had an impact on Lewis and the Ravens. There are new billboards in Baltimore that likely won’t impact the looming 2013 rematch between the two teams. According to the Ravens’ officUpvote Share TweetAfter last night’s AFC title game, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Patriots to have fun at the Pro Bowl. Two them won’t. Guard Logan Mankins and receiver Wes Welker won’t be going to the Pro Bowl, because they are injured. They’ll be reUpvote Share TweetAtlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC Championship Game and won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl.Upvote Share TweetPrior to firing coach Mike Mularkey or bringing in his replacement Gus Bradley, the Jaguars opened the door for all their assistants to seek other jobs. But Bradley has invited two of them back in, deciding to retain wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan …Upvote Share Tweet
The NFC Is Running Low On Pro Bowl QuarterbacksMatt Ryan hurt his shoulder when he was pancaked to the turf by Ahmad Brooks with 1:55 remaining. It looked ugly, and Ryan got up slowly. It was his left, non-throwing shoulder, but his next two passes were incomplete. When Atlanta recovered the ball wi…Upvote Share Tweet
Schwartz: Critics of Lions’ D don’t know what they’re talking aboutLions coach Jim Schwartz says he has no plans to change the alignment he uses on Detroit’s defensive line. And he says people who attribute the Lions’ rough season to that alignment are ignorant. Schwartz told reporters today that he will not considerUpvote Share Tweet
AFC and NFC Championships draw 47.7 million, 42 million viewersThe NFL’s dominance over the American television landscape continues. The Super Bowl is always America’s most-watched television show of the year by a huge margin, but in recent years the AFC and NFC Championship Games have become the second- and thirUpvote Share TweetHad the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl, Matt Ryan would have played. This weekend’s Pro Bowl, not so much. Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that his quarterback suffered a sprained AC joint in his left (non-throwing shoulder), according to D. OrUpvote Share TweetAt this point, the 49ers almost have no choice but to stick with kicker David Akers. But if they did decide to bring in another one, their first choice is off the table. Billy Cundiff, who was signed to light a fire under Akers’ seat earlier this month,Upvote Share TweetSaints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael’s contract is set to expire soon, but he isn’t planning on going anywhere. Carmichael got nibbles from other teams about jumping to run their offenses this month, overtures that he turned down without everUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Nantz takes on Cleveland media over Mike Lombardi criticismThe man known for his “hello, friends” greeting has a very different message for the enemies of new Browns V.P. of player personnel Mike Lombardi. Jim Nantz of CBS has launched an assault against those in the Cleveland media who are criticizing the teUpvote Share TweetOK, before we go any further, we have to address Michael Phelps's new look. Apparently, Phelps has been hanging out in a lot of coffee shops and going to a lot of Japandroids concerts since the summer Olympics. Or perhaps he's just a really big fan of t…Upvote Share Tweet
Talib loved being a Patriot, but doesn’t know if it will lastPatriots cornerback Aqib Talib said Monday he loved being a Patriot, but he’s far from knowing whether he’s going to stay a Patriot. The cornerback who was acquired in exchange for a fourth-round pick is headed to unrestricted free agency, and he saidUpvote Share TweetJim and John Harbaugh will coach against each other in a historic Super Bowl XLVII. Take a look at rare family photos of the Harbaugh brothers from their childhood and beyond.Upvote Share Tweet
Packers expect Derek Sherrod to compete for jobThanks to a broken leg, the Packers haven’t gotten much out of Derek Sherrod in the two years since they made him a first-round pick. Sherrod broke his leg in Week 15 of the 2011 season and never made it off the PUP list this season, leaving the PackersUpvote Share Tweet
D.J. Fluker is huge, Denard Robinson is small at the Senior BowlToday’s the day when NFL draft prospects get weighed and measured at the Senior Bowl, and as always there are some cases when players’ actual heights and weights don’t mesh with what their listed heights and weights in college. In the case of AlabamUpvote Share TweetThe perception of the New York Jets' trade for Tim Tebow has been that it was the brainchild of owner Woody Johnson, but that's not how it was presented to at least one general manager candidate in his interview with the team.Upvote Share TweetAnother disappointing season for the Buffalo Bills ended a few weeks ago, but the team gets a small delayed celebration after a couple of their players were named to the AFC Pro Bowl team in the wake of Baltimore’s victory over the Patriots on Sunday. TUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Ravens talk with J. Michael and Patriots talk with Tom CurranThe Ravens reversed the result from last season and outlasted the Patriots on the road Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl. Monday’s PFT Live will be devoted to talking about that game from both angles. J. Michael of CSN Baltimore will join Mike FlorioUpvote Share Tweet
Hire Ground: New coaches bring along hope, but not necessarily…New coaches bring along hope, but not necessarily success. So, who picked wisely in switching sideline bosses and who didn't? Chris Burke grades the eight moves.Upvote Share TweetTight end Owen Daniels was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Monday, making him the ninth Texan and the second AFC replacement tight end in the all-star game. Daniels will go in the place of the injured Rob Gronkowski, since Bengals tight end Jermaine Gr…Upvote Share TweetLast year, when Randy Moss was retired and opted to take to the Internet to declare out of the blue (moon) his desire to return to football, the notion that Moss would be competing once again for his first Super Bowl ring would have been unfathomable. B…Upvote Share TweetFalcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said Sunday's loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game was "probably" his last NFL game, echoing his thoughts throughout the season that he was 95 percent sure he would retire after this season.Upvote Share Tweet
It Appears Bill Cowher Is A Skoal ManThe only bigger waste of time than watching insipid and moronic NFL pre-game shows is watching their post-game counterparts, in which washed-up former stars mumble vacuous platitudes and chickenscratch X's and O's. We noticed something curious last nigh…Upvote Share TweetOver the weekend, reports indicated that Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann would interview with the Eagles for their defensive coordinator job. Herrmann did interview for the job, but he won’t be getting the position. Tom Rock of Newsday reports thaUpvote Share TweetThe next two weeks are going to be filled with plenty of storylines. There’s the brothers Harbaugh squaring off in the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick’s stunning rise and Ray Lewis‘ farewell tour, for starters. There’s also going to be a lot of “IsUpvote Share Tweet
Katie Couric to interview Te’oOprah is slipping. At a time when the Manti Te’o imbroglio has begun to feel like it was all an anchovy-and-Anheuser-induced dream, we’re reminded that the story of a fake dead girlfriend has yet to die, thanks to Katie Couric. Katie, not Oprah (who pUpvote Share TweetAfter watching Seahawks tight end Zach Miller tee off on the Falcons last week, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis couldn’t put the remote down. Miller caught eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons the week before, the kind of performaUpvote Share Tweet
Josh Sitton will replace Mike Iupati in Pro BowlBack when the Pro Bowl rosters were announced in December, Packers center Jeff Saturday said that he wished he could give his spot on the NFC team to teammate Josh Sitton. Such things aren’t permitted, even in the case of picks like Saturday that were mUpvote Share TweetAs the NFL and its teams embark on an effort to inject some (any) diversity into the hiring process, the focal point will be the Rooney Rule. Some think another rule should receive equal scrutiny. Several years ago, the NFL decided to allow teams to blo…Upvote Share TweetPatriots Coach Bill Belichick was criticized for being too conservative, for not talking to CBS and for everything else under the sun after a loss in the A.F.C. title game.Upvote Share TweetA look at how the Bills scout the Senior Bowl. Members of the Dolphins shared their thoughts on the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Patriots WR Wes Welker was left to lament missed opportunities after Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. Jets NT Sione Pouha isUpvote Share Tweet
Leavy explains decision to uphold key Pats fumbleThe AFC title game changed dramatically when, after the Ravens opened an eight-point lead on the first snap of the fourth quarter, a run by Pats running back Stevan Ridley resulted in a helmet-to-helmet hit that seemed to knock him out on his feet, caus…Upvote Share Tweet
Ndamukong Suh headed to HawaiiLions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh might have ended up in Hawaii anyway, but it became official last night when the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl. Suh will replace Justin Smith of the 49ers in the Pro Bowl. Even if Atlanta had won, Smith’s partiallUpvote Share TweetThe Falcons fan who was stabbed in a fight after last night’s NFC Championship Game has been hospitalized and is in stable condition, while police continue to look for his attacker. According to Atlanta’s WSB-TV, the unnamed Falcons fan was stabbed inUpvote Share Tweet
49ers and Ravens: The More Physical Teams WonSan Francisco used its bruising ground game, and Baltimore relied on its rugged defense, to advance to the Super Bowl.Upvote Share TweetRavens head coach John Harbaugh reacts to having to face his brother Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.Upvote Share TweetSI.com caught up with Ravens LB Terrell Suggs after Baltimore defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship.Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens are the first underdog of more than a touchdown to win both the division and championship playoff rounds.Upvote Share Tweet
Cornwell comes out swinging against De SmithOn Friday, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith took a subtle jab at the NFL Coaches Association and executive director David Cornwell for remaining silent in the wake of a proof-in-the-pudding 0-for-15 failure by NFL teams to hire a single minority…Upvote Share Tweet
Is Defense (and Running) Still the Key to Winning in the N.F.L.?New England and Atlanta, high-scoring offenses in the regular season, were each shut out in the second half.Upvote Share Tweet
Lessons from loss to NY Giants in last year's NFC Championship Game propel San Francisco 49ers over Atlanta Falcons and into Supnydailynews.com Updated Jan 21, 2013Niners safety Donte Whitner recalls that no one said a negative word in the locker room after San Francisco lost to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game last year.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Jan 21, 2013Tom Brady's legacy: A quarterback's win-loss record, especially in a relatively small amount of playoff games, is nowhere near an accurate measure of a player's career. We all know that, right? Good. Still, we see Patriots quarterback Tom Brady trudging…Upvote Share Tweet
We Went There: Ravens-PatriotsMy friend Garrett, of Boston, has been calling Ravens QB Joe Flacco "FlaccoLOL" all year. Every one of those Bad Joe Flacco Games this season, with th...Upvote Share TweetOn any given Sunday (or Monday or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes ...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Weekend: The Ravens' RevengeIn case you were busy writing the first part of a gritty 3-D trilogy reimagining the story of Humpty Dumpty called "HD Volume One: Sitting on a Wall,"...Upvote Share Tweet
49ers going to the ship!Jan 21The San Francisco 49ers battled from behind to make a thrilling comeback and defeat the Atlanta Falcons to earn a spot in Super Bowl XLVII. Check out the team's exciting locker room celebration.
Has Tony Gonzalez played his final game?Jan 21LaDainian Tomlinson joins "NFL Total Access" to weigh in on how Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez should approach retirement.
Has Tony Gonzalez played his final game?Jan 21LaDainian Tomlinson joins "NFL Total Access" to weigh in on how Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez should approach retirement.
Is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis the key to the team's success?Jan 21The "NFL Total Access" crew debate whether or not the Baltimore Ravens would be in the Super Bowl without linebacker Ray Lewis.
Clayton's mailbag: Diversity efforts need refiningJan 21The Rooney Rule is nice in theory, but the NFL's diversity efforts must evolve. Plus, reader questions.
Peter King: Two compelling championship games produced HarBowlJan 21ATLANTA -- The Niners are back. Hard to believe it's been 18 years since Steve Young threw six touchdown passes to shred the Chargers, then mimed having a monkey on his back while begging Harris Barton to rip it off, only to throw up a Gatorade/cookie m…