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Quarterbacks try to lead teams to Super Bowls in NFL playoffs

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If the name of the game was not called “football,” it would be called “quarterback.” And so it is that this weekend’s conference championship games revolve around the man taking the snap, the man throwing the passes, the man calling the audibles. This weekend is mainly about Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan, and Ben Roethlisberger. They are the players in the spotlights and the headlines. And if their teams are going to the Super Bowl, they will…

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Green Bay’s late drive holds off the Cowboys in NFL playoffs

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Too much Aaron Rodgers. Not enough of America’s Team. Rodgers was good early, and he was good late Sunday evening as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31. Rodgers threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his drive with 35 seconds to play that led the Packers’ win. On third-and-20 with 12 seconds to play, Rodgers hit tight end Jared Cook for 36 yards, setting up a winning 51-yard field goal from Mason Crosby. Green…

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Bucs come from behind to beat 49ers as Jacquizz Rodgers shines

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have ridden a new weapon all the way to a 3-3 record. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers, claimed off waivers during the season, has made it so the Bucs don’t miss running back Doug Martin — second in the NFL in rushing a year — nearly as much. Rodgers ran 26 times for 154 yards Sunday as the Bucs beat San Francisco, 34-17. In less than two weeks, Rodgers has rushed 56 times for 255 yards to…

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Bucs’ Dirk Koetter disagrees with Jon Gruden on play call

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The current coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs said that a third-and-run had nothing to do with a lack of confidence in quarterback Jameis Winston, no matter what a former coach of the Bucs says. The call, which came late in the game as the Bucs beat the Carolina Panthers, 17-14, was part of the Bucs’ conservative game-plan. Coach Dirk Koetter said it had nothing to with Winston, although former coach Jon Gruden disagreed. “That wasn’t a lack of confidence,”…

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Can Packers right the ship against better Lions team?

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For half of the football season, the Green Bay Packers seemed in charge of the NFC Central Division. All was as it should be. The Packers started out 6-0, and it seemed as if they would sail through the regular season. No one could head them off, it seemed, let alone a Detroit team that started the season 1-7. Why, then, are the Packers going in different, unexpected directions. The Lions have won three in a row behind quarterback Matthew…

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Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers plays well in home stadium

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In the year of Super Bowl 50, Monday night football has a re-run for all of you old-timers out there. The Packers and Chiefs, who met in the first Super Bowl (back before it was called the Super Bowl) in a game won 35-10 by Green Bay, meet in Monday night’s game. Aaron Rodgers has the Packers off to a 2-0 start and coming off of an impressive win over the Seattle Seahawks. Kansas City might be 2-0, too, if…

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