Sat January 12, 2013

Making Sense Of The NFL Playoffs

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 10:08 am



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon. Hey, it's time for sports.


SIMON: In the NFL playoffs this weekend, will the Falcons, Seahawks and Ravens soar? Will the Broncos buck, the 49ers strike gold, the Patriots run up the flag, the Texans remember, and the Packers pack up and go home? How many ridiculous phrases can I work into a sentence?

NPR's Tom Goldman joins us now to help us make sense of all of 'em. Tom, thanks for being with us.

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Thu January 10, 2013

Washington Redskins Fans Blame Coach For Quarterback's Injuries

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 4:26 pm

Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about news in the National Football League. They cover the injury of Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III, new information about brain damage sustained by the late linebacker Junior Seau, and a preview of the weekend's playoff games.


Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Study Of Junior Seau's Brain Finds Signs Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 1:19 pm

Junior Seau, seen here playing for the New England Patriots toward the end of his career, suffered from a degenerative brain disease, scientists say.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health.

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Sat January 5, 2013
The Two-Way

NFL Weekend Playoffs: Wild-Card Games, Dynamic Quarterbacks And A Loser

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 12:54 pm

Michael Dwyer AP

The NFL has four wild-card playoff games this weekend, and millions of people will settle back in sofas to scream at their televisions in joy or frustration on Saturday and Sunday.

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Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

NFL Firings Begin: Bears, Bills, Browns, Chiefs And Eagles Dismiss Coaches

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 12:12 pm

Andy Reid as he left the field Sunday in New Jersey. His last game as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles was a 42-7 loss to the New York Giants.
Elsa Getty Images

They're calling it "Black Monday" over at

It's the Monday morning after the end of the National Football League's regular season, and some teams that didn't make the playoffs are wasting no time in parting ways with their coaches.

So far, no huge surprises in who's being fired:

-- Lovie Smith, from the Chicago Bears.

-- Chan Gailey, from the Buffalo Bills.

-- Pat Shurmur, from the Cleveland Browns.

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