John Clayton's First and Goal: The NFL's marquee rivalry will take a hit if Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers part ways. Plus, playoff race drama negates the rush to expand the postseason field.
The sagging NFC South is continuing a yearly trend, John Clayton writes. Plus, AFC haze, the resilient 49ers and more.
John Clayton's First and Goal: Sunday's Bengals-Colts matchup could provide clarity in the AFC. Plus, a tough test for the 49ers' D and more.
Mailbag -- New CBA's option tag will allow teams to wait out the market as rookie deals expire, writes John Clayton.
The Seahawks have youth on their side, but the talent-rich NFC boasts plenty of threats, writes John Clayton.
Clayton's mailbag: The 2013 playoffs have rejuvenated the importance of the ground game.
Are the top-seeded Seahawks safe at home? Plus, an old-school feel, Colin Kaepernick's tendencies and more.
No lead is safe with the QB field left in the playoffs and recent history sides with No. 6 seeds, John Clayton writes.
Playoff experience is paying off at QB. Plus, the importance of Michael Crabtree, the Saints' best plan of attack and more.
Weather and rematches are among the compelling storylines for the wild-card playoffs, John Clayton writes.
The No. 1-seeded Seahawks look formidable, but recent history is working against them.
John Clayton's First and 10: With all four division titles and every playoff seed still undecided, the NFC will own most of the Week 17 spotlight.
The Saints' road woes continued in Week 15. Plus, the Patriots' harsh reality without Gronk, and more.
John Clayton's First and 10: With several teams on the verge of clinching playoff spots, late-season divisional games are losing some luster.
The controversial calls from Week 11 had a direct impact on the 49ers' chances of returning to the Super Bowl, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.
Clayton's mailbag: The Ed Reed signing and the Cowboys' defensive change have turned out to be among the biggest mistakes of the offseason.