NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/17/14
NFL Updates: Lynch, Welker, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 17, 2014
Just two more days to wait until the conference championship games in the NFL, and the excitement is at an all-time high. In the meantime, we’ve got plenty of storylines to go over as the vast majority of the league gets into off-season mode. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there and see who’s making headlines. Here’s the latest.
Dallas Clark, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Has Clark played his last down in the NFL? It’s entirely possible. He’s reportedly mulling retirement heading into this off-season, as he probably won’t get a whole lot of interest in the free-agent market.
Clark’s season started off well, with 16 catches through his first four games, but he was scratched for the last four games of the Ravens’ year.
He had some great years as part of the offensive machine in Indianapolis, most notably his 100-catch, 1,106-yard effort in 2009.
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Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: One of this weekend’s epic matchups will be Lynch vs. the San Francisco run defense, and it should be a fun battle to watch. The Niners have been able to bottle up just about every other running back, but Lynch remains a nemesis.
In each of his last five appearances against San Francisco, he has either 100 yards or a touchdown to his credit. His numbers are even better at home: Lynch had three touchdowns (two rushing; one receiving) earlier this year, and two touchdowns (one rushing; one receiving) in the 2012 game in Seattle.
Given his history, we wouldn’t be surprised to see another big game out of him. That said, the 49ers know the story as well, and they’ll be gunning for him come Sunday.
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: Another fun matchup to watch this weekend will be Welker versus his former team in the AFC Championship. In their last meeting in New England on November 24, he didn’t fare so well, notching four receptions for just 31 yards. He’ll be looking to get turned around on Sunday, however, and he’s likely to get a lot of attention.
In Denver’s Divisional Round game against the Chargers last week, Welker got nine targets. He turned that into six grabs for 38 yards, and that’s pretty good considering he was coming off a three-game absence due to a concussion.
Welker will be high on the Patriots’ attention list this weekend, and if nothing else will serve as a useful decoy for the Broncos offense.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s playoff time, and the anticipation is running high as we cruise through each week. Here’s a look at the scores and complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
WILD CARD ROUND:
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: Seahawks 23, Saints 15
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Patriots 43, Colts 22
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Panthers 10
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Broncos 24, Chargers 17
Sunday, January 19, 2014:
AFC Championship 3:00 PM ET (CBS)
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
NFC Championship 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Pro Bowl: 7:30 PM ET (NBC)
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII (Teams TBA): 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
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