Looking ahead to Wild-Card Weekend; coaching intrigue

Published: Jan. 5, 2012 at 07:17 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 at 07:46 a.m.

Wild-card weekend is almost upon us, and you don't want to miss NFL Network's "Around The League Live" Thursday at 5 p.m. ET, when you'll hear from Denver's Elvis Dumervil and Willis McGahee, the Saints' Tracy Porter and the Falcons' Roddy White, who will all be in action this weekend. And get ready for the playoffs with NFL.com's Game Center, featuring stories, videos, stats and analysis of all four of this weekend's games.

Here's what else is on tap for Thursday:

Check back Thursday as NFL.com's Bucky Brooks explains how the Steelers will adapt to the absence of leading rusher Rashard Mendenhall, Steve Wyche looks at the weekend's potential X-factors, and Pat Kirwan asks (and answers) the pressing questions for Sunday's Falcons-Giants clash.

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Check out the 10 best wild-card games in NFL history in a special countdown video.

Warren Sapp, Willie McGinest, Jalen Rose and Jamie Dukes go "No Huddle" to prepare for the best matchups from Wild-Card Weekend and share who they believe will take home the Lombardi Trophy.

Listen to some of the milestone moments this season from top QBs Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady on the best of "Sound FX."

Jeff Fisher continues to be the hottest head coaching candidate of the young offseason, with Rams owner Stan Kroenke scheduled to meet with the former Titans coach Thursday, two days after Fisher interviewed with the Dolphins.

The Philadelphia Eagles added a lot of new parts in 2011, but to improve next season they might have to strip away some excess baggage and do more with less, Elliot Harrison writes.

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It happens every year: A valuable role player steps up in a playoff game to make a name for himself. Gil Brandt takes a look at some players who could fit the bill this weekend.

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Happy birthday to legendary former Steelers coach Chuck Noll -- the only head coach to win four Super Bowls -- who turns 80 Thursday. Also celebrating birthdays are former Raiders defensive back George Atkinson (65), former Bills running back Joe Cribbs (54), former Dolphins running back Mercury Morris (65), former Raiders center Jim Otto (74), and former NFL head coach Sam Wyche (67).