John Clayton's First & Goal: Andrew Luck's ousting of Peyton Manning and Denver from the playoffs may signal the passing of the torch in the AFC.
John Clayton's First & Goal: While the top seeds have been virtually unbeatable at home, injuries and matchups may mitigate their edge in the divisional round. Plus, frigid weather may limit QBs and Peyton Manning's future is unsure.
John Clayton's mailbag: The NFL should resolve to let coaches challenge penalties and loosen the rules on hiring assistants off of playoff teams.
John Clayton's First and Goal: New faces are scarce in this year's playoff field, which is almost set. Plus: coaching jobs, key Week 17 games and more.
John Clayton's First and Goal: After early-season struggles, the chips may fall into place for Seattle to claim No. 1 seed in NFC. Plus, how will DeMarco Murray's injury impact his workhorse status?
John Clayton's mailbag: Building a winner isn't easy these days. Plus: Tony Romo's MVP chances, the Bills' defense and more.
It was a big Sunday for the AFC, John Clayton writes. Plus, a rare Green Bay dud, the end for San Francisco and more.
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.
John Clayton's First and Goal: Week 14 may begin to weed out nonplayoff teams from the crowded pack, particularly in the AFC.
John Clayton's First and Goal: After a three-game Thanksgiving Day feast, Week 13 offers plenty -- including a Patriots-Packers showdown -- to whet appetites.
The AFC playoff race continues to gain clarity, John Clayton writes. Plus, Seattle's D, Denver's simpler approach and more.
John Clayton's First and Goal: Blowouts are becoming the NFL's new norm, and if oddsmakers are right, Week 12 will be rife with one-sided affairs.
The Cardinals and Packers made big gains in the NFC playoff picture, John Clayton writes. Plus, Seattle's SB jinx, AFC West intrigue and more.
John Clayton's mailbag: Mark Sanchez's rapid success underscores Chip Kelly's coaching brilliance. Plus, too much AFC North love?
John Clayton's First and Goal: Several NFC teams are in need of a playoff-preserving win in Week 10. Also, is this the end of Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco?
With many of the marquee nondivisional matchups in the books, divisional tilts, headlined by the clashes at the top of the NFC East, highlight the NFL's second half, writes John Clayton.