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Jets vs. Patriots once again

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England’s 28-14 loss to the New York Jets early in the season doesn’t mean much to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Neither does the 45-3 win on …


Rodgers, Packers lay ghost of Favre to rest

PHILADELPHIA – Aaron Rodgers simply threw his hands in the air and pumped his fist. No, he doesn’t celebrate like Brett Favre. Rodgers doesn’t have to worry about the ghost …


Seahawks hoping to repeat

SEATTLE – Only one of the Seattle Seahawks’ seven victories during the regular season came against a team that made the playoffs. That just so happens to be the team …


Defense leads Baltimore past Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do, too. Lewis and Baltimore’s tough and savvy defense overwhelmed the …


Seahawks hope for repeat success

SEATTLE – Only one of the Seattle Seahawks’ seven victories during the regular season came against a team that made the playoffs. That just so happens to be the team …


Rodgers, Packers lay ghost of Favre to rest

PHILADELPHIA – Aaron Rodgers simply threw his hands in the air and pumped his fist. No, he doesn’t celebrate like Brett Favre. Rodgers doesn’t have to worry about the ghost …


Defense carries Ravens over Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do, too. Lewis and Baltimore’s tough and savvy defense overwhelmed the …


Seattle allows ample yards but clamps down at right time

SEATTLE – Ordinarily, you don’t feel like your defense had a great day when you give up 36 points. But Saturday was a little different for the Seattle Seahawks.


Dismissed Seahawks dethrone defending-champion Saints

SEATTLE – Pete Carroll prefers baggy pullovers to Rodney Dangerfield’s throat-choking tie. Respect doesn’t seem to be an issue. Self-respect is another matter.


Blanchette: No epitaph just yet for QB

SEATTLE – Never before has a shovelful of dirt fit a man better than tailored Armani. We keep trying to bury Matt Hasselbeck, but he will not go quietly, like …


Seahawks select veteran Hasselbeck to start playoff game

RENTON, Wash. – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll put an end to the mystery Thursday, naming Matt Hasselbeck the starting quarterback for Saturday’s playoff game against New Orleans. “Matt had a …


Saints turn to Bush to lead running game

METAIRIE, La. – Reggie Bush’s signature moment in his five seasons with the New Orleans Saints was last year’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Saints aren’t …


Whitehurst won’t be the answer

So the story goes that Matt Hasselbeck was still in coach Pete Carroll’s ear to start Sunday’s playoff-for-the-playoffs even as the Seattle Seahawks made their way through the tunnel canopy …


Hawks, Packers play their way in with wins

Seattle, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh clinched division titles Sunday, while Green Bay grabbed the final wild-card berth. The Seahawks, at 7-9, became the first division winner with a losing record …


Pats clinch home-field advantage; Chiefs win AFC West

AFC teams seeking a Super Bowl berth must go through Foxborough, a place where Tom Brady rarely loses. Among the teams chasing the New England Patriots are the AFC West …


Ravens QB Flacco minimizes his mistakes

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Joe Flacco has been making headlines this postseason for what he hasn’t done. In two games, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback has completed only 44 percent of …


Hobbled Eagle plays on

PHILADELPHIA – Brian Westbrook walks around slowly, often with a limp. He watches practices from the sideline, needing the extra rest to be ready for game days. Injuries have limited …


Playoff picture in focus

From the ugliness of 1-15 to the beauty of an AFC East title. That’s the Miami Dolphins’ story this season. The tale was nearly as good for the Atlanta Falcons, …