- "Expect more drama when Browns meet Steelers" (Canton Rep) - "It’s always something when the Browns finish a season against Pittsburgh. After a 36-33 loss at Heinz Field in the 2002 playoffs, head coach Butch Davis fired defensive coordinator Foge Fazio over an in-game fight about sitting on a lead."
- "Browns face Pittsburgh Steelers, healthy but struggling quarterback Ben Roethlisberger" (Plain Dealer) - "Cleveland, the Steelers have gotten their starting quarterback back. Instead of feeding off Ben Roethlisberger's return, though, they fizzled. Roethlisberger, by his own admission, has been a major part of the problem."
- "Steelers hope to avoid being swept by Browns for first time since 1988" (Beacon Journal) - "The Browns’ chance to play the role of a spoiler in their season finale on the road Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers was, well, spoiled this past weekend."
- "Josh Gordon still developing, but has a lot of promise" (Morning Journal) - "Like just about everybody else on the team, rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon was practically invisible the last two games. Gordon caught one pass for six yards on Sunday when the Browns were throttled, 34-12, by the Broncos."
- "Top 5 NFL stories of 2012" (Yahoo! Sports) - "The year featured its usual array of the exciting (the Giants beat the Patriots in another classic Super Bowl), the fantastic (the play of rookie QBs Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson), the disagreeable (Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and Giants counterpart Tom Coughlin arguing about strategy) and the tragic (Eagles coach Andy Reid's son overdosing on heroin and Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown being killed in a car accident)."
- "TMQ's Christmas wish list for NFL" (ESPN) - "Tuesday Morning Quarterback sends holiday good wishes to my three favorite groups -- space aliens, mega-babes and football enthusiasts. Bells are ringing all across the local star cluster!"
- "Vikings vying for playoffs with sore Peterson" (AP) - "One year ago, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier approached the postgame news conference and was ready to bask in the glory of a pre-Christmas victory that snapped a six-game losing streak, even though star running back Adrian Peterson's career was in doubt following a major knee injury."
- "Sources: Mario Manningham out" (ESPN) - "The San Francisco 49ers are still assessing the damage a day after a thorough defeat at the hands of the division rival Seattle Seahawks, but the early returns are not good. Wide receiver Mario Manningham tore both the ACL and PCL in his left knee, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter."