NFL Playoffs

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 05: Eddie Royal #11 of the San Diego Chargers flies thru the air during the NFL wild card playoffs game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on January 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bolts Look To Defy Odds Two Weekends In A Row

Being the sixth and final seed in the NFL playoffs usually means you’re a sizable underdog. When it comes to the San Diego Chargers, that holds true a second weekend straight.

01/08/2014

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 22: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Odds Against Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos This Week

The Denver Broncos are arguably the best team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to win this week. In fact, many stats show Peyton Manning and his Broncos are more likely to lose than win, as the No. 1 seed against the No. 6 seeded San Diego Chargers.

01/08/2014

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 8: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots leads the team during a game with the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Colts Have Three Big Keys To Taking Down The Patriots On The Road

The Indianapolis Colts are currently riding high after taking down the Kansas City Chiefs with the second-largest comeback in NFL playoff history. They’ve got to come back to earth though, and prepare for the New England Patriots on the road, and there are a few big things that need to be done for the win.

01/08/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Panthers Severely Lacking In Playoff Experience As They Prepare For Niners

The Carolina Panthers have not been to the playoffs since 2008. The upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers will mark just the fifth time in franchise history that the Panthers have been to the playoffs, and that means the team is severely lacking in playoff experience.

01/08/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Want Payback In Rematch With Carolina Panthers

Up 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.

01/07/2014

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 29: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots leaves the field with an injury during a game with the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Healthier Patriots Look Forward To Meeting Colts In AFC Playoffs

The New England Patriots still have some injury concerns, but a first-round playoff bye is allowing the team to do some healing.

01/06/2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (Allison Joyce/Getty Images News)

NFL Denies Report That League Will Expand Playoffs With Additional WC Teams

“There (has) been no such decision,” an NFL spokesperson wrote in an email, according to SI.com’s Richard Deitsch. “It would require a vote of the clubs and it has not yet been taken up with them.”

01/06/2014

Phil Dawson #9 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with teammate Andy Lee #4 after kicking 33 yard field goal to defeat the Green Bay Packers in their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 23-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dawson Kicks Game-Winning Field Goal, Niners Defeat Packers 23-20

Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Sunday night in a frigid NFC wild-card game.

01/05/2014

Quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Is Encouraged By Road Playoff Win

Saints head coach Sean Payton pointed to New Orleans’ nearly 10-minute edge in time of possession, converting seven of 13 third downs compared to the Eagles’ three of 12.

01/05/2014

Head coach Chuck Pagano celebrates with defensive end Cory Redding #90 of the Indianapolis Colts after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44 in a Wild Card Playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Colts Have Little Time To Savor Stunning Comeback Over Chiefs

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.

01/05/2014

Philip Rivers  of the San Diego Chargers (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rivers Leads Chargers To Victory Over Bengals, Setting Up A Meeting With The Broncos

San Diego took advantage of Andy Dalton’s three turnovers in the second half on Sunday, pulling away to a 27-10 victory that extended the Bengals’ streak of playoff misery to 23 years and counting.

01/05/2014

A Green Bay Packers fan embraces the conditions at Lambeau Field. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Green Bay Is Ready For Big Freeze At Lambeau Stadium

The forecast calls for freezing weather tonight in Green Bay for the Packers-Niners playoff game. The wind chill could dip to possibly minus-50.

01/05/2014

Andrew Luck (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Colts Complete Thrilling Comeback Victory Over Chiefs, Win 45-44

Andrew Luck threw four second-half touchdown passes and scored on a fumble recovery, leading the Indianapolis Colts from a four-TD deficit to an historic 45-44 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in a wild-card game Saturday.

01/04/2014

Drew Brees (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Dueling Playoff QBs Brees And Foles Have A History

Ten years after Drew Brees led Westlake High School to the Texas state championship, Nick Foles came along and broke many of his passing records but couldn’t deliver another title for the Austin-based school.

01/04/2014

Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Pass Rushing Linebacker Tamba Hali Starts For Chiefs

Kansas City pass rusher Tamba Hali will start in its wild-card game at Indianapolis. He shares the team lead with 11 sacks.

01/04/2014

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