Found January 16, 2013 on Fox Sports:
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Every Wednesday until the Super Bowl, Brian Billick will write a weekly column looking in-depth at different aspects of the modern NFL and will discuss experiences and insights he gained while coaching and broadcasting. Every year for the past 20 years, I have pored over the numbers of the final four teams who have qualified for the AFC and NFC Championship games. I have done this to see if I could draw any conclusions about the direction of the game and identify any of the key characteristics of success that could be used in ensuing years to be a part of that foursome. Every year, the Final Four tends to share many of the same characteristics. If you're still playing football in the second half of January, you very likely have performed well on third downs and in the red zone, you've protected the football better than your opponents and you haven't given up many big plays. I've also tried to look for any other factors that might be unexpected indicators -- coache...
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