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Julius Peppers on Packers: ‘You Have to Realize the Opportunity’

Julius Peppers and the Green Bay Packers are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game this weekend. It is a game that is highly anticipated, to say the least. Green Bay wasn’t expected to make it this far, but now that they are here the team is looking like a true Super Bowl contender. Looking ahead to this week’s game, Peppers has some words of wisdom...
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NFL quarterback power rankings: Conference championship edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’ve been ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. For the conference title games, let’s focus on the four starters still alive. 1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers has a ridiculous 36-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio dating back to Week 7, and he’s putting up the best numbers of his career in almost every category....
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Ranking the four potential Super Bowl LI matchups

Which would be the best Super Bowl LI matchups among the remaining teams in the NFL Playoffs? Which would be the worst? Four teams remain in the NFL Playoffs as we move from the divisional round to the conference title games this weekend. That presents four possible matchups for Super Bowl LI in Houston. Here’s how we rank them. 1. Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots...
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Cleveland Browns Expected to Release QB Robert Griffin III?

Robert Griffin III was hoping to turn his NFL career around with the Cleveland Browns this season, but that has not been the case. He suffered yet another injury that kept him out for the majority of the season and that could very well signal the end of his tenure with the Browns. According to ESPN’s Pat McManamon, the Browns are expected to release Griffin this coming offseason...
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Green Bay Packers Likely to Release CB Sam Shields

The Green Bay Packers are heading to the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. They have had an impressive season to say the least, although there have been some disappointments along the way. One of those disappointments is starting cornerback Sam Shields. Shields went down with yet another concussion earlier this season and it forced him out for the rest...
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The NFL’s final four, by the numbers

This weekend’s Conference Championship games will feature four of the best quarterbacks in the game — the league’s top three MVP candidates in Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, as well as three surefire Hall of Famers in Rodgers, Brady and Ben Roethlisberger — and three of the most celebrated and successful franchises in NFL history (sorry, Falcons). Three of the six...
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2016 NFL Playoffs: Final Thoughts on the Divisional Weekend

After the Wild Card Weekend opened the playoffs with little drama, the Divisional Weekend appeared to be headed to a similar fate after Saturday’s games followed a similar path with the Patriots and Falcons cruising to double-digit victories. Thankfully, Sunday provided fireworks at long last with two close games that provided plenty of drama. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers upset...
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Top 5 NFL players from the Divisional Round Playoffs

This weekly segment highlights the best performances of the week in the NFL. Every position and player is eligible, all it requires is a truly epic showing. It’s not always stat driven, or analytics grade driven, though those things help you get on this list. 1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers For the second consecutive week, Bell finds himself on this list in the playoffs...
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First look at the NFC championship game

Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, FOX) Arguably the two best offenses in the NFL, and the top two candidates for MVP with Aaron Rodgers going up against Matt Ryan. As a result, the early over/under in Vegas 61 points, which is the highest total in the NFL this season and the highest in playoff history. But both teams also have great defensive fronts, with...
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First look at the AFC championship game

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, CBS) For the ninth time in 14 years, the Patriots or Steelers will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Patriots have won eight straight games but are coming off a less-than-stellar divisional playoff performance. The Steelers have won nine straight games but are coming off a less-than-stellar divisional playoff...
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Watch: Dion Lewis returns kick-off 98 yards for TD

The Houston Texans had just scored to pull to within 7-3 in the first quarter against the favored New England Patriots. Then all their momentum flew out the window with this Dion Jones kick-off return for a TD that put the Pats up 14-3….. HE IS GONE.98 YARDS.SO FAST. SEE YA, @DionLewisRB! #HOUvsNE #NFLPlayoffs https://t.co/wRwpJy3s1M — NFL (@NFL) January 15, 2017 The kick...
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Watch: Deion Jones makes unbelievable hot potato INT to seal Falcons win

This looked like a completed pass and then the Atlanta Falcons ripped the ball out and it started to get batted around. Falcons LB Deion Jones started as an innocent bystander but then the ball bounced his way and he grabbed it for a game sealing INT. Check out this wacky play….. Deion Jones! https://t.co/Gt9sjcIBaS — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) January 15, 2017
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Watch: Mohamed Sanu makes fantastic TD catch

The Seattle Seahawks took it to the Atlanta Falcons on the opening drive of the game. After that point, the Falcons took over. This Matt Ryan TD pass to Mohamed Sanu put the Falcons up 36-13….. Ryan to Sanu https://t.co/amqtp9osTJ — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) January 15, 2017
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WATCH: Seattle lineman trips Russell Wilson; causes safety

Devin Hester had just returned a punt down to the Atlanta Falcons 10 yard line and the Seattle Seahawks looked like they were taking control of their NFC playoff game. A penalty negated the return and Seattle started inside their own 10 yard line instead of at the Atlanta 10 yard line. Two plays later, one of the Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen tripped Russell Wilson causing...
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NFL quarterback power rankings: Divisional Playoff Edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’ve been ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. For the Divisional Round, let’s focus on the eight starters still alive. 1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers: In the last three weeks, the Packers have averaged 35.7 points per game, Rodgers has 12 TD, 0 INT and a 129.2 passer rating. Green Bay 3-0. But if you’d prefer larger sample size...
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Top 5 NFL players from Wild Card Weekend

This weekly segment highlights the best performances of the week in the NFL. Every position and player is eligible, all it requires is a truly epic showing. It’s not always stat driven, or analytics grade driven, though those things help you get on this list. 1. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers He carried the Packers passing attack in a lot of ways once Jordy Nelson left with...
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TGS Divisional Playoff Preview: (4) Green Bay Packers at (1) Dallas Cowboys

When the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers met in the 1967 NFL championship game, it was epic. They call it the Ice Bowl. When they met again 46 years later in the 2014 divisional playoffs, it was again epic. Even though Dez did not catch it. Now two of the most storied franchises in football history meet again in the playoffs, but this time the top-seeded Cowboys are the favorite...
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TGS Divisional Playoff Preview: (3) Pittsburgh Steelers at (2) Kansas City Chiefs

There were plenty of blowouts on NFL wild-card weekend, but this Sunday’s divisional playoff matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs feels destined to come down to the final possession. The Steelers have won eight straight and are a legitimate Super Bowl contender with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown rolling, but the the Chiefs are...
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TGS Divisional Playoff Preview: (4) Houston Texans at (1) New England Patriots

Not even when the New England Patriots ran the regular-season table in 2007 were the Pats favored by this much in a playoff game. In fact, against the Houston Texans in the divisional round, the Patriots are the biggest playoff favorite this century. It makes sense. The Texans won a bad division by default and got lucky by drawing the Derek Carr- and Donald Penn-less Oakland Raiders...
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TGS Divisional Playoff Preview: (3) Seattle Seahawks at (2) Atlanta Falcons

How much does playoff pedigree matter? That’ll be a big question when the divisional round of the NFL playoffs kicks off with a Saturday afternoon matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. That’s because the Seahawks have an 8-3 playoff record with two Super Bowl appearances in quarterback Russell Wilson’s first five seasons, while the Falcons have just one...
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Lack of consideration, foresight cost Odell Beckham Jr. and Co.

Professional athletes are allowed to have lives and allowed to have fun. Odell Beckham Jr. and his teammates were allowed to party last Monday, because they had just concluded a successful regular season, they were off until Wednesday and they didn’t play again until Sunday. All good, and I don’t think anyone with an IQ above freezing would disagree. A party on Monday doesn...
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2016 NFL Playoffs: Final Wild Card Weekend thoughts

We entered the 2016 NFL Playoffs with the expectations of a Wild Card Weekend filled with mostly bad football, and four games devoid of fourth quarter drama affirmed those expectations. Injuries to starting quarterbacks in both games ruined the AFC side of the Wild Card draw while in the NFC, comfortable second halves at home from the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers failed...
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First look at the NFL divisional playoff games

The NFL’s divisional playoffs are set. Here’s what we have too look forward to next weekend: Seawhawks at Falcons (Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, FOX): Atlanta had the league’s highest-scoring offense this season, but watch out for NFL sack leader Vic Beasley against a Seattle team that has struggled to protect quarterback Russell Wilson. Even without Earl Thomas in Seattle, this...
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Watch: Randall Cobb catches Hail Mary from Aaron Rodgers to end half

Check out this play from the Green Bay Packers as they double their first half point total with this one play at the buzzer….. Yup. @AaronRodgers12 just threw ANOTHER Hail Mary. UNBELIEVABLE. #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs https://t.co/ou4kvnMITb — NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2017 Will this play be the difference in the game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers?
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Watch: Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams combine for amazing TD

The Green Bay Packers took a one point lead late in the second quarter of their first round NFL Playoff game against the New York Giants with this fantastic play….. This Aaron Rodgers escape = This Davante Adams catch = Touchdown, @Packers! #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs https://t.co/OPkValU80X — NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2017 Rodgers did a great job of keeping the play alive in the...
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