TALE OF THE TAPE

NFL Playoffs

  1. Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Peyton Manning (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
    Super Bowl 50 Tale: Panthers Have Edge Over Broncos

    It will be a shock if Cam Newton is not handed the NFL’s MVP award the night before the Super Bowl. He is a game-changing superstar who is still ascending.

  2. ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
    NFC Championship Tale: Arizona Cardinals At Carolina Panthers

    The Cardinals have depended on Carson Palmer to lead them all season, and he was good enough to lead them to a 13-3 record during the season.

  3. Tom Brady (Photo Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images) Peyton Manning (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
    AFC Championship Tale: New England Patriots At Denver Broncos

    The New England offense had new life in the win over Kansas City with the return of wideout Julian Edelman.

  4. Russell Wilson Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
    Divisional Round Tale: Seattle Seahawks At Carolina Panthers

    Russell Wilson was red hot down the stretch with 24 TD passes in the last seven games, and he knows he must play to that form if the Seahawk are going to advance.

  5. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the NFC wild-card playoff game on Jan. 10, 2016, in Landover, Md. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.
    Divisional Round Tale: Green Bay Packers At Arizona Cardinals

    The Packers have not had the kind of offensive year that they were expecting. The Packers ranked 25th in passing offense in the regular season.

  6. Ben Roethlisberger Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning prepares to take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Nov. 15, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
    Divisional Round Tale: Pittsburgh Steelers At Denver Broncos

    After getting a huge gift from the Buffalo Bills in Week 17 to make the playoffs, the Steelers got an even bigger one from the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild-Card round.

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