Packers-Falcons NFC matchup expected to produce big offense (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:30:38 PST)
The high-scoring offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers appear poised to provide a memorable send-off for the Georgia Dome. Factor in the teams' leaky defenses, and Sunday's NFC championship game could surge past the unusually high over/under of 60+ points set by the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. The Falcons led the NFL in scoring .
NFL-National Football League roundup
(Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:10:41 PST)
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he regrets the language he used while discussing the New England Patriots in his postgame address to the team after Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Tomlin's speech, in which he said the Steelers "spotted those (expletive Patriots) a day and a half" of preparation time for next Sunday's AFC title game, was streamed live on Facebook by wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Kyle Shanahan becomes last candidate in 49ers coach search (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:06:26 PST)
The search for a new San Francisco 49ers coach has narrowed in on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after the only other candidate remaining pulled out of consideration. Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable's agent, Doug Hendickson, tweeted Tuesday that Cable is ''re-affirming'' his commitment to the Seahawks and thanked the 49ers for their interest.
With Tom Cable out, it seems the 49ers' new head coach will be Kyle Shanahan (Shutdown Corner)
(Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:38:18 PST)
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is the last 49ers’ head coaching candidate still in the running. Considering Kyle Shanahan is the last San Francisco 49ers head-coaching candidate who hasn’t dropped out of the running, it’s probably safe to assume he’ll be San Francisco’s next head coach. Doug Hendrickson, the agent for Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, said his client has withdrawn his name from consideration for the 49ers job.
Divisional Targets/Touches (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:50:00 PST)
Justin Bailey reviews the Targets and Touches Report for the Divisional playoff round.
Sorry, Patriots fans: Roger Goodell has other travel plans Sunday, won't be in Foxborough (Shutdown Corner)
(Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:40:44 PST)
When the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots won their divisional round games last weekend, it set up a fascinating question: What would Roger Goodell do this coming weekend? After all, the NFL commissioner typically visits different stadiums on each week of the playoffs, and he was in Atlanta last Saturday and Dallas on Sunday. With Sunday’s conference championship games set in Atlanta and New England, Goodell wouldn’t go back to the same stadium for a second straight week, would he?
NFL Power Rankings: Julio? Le'Veon? Ranking the 20 most important non-QBs left in playoffs (Shutdown Corner)
(Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:39:38 PST)
While it’s still absolute nonsense that we assign a record to quarterbacks and treat it like a real stat, we know that Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger will probably have more say in the outcomes of the three remaining NFL games this season than any other player. Nobody is winning a Super Bowl alone. Malcolm Butler and Antonio Brown are two of the most important players remaining in the playoffs.
Wild season for Seattle ends with questions on title window (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:41:11 PST)
In the midst of all that happened this season between debilitating key injuries, inconsistent play on both offense and defense, and enough distractions to raise the ire of any coach, there was one particular aspect of the Seattle Seahawks season that stood out to Pete Carroll. ''We missed that opportunity,'' Carroll said on Monday. A season defined by inconsistency came to an end for the Seahawks on Saturday with a 36-20 loss at Atlanta in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.
Packers flip script, experience last-second playoff win (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:58:06 PST)
For once after a game, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby felt sore. At one point, Crosby had to beg hulking left tackle David Bakhtiari from trying to pick up the kicker for a victory parade. After getting eliminated from the playoffs on the last play in each of the previous three seasons, the Packers experienced last-second elation in the 34-31 win over Dallas on Sunday.
AP Analysis: A-Rod's biggest call in weekend full of them (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:39:07 PST)
Aaron Rodgers doesn't just make the big throws, he designs them. The Green Bay Packers quarterback went schoolyard and drew up that amazing pass play in the huddle that set up Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal in Dallas. Rodgers' 36-yard strike to toe-dragging tight end Jared Cook on third-and-20 from his 32 was the biggest play in an NFL divisional playoff weekend that was filled with big calls.
49ers coach search narrows, GM search expands (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:40:11 PST)
The search for San Francisco's new coach narrowed on Monday with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulling out of the running for the job, while the 49ers added more candidates for their general manager vacancy. Shortly after McDaniels said he was no longer a candidate to replace the fired Chip Kelly in San Francisco, team CEO Jed York interviewed Seattle co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer later Monday for the GM job previously held by Trent Baalke.
Falcons: Julio Jones will be ready to go in NFC championship (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:49:40 PST)
Julio Jones will be ready to go in the NFC championship game. Coach Dan Quinn insisted Monday that his All-Pro receiver will be in the lineup when the Falcons play for a spot in the Super Bowl against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, despite a lingering foot injury that limited Jones in the second half of a divisional-round victory. Jones wasn't in the locker room for media availability following the 36-20 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks, leading to speculation that the injury might be more serious than the Falcons were letting on.
The Coaching Carousel: NFC (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:25:00 PST)
Raymond Summerlin looks into every coaching rumor and runs down the organizational structure of every team in the NFC.
Josh McDaniels pulls out of 49ers job, as they reportedly shift toward Kyle Shanahan (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:35:13 PST)
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, considered to be among the best head-coaching candidates on the market entering the offseason, will pass at the chance to take the lone remaining position open, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported. #Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is stepping back from the coaching search to focus on playoffs. McDaniels confirmed the news Monday morning as he spoke with the media on a conference call.
Dose: Championship Games Set (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:09:00 PST)
Jeff Brubach recaps top storylines from the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
Mike Tomlin drops f-bomb, a-bomb in Antonio Brown's now-deleted video on Patriots (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:01:58 PST)
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin certainly was happy for his team’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs that will advance the Steelers to the AFC championship game on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and he showed it in a Facebook Live video that Steelers receiver Antonio Brown posted on his Facebook page.
Matt Ryan is keeping some special company these days (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:25:51 PST)
Well, maybe it's Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger who should be looking up to Ryan. Brady is seeking a seventh trip to the Super Bowl in his 17 NFL seasons, and an unprecedented fifth ring. Roethlisberger has gone three times, winning twice.
Green Bay stun Cowboys, Steelers top Chiefs in NFL playoff battle
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:14:31 PST)
Mason Crosby kicked a last-gasp field goal as the Green Bay Packers downed the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in a thrilling NFL playoff battle on Sunday. Crosby held his nerve superbly to kick the winning three-pointer from 51 yards with just three seconds left on the clock in the final twist of an epic duel at the AT&T Stadium. Green Bay will now play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday in the National Football Conference Championship game for a place in the February 5 Super Bowl in Houston.
NFL Today, Divisional Playoffs (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:44:49 PST)
Sunday, Jan. 22
Packers-Falcons, Steelers-Patriots for Super Bowl berths (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:14:20 PST)
Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan.
Column: Shades of 2011 in magical run for Green Bay Packers (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:05:55 PST)
There's been a certain sense of inevitability about this season ever since Tom Brady returned from suspension and started making everything look easy for the New England Patriots. After Sunday's heart-stopping finish in Dallas, it's now joined by a growing sense that something magical might be happening with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers and the Packers were still on the field celebrating their 34-31 win over the Cowboys when oddsmakers in Las Vegas opened the Atlanta Falcons as 4-point favorites in the NFC championship game.
Rodgers again: Packers top Cowboys 34-31 on improbable throw (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:59:35 PST)
After another improbable throw from Aaron Rodgers that propelled the Green Bay Packers to a playoff win, coach Mike McCarthy was asked if it was the best one yet from his star quarterback. ''It's the best one today, that's for sure,'' McCarthy said after a wild 34-31 divisional playoff win Sunday over the Dallas Cowboys that was the Packers' eighth straight and sent them to the NFC championship game. Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal on the next play as time expired, sending the two-time MVP into a showdown next Sunday with the possible winner this year, Atlanta's Matt Ryan.
The Latest: Oddsmakers make Patriots and Falcons favorites (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:49:06 PST)
Oddsmakers in Las Vegas make the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons favorites to meet in the Super Bowl. Atlanta is a 4-point favorite to beat Green Bay at home next Sunday, while New England is a 5.5-point pick at most sports books to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots opened as a 4.5-point favorite after the Steelers edged the Kansas City Chiefs.
Packers win an 'unbelievable effort', says QB Rogers
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:10:00 PST)
(Reuters) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of Green Bay's Super Bowl triumph six years ago, was left almost speechless after his team's nailbiting 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a divisional playoff showdown on Sunday. After squandering an 18-point lead they established during the second quarter, the Packers held off a thrilling Cowboys comeback with successive field goals by Mason Crosby, the last of which was set up by another bit of playoff magic by Rodgers. Rodgers, taking over the ball with 44 seconds left and the score 31-31, connected on a stunning 35-yard completion to tight end Jared Cook, who nimbly tip-toed inbounds with just three seconds left on the clock.
NFL-Packers win an 'unbelievable effort', says QB Rogers
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:57:52 PST)
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of Green Bay's Super Bowl triumph six years ago, was left almost speechless after his team's nailbiting 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a divisional playoff showdown on Sunday. After squandering an 18-point lead they established during the second quarter, the Packers held off a thrilling Cowboys comeback with successive field goals by Mason Crosby, the last of which was set up by another bit of playoff magic by Rodgers. Rodgers, taking over the ball with 44 seconds left and the score 31-31, connected on a stunning 35-yard completion to tight end Jared Cook, who nimbly tip-toed inbounds with just three seconds left on the clock.
High-scoring Falcons to host Packers in NFC title game (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:16:52 PST)
Matt Ryan and the high-scoring Falcons offense will have one more game in the Georgia Dome after all. The Falcons will host the NFC championship game next Sunday against Green Bay. The Packers beat Dallas 34-31 in Sunday's divisional playoff game.