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#NFL News and Notes - January 10, 2011

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#NFL News and Notes - January 10, 2011

Baltimore Ravens 30, Kansas City Chiefs 7

Quarterback Joe Flacco's most impressive playoff performance to date earned the Ravens another meeting with the Steelers...Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun thought the Ravens' offensive line could have played better...Ravens safety Ed Reed played through the pain of a missing brother...Ravens tight end Todd Heap's favorable match-up led to a record-setting day...The Ravens defense is playing at a Super Bowl-level, writes James Walker of ESPN.com.

The Chiefs were overwhelmed by one of the best NFL teams...Kansas City's inability to win at home in the playoffs mystifies Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star...Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was held without a catch...The Chiefs defense struggled on third downs...Poor offensive execution was to blame for the Chiefs' loss, writes Bill Williamson of ESPN.com.

Green Bay Packers 21, Philadelphia Eagles 16

Green Bay's unpredictable defense rattled Michael Vick and the Eagles...Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got the monkey off his back, but gave credit to a rookie running back James Stark, who had a record-setting day...Packers punter Tim Masthay put the defense in position to succeed...Packers cornerback Tramon Williams delivered the knockout blow.

Vick and the Eagles couldn't come through in the clutch...Eagles kicker David Akers apologized for his two missed field goals, adding it's not the way he wanted his tenure with the club to end...Sunday's loss was not all Andy Reid's fault, writes Sam Donnellon of The Philadelphia Daily News...Eagles offensive tackle Winston Justice's benching didn't happen early enough...Offensive inconsistency plagued the Eagles.

NFL Playoffs News and Notes

The Atlanta Falcons have a rematch with the Packers.

Only three starter on the Chicago Bears offense have playoff experience, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll won't use perceived slights to motivate his team.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn't expect the first two meetings with the Jets to be a factor on Sunday.

With the Ravens coming to town, the Pittsburgh Steelers know they're in for a tough, physical game.

Former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin is a finalist for the Hall of Fame.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals linebackers Clark Haggans (34) and Pago Togafau (27), Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme (36), Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox (24), Lions guard Trevor Canfield (25), Dolphins linebacker Mike Rivera (25), Saints wide receiver Courtney Roby (28), Eagles practice squad safety Jamar Wall (23), Steelers offensive tackles Jonathan Scott (28) and Max Starks (29), Redskins defensive tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu (32), free agent defensive end Martail Burnett (26), wide receiver Yamon Figurs (28), linebacker Marcus Freeman (25), tight end John Owens (31), and defensive tackle Hollis Thomas (37).

Retired running back DeShaun Foster (31) and tight end Steve Jordan (50),

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