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The New England Patriots have done just fine without Rob Gronkowski. On Sunday, they'll see whether that continues as they face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and running back Bernard Pierce are active for the AFC divisional playoffs against the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
The eight teams left in the NFL playoffs can thank their special teams for a good part of their success. That's one reason players are still upset Commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of abolishing kickoffs altogether.
Andrew Luck has had one of the league's most remarkable rookie seasons. If Luck had cut down the turnovers in October or November, perhaps the Colts would have taken the AFC South title and had a first-round bye instead of a wild-card date in Baltimore Sunday.
The Bengals think they're a better team, especially on defense, heading into the playoffs for the second season in a row.
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