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The Real Johnny Foxborough Is Pretty Great, Too

To Bill Belichick, “Johnny Foxborough” is the the anonymous high school quarterback down the street who can replace Tom Brady in a moment’s notice. But it turns out the actual high school QB down the street has his own story worth telling

Take These Broken Wings

A heartbreaking loss in the Super Bowl can stunt any team, especially one as young as the Falcons. Does Atlanta have what it takes to mount its own comeback?

T.O. and Tagliabue, Still on the Outside

On and off the field, Super Bowl weekend solidifies legacies—but contentious Hall of Fame candidates Terrell Owens and Paul Tagliabue will have to wait at least another year for their moment

The Road to Super Bowl 51

The MMQB arrived in Houston to all the glitz and glamour of the NFL’s biggest stage. But just like the players and coaches in this game, we took a long, winding journey to get here

The Ballad of Quintorris Jones

Eventually known simply as ‘Julio,’ the star receiver was always larger than life in his Alabama hometown, whether he likes it or not

Where Malcolm Butler Was Made

In a nondescript strip mall in Alabama, a little-known Division II prospect once trained for his shot at the NFL. He’s a star now, but Butler still comes back to this gym

Matt Ryan Is Old School

At Philly’s venerable Penn Charter, they remember Matt Ryan as a low-key, egalitarian leader for whom a team win, not stats or stature, was the priority. The Falcons QB has carried that ethos all the way to Super Bowl 51

The Tale of Tom Brady and Johnny Foxborough

He’s won four Super Bowls, two league MVPs, and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. So why does Bill Belichick regularly compare his star player to the high school quarterback just down the street?

The Mixed Messages in Pittsburgh

Mike Tomlin told his team to keep a low profile while wideout Antonio Brown broadcast the coach’s fiery, profane speech live on Facebook. What does it all mean for the Steelers going forward?

Chiefs Playoff Preview

Jenny Vrentas on the quiet confidence of Kansas City. How far can this ball-hawking defense and creative special teams unit go?

Previewing the Dolphins Playoff Path

As a No. 6 seed, Miami has a tough draw, playing in Pittsburgh on the road. Jenny Vrentas says the defense will have to improve for the Dolphins to have a chance to advance

The Week 17 Power Rankings

The Packers are back on top of the NFC North and hosting a playoff game, just like we all expected at Thanksgiving

The Bad Vibes in Buffalo

The coach was fired, the general manager can’t explain why and the ownership doesn’t seem to have a plan for the future. Going on 17 seasons without a playoff berth, these are the same old Bills

Rex Ryan’s Last Rodeo?

The Bills brought the Rex Ryan era in Buffalo to an end a game short of two full seasons. What went wrong, and what’s next for the team and the coaching lifer who was supposed to turn around the franchise