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AFC Championship Preview 2017

A Super Bowl berth could be decided by the Patriots' ability to contain Le'Veon Bell -- and by Pittsburgh's ability to avoid their usual defensive breakdowns against New England.

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Week 19 DVOA Ratings

The cream rose to the top in this year's playoffs, as the final four teams all ranked seventh or higher in DVOA this season.

51 comments, Last Comment at 19 Jan 2017, 6:08am by bigpoppapump

Jan 16, 2017 07:31pm by Aaron Schatz || read all DVOA Rankings and Analysis articles

Film Room: Jared Cook

He made the biggest catch of the playoffs so far, but Green Bay's tight end had a lot of bad plays against Dallas too.

31 comments, Last Comment at 20 Jan 2017, 3:48pm by dank067

Jan 19, 2017 12:16pm by Cian Fahey || read all Film Room articles

Word of Muth: Falcons Roll Seahawks

While Atlanta's backs and receivers have gotten most of the credit this season, Ben Muth likes what he saw from their offensive line against Seattle -- especially from the guards and center Alex Mack

5 comments, Last Comment at 21 Jan 2017, 9:33am by Peregrine

Jan 20, 2017 11:15am by Ben Muth || read all Word Of Muth articles

Divisional Round Quick Reads

Brock Osweiler did against New England what Brock Osweiler often did all year -- which is something we have rarely seen in the NFL before this season.

103 comments, Last Comment at 18 Jan 2017, 9:51pm by doktarr

Jan 16, 2017 05:47pm GMT by Vincent Verhei || read all Quick Reads articles

Audibles at the Line: Divisional Round

The NFL playoffs finally heat up, as a wild finish in Dallas and a tight game in Kansas City go some way to making up for the blowouts that preceded them.

194 comments, Last Comment at 18 Jan 2017, 5:01pm by t.d.

Jan 15, 2017 11:39pm GMT by Andrew Potter || read all Audibles articles

FEI 2016 Final Ratings

In many ways, the National Championship game looked like many of Alabama's wins. In other ways it was like no game they had ever played before.

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Jan 11, 2017 02:23pm by Brian Fremeau || read all Fremeau Efficiency Ratings Articles

OFI: Wearing the Tide Down

The dam never fully broke, but eventually Deshaun Watson and the Clemson offense wore down an incredible Crimson Tide defense because Alabama's offense couldn't stay on the field.

2 comments, Last Comment at 11 Jan 2017, 2:05pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

Jan 10, 2017 09:31pm by Chad Peltier || read all One Foot Inbounds articles

SDA National Championship Preview

It's the rematch we all hoped for when Alabama narrowly beat Clemson in last year's National Championship. Can the Tide fend off Deshaun Watson and the Tigers once more?

14 comments, Last Comment at 19 Jan 2017, 4:13am by Amily

Jan 08, 2017 06:57pm by Ian Boyd || read all 7th Day Adventure articles

Any Given Sunday: Jaguars Over Titans

Ditch Gus Bradley, then hand the division crown to the Texans while messing with your draft position. That was Jacksonville's plan on Sunday as the Titans stumbled even before Marcus Mariota got hurt.

2 comments, Last Comment at 29 Dec 2016, 4:39am by bubqr

Dec 27, 2016 02:17pm GMT by Rivers McCown || read all Any Given Sunday articles

The Week In Quotes: January 20, 2017

'Tis the time of year for playoff reactions, trash talk, free-agent prep, new coaches, new cities, and abandoned barbecue grills.

2 comments, Last Comment at 21 Jan 2017, 5:18am by Bright Blue Shorts

Jan 20, 2017 12:15pm by Rob Eves || read all The Week in Quotes articles

Scramble for the Ball: A Lot to Live Up To

The NFL gets to show off four of their greatest quarterbacks this week. Has this fearsome foursome ever been topped? Your Scramble team remembers conference championships of yore, and take a trip back to their childhoods to try and find an answer.

37 comments, Last Comment at 21 Jan 2017, 10:22pm by surebrec

Jan 18, 2017 01:15pm by Bryan Knowles and Andrew Potter || read all Scramble articles

Playoff Odds Report

DVOA PLAYOFF ODDS REPORT

Odds to Win Super Bowl LI
1NE35.5% 3PIT19.7%
2ATL28.5% 4GB16.3%
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20 Jan 2017, 06:52pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Championship Preview 2017

"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.

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20 Jan 2017, 03:05pm by Scott Kacsmar

AFC Championship Preview 2017

A Super Bowl berth could be decided by the Patriots' ability to contain Le'Veon Bell -- and by Pittsburgh's ability to avoid their usual defensive breakdowns against New England.

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20 Jan 2017, 12:19pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Will Weak QB Schedule Derail Patriots?

Here's a look at the 10 teams to make the NFL's final four since 1990 with the easiest schedules of quarterbacks faced. Yes, the Patriots are in there, but they aren't number one. Do these teams have a history of failing to win the Super Bowl because their defenses haven't really been tested? (Hint: Nope.)

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20 Jan 2017, 12:15pm by Rob Eves

The Week In Quotes: January 20, 2017

'Tis the time of year for playoff reactions, trash talk, free-agent prep, new coaches, new cities, and abandoned barbecue grills.

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2 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2017, 5:18am by Bright Blue Shorts

20 Jan 2017, 11:15am by Ben Muth

Word of Muth: Falcons Roll Seahawks

While Atlanta's backs and receivers have gotten most of the credit this season, Ben Muth likes what he saw from their offensive line against Seattle -- especially from the guards and center Alex Mack

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5 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2017, 9:33am by Peregrine

19 Jan 2017, 03:12pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: January 19

Hey, it's time to preview the conference championships with the Off The Charts Podcast. How special is this year's final four of top quarterbacks? Has Aaron Rodgers really been better than Matt Ryan over the last two months? What's the clear strategy for Green Bay's defense to try to stop Ryan? Why should the Steelers be worried about the Patriots run game? And lots more. (Click for audio link.)

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3 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2017, 1:38pm by jscrna

19 Jan 2017, 12:16pm by Cian Fahey

Film Room: Jared Cook

He made the biggest catch of the playoffs so far, but Green Bay's tight end had a lot of bad plays against Dallas too.

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31 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2017, 3:48pm by dank067

18 Jan 2017, 01:15pm by Bryan Knowles and Andrew Potter

Scramble for the Ball: A Lot to Live Up To

The NFL gets to show off four of their greatest quarterbacks this week. Has this fearsome foursome ever been topped? Your Scramble team remembers conference championships of yore, and take a trip back to their childhoods to try and find an answer.

» More...

37 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2017, 10:22pm by surebrec

16 Jan 2017, 07:31pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 19 DVOA Ratings

The cream rose to the top in this year's playoffs, as the final four teams all ranked seventh or higher in DVOA this season.

» More...

51 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2017, 6:08am by bigpoppapump

16 Jan 2017, 05:47pm by Vincent Verhei

Divisional Round Quick Reads

Brock Osweiler did against New England what Brock Osweiler often did all year -- which is something we have rarely seen in the NFL before this season.

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103 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2017, 9:51pm by doktarr

16 Jan 2017, 03:18pm by Scott Kacsmar

Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

In an instant classic in Dallas. Dez caught it, but Jared Cook did him one better. Also: the ill-advised spike, the Kansas City two-point conversion, and requiem for a tall quarterback.

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23 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2017, 5:45pm by Led

16 Jan 2017, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Most Improved Units of 2016

Today's ESPN piece looks at the most improved units of 2016, including the Atlanta offense that powered the Falcons into the NFC Championship Game. How did these units improve, and what's likely to be the result in 2017?

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