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NFL Conference Championship Game Picks: Will the Pats and Seahawks Roll? | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Four unsung heroes for AFC and NFC championship games | The MMQB with Peter King
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Ducking the Bucks: Inside the Evolution (and Oregonification) of Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Offense «
Despite being known for the innovative spread offenses his Utah and Florida teams had fielded, Urban Meyer had few obvious offensive coordinator candidates in mind when he took over as Ohio State’s head football coach following the 2011 season. Dan Mullen and Steve Addazio, Meyer’s former UF coordinators, had already become head coaches, and Meyer faced another complicating factor: Though he remained committed to his vision of a power-based spread offense, he also wanted his system to evolve with the times, and he knew he needed a coordinator who could help him achieve that balance.

How important are All-star games? | National Football Post
The evaluation process is in full swing.

Game Scripts Through The First Two Rounds of the Playoffs
Every week during the season, I compile Game Scripts data, which measures the average points margin during every second of every game. Since most people don’t have a chance to watch every game, it’s helpful to have this information.

Where Seattle Seahawks' defense ranks among best all time -- NFL - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks are built primarily around their suffocating Legion of Boom defense, and that defense has now driven them late into the postseason for the third straight year

NFL will hold veteran free agent combine in March -
Free agents like Terrell Owens itching to get back in the league caught a big break Thursday. The NFL will introduce a veteran combine beginning this March in Arizona. Get your popcorn ready.

Aaron Rodgers talks near Marshawn Lynch reunion -
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a former college teammate of Marshawn Lynch. On Wednesday, he recalled the moment in 2010 when he almost teamed up with the running back a second time.

Vic Fangio emerges as a D.C. candidate in D.C. | ProFootballTalk
A day after he officially found out that he will not be the next head coach of the 49ers, former San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has emerged as a candidate for the same job in Washington. Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in D.C.

Trent Baalke praises Jim Tomsula’s “humility” | ProFootballTalk
New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula was introduced at a press conference today, and General Manager Trent Baalke made a point of mentioning Tomsula's "humility." The emphasis on humility may have been an implication that the coach Baalke ran off, Jim Harbaugh, lacks humility.

Seahawks among the best at not giving the ball away -
(AP) — Pete Carroll talks about it constantly, almost to the point of exasperation, about how protecting the ball is the most important thing in the Seattle Seahawks program. Not having the fiercest defense in the NFL or a dynamic offense based around a strong running game. The Seahawks set a franchise record this season for the fewest turnovers, giving the ball away just 14 times during the regular season. Quarterback Russell Wilson has made better decisions with his passing, watching his interception numbers drop to just seven. The reduction in turnovers was critical in a season where the Seahawks defense didn't force as many turnovers. Four times in the regular season, Seattle failed to force a turnover, a stark change from 2013 when the Seahawks only went one time without an interception or fumble recovery.

Earl Thomas on Aaron Rodgers' injured calf and unusual amount of soul | - Seattle Sidelines
“I just respect him as a football player in general,” Thomas said. “You can tell that he knows the game. He has a lot of confidence back there. You don't really see a lot of quarterbacks of his skin color with soul like that, and I like it.”

RENTON: Former practice-squader Daniels may play surprise NFC Championship role for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
After wide receiver Paul Richardson was put on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury, coach Pete Carroll announced that second-year quarterback B.J. Daniels would be promoted from the Seahawks’ practice squad. It will be the first time in Daniels’ career on an active NFL roster.

RENTON: Dave Boling: Having said it for 17 games, it finally is championship opportunity for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Preparing for title intensity every game leaves the Seahawks unfazed by the attention leading up to Sunday’s NFC Championship game against Green Bay

RENTON: Seahawks’ Sherman won’t be silenced by Packers again | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Four months after the most boring game Sherman’s ever played in (he was targeted zero times), the Packers are returning to CenturyLink Field for Sunday’s NFC championship game.

Might Jim Tomsula convince Justin Smith to delay retirement? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
“He will make a great head coach,” Smith said of Tomsula during the season, per “No. 1, he knows what the heck he’s talking about and, No. 2, he has the personality to go with it. A lot of times those don’t always match up.

St. Louis Rams seek interview with Adam Gase - ESPN
After a last-minute change of heart by the San Francisco 49ers left Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase without their head-coaching position, he's quickly become one of the hottest commodities on the coaching market.

Seattle Seahawks see Clay Matthews as difference-maker for Green Bay - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and receiver Doug Baldwin say the biggest difference in the Green Bay Packers now is the man in the middle.

Could Colin Kaepernick's time with San Francisco 49ers be over? - ESPN
With so many of Jim Harbaugh’s former assistants getting the axe today, the vibe is like the final scene of “The Godfather,” with CEO Jed York, general manager Trent Baalke and new head coach Jim Tomsula tying up loose ends and ridding themselves of Harbaugh’s foot soldiers.

Eight takeaways from Pete Carroll: Injury updates on Justin Britt, Tony McDaniel
Key takeaways from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's Thursday meeting with the media ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

Breaking down Mel Kiper’s first mock draft | Seahawks Draft Blog
I have a lot of time for ESPN analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. Without them the draft just wouldn’t be the same. I also don’t think they get the respect they deserve for identifying talent and being ahead of the curve. Off the top of my head, Kiper was all over Jason Pierre-Paul before many others. Ditto Greg Robinson a year ago.

Bob McGinn - Packers' Next Opponent: Seahawks
The admiration that former UW star Russell Wilson has garnered around the league for his stellar play for the Seahawks as their quarterback despite is 5-foot-10 1/2 frame continues to grow.

Seahawks Stadium Internet Traffic Record - Business Insider
The Seattle Seahawks' home crowd, nicknamed "The 12th Man," is one of the loudest in football.

The biggest reason why the Seahawks have a shot to repeat | New York Post
Word of advice to the Packers: Score as many points as you can in the first half, because if history repeats itself at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks are going to dominate the second half of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

NFL Odds: Computer projects Pats, Seahawks will advance to Super Bowl - NFL -
The Indianapolis Colts are just 3-7 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games as a road underdog. The Colts will be an underdog this Sunday when they visit the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game.

Packers-Seahawks preview: 15 things to know about NFC title game -
No team is more dominant at home than the Seahawks, but never doubt Aaron Rodgers, even with that injured calf. Here are 15 keys to the NFC title tilt.

Packers vs. Seahawks: Updated Odds, Latest Player Comments and Predictions | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Packers-Seahawks could become hot new rivalry
Ingredients there for exciting game on Sunday

Bill Callahan named Washington OL coach, NFL to hold veteran combine and other NFL news -
In other news, Dennis Thurman was officially named as the Buffalo Bills' new defensive coordinator.

2015 NFL Mock Drafts : Mock draft 1.0: Pro-ready Winston goes No. 1

Film Room: How the Packers are winning despite Aaron Rodgers' injury | theScore
As he leaned over from shotgun, Aaron Rodgers’ left knee buckled backward and then forward.

Why the Patriots' trick play doesn't have to be just a trick -
The Pats got some nice gains -- and upset John Harbaugh -- with a unique look Saturday. But unlike most trick plays, they don't have to use this one just once.

Dez Bryant took 3 steps and no one knows what a catch is -
Forget the "Calvin Johnson rule." It should have never mattered. The NFL needs to fix its officiating problem.

Chandler Jones, Jordy Nelson need to rebound from poor performances -
The Patriots, Packers and Colts all advanced, but not necessarily because of the performances from a few key players. Here's a look at who needs to step up to get of the Hoss Under Roll team.

Person of Interest: Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a person of interest for the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

NFL head coaches in 2014 NFL playoffs make name with defense - NFL -
It may be way past time to update the adage that defense wins championships in the NFL. I would suggest amending it to defensive-minded coaches win championships in the NFL. We’re in something of a golden age when it comes to that.

NFL to host veteran combine for free agents in March | ProFootballTalk
With the emergence of regional combines which allow through-the-cracks rookies to get a chance before NFL scouts, the NFL has now decided to offer veterans the same chance.

San Francisco 49ers News — Niner Insider Blog » Source: 49ers have fired Fangio, Donatell and Leavitt
That group of assistants who have been released from their contracts also includes secondary coach Ed Donatell and linebackers coach Jim Leavitt. There are likely more: On Wednesday, Fox Sports reported running backs coach Tom Rathman would be the only assistant coach retained under Tomsula.

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks preview - ESPN
The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks started this season at CenturyLink Field. Now one of those teams will end its season at the CLink.

Seahawks' Russell Wilson was seemingly born clutch | - Sports
RENTON — One of Russell Wilson's favorite cliches, and there are many, is that he tries to be the calm in the storm. That has been a focus of...

Don't let Wilson's low passing yard numbers fool you. | : Kenneth Arthur Article
As we embark on the final three games of the 2014 NFL season, there are just four quarterbacks remaining. For many people, one of these four is not like the others.