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Buccaneers may have rediscovered running game with Jacquizz Rodgers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have found a complementary running back for Doug Martin once their No. 1 back returns from a hamstring injury. Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a career-best 101 rushing yards on 30 carries — 32 yards and 17 carries more than he had in the Buccaneers’ previous three games combined — as Tampa Bay defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night. The Bucs (2-3), who came into the game ranked 28th in the league in rushing,…

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QBs aside, keep an eye on Rob Gronkowski, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald and Jonathan Stewart

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Championship Sunday is more than just the quarterbacks. Sure, Brady-Manning 17 dominated headlines for the AFC title game and Cam-Carson is a battle of former No. 1 overall picks in the NFC. But several other offensive stars are playing in both games. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Ronnie Hillman, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, David Johnson, Jonathan Stewart and Greg Olsen are among the skill players who had productive seasons. Some of the league’s best blockers will be…

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Panthers to meet Cardinals in NFC championship game

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Cam Newton. Larry Fitzgerald. Two of the biggest stars playing for the two highest scoring teams with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Welcome to the NFC championship game — the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers next Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers held on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 on Sunday, knocking the two-time defending NFC champs out of the postseason with their 12th straight home win. Now they’ll host the NFC championship game for the…

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Carolina’s success makes people forget Kelvin Benjamin

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When Sunday rolls around, Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium may be better known for banks of snow along the sidelines and parking lots. The area is under a winter storm watch until Saturday night, forcing team and local officials to be in cleanup mode for three days. Some unforgettable weather may be part of the weekend, but hopefully the NFC Championship Game will prove itself worthy of remembrance. The Carolina Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals for the right to advance…

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Panthers look for redemption in playoff rematch vs. Seahawks

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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the Seattle Seahawks are starting to feel a little like a division opponent. The teams will meet for the sixth time in four years and for the second straight season in the NFC divisional playoffs on Sunday. The Seahawks have won four of the previous five matchups, including a 31-17 playoff victory last year in Seattle. But this time it’s a little different. Not only will the game be played in Charlotte, where the…

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NFL storylines: playoff mediocrity and the Carolina Panthers

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NFL storylines: playoff mediocrity and the Carolina Panthers With three games remaining in the NFL season, fans begin looking toward the post season. At this stage, most teams should already be looking toward next year. In the AFC, only six of 16 teams have .500 records or better. It is even worse in the NFC, where only five teams have won more than they have lost. It is even worse than that. Of the 16 NFC teams, 14 of them…

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