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Cam Newton is the 5.0 version of Steve McNair

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When the late Steve McNair came into the NFL, he carried the nickname of “Air McNair.” The moniker was well-earned. His college career at Alcorn State saw him set the FCS division record with nearly 14,500 passing yards. The Houston Oilers saw McNair’s ability to put the ball in the air as well as push the ball downfield with his legs. Houston drafted him with the third overall pick in 1995. As the 20th century came to a close, National…

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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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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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It’s time to trust the replacement runners

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It’s time to fire up those backfield replacements. And there sure are plenty to go around. The injuries that have claimed several big-name players this season have opened the door for some lesser-known guys to get a shot in Week 12, just in time to be a potential factor in your league’s playoff chase. My colleague, Denver-based sports writer Pat Graham, led off Tuesday’s edition of “Fantasy Plays” with the case of Baltimore rookie runner Javorius “Buck” Allen, who is…

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