GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16:  Wide receiver Jeff Janis #83 of the Green Bay Packers catches a 41-yard touchdown on the final play of regulation against cornerback Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

10 biggest plays of the NFL’s Divisional Round

How fun was the NFL’s Divisional Round? The New England Patriots held off a late rally from the Kansas City Chiefs, the Arizona Cardinals survived one of the wackiest finishes in postseason history, the Carolina Panthers jumped out to a 31-0 lead before outlasting the Seattle Seahawks in the second half, and the Denver Broncos used […]

in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.

Best, worst from NFL’s Divisional Round

The 2015 NFL playoffs followed up Wild Card weekend with a vintage Tom Brady performance, one of the wildest postseason finishes in league history, a massive (yet failed) comeback attempt and a late touchdown drive orchestrated by Peyton Manning. Here is the rest of the best and worst from the NFL’s Divisional Round: Best QB Tom Brady, […]

during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Which NFL team has the best chance of pulling a divisional round upset?

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs presents an interesting dynamic. The four teams that won on wild-card weekend all come in with momentum and people jump on their bandwagon. All four of those teams are on the road against either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed, but their chances of pulling an upset […]

<> of the New England Patriots of the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

X-factor to watch for each team in NFL’s Divisional Round

In the NFL’s postseason, just one player can be the difference between advancing to the next round and going home early. Here is one x-factor for all eight teams participating in this weekend’s Divisional Round: Kansas City Chiefs: TE Travis Kelce It’s no secret that the Chiefs will have to run the football and pressure […]

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eight injured NFL players who will impact divisional round of playoffs

The fortunes of most of the teams in this weekend’s NFL divisional playoffs hinge on the health of certain players. The availability and effectiveness of these eight players could make or break their teams’ Super Bowl hopes. Julian Edelman It’s not a coincidence that the Patriots’ 2015 season lost a little, um, air pressure when […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Brandon Marshall #54 of the Denver Broncos and Malik Jackson #97 of the Denver Broncos celebrate Marshall's fourth quarter interception during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

How the rematch factor plays into all four of NFL’s Divisional Round matchups

All four of the NFL’s Divisional Round matchups will include the always intriguing but potentially insignificant “rematch” storyline. Of the four games, three have already played out during the 2015 season. The one that hasn’t—between New England and Kansas City—was only one of the most important games of last season. The Arizona Cardinals beat up […]

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a first down against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Best, worst from NFL’s Wild Card round

The NFL’s 12-team playoff field in 2015 is now down to just eight. The weekend’s Wild Card Round eliminated four teams (Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins) and advanced four others (Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers) to the Divisional Round. Here’s a look at the best […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 3: Quarterback AJ McCarron #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals scrambles out of the pocket during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)

Which NFL wild-card team has the best chance of pulling off an upset?

Based on the predictions, the 2015 NFL playoffs could begin with a Wild-Card Road Show this weekend. Three of the four road teams are favorites. According to Five Thirty Eight Sports, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs on wild-card weekend. Which underdog has the best chance of […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans rushes Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter in a NFL game on September 13, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

What each wild-card team must do to advance in 2015 NFL playoffs

Eight teams will participate in the Wild Card Round of the 2015 NFL playoffs. Only four will advance. Here is how each of the eight teams can score a first-round win and advance to the Divisional Round: Kansas City Chiefs: Win turnover margin The Chiefs won 10 straight games to finish the 2015 season, largely […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 04: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter after recovering a fumble against the Kansas City Chiefs during a Wild Card Playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

10 greatest wild-card games in NFL history

It’s wild-card weekend. Perhaps the 2015 playoffs will provide games that can be added to lists of the greatest ever. Before the ball is kicked off at 4:35 p.m. Saturday in Houston, let’s take a look at the greatest wild-card games in NFL history up to this point. Comebacks, lead changes and plays so memorable […]

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Eight rookie stars who will emerge during 2015 NFL playoffs

There’s no greater stage in the NFL than the postseason, where the lights shine bright and every play can be the difference between advancing and going home. Here are eight rookies with an opportunity to solidify themselves as emerging stars in the playoffs: WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks Lockett finished third in the NFL in […]

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Who has the edge at QB in NFL’s first-round playoff games?

The winners of playoff games in the NFL are often times determined by the team with the best quarterback, or the team with the quarterback playing the best down the stretch. No position impacts the game more, especially when talent level is mostly even among the league’s 12 playoff participants. Here is a look at the […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a 4th quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

2015 NFL Award predictions: MVP, Rookie of the Year and More

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for weeks and weeks of 2015 entertainment awards shows. The NFL holds its own NFL Honors ceremony the night before the Super Bowl, and here are the players who should be taking home the hardware. MVP: Cam Newton Cam Newton is like a sleek sports car that seats […]

during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.

10 X-factors to watch in 2015 NFL Playoffs

The 2015 NFL playoffs begin this week, with a pair of Wild Card Round matchups in both the NFC and AFC kicking off the action. Here are 10 players that could make-or-break this year’s postseason: QB AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals Barring a miraculous recovery from Andy Dalton (broken thumb), McCarron will start Cincinnati’s first round […]

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Running back C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

How NFL’s playoff teams fared against postseason competition in 2015

With the NFL’s postseason field set, here’s a look at how all 12 teams fared against playoff competition this season: AFC  1. Denver Broncos (5-2) The Broncos beat three of the five other AFC playoff teams, while also notching wins against the Packers and Vikings from the NFC field. Among postseason participants, only the Chiefs […]

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