NFL-Top seeds Patriots, Cowboys join the playoff push (Reuters)

The top-seeded New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys join the Super Bowl tournament with a golden veteran and surprising rookie leading their respective offenses into the divisional round of the playoffs. The Patriots (14-2) host the Houston Texans (9-7) on Saturday favored by a whopping 16 points, but quarterback Tom Brady is taking nothing for granted with a trip to the AFC Championship on the line. “There’s a lot of focus and attention and you’re putting a lot of concentration into each play because you’re not promised next week,” Brady, a four-time Super Bowl winner, told reporters about preparing for the defensive-minded Texans.