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# Xs and Os

Last year
Analysis: Scotland's superior midfield makes the difference in game of fine margins
We take a closer look at Ireland’s 2-1 Nations League defeat at Hampden Park.
'What Paddy Tally does now is very intense' - Kerry's quest for balance
Shane Enright believes Kerry have improved their ability to protect the full-back line during the league.
Tactics Board: Ziyech flourishes for Chelsea as Spurs' change in shape fails to deliver
Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic had joy as two number eights at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, writes Shane Keegan.
Tactics Board: Rashford and Greenwood fail to capitalise as Rangnick restores width
Man United came away with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup last night, but they were fortunate to do so.
Tactics Board: Ludicrously high defensive lines lead to chances galore as Kelleher shines again
Shane Keegan breaks down Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
All time
Tactics Board: Ruthless Ireland show extra attacking intent and blow minnows Georgia away
Shane Keegan looks at the senior women’s team’s record-breaking performance at Tallaght Stadium.
Tactics Board: Despite Chelsea result, Rangnick faces a massive challenge at Man United
Shane Keegan breaks down Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, ahead of the arrival the Red Devils’ newly-appointed interim manager.
Tactics Board: Liverpool suffocate the Gunners with gegenpressing masterclass
Shane Keegan examines how Jurgen Klopp’s side dismantled Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.
Tactics board: Ireland hunted Portugal cleverly - and then used the ball confidently
Shane Keegan breaks down more encouraging signs of progress in Ireland’s performances under Stephen Kenny.
Tactics Board: Hapless Man United have no answers for Man City's fluidity in one-sided derby
Shane Keegan analyses the brilliance of Pep Guardiola’s side in their 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
Tactics Board: Man United's press goes from bad to worse as Liverpool show them how it's done
Shane Keegan breaks down where it went wrong for the increasingly under pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
Tactics Board: It's Robinson's movement that makes him such a key player for this Ireland team
Shane Keegan breaks down the first competitive win of the Stephen Kenny era.
Tactics Board: The genius of Salah and Man City target Milner as Anfield serves up a classic
Shane Keegan breaks down the standout Premier League game of the weekend, between title rivals Liverpool and Man City.
Tactics Board: Tuchel gets it badly wrong as pressing game pays off for Man City
Shane Keegan breaks down Saturday’s meeting of two title contenders at Stamford Bridge.
Tactics Board: Greenwood becomes Ronaldo's new Rooney at Man United
Shane Keegan takes a close look at Saturday’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
Tactics Board: Ireland had the upper hand against Azerbaijan - why didn't they make it count?
Shane Keegan reviews a frustrating evening for the Boys in Green.
Give us your questions for our rugby experts and win tickets to Ireland v Italy this weekend
We’ll be going through the phases in a Dublin city centre venue on Thursday.
Analysis: Your favourite NFL team is rubbish... 2-point conversion edition
2-point conversions are becoming increasingly important so why are so many teams bad at them?
Analysis: Tricky Titans show why you should always expect the unexpected
Here’s how running back Demarco Murray threw a touchdown pass on Sunday.
Analysis: How the Falcons dialed up the perfect play to beat the Packers at the death
Kyle Shanahan can take a lot of credit for exploiting the Green Bay defence on the game-winning play.
Analysis: How one simple move caused total confusion in the Jags defence
The Oakland Raiders caught the Jags off guard on Sunday, though it should not have been that easy.
Analysis: How the Bengals' brutal blocking allowed the Patriots a safety dance
The Cincinnati offensive line is terrible and Dont’a Hightower took full advantage.
Analysis: Ezekiel Elliott's 60-yard TD run shows why the fat guys up front are so important
Dallas has the best run-blocking offensive line in the league and they showed their worth on Sunday.
Analysis: The Washington sleight of hand that gave them a much-needed NFL win
It wasn’t a pretty win, but Washington head coach Jay Gruden showed a lot of nerve against the Giants.
Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo gives the Patriots a glimpse of their Brady-less future
The loss of the backup QB will be felt over the next two games says Steve O’Rourke.
Analysis: Carson Wentz shows the traits that could soon have the Eagles flying high
Steve O’Rourke takes a closer look at the number two overall pick’s first NFL touchdown.
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And relive those days where Windows 95 was cutting edge.
Which offence has the advantage going into Super Bowl 50?
We take a closer look at Manning, Newton and the weapons that surround them.
Everyone raves about the Denver defence but the Panthers' could decide the Super Bowl
We take a closer look at what the Carolina defence will bring to San Francisco.
It's very difficult to find a weakness in the Denver defence
We continue our in-depth look at the areas that might make or
Why special teams might just be the Carolina Panthers' Achilles heel
We take a closer look at the unit that could cost Carolina a Super Bowl.
Could the Broncos' special teams be a potential Super Bowl weakness?
We take a closer look at the third side of the game ahead of Super Bowl 50.
Analysis: Hail Marys are great, but a bread and butter pass won the day for the Cardinals
We take a closer look at the 75-yard gain that helped Arizona into the NFC Championship game.
Analysis: Where has it all gone wrong for the Green Bay Packers offence?
We take a closer look at why one of the NFL’s best offences has broken down.
Breaking down the play that won the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots
We break down the most important play of the Super Bowl
Pete Carroll explains why the Seahawks ran what is being called the worst call in Super Bowl history
He ignored Beastmode at the vital time.
Breaking down the NFL: Marshawn Lynch shows why he's one of the league's best running backs
We take a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks star.
Coaches Film: Why Gronk will be the Patriots' not-so-secret weapon in the Super Bowl
He’s big, he’s bold and he’s a very easy redzone target.
Coaches Film: How Russell Wilson's perfect pass sent the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl
We take a closer look at the NFC Championship’s decisive play.
Coaches Film: Here's one way the Packers could beat the Seahawks on Sunday
It’s time for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offence to be brave.