- Sashi Brown’s fingerprints are on the Browns’ playoff team (Terry Pluto) - Several hours after the Browns clinched a playoff appearance, I was driving home from FirstEnergy Stadium. I was thinking about how owner Jimmy Haslam finally found his “alignment” with Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta putting together a leadership team of GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski. That’s when I thought of Sashi Brown.
- Denzel Ward, Kevin Johnson out Sunday, but Browns activate Ronnie Harrison, others (Beacon Journal) - The Browns will play their first postseason game in 18 years Sunday night without two of their top cornerbacks. On a brighter note, some help arrived just in the nick of time.
- Jack Conklin travels solo to Pittsburgh because of Friday illness (cleveland.com) - Browns right tackle Jack Conklin made the trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday for Sunday night’s wild card game, but traveled solo because he sat out Friday’s practice with an illness. Conklin is listed as questionable for the game, which is at 8:15 p.m.
- 8 questions for Jarvis Landry, who knew from the start Browns were a playoff team (clevelandbrowns.com) - This is what Jarvis Landry expects to be doing every January. It just so happens to be the first time it came to be, as the Browns are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and, of course, the first time since Landry joined the team in 2018. The veteran wide receiver has high expectations for every season, and 2020 was no different.
- Finally, Bills advance past wild-card round with victory over Colts (Buffalo News) - The Bills are about to begin preparing for their first divisional-round playoff game since after the 1995 season. Finally, after five wild-card appearances since the 1996 season, the Bills have taken the next step in the postseason.
- Jamal Adams sends Rams’ John Wolford to hospital following controversial hit (Sporting News) - John Wolford’s chance at history was unfortunately cut short. The Rams quarterback, who started in place of Jared Goff (recovering from thumb surgery), was photographed being placed in an ambulance after exiting the game with an apparent head/neck injury.
- Veteran Steelers players aren’t taking return trip to NFL playoffs for granted (triblive.com) - Cameron Heyward thought he would have a Super Bowl ring by now. At worst, an appearance. Nearly a decade later, Heyward is a grizzled veteran who is 31 years old with four Pro Bowls and a couple All-Pro selections, but he still has no ring to slip on his finger.
- Eric Bieniemy had strong interview with Falcons, in the mix to be next head coach (NFL.com) - Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy had a strong interview with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday and is very much in the mix to become the team’s new head coach, according to a source who was involved in the hours-long interview.