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As the Browns search for a General Manager, there’s finally a favorite for the job. And some in the Cleveland media will be happy to know that it’s not Mike Lombardi. Per a league source, Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer is believed to haveShare TweetThe Cleveland Browns are close to selling naming rights for their stadium to an energy company based in Akron, Ohio, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.Share Tweet
Tim Tebow’s brother apologizes for gloating over Broncos’ lossTim Tebow’s big brother is sorry for taking delight in the loss of Tebow’s former team. Peter Tebow went on Twitter immediately after the Broncos’ loss to the Ravens on Saturday and said he was happy to see the Broncos lose. He also took a shot at PShare TweetIn between the first and second overtimes Saturday, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker rushed onto the field and took a few practice kicks. Four plays into the second overtime, Tucker hit the winning, 47-yard field goal. Practice kicks are certainly unusual, b…Share TweetWe’ve got a rematch in the AFC Championship Game, which means the Ravens are trying to avoid a repeat of last year’s painful loss to the Patriots. Lee Evans couldn’t catch a pass in the end zone that he should have caught and then Billy Cundiff missShare TweetI've always been old school when it comes to stadiums and have never been a fan of selling naming rights to them. You'll always remember Three Rivers, Riverfront and Memorial Stadiums. The biggest problem I have with naming rights is stadiums switch so …Share TweetLet's go back to the halcyon days of 2007, when an unheralded sixth-round pick named Derek Anderson outplayed Charlie Frye and Brady Quinn to become the Browns starter. Anderson would make the Pro Bowl and win 10 games as he led Cleveland to its best se…Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 14, 2013All due respect to Rob Gronkowski and his unique skill set, but the Patriots will survive without their tight end's presence. Sidelined with a broken arm, Gronk is forced to miss the remainder of the postseason as the Patriots move on to face the Ravens…Share TweetBroncos coach John Fox says quarterback Peyton Manning does not deserve the blame for Saturday’s loss to the Ravens. The Broncos’ secondary, however, is another story. Fox acknowledged at his season-ending press conference today that it took a major sShare TweetWhen it comes to breaking down the defensive numbers, you can make the argument that the Ravens have played better without linebacker Ray Lewis. In the latest Football Outsiders post by Vince Verhei, he points out that the Ravens have given up 20.3 poin…Share TweetDespite the first consecutive playoff appearances in non-strike seasons in franchise history, the Bengals know that it’s not easy to sell tickets to Paul Brown Stadium. So they’re cutting prices. Again. Specifically, prices for season tickets will bShare TweetThe Patriots put up an impressive performance against the Texans on Sunday afternoon, allowing them to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year. They’ll be facing the Ravens next week, just as they did last season, and Tom CurraShare TweetThe Patriots advanced to another AFC Championship Game with Sunday’s win over the Texans, but they aren’t going to have tight end Rob Gronkowski against the Ravens. Gronkowski re-injured the left forearm he broke earlier this season and will need to hShare TweetWith a day to think about it, Brendon Ayanbadejo ”would like to recant his claims about the Patriots. Ayanbadejo, the Ravens linebacker who ripped the Patriots on Twitter Sunday night over Spygate and an offense that Ayanbadejo described as a “gimmickShare TweetThe NFL is invincible. After a season of unnecessary distractions and safety crises and owner collusion and labor stoppages, in the course of two days the sport managed to put on two games that were so good they make you want to run through a fucking br…Share Tweet
Paton out of Browns G.M. mix, but reason isn’t clearIn the days after the Browns fired G.M. Tom Heckert, word emerged that the Browns requested permission to interview Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton. But an interview never happened. There are two different versions in league circles as to what happe…Share Tweet
Leading Off: Can Anyone Stop These Guys?nytimes.com Jan 14, 2013The sum total of the weekend's four N.F.L. games: 3,598 yards, 35 touchdowns and that whole defense-wins-championships canard takes one right in the kisser.Share Tweet
Denver's CBS Affiliate Seems Really Confused About Which Teams Are Playing In The AFC Championshipdeadspin.com Jan 14, 2013As you already know, the Denver Broncos fell this weekend to the Baltimore Ravens in a double-OT thriller. The city of Denver, it seems, is still a bit in denial. Here's a graphic that ran during last night's 6 p.m. newscast, one that's exceptionally bi…Share Tweet
Ravens already exorcised some demonsOne of the major storylines for Sunday's AFC Championship Game is how the Ravens get a chance to make up for the final-minute mishaps last season in New England that cost them a trip to the Super Bowl. When the Ravens meet the Patriots again Sunday, it …Share Tweet
Divisional playoff LVPs: Broncos secondary finished lastyahoo.com Jan 14, 2013Everyone covering passes for the Denver Broncos: You can blame safety Rahim Moore all you want for losing coverage on the 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation of the Baltimore Ravens' 38-35 overtime w…Share TweetIf his boss was a little bolder, there’s a strong chance Mike McCoy would be busy today game-planning for the AFC Championship Game. But after losing to the Ravens Saturday, McCoy’s offseason plans are wide open, and he’s filling them. According toShare Tweet
Instead of Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning in the AFC title game, the consolation prize is Tom Brady vs. Ray Lewisnydailynews.com Jan 14, 2013It’s a bit of a letdown that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning won’t battle it out in the AFC Championship Game next week with a chance for Manning to close the gap on Brady on the list of the all-time greats.Share TweetCNNSI.com Jan 14, 2013Disappointed in how the playoffs' started? With offense everywhere and legends making their mark, for good and bad, the divisional round easily made up for it, writes Peter King.Share Tweet
NFL Run and Shootaround: The Long Good-byegrantland.com Jan 14, 2013Ray Lewis Is Truly Awesome Ray Lewis has described many things as awesome. He dieted and exercised before this season and showed up to camp at his ...Share Tweet
Bigger story: San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's running or passing?Jan 14San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick showed off his passing and running ability on Saturday, but which one is the bigger story? Our analysts discuss Kaepernick, as well as the QB matchup of Joe Flacco versus Peyton Manning.
NFL Live OT: Takeaway From Divisional PlayoffsJan 14Tim Hasselbeck, Merril Hoge and Eric Mangini discuss their biggest takeaway from the divisional playoffs.
Countdown Daily Hot Topics: Divisional RoundJan 14Antonio Pierce answers your facebook questions
Ayanbadejo Takes Shots At PatsJan 14Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge discuss Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo's tweets about the Patriots.
NFL mailbag -- Running QBs have leg up, for nowJan 14The pistol and read option have staying power, but defenses will eventually adjust. Plus, reader questions.
Peter King: Offensive outburst, meeting of legends set up conference final…Jan 14DENVER -- Ray Lewis was sick Saturday night, 90 minutes after the Ravens had stunned the Broncos here, and he was waiting in a stadium anteroom to be connected with Deion Sanders for an NFL Network interview. "Flu?'' someone asked him. He nodded in…