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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.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The first game at Gillette Stadium this year had a Tom Brady banner on the lighthouse. The final game at Gillette features a "Go Pats" AFC Championship banner on the lighthouse.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a concept to look for when the Falcons have the ball in the "shot zone" (in-between the 40s). This is the Yankee route -- a deep play action scheme designed to create a throwing window in the outside-third of the secondary. With Atlanta showing run action (split-zone and WR reverse), Julio Jones (X) releases on the deep post and Mohamed Sanu (Z) comes back across the field on the "over" route. This allows Jones to clear-out the top of the defense with Sanu working to the now vacated area of the field. Plus, with the Falcons using 7-man protection, QB Matt Ryan has time to deliver this ball down the field. The Packers have to alert for this route based on the field position and the splits of the WRs (reduced).

trey wingo @wingoz

Packer RB Ty Montgomery turns 24 today. Pretty sure I know what he wants

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of NFC and AFC Championship Games (as of 11 a.m. ET): Atlanta is still a 5.5-point home favorite at a majority of Vegas sports books after going to -6 with reports of Green Bay players battling the flu. The over/under is mostly up to 61.5 points in Vegas, though offshore books average 60.5. New England is a 6-point home favorite over Pittsburgh at 12 of 13 Vegas books on the Don Best odds screen. (Treasure Island dipped to 5.5 just three minutes ago). The over/under has dropped from 51 to 50.5 at 10 of 13 books.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Average StubHub price paid for a ticket today: AFC Title Game ($500) & NFC Title Game ($385)

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Packers RB Ty Montgomery turns 24 years old today. Not much better than having your birthday match up with NFC Championship Game.