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Monday, January 14, 2013
BBAO: The offseason arrives (for everyone)

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

And, just like that, the 2012 season is over in the NFC North. Three of our teams finished with double-digit victories. Two qualified for the playoffs. Now, after Saturday night's events at Candlestick Park, everyone is home for the winter.

The blog? We'll keep rolling on, as always. We have the Chicago Bears' coaching search to keep us busy. I have some "Rewind'12" items I would like to get to, and I also want to renew our "Big Decision" series to preview what is in store over the next few months. And, crazy as it might sound, draft season is right around the corner. The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 20 in Indianapolis.

While we have a quiet moment (even after a late start), let's take a mid-morning stroll around the NFC North: