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Are You Ready to Believe in the Baltimore Ravens? | Rolling Stone
After winning another playoff game on the road, can anyone beat the battle-tested birds?

Mike Tanier's Monday Morning Hangover: Colts, Cam, Cowboys Conspiracy | Bleacher Report
First, the team with no quarterback lost. Then, the team with no running back lost. Then, the team with no receivers lost. Finally, the team famous for losing because of penalties and weird calls lost, in part, because of a weird-call non-penalty.

Washington safety Ryan Clark pens tribute to Stuart Scott | The MMQB with Peter King
By Ryan Clark Washington Safety We didn’t always have cable growing up in Louisiana. In raising three kids, having every channel available wasn’t much of a priority for my mother and father.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Wild-Card Round
The NFL playoffs are often memorable, but some of this weekend's wild-card action could make you wish for the short-term memory loss the guy in Memento had. We were served a lousy appetizer on both days, with the Cardinals-Panthers kicking things off in the way only Ryan Lindley and a 7-8-1 division winner could. Yet it was still shocking to see the Cardinals muster 78 yards of total offense, the fewest in postseason history. It was only fitting the record was earned on the final snap: a series of hopeless laterals that eventually added up to a 19-yard loss, supplanting the 1958 Browns (86 yards) in the record books of shame.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 18 DVOA Ratings
Once again, it is time for postseason DVOA ratings.

Matt Flynn is impervious to Aaron Rodgers' ridicule -
Aaron Rodgers is big on jokes, although his teammates might best describe his sense of humor as somewhere between obscure and random.

2015 NFL Draft: Tweaks to the NFL Combine Schedule -
Over the last few weeks, invitations to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine have started to go out to pro prospects, including a full day-by-day itinerary broken down by position. But the schedule this year is slightly different than past years with the NFL Scouting Combine starting a day earlier, changing the skill position on-field workouts (quarterback, running back, wide receiver) to Saturday

Playoff Musings: Sticking with Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks, Packers -
The Ravens have the Pats' number in the playoffs, but a shaky secondary spells trouble against Tom Brady. Here's an early look at the divisional games.

Huge wild-card audience surely means more wild-card games | ProFootballTalk
In March, the NFL's owners likely will vote to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams.  That would mean two more games in the wild-card round, an increase from four to six. Which would mean 50 percent more games that America watches by the tens of millions.

No changes coming to NFL officials’ playoff assignments | ProFootballTalk
There's been some talk after the officials botched a call in Dallas on Sunday that the NFL should change the way it assigns officials to playoff games. But no changes are coming any time soon.

Arians looks 'forward to having (Fitzgerald) next year' -
Bruce Arians wasn't going to worry about the future of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The Arizona Cardinals' coach said he doesn't his focus is on working with one of the all-time great players.

Redskins contact McCloughan for top executive role -
The Redskins are on the hunt to upgrade their embattled front office. Ian Rapoport reports that Washington reached out to respected personnel man Scot McCloughan about joining the team.

Mike Shanahan interviewed with Oakland Raiders -
Over 25 years after his first head-coaching gig in Oakland ended with acrimony, Mike Shanahan has interviewed with the Raiders, Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Has time healed all wounds?

Dean Blandino: Picking up flag was 'debatable' -
Dean Blandino discussed the controversial picked-up flag in the Detroit Lions-Dallas Cowboys game on Monday. Find out what the NFL's vice president of officiating had to say about the call.

Dez Bryant: The ref really wasn't listening to me -
Dez Bryant left himself wide open for a penalty when he rushed the field to contest a penalty against the Cowboys. Afterwards, Bryant explained why shouting from the sidelines wasn't good enough.

Seismologists to monitor Seattle Seahawks in playoffs for more ‘Beast Quakes’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Scientists from the University of Washington will again be monitoring ground movement around CenturyLink Field during this month’s Seattle Seahawks playoff game(s) in Seattle.

Bring on the Panthers: Seahawks to play Carolina in NFC divisional round | - Sports
The team against which Russell Wilson issued a season-altering proclamation nearly three months ago is the one the Seattle Seahawks will play to...

NFC divisional round puts Seahawks against Carolina for 5th time in 5 seasons | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who we play. It’s about us,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin says of Seattle (12-4) learning it will host Carolina (8-8-1) on Saturday to begin its postseason defense of the Super Bowl title.

2015 Seattle Seahawks free agents - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have 19 free agents as they enter the 2015 offseason. The new league year opens at 4 p.m. ET March 10, when unrestricted free agents can sign with any team. Here’s a list of the Seahawks restricted and restricted free agents:

2015 Arizona Cardinals free agents - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals have 13 free agents as they enter the 2015 offseason. The new league year opens at 4 p.m. ET March 10, when unrestricted free agents can sign with any team.

St. Louis Rams might be willing to make move in draft - ESPN
This is a topic that we'll likely explore multiple times and much more in depth in the coming weeks and months, but lost in all the discussion of things like quarterback Sam Bradford at St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher's end-of-year news conference was a seemingly innocent answer to a more loaded question.

Mike Holmgren: San Francisco 49ers not interested in me - ESPN
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York seemingly painted himself in a corner last week when he said he wanted a “teacher” as his next head coach, consistently referencing the late Bill Walsh as the archetype.

Monday in Hawkville: Bobby Wagner’s ‘noise’ impossible to silence
Bobby Wagner’s 2014 season might have had a hole in the middle, but it also has come full circle as his fast start and impressive finish continued to earn honors for the Seahawks’ middle linebacker.

St. Louis Rams Owner Stan Kroenke To Build L.A. Stadium - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams' famously silent owner informed the LA Times that he and the owners of the adjacent Hollywood Park site plan to build a new NFL stadium...time to fret?

Updated mock draft: 5th January 2015 | Seahawks Draft Blog

Three things from the opening round of the NFL playoffs - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The NFL Owner's Manual on What Not to Do | The Sideline View
The coach or QB doesn’t decide the fate of an NFL team; the owner does. John Middlekauff breaks down how Jeffrey Lurie empowered his coach through tough times for the overall health of the team, while 49ers owner Jed York gave us a blueprint on what not to do.

Report: Redskins Reach Out to Former Seahawks Exec. Scot McCloughan « CBS DC
The Washington Redskins have reportedly reached out to former Seahawks and 49ers personnel executive Scot McCloughan about “being a top executive for them,” according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

2015 Super Bowl Odds: Seahawks still favorites, New England's odds drop -
Six of the eight remaining playoff teams saw the Super Bowl odds improve after Wild Card Weekend.

5 key things to watch in the Panthers-Seahawks NFC divisional game | For The Win
The second meeting of the season between Carolina and Seattle will likely be another defensive battle.

Todd Bowles has four interviews lined up this week | ProFootballTalk
Now that he's finally able to interview, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is going to do a lot of interviewing. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Bowles has a busy schedule the rest of this week.

Todd Bowles has four interviews lined up this week | ProFootballTalk
Now that he's finally able to interview, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is going to do a lot of interviewing. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Bowles has a busy schedule the rest of this week.

Instant Debate: Who helped his draft stock most in bowl season? -
In a bowl season loaded with standout efforts, CFB 24/7 asked its panel of experts which prospect helped his draft stock the most with his performance. Only one player appeared on two ballots.

Golden Tate challenges entire organization to have good offseason - Detroit Lions Blog - ESPN
Golden Tate had a message for the entire organization. "I challenged every man in here, coaches, trainers, fan base, players obviously, to go have the best offseason of your life," Tate said. "We see how close we are as a community and that should encourage. Yeah, this season is over and it's tough to swallow right now but, hey, the Detroit Lions are not done. We're going to go out there and have a heck of an offseason and come back and be ready and be focused. This could be the start of something great, I think."

Report: Redskins Reached Out to Scot McCloughan for Personnel Job - Hogs Haven
The Redskins are reportedly looking to bring in one of the NFL's top talent evaluators

Dominant Luke Kuechly Keying Panthers' Improbable Playoff Run | Bleacher Report
Carolina Panthers news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more