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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22:  Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after being defeated by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Packers 44-21.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid: Conference Championship Edition

If you live to see the conference championship, you’re not a stupid team. But that doesn’t mean the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots are immune to dumb football. A recap of stupid from the penultimate NFL Sunday of the year… Down 17-0 in the second quarter, against the highest-scoring […]

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons after their 30-23 win at Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

First look at Super Bowl LI

We’re set for the 51st Super Bowl. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are in search of their fifth Lombardi Trophy, while Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn look to put the cherry on top of a perfect breakout season by giving the Atlanta Falcons their first-ever championship. 10 things you need to […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15:  during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NFL quarterback power rankings: Conference championship edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’ve been ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. For the conference title games, let’s focus on the four starters still alive. 1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers has a ridiculous 36-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio dating back to Week 7, and he’s putting up the best numbers of his career in […]

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30:  Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots shake hands following the NFL game at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ranking the four potential Super Bowl LI matchups

Which would be the best Super Bowl LI matchups among the remaining teams in the NFL Playoffs? Which would be the worst? Four teams remain in the NFL Playoffs as we move from the divisional round to the conference title games this weekend. That presents four possible matchups for Super Bowl LI in Houston. Here’s how we rank […]

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 3: Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers after their game at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The NFL’s final four, by the numbers

This weekend’s Conference Championship games will feature four of the best quarterbacks in the game — the league’s top three MVP candidates in Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, as well as three surefire Hall of Famers in Rodgers, Brady and Ben Roethlisberger — and three of the most celebrated and successful franchises in […]

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots following the game at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

AFC Championship Preview: (3) Pittsburgh Steelers at (1) New England Patriots

It just feels like the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have met more often than they actually have in the NFL Playoffs, probably because they’re both almost always in contention. This will mark the ninth time in 14 years in which either Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl, […]

at Lambeau Field on December 8, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

NFC Championship Preview: (4) Green Bay Packers at (2) Atlanta Falcons

The NFL’s top two MVP candidates will go head to head Sunday in Atlanta, with a trip to Super Bowl LI on the line. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had one of the best statistical seasons in NFL history, finishing with the NFL’s highest qualified yards-per-attempt average (9.3) this century and the fifth-highest qualified passer […]

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Andy Reid and Alex Smith

You’d think that teams playing in the NFL Divisional Playoffs would be less likely to do stupid things. That’s not entirely true. Playoff teams provided plenty of material for This Weekend in NFL Stupid, starting with déjà vu in Kansas City. The Chiefs thought there was a fifth quarter… again Andy Reid and the Kansas […]

at Lambeau Field on December 8, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

First look at the NFC championship game

Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, FOX) Arguably the two best offenses in the NFL, and the top two candidates for MVP with Aaron Rodgers going up against Matt Ryan. As a result, the early over/under in Vegas 61 points, which is the highest total in the NFL this season and the […]

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots following the game at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

First look at the AFC championship game

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, CBS) For the ninth time in 14 years, the Patriots or Steelers will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Patriots have won eight straight games but are coming off a less-than-stellar divisional playoff performance. The Steelers have won nine straight games but are […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 19: A Charger fan in a luche libre mask yells during the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers during preseason at Qualcomm Stadium on August 19, 2016 in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 19-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

A statistical look at the 56 years the Chargers spent in San Diego

The San Diego Chargers are no more, as owner Dean Spanos is moving his NFL team 120 miles north to Los Angeles. That ends a nearly six-decade residency in San Diego. Here’s what you need to know about the 56-year run the Chargers had in “America’s Finest City.” 416-427-11: That was the Chargers’ record during their 56 years […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers shakes hands with Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys at the conclusion of the Dallas Cowboys 35-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ranking the 16 potential Super Bowl LI matchups

Which would be the best Super Bowl LI matchups among the remaining teams in the NFL Playoffs? Which would be the worst? Eight teams remain in the NFL Playoffs, as we move from the Wild Card Round to the Divisional Round this weekend. That presents 16 possible matchups for Super Bowl LI in Houston, some […]

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after beating the New York Giants 38-13 in the NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFL quarterback power rankings: Divisional Playoff Edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’ve been ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. For the Divisional Round, let’s focus on the eight starters still alive. 1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers: In the last three weeks, the Packers have averaged 35.7 points per game, Rodgers has 12 TD, 0 INT and a 129.2 passer rating. Green Bay 3-0. […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs at the conclusion of the Steelers 43-14 win at Heinz Field on October 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

TGS Divisional Playoff Preview: (3) Pittsburgh Steelers at (2) Kansas City Chiefs

There were plenty of blowouts on NFL wild-card weekend, but this Sunday’s divisional playoff matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs feels destined to come down to the final possession. The Steelers have won eight straight and are a legitimate Super Bowl contender with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown rolling, but the the […]

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