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Category: Around the League

Texans Behind the Eight Ball with Rookie QB Starting in Playoffs

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak conceded that playing a road postseason game with a rookie quarterback who has only six starts under his belt is not the best situation. About a year ago, T.J. Yates was taking snaps under center for the University of North Carolina. Now in his rookie year, Yates, a fifth-round […]

Ravens Must Not Take Texans Lightly

Many Baltimore Ravens fans probably don’t mind seeing the Houston Texans come to M&T Bank Stadium for this Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game. Houston is down to a third-string rookie quarterback in T.J. Yates, who has a separated non-throwing shoulder. The Texans, who earned their first ever AFC South championship and playoff berth this season, have […]

Steelers’ Season Ended by Tebow’s Aerial Assault

The heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers were stunned by the Denver Broncos on Sunday because of one reason–and one reason only–they underestimated Tim Tebow’s ability to beat them through the air. The Steelers’ defense dared the struggling quarterback to beat the NFL’s top-ranked defense by throwing deep, and he did it time and time again throughout […]

Is the AFC North the Best Division in Football?

The AFC North is the only division in the NFL with three playoff teams, and it’s also the only division to have two, 12-win teams (Baltimore and Pittsburgh). “This is the best division in football,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “It’s not even close.” The Ravens went a perfect 6-0 in the division […]

Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall Out for Playoffs with Torn ACL

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee and will be placed on injured reserve by the Steelers, ending his chances of playing in the postseason, according to Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The injury occurred during the Steelers’ 13-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns […]

Rice, Ravens Run Past Bengals and Clinch AFC North Division Title

The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) clinched the AFC North, wrapping up a first-round bye and the AFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs by defeating division rival Cincinnati, 24-16 on Sunday. Despite the loss, the Bengals (9-7) also got into the playoffs, securing the final wildcard spot as the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Oakland […]

Wild-Card and Divisional Rounds Set

Here are the playoff matchups and schedules for the wild-card and divisional rounds: Wild-card matchups Saturday AFC: No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at No. 3 Houston Texans (10-6), 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC) NFC: No. 6 Detroit Lions (10-6) at No. 3 New Orleans Saints (13-3), 8 p.m. ET (NBC) Sunday NFC: No. 5 Atlanta Falcons […]