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A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at CenturyLink Field in Seattle

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Indianapolis pulled off the second biggest comeback in NFL play-off history to stun Kansas City, while New Orleans beat Philadelphia on the last play of the game as the first wild-card games provided a thrilling start to the post-season.

Mind games: San Diego’s quarterback Philip Rivers (centre) says his team have the right mentality to succeed

American Football: San Diego Chargers gather pace at right time for title tilt

Momentum, if not logic, favour Mike McCoy's men in Super Bowl race

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Today, the battle for the Super Bowl starts in earnest. The regular season is out of the way, and so is Black Monday which immediately follows, the now traditional cull of NFL head coaches who didn’t deliver the goods. This year five were sacked (the most noteworthy among them Mike Shanahan of the utterly dysfunctional 3-13 Washington Redskins).

Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady's record for touchdown passes in a season

NFL: Indianapolis Colts must beware a (Peyton) Manning scorned

Devastated by injury and dumped by his beloved team, one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks is back in business and breaking records

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was left to reflect on what could have been after his side missed out on the play-offs

NFL: It could have been so different for Pittsburgh had luck not played such a huge part

A round-up of the final week's NFL regular season action as the play-off berth's get locked down

Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals stands ready at the plate during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in 1990

Sporting Heroes: Bo Jackson's efforts in two sports earn legend status

In the United States, Bo Jackson is revered as one of the country’s greatest ever athletes. He broke no world records and is in no Hall of Fame, yet those who saw him simultaneously in the NFL and MLB still spread his legend.

American Football: Peyton Manning wrests touchdown pass record back from Tom Brady

Peyton Manning last night broke Tom Brady’s NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.

Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, of the Detroit Lions

NFL: Normality returns to chaotic season with Dallas Cowboys blowing big lead over Green Bay Packers

A round-up of the major events and talking points in the NFL

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On Friday, as Beyoncé was casually posting pictures of vegan cupcakes to her Instagram account, the internet was in a state of frenzy over the news that she had also uploaded something else to the web – her long-awaited fifth album.

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NFL: A blizzard helps blow in the liveliest weekend of the season so far

A round-up of the latest events and talking points from the world of NFL

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NFL: Tom Brady v Peyton Manning is a rivalry for the ages, and Sunday proved it

A round-up of the latest events and talking points from the world of NFL

Tom Brady of the Patriots was furious after the defeat to the Panthers

NFL round-up: Regardless of the non-call, the Carolina Panthers deserved to beat the New England Patriots

A debatable non-call on Monday night will steal the headlines, but week 11 saw the gap between the haves and have-nots increase further

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