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  • Colts suffer from Blount-force trauma

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots won by three touchdowns and advanced to their third AFC Championship game in three years. Sure, the Colts showed some spunk for a …


  • No QB has Manning’s playoff experience, heartbreak

    DENVER – No quarterback has been to the playoffs more than Peyton Manning or experienced more heartache there, either. Only once in his previous dozen trips to the postseason has …


  • Seahawks rumble past New Orleans

    Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in blustery conditions and Seattle’s defense flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans in a 23-15 …


  • Blanchette: Defense’s workmanlike effort pays off with victory

    It’s not exactly the same as tugging on Superman’s cape, but beating the Seahawks in the Clink is no Caribbean cruise and it’s probably not going to be greased by …


  • Gostkowski, Vinatieri get kicks in NFL playoffs

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Stephen Gostkowski sings on the sideline when he prepares to kick. Then he tries a field goal that could win a big game for the New England …


  • Seahawks, Saints both have motivation borne of defeat

    When they walked off the field in Atlanta last January after blowing their chance to play for the NFC championship in the final seconds, there were varying emotions brewing in …


  • Percy Harvin will play for Seahawks vs. New Orleans

    Pete Carroll told Percy Harvin that the Seattle Seahawks were considering placing him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot ahead of the postseason.


  • Bring ’em on

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Bring on Carolina once more, and another cross-country playoff flight. The San Francisco 49ers are all for a rematch with the Panthers, even if it means …


  • Slouch no fan of the Seahawks

    There is one reason to admire the Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson. But there might be close to 100 reasons to not admire the Seahawks, and 92 of them involve Pete …


  • Saints won’t forget

    RENTON, Wash. – Forget what happened last time. That’s what Pete Carroll says. The Seahawks dismantled Saturday’s divisional-round playoff opponent, the New Orleans Saints, 34-7 on Dec. 2. The 188 …


  • 49ers at Packers

    Line: 49ers by 3; Over/under: 45 1/2


  • Bengals, Chargers learning the ropes

    CINCINNATI – The crowd, the intensity, the feeling that everything was riding on every play. Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict was overwhelmed by all of it at the start of …


  • Cold weather will play factor

    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Josh Boyd isn’t into making a fashion statement, and he doesn’t think he needs to go sleeveless to show off his toughness. All the Packers defensive …


  • Chargers at Bengals

    Line: Bengals by 7; Over/under: 46 1/2 Weather: Temperature in the mid-30s then falling, 90 percent chance of rain, sleet and/or snow, moderate wind.


  • Brees, Saints ground Eagles

    PHILADELPHIA – After erasing nearly a half-century of road playoff frustration, a trip to Seattle shouldn’t be intimidating for Drew Brees, Shayne Graham and the New Orleans Saints. Graham’s 32-yard …


  • Colts stage historic comeback

    INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Pagano couldn’t believe his eyes. Andrew Luck couldn’t believe his ears. Colts fans couldn’t believe the scoreboard, and the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t believe their incredibly bad …


  • Brees, Foles share history

    PHILADELPHIA – Ten years after Drew Brees led Westlake High School to the Texas state championship, Nick Foles came along and broke many of his passing records but couldn’t deliver …


  • NFL playoffs: Chiefs at Colts

    Line: Colts by 1. Over/under: 46 1/2 Weather: Dome.


  • Colts try to tamp down pressure for Chiefs game

    INDIANAPOLIS – Colts coach Chuck Pagano has kept it loose all week. He’s been cracking jokes, encouraging laughter and trying to put football in perspective. He does not want today’s …


  • NFL playoffs: Saints at Eagles

    Line: Eagles by 2. Over/under: 54 1/2 Weather: Clear, temperature in the mid-20s, light wind.


  • NFL playoff schedule

    Playoff glance Wild-card round


  • Playoffs set after final outcomes

    The Eagles and Packers went on the road Sunday and headed home with playoff berths. Philadelphia completed a big turnaround under new coach Chip Kelly by beating Dallas 24-22 to …


  • NFL notes: More records for Manning

    Peyton Manning set the NFL record for most yards passing in a season and helped make the Denver Broncos the highest-scoring team in league history. Manning threw for 266 yards …


  • NFL playoff field complete

    LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles took the last NFL playoff position in the final game of the regular season.


  • Baltimore shuts down Brady, Pats

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Oh, brother! John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens set up a family reunion at the Super Bowl, shutting down the New England Patriots 28-13 Sunday in the …


  • Harbaughs lead Ravens, 49ers into Super Bowl matchup

    ATLANTA – The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense. The San Francisco 49ers are ready to start a new dynasty with a familiar formula.


  • Repeat victory for Pats

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is so good at this playoff thing he seems to be going for a championship every year. He gets another chance to lead the Patriots …


  • Pats, 49ers conference-title favorites

    One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one – at least to one of the teams. For the second straight year in the AFC, the New England …


  • Lynch continues to carry load for Seahawks

    Seattle needed all of Marshawn Lynch’s 132 yards rushing, and especially his 27-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, to dispatch the Washington Redskins on Sunday.


  • Seahawks face a dose of reality

    Instead of reveling in shaking 29 years of postseason road futility and completely looking ahead to another cross-country trip, Pete Carroll was left waiting Monday for the results of an …

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