January 29, 2012 |
For all the hype, grandeur and corporate extravagance of the Super Bowl, this year's version of the nation's most-watched sports event boils down to two little names. Tom versus Eli. It's only fitting that the NFL, a league so predicated on passing, is showcasing two of its greatest quarterbacks in New England's Tom Brady and the New York Giants' Eli Manning. Never has the importance of that cornerstone position been more evident than this season. And no city is more acutely aware of that than Indianapolis, the host of Super Bowl XLVI, whose Colts were decimated this season by the neck surgeries that sidelined Peyton Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable player.
January 16, 2011 |
Their jerseys are green, their language is blue and their coach could scarcely get more colorful. They are the New York Jets, and they play at New England on Sunday for the right to advance to the AFC championship game. Even though the Patriots beat them by six touchdowns here in early December -- "The biggest butt-whipping I've ever taken as a coach," the Jets' Rex Ryan said after the 45-3 thrashing -- the Jets spent the week leading up to this playoff game talking smack. "This is about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan," Ryan said, referring to the Patriots coach.
November 15, 2009 |
The NFL has outlawed gambling. Clearly, New England missed the memo. The Patriots took one of the biggest, most mystifying gambles in memory Sunday night, and paid the price when it backfired. In the strangest chapter of their storied rivalry, the Indianapolis Colts scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter -- the last coming with 13 seconds left -- to beat the Patriots, 35-34, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts improved to 9-0 and, by getting past their most fearsome threat, claimed the early inside track toward home-field advantage in the playoffs.
November 11, 2008 |
The NFL's burning question in 2007: Can the New England Patriots win them all? This year's version: What are the Tennessee Titans doing winning them all? The Titans are the league's only undefeated team, 9-0 for the first time in franchise history, and winners of their last 12 regular-season games.
October 20, 2008 |
If the New England Patriots want to hang on to their recent history of winning at home, their quarterback needs to let something go. The football. Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, thrust into the starting role after Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener, has already been sacked 19 times. That's second in the NFL to the 23 of San Francisco's J.T. O'Sullivan (heading into Week 7), and only two fewer times than Brady was sacked all last season.
March 3, 2008 |
A month after the New England Patriots lost the Super Bowl, one of their superstars remains unsigned. The NFL Network reported Sunday night that All-Pro receiver Randy Moss, who broke Jerry Rice's NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions last season, and the Patriots are close to a deal. Earlier, citing sources close to the receiver, the NFL Network and ESPN.com had reported Moss was growing frustrated by a lack of progress in negotiations with the Patriots and might entertain other offers.