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The Blitz Is Back! (Maybe)

Some NFL trends—more passing, more shotgun, and a blurring line between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses—become ensconced in the game. Others fade away, like the Wildcat or the read-option. Here are five emerging trends to watch coming out of the 2015 season

Brady, Bruised and Beaten

The Patriots offensive line didn’t do its job in the AFC title game, and there were day-after repercussions in New England. For Denver, it was business as usual for the defense, which turns its focus to Cam Newton

The Puncher’s Chance

Bradley Roby delivered the big blow against the Steelers and now the Broncos corner will play a key role in the AFC title game against the Pats. Plus a look at the NFC championship and five things to watch on Sunday

Brady vs. Manning Episode XVII

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 17th and possibly final time on Sunday, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Here’s what fans on both sides of the storied rivalry are thinking going into the AFC title game

NFL’s Final Four Sunday

It’s a whole new ballgame in Denver; unlike in the regular-season meeting, Peyton Manning and Julian Edelman will be there for Broncos-Patriots. Meanwhile, the NFC title game features two very different offenses: Carolina’s multi-faceted ground game and Arizona’s aerial attack

Tom Brady’s Guardian Angels

The Golden Boy is at his best when the pocket resembles a halo. But protecting the quarterback has required a different approach in New England this season. Check that—a stunning 37 different offensive line combinations that can be chalked up to one thing: The Patriot Way

Divisional Playoff Preview

Which teams have the edge in the NFL’s most competitive weekend of football? Breaking down offensive and defensive matchups in Chiefs-Patriots, Packers-Cardinals, Steelers-Broncos and Seahawks-Panthers

Alex Smith Is Not A Game Manager

In his last two playoff games, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has gone on the road and put up 44 and 30 points. Peter King takes a look at the divisional matchup between streaking Kansas City and New England

The Mad Scientist Doesn’t Wear Makeup

Often colder than a Maine winter in his press conferences, Bill Belichick has mastered the art of withholding information. But with the tape rolling and clicker in hand, the Patriots coach turns into an excited teacher during a weekly TV segment called The Belestrator

The Unlikely QBs of the Likely AFC Playoffs

The conventional wisdom is that you need a superstar quarterback to win Super Bowls. Yet, looking at the likely AFC playoff bracket, it’s Tom Brady and five pedestrian signal-callers. Here’s how each one gets it done

The Fine Fifteen

There’s movement at the top, as two AFC giants re-enter the top five. Plus notes on Pete Rose, Muhammad Wilkerson and a player I admire

The Fine 15: Sanity Check

Seismic activity in the NFL pecking order this week will leave many questioning the power ranker’s mental state. Please form an orderly line

Patriots’ Day to Forget

Every great team has a game in which they simply face-plant. Short on weapons, and victimized by two big special teams plays, Sunday was that game for the Patriots, and nothing more