January 11, 2013 12:01 AM

Greg Cote: Looking ahead to AFC title game is perfectly acceptable

Athletes in general and especially coaches do not look ahead past their next opponent, or admit to it, anyway. That seems particularly so in football, where to look ahead would be a sign of great disrespect and perhaps a harbinger of bad luck. Coaches in this weekend’s divisional round of the NFL playoffs are all but wearing equine blinders — so focused are they at the task directly at hand.

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