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In the January 21 newsletter:
What to watch during this weekend's NFL playoffs, the casting brilliance of Yellowjackets, and the women of Ozark.

Four Things to Watch for in the Divisional Round

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The Bills have spent an entire year crafting a plan to beat the Chiefs. Will they? And will we see Trey Lance in Green Bay?

[Ben Solak on what to watch for during this weekend's NFL playoff games.]

A Tale of Two Tais: The Dual-Timeline Casting Magic at the Heart of Yellowjackets

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Showtime’s breakout hit centers on a team that’s unafraid to revel in its victories. But as the actors and casting directors can attest, the real win in Season 1 was capturing performances across timelines that felt so fully from the same playbook.

[Katie Baker takes a look at the casting of Yellowjackets.]

The NFL’s Peaks and Valleys Led to the Right Teams in the Promised Land

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There were strange results and few dominant teams in the NFL in 2021, but the postseason has shaped up perfectly.

[Nora Princiotti on the highs and lows of postseason NFL.]

Can the 49ers Beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers? | The Bill Simmons Podcast

Bill Simmons and NFL Network’s Peter Schrager preview the 49ers-Packers playoff matchup.

The Ones Who Really Knock

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Ozark follows in the footsteps of classic antihero dramas like Breaking Bad—with one important difference.

[Miles Surrey reflects on the women of Ozark.]

Could the Cavaliers Win the East’s No. 1 Seed?

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With Kevin Durant now on the mend, the top spot in the East seems wide open. And one of the league’s biggest surprises could be the best candidate to reap the benefits.

[Zach Kram on Cleveland's chances for the 1-seed.]
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