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Ben Roethlisberger hoping to play up to Tom Brady’s “gold standard”

Ben Roethlisberger considers Tom Brady the “gold standard” of NFL quarterbacks. It’s a club Roethlisberger doesn’t include himself in, though he’ll get a chance to taking perhaps the last step toward joining if he can lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to an upset of Brady and the Patriots in the AFC championship game on Sunday.

Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount’s friendship transcends abrupt exit

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and New England counterpart LeGarrette Blount remain in constant contact more than two years removed from Blount’s abrupt exit with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut Blount after he walked off the field with the clock running in a victory over Tennessee in November 2014. Bell said he understood Blount’s frustration at a lack of playing time but admits the move took him aback. They’ll face each other Sunday in the AFC championship game.

4 QBs left have unique talents – but they also have flaws

There’s a lot of talk heading into Sunday’s conference title games about the accomplishments, talents and legacies of the four starting QBs, which makes sense. New England’s Tom Brady, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan are as good as it gets today at the NFL’s most important position.

Packers gain momentum from Hail Mary, drub Giants 38-13

Aaron Rodgers overcame a sluggish start and finished with four touchdown passes, including a momentum-swinging 42-yard heave to Randall Cobb at the end of the second quarter, to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 38-13 win Sunday over the New York Giants in an NFC wild-card game.

Rumbling again, Thomas Rawls leads Seattle past Detroit, 26-6

The formula that has led the Seattle Seahawks to unmatched success over the past five seasons returned. A healthy dose of Thomas Rawls rumbling on the ground. A few timely throws by Russell Wilson helped by some remarkable catches. And a defense that never allowed Detroit a sniff of the end zone.

Paul Richardson shows the flash in Seahawks’ romp of Detroit

With the emergence of Doug Baldwin, the arrival of Tyler Lockett and a list of injuries that slowed his development, Paul Richardson was seemingly forgotten as one of the pass catching options for the Seattle Seahawks. He won’t be overlooked any more.

Defensive guru Dan Quinn in playoffs with high-scoring Falcons

Dan Quinn got a shot at being a head coach because of his work molding one of the league’s best defenses. Now, heading into the playoffs for the first time with a team of his own, he’ll be relying heavily on the NFL’s highest-scoring offense.

Healthy Steelers facing depleted Dolphins in rematch

When the AFC North champion Steelers (11-5) sprint out of the tunnel Sunday to face the Miami Dolphins (10-6) in the wild-card round at not exactly tropical Heinz Field, Le’Veon Bell will be at the front of the pack: healthy, hungry and totally hyped for his long overdue playoff debut.

Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill ruled out against Steelers; Moore to start

The Miami Dolphins dispensed with any pretense of suspense regarding their quarterback situation. Ryan Tannehill was ruled out of Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh , and backup Matt Moore will start for the fourth week in a row. The Dolphins announced the decision Thursday after determining Tannehill still isn’t ready to practice because of a sprained left knee.