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.
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?
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 mailbag: Playoff hopefuls know the path to postseason success is on the ground. Plus: Buffalo's QB, the Jets' front office and more.
Four AFC hopefuls suffered damaging blows Sunday, John Clayton writes. Plus, the surging Seahawks, Le'Veon Bell and more.
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 mailbag: Three losses to losing teams have made the Steelers' quest for a playoff berth a lot tougher.
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.
John Clayton's mailbag: Few saw it coming, but the NFC South is on track to go down as the worst division in history.