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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:36

NFL Playoff Preview Divisional Round

The road to Super Bowl XLVII is paved with four fewer teams as the list of playoff teams has been pared from 12 down to eight. And so we bid a fond farewell to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Minnesota Vikings, the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins; each of these teams had an exceptional year, but their respective seasons have come to an end.

Moving on to the Divisional Round, the path is about to get a good deal rockier for the Wild Card survivors each one of the first round winners now has a daunting matchup ahead, going on the road against a higher seeded team that has had an extra week of rest and recovery. Even so, the Lombardi Trophy is still very much up for grabs.

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Seattle ace throws 2012's sixth no-hitter and third perfect game

A couple of months ago, I wrote in these pages that 2012 had a chance to be 'The Year of the No-Hitter.' To that point, five no-hit games including two perfect games had been thrown in the majors this season. I proposed that this would be the year that set the new modern standard for most no-hitters in a season, breaking the record of seven set in both 1990 and 1991.

As one might expect with my track record of poor prognostication, the no-hitters promptly stopped happening. Until now.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez brought the no-hitters record back into play last week when he pitched the 23rd perfect game in major league history against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out 12 batters along the way.

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