The usual suspects are returning to the NFL playoffs this season, ending a long streak of postseason turnover.
The Bears' loss kept the NFC wild-card race interesting, writes John Clayton.
High playoff turnover from year to year is typical, but the trend is being bucked in 2012, writes John Clayton.
It might not seem fair on the surface, but the current seeding structure is likely here to stay, John Clayton writes in his latest mailbag.
Week 14 will sharpen the playoff picture, writes John Clayton.
While the Week 16 action took some of the suspense out of next weekend's season finales, there are still playoff scenarios to be sorted out.
The 49ers' comeback not only was dramatic, it might have secured a new contract offer for Steve Mariucci.
Mailbag: There are no easy fixes for a franchise tag system that hasn't kept up as the NFL game has evolved, writes John Clayton.
Mailbag: Easy nondivision road schedules pave the way for the Buccaneers, Browns, Bills and Texans to make a move toward .500, writes John Clayton.
Bill Belichick's proposal to extend the goalposts was approved on a whirlwind final day of the NFL owners meetings, but his other ideas were put on hold, writes John Clayton.
Seattle's old-school, defense-first formula created a throwback Super Bowl blowout against the Broncos, writes John Clayton.
The Seahawks have youth on their side, but the talent-rich NFC boasts plenty of threats, writes John Clayton.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos will be trying to buck history in Super Bowl XLVIII, writes John Clayton.
Mailbag: The NFL's emphasis on offense scores points with fans.
Watching Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch address the media this week, along with Champ Bailey's first Super Bowl appearance, are the hype-worthy storylines of XLVIII, writes John Clayton.
Denver QB Peyton Manning is the No. 1 Super Bowl storyline, especially with difficult weather a distinct possibility.