Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson runs with the ball on a broken play during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Photograph: Peter Joneleit/EPA

Week 16’s biggest takeaway Lamar Jackson-led second-half surge has Ravens poised for a playoff run Some of the most difficult shoes to fill in the N(...)

 Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in action against the Kansas City Chiefs. Photograph: EPA

Week 15’s biggest takeaway: After 14 seasons, 37-year-old Philip Rivers has his best chance at a Super Bowl - and perhaps the Hall of Fame. San Diego(...)

Kareem Hunt has been placed on the placed on the Commissioner’s Exemptions List. Photograph: David Eulitt/Getty

Week 13’s main takeaway: The Chiefs will be worse, but still prolific without Kareem Hunt News that Pro-Bowl running back Kareem Hunt would be releas(...)

Aaron Rodgers saw his Green Bay Packers side lose a crunch clash with Seattle. Photograph: Abbie Parr/Getty

Week 11 takeaway: No relaxing in Green Bay after must-win loss to Seattle In 2014, the Packers got off to a 1-2 start, with a 20-point loss to the Se(...)

 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates victory over   Carolina Panthers in the NFL American football NFC wild card playoff game  at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

Over the last 42 years the regular season’s top teams have gone to the playoffs with an expectation of winning their first postseason game. They of(...)

 Cincinnati Bengals  tightend Tyler Kroft  catches a touchdown in the first quarter against Kamalei Correa  of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are heading to the AFC playoffs for the first time since 1999 after Baltimore dramatically blew the chance to seal their post-season(...)

LJ Fort and Artie Burns of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle AJ Green of the Cincinnati Bengals. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The body count included a pair of young men carted off on stretchers and still more knocked out with serious injuries. Some were a result of routine p(...)

New York Giants’ Rashad Jennings (23) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys’  Brandon Carr (39) and  Anthony Hitchens (59) in the recent clash at MetLife Stadium. Photograph:  Brad Penner-USA TODAY

Dallas rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott were their old selves in helping lead the Cowboys to a grinding 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneer(...)

Darrius Heyward-Bey, #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers can’t make a catch  during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on January 3rd, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Unless teams jockeying for seeding truly thrills you, this wasn’t one of the most memorable week 17s in NFL history. On the last Sunday of the regul(...)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham catches the game-tying touchdown  despite the coverage of Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman during the game  at MetLife Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Odell Beckham Jr wowed fans last year as he compiled a record-setting rookie season despite having missed the off-season and the first four games of t(...)

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