New England Patriots
The road was kind in the wild-card round. The next challenge might be more daunting for the Saints, 49ers and Chargers. Not to mention the Colts, the only team to win at home this weekend.
The shocking turnaround, from a 38-10 second-half deficit to 45-44 victory over the Chiefs, left Indianapolis spent both physically and mentally, linebacker Jerrell Freeman said.
Of the six coaches who were fired at the end of this season, each of them had quarterbacks with a quarterback rating placing them in the bottom half of the league.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick brought back an old talking point Wednesday, saying he wants see the NFL make its extra-point play less of a gimme.
The Cincinnati Bengals had a great season and are looking forward to welcoming the San Diego Chargers into Paul Brown Stadium for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Even with that game on the immediate horizon, the 2014 opponents for the Bengals have now been set.
Adam Vinatieri is the seventh NFL player to score 2,000 career points. The Colts kicker did it by making a 26-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half of Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has broken Tom Brady’s NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.
Tony Romo tossed two interceptions in the final three minutes and the Cowboys (7-7) blew a chance to pull even with Philadelphia in the NFC East, remaining a game behind with two to play.
Jets tight end Zach Sudfeld has never let injuries or adversity drag him down.
The Colts and Broncos have already secured a playoff spot, with others offered the chance this weekend if all breaks right. The question is, which team will win the AFC Championship this year?
It is feared that Gronkowksi potentially suffered a serious knee injury. Coach Bill Belichick said after the game that Gronkowski went to a hospital for observation.
26-year-old Tim Tebow was cut by the New England Patriots before this NFL season. He would be the most prominent player to appear in the Italian league — by far.
Kellen Winslow reportedly predicted on Twitter that he expects the Patriots and Broncos to reach the AFC Championship game.
While many consider Peyton Manning to be the greatest “regular season” quarterback of all-time, it really is, in part, a function of being a “dome” quarterback for much of his career. That doesn’t bode well going forward.
This latest version of Brady vs. Manning was a rout. And then it wasn’t, stretching deep into overtime before New England’s biggest winning rally in franchise history gave it a 34-31 victory over Denver.