While Tampa Bay proved that Rodgers is human and can be defeated, his performance over the last few weeks goes to show that Matt LaFleur and Green Bay will be as tough an out in these playoffs as anyone.
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The frustration boiled over. It led to a forced pass that turned into a Pick-6 for the Rams. Then, DK Metcalf came to the rescue of his quarterback and wound up with a 51-yard touchdown on Saturday in the Wild-Card game between Los Angeles and Seattle.
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Stat to know: According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau, the Ravens' 1,337 rushing yards over their past five games is the most by any team in a five-game span since the Super Bowl era began in 1966. They had 3,071 rushing yards this season, the fourth most in a season in NFL history, one year after setting an NFL record with 3,296. But none of top five teams in single-season rushing yards won a playoff game that season.
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Not that it matters to Sutton. He has an acute appreciation for the transition Layne is making from college starter to NFL handyman.
Guard Nick Easton (concussion) was the only other player out of practice. Safety J.T. Gray (shoulder) and tight end Josh Hill (hand) were limited participants.
Should Pittsburgh hold serve at home, Baltimore will take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead. If the Browns beat the Steelers for the second time in two weeks, Ravens Flock must prepare for a Western New York showdown with Bills Mafia. Neither AFC Divisional Round opponent is ideal for Baltimore, but getting that playoff victory monkey off their back has them playing with confidence.
The Black professionals in football, from the Fritz Pollard Alliance to the individual Eric Bieniemys and Marvin Lewises -- one waiting for a first head-coaching chance, the other a 16-year NFL coaching veteran with a .518 winning percentage who might not get a second -- have no choice but to fight. Football has been their life. Coaching is their livelihood. The NFL is a closed business, meaning there is no American alternative to the NFL to which they can appeal and tell the NFL to go hell without passing Go. The differences between a head-coaching job and many assistant jobs lie not just in the prestige of the title and the ego of the challenge but in raw wealth. Head coaches are millionaires. Assistant coaches mostly are not. Not being considered for the top job also means not having the opportunity to gain wealth, and wealth is the best weapon to tell the world to go to hell without passing Go. Without the financial freedom to walk away, the people most humiliated by the NFL are the ones who need it the most.