NFL playoffs – second round
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots downed the once-but-no-longer-streaking Chiefs, 27-20, to advance to the AFC championship game. It will be Brady’s 10th conference championship game appearance, an NFL record he already owned. They’ll face Peyton Manning and the Broncos, who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to set up the 17th meeting between Brady and Manning in the playoffs.
Over in the NFC, the Cardinals and Packers played an OT thriller that had left plenty of impressions (and not all of them good). In Charlotte, the Panthers put their near-perfect season on the line against the ever-dangerous Seahawks and survived.
Peyton Manning does just enough to help Denver beat Pittsburgh and set up another meeting with Tom Brady. (Read More)
Carolina advances to NFC title game despite letting a 31-0 lead dwindle to 31-24. (Read More)
Seattle’s bid for a third straight Super Bowl appearance falls short with loss at Carolina in an NFC semifinal. (Read More)
We assume Michael Scott is a Steelers fan. (Read More)
Hey, we can own it. (Read More)
The Chiefs coach wasn’t quite as upset as the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin was in September. (Read More)
So many Crying Jordan memes. (Read More)
Watch and feel your heart melt. (Read More)
Only Atlanta’s Julio Jones (3.04) averaged more yards per route run than Brown (2.89) this season. (Read More)
After a game that rendered no simple conclusions, we have some questions. (Read More)
Should Arizona bottle up Seattle or Carolina’s running game, the team’s likelihood of moving on to the Super Bowl spikes. (Read More)
Packers QB’s 41-yard touchdown as time expires in regulation isn’t enough as Arizona advances to the NFC title game. (Read More)
Network’s NFL reporter is battling throat cancer. (Read More)
New England quarterback jaws with Chiefs, who run out of answers in divisional playoff loss. (Read More)
The Pro Bowl tight end accounted for two of New England’s three touchdowns in Saturday’s playoff win. (Read More)
The wide receiver played for the first time since November and proved just how valuable he is to New England. (Read More)
New England’s offense hasn’t eclipsed 100 yards on the ground in more than a month. (Read More)
The Packers wide receiver hurt himself making a great play that didn’t count. (Read More)
Just watch. (Read More)
The hit was clearly illegal but only only cost the Pats roughly 2 1/2 yards. (Read More)
The defensive end was back in his normal spot six days after being hospitalized for what was reported to be a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana. (Read More)
The veteran receiver has taken to his new role in the slot and has put up one of his best seasons ever. (Read More)
Even if Seattle didn’t look their best in their last-second escape from Minnesota, there are plenty of reasons for Carolina to be worried. (Read More)
The quarterbacks made big strides in their development this season that have raised them into elite status. (Read More)
With a defense as good as any in the Super Bowl era, Denver might be able to succeed despite any shortcomings by its quarterbacks. (Read More)
Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers (head injury) … He will not play after suffering a concussion from a hit by the Bengals Vontaze Burfict in the first round.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers (shoulder) … Roethlisberger is listed as questionable with multiple issues in his throwing shoulder.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks (abdomen) … He was a full participant in practice this week and declared himself ready for Seattle’s game in Carolina.
Divisional round schedule
Seahawks at Panthers, Jan. 17, 1:05 p.m.
Steelers at Broncos, Jan. 17, 4:40 p.m.