| Feb 2, 2013
| 4:05 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Much of the talk leading up to Super Bowl XLVII was about the coaching Harbaugh brothers, San Francisco's Jim and Baltimore's John, and the historic spin they put on the NFL's splashiest showcase.
But the outcome Sunday hinges on the...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 7:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- Seeing as the NFL is a copycat league, teams naturally want to emulate the blueprint of the franchise that wins it all.
So mark this down: Losing at the end of the regular season can be a good thing.
That's what the champion Baltimore...
| Jan 19, 2013
| 6:59 PM
ATLANTA — Twenty years ago, Jerry Glanville, then the goofball coach of the Atlanta Falcons, concocted a way to get under the skin of the San Francisco 49ers.
Seeing as his team the year before had swept the 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, along...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Is it any surprise that Richard Sherman graduated from Stanford with a degree in communications?
Of the survivors in the NFL playoffs, there's no more watchable communicator than Sherman, the trash-talking, playmaking cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks...
| Jan 11, 2013
Gambling isn't allowed in the NFL, but San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh made a wager this season that would leave even the highest of high rollers weak in the knees.
He replaced hot-handed quarterback Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick, a promising...
| Dec 31, 2012
Two thousand steps forward.
Two big steps back.
On a Sunday when Minnesota's Adrian Peterson became the seventh NFL player to run for 2,000 yards — coming within nine of breaking Eric Dickerson's season rushing record — two teams backpedaled...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 6:08 PM
They sneak a peek. They steal a glance. They turn around and gawk, sometimes forgetting to carry out their own assignments as NFL quarterbacks.
When a quarterback puts the football in the hands of a great running back — especially a player as...
| Dec 24, 2012
Indianapolis is in, Pittsburgh is out, and Colts interim Coach Bruce Arians has to be pinching himself.
Arians, fired as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator after last season, has coached the Colts to a wildly improbable playoff berth one season after...
| Dec 22, 2012
| 3:40 PM
Move over, RG3. Make room for another rookie quarterback sensation . . .
That's Seattle's Russell Wilson, who happens to wear No. 3 and has helped invigorate the Seahawks, just as Robert Griffin III has pumped life into the Washington Redskins....
| Dec 24, 2012
| 7:00 PM
Three years ago, the 14-0 Indianapolis Colts pulled Peyton Manning in the middle of their 15th game, and, instead of trying for a perfect season, coasted into the postseason with back-to-back losses.
It was a prime example of the mail-it-in attitude...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 7:58 PM
In a roundabout way, Brandon Jacobs told the San Francisco 49ers how he really felt.
And Monday, in a direct way, the 49ers told Jacobs to take a hike.
The team suspended the disgruntled running back for the final three games of the regular season,...