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Julius Peppers' best (and maybe last) shot

Julius Peppers signed with the Packers in part because they offered a good chance to win a Super Bowl. The three-year, $26 million contract surely played a part, too. In reality, that deal was more like a one-year trial, structured so that if the Packers wanted to move on after this season, they would actually save salary-cap space next season. (ESPN.com)

Hakeem Nicks must play big role for Colts vs. Patriots

Showing more elusiveness and better leaping ability than he has since carrying the Giants to the Super Bowl three years ago, Hakeem Nicks is finally popping off the game film again, making two or three big plays per week on limited snaps. If Luck is going to outgun Brady in a potential shootout, the Colts need to emphasize Nicks' playmaking ability. (NFL.com)

Poll: Should UNC Football Hire Chizik?

Earlier this month, word broke that UNC was looking to hire Gene Chizik, who coached Auburn to a national title in 2011, as its defensive coordinator. But we recently reported that the hiring was slowed by concerns with Chizik’s controversial past, especially in light of the recent controversies surrounding UNC football. Now it’s your turn to make your voice heard with our Chapelboro poll: (Chapelboro.com)

Julius Peppers leads small pack of mid-30s contributors in playoffs

Julius Peppers has his birthday coming up real soon. This is one most NFL players don't get to celebrate while they're actually still players. The same day the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC championship, this Sunday, Peppers will turn 35. Not even to the midpoint of the average American lifespan, this is a relatively ancient milestone in a game where the typical player is, oh, 26. (Associated Press)

After injury-plagued Giants career, Nicks “extremely healthy” with Colts

Hakeem Nicks played in all 16 games for the first time in his pro career, and he wasn’t on the injury report with a physical ailment all season. After his Giants career was marked by a variety of leg injuries, at least Nicks has his health in Indianapolis. “I think in New York, I was just having injury after injury and I think I just wasn’t taking care of it the right way,” Nicks told reporters Thursday. (NBC Sports)

Julius Peppers on the verge once again

Julius Peppers has experienced three close calls. He’s not interested in a fourth. Peppers reached a Super Bowl as a rookie a dozen years ago with the Carolina Panthers and lost on a late field goal. He also went to the 2005 and ’10 NFC title games (with the Panthers and Bears, respectively) and came up short. Sunday’s return to an NFC Championship game will occur on Peppers’ 35th birthday. (Green Bay Packers)

Video: Hakeem Nicks catches laser beam touchdown from Andrew Luck

Something about being in the postseason brings out the absolute best in Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Nicks, who spent five seasons with the Giants, caught a laser beam 15-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck in traffic in the end zone, giving the Colts a 21-10 lead over the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs at Mile High Stadium. It was Nicks' second catch of the day, and first touchdown of the postseason. (NJ.com)

Ex-NFL Star Greg Ellis: I'm a Hollywood Producer Now

He dominated on defense for the Dallas Cowboys...but now former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Ellis is quarterbacking his first Hollywood feature film -- and he's got some pretty big stars on board. Ellis -- who made millions during his 11-year NFL career -- is the executive producer on a movie called "Carter High" starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton and David Banner. (TMZ.com)

Ravens sign Bryn Renner to reserve/future deal

On the second full day of their offseason, the Ravens signed nine players to reserve/future contracts on Monday, including quarterbacks Keith Wenning and Bryn Renner. Renner (6-3, 228) spent the 2014 exhibition season with Denver before being waived on August 25. He signed with the Broncos after going undrafted out of North Carolina in May. (NBC Sports)

Extra Points: Prognosis Good for Quinshad Davis

Quinshad Davis was not shocked that he’d broken his leg trying to snare a pass from Mitch Trubisky with just over two minutes left in the Quick Lane Bowl. He played all season with stress fractures on both legs and surgery was already planned for Jan. 7 to repair the injuries. “The doctors told me this could happen, there was a risk playing on my legs,” Davis says. (GoHeels.com)

More Bad Lists! Fedora #1 on Hot Seat?

The Big Lead website lists the top 10 coaches on the hot seat for 2015, and their #1 is Larry Fedora, but the reality is his seat really won't be hot for at least one more year and likely two. On the surface, this is a harsh but not wholly inaccurate assessment of Fedora's time in Chapel Hill. The scholarship limits are at their maximum impact and this year's defense was historically bad. (Tar Heel Blog)

Packers' Julius Peppers still capable of making big plays

Linebacker Julius Peppers, the oldest player Sunday in the NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field, also might have been the best. Peppers added another chapter to his first-year success story in Green Bay during the Packers' 26-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers' lone takeaway came when Peppers jarred the ball loose from running back DeMarco Murray. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Julius Peppers forces DeMarco Murray to fumble (video)

Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers forces Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to fumble and defensive end Datone Jones recovers for the Packers. (Green Bay Packers)

Sources: UNC defensive assistant Ron West will not be retained

According to sources, North Carolina defensive assistant coach Ron West will not be retained by new Tar Heels defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. West served as UNC's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach this past season and has been on the North Carolina staff since 2013. Prior to that, he served one year at Illinois and one season at Arizona State. (Carolina Blue)

Lions, Ebron expect better production in future

When the Lions drafted Eric Ebron last May, they expected the 10th overall pick to make an immediate impact. During the course of this season, Ebron established himself as the team's top tight end, but the production didn't measure up to the draft slot — 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. (Detroit News)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
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Baylor: 49
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