The Early Lead: NFL playoffs


Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/20/2014

NaVorro Bowman may have torn ACL, MCL, report says

49ers linebacker was injured late in NFC championship game loss to Seattle Seahawks.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NaVorro Bowman, NFL playoffs, San Francisco 49ers

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Bill Belichick calls out Wes Welker for hit on Aqib Talib (GIF)

Patriots coach says hit by his former player in AFC championship game was “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.“

By Cindy Boren  |  09:51 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, NFL playoffs, Wes Welker

Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Richard Sherman goes on postgame rant with Erin Andrews (video)

Cornerback, who had key play in Seattle Seahawks’ NFC championship game victory, had the last word against Michael Crabtree.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:57 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs, Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Posted at 08:47 PM ET, 01/19/2014

How to tell when Marshawn Lynch scores a touchdown

BeastQuake tied the score early in the third quarter of the 49ers-Seahawks NFC championship game.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:47 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marshawn Lynch, NFL playoffs, Seattle Seahawks

Posted at 08:28 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Jim Harbaugh loses it over call in NFC championship game (GIF)

49ers coach expresses his dismay in game against Seahawks.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:28 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Harbaugh, NFL playoffs, San Francisco 49ers

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Tom Brady had ligament damage in hand in October, report says

Photos showed Patriots quarterback with a swollen hand that healed without surgery.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NFL playoffs, Tom Brady

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

AFC and NFC championships TV schedule and preview

Heated rivalries make for anticipated title games in both the AFC and NFC.

By Kelyn Soong  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  afc championship game, NFC championship game, NFL playoffs

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Wes Welker on Brady vs. Manning: Who’s his favorite?

It’s a Picasso-Michelangelo situation as far as the Denver Broncos wide receiver is concerned.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Wes Welker

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Tom Brady returns, says “I feel great” (updated)

Patriots QB created panic when he was AWOL as the team prepared for AFC championship game and Peyton Manning.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New England Patriots, NFL playoffs, Tom Brady

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Jim Harbaugh’s pants cost $8 at Walmart. A mystery is solved.

Jim Harbaugh’s pants cost $8 at Walmart.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:31 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Harbaugh, NFL playoffs, San Francisco 49ers

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Peyton Manning explains “Omaha.” Kind of. (video)

Only the Denver Broncos and their quarterback really know what the word means at the line of scrimmage.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:11 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, NFL playoffs, Peyton Manning

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Chargers-Broncos: Preview of NFL divisional round

San Diego, Denver have played twice this season, with each team winning on the road.

By Kelyn Soong  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, NFL, NFL playoffs, San Diego Chargers

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

49ers-Panthers: Preview of NFL divisional round

Carolina, San Francisco met earlier this season, with Panthers winning in Candlestick Park.

By Kelyn Soong  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Carolina Panthers, NFL playoffs, San Francisco 49ers

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Saints-Seahawks: Preview of NFL divisional round

Seattle ran over New Orleans, 34-7, in early December.

By Kelyn Soong  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Orleans Saints, NFL playoffs, Seattle Seahawks

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Colts-Patriots: Preview of NFL divisional round

Indianapolis, New England are vastly different from the teams that last met in the 2012 season.

By Kelyn Soong  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, NFL playoffs

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014

NFL playoffs: Divisional-round games TV schedule

The winners of this weekend’s divisional games will advance to the divisional champions on Jan. 19.

By Kelyn Soong  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

NFL playoffs: Adding two teams is “under serious consideration,” Roger Goodell says

NFL commissioner said there’s no timeline for bringing in two more teams.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 01/06/2014

NFL playoffs: Five things to know about the next round

By Cindy Boren  |  09:20 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NFL playoffs

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 01/06/2014

49ers’ winning field goal went through Packers player’s arms (GIF)

Davon House was offside on the play, anyway and San Francisco advanced to the divisional round.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:03 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NFL playoffs

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 01/05/2014

How cold is it in Green Bay? Very. (Photos)

The Packers and 49ers are playing a wild-card playoff game in near-zero temperatures.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:37 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Green Bay Packers, NFL playoffs, San Francisco 49ers

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 01/05/2014

NFL playoffs: Divisional-round matchups and TV schedule

It’ll be San Diego-Denver, Indianapolis-New England, New Orleans-Seattle and Carolina-San Francisco.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:55 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 01/05/2014

How good is Andrew Luck? Michael Jordan good?

His first legendary comeback is behind the Colts quarterback now.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:58 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, NFL playoffs

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Packers-49ers game may not break Ice Bowl record

It’s warming up -- relatively speaking -- for wild-card playoff game.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Green Bay Packers, NFL, NFL playoffs

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/04/2014

NFL wild-card weekend preview, playoffs TV schedule

The San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals kick off today’s NFL wild-card games.

By Kelyn Soong  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/03/2014

NFL blackouts update: Packers, Colts, Bengals now have sellouts

Corporate sponsors and TV stations step up to buy the last few thousand tickets.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NFL blackouts, NFL playoffs

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 12/30/2013

NFL playoff schedule: TV times, matchups for wild-card weekend

The NFL playoffs begin Jan. 4 with the Kansas City Chiefs playing the Indianapolis Colts.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:38 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 12/29/2013

NFL wild-card matchups: Chargers-Bengals, Chiefs-Colts, 49ers-Packers, Saints-Eagles

Seattle, Carolina clinch NFC byes; Denver, New England get AFC byes.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:32 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013

NFL playoff picture: A guide to what each teams needs to do (updated)

On Week 17, four division titles -- all in the NFC -- remain up for grabs.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NFL playoffs

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 12/13/2012

NFL playoff expansion is on the table, Roger Goodell says

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell floats another idea -- how about expanding the NFL playoffs from 12 team to 14 or 16?

By Cindy Boren  |  09:10 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NFL playoffs, Roger Goodell