Jackson, Lamar (1997- )

A Generational Shift at N.F.L. Quarterback

In these chaotic times, there is great comfort in the familiar, and the most familiar scene in the last four N.F.L. postseasons has been an A.F.C. championship game staged at Arrowhead Stadium, home of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. His presence in this round feels inevitable. The absence of some others feels […]

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Packers Clinch Playoff Berth as Ravens Again Play the Odds

By this late stage of the season, no team is immune from attrition or, especially, the Covid-19 scourge that has clobbered the N.F.L. and the rest of the country. The spread of the Omicron variant forced more than 130 players onto their teams’ Covid-19 reserve lists in the past week. In the past four days […]

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What We Learned From Week 14 in the N.F.L.

A strange thing happened as quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued to struggle with the Rubik’s cube known as the two-deep shell. As he looked so unfathomably human against N.F.L. defenses that played their two safeties deep to prevent long passes, the Kansas City Chiefs methodically built a juggernaut in a less celebrated area: their defense. The […]

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