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NFL playoff notebook


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ravens Pro Bowl S Ed Reed traveled with the team Saturday and is expected to play today against the Chiefs despite not knowing the whereabouts of his brother who disappeared Friday near New Orleans.

Reed told ESPN that his brother "loved football. He would want me to play."

Brian Reed has been missing since police say he jumped into the Mississippi River. On Saturday they called off the search of the river for the 29-year-old. According to reports, Karen Reed, mother of Brian and Ed, said that authorities had found Brian's jacket and shoes.

Police say Brian Reed of St. Rose, La., was trying to elude officers who stopped what they thought was a stolen car. His mother told reporters Friday that Brian has a history of drug and alcohol problems. She also said the car belonged to another brother.

In addition to his brother's disappearance weighing on him, Ed Reed also has injured ribs sustained after intercepting his second pass in Sunday's regular-season finale against Cincinnati.

50-YEAR MEMORIES: Gabe DeSimone, Hugh MacDonough and Tom Woodruff do not know one another.

But all three men rose early on Dec. 26, 1960, grabbed their tickets, and made their way to Franklin Field for the NFL championship game between their Eagles and the Green Bay Packers.

With the Eagles and Packers set to play today for just the third time in the NFL playoffs, the men talked to the Philadelphia Inquirer about that first playoff matchup that featured Eagles stars Norm Van Brocklin, Tommy McDonald and Chuck Bednarik; and Packers standouts Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and Max McGee.

MacDonough, 66, went with his dad. His father was a doctor, so he finagled his schedule to get the day off.

"I've been a season-ticket holder for 35 years, and that was still the best game I've ever seen," MacDonough said. " … We were on cloud nine all the way home."

The 17-13 Eagles victory was punctuated at the end by Bednarik, who tackled Packers RB Jim Taylor at the Eagles 8-yard line. Then Concrete Charlie, as the linebacker was known, sat on Taylor until time expired.

Woodruff watched Bednarik from his seat in the end zone, while DeSimone was in the south stands near the goal line at the other end. "That brought the stadium to a roar," Woodruff said. "That play will stay in my memory forever."

MacDonough's love of Van Brocklin is so well known that his friends gave him a replica No. 11 jersey when he retired three years ago. "And I've worn it to every home game since," he said.

BEER BASH IN SEATTLE: The Seahawks investigated after a video posted on YouTube demonstrated that the large and small beers sold at Qwest Field contained the same amount of liquid — though one was marked 20 ounces and cost $1.25 more than one marked 16 ounces. The findings? The cups that were marked as containing 16 ounces actually held 20. First and Goal, the organization that runs Qwest Field, says it will try to find out how long the smaller-beer drinkers have been getting an extra four ounces. For Saturday's game against the Saints, the stadium sold all 20-ounce domestic brews at the 16-ounce price.

COLTS: CB Kelvin Hayden was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.

Times wires

NFL playoff notebook 01/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 8, 2011 10:39pm]
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