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Veteran Aaron Rodgers, rookie Dak Prescott highlight Packers/Cowboys matchup

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Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round. So was Dallas rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, a surge that ultimately benched 10-year starter Tony Romo and led to the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the quarterback’s playoff debut Sunday against the Packers (11-6). Rodgers plays at the home of the Cowboys (13-3) for the first time since winning his only Super Bowl following the 2010…

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Falcons follow quarterback Matt Ryan to big win over Seattle

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If your vote isn’t in for Matt Ryan as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, it might be time to buy a stamp. Ryan, the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons who threw 38 touchdowns in the regular season, was stellar Saturday night as the Falcons beat Seattle 36-20 to advance to the NFC Championship Game. The Falcons will play against either Dallas or Green Bay next week. Ryan threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns against the vaunted Seattle secondary. In…

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Lightning captures wild playoff game against Islanders, 5-4

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Comebacks. Overtime. Players returning from injury. Seventy-two saves. Seventy-eight hits. Pulled goalies that result in goals. Blown leads. Furious rallies. Hits that will be argued about for days. Yeah, this hockey game had it all. The Tampa Bay Lightning, somehow, came from behind to beat the New York Islanders, 5-4, in a game that felt a lot like a series highlight reel. The Lightning now leads the best-of-seven series two games to one. The Lightning trailed with 38 seconds to…

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Lightning eliminates Red Wings behind 34-save effort by Bishop

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Ben Bishop has rarely looked taller. He has rarely looked wider. He has rarely played better. Bishop stopped 34 shots in a 1-0 shutout over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a first-series win (4-1) over the Wings. In the second period alone, he stopped 14 shots including four breakaways. The Bolts won with 1:43 left to play when Alex Killorn rushed the net, took a pass from Ryan Callahan and jammed it…

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Detroit strikes back to make it a series against Tampa Bay Lightning

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Did you think it was going to be easy? Did you think it was going to be a runaway? The Detroit Red Wings answered back Sunday night, beating the Lightning 2-0 and reducing Tampa Bay’s lead in their playoff series to two games to one. Tampa Bay managed only 16 shots, only seven of them in the final two periods. “They played really hard,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Their desperation level was higher than us. The more desperate team…

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Steven Stamkos, Lightning offense struggles in playoff loss to Detroit

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All the goals are just a memory now. All the highlights are just moments from a nicer time. All the points are just numbers to pretty up the relatively insignificant regular season. The Tampa Bay Lightning has become unplugged. At the most important time of the year, they suddenly can find no room. The lanes are clogged and the roads are jammed, as they say, and the Bolts have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Detroit Red…

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