Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had his first impressive playoff performance, throwing for 265 yards and two touchdowns in a wild-card win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Morning take: A good postseason game was a big step in Flacco's maturation process, and he passed it with flying colors. Flacco's next step is seeing if he can beat Pittsburgh Steelers counterpart Ben Roethlisberger for the first time in his career.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, former Steelers Jerome Bettis and Dermontti Dawson are finalists for the Hall of Fame.
Morning take: Dawson has been close a few times and this is Bettis' chance to get in on the first ballot. Both will know if they get into the Hall during Super Bowl weekend.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is becoming a front-runner for the Cleveland Browns’ coaching vacancy.
Morning take: I don't see it, but stranger things have happened. Shurmur would be a tough sell to a Cleveland town starving for a big name.
The Cincinnati Bengals will coach the Senior Bowl for the third time under head coach Marvin Lewis.
Morning take: This has become a good scouting tool for the Bengals. Several drafted players by Cincinnati over the past few years have come from this game.