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Upset blueprints for Packers and Steelers

Green Bay and Pittsburgh face obstacles on their paths to Super Bowl LI. Here are game plans for the underdogs to follow on Sunday.

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The offensive MVP in every NFL division

Tom Brady and Matt Ryan are obvious choices, but who stands out in the other six divisions? What about the AFC South? NFL Nation reporters pick the offensive MVP in all eight divisions.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Former NFL coach Mike Martz came away impressed with East Carolina QB Philip Nelson this week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. "I think Philip is a starter in the league," Martz said.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Some "natural" crowd noise for Aaron Rodgers.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

A little message from a Falcons fan to Aaron Rodgers about crowd noise for Sunday's NFC Championship.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Some authentic noise just for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, courtesy of Falcons fan Rich Hughes.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons fan Adria Gilmore has a message for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who took a slight jab at the Falcons by saying the Georgia Dome is loud but added: "Whether that's all natural (noise) or not is yet to be seen." Falcons lost a draft pick for illegally piping in crowd noise a couple years ago.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Irsay: "Think along with Jimmy (Raye), we'll have an excellent pool to pull from for open GM spot. Think we have a lot to offer."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Irsay on if he talked to Jon Gruden: "Not about the head coaching position." He said he talked to a ton people to see what they thought about our franchise.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning possibly being the GM: "I wouldn't say he's in the picture. Peyton and I have talked through the last year. There was never any serious negotiations for him to come in and be general manager."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Irsay on Chuck Pagano: "He's our coach for 2017."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts owner Jim Irsay on firing GM Ryan Grigson: "It was a tough decision, well thought out. In the end it was the right decision for the Colts. We'll go forward. I've met with coach (Chuck) Pagano, we're going to be preparing to go to the Senior Bowl. Jimmy Raye will work with coach Pagano. Jimmy will interview for the job. Will have an extensive search."

Adam Caplan @caplannfl

#Colts owner Jim Irsay said VP of Football Operations Jimmy Raye will interview for GM job. Raye has tons of experience (23 years in #NFL).

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Colts expect that HC Chuck Pagano's job is safe. Team owner Jim Irsay addressing media, and his team's issues, shortly.