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Wild-Card Matchups: N.F.C.

Wild-Card Matchups: N.F.C.

nytimes.com Updated Dec 30, 2012
The Packers get another shot at the Vikings, while Robert Griffin III and the Redskins face the Seahawks, and the Falcons and 49ers have byes.
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  • Tiebreaker sends Bucs to bottom of NFC South

    Tiebreaker sends Bucs to bottom of NFC South

    ATLANTA -- The Bucs’ 7-9 finish puts them in a tie with their NFC South counterparts New Orleans and Carolina. But there’s technically an order of finish, and it’s not good for the Bucs. When tiebreaking procedures are applied, the Bucs fall the fo
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  • NFL playoff schedule

    NFL playoff schedule

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2012
    Here is a link to the NFL playoff schedule as Week 17 comes to an end. Game times will be updated as they become available.
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  • Falcons have playoff date, time

    Falcons have playoff date, time

    The Atlanta Falcons already knew where and know they know when they’ll play in the divisional round of the playoffs. But they still don’t know who they’ll be playing. The NFL just announced the schedule for the wild-card round and the divisional rou
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  • Report: Reid, Eagles' winningest coach, out on Monday

    Report: Reid, Eagles' winningest coach, out on Monday

    CNNSI.com Dec 30, 2012
    Andy Reid is out after 14 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press following Sunday's 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants.
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  • Broncos clinch the top seed in the AFC by pounding the Chiefs (…

    Broncos clinch the top seed in the AFC by pounding the Chiefs (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 30, 2012
    In NFL history, the two free-agent signings that stood above all were Reggie White to the Packers and Drew Brees to the Saints. Peyton Manning to the Broncos makes it a top three. The Broncos won the AFC West last year with a staggering amount of Tebow-…
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  • Falcons starters get injured in meaningless finale, Atlanta los…

    Falcons starters get injured in meaningless finale, Atlanta loses anyway

    yahoo.com Dec 30, 2012
    You don't often see division champs with home-field playoff advantage in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation in Week 17, but that's exactly where the Atlanta Falcons found themselves this weekend. Going into a home matchup against Tampa Ba…
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  • Dancing, Yawning, And Picking Our Noses Into The Sunset: Your S…

    Dancing, Yawning, And Picking Our Noses Into The Sunset: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 30, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from every last person in the league-coaches, players, mascots-breaking out that one dance move they've been saving up all year, to a referee in New Orleans thinking he could pick his nose because no one
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  • 7th win for Carolina Panthers should be enough for Ron Rivera t…

    7th win for Carolina Panthers should be enough for Ron Rivera to keep his job

    charlotteobserver.com Dec 30, 2012
    Ron Rivera's Carolina Panthers won the final four games of their season, finishing a respectable 7-9 and winning a tiebreaker to end up second in the NFC South after edging…Click to Continue »
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  • Abraham ankle is expected to be fine

    Abraham ankle is expected to be fine

    It looked bad when it happened.  The end result could be a lot better. Per multiple sources, the initial prognosis on the ankle of Falcons defensive end isn’t negative. He’ll have an MRI on Monday.  One source said Abraham will be fine.  Another sa
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  • Brees makes history, so does Saints' D in loss

    Brees makes history, so does Saints' D in loss

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2012
    Drew Brees made more NFL history, but so did the Saints' defense in an undesirable way, and the Carolina Panthers rallied to a 44-38 victory Sunday.
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  • Panthers beat Saints to leave both teams 7-9

    Panthers beat Saints to leave both teams 7-9

    The Saints know they’re getting their coach back next year. The Panthers can’t be sure of that yet. Both teams finished the season 7-9 after a 44-38 Panthers win in the Superdome, a back-and-forth affair which featured 971 yards of combined offense. N
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  • If There Is Anything Subtle About ESPN It's The Deception

    If There Is Anything Subtle About ESPN It's The Deception

    deadspin.com Dec 30, 2012
    On Friday evening, a serious dustup developed regarding the sourcing of news and ESPN's crediting practices. Jay Glazer reported that Sean Payton would be signing an extension with the New Orleans Saints. Hot on his heels were Adam Schefter and Jason La…
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  • Cam Newton down with leg injury, but returns

    Cam Newton down with leg injury, but returns

    profootballtalk.com Dec 30, 2012
    For the second time today, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has left the game. After leaving for a single play earlier, Newton just walked off the field with an apparent left leg injury. His foot was caught in the turf as he was rolled. Trainers were loo…
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  • Saints come back to take 17-13 lead at half, set record

    Saints come back to take 17-13 lead at half, set record

    profootballtalk.com Dec 30, 2012
    The Saints are already, officially, the worst defense in NFL history at preventing yards. They’re also winning. The Saints scored a pair of touchdowns in a 43-second span, one from Drew Brees to Marques Colston and the other on a Jonathan Vilma intercep
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  • NFC South at halftime

    NFC South at halftime

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2012
    The New Orleans Saints already have set a new NFL record for yards allowed in a season, but they lead the Carolina Panthers, 17-13, at halftime. That’s largely due to Jonathan Vilma's interception return for a touchdown on a Cam Newton pass in the secon
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  • Bucs' inactives include cornerback Eric Wright

    Bucs' inactives include cornerback Eric Wright

    ATLANTA -- The Bucs are here at the Georgia Dome for their anticlimactic season finale against the Falcons, and we’ve got a little news to share before kickoff. Cornerback Eric Wright, back this week after serving a four-game league suspension, is inac
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  • Could it be time for Jon Gruden to return to Philly?

    Could it be time for Jon Gruden to return to Philly?

    yahoo.com Dec 30, 2012
    Former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, now positioned at the top of the ESPN NFL analyst tree, might be looking for a way back into an NFL head coaching position. This, from Dan Pompei of the National Football Post on Sun…
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  • Thomas Davis hits $1 million escalator

    Thomas Davis hits $1 million escalator

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2012
    Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis has doubled his salary for 2013. By staying on the 53-man roster all this season, Davis has hit a $1 million escalator clause in his contract. Davis had been scheduled to earn $1 million in base salary in 2013, but that …
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  • Greg Hardy unlikely to play for Panthers

    Greg Hardy unlikely to play for Panthers

    The Carolina Panthers reportedly could be without defensive end Greg Hardy in Sunday’s season finale at New Orleans. Joseph Person reports Hardy did not travel with the team Saturday. Hardy was excused from practice all week while dealing with a family
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Buccaneers-Falcons Recap 01:31

    Sunday Blitz: Buccaneers-Falcons Recap

    Dec 30
    Cary Chow and Cris Carter break down the Buccaneers' 22-17 win over the Falcons.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Panthers-Saints Recap 01:20

    Sunday Blitz: Panthers-Saints Recap

    Dec 30
    Cary Chow and Cris Carter break down the Panthers' 44-38 win over the Saints.
  • Video - Panthers postgame press conference 04:05

    Panthers postgame press conference

    Dec 30
    Panthers react following game with Saints
  • Video - Panthers postgame press conference 04:05

    Panthers postgame press conference

    Dec 30
    Panthers react following game with Saints

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