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14 Jan 2005, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Semifinals Preview

This year's NFC postseason feels a bit like the Division II playoffs, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. These four teams are going to score more than an all-male a capella group after a concert at Wellesley College. With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the NFC semifinals and makes possibly the first-ever reference on an NFL website to the obscure Athens band Pylon.

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14 Jan 2005, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Semifinals Preview

This year's NFC postseason feels a bit like the Division II playoffs, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. These four teams are going to score more than an all-male a capella group after a concert at Wellesley College. With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the NFC semifinals and makes possibly the first-ever reference on an NFL website to the obscure Athens band Pylon.

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14 Jan 2005, 03:44am by Aaron Schatz

AFC Semifinals Preview

Once again, the NFL's most underrated QB takes on the NFL's most overrated QB. Hundreds of Patriots and Colts fans were slaughtered this week in a brawl meant to determine which of those players is Tom Brady and which is Peyton Manning. Will injuries on the New England defense help Manning finally get off his personal Planet of the Apes? Also, there are rumors of another game involving AFC teams, although the details we can get from the media are sketchy. Could this be the least-hyped playoff game involving a New York team ever? With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the AFC semifinals.

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14 Jan 2005, 03:44am by Aaron Schatz

AFC Semifinals Preview

Once again, the NFL's most underrated QB takes on the NFL's most overrated QB. Hundreds of Patriots and Colts fans were slaughtered this week in a brawl meant to determine which of those players is Tom Brady and which is Peyton Manning. Will injuries on the New England defense help Manning finally get off his personal Planet of the Apes? Also, there are rumors of another game involving AFC teams, although the details we can get from the media are sketchy. Could this be the least-hyped playoff game involving a New York team ever? With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the AFC semifinals.

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13 Jan 2005, 11:09pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Where's the Run?

Al and Vivek try to figure out what happened to the running game during the NFL playoffs, talk about Randy Moss's butt, and preview this week's playoff games. Plus an Operation Enduring Freedom Edition of the Scramble Mailbag, an update of the Football Outsiders playoff fantasy competition, and this week's extremely disturbing Jason Beattie cartoon.

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13 Jan 2005, 01:35pm by Michael David Smith

Introducing the NFL's Sternest Referee

If the best refs are the ones you never notice, does that mean Ed Hochuli should have kept his flag in his pocket instead of calling a key penalty on Eric Barton Saturday night? Would other referees have made the same call? And why does this referee have bigger muscles than half the players?

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12 Jan 2005, 10:57am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Rams Pass Defense

Counting on your opponents to drop passes is never a good strategy, but that was what the Rams did in holding off the Seahawks on Saturday. Which players were most to blame for Seattle's passing effectiveness, and what do the Rams need to do to stop the Falcons this weekend? Find out in our latest installment of Every Play Counts.

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11 Jan 2005, 03:02am by Mike Tanier

Rest Stopped: The 1996 Denver Broncos

They clinched home field advantage with weeks to spare. But when an offensive superstar was hurt in the clinching game, coaches had to decide whether to bench regulars and risk losing their competitive edge, or let the starters play in the waning weeks and risk injury. Do the 1996 Denver Broncos foretell playoff failure for the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles? Michael Tanier revisits those long ago days when John Elway was just a guy with great stats who couldn't win the big one.

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10 Jan 2005, 07:55pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Flag Frenzy

If the wild card weekend proved anything, it was that the NFL's officials are still emphasizing the illegal contact rules for defensive backs. Will that be bad news for the Patriots against Peyton Manning and the Colts? Russell weighs in with his thoughts, predictions on all four divisional games, and the weekly Mike Martz Award.

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10 Jan 2005, 03:44am by Michael David Smith

Book Review: Big Play

It's funny, it's unconventional, and it's thorough. Allen Barra's Big Play is exactly the kind of book Football Outsiders readers should love.

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