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Past articles by Cian:

Why Aaron Rodgers is an even greater NFL quarterback than we think

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is the finest of his generation: when he fails it’s often down to his supporting cast → Read More

The gifs that explain how the Super Bowl will be decided

In the tactical battle at Super Bowl 51, the Falcons must hope Vic Beasley creates pressure, while the Patriots could find success through Chris Hogan → Read More

From MVP to also-ran: what happened to Cam Newton's season?

The Carolina Panthers quarterback lit up the NFL last season. But it’s hard to maintain such excellence when you’re let down by your supporting cast → Read More

Cam Newton is right: officials treat him differently than other quarterbacks

The Panthers star believes he’s not getting the protection he deserves, and it might be because NFL officials are treating him like a running back → Read More

AFC South questions for 2016: can Andrew Luck drag the Colts to the postseason?

Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano might survive another season if Luck stays healthy, but is Brock Osweiler the right man to lead the Texans’ offense? → Read More

Inside the Patriots' failed two-point conversion.

For four quarters Sunday, the Broncos defense smothered the Patriots offense, and it was the Denver D that hung on at the very end, when New England couldn't convert on a would-be game-tying two-point conversion attempt. Here's a detailed look at that play. → Read More

Which NFL matchups loom large on Sunday?

Every NFL game is made up of individual matchups. In this column, we spotlight some matchups to watch in the AFC and NFC championship games on Sunday. → Read More

Jonathan Stewart's big run set a tone for Carolina.

Running back Jonathan Stewart played a huge role in pushing the Carolina Panthers to the NFC championship game, picking up 106 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. His first play, however, might have been the biggest of them all. → Read More

Wilson's mad scramble bailed out the Seahawks.

Blair Walsh's missed field goal was the story of the Seahawks' 10-9 win over the Vikings Sunday. But it was the mobility and ingenuity of Russell Wilson that gave Seattle hope in the first place, especially on that botched snap in the fourth quarter. → Read More

Which NFL matchups loom large this weekend?

In this special playoff edition of Matchup Spotlight for this weekend's wild-card action, we take a detailed look at Vince Wilfork vs. Zach Fulton, the Vikings offensive line vs. the Seahawks defensive line, and Davante Adams vs. Will Blackmon. → Read More

Matchup Spotlight: Jets, Steelers battle for wild card.

Most games this week will lack drama. There is no real tension when determining a draft order or playoff matchups, because it's not about survival. But for the Jets and Steelers, this week is epic. → Read More

The best one-on-one matchups of Week 12.

This week, we analyze Ben Roethlisberger vs. Earl Thomas, Kyle Rudolph vs. William Moore, and Tony Romo vs. Sean McDermott. Who will prevail in these key showdowns? → Read More

The best one-on-one matchups of Week 11.

In this week's Matchup Spotlight, highlighting a few individual matchups from across the NFL, we analyze Matt Jones vs. Thomas Davis, Xavier Rhodes vs. James Jones, and Hue Jackson vs. James Bettcher. → Read More

The best individual matchups of Week 10 in the NFL.

In this week's Matchup Spotlight, highlighting a few one-on-one matchups from across the NFL, we analyze Antonio Andrews vs. Luke Kuechly, Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Malcolm Butler, and Brandon Browner vs. Pierre Garcon. → Read More

The best individual matchups of Week 9 in the NFL.

In this week's Matchup Spotlight, Sports on Earth's regular look at a few specific battles in that week's NFL action, we analyze T.J. Yeldon vs. the New York Jets run defense, Anthony Barr/Eric Kendricks vs. Todd Gurley, and Sam Bradford vs. Greg Hardy. → Read More

Le'Veon Bell vs. Bengals D hightlights Week 8.

Although the expected return of Ben Roethlisberger would give the Steelers a much better chance to the beat division rival Bengals this Sunday than Landry Jones, the key to this game may be the performance of Le'Veon Bell. → Read More

NFL preseason: five key storylines

Cian Fahey: Ray Rice has kept the NFL busy off the field but on Sunday the players get back to business on it. Here are five things to watch → Read More

NFL Talkboard: Super Bowl XLVIII

Paolo Bandini: The Guardian's NFL team preview Super Bowl XLVIII, plus take part in our Pick the Playoffs predictions game → Read More

NFL: five things we learned in week four

Cian Fahey: Regular referees return; Bills won't be making playoffs; Rookie kickers shine; Saints look to Breeze; Tannehill makes splash with Dolphins → Read More

NFL: five things we've learned in preseason so far

Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Terrell Owens and a raft of rookie quarterbacks. Has the NFL preseason ever been so tantalizingly interesting? → Read More