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Patriots Level Tebowmania, 45-10

No miracles, as New England crushes Denver 45-10

(Newser) - This time, there were no miracles, no 3:16s, and no Hail Marys—Tim Tebow was dispatched from the NFL playoffs as suddenly as he entered, as the New England Patriots routed the Denver Broncos 45-10, reports the AP . Instead of passing for 316 yards , as in Denver's victory... More »

Steelers Hang On, Beat Jets in a Nail-Biter

Pittsburgh dominated, then held on

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to their third Super Bowl in six years thanks to a big-play defense that returned a fumble for a touchdown and staged a late goal-line stand in a 24-19 victory over the New York Jets. Pittsburgh, which led 24-0 in the first half and held on,... More »

From Katrina's Misery, Superdome Rises Again

New Orleans Saints just a win away from Super Bowl

(Newser) - New Orleans' Superdome, home to some of Hurricane Katrina’s ugliest scenes, could also be the site of the city’s most glorious sports moment today, with the Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings with a shot at the Super Bowl on the line. “It looked like Armageddon,” the... More »

NFL Inspires Preemptive Irritation

Favre? Manning? Jets and insufferable NYC media? Ugh, ugh, ugh

(Newser) - Sunday’s NFL conference championship games provide the impetus for Katie Baker to vent her preemptive irritation: No matter the result, we’re all in for two weeks of tiresome crap about something(s): Brett Favre, Brett Favre versus Peyton Manning, the New York Jets and their tiresome media and fan... More »

Prince Pens Song for Minnesota Vikings

'Purple and Gold' a tribute to hometown team ahead of game vs. Saints

(Newser) - Prince has channeled his enthusiasm for his hometown Vikings into a new song ahead of Sunday's NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints. The Purple One penned “Purple and Gold” after he attended last week's victory over the Cowboys and “saw the future," he tells MyFox... More »

Brett Favre Sings 'Pants on the Ground'

Minnesota Vikings' quarterback conjures American Idol contestant

(Newser) - Told you it would go viral: “General” Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground,” prominently featured on American Idol last week, has a new fan: Brett Favre. The Vikings’ quarterback performed his rendition after beating the Cowboys in the NFL playoffs 34-3 yesterday—he even acted... More »

14-Year-Old Cancer Patient Calls Plays for Ravens

Cam Cameron calls on local kid with inoperable brain tumor

(Newser) - The Baltimore Ravens have a new top-secret offensive mastermind: Matthew Costello, a 14-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor. Costello goes to school with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s son Danny. When Danny told his dad about Costello’s recent diagnosis, Cameron, a cancer survivor himself, rushed over to meet him,... More »

Cowboys, Jets Advance

Tony Romo, Mark Sanchez make it look easy in wild-card games

(Newser) - Dallas won a laugher over Philadelphia, and the Jets took down Cincinnati on the road to advance in the playoffs. Tony Romo (2 TDs, 244 yards) and the Cowboys put up 27 points in the second quarter and cruised to a 34-14 win. Dallas Morning News coverage here . On the... More »

Super Bowl Awash in Subplots

Arizona's Pittsburgh transplants give Cards an edge—if not the edge

(Newser) - You can't spell “conflict” without NFL, and this year's Super Bowl contains plenty of opposing loyalties, Sam Farmer writes in the Los Angeles Times. You can’t throw a stone at the Arizona Cardinals’ sideline without hitting a former Pittsburgh resident, player, or coach—and that last category might... More »

Eyes, Brain Make Cards' Fitzgerald Quite the Catch

Star receiver has rare visual skills and a souped-up onboard computer for analysis

(Newser) - More than height, speed, or jumping ability, highly developed eyesight and an extraordinary internal computer make Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald a top-tier NFL receiver, a scientist tells the Wall Street Journal. Fitzgerald’s optometrist grandfather put him through drills to improve his “visual dominance,” enabling him to take... More »

Pittsburgh's Superfan Mayor Changes Name

Ravenstahl now 'Steelerstahl' ahead of playoff with Baltimore

(Newser) - Eschewing the usual (read: boring) wager with a fellow politician over the big game, Pittsburgh’s mayor is changing his name ahead of the hometown Steelers’ AFC championship tilt against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Luke Ravenstahl hit the Allegheny County clerk’s office today, Deadspin reports, though it could... More »

NFL Playoffs Feature Rematches

Each game this round is a rematch, but don't expect similar results

(Newser) - All four match-ups for next weekend's NFL playoffs are been-there, done-that this season, but the outcomes aren't necessarily givens, USA Today reports:
  • Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco's interceptions helped the Titans as much as Kerry Collin's 80-yard touchdown drive in defeating the Ravens, but Flacco's seen a lot of play since
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Ravens Stuff Dolphins 27-9

Baltimore forces 4 turnovers

(Newser) - The Baltimore Ravens stifled QB Chad Pennington and the Miami Dolphins to win 27-9 today, AP reports. Pennington, who threw only seven interceptions during the regular season, tossed four away and went 23-for-36 for 234 yards. Baltimore’s Ed Reed had two interceptions, and Jim Leonhard and Fabian Washington each... More »

Arizona Beats Atlanta 30-24 in Wildcard Game

(Newser) - The Arizona Cardinals shrugged off a sluggish end to their regular season and took down the upstart Atlanta Falcons in their NFL wildcard matchup today, the Arizona Republic reports. Veteran Kurt Warner passed for 271 yards in the franchise's first home playoff game in Arizona. The Cardinals kept Falcons rookie... More »

Colts Win 8th Straight, Clinch Playoffs

(Newser) - Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts won their eighth straight game tonight to clinch a playoff spot, the Indianapolis Star reports. The 31-24 win against Jacksonville epitomized their season: a slow start and a strong—if nail-biting—finish. Jacksonville led 17-7 at the half and were inside the 10 in... More »

Giants Stun Packers in OT

Gain Super Bowl when Tynes FG ends 23-20 nail-biter

(Newser) - The New York Giants tonight became just the second NFC wild-card team to make the Super Bowl, stunning the favored Packers, 23-20, in the arctic cold at Lambeau Field. Kicker Lawrence Tynes atoned for two missed field goals—including one at the end of regulation—with his 47-yard game-winner. More »

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