The New Brady Six: Super Bowls

January 23, 2015 at 9:13am in Featured, Patriots
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With their win this past Sunday, the New England Patriots advanced to their sixth Super Bowl since the start of the 2001 season. It is truly a remarkable achievement. Past great dynasties in the NFL did not have to deal with free agency and the salary cap, making this sustained run of success for the Patriots even more impressive. One of the few constants throughout this run has been Tom Brady.

Brady is established as a future Hall of Famer and living legend already, but with Sunday’s win he tied and broke even more records. It was ninth Conference Championship start which is a record. With the win, he became the second player in NFL history, along with Mike Lodish, to reach six Super Bowls in his career. He also broke the record for most Super Bowl appearances by a quarterback. Continue reading The New Brady Six: Super Bowls »

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So the question is, how were 11 of 12 Patriots footballs deflated when Gronk only scored one touchdown? (@RobGronkowski)

Well, this is awkward.

Quarterback Tom Brady laughed it off as “ridiculous.” Coach Bill Belichick all but ignored it (on to Seattle!). Wide receiver Julian Edelman said they didn’t feel any different than usual. Vince Wilfork took the bemused approach and claimed ignorance; after all, he just tackles people. Patriots fans scoffed and all but raised their collective middle finger in labeling the rest of the football world jealous haters with nothing better to do than accuse the New England Patriots of needing to cheat to maintain their dominance.

And now the NFL reportedly found that 11 of the 12 footballs for the Patriots were underinflated, and significantly so, as much as two pounds per square inch. On to Seattle?

Continue reading So This is Awkward…Deflategate Continues as NFL Finds 11 of 12 Patriot Footballs Underinflated »

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The New England Patriots are under investigation by the National Football League for under inflating the footballs used in the AFC Championship game where they beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7.

Reports as to whom brought forward the Patriots possibly deflating the footballs during last night’s game are not clear. The story was first reported by Indianapolis’ NBC affiliate WHTR.

Continue reading Deflategate? NFL Investigating Under-Inflated Footballs Used in AFC Title Game »

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Green Bay gave up a 16-point lead, a Championship Round record. There's always next season. (http://hd4desktop.com/)

The Conference Championships are complete, and the Super Bowl is set. Seattle completed a record-setting comeback over Green Bay, and saving Russell Wilson from a quarterback rating of literally zero. The Patriots slaughtered the Colts with a completely demoralizing second half in a rainy New England night later on to advance to face Seattle in Arizona.

While the Pats game didn’t do too much in our standings, the Seahawks sure did; with the Packers not walking away with the win, those who picked Seattle saw their stock on the rise quite a bit, particularly those who correctly guessed a total of five touchdowns in the game (and those who saw a minor day overall for the passing game).

With the shakeups, be sure to check below for the updated results, and come back in two weeks for the Super Bowl selections. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Conference Championship Results »

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Seattle faces off against a weakened Aaron Rodgers, but their opponents still won't make it easy. (http://images.nationalgeographic.com/)

The Conference Championships are here. The Patriots face the young upstart Colts, while the Packers visit Seattle as they did for the season’s first game. The round has a great mix of great offenses and defenses, which will certainly make for two great games.

For our picks, one game was easier to pick than the other, which caused a split vote from our panel. Either way, the defenses in Seattle are thought to make that game less of a shootout than their New England counterparts.

As before:

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

So with that, check out the picks below, and come back later in the day after the games are finished for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks – Conference Championships »

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Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, with a shot at advancing to the Super Bowl on the line. According to most NFL experts, the Colts don’t have a very good chance of winning the game, and the Las Vegas odds makers are in agreement, because the Colts are 6 point underdogs if you take the point spread, and +220 if you go with the money line. This brings us back to the question if the Colts have a chance to win the Super Bowl.

The most obvious answer to that question is that every one of the four remaining teams in the playoffs has a chance to win the Super Bowl, but in the case of the Colts, it doesn’t seem very likely. The Colts surprised the Denver Broncos, and the rest of the football world with their win in Denver last week, but the chances of them repeating the feat in New England are not very good.  Continue reading Does Indianapolis Have A Shot At Winning Super Bowl XLIX? »

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No, this headline isn’t a typo. And yes, it’s true the Patriots have run the ball with ease against these same Indianapolis Colts in the past two years. 595 yards on 115 totes (5.2 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns in three games, no less.

And yet, still, there is a growing list of reasons why New England may not be able to grind the ground game like they have in past meetings with Andrew Luck and company. Continue reading Will the Patriots Be Able to Run the Ball Against Indianapolis? »