NFC Articles

Eddie Lacy
Mike McCarthy not only issued the proclamation: He told everyone how they should write it, too.“We’re going to be a better defense this year,” the Green Bay Packers coach announced after the draft in May. “You can write that...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Patrick Willis
How much heartbreak can a team take and keep pushing for the Super Bowl? The 49ers are about to find out. The 49ers’ Super Bowl hopes died last season with a crushing 23–17 loss in the NFC Championship Game to the Seattle Seahawks....
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Patrick Peterson
The Cardinals’ goal this year is simple but also extraordinary: Become the first team in NFL history to turn the Super Bowl into a home game. Super Bowl XLIX will be played Feb. 1 in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, and the...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Sean Payton
The goal for the New Orleans Saints is a straightforward albeit difficult one: Secure home-field advantage in the postseason. Easier said than done in the brutally competitive NFC, which has produced four of the past five Super Bowl champions....
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Nick Foles
In the high-speed world of Chip Kelly football — where players are encouraged to get nine hours of sleep a night, drink their individually engineered energy shakes without question and endure eardrum-slicing music during “training...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Jay Cutler
A year ago Bears general manager Phil Emery and new coach Marc Trestman spent the offseason rebooting an offense that was one of the NFL’s worst. The results were impressive. The Bears jumped from No. 28 to No. 8 in total yards, from No...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Luke Kuechly
The Carolina Panthers shocked almost everyone with their success in 2013 — a 12–4 regular season, an NFC South championship, their first playoff berth in five years and a slew of postseason awards.To maintain and increase that success,...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Matthew Stafford
Jim Caldwell believes he was brought to Detroit, replacing the fired Jim Schwartz last winter, to win a championship. And not two or three years down the road, either. “I believe the time is now,” the Lions’ new head coach...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Eli Manning
Giants management is nothing if not patient. Sweeping changes have almost never been encouraged or forced. Longtime and popular players could always count on loyalty from the team. But after missing the playoffs four times in the last five...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Chip Kelly
NFC East champion Philadelphia was the only team in the division to finish with a winning record last season. Now that defensive coordinators have had an offseason to study Chip Kelly’s offense, will the Eagles have as much success in 2014 or...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Sam Bradford
In their first two years on the job, coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead have brought the Rams back to respectability, a commendable achievement in itself given the sad state of the franchise when they arrived in 2012. All along, they’ve...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Historically known as the domain of defenses like the Monsters of the Midway and the Purple People Eaters, the NFC North may be changing its image. Now home to Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler and a host of explosive playmakers, the...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Jerry Jones
The Cowboys lost two of the best players off a defense that was one of the worst in NFL history. Their quarterback underwent a second back surgery in eight months. They named a third offensive play-caller and a third defensive coordinator in three...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Julio Jones
By the time Julio Jones crumpled to the turf of the Georgia Dome in Week 5, his season-ending foot fracture was just one of countless injuries to an Atlanta franchise many had considered to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Falcons, 1...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Carolina Panthers
Don’t let the disparity between the top and bottom of last season’s NFC South standings fool you – this could be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL in 2014. Carolina may be the reigning champion, but New Orleans...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Doug Martin
Everybody should take a year off work, Lovie Smith says, before adding, “if you can get someone else to pay for it.” Smith spent last fall in the basement of his home near Chicago watching football. It was a forced but financed...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Teddy Bridgewater
General Manager Rick Spielman created 13 categories that he thought described a successful NFL coach. He identified 10 preferred candidates, interviewed seven and fell in love, professionally speaking, with just one. “It’s like when I...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Seattle Seahawks
Home to the defending Super Bowl champions and the only division that featured three 10-win teams last season; there is little debate that the NFC West is the NFL’s toughest division entering the 2014 season. So how is Seattle shaping up as...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Robert Griffin III
In what was a typically tumultuous offseason for the Redskins, the most significant upheaval occurred in the head coach’s office, where the team switched from a gritty ex-quarterback still driven by his failure to make it to the NFL as a...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Jim Harbaugh
Division archrivals are set to face off for the first time ever in the playoffs when the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks meet in the NFC Championship Game at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers (14-4) defeated division winners...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Cam Newton
The San Francisco 49ers take their road show to Charlotte where they will face the Carolina Panthers in this afternoon’s NFC Divisional Playoff game at 1:05 p.m. ET on FOX. The 49ers (13-4) won their Wild Card matchup with the Packers last...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Russell Wilson
Fresh off of their first road playoff victory in franchise history, the New Orleans Saints will go for two in a row when they take on the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game at 4:35 p.m. ET on FOX. Sean Payton’s...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Aaron Rodgers
The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, two of the winningest franchises in NFL history, will go head-to-head in the playoffs for the second straight season when their NFC Wild Card game kicks off at 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX. The 49ers (12-4)...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
LeSean McCoy
Defensive purists may not want to watch tonight when the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles go at it in the opening NFC Wild Card game at 8:10 p.m. ET on NBC. The Saints (11-5) and the Eagles (10-6) are among the top four offenses in the...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Nick Foles
NFC division leaders share the spotlight tonight when the Chicago Bears take on the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Both the Bears and Eagles enter this game at 8-6 and atop the NFC North and East, respectively, and one of them can...
Mark Ross
1 year ago

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