Football

Patriots' defense ignored critics on the way to…

Perhaps no other unit for the Patriots has embodied Bill Belichick's go-to phrase "do your job" more than his defense this season

Falcons get back to work after earning trip to…

After blowing out the Packers in the NFC championship game, the Atlanta Falcons can turn their attention to the team they'll face in the Super Bowl

Top Performers: Conference Championships

SI.com highlights the best performances on both sides of the ball from the Conference Championships of the NFL playoffs.

Bengals apologize for Pacman Jones' behavior after arrest

The Bengals have apologized for the behavior of cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones that was captured in a video released on Monday

Falcons head to Super Bowl after blowing out…

The Atlanta Falcons partied like it was 1999 after blowing out Green Bay 44-21 in the NFC championship, locking up their first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years

Challenges not enough to deny Patriots 9th Super…

A week after showing flecks of vulnerability, the Patriots put together the kind of dominant performance that has come to define the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era, earning a 36-17 AFC championship game win over Pittsburgh

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Falcons steamroll Packers to advance to Super Bowl

The Atlanta Falcons will play in their second ever Super Bowl after demolishing the Packers 44-21 to become NFC Champions.

AP Analysis: Road trips end badly for Packers, Steelers

AP Analysis: Road to Super Bowl 51 started with staying home for high-flying Falcons and Patriots as road woes haunt Packers and Steelers on conference championship weekend

They're Back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17…

Brady heads to seventh Super Bowl after leading Patriots to another big AFC championship-game performance in 36-17 rout of Pittsburgh

Super Falcons: Atlanta routs Packers 44-21 for…

Super Falcons: Matt Ryan and Julio Jones lead Atlanta rout of Packers 44-21 for NFC title

Are you ready for some better football? Hopefully in Houston

Are you ready for some better football? Hopefully in Houston

The Latest: Crosby misses kick to end record…

Mason Crosby missed a 41-yard field-goal attempt on Green Bay's opening drive, ending his NFL-record streak of 23 consecutive field goals in the postseason

Colts fire general manager Ryan Grigson after 5 seasons

Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Monday he has fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons

Column: Brotherhood only gets you so far against Brady

The Atlanta Falcons' brotherhood awaits Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, but it's nothing they haven't seen before

Kickers for final 4 NFL playoff teams each have…

Touchdowns are always nice, but clutch kickers are welcome security blankets for NFL offenses, especially in the playoffs

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Keegan-Michael Key hosts NFL Honors; Bryan to do anthem

Keegan-Michael Key to host NFL Honors; Luke Bryan will perform national anthem

Column: Defense wins championships? Not necessarily in NFL

Column: Defense wins championships? Not necessarily in the NFL, where the Falcons and Packers have reached the cusp of the Super Bowl with two of the league's worst-ranked defenses

Durability of NFL's final 4 QBs vital to Super Bowl run

The ages of the quarterbacks in the NFL's version of the Final Four are 39, 34, 33 and 31

Falcons don't belong in such elite company? Guess again.

If you're wondering what the Falcons are doing in the NFL's version of the Final Four with the Patriots, Steelers and Packers, you aren't alone