The Eagles are the NFL’s version of Moneyball

The Eagles are one win from their third trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history, and were one of the NFL’s top turnaround stories this season after improving from 7-9 to 13-3. Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz deserves plenty of credit, as does a fourth-ranked defense and at least

Vikings fans headed to Philly told to be very afraid of Eagles fans

Some travel agents in Minnesota are issuing an ominous warning to Vikings fans ready to descend upon Philadelphia for Sunday’s NFC Championship game: The “City of Brotherly Love” is just a nickname. The city that notoriously pelted Santa with snowballs at an Eagles game in 1968 continues to live

Myles Jack on facing Tom Brady, game-day fasting and Josh Rosen

Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack took a timeout from preparing for the AFC Championship game against the Patriots for some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: Tom Brady’s hand injury. A: Our coaches haven’t said anything about it. I just feel like in order to beat Brady, we have

Title games have something for everyone — mostly Patriots fans

We don’t always get this kind of diverse buffet table on Championship Sunday, a high-end brunch that will satisfy everyone from cornflakes lovers to omelet aficionados (even those of you Fancy Pants who prefer to spell it “omelette”) to the heretics who actually prefer Canadian bacon to a

Vikings lucky to have Keenum, even if Zimmer won’t admit it

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer might not know how lucky he is. No one will ever know, of course, but it’s not out of line to think that if Sam Bradford didn’t injure his knee this season, forcing Case Keenum (the Vikings’ third option at quarterback behind Bradford

Vikings players can’t say enough good things about Pat Shurmur

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — When you talk to the players Pat Shurmur coaches, you hear a recurring theme about his coaching style. Shurmur, the current Vikings offensive coordinator and presumptive future Giants head coach, keeps it simple for his players in an effort to allow them to play free

NFL ratings continue historic slide with no end in sight

Quick, call the cops. Someone stole an average of 5.8 million viewers from each of the four NFL divisional playoff games last week, statistics released on Wednesday revealed. The drop-off, about 16 percent from last year’s second weekend of playoff games, was even steeper than the 9.7 percent decline in

Teammate hurts Tom Brady, scares hell out of Patriots fans

It was friendly fire. The Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right, throwing-hand injury — suffered when a teammate accidentally ran into him at practice, according to the Boston

Some minority Steelers owners are fed up with Mike Tomlin

The Steelers have won 45 regular-season games in the past four seasons, which is three more than any team not named the Patriots. They have one of three active coaches who has led their team to multiple Super Bowl appearances. That isn’t enough for some members of the team’s

Meet Blake Bortles’ biggest defender

It started as a lark. And now it’s gone viral. With every playoff win perpetually maligned Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is a part of — yet fails to receive credit for being a part of — the Twitter account @BortlesFacts grows in a burgeoning pop-culture status that’s beginning to reach

Jaguars star Leonard Fournette “OK’ after car accident

It’s been a rough few days for Leonard Fournette, at least personally. Fournette was in a minor automobile accident Tuesday, according to a team spokesman, two days after sustaining an ankle injury in his second career NFL playoff game. “RB Leonard Fournette was involved in a minor accident today when

Vikings have NFL history within their grasp

MINNEAPOLIS — “Bring it home,” has been the Vikings’ motto for the playoffs, which speaks to the opportunity the franchise has to be the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its home venue. It turns from a catchy slogan to put on towels to an

Miracle finish not enough to save NFL playoff ratings

Not even tight NFL playoff games over the weekend — including a last-play winning score in Sunday’s Vikings-Saints game — could pull the once-invincible league out of its downward spiral. Following a record decline in TV ratings for the regular season, the NFL’s four divisional playoff games hit new

A convincing case for not resting starters before NFL playoffs

There are urban myths, these stories of legend passed on by word of mouth. Some assume these allegories to be credible, but when confronted with providing details, it proves difficult. But sometimes, the tales are true. There are real ghosts and true horror stories. We’re not talking about actual

Why these Jaguars have the recipe for a Patriots shocker

They are 60 minutes from a Super Bowl again, and most of you either hate the Patriots, or wish you had a team like this to call your own. Some of you can remember watching the Mickey Mantle-Yogi Berra-Whitey Ford Yankees suddenly grow old in 1965, and were forced

Steelers guard turns on own team: What were they doing?

Steelers guard David DeCastro didn’t mince words following Sunday’s crushing 45-42 loss to the Jaguars at home. “[The Jaguars] were ready to go, they were mad, they were angry, they had something to prove and they did it,” DeCastro told Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette. Jacksonville shocked Pittsburgh from the start of Sunday’s

The rookie who ruined Saints’ season looked broken

Saints safety Marcus Williams ended his spectacular rookie season with an embarrassing dud and the final dagger in New Orleans’ season. Williams, 21, had a massive third-quarter interception Sunday night that helped fuel the Saints’ initial comeback from down 17-0, but that play won’t be remembered. Instead, his missed

Bettors’ fortunes swung big on wild Vikings-Saints finale

The football world was stunned by Stefon Diggs’ 61-yard touchdown catch from Case Keenum as time expired that gave the Vikings a miracle NFC divisional round victory over the Saints on Sunday. But for many bettors, that was not the play that ultimately decided the wagering outcome. Diggs’ touchdown

Vikings’ insane final play call had absolutely perfect name

MINNEAPOLIS — The play was called “Buffalo Right 7 Heaven,” which will forever be known simply as “7 Heaven” around these parts. An improbable, downright impossible miracle play that is hard to believe it actually happened. “As long as I’ve been playing this game, I’ve never seen anything like

Jaguars tear into Steelers and the tweet heard “round the NFL

PITTSBURGH — Word began to spread at the Jaguars’ team breakfast Sunday morning. “Did you see the tweet?” one player asked another and then another. Then Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone showed anyone on the team who had not seen it. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had taken to Twitter just

Ben Roethlisberger quickly ends the retirement rumors

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger blamed himself after Sunday’s 45-42 playoff loss to the Jaguars, but he hopes he is back here again next January. The 35-year-old veteran quarterback said he will return next season for the Steelers after some speculation early this season this might be his

Jaguar eerily predicted “crazy’ final score of stunning upset

The Jaguars have the Steelers’ number in more than one way. Jacksonville’s stunning 45-42 divisional-round victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday was all the more surprising because it had been obliquely predicted by defensive end Calais Campbell. The strange final score had only been produced two other times in NFL history,

Vikings pull out game-ending miracle in historically crazy finish

The Minnesota miracle. The Vikings completed a surreal 61-yard pass-and-run with 10 seconds left to stun the Saints and the world in a 29-24, see-it-to-believe-it divisional-round stunner. The game appeared over when Saints kicker Wil Lutz made a 43-yard field goal with 29 seconds left, but the Vikings weren’t finished. On

What kills other teams doesn’t make the Patriots blink

Distractions? What distractions? Did you think the Patriots were going to wilt from the fallout resulting from a controversial ESPN.com story that chronicled acrimony and division among the franchise’s three pillars — quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft — days before their first postseason game? Shame on

Blake Bortles stuns NFL playoffs with Jaguars-Steelers statement

PITTSBURGH — Rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns, Blake Bortles was solid and a vital fourth-quarter score as the relentless Jaguars stunned the Steelers 45-42 on Sunday. The third-seeded Jaguars (12-6) will face top-seeded New England next week in Foxborough, Mass., after jumping

Jaguars’ incredible start takes scary Leonard Fournette turn

Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette has gone to the locker room with an ankle injury. Fournette appeared to tweak his ankle on a spin move after catching a 10-yard pass from Blake Bortles in the second quarter. Fournette, who earlier scored on a 1-yard dive, was checked on the

Saints must clear two big hurdles if they want to upset the Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — They combine to produce one of the most difficult environments for a visiting football team to endure. The crowd noise and the Vikings’ defense will be tough for the Saints to contend with Sunday night when they meet in an NFC divisional playoff game at U.S.

Revamped Steelers get chance for redemption against Jaguars

PITTSBURGH — It was one of the most stunning results of the 2017 season and caused double-takes wherever the score was shown. On Oct. 8, the Jaguars beat the Steelers, 30-9, at Heinz Field. The shocking result announced the arrival of the Jaguars and made people question the

Drew Brees relishing chance to make another Super Bowl run

MINNEAPOLIS — It never gets old for Drew Brees, which is why the 17-year veteran is acting like this is his first time in the NFL playoffs. “Even if I was in Year 2 versus Year 17, it’s still the fact it gets whittled down the further you go,”

Rex Ryan says Jaguars remind him of his best Jets teams

PITTSBURGH — Rex Ryan has seen this script before. Heck, he wrote it. As Jets coach in 2009 and 2010, Ryan’s formula for winning four playoff games was to play great defense, run the ball and hope his quarterback does not turn the ball over. Sound familiar, Jacksonville? It is exactly