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Eagles, Packers see their roles reversed

PHILADELPHIA --- The Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have traded places in the past two weeks.Michael Vick and the Eagles were the talk of the NFL after an incredible comeback win over the New York Giants on Dec. 19. They were sitting at 10-4 with a chance to secure a first-round bye in the playoffs.Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were on the brink of elimination after a 31-27 loss to New England. They were a disappointing 8-6 going into a do-or-die game against the Giants.Now the Packers are the hot team entering the playoffs.The Eagles (10-6) and Packers (10-6) will meet today at Lincoln Financial Field in the final wild-card game of the weekend.
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Hines Ward retires as a Steeler

Hines Ward believes he can still play football. The longtime Pittsburgh wide receiver known for his high-wattage smile and his bone-crunching blocks just couldn't stomach the thought of doing it in some strange uniform on some strange field with nary a Terrible Towel in sight.
Bears stay unbeaten by stunning Packers carries.The Bears, coming off an impressive win at Dallas last weekend, are off to their best start since the 2006 Super Bowl team won its first seven.Aaron Rodgers had another stellar game for Green Bay, completing 34 of 45 passes for...
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Bears need even more help

...consecutive overtime winning kick. That gave the Bears their third consecutive win, their longest streak since the 2006 Super Bowl season, but even if they make it four in a row, there's no guarantee they'll reach the playoffs. They would...
Coach leads with quiet confidence

TEMPE, Ariz. --- Ken Whisenhunt calmly has succeeded where so many others have failed. He built a playoff team in Arizona, transforming an NFL wasteland into an NFC West champion in just two seasons.
Bears return to spotlight with win

...23-10 win over Jacksonville on Sunday. They'll try to make it three in a row - something they haven't done since the 2006 Super Bowl season - at Green Bay a week from Monday. Chicago native and Illinois product Pierre Thomas started the Saints...
All in the athletic family

It's easy to see where some of the players with big-time family genes in this year's NCAA women's tournament got their passion for the game.
College basketball
Field crowded for ex-Falcon

...In any league, that's what you better do." Whisenhunt is highly regarded in NFL circles. The Steelers won the 2006 Super Bowl with Whisenhunt coordinating the offense, which has improved dramatically during his tenure. He parlayed that success...
Automakers play big role in Super Bowl

DETROIT - When the Motor City won the right to host the 2006 Super Bowl seven years ago, Detroit's automakers were enjoying record profits and booming sales of sport utility vehicles. Now, the Big...
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LOS ANGELES - Joaquin Phoenix's car overturned on a canyon road and collided with another vehicle after his brakes went out, but there were no reports of injury, police said.
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