Dazzling February sets up Miami Heat for stretch run to playoffs – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comA not-so-subtle trend has emerged recently for the Heat. The two-time defending champions are destroying every team they play. The Heat finished off its best month of the season Thursday … Read More

For Cleveland Cavaliers to make playoffs, Kyrie Irving has to build on recent … – The Plain Dealer

The Plain DealerCLEVELAND, Ohio — Kyrie Irving winning the MVP in the All-Star Game makes for a fun weekend for Cavaliers fans. But here’s what was more meaningful — how … Read More

Goodell promotes playoff expansion… again – Cincy Jungle

Cincy JungleNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke during Friday’s Super Bowl XLVIII news conference, highlighting the benefits of expanding the field in the playoffs by two teams (one per conference). Make … Read More

San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score and Analysis – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportIf the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets meet in the playoffs, hopefully it won’t be under these circumstances. The Rockets topped the Spurs, 97-90, rallying back from an … Read More

Rivalry Between Seattle and San Francisco Heats Up the West Coast – New York Times

Rivalry Between Seattle and San Francisco Heats Up the West CoastNew York TimesThe Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers act like the N.F.L.’s fiercest rivals, which might seem strange … Read More

Aaron Hernandez not allowed to watch AFC Championship game – CBS sports.com (blog)

CBS sports.com (blog)Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wasn’t allowed to watch his old team play against Indianapolis last week in the divisional round of the playoffs and things won’t … Read More

Broncos’ John Elway expects Peyton Manning back in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As a quarterback, John Elway enjoyed nothing more than the NFL playoffs. But now that he’s running the Denver Broncos, postseason has become a miserable experience. … Read More

Rex Ryan agrees to multi-year contract extension with NY Jets: report – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsIt looks like Rex Ryan could be sticking around for awhile. The coach, who was thought to be on the hot seat after the Jets missed the … Read More

49ers ready for road to Seattle, NFC Championship game – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsNearly 10,000 miles more will be soared through these NFC playoffs, with victorious stops in Green Bay and Carolina en route to Sunday’s connection in Seattle for … Read More

Report cards: 49ers pounce on Panthers’ mental lapses – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe San Francisco 49ers are headed to their third straight NFC Championship Game after a hard-fought 23-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Saturday. Below are grades for each … Read More

Bell Tolls: Big litmus test for Colts on Patriots’ turf – USA TODAY

USA TODAYConsider the path the Indianapolis Colts have taken to advance to the AFC divisional playoffs, and there is no denying the statements they made along the way with victories … Read More

No lead safe with comeback kings – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Journal GazetteFOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady has been leading successful comebacks for more than a decade. Andrew Luck is just getting started. One of them should have a … Read More

NFL playoffs capsule preview: Saints at Seahawks – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleNew Orleans (12-5) at Seattle (13-3). When: 1:35 p.m. Saturday TV/Radio: Channel: 2 Channel: 40 / (680). Line: Seahawks by 8. Series record: Seahawks lead 7-6. Last meeting: … Read More

Cincinnati is too good to let Andy Dalton blow another season – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCincinnati has reached the playoffs in three consecutive years. And in three consecutive years they’ve lost, and Dalton has been just abysmal. What else would you call seven turnovers … Read More