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The Failure Was Total
The Failure Was Total
It was another big-game loss for Peyton Manning, but the blame for the Broncos’ 43-8 Super Bowl humiliation extends across the board, to every aspect of the team’s performance: coaching, preparation and execution
By Greg A. Bedard
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Fourth-and-7? Let It Fly!
Fourth-and-7? Let It Fly!
How a gutsy coaching change-of-mind, a deceptive double snap count and three quick-thinking receivers in tune with their quarterback put the Seahawks over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game
By Greg A. Bedard
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Football the Way It Ought To Be: Flag-Free
Football the Way It Ought To Be: Flag-Free
Notice something missing from wild-card weekend? The first round of the playoffs was blissfully light on penalties—especially against pass defenses—and, not coincidentally, officiating controversies. That’s good for the game
By Greg A. Bedard
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Answered Prayers
Answered Prayers
The Packers were on the brink of elimination a month ago. Then out of nowhere ... fullback John Kuhn throws the block of his life, springing Aaron Rodgers to find Randall Cobb for a game-winning TD and the NFC North crown
By Greg A. Bedard
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The Right Call on Rodgers
The Right Call on Rodgers
Cheesehead Nation would love to see its Super Bowl-winning quarterback return for the do-or-die Week 17 showdown against the Bears. Thank goodness the fans aren’t the ones deciding
By Greg A. Bedard
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The Big D Blame Game
The Big D Blame Game
It’s a familiar narrative: Romo wilted under pressure, throwing two picks in the final three minutes as the Cowboys blew a 23-point lead on Sunday. But the truth is more complicated—and the bigger finger points to the men calling the shots
By Greg A. Bedard
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A Knee-Jerk Reaction
A Knee-Jerk Reaction
Browns safety T.J. Ward ended Rob Gronkowski’s season with a direct shot to the knee on Sunday. Was it legal? Yes. But it shouldn’t be. What will it take for the NFL to change its rules and protect all defenseless players?
By Greg A. Bedard
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Throwing the Challenge Flag on Inconsistency
Throwing the Challenge Flag on Inconsistency
NFL officials have the thankless job of making real-time decisions after processing information in the blink of an eye. Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong, but why do the rules always seem to be changing?
By Greg A. Bedard
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Don’t Jump to Conclusions
Don’t Jump to Conclusions
The Patriots prevailed and Tom Brady won the statistical showdown, but don’t write off Denver—or Peyton Manning—based on a loss in very unusual circumstances
By Greg A. Bedard