As you can see, Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson (No. 39) was in the middle of two Patriots players, so the official comes over to break them up before anything happens. Patriots offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (No. 71) appears to say something along the lines of I wasn’t talking trash, so the official didn’t throw a flag on him.
The officials did play a big role in the game, though. The Jaguars received six penalties for 98 yards while the Patriots escaped without a penalty on offense or defense. We’re not saying there was anything nefarious going on, but the Jacksonville players definitely took notice.
The good news for him is the Birds are going to the big game in Minneapolis against the Patriots. They routed the Vikings 38-7 in the NFC championship game.
The day I signed, I get a call from the owner — and they don’t have to do that. That’s really cool. And from the top down, that trickles down, just the attitude and the character, and just the culture they have around here is awesome.
Winning makes any culture better than most, especially for a career backup who becomes the one leading the surge of success. There’s no guarantee, even with Keenum’s 2017 — 325-of-481 passing, 3,546 yards, 22 touchdowns, seven interceptions — the quarterback is even wanted back in Minnesota, especially after Sunday’s disaster.
The Eagles last appeared in the conference title game following the 2008 season, when they lost to Kurt Warner’s Cardinals. The Vikings are in the playoffs for just the third time since Brett Favre led them to the NFC championship game in 2009.
If there’s one thing Bill Belichick and his Patriots coaching staff do better than any other team, it’s putting together a solid game plan. Jacksonville’s 45-42 victory in Pittsburgh was certainly an eye opener.
The Lions are in need of backfield help, that much was obvious this season as they just missed out on the playoffs.
Former second-round pick Ameer Abdullah hasn’t developed into an every-down back and the team could look to move on this offseason. Third-down back Theo Riddick is among the best pass catchers out of the backfield in the NFL, but he struggles between the tackles.
Going into this year, I just want no excuses. I want to show guys that I’m trustworthy. That on third-and-1, fourth-and-goal, goal line or whatever the case may be, first down, second down, third down, that they can leave me out there.
The Lions looked elite at times this season, while other games left something to be desired either offensively or defensively. One thing that never looked right was the run game. Some of that can be attributed to the myriad of injuries suffered across the offensive line, but the Lions need a quality starting running back in order to reach their full potential.
I was really surprised that it lasted that long, the older brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told San Francisco’s 95.7 The Game on Monday. They had some success two years ago, so I think that really helped. But their defense had been struggling for the last couple years. He was brought in to fix that. And I think what Derek and what the offense probably bought that staff and bought those guys a little bit of time.
Derek Carr had a great season for the Raiders in 2016, but the team regressed the next year and it was clear his development was at a crossroads. He needed someone to take him to the next level and Oakland decided new head coach Jon Gruden was its man.
Oakland’s 23rd-ranked defense made the decision even easier.
Heath Farwell has spent six of the past seven years playing or coaching special teams in Seattle. Those days may be coming to an end.
Farwell could become part of an across-the-board staff shakeup by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll including the firing of both coordinators (Darrell Bevell, offense; Kris Richard, defense) following a 9-7 finish in 2017 that marked the end of Seattle’s five-year playoff streak.
New England will serve as the home team and has the choice to decide which jersey to wear. The Patriots are 3-0 dressed in white in Super Bowls under coach Bill Belichick and teams that have worn white have won 12 of the last 13 championships, according to ESPN.
I’m more comfortable with this than what I’ve been seeing, Larranaga said of the tempo. The talent that we have is more suited for an open-court game than it is a prize fight, a football game in the paint.
N.C. State: The full-court, attacking style brought by Keatts had already led to wins against a pair of No. 2-ranked teams — Arizona in November, Duke earlier this month — as well as a win against then-No. 19 Clemson. But N.C. State’s defense wasn’t up to the challenge of slowing Miami’s refocused offense, including allowing several wide-open lanes to the rim.
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It’s been quite some time since players kneeling during the national anthem prior to a NFL game has made headlines, but as Super Bowl 52 draws closer, there has been controversy surrounding an ad that reads Please Stand.
McCarthy explained the NFL tried working with the organization to consider different wording options, but couldn’t reach an agreement as production of the programs was delayed.
We looked to work with the organization and asked it to consider other options such as ‘Please Honor our Veterans,’ McCarthy said. They chose not to and we asked it to consider using ‘Please Stand for Our Veterans.’ Production was delayed as we awaited an answer.
The protests began during the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem to protest racial inequality. The protests carried into the 2017 season with more players following Kaepernick’s lead, fueling a firestorm among some fans.
Right there enjoying it all was former NBA star and current broadcaster Charles Barkley, a longtime Eagles fan. NBC 10 Philadelphia reporter Aaron Baskerville caught up with Barkley amid the pandemonium after the game. After praising the Eagles for a couple of minutes, Barkley and the reporter decided to call it a wrap, with Barkley joking, I’m tired of you now, I want to go finish getting drunk.
You can’t blame Barkley for being excited about the Eagles’ big win. A longtime star with the 76ers, Barkley admitted that Philly has always been an Eagles city.