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Conference Championships Quick Reads/DVOA Ratings
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Conference Championships Quick Reads/DVOA Ratings

The Patriots' path to the Super Bowl was paved by a trio of running backs -- none of whom was particularly good when you account for the terrible quality of Kansas City's defense. Plus, updated weighted DVOA points to the closest Super Bowl matchup we've ever seen.

36 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2019, 12:35pm by E

Audibles

Audibles at the Line: Conference Championships
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Audibles at the Line: Conference Championships

For the first time in history, both conference championship games go to overtime. The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl, as they once again play an explosive Rams offense, led by an offensive genius head coach, in an NFC South dome. And, uh, how about that officiating?

223 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2019, 8:36am by Will Allen

Game Previews

NFC Championship Preview 2019
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NFC Championship Preview 2019

Hold that shootout narrative for a moment! Over the last three months, the New Orleans Saints are the one remaining NFL team that could really play good defense. That should lead them to a win over Los Angeles and a trip to Super Bowl LIII. But what if Drew Brees struggles like he has since the start of December? And what will the presence of Aqib Talib really mean for slowing down the unguardable Michael Thomas?

9 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2019, 6:54pm by LionInAZ

Game Previews

AFC Championship Preview 2019
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AFC Championship Preview 2019

Belichick. Reid. Brady. Mahomes. Gronkowski. Kelce. Edelman. Tyreek. Two bad defenses. The AFC Championship Game should be explosive. Will the Patriots reach the Super Bowl for the 11th time? Or will Kansas City bring the Lamar Hunt Trophy home?

34 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2019, 8:29pm by LionInAZ

Word Of Muth

Word of Muth: What Horseshoe?
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Word of Muth: What Horseshoe?

The Colts may wear a lucky charm on their helmets, but their offensive line suffered ill fortune against the Chiefs, being undone by teammate's mistakes and badly timed (and badly called) penalties. Still, Ben Muth finds plenty to like about their chances in 2019.

3 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2019, 1:43pm by turbohappy

Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes: January 18, 2019
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The Week in Quotes: January 18, 2019

This week, there's a little about the Rams, Patriots, Eagles, Ravens, Chargers, and Packers, and then a whole lot about the Saints. Laissez les bon temps rouler.

1 comment, Last at 20 Jan 2019, 6:29pm by LionInAZ

Film Room

Film Room: New England's Offense
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Film Room: New England's Offense

New England doesn't have the fantasy superstars or explosive playmakers that Kansas City has -- but they do have the kind of versatile pieces and deceptive schemes that will give the Chiefs headaches on Sunday.

21 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2019, 3:33pm by Vincent Verhei

Scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Shivering With Anticipation
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Scramble for the Ball: Shivering With Anticipation

Who needs an exciting divisional round? With the conference championships running back some of the best games of the year, Bryan and Andrew are giddy with excitement.

21 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2019, 9:58am by Eddo

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round
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Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

The NFL will crown a new champion for the 14th year in a row. We look at how the Eagles went from all-time playoff upset to all-time playoff blunder. Also: Sean McVay needs two seasons to get to a round the Cowboys haven't seen since 1995. After a bland weekend, let's talk about whether teams down 15 points should wait on the two-point conversion like Dallas did.

31 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2019, 11:11am by techvet

DVOA Ratings

Week 19 DVOA Ratings
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Week 19 DVOA Ratings

Big games for the No. 2 seeds mean our weighted DVOA ratings are now grouped very close together going into the conference championships.

50 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2019, 12:37am by nat