Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY Published 6:10 AM EST Jan 28, 2019 It’s finally here. Well, almost here. The week of festivities before Super Bowl Sunday is set to kick off with an avalanche of media coverage as the Patriots and Rams gear up for the chance to win the Lombardi Trophy. In advance of Super Bowl LIII’s Opening Night beginning on Monday (interviews begin at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NFL Network), here are the 10 key questions that will be on everyone’s mind. What 's going on with Todd Gurley? In three of his last four games – removing Los Angeles’ victory against the Cowboys in the divisional round – Gurley has run for just 86 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. That’s an average of 3.2 yards an attempt. In the NFC title game, Gurley ran four times for 10 yards. He did miss Weeks 16 and 17 due to a knee injury, but he and coach Sean McVay stressed he’s healthy. So what’s behind the dip in production? … [Read more...] about Super Bowl Opening Night: Time, TV channel, key questions for teams
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Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 6:48 AM EST Jan 22, 2019 Crafting a list of the greatest players in Super Bowl history is a near-impossible endeavor. Do you favor the biggest stars? Those who shone brightest on Super Sunday? The ones with a sustained level of excellence? While undertaking this fool's errand, we weighed each consideration, attempting to also make it representative of all positions rather than skew too heavily toward quarterbacks or offensive players who more easily show up in the box score (and MVP log). With that prologue in mind, here's our list of the 53 greatest players in Super Bowl history: 1. QB Tom Brady: The New England Patriots poster boy has more rings (5) than any other quarterback and more Super Bowl MVPs (4) than anybody. His record eight Super Bowl starts have allowed him to become the game's all-time leader in passes (357), completions (235), yards (2,576) and TDs (18). Brady aired it out for a Super Sunday record 505 yards in last season's … [Read more...] about Super Bowl’s greatest players in history: Tom Brady is clear No. 1
Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY Published 11:58 PM EST Jan 20, 2019 A preview of Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots ... When: Sunday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. ET Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Channel: CBS Line: Patriots by 2 Injuries: This is about as healthy as two teams could be headed into a Super Bowl. The Rams entered the NFC title game without a single player with a designation on the injury report and didn’t sustain any significant issues in their victory against the Saints. Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise (ankle) missed the divisional round against the Chargers but was removed from the final injury report before the AFC Championship Game, so his designation as an inactive player goes down as a healthy scratch. In fact, all 14 players declared as inactive for both the Rams and the Patriots in their respective conference title games were healthy scratches. SUPER BOWL LIII: Follow USA TODAY Sports for stories and … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 2019 preview: Will Patriots add to dynasty by beating Rams?
The Los Angeles Rams punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with kicker Greg Zuerlein holding his nerve to score a field goal from 57 yards in overtime to defeat the New Orleans Saints 26-23. Rams took the the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game on Sunday in a thrilling finale. The Rams will play the winner of Sunday's American Football Conference (AFC) title game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3. The Rams have played in three previous Super Bowls, beating the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Atlanta in 2000 when they were the St. Louis Rams. They last appeared in the title game in 2002 when they lost to the New England Patriots 20-17. The number one and two seeds, who both finished their seasons with 13-3 records, sparred off in the NFC Championship game and it was the Saints who made most of the early running. Kicker Will Lutz was true with the boot from 37 and 29 yards and quarterback Drew Brees … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Rams win Super Bowl spot after overtime win over New Orleans Saints
Reigning Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles are out of the NFL play-offs after a 20-14 defeat against the New Orleans Saints. The Eagles stormed to the top prize nearly 12 months ago and looked set to move a step closer to defending their crown with a lightening start at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They led 14-0 within the first quarter after Cre'Von LeBlanc intercepted Drew Brees' first pass of the game and Nick Foles then found Jordan Matthews in the end zone before running in a second score himself later in the quarter. Yet the Saints, who won the NFC South, came back strong and quickly shut down the Eagles offence before beginning to move the ball down field. Star quarterback Brees threw touchdowns to the impressive Michael Thomas and Keith Kirkwood, plus Will Lutz kicked two field goals as they edged into the lead in the third quarter. By that stage they were able to keep the Eagles quiet, and a second interception of the game from Marshon Lattimore in the closing … [Read more...] about New Orleans Saints knock Super Bowl champions out of NFL play-offs