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new england patriots win fifth super bowl


houston — tom brady has a record fifth super bowl win for a quarterback after the biggest comeback in the game’s history, and one of the greatest catches.james white ran 2 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of overtime, and the patriots e back from 25 points down for a 34-28 win over the atlanta falcons in super bowl 51.the patriots drove to the tying score with help from a unbelievable catch by julian edelman, who somehow kept the ball off the turf on a diving grab of a tipped p that bounced off a defender’s shoe.james white ran 1 yard for a touchdown, and brady’s 2-point conversion p to danny amendola tied the score at 28-all with 57 seconds left.the falcons, who lost again in their second super bowl, led 28-3 in the third quarter after matt ryan’s second touchdown p . robert






super bowl: falcons defense comes up big again


hold everything! that’s what the falcons’ secondary seemed to be doing during a patriots’ drive. cornerback brian poole was called for holding, cornerback robert alford was cited and then poole was called again — all on third down. but alford got off the hook by intercepting a tom brady p and returning it 82 yards for a touchdown to make the score, 21-0. it was the second-longest interception for a touchdown in super bowl history.






falcons get closer to win with 28-9 lead entering 4th quarter


matt ryan and company took control early in the third quarter, throwing a six-yard touchdown p to tevin coleman to extend the falcons' lead to 28-3. the patriots responded with a touchdown drive culminated by a tom brady p to james white. the patriots missed the extra point leaving the score 28-9 with two minutes left in the quarter. the patriots defense made a big stop near the end of the quarter to give the offense the ball back at the start of the fourth.






falcons get closer to win with 28-9 lead entering 4th quarter


matt ryan and company took control in the third quarter, throwing a six-yard touchdown p to tevin coleman early in the quarter to extend the falcons lead to 28-3. the patriots responded with a touchdown drive culminated by a tom brady p to james white. the patriots missed the extra point leaving the score 28-9 with two minutes left in the quarter. the patriots defense made a big stop near the end of the quarter to give the offense the ball back at the start of the fourth.






afc holds on to defeat nfc 20-13 in pro bowl


andy dalton completed 10 of 12 p es for 100 yards and engineered two scoring drives to help lead the afc to a 20-13 victory over the nfc in the pro bowl on sunday night.the cincinnati bengals quarterback threw a 23-yard touchdown p to travis kelce late in the first half and then guided the offense down the field to set up justin tucker's 38-yard field to put the afc ahead 17-7 midway through the third quarter.in an nfl all-star game that lacked spectacular play on either side, the afc put together just enough scoring drives and then held on to preserve a win.it marked the return to the afc vs. nfc matchup after the nfl used a format the last three years in which teams were drafted among the pro bowl players by designated captains.the nfc had a chance to tie or take the lead in the waning m






andy dalton helps afc defeat nfc, 20-13, in pro bowl


andy dalton completed 10 of 12 p es for 100 yards and engineered two scoring drives to help lead the afc to a 20-13 victory over the nfc in the pro bowl on sunday night. the cincinnati bengals quarterback threw a 23-yard touchdown p to travis kelce late in the first half and then guided the offense down the field to set up justin tucker's 38-yard field to put the afc ahead 17-7 midway through the third quarter. in an nfl all-star game that lacked spectacular play on either side, the afc put together just enough scoring drives and then held on to preserve a win. it marked the return to the afc vs. nfc matchup after the nfl used a format the last three years in which teams were drafted among the pro bowl players by designated captains. the nfc had a chance to tie or take the lead in the wani






falcons lead patriots 28-9 in fourth quarter of super bowl li


tom brady and the new england patriots trail the atlanta falcons 28-9 in the fourth quarter of super bowl li on sunday at nrg stadium in houstoin.brady threw a 5-yard touchdown p to james white to cut their deficit in the third quarter. matt ryan threw a 6-yard touchdown p to tevin coleman to give the falcons a 28-3 lead earlier in the quarter.ryan hit coleman in the flat, and the falcons running back beat linebacker rob ninkovich to the pylon. the score capped an 85-yard drive in eight plays, fueled by a 35-yard p to taylor gabriel.ryan, the nfl regular-season mvp, is 12 of 14 for 193 yards with two touchdowns. ociated press






afc holds on to defeat nfc 20-13 in pro bowl


orlando, fla. — andy dalton completed 10 of 12 p es for 100 yards and engineered two scoring drives to help lead the afc to a 20-13 victory over the nfc in the pro bowl on sunday night.the cincinnati bengals quarterback threw a 23-yard touchdown p to travis kelce late in the first half and then guided the offense down the field to set up justin tucker's 38-yard field to put the afc ahead 17-7 midway through the third quarter.in an nfl all-star game that lacked spectacular play on either side, the afc put together just enough scoring drives and then held on to preserve a win.it marked the return to the afc vs. nfc matchup after the nfl used a format the last three years in which teams were drafted among the pro bowl players by designated captains.the nfc had a chance to tie or take the lead






robo-touchdown! for super bowl 2017, nasa's robonaut 2 shows off ref skills


sporting a referee's hat and whistle, nasa's humanoid robonaut 2 (r2) showed off some super bowl referee signals in a new video. the robot, which is being tested on the international space station, used its hands and body to simulate the calls a football referee would make.the video offers viewers the chance to try to guess about 10 referee calls that the robot is simulating. some of them include a touchdown (hands raised in the air) and a flag penalty (where the robot raises its right hand and drops a small, orange flag on the ground). a version of r2 launched to the international space station in 2011, where it is being tested for routine tasks such as flipping switches or cleaning filters. the long-term aim is to create a human "helper" to free up astronauts for more time-intensive wor






julian edelman brought down by jalen collins - super bowl 2017: falcons vs. patr


julian edelman brought down by jalen collinsnew england patriots wide receiver julian edelman (11) is brought down by atlanta falcons cornerback jalen collins (32) in the first quarter during super bowl li at nrg stadium.credit: john david mercer-usa today sportscelebratingatlanta falcons’ robert alford celebrates a second quarter touchdown against the new england patriots at super bowl li in houston, texas, u.s., feb. 5, 2017. credit: reuters/richard carsonhalftime showrecording artist lady gaga performs during the halftime show during super bowl li at nrg stadium.credit: matthew emmons-usa today sportslady gaga performssinger lady gaga jumps off the stage as she performs during the halftime show at super bowl li between the new england patriots and the atlanta falcons in houston, texas,






robo-touchdown! for super bowl 2017, nasa's robonaut 2 shows off ref skills


sporting a referee's hat and whistle, nasa's humanoid robonaut 2 (r2) showed off some super bowl referee signals in a new video. the robot, which is being tested on the international space station, used its hands and body to simulate the calls a football referee would make.the video offers viewers the chance to try to guess about 10 referee calls that the robot is simulating. some of them include a touchdown (hands raised in the air) and a flag penalty (where the robot raises its right hand and drops a small, orange flag on the ground). a version of r2 launched to the international space station in 2011, where it is being tested for routine tasks such as flipping switches or cleaning filters. the long-term aim is to create a human "helper" to free up astronauts for more time-intensive wor






webb, south hold on for 16-15 win over north in senior bowl


mobile, ala. — california's davis webb directed scoring drives on all three of his possessions to lead the south to a 16-15 senior bowl victory urday over the north, which couldn't hit a final two-point attempt.the pac-12 conference's leading p er threw for 165 yards on 11-of-16 p ing, including a 39-yard touchdown strike on a well-thrown fade to texas a&m's josh reynolds.nate peterman of pittsburgh had a similarly strong performance for the north in the showcase game for senior nfl prospects that actually featured late drama. peterman fired a 6-yard scoring p to east carolina's zay jones with 1:51 left but the north went for two points and a potential lead.under heavy pressure from chattanooga's keionta davis, peterman's p was deflected and intercepted by byu's harvey langi. the south






robo-touchdown! for super bowl 2017, nasa's robonaut 2 shows off ref skills


sporting a referee's hat and whistle, nasa's humanoid robonaut 2 (r2) showed off some super bowl referee signals in a new video.






afc holds on to defeat nfc 20-13 in pro bowl


orlando, fla. — the pro bowl has long been more about showmanship than competition. clearly, that memo missed lorenzo alexander.the buffalo bills linebacker could have just on a late interception for the win, but instead opted to return the ball 20 yards and then lateralled it to aqib talib, who e within 13 yards of the end zone in the afc's 20-13 win over the nfc in the nfl's all-star game sunday night."i was serious about that last drive," alexander said. "you're playing fast, playing hard, having a good time, but we wanted to win. we took it very serious."that much was obviously on the final drive when alexander, selected the game's defensive mvp, got tight end jimmy graham on a hard hit over the middle as the nfc drove the ball down field for what could have been the rallying game-winn






patriots beat falcons 34-28 in overtime to win super bowl li


the new england patriots won super bowl li with a 34-28 overtime victory over the atlanta falcons at nrg stadium in houston on sunday.patriots running back james white scored the game-winning touchdown. this was the first super bowl to ever reach overtime.






ranking the watchability of all 50 super bowl games ever played


xliii: pittsburgh steelers 27, arizona cardinals 23james borchuck / ociated pressamong all the incredible finishes dotted throughout super bowl history, not many of them have been fortified by a weaving, 100-yard interception return by a linebacker known primarily for his p rushing ability for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. but that's what we got out of this off-the-charts game courtesy of pittsburgh's james harrison. that arizona e back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter with a safety followed by a 64-yard catch and run for a touchdown two snaps later by one of the best wide receivers of the past 20 years only added to the thrills. and when ben roethlisberger drove the steelers 78 yards in 1:48 to find santonio holmes in the back corner of the end zone. . . and






falcons take 7-0 lead over patriots in second quarter of super bowl li


the atlanta falcons have taken a 7-0 lead in super bowl 51 on devonta freeman's 5-yard touchdown run with 12:15 left in the second quarter.the five-play, 71-yard drive was set up when deion jones forced a fumble by patriots running back legarrette blount, and the ball was recovered by richard alford.matt ryan, the nfl mvp, then threw p es of 19 and 23 yards to julio jones, who didn't catch a p in the first quarter. ociated press






it's the freeman and jones show on opening touchdown drive


atlanta offensive coordinator kyle shanahan is coaching julio jones for the final time before shanahan becomes head coach of the san francisco 49ers. he finally got the ball into jones’ hands in the second quarter. the dominating receiver showed his strength by grabbing a 19-yard reception over the middle in traffic and then got open on the next play for a 23-yard gain. that, of course, opened up things for running back devonta freeman, who broke off runs of 15 and nine yards before scoring on a five-yard run.






the falcons and patriots both have effective weapons to run out the clock in sup


it seemed like an unintentional slip of the tongue, but former nfl coach dave wannstedt raised eyebrows this week when he forecast what might happen with new england in super bowl li.“to be honest, i think bill belichick is going to try to take the air out of the football,” said wannstedt, a fox analyst, delivering an xs and o’s chalk talk to a small group of reporters.deflategate jokes aside, the coach was making a valid point. with all the focus sunday on the two quarterbacks, new england’s tom brady and atlanta’s matt ryan, this showdown could come down to the running games, with the patriots’ strategist-in-chief looking to play ball control — or, take the air out of the ball — by leaning on the clock-chewing ground game.“one way you shorten the game is by running the ball,” said wannst






afc gets a grip early, holding on in the end


orlando – andy reid was pulling out all the stops sunday in the pro bowl.fake field goals. the fumblerooskie.and the kansas city chiefs coach and the afc did enough for a 20-13 victory.kirk cousins was driving the nfc down the field in the final two minutes and had it inside the afc 30-yard-line before a tipped p intended for jimmy graham resulted in an interception by lorenzo alexander.justin tucker kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth to give the afc its 20-7 edge before two matt prater field goals — of 42 and 46 yards — closed the gap.prater was added to the nfc roster, replacing matt bryant, who's headed to the super bowl with the falcons.the nfc and afc stars put up 21 points in the second — against some pretty stiff defense.the afc led 14-7 at halftime with alex smith and






health, bonding contributed to patriots backs’ success


houston (ap) — when you play for the patriots, being selfish is not an option.and no other group may be a greater example of that this season than the trio of running backs that new england will lean on in its super bowl matchup with the atlanta falcons.the patriots struggled to run the ball a year ago after dion lewis was lost late in the season to a torn left acl and legarrette blount to a hip injury.james white and brandon bolden did their best to pick up the slack without them, but new england managed just 44 yards in its afc championship game loss to denver.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.a year later, those health issues have all but evaporated. and it’s helped produce one of the most dependable groups of running backs the patriots have had in years.blount l






bears coaches believe they had productive week at senior bowl


bears coaches quickly filed off the field and out toward the team bus urday, isfied by the head start they gained this week in the pre-draft process. their north squad lost the senior bowl 16-15, but they believe they accomplished their main objective of researching and evaluating the 114 players at college football's biggest showcase game.whatever reservations coaches had about spending a week of their offseason here were erased by the extensive access to players on the field and off it, in settings formal and informal."i'd rather coach it — other than qualify for it — than come to (watch) it," coach john fox said. "it was a great experience being in the meeting rooms, being around the guys, getting to know them. it gives you tremendous insight."as night fell urday, fox offered no specifi






raiders should move to san diego


and here i was hoping to run into mark davis when i purposely went to pottery barn’s bowl display, where he gets his hair cut.guess i’ll just have to go on without him and say that, now that the deal he had to move his raiders out of oakland to vegas appears to have ped out, he should get on the phone with mayor kevin faulconer. if he hasn’t already.and his honor should get on the horn with the raiders’ owner, you know, mark, son of al, and tell him to get into that 1977 bubble-top dodge caravan of his and head south on the i-5. he hasn’t. yet.but faulconer, angry over the chargers’ betrayal, is ready to become the hunter. he’s on top of it. he’s had plenty of contact with nfl commissioner roger goodell in recent weeks, so they are not strangers.“i am going to ask senior nfl officials for






full coverage | super bowl li: atlanta falcons vs. new england patriots


what color hoodie will bill belichick wear during super bowl li? when will the word “deflategate” be uttered for the first time during the fox broadcast of the game? who will be the heaviest and tallest players to score a touchdown? will fox broadcaster joe buck be sporting any facial hair? and what will his tie look like? if you know the answer to these or other extremely relevant questions, you might want to make some prop bets in the days leading up to the big game between the new england patriots and atlanta falcons on feb. 5 in houston. here are some of the latest odds, according to sportsbettingdime.com: belichick’s hoodie the coach has gone with blue in both of the patriots’ games this postseason, so that color will get you 4-11 odds. gray comes in at 3-1, red at 40-1 and an






spacex test-fires used falcon 9 rocket (p o)


spacex is gearing up for its first-ever launch of a used rocket, which is just around the corner. last week, spacex test-fired the first stage of the falcon 9 rocket that launched the crs-8 international space station resupply mission last april, company representatives said tuesday (jan. 31). the same rocket stage is scheduled to loft the ses 10 communications ellite sometime next month, though no firm launch date has been announced. "prepping to fly again — recovered crs-8 first stage completed a static fire test at our mcgregor, tx rocket development facility last week," spacex posted tuesday on twitter, along with a p o of the test. spacex routinely performs static fire tests at the texas facility before rockets are shipped to one of the two launch sites the company uses —  florida's






spacex test-fires used falcon 9 rocket (p o)


spacex is gearing up for its first-ever launch of a used rocket. last week, spacex test-fired the first stage of the falcon 9 rocket that launched the crs-8 international space station resupply mission last april, company representatives said tuesday (jan. 31). the same rocket stage is scheduled to loft the ses 10 communications ellite sometime next month, though no firm launch date has been announced. "prepping to fly again — recovered crs-8 first stage completed a static fire test at our mcgregor, tx rocket development facility last week," spacex posted tuesday on twitter, along with a p o of the test. spacex routinely performs static fire tests at the texas facility before rockets are shipped to one of the launch sites the company uses: cape canaveral air force station and nasa's kenne






falcons lead patriots 21-3 at halftime in super bowl li


stephen gostkowski kicked a 41-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half, and the new england patriots finally are on the scoreboard.the atlanta falcons, trying to win their first super bowl, lead 21-3 at halftime.robert alford's 82-yard interception return for a touchdown put the falcons up 21-0 with 2:21 remaining in the second quarter.it appeared that the patriots might finally get on the scoreboard, but tom brady was under pressure when he unloaded the third-down p .if brady is going to become the first quarterback to win five super bowls, he and the patriots will have to do something that has never been done.according to elias sports, no team has won a super bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.three teams have overcome 10-point deficits to win the super bowl. the mo






can kyle shanahan's falcons offense rub off on 49ers?


it’s no wonder kyle shanahan panicked when his backpack briefly went missing with his super bowl game plan for the atlanta falcons. shanahan’s scripts are worth swiping.atlanta has scored touchdowns on the opening drives of eight consecutive games heading into sunday’s lombardi trophy prize fight with the new england patriots.“it speaks to kyle doing a great job of putting together some early plays and plans for us,” falcons quarterback matt ryan told reporters during this week’s preparations in houston.shanahan’s emergence as an offensive savant will thrust him into the 49ers head coaching role after the super bowl, by all expectations.monday’s great backpack caper was an innocent mix-up by a reporter who grabbed the wrong bag. no game plan was seen or hurt in the 30-minute mystery.prepar






super bowl li prop bets: what color hoodie will bill belichick wear? will 'defla


what color hoodie will bill belichick wear during super bowl li?when will the word “deflategate” be uttered for the first time during the fox broadcast of the game?who will be the heaviest and tallest players to score a touchdown?will fox broadcaster joe buck be sporting any facial hair? and what will his tie look like?if you know the answer to these or other extremely relevant questions, you might want to make some prop bets in the days leading up to the big game between the new england patriots and atlanta falcons on feb. 5 in houston.here are some of the latest odds, according to sportsbettingdime.com:belichick’s hoodiethe coach has gone with blue in both of the patriots’ games this postseason, so that color will get you 4-11 odds. gray comes in at 3-1, red at 40-1 and anything else at






football nfl full matches 2016


did you miss touchdown, want to see the whole match american football video full replays 16, got solution for you. you can watch your favorite nfl team their's highlights full matches and touchdowns. you can see full matches of all the major clubs like arizona cardinals, san francisco 49ers, new york giants, minnesota vikings, denver broncos, tampa bay buccaneers, dallas cowboys, cleveland browns, washington redskins, new orleans saints, san diego chargers, tennessee titans, houston texans, los angeles rams, seattle seahawks, new york jets, kansas city chiefs, pittsburgh steelers, oakland raiders, baltimore ravens, carolina panthers, buffalo bulls, new england patriots, detroit lions, chicago bears, miami dolphins, indianapolis colts, jacksonville jaguars, cincinnati bengals, philadelph






wsu wr c.j. dimry granted ncaa waiver, will return for 2017 season; kyrin priest


c.j. dimry gets a sixth-year of eligibility after the ncaa approves his medical hardship waiver. that's good news for a cougars team that will need some veteran receivers in the lineup next season.washington state receiver c.j. dimry played the holiday bowl not knowing whether it would be his last game for the cougars.as it turns out, dimry will be back for one final season with the cougars after the ncaa granted him a sixth year of eligibility based on medical hardship,wsu coach mike leach confirmed wednesday afternoon.dimry petitioned for a sixth year based on his injury history. he out the entirety of the 2015 season at wsu after transferring from saddleback (calif.) college, where he redshirted in 2013 and played one season in 2014. prior to his enrollment at saddleback college, dimry






craig: for falcons' ryan, stats and nfl history aren't on his side


the ociated press has picked the nfl mvp every year since 1957. thirteen were quarterbacks on teams that led the nfl in scoring and reached the championship game.their record in those games: 6-7.the losers were y.a. tittle in 1963, johnny unitas in 1964, joe theismann in super bowl xviii, dan marino in super bowl xix, tom brady in super bowl xlii, peyton manning in super bowl xlviii and newton in super bowl 50.sorry, matt ryan.the atlanta falcons’ quarterback is expected to become the 14th member of this club. results of this season’s mvp voting will be revealed on urday night, the eve of super bowl li between the falcons (13-5) and the patriots (16-2) at houston’s nrg stadium. david goldman • ociated press atlanta falcons quarterback matt ryan (2) warms up before the first hal






new england patriots beat falcons in super bowl overtime


houston -- new england patriots won their fifth title with a record-breaking comeback to beat the atlanta falcons 34-28 in the first super bowl overtime ever.the super bowl went into overtime after a furious new england rally tied the game at 28.tom brady threw a tying 2-point conversion p to danny amendola after james white’s 1-yard touchdown run to get the patriots even at 28-all with 57 seconds remaining. the tying sequence was set up by a stunning catch from julian edelman, who somehow kept a tipped p off the ground with a diving catch at the atlanta 41. no team has ever come back from more than 10 points down in the super bowl. the falcons, who lost again in their second super bowl, led 28-3 in the third quarter after matt ryan’s second touchdown p . robert alford had an 82-yard inter






richard sherman interception highlights seahawks’ efforts in 2017 pro bowl


richard sherman had an interception and doug baldwin a touchdown catch to lead the seahawks' representation in the 2017 pro bowl.it was going to be tough for there to be a repeat of last season, when the seahawks swept the awards at the pro bowl, quarterback russell wilson winning offensive mvp honors and defensive lineman michael bennett taking the defensive mvp trophy.but while there were no awards for the seahawks at the 2017 pro bowl, there were a few highlights for some of the seven players who were part of the nfc team, which ultimately lost to the afc 20-13 in orlando.maybe as important as anything that happened from a seahawks’ perspective was a second-quarter interception by cornerback richard sherman.the seahawks are being investigated by the nfl for their treatment of a late-sea






muhsin muhammad living a rich life after football


even before muhsin muhammad traded his cleats for wingtips full time in 2010, he positioned himself for a life after football. while some players struggle to move on from the sport that anchors their identity for decades, the leading receiver on the bears' super bowl xli team had a p ion, a vision and a plan to merge them.after his three-year stint with the bears ended following the 2007 season, he returned to the panthers and began to shift into his next career as the co-founder of a private equity firm."i've always seen myself as more than just a football player and more of an entrepreneur that just played football," muhammad said. "it is a difficult transition going from the locker room to the boardroom. i think the transition becomes a little bit easier and more palatable the more you






uw’s chris petersen says star qb jake browning doing well after ‘minor’ shoulder


washington coach chris petersen said jake browning is “doing really good” a few weeks after the huskies’ star quarterback had surgery on his throwing shoulder.“jake’s good. jake’s doing really good,” petersen said wednesday. “he just had a minor procedure. it really was. it wasn’t like we were in the season and said, ‘this guy’s going to have to have something done after the season.’ it was after the season, (they) kept looking at it, kept looking at it and doctors thought, ‘if we do this one little thing that might help him down the road.’ so he’s doing really good.”browning injured shoulder during the huskies’ 44 victory over arizona state on nov. 19. he didn’t miss any game time while tying the pac-12 single-season record with 43 touchdown p es and leading the huskies to their first col






justin forsett, former broncos rb, mulling retirement from nfl


houston — justin forsett arrived to the broncos late last season when they were running out of players to put in the backfield. he quickly be e the starter and showed he still had a little bit left in the tank.one of forsett’s last carries of the season was a m ive 64-yard run jan. 1 against the raiders where he broke several tackles.it’s possible that could be the way he goes out. forsett, 31, is contemplating retirement this offseason after nine seasons in the nfl.“after the super bowl, my wife and i are going to take a vacation. my wife is going to have a baby so we’ll take a little time off after that,” forsett told the denver post on radio row friday. “in a month or so, we’ll come up with a decision.”forsett said he wants to travel, write a book, spend time with his family and be a mo






raiders' khalil mack win ap defensive player of the year by a single vote


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);there’s no more convincing required: khalil mack is the nfl’s top defensive player.the raiders’ third-year edge rusher was named the ociated press defensive player of the year on urday night at the nfl honors in houston, capping a season in which he continually showed off his unique, multi-faceted talents.mack did not attend the awards ceremony in houston and was not available for comment.mack becomes the first raider since cornerback lester hayes in 1980 to win the nfl’s top defensive award and adds this one to similar honors he earned this season from the professional football writers of america and the sporting news. the ap’s award is widely viewed as the most prestigious, with voting coming from a 50-person panel of national broadcasters a






souhan: one play changed careers in patriots' last super bowl


houston – nfl players like to say it’s all about the ring, but in the moments after super bowl xlix malcolm butler was more concerned with his pants.“can y’all please back up and let me get dressed?” he pleaded. “what is going on?”butler had cried on the field. now he was confused by the waves of reporters asking him questions. he had played only two years of high school football before attending little west alabama. he had gone undrafted and had signed with the new england patriots after a post-draft workout.on feb. 1, 2015, in super bowl xlix, the rookie cornerback replaced struggling starter kyle arrington in the second half. butler would make the interception at the goal line that gave the patriots a 28-24 victory over seattle in glendale, ariz. without that play, the patriots today wo






falcons wr jones isn't otherworldly, just the best nfl receiver


minnesotans may think it’s a bad idea to trade a slew of draft picks for one player. bill belichick agrees.but atlanta falcons receiver julio jones bears little resemblance to herschel walker, even if both starred at southern football factories and spent time in georgia. jones doesn’t speak in the third person, has no designs on a bobsledding career and has rewarded the team that traded for him with a career his teammates describe as otherworldly.“he’s not really human,” said fellow receiver mohamed sanu.“he’s an alien,” said tight end austin hooper.on one side of houston are the new england patriots and their pursuit of dynastic history. on the other side of town are the less-familiar faces from atlanta, including perhaps the best player in the nfl to have never played in a super bowl.whi






the latest: pats closing fast after ryan fumble, brady td


houston — the latest on super bowl 51 (all times local):___8:45 p.m.score alert: the new england patriots are closing fast after tom brady's second touchdown p following atlanta's first turnover.brady threw a 6-yard scoring p to danny amendola and james white ran in the 2-point conversion to get the patriots within one score at 28-20 in super bowl 51.the score was set up by dont'a hightower's sack of matt ryan, forcing a fumble that was recovered by alan branch at the falcons 25-yard line. david j. phillip, ociated press the falcons' robert alford recovered a fumble during the first half of super bowl 51 against the new england patriots on sunday. — schuyler dixon reporting from houston___8:35 p.m.score alert: the new england patriots have gotten a little closer, but are still a long way






25. super bowl xxix, 1995 - the 25 most exciting super bowls ever - pictures


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25. super bowl xxix, 1995 - the 25 most exciting super bowls ever - pictures


25. super bowl xxix, 1995super bowl sunday is the climactic culmination of the nfl season. unlike other popular sports, the nfl championship is decided by a single game. win or lose, there is no tomorrow. here’s a look at 25 super bowls, ranked solely by thrill factor.kicking off the list: super bowl xxix. points are always exhilarating, and there was no shortage of them in this game. after years of living in the shadow of joe montana, steve young finally got the monkey off his back and won his first and only super bowl.young tossed a super bowl-record six touchdown p es in the 49ers’ 49-26 shellacking of the chargers.credit: roberto schmidt/getty images24. super bowl xxii, 1988this super bowl had extra historical meaning for the nfl, with doug williams becoming the first african-american






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third-year players at or near the top their cl ? yeah, the raiders have a couple of those.the nfl will announce its top individual awards at nfl honors on urday night in houston on the eve of super bowl li and the two faces of oakland’s franchise are both in the mix. the show begins at 5 p.m. pt and is televised on fox.sure, quarterback derek carr isn’t much more than a long-s to take home the ociated press’ most valuable player award, but edge rusher khalil mack should be considered the favorite for the ap defensive player of the year.mack has already won a pair of honors, being named by sporting news and the professional football writers of america as the league’s top defender. since 1994, only once has the ap and pfwa differed on its defensive player of the year selection.if mack wins t






african migrants face torture, blackmail amid yemeni chaos


aden, yemen — after reaching yemen's shores in a packed migrant boat, the young ethiopian coffee farmer was plunged into a living hell. the smugglers wanted thousands of dollars in ransom from the migrants, and they used him as an example of what would happen if they didn't pay.each day for a month, they inflicted new tortures on him, omar farrag told the ociated press. they put him in a tank of water and lit a fire underneath it. they w ped his limbs with tight barbed wire. at times, they heated the barbed wire.finally, his younger brother e from ethiopia with $2,000 in ransom money. the smugglers decided they could squeeze more money out of him too, so they tortured his brother and ended up killing him, farrag said.now in the southern yemeni city of aden, the 26-year-old is overcome with