Keidel: Case Keenum Leading Vikings To Top Seed In NFCIt may come as a surprise to some, but journeyman quarterback Case Keenum has led the Minnesota Vikings to a 10-2 record and the NFC's No. 1 spot through three quarters of the season.
Silverman: Coaching Heavyweights Set To Lock Horns In AFC, NFC Title GamesLet's look at the responsibilities of each of the four head coaches and their keys to victory -- and a chance to play for the Lombardi Trophy.
Silverman: Giants Have Issues, But At Least They're Not The BearsBoth teams are suffering through hard times right now, but at least the Giants are playing the game with effort and a desire to win. The Bears play as if pride doesn’t exist.
Giants Continue To Search For Answers In Home Opener Against CardinalsThe New York Football Giants stumbled out of the starting gate again in 2014, losing an error filled game against the resurgent Detroit Lions 35-21 on Monday night. This week, Big Blue hosts the Arizona Cardinals, who came back to defeat the San Diego Chargers 18-17 in a game also played on Monday night.
Detroit Lions Manhandle Giants, Manning 35-14The New York Giants were doomed for failure in 2013 by starting the season with an 0-6 record. In 2014, there are plenty of new faces in the fold, but Big Blue once again laid an egg on opening day, losing to Detroit 35-14 in a Monday Night Football dud.
Giants' Schwartz Placed On Short Term IR, Beckham Out Against LionsThe New York Giants dealt with a brittle offensive line in 2013, and the team appears to have the same problem occurring this season, even before a single regular season game is played. In addition, first round draft pick Odell Beckham, Jr. has not seen the field in a meaningful way, so an expected big part of their offense will be unavailable as they face the Detroit Lions on Monday night.
Giants' Mara Says NFL Playoff Expansion Unlikely This SeasonTwo more teams making the NFL playoffs? It could still happen. But don't count on anything in 2014, according to Big Blue co-owner John Mara.
Kaepernick, Strong Defense Help Establish 49ers Among NFL’s Best In 2013Although they made a deeper playoff push a year ago, the 2013 season for the 49ers was far from a letdown. The team continued to improve each week, and heading into the off season know that they have a quarterback and defense that is going to make them contenders for years to come.
49ers Want Payback In Rematch With Carolina PanthersUp next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.
Newton Needs Panthers Players To Step UpThe Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it's not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
Which Team Is The Best Opponent for Seattle?Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?
Sports Verdict: Which Conference Will Win Super Bowl XLVIII? AFC Vs. NFCEach team has just 16 chances to distinguish itself from the pack in order to secure a playoff spot and hopefully a bid in the Super Bowl. The question is, quite simply, will the Super Bowl champion emerge from the AFC or NFC?