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NFL playoff-surviving franchises part of great conference title games

From the Ice Bowl to The Grab, NFL lore is filled with nicknames for its classic playoff games. In between the Packers’ frigid 21-17 NFL championship win over the Cowboys …


Past playoff rivals 49ers, Giants meet again today

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants boasted a physical, intimidating defense with athletic linebackers and stout linemen capable of stifling the NFL’s most productive offenses. San Francisco featured a high-powered passing …


Remaining playoff teams split between old, new styles

LOS ANGELES – When Jonathan Vilma studied game film of the San Francisco 49ers this week, it was presumably in color. But to hear the New Orleans Saints linebacker talk …


Tebow time: 11 seconds needed in OT to earn victory

DENVER – The Drive. The Fumble. And now, The Blink of an Eye. With a quick flick of the wrist and a mad dash to the end zone, Tim Tebow, …


Giants’ run game, defense return to ignite rout of Falcons

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Both the missing pieces – defense and a running game – are aligning at the right time for Eli Manning and the New York Giants. And …


Tebow ‘pulls trigger’ as Broncos win in OT

DENVER – “Pull the trigger,” John Elway told his Denver Broncos star, Tim Tebow, trying to shake the quarterback from a three-game funk. Tebow went one better – he pulled …


NFL playoffs: Looking ahead

Saints at 49ers Saturday: 1:30 p.m.


Four in NFL quiet their naysayers, for now

DENVER — Tim Tebow, Alex Smith, Tom Coughlin, Gary Kubiak. All are two wins away from the Super Bowl.


Bengals and Broncos lose, but still make playoffs

Even without any Tim Tebow heroics, the Denver Broncos have won the AFC West. They did it despite falling 7-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday because San Diego …


NFL playoffs nearly set

The Lions and Falcons are in; the Eagles are out. Cincinnati is closing in on a playoff berth, while the Jets and Raiders need some help. All part of a …


Cutler has backing of Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Jay Cutler finally got some protection. The Chicago Bears rushed to their quarterback’s defense on Monday, blasting current and former players who in Twitter posts questioned …


Bears back Cutler

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Jay Cutler finally got some protection. The Chicago Bears rushed to their quarterback’s defense on Monday, blasting current and former players who in Twitter posts questioned …


Third-string QB nearly saves Bears

CHICAGO – A season in which the Bears benefitted from playing against third-string quarterbacks couldn’t be saved by their own No. 3. But Caleb Hanie’s gutsy performance in relief of …


Packers, Steelers flush with history

Get ready for a hair-raisin’ Super Bowl in Big D. No barbers necessary, that’s for sure, when the Steelers face the Packers.


Pittsburgh builds big lead, holds off Jets comeback

PITTSBURGH – With a bare-knuckle opening and a hanging-on-by-their-fingernails finish, the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a shot to put another ring on their fingers Sunday, beating the New York Jets, 24-19. …


NFL preview: What will it take to win?

New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Make Big Ben a pocket watch


Observers say Big Ben’s changed man on, off field this season

PITTSBURGH – You see it all around town these days. The “Big Ben” signs gradually returning to the windows in working-class hillside neighborhoods. The No. 7 jerseys on the backs …


Carroll explains why he switched offensive line coach

RENTON, Wash. – Sorry, got to run. That was essentially Pete Carroll’s message Wednesday as he explained the staff changes headlined by the firing of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and …


Bears put emphatic end to Seahawks’ run

CHICAGO – Reality caught up with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Reality, a stingy Chicago Bears defense, and a whole lot of mistakes, that is.


In brief: Concussions fell two Seahawks

NFL: Seattle tight end John Carlson and cornerback Marcus Trufant were taken from the field on carts after getting concuss- ions during Sunday’s playoff loss to Chicago. Coach Pete Carroll …


New York stuns Patriots, backs up Ryan’s week-long boasts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Shonn Greene placed the ball on the ground and used it as a pillow, resting his head on it after scoring the Jets’ final touchdown of a …


Byrd inspires Jets before playoff game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dennis Byrd gave the New York Jets a big lift before their playoff game against the New England Patriots. Byrd, one of the most inspirational players in …


Nothing went right for Seahawks

CHICAGO – A week after knocking off the defending Super Bowl champs, Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks played more like a team with a losing record than a division …


Jets surprise Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes, Tom Brady was sacked five times and the trash-talking New York Jets reached their second straight AFC championship game with a …


Bears maul Seahawks

CHICAGO – Football’s oldest rivalry has a grand new prize: a spot in the Super Bowl. Maybe even with an anniversary reprise of the “Super Bowl Shuffle” if the Chicago …


In brief: Seahawks of ’83 learned to fly

The most successful playoff road trip in franchise history couldn’t have started off much worse. The 1983 Seattle Seahawks were ready to head on the road for the first time …


Seahawks’ castoffs have learned to count on themselves

“We all we got,” Lawyer Milloy bellowed in the Seahawks’ locker room. “We all we need,” his teammates responded.


Lynch’s epic dash shook the NFL

RENTON, Wash. – The run should never have reached epic status. New Orleans linebacker Scott Shanle was there, shedding a missed block and squared up on Marshawn Lynch in his …


Improved Bears await rematch

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – It’s not a stretch to say the Chicago Bears have made some big strides since they last played the Seattle Seahawks. They were reeling then.


Improved Bears await rematch

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – It’s not a stretch to say the Chicago Bears have made some big strides since they last played the Seattle Seahawks. They were reeling then. It …