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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
Shuffling 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 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 Tweet
Munchak thinks staff needs to evolveMike Munchak's staff cuts are growing increasingly surprising. Special teams were up and down this year, but the ups didn’t count for enough. Alan Lowry, who penned the franchise’s most famous play, the Music City Miracle kickoff return that beat BuffUpvote 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 Tweet
NNL says don't count out the TexansNumbers Never Lie says don't count out the Texans.Upvote 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 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 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 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
Giants, Jets, Broncos: Answers to Readers' Questionsnytimes.com Updated 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
Save The Dates: With the divisional round of the playoffs at hand…CNNSI.com Updated Jan 11, 2013With 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
Houston hopes to wear Wilfork downInterior defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was extraordinarily disruptive in New England's regular-season win against Houston. For the rematch, in matchup graphics, we’re seeing right guard Ben Jones vs. Wilfork as a key matchup. But the rookie Jones willUpvote 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 TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 11, 2013Three 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 Tweet
RTC: Columnist likes Jags' firm directionReading the coverage… Houston Texans J.J. Watt was the best player in the NFL this season, says Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus. He’s also the PFWA/PFW defensive player of the year. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports looks back at the first game and says whatUpvote Share TweetThe postseason awards from the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly are out. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle has them. (The Pro Football Writers Association and PFW seem to be keeping them a secret rather than trumpeting them.)…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Jan 11, 2013Tim Tebow may be too popular to play football anymore -- unless he wants to quit playing as a quarterback.Upvote Share Tweet
Chat wrap: Odds on some Colts returningSome highlights from Thursday’s chat, which I forgive you for failing to attend. Tye (Dallas): I’m not a Schaub hater, however his propensity to throw off his back foot is very frustrating. Have you noticed a higher than normal tendency of Schaub throUpvote 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 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
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.
'Playbook': Can the Houston Texans pull off an upset?Jan 11The "Playbook" gang breaks down the New England Patriots' playoff success at home and explains why even Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will have a hard time helping his team beat the Patriots.
'Playbook': Houston Texans vs. New England PatriotsJan 11Do the Houston Texans or New England Patriots need the running game more on Sunday? Our analysts take a look at both ground games and also discuss how Texans defensive end J.J. Watt impacts the defense.
NFL Live OT: Sunday PreviewJan 11Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards preview Sunday's divisional-round matchups between Seattle-Atlanta and Houston-New England.
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.