The NFL has determined 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots during their AFC Championship victory were underinflated, ESPN reports. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the “lighter” side of the controversy.
In Week 1, Seattle shut down Green Bay’s offense in a 36-16 win. The teams are meeting again in Sunday’s NFC Championship, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tyler Dunne says the Packers have learned from that loss.
The rivalry between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts has been on hold for the past few years. But the Colts, led by third-year quarterback Andrew Luck, are ready to challenge the Patriots in the AFC Championship. Only A Game’s Karen Given has a preview.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller released his report on the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case on Thursday. Slate Senior Editor Jeremy Stahl argues that the investigation misses a basic, big-picture detail in the saga.
Peyton Manning played 13 seasons for the Indianapolis Colts. Now he’s with the Denver Broncos, who host the Colts and their new star QB Andrew Luck this weekend in the NFL Playoffs. Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star previews the matchup.
No. 4 Ohio State, down to its third-string quarterback, topped No. 1 Alabama on Thursday. Next up for the Buckeyes: the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, who stopped undefeated Florida State in the other semifinal. Who will come out on top? Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel previews the matchup.
After the Impact pairs former NFL players with combat veterans in therapeutic activities. According to Devin Hutchings, the program’s director, the vets and former players “create a brotherhood” based on their mutual respect as well as the similar challenges they face.
When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck takes a big hit, he makes sure his opponents hear about it — but not in the way you’d expect. Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark, who wrote a story about Luck’s unique on-field demeanor.
The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald after learning that he’s the subject of a rape investigation. McDonald was arrested in August as part of an unrelated domestic violence case.
For the first time in college football history, we can finally say it’s playoff time. We now know the four teams in the semifinal games. Grantland’s Matt Hinton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the pros and cons of the new format.