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Anatomy of an All-Time Super Bowl Collapse

It wasn’t anything Dan Quinn did or didn’t do. The fact that the Falcons’ young, speed-based defense was on the field for the equivalent of a game-and-a-half, against the greatest QB of all time, is what led to the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history

Why the Falcons Should Attack Brady by Holding Back

Atlanta’s young defense has looked fast and vastly improved in January, but that won’t be enough against Tom Brady. Dan Quinn might want to try a different approach to slow down the Patriots, and it starts with less pressure

What Would Belichick Do?

Fifteen years after slowing the Greatest Show on Turf and ascending to genius status, the Patriots coach faces another historically great offense in the Super Bowl. This time around, he’ll try to slow the Falcons with a different brand of defense

How Aaron Rodgers Raised His Game

The superstar QB has combined his sandlot style with new-found timing and rhythm. Throw in the emergence of a new target, and you get an unstoppable quarterback

What’s Wrong with Cam Newton?

The reigning MVP is having a career-worst season in 2016. How his problems can be traced back to Super Bowl 50, combined with a new approach in Carolina

Why Stafford Is MVP

It’s a down year for MVP candidates. But in Detroit, with a weak supporting cast and more responsibility under a new offensive coordinator, no one has been worth more to a winning team than Stafford

No Gronk? No Problem

And that’s not just Sunday’s win over the hapless Rams. Without Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots are still the same AFC favorites they were before he got hurt

How the Bucs Got Going

An offense re-worked up front and a defense thriving in the back have resulted in three straight wins for Tampa Bay, including back-to-back wins over two of the NFL’s best teams

The Browns’ Silver Linings

They are what their record says they are, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of encouraging signs for the winless Cleveland Browns

Vikings Have a Big Problem

Minnesota’s O-line was exposed in Philly. With both starting tackles on IR and an offense that lacks a quick-strike passing game, they will have to figure out a new way to keep the pressure off Sam Bradford

Five Reasons the Panthers Are 1-5

From the offensive line to the defensive backfield, from Cam to Luke to Benjamin, breaking down exactly why it has gone so wrong for the defending NFC champs

How Buffalo Returned From the Brink

Three weeks ago, the Bills were 0-2 and Rex Ryan was being panned for firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Since then the Bills have not only won three straight, but they’re winning with the exact style of football Ryan wants

The Steelers Are Now What They Want to Be

With a full complement of weapons on offense, and an increasing comfort with a young defense, the Steelers showed their true colors in Sunday night’s blowout of the Chiefs. And in doing so they showed why they’re still a popular Super Bowl pick

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