Patriots pull Biggest rally in Super Bowl history

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The Pats trailed 28-3 midway through the third quarter before ripping off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots’ 10-point comeback two years ago against the Seahawks was the previous best rally. Brady completed 43-of-62 passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and he was 12-of-16 for 150 yards on the tying and winning drives in the fourth quarter and overtime. The five-time champion led his 51st game-winning drive in the 51st Super Bowl.“We know what we’re all about,” Brady said. “That’s what it comes down to.

We believe in one another.”James White scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to cap the greatest performance of his career. He had six carries for 29 yards and two touchdowns and a Super Bowl-record 14 receptions for 110 yards and a score.

“You couldn’t even write this script,” White said. “You could never imagine it.”The Patriots found a small spark when Brady hit White for a 5-yard touchdown that made it 28-9 with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter, and Stephen Gostkowski added a 33-yard field goal with 9:44 to play in the fourth, and the Pats down 28.12.But the comeback truly began with 8:24 to play in the fourth. Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan, and Alan Branch recovered at the Falcons 25. Five plays later, Brady and Danny Amendola hooked up for a 6-yard touchdown, and White scored a two-point conversion on a direct snap to make it 28-20.“The strip sack was huge,” said Brady.

“That got us right back in it.”  The Falcons appeared ready to ice the game, marching to the Pats 22 in three plays, but Trey Flowers’ sack and Chris Long’s forced holding penalty pushed Atlanta out of field goal range.The Pats took over at their own 9 with 3:30 to play, and Brady found a rhythm after the drive opened with back-to-back incompletions. He hit six of his next seven passes for 90 yards, and White scored on a 1-yard run to make it 28-26. Brady then hit

Amendola for the 2-point conversion to force overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history.“When it got to overtime, I basically untied my cleats and watched Brady like you guys did,” Logan Ryan said.Even though the teams played a scoreless first quarter, the Pats were controlling the pace of play. Flowers (2.5 sacks) and Jabaal Sheard each notched third-down sacks to cap the Falcons’ opening two series, and the offense was finding room to operate.But LeGarrette Blount fumbled on the second play of the second quarter thanks to a vicious Deion Jones strip, and that led to a Falcons avalanche. It was the Pats’ 30th fumble of the season, but just the 11th that they lost, so they had tempted fate far too often. The Falcons unleashed a five-play, 71-yard drive capped by Devonta Freeman’s easy 5-yard score to make it 7-0.The Pats went three-and-out for a second time, and the Falcons flew 62 yards on five plays. Matt Ryan uncorked a 19-yard TD pass to Austin Hooper, which extended the lead to 14-0. Over the two scoring drives,

Atlanta averaged 13.3 yards a play and gained at least 15 yards on 6-of-10 snaps.Meanwhile, the Falcons’ young defense tightened up. The Pats gained three first downs on their following possession through defensive holding penalties, but otherwise struggled to protect Brady as he was sacked five times and hit on eight occasions. And eventually, the 39-year-old made a Super Bowl-deciding mistake by forcing a ball into a covered Amendola, and Robert Alford Jumped the route and returned an interception 82 yards for a 21-0 lead.

The Pats salvaged Gostkowski 41-yard field goal prior to halftime to make it 21-3.A dropped pass on third-and-12 after halftime that would have yielded a first down, and Atlanta responded with the apparent kill shot when Rob Ninkovich was isolated in coverage against Tevin Coleman, who caught a 6-yard TD pass and a 28-3 lead.But unlike the Falcons’ pair of playoff opponents or, frankly, any team in Super Bowl history, the Pats showed a winning resolve.“A lot of teams, when they got down to those guys,they folded,” Logan Ryan said. “Green Bay folded. Seattle folded. We had a bunch of guys who weren’t afraid to get knocked down.”

 

Why you mad: Packers 34-31 win pissed off 20 million fans

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CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Sunday afternoon's game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys drew an audience of 48.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched divisional-round playoff game in NFL history. 

The Cowboys earned the top seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record during the regular season, and are led by two dynamic rookies that have taken the league by storm. Cowboys fourth-round quarterback Dak Prescott quickly became known as the biggest draft steal of the 2016 class with his play on the field this season. 

Down by three points with 1:07 to play and one timeout left in Sunday's divisional-round game, Dak Prescott completed an 11-yard pass to Jason Witten for a first down on the Green Bay Packers' 40.

The Cowboys hustled to the line and spiked the ball, stopping the clock with 48 seconds left, saving their final timeout. Spiking the ball in that situation is not the usual tactic, and was very likely a mistake, but it only seems so costly because of the events that followed in the Packers'  34-31 win that probably pissed off 20 million fans. 

After the Cowboys advanced the ball only 7 yards and kicked a 52-yard field goal to tie it, the Packers marched down the field on their ensuing possession, setting up Mason Crosby's 51-yard game-winning kick.

Spiking the ball exchanges one down for about 10 or 15 additional seconds on the game clock. So you obviously see why people got really mad for. It was an uncalled for tactic in this situation because the Cowboys still had a timeout and were not yet in field goal range. Spiking the ball is also typically done when teams need to use their fourth down to try to convert, which still allows them three plays to try to pick up 10 yards rather than just two.

Because of the game situation, down by three with time ticking, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett needed his fourth down to attempt a field goal to tie, which left his offense with only two chances to convert. The 40 is only desperation field goal range, and so Dallas needed all three downs to try to get closer.

David Irving thought he just fell on the final defensive snap but after Irving looked at the pictures, he said it looked like he was being held while pursuing Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw the pass that sent up the Packers' game-winning field goal.

Irving didn't blame the no-call for the team's exit in the NFC divisional round.

"It doesn't matter, though," Irving said at his locker on Monday afternoon. "We could've done plenty of things to prevent that situation so it doesn't matter."

The starting defensive end said the 36-yard pass from Rodgers to Jared Cook felt like it took half a minute. But in reality, the play that sent up Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal on the game's final play only took nine seconds off the clock.

But that play summed up how things went for the Cowboys' starting defensive line all afternoon. Dallas' starting defensive linemen combined for one quarterback hurry and no sacks. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins had one of the team's five quarterback hurries, while all three sacks came from a linebacker or a defensive back.

On that last play, like most of the game, a lack of pressure allowed Rodgers to scramble and spot an open receiver with three seconds left in the game.

"We didn't get enough," Irving said. "We didn't do anything the whole game."

Yup. Sounds about right.

Brady freaks out AND wins

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When it comes to these two teams, we know that they both do not care about each other, and tensions were high early in a defensive stalemate. Long story short, the first points of the game were on a Patriots safety on the fourth series of the game.

The best part of the game was when Brady was frustrated on a missed connection.

After he freaked out, Tom Brady connected with Chris Hogan for a 79-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help the New England Patriots overcome a messy second half and win 30-23 over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

Brady was 8-of-10 for 249 yards with two touchdown passes on throws that went at least 15 yards down field. That’s his second-most such completions in a game in the past 10 seasons - he had nine against the Steelers back in 2013.

He became the fourth NFL quarterback with at least 450 career touchdown passes. He also threw just his second interception of the season.

The Ravens entered the week with the NFL's top-ranked defence, giving up just 296.1 yards per game. But the Patriots defence shined early on, limiting the Ravens to just three points and 142 yards in the first half.

LeGarrette Blount rushes for 72 yards on 18 carries, passing 1,000 yards for the first time since his rookie season with Tampa Bay back in 2010.

The Patriots (11-2) have won four straight games and eight of their last nine as they continue to climb towards their eighth straight AFC East title.

The loss ends a two-game win streak for the Ravens (7-6), who now face a challenging route to the playoffs with two of their last three on the road.

Brady basically bailed out his team with a mostly brilliant performance, adding to his MVP case, and the Patriots remain atop the AFC with yet another December win. Some of his teammates should take him out to dinner.

Shots fired: OBJ vs. Reff

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At first, he didn’t really want to get into it or talk about it...  But then, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not back off from comments he made about officiating in the team’s 24-14 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

“It doesn’t surprise me,”

Beckham said Wednesday when asked for his reaction to support he received from Giants coach Ben McAdoo.

“Everybody knows what’s going on on the field. Everybody could see it. Stevie Wonder could see it. It is what it is. You can’t do anything about it. There’s no point. I shouldn’t even have brought it up because it’s always a lose-lose situation bringing something up. Either you’re speaking out on it and you’re trying to defend yourself or the other way around, you’re complaining.
Either way it goes, I should have probably never brought it up. It’s really irrelevant. Nothing is going to change. No calls are going to be made because of what I say now. You have got to keep playing. You know what you’re going against. It’s the Giants versus everybody and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

After the game Sunday, Beckham noted how the head referee for Giants-Steelers, Terry McAulay, was the same one from the Giants’ melee-fest with the Carolina Panthers in Week 15 last season. In that game, Beckham and then-Panthers (now-Washington Redskins) cornerback Josh Norman went at each other almost all afternoon and drew a total of five personal fouls between them.

Beckham  also told reporters that

“it’s not like I’m sitting here saying the refs are the reason we lost the game,” but added that he doesn’t “really think that the Giants should have this crew anymore … with the past history and everything that’s going on.”

McAdoo said the Giants sent game film to the NFL (as all teams do each week) of plays they believe referees missed from the Steelers game. The coach believes that Beckham “may have been interfered with” a few times in the Week 13 game.

But the NFL might interfere with Beckham after going in not once but twice against the referees.

Beckham finished the game with 10 receptions and 100 yards on 16 targets.

What do you guys think.

49ers’ Kaepernick finally gets to start

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Apparently everyone got over the little dramatic phase Kaepernick was going through when he was trying to make a point. So now things can go back to normal because he will start in week 6.

Head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback for the Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills.

Blaine Gabbert started the first five games of the season and will now act as Kaepernick’s backup. (How sad).

On top of all this, the 49ers and Kaepernick were also renegotiating his contract to ease the long-term financial risk of using the quarterback, nut Kelly said it was not a factor in his decision.

“It’s a football decision. I don’t even know where his contract status is”. Said Kelly.

Kaepernick’s contract guarantees that San Francisco would be on the hook for his 2017 salary if he suffers a serious injury. The new deal would reportedly cut out the remaining years of his contract and the injury guarantee allowing him to move on after the season.

Kaepernick is now fully healthy after an off season dominated by injures, as well as his little protest scene he caused to gain some attention.

Remember? The 28-year-old made headlines by sitting during the national anthem during the preseason, which has sparked intense debate and caused many other NFL players to follow the lead. Wouldn't it have been more effective during the regular season…

As a result, Kaepernick has knelt for the anthem before every regular-season game so far, and could now  may face greater expectations from some teammates, fans and remembers of the organization to preform well.

With that said, I cannot wait to see what the 49ers will do this next.