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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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Injuries make for tougher calls at tight end

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If you’ve got Carolina tight end Greg Olsen, congratulations. You should have a pretty good edge in your fantasy lineups this week. Everyone else, well, be prepared: It could be ugly at the position. Top-scoring tight end Rob Gronkowski looks likely to miss this week’s game against Philadelphia with a bruised knee, while No. 2 scorer Tyler Eifert – with an NFL-best 12 touchdown catches – is dicey because of a neck issue. And while he hasn’t had his typical…

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Gus Bradley: ‘We could have been more consistent’

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team struggling for respect even in their own backyard, as they enter the third year of Head Coach Gus Bradley and his three-year plan to bring the team to respectability. It’s one thing to go to a Steelers game and see road jerseys. You expect that. But to go to a game against the Carolina Panthers and see old Muhsin Muhammad and Jake Delhomme gear indicates that there isn’t as much engagement as there could be.…

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