Can the Falcons make another run in defense of their NFC title?

Will Sean McVay’s offensive sorcery translate in the playoffs? Could Rodgers scare the daylights out of a top seed? (If the Packers can win out behind the presumed return of Rodgers next week, they have a 93 percent chance to make the playoffs, per the New York Times’s playoff odds calculator.) The Eagles will be pursuing the franchise’s first Super Bowl title and first appearance in more than a decade. The Vikings will be vying to be the first team to play the Super Bowl at its home stadium.

Further injury, as this season has so harshly reminded, could still spoil the NFC playoffs. For now, they are the league’s best hope to salvage an unpleasant year.

According to sources, the meeting was held without knowledge of anyone else in the organization. Allen notified the Trail Blazers’ basketball operations and business branch afterward.

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, Allen feared Lillard would request a trade, sources said, but a trade request was not made. The two-time All-Star made it clear, though, that he has championship aspirations and wanted to fulfill those lofty goals during the remaining years of his prime window.

Portland, winners of three of its past four, is currently 25-22 and stationed seventh in the Western Conference standings. The 2012-13 Rookie of the Year has led his team to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, but has yet to advance past the second round.

It’s not unprecedented for Allen to meet with marquee players of his franchise. He is also the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and frequently has sit-downs with some of the key players, a source said.

Forcing players to stand isn’t the answer, according to the Eagles’ Chris Long. A native of Charlottesville, he has endowed two scholarships at his high school alma mater in the wake of violence there in August and has stood with teammate Malcolm Jenkins as he has protested during the anthem.

Trump’s awareness of Parks’s legacy goes back at least 30 years to when both he and Parks were among 80 people honored at the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations first awards ceremony on Ellis Island in 1986 by William Fugazy, Trump’s real estate broker, according to HuffPost.

Trump was photographed beside the activist at the event, but years later, he appears to believe that activists protesting racism don’t deserve honor.jaguars_024