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How all four remaining NFL playoff teams can win this weekend: We mapped out game plans

We schemed up keys to victory, picked players to watch, outlined important matchups and more for both games.

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Get ready for Bengals-Chiefs, 49ers-Rams: We previewed both games -- and picked winners

What to watch for in the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Bold predictions. Key stats to know. Matchups to watch. And, of course, final score picks for both games.

TOP HEADLINES

WHO COULD REPLACE RODGERS, BRADY?

Barnwell: Lining up trade and free-agency candidates for the Packers and Bucs -- if they need new quarterbacks

Time to use what we know about Green Bay and Tampa Bay to predict what each organization might do if their future Hall of Famers leave.

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A league without Brady seems unfathomable, and it could come sooner than expected

Tom Brady's exit could come without fanfare, but after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl rings, he's OK with that.

FREE AGENCY

Early look at 2022 free-agent receivers: Execs on Davante Adams, Chris Godwin and a loaded class

The free-agent class is stacked with game-breaking receivers. Who are the top names? And what are execs saying about their outlooks on the open market?

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Ranking the top 50 free agents: Who could be headed toward a big payday?

Who are the names to watch for in this offseason's free agency?

NFL NATION

Trash talk, a ticket blockade and a rivalry reborn: Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers meet for NFC title

The 49ers beat the Rams in Week 18 just to reach the playoffs, and now a seventh straight win over their rivals would send them to the Super Bowl.

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THE UNDEFEATED

Patrick Mahomes has an opportunity to join another exclusive club

The Kansas City Chiefs star is already among the NFL's most accomplished playoff passers; one more win will put him on another tier

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Assisting single-parent families is a personal passion for Bengals' Jessie Bates

The fourth-year safety's JB3 Single Mother's Initiative is inspired by his mom raising kids on her own

BIG BEN SAYS GOODBYE

Stephen A. on Big Ben's retirement: 'Thank God!'

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With Ben Roethlisberger retiring, who'll be the next Steelers quarterback?

If Pittsburgh decides Mason Rudolph isn't the answer, what direction will the Steelers go to find their next QB?

BRONCOS HIRE HACKETT

Stephen A. on Broncos choosing Hackett over Bieniemy: 'That's jacked up'

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Nathaniel Hackett to Broncos won't quiet the Aaron Rodgers-to-Denver talk

Are the Broncos hoping having Hackett on staff will help lure Rodgers?

Hackett is the newest Broncos' coach to fix same old offensive problem

Hiring Hackett isn't about a package deal with Aaron Rodgers, it's about fixing the offense.

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