Atlanta Falcons


The Falcons roster: Should they stay or go? 

Two yards away. The Falcons were just two yards away from advancing to their second consecutive NFC championship this season. After finishing 11-7 overall, it was just the third time in franchise history that teams posted back-to-back 10-win seasons. After the past two seasons, they join coach Mike Smith’s teams from 2010-12 that did it three straight years. “We are positioned well for...



What Minnesota’s Super Bowl stats portend for Atlanta

What Minnesota’s Super Bowl stats portend for Atlanta

Numbers released by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee provide a pretty good measure of what Atlanta can expect when the big game comes here next year.  The Minnesota committee said Super Bowl Live, the 10-day outdoor festival that preceded the Feb. 4 game in Minneapolis, drew total attendance of 1.055 million people. That included 235,000 on the peak day, the eve of the game. The committee...
Ex-Falcon coach Jerry Glanville returns to coaching at 76 

Ex-Falcon coach Jerry Glanville returns to coaching at 76 

Former Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville is coming out of retirement at age 76 to coach defense with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, according to 3downnation.com. Glanville, who used to leave tickets for Elvis Pressley, is set to join June Jones’ staff.  The colorful Glanville coached the Falcons from 1990-93. He was also the defensive backs coach from 1977-78...
With Super Bowl looming, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has work to finish

With Super Bowl looming, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has work to finish

Before the Super Bowl is played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium early next year, stadium officials aim to have the retractable roof in operating order, the sound system functioning better and a new green space open on the former Georgia Dome site.  There’s a lot of work to be done in the meantime.  The $1.5 billion-plus stadium opened almost six months ago after more than three years of construction...
25 players with Ga. connections invited to NFL scouting combine 

25 players with Ga. connections invited to NFL scouting combine 

Several players with Georgia connections have been invited to the NFL scouting combine. The testing event for future NFL players will be held Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. Here’s a list of players with high school ties to the state:  > Jordan Akins, Central Florida, tight end (Locust Grove) > Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, tackle (Peachtree Ridge) > Bradley...
Ten Bulldogs invited to NFL scouting combine 

Ten Bulldogs invited to NFL scouting combine 

The NFL released its list of 326 invitees to the scouting combine on Tuesday.  The testing event for future NFL players will be held Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. Ten players from the University of Georgia were invited along with one player from Georgia State and one from West Georgia. The list of Georgia players include: defensive lineman John Atkins, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, linebacker...
Falcons lose running backs coach to Titans 

Falcons lose running backs coach to Titans 

Keith Carter, who spent last season as the Falcons’ running backs coach, joined the coaching staff of the Titans, according to his new team. Carter, who replaced Bobby Turner last season, will join former Falcons quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, who was recently named the Titans’ offensive coordinator. Carter, who has five years of NFL coaching experience, was the Falcons’ assistant...
Driver who killed Edwin Jackson was twice deported undocumented immigrant

Driver who killed Edwin Jackson was twice deported undocumented immigrant

The suspected drunk driver that killed Edwin Jackson, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker who played at Westlake High and Georgia Southern, and his ride-share driver was an undocumented immigrant who had been twice deported, according to police. The men were killed early Sunday morning in Indianapolis. Police identified the driver as Manuel Orrego-Savala. He gave police the alias of Alex Cabrera...
LEADOFF: Atlanta’s Super Bowl gets a second logo from NFL

LEADOFF: Atlanta’s Super Bowl gets a second logo from NFL

Super Bowl LIII, which will be played in Atlanta next year, now has two logos.  The first, which was unveiled in September by the Atlanta host committee, is a red-and-gray logo that prominently features the city’s name and a representation of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium retractable roof.  The second, unveiled Monday by the NFL, is a deep blue and light gray logo that features the...
Falcons' odds to win Super Bowl LIII released

Falcons' odds to win Super Bowl LIII released

Super Bowl LIII ball that was handed off to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday Feb. 5, 2018 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) The Falcons' odds to win Super Bowl LIII, which will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019, have been placed at 18/1 by Las Vegas book Bovada.lv. The Patriots have the best odds...
Atlanta takes Super Bowl LII hand-off from NFL 

Atlanta takes Super Bowl LII hand-off from NFL 

They haven’t swept up all of the confetti here, but Atlanta is on the clock for Super Bowl LIII. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the official hand-off of the ceremonial football to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the Mall of America on Monday following Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. “We’ve known it’s coming and we’ve been planning and preparing, but it really...
How Super Bowl fared in TV ratings locally, nationally

How Super Bowl fared in TV ratings locally, nationally

Almost eight million fewer viewers across the country watched the Super Bowl on television Sunday than watched the game a year earlier, according to Nielsen data released Monday. NBC’s telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots averaged 103.4 million viewers, down 7.1 percent from 111.3 million for the Patriots’ win over the Falcons last year...
Super Bowl LII sets several offensive records

Super Bowl LII sets several offensive records

There were several records set in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Here’s a list of the Super Bowl records set: Most combined total yards – 1,151 yards Most total yards by a team – New England, 613 yards Most combined yards passing – 874 yards Most passing yards by a team – New England, 500 yards Most yards passing by a player...
Six reasons why the Eagles won Super Bowl LII 

Six reasons why the Eagles won Super Bowl LII 

Here are six reasons why the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, a 41-33 victory over the Patriots on Sunday before a crowd of 67,612 on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium: 1. Nick Foles was unflappable:  The Eagles quarterback was spectacular as he completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns.  Foles took over after Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 10 against...
What Doug Pederson have to say after Super Bowl win

What Doug Pederson have to say after Super Bowl win

Here’s what Eagles coach Doug Pederson had to say after the 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII: On his current emotions after winning the Super Bowl: “It hasn’t really sunk in, but I’m so excited for that locker room. For Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie to give me the opportunity to coach this team, and then everything that we’ve been through this season, to get to...
What Bill Belichick had to say after Patriots Super Bowl loss 

What Bill Belichick had to say after Patriots Super Bowl loss 

Here’s what New England coach Bill Belichick had to say after the 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII: Opening statement: “I’m really proud of the way our team competed tonight. I’m proud of the way our players and coaches competed for 60 minutes. It just wasn’t quite enough. We weren’t able to perform at our best. Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough...
What the Patriots had to say after Super Bowl LII loss 

What the Patriots had to say after Super Bowl LII loss 

Here’s what the Patriots had to say after their 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday:  Tom Brady, quarterback On losing receiver Brandin Cooks: “He’s one of our best players. Any time you lose a great player, it’s tough. Frustrating to lose him. He was very disappointed, but that’s football.” On if he’ll return next season: “I expect...
What the Eagles had to say after winning Super Bowl LII

What the Eagles had to say after winning Super Bowl LII

Here’s what the Eagles had to say after their 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII:  Nick Foles, quarterback On winning the Super Bowl: “I am speechless. All glory to God first and foremost. I wouldn’t be here without Him. To be a part of this organization, to be in this moment is something you dream about as a kid. To be right here with the confetti flying with...
Nick Foles, Eagles stun Tom Brady, Patriots, as worm finally turns

Nick Foles, Eagles stun Tom Brady, Patriots, as worm finally turns

This was for those who’ve been waiting on the football gods for the equalizer. Those who believed that while the New England Patriots were great, they too often skated between every line of the rule book. Those who believed they should have lost to Seattle a few years ago when the Seahawks inexplicably bypassed handing off to Marshawn Lynch for a gimme touchdown run from the 1-yard line. Those...
Foles out-guns Brady 41-33 in Super Bowl LII shootout

Foles out-guns Brady 41-33 in Super Bowl LII shootout

Nick Foles, the backup quarterback who nearly retired after the 2014 season, is now a Super Bowl champion. Foles was spectacular as he completed 28 of 43 passes for 373  yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles prevailed 41-33 over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII before a crowd of 67,612 on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.  “The biggest thing that helped me is that I didn’t have to...
Super Bowl LII inactives: Eagles vs. Patriots 

Super Bowl LII inactives: Eagles vs. Patriots 

The inactives for Super Bowl LII have been released.  Eagles – tackle Will Beatty, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, cornerback Sidney Jones, defensive end Steven Means, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, running back Wendell Smallwood and defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao.  Patriots – running back Mike Gillislee, defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker David Harris, offensive lineman...
Photos: Scene before Super Bowl LII

Photos: Scene before Super Bowl LII

The Eagles and Patriots have arrived as fans brave the cold weather in advance of Super Bowl LII.

Former Westlake star Edwin Jackson killed by suspected drunk driver 

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, a former standout football player and wrestler at Westlake High and Georgia Southern, was killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning. The accident occurred on I-70 in Indianapolis. Jackson, 26, was an inside linebacker and spent all of this season on injured reserve. The Colts issued a statement on Jackson’s death. It read: “We...
Teams have arrived at U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

Teams have arrived at U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead arrives before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York) Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson arrives with his team before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)  ...
Tom Brady is NFL MVP; Todd Gurley also honored

Tom Brady is NFL MVP; Todd Gurley also honored

MINNEAPOLIS —  For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL's Most Valuable Player. Now he goes for his sixth Super Bowl title, and perhaps with it a fifth MVP trophy for the NFL championship. Brady added The Associated Press 2017 NFL MVP award Saturday night at NFL Honors to his wins in 2007 and 2010. The New England Patriots quarterback was joined as an honoree by three Los Angeles Rams:...
Ray Lewis among eight entering Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ray Lewis among eight entering Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher terrorized opposing offenses from the middle of the field. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did the same to defenses on the outside. The two hard-hitting linebackers and two big-play receivers highlighted an eight-person class voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Safety Brian Dawkins also received at least 80 percent support from the 47 Hall of Fame voters...
Photos: The scene at the Super Bowl

Photos: The scene at the Super Bowl

The scene at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota a day before the Patriots and Eagles meet on the field.
Watch: Will Eagles get last laugh with dog masks in Super Bowl

Watch: Will Eagles get last laugh with dog masks in Super Bowl

The Philadelphia Eagles are underdogs again Sunday in the Super Bowl. It's a role they have embraced so much that some players have taken to wearing latex dogs masks on the field right after winning their first two playoff games. It started when they beat the Falcons, who were 2 1/2-point favorites, on Jan. 13. Watch the video above to see the look that has become very popular in Philadelphia among...
Atlanta group studies Super Bowl, set to go ‘on the clock’

Atlanta group studies Super Bowl, set to go ‘on the clock’

An Atlanta delegation of about 30 people got a day-long look at the inner workings of the Super Bowl from NFL officials Friday.  A series of tours and briefings in Minneapolis was designed to show the Atlantans what’s headed their way next year, when Super Bowl 53 will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The delegation’s day wrapped up with a behind-the-scenes visit to U.S...
Blank seeks Falcons’ home Super Bowl, but he’d ‘go to moon’ for win

Blank seeks Falcons’ home Super Bowl, but he’d ‘go to moon’ for win

Arthur Blank arrived at the Super Bowl this week without his football team, which for most of the Falcons’ 52 seasons would not be a startling development. But a year ago, Blank danced on a stage when his team defeated Green Bay for the NFC championship and a dream trip to the title game, so this time his arrival felt a bit empty. “If we were playing, I’d be a lot happier,&rdquo...
Blank looking for Falcons-friendly Matt Ryan deal 

Blank looking for Falcons-friendly Matt Ryan deal 

Quarterback-starved NFL teams are making bizarre moves that could affect the Falcons’ negotiations for a contract extension with quarterback Matt Ryan. However, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he did not pay much attention to the trade of Alex Smith from the Chiefs to the Redskins and the impending Kirk Cousins free-agent financial bonanza.  “I don’t care about the other quarterbacks&rsquo...
ESPN: North Fulton DB will have ‘instant-impact’ for Gamecocks

ESPN: North Fulton DB will have ‘instant-impact’ for Gamecocks

Expectations for one future South Carolina football player have already been set pretty high. ESPN picked Jaycee Horn, a defensive back from Alpharetta, to have an “instant impact” as a freshman for the Gamecocks next season. Horn, a four-star recruit, signed with South Carolina in December after initially committing to Tennessee. He also had offers from Alabama, Clemson, Auburn,...
Video: Players to watch in Sunday’s Super Bowl

Video: Players to watch in Sunday’s Super Bowl

The big game is just around the corner. But there’s still time to stock up on food and then sit down and learn about each team too so you’ll know what and who to watch for in Sunday’s Super Bowl.  Check out the video above to find out who leads the Patriots and Eagles in rushing, receiving, tackles, sacks and interceptions in the postseason. Both teams have played two games...
Alvin Kamara named NFL rookie of the year 

Alvin Kamara named NFL rookie of the year 

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who played at Norcross High and was the AJC high school player of the year in 2012, was named the NFL rookie of the year Friday.  Kamara, who was drafted in the third round after playing at Alabama and Tennessee, led all rookies with 14 touchdowns and ranked second with 1,554 yards from scrimmage.  Kamara joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale...
Fearless Pederson making all the right moves for the Eagles 

Fearless Pederson making all the right moves for the Eagles 

Doug Pederson was a journeyman backup quarterback for 10 years in the NFL. He was an affable fellow with a few highlights as a signal-caller, but nothing that foreshadowed his quick rise in the coaching ranks. Pederson is set to lead the Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) against the New England Patriots (15-3) in the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the swanky U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.  ...
End of the Patriots’ reign is near! (clip and save ... I think)

End of the Patriots’ reign is near! (clip and save ... I think)

Since the merging of global powers Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in 2001, the New England Patriots have been to the playoffs 15 out of 17 seasons, won 27 postseason games (nearly double the next closest team), played in 12 AFC title games (including seven in a row) and are preparing for their eighth Super Bowl (having won five). When there is a level of dominance that stretches for nearly two decades...
Will Super Bowl stars rise to occasion after they score?

Will Super Bowl stars rise to occasion after they score?

OK, nobody is watching the NFL on television. The players hate America. The game is even more hazardous to brain health than binge-watching “The Bachelor.” At least that’s what I gather from the alarmists and the trolls out there. So much sour news around the game. But one thing the league got right this year, I think we all can agree, is the new, playful touchdown celebration. If...
QB corner: Tom Brady and Nick Foles

QB corner: Tom Brady and Nick Foles

Here’s what Tom Brady had to say:  Brady on injuries: “Football is no fun when you are hurting. The injuries that I dealt with over the seasons, that’s not fun because I was hurting. I went to practice, and it hurt. For me, understanding what I need to do to feel good has been so important for me to continue my career.” Brady on his longevity: “The window...
3 key matchups: Eagles vs. Patriots 

3 key matchups: Eagles vs. Patriots 

Eagles SS Malcolm Jenkins vs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Eagles will keep a safety over the top of Gronkowski at all times. That main job will fall to Jenkins and Rodney McLeod will help at times. But when the Patriots flex Gronkowski out to the wide receiver position, a linebacker could find himself in one-on-one against the massive tight end. Gronkowski was knocked out of the AFC title game...
On the hot seat: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles 

On the hot seat: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles 

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who is 4-1 as a starter this season, will be on the hot seat in the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Foles took over after Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Rams on Dec. 10.   He guided the Eagles to victories over the Falcons (15-10) in the divisional round and the Vikings (38-7) in the NFC Championship...
Brady’s place in football history is secured 

Brady’s place in football history is secured 

Tom Brady is from the Bay Area in California. He grew up idolizing Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. He went to a store-opening as a youth and got Roger Craig and Tom Rathman’s autographs. But on the brink of his sixth Super Bowl victory and eighth appearance, Brady likely has already done enough to surpass Montana as the greatest quarterback of the NFL’s modern era and perhaps...
What did the Patriots do to irk Arthur Blank? Listen to this

What did the Patriots do to irk Arthur Blank? Listen to this

New England (yawn) and Philadelphia (meh) face off in a Super Bowl that feels as cold as the forecast in Minneapolis. AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz is in Minneapolis for the game and had a chance to visit with the players and coaches from both teams. Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein discuss if anyone is interested in this game outside of Boston and Philadelphia and who walks...
5 Bulldogs projected to go early in 2018 NFL Draft

5 Bulldogs projected to go early in 2018 NFL Draft

Isaiah McKenzie was the lone Georgia Bulldogs player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he stayed on the board until the fifth round, going to the Denver Broncos with the 172nd pick. But whereas UGA’s 2017 draft class was one of the weakest in program history, the 2018 Class figures to be one of the strongest. According to one mock draft, five or more Bulldogs could be drafted this...
Read: Tom Brady reflects on Super Bowl loss in new Instagram post

Read: Tom Brady reflects on Super Bowl loss in new Instagram post

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke out for the first time Friday in the wake of his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, 41-33. "It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had,” he wrote in an Instagram post. "There are many emotions when you come...
Falcons’ McKinley has ‘clean up’ surgery 

Falcons’ McKinley has ‘clean up’ surgery 

Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley had surgery that was described as a “clean up” by a person familiar with the procedure. McKinley took to Twitter to ask for prayers.  McKinley appeared to suffer a left arm injury in the 15-10 loss to the Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. After the injury, he returned to the game.  McKinley had offseason shoulder surgery...
Scarnecchia gave up beach lifestyle to return to coaching 

Scarnecchia gave up beach lifestyle to return to coaching 

New England offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was having a good time in retirement after the 2013 season.  “I had my own shop in the back of my house,” Scarnecchia said. “I was building furniture. I was playing golf. We had a house in Rhode Island, so I was at the beach all of the time surfing, paddle boarding, body surfing and playing with my grand kids.” After...
Mason still keeps up with Georgia Tech football 

Mason still keeps up with Georgia Tech football 

New England guard Shaq Mason is getting ready to make his second Super Bowl start on Sunday.  He still follows the Yellow Jackets. “I follow Tech nonstop,” Mason said. “I’m hoping those guys will get it going. This year, they were good and things kind of tailed off. But there are in every game. I still love watching them.” Mason was a dynamic run blocker in college...
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m cleared’  

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m cleared’  

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski was cleared from the league’s concussion protocol on Thursday. Gronkowski was by quarterback Tom Brady’s side for much of the workout on Wednesday. He was listed as limited as he worked his way through the concussion protocol.  “We red-jerseyed him today so he’s working his way back,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. ...
Cox hopes to tap into his ‘Super powers’ against Patriots 

Cox hopes to tap into his ‘Super powers’ against Patriots 

Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox sported a wrestling mask that had he contended had “super powers.” A reporter from Mexico gave him the mask.  “We just have to be our selves,” said Cox, who’s not getting too worked about facing the quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. “We can’t focus on one guy. We have to focus on their whole offense...
Brady endorses pending Lions head coach Patricia 

Brady endorses pending Lions head coach Patricia 

New England quarterback Tom Brady is fond of the Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who’s set to be named the Detroit Lions head coach after Super Bowl LII.  “I’ve known Matt for a long time,” Brady said. “He first started as an offensive coach when Charlie (Weis) was here. He was an offensive assistant. He did a great job and moved over to defense. He...
Foles looking forward to Favre’s pre-game speech 

Foles looking forward to Favre’s pre-game speech 

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is looking forward to Hall of Famer Brett Favre’s speech to the team on Saturday.  “He’s one of the greatest to ever play the game,” Foles said. “His style and the way he played the game, he was a true gunslinger. He had a rocket arm and could throw it from any which angle. Off his back foot, he could just throw it any where...
Mason, Andrews formed bond in middle of Patriots’ line 

Mason, Andrews formed bond in middle of Patriots’ line 

Back in March 2015, Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, fresh off a brief retirement, attended Georgia Tech’s Pro Day. He was off to the side working with Shaq Mason snapping the ball as a center. The Patriots went on to draft Mason, as a center, in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2015 NFL draft. In his third season, Mason, who’s since moved to guard, along with center...
Eagles plan to follow pass-rush blueprint against Patriots

Eagles plan to follow pass-rush blueprint against Patriots

In two Super Bowl losses against the New York Giants, New England quarterback Tom Brady was harassed by a relentless pass rush. In a 17-14 New York win in February 2008, Brady was sacked five times and hit nine times. In a 21-17 New York win in February 2012, Brady was sacked twice and hit eight times.  The Eagles, with a pass rush led by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Brandon...
Mills goes over final play that doomed the Falcons 

Mills goes over final play that doomed the Falcons 

Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was in coverage against Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on the fourth-and-goal play from the 2-yard line in the NFC divisional playoff game. The pass was incomplete and the Eagles went on to upset the Falcons 15-10 on Jan. 13. The Eagles advanced to the NFC title game and pummeled Minnesota 38-7 to advance to Super Bowl LII. They will play the Patriots on Sunday for...
Brett Favre to deliver Super Bowl pre-game speech to Eagles 

Brett Favre to deliver Super Bowl pre-game speech to Eagles 

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre will speak to the Eagles at their team meeting on Saturday before Super Bowl LII, Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson confirmed on Wednesday. Pederson was Favre’s backup in Green Bay for eight seasons and invited him to speak to the team when he found out that he’d be in town for another engagement. The Eagles play the Patriots on Sunday for the NFL championship...
Local connections: Five players on Super Bowl LII rosters

Local connections: Five players on Super Bowl LII rosters

Five players with local ties are part of the rosters for the Eagles and Patriots teams that will compete in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Here’s a look at the players and their roles: Patriots Position: Center College: Georgia High School: Wesleyan School Notable: Signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 8, 2015. … Started all 14 games he appeared this season, missing a game for...
Watch: The faces and places at the Super Bowl Tuesday

Watch: The faces and places at the Super Bowl Tuesday

It’s really cold at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota. That’s obvious from seeing the players as they met with the media Tuesday. Several players broke out their warmest headgear, even as they chatted inside. The temperature outside hovered around 25 degrees. The New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. It’s an indoor stadium and...
Nick Foles: From brink of retirement to Super Bowl

Nick Foles: From brink of retirement to Super Bowl

Down and out, Nick Foles was on the brink of retirement. Yet after some soul-searching over a fly-fishing and camping trip with his brother-in-law, the quarterback decided not to hang up his cleats. Good move. Now, nearly two seasons later and an unlikely twist of fate, Foles is set to lead the Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) against the New England Patriots (15-3) on Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank...
Belichick doesn’t see himself with Halas, Lombardi and Brown as coaching greats

Belichick doesn’t see himself with Halas, Lombardi and Brown as coaching greats

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was uncomfortable comparing himself to coaching legends George Halas and Vince Lombardi on Tuesday. However, he could tie both with a six NFL titles with another Super Bowl victory. The Patriots are set to face the Eagles in Super Bowl LII at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.  Belichick said he felt that Cleveland and Cincinnati founder Paul Brown should...
Belichick: ‘Nobody wants to be down 28-3’ 

Belichick: ‘Nobody wants to be down 28-3’ 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was irate with the mention of last year’s Super Bowl comeback win over the Falcons and his team’s rally against the Jaguars in the most-recent AFC Championship game. “Nobody wants to be behind 28-3,” Belichick said Tuesday. “We don’t ever want to be down two or three touchdowns in any game.” The Patriots had to put together fourth-quarter...
Belichick wears father’s fedora to eighth Super Bowl 

Belichick wears father’s fedora to eighth Super Bowl 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick admitted that his girlfriend Linda Holliday helped him dress for his trip to his eighth Super Bowl. Upon arrival in Minnesota on Monday, Belichick sported a suit, neck tie and a Fedora hat that belonged to his father. “That was my dad’s hat, so I thought I’d just toss that one on today,” Belichick said. “Minnesota’s a good place to...
Solder’s son battle with cancer puts faith first 

Solder’s son battle with cancer puts faith first 

Patriots tackle Nate Solder, a cancer survivor himself, now must help his son fight a rare form of pediatric kidney cancer. “It’s putting so many thing in perspective,” Solder said on Tuesday as the Patriots prepared to play the Eagles in the Super Bowl. “It’s forced me to re-order my priorities with my family being at the top. I think it does put things in perspective...
Ex-Falcons QB coach LaFleur named Titans’ off. coordinator

Ex-Falcons QB coach LaFleur named Titans’ off. coordinator

Former Falcons quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur was hired as the Titans’ offensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.  LaFleur was with the Falcons from 2015-16 and was on the coach Dan Quinn’s Super Bowl team staff. He left to become the offensive coordinator of the Rams for the 2017 season. He’s been involved with the league’s top scoring offense for the past two...
New England’s Andrews on being back at the Super Bowl 

New England’s Andrews on being back at the Super Bowl 

David Andrews, after going undrafted coming out of Georgia, has grown into his position as the chief protector of New England quarterback Tom Brady.  He signed with the Patriots and has started 41 of 44 games over the past three seasons and is set to face the Eagles in Super Bowl LII at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium .  “I think Tom does a great job and is a great teammate...
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