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December 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
New quarterback, same old problems for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants Sunday. They got three touchdown passes from Phil Simms, making his first start of the season in place of injured Jeff Hostetler, and they built a 10-point second-half lead against a Cincinnati Bengal team that had won only once all season. But it all came apart in a familiar way.
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April 23, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Picking up where they left off in February, the two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle and Denver, open the 2014 NFL season with blockbuster games. The league released its schedule Wednesday, revealing the defending champion Seahawks will play host to Green Bay in the opener Thursday, Sept. 4, and Indianapolis will play at the Broncos in the opening Sunday night game. Packers-Seahawks is a rematch of a 2012 "Fail Mary" game won by Seattle on the final play, a controversial touchdown pass that from every camera angle looked to be an interception by Green Bay. Replacement officials called it a touchdown for the Seahawks, however, and that game proved to be the final straw that ended the officiating lockout.
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November 6, 1995 | From Associated Press
Call it what you want--shocking, stunning, or inconceivable--but you'd better believe it. Carolina became the first expansion club to win four games and defeat a defending Super Bowl champion in its inaugural season, topping the San Francisco 49ers, 13-7, Sunday. "We're hurting. I thought it couldn't get any worse," San Francisco safety Tim McDonald said. It was just the opposite for Carolina. "This is a very special day for us," Carolina Coach Dom Capers said.
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June 19, 2013
Two years ago, Miami lost in the NBA Finals during the first year of the Big Three era. Last year, the Heat took the extra step and emerged as the league champion. Now LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and their Heat teammates are a game away from repeating as champs -- but they're also a game away from ending the season as runners-up, as Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night will decide it all. Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss which is harder, staying on top as defending champions or getting there in the first place?
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January 16, 1994 | DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman went on "The Late Show With David Letterman" last Tuesday and threw passes at moving taxis on an icy New York street. Dallas Coach Jimmy Johnson was not amused. "Too bad they cut his segment short," Johnson said, "because he was going to talk about my fish."
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October 21, 1985 | Associated Press
The undefeated Chicago Bears and the rebounding Green Bay Packers will resume one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL tonight when they meet before a sellout crowd of 65,800 and a national television audience. The Packers (3-3) have won their last two starts with victories over Detroit and Minnesota while the Bears (6-0) are coming off a 26-10 victory over the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers, avenging a 23-0 loss in the playoffs last season for the NFC championship.
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January 27, 1985 | Associated Press
The National Football League concludes its six-month season today when the National Football Conference and American Football Conference squads meet in the Pro Bowl. The annual all-star game (Channel 7, 1 p.m. PST), which includes 10 players from the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers and seven from the losing Miami Dolphins, has a new wrinkle this year. The defenses will switch from a 4-3 to the 3-4 that most NFL teams now use.
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August 28, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The NFL regular season starts next week! We're almost there! Sigh, we know -- it's still too long to wait. So let's have our own mock season to help pass the time over the next eight days. By the time the actual season starts, we'll already have determined the Super Bowl champion. It will be fun! For the rest of this week, we'll be accepting your predictions for the four division winners and two wild-card teams in each conference. Then we'll tally up the points (division winners will get two points per vote, wild cards one)
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September 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The stage was set for another Denver fourth-quarter comeback, only this time there was no John Elway to lead it. Tampa Bay's defense lived up to its ranking as the stingiest in the NFL, preying on Brian Griese's inexperience in the closing minutes to hold off the winless defending Super Bowl champions for a 13-10 victory. The defense once again saved the day for the Buccaneers, whose offense has had trouble scoring and had only 243 total yards against the banged-up Broncos.
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December 10, 2001 | From Associated Press
The more they keep winning, the more the Pittsburgh Steelers keep hearing about the 1970s. Maybe it's because they haven't had a record this good since then. Or, it would seem, a defense this good. The Steelers improved to 10-2 for the first time since their Super Bowl days, overcoming another erratic game by kicker Kris Brown and Jerome Bettis' absence to beat the New York Jets, 18-7, Sunday.
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April 18, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Peyton Manning back in Indianapolis - in a Broncos uniform. Peyton vs. younger brother Eli Manning in another Manning Bowl. Andy Reid returning to Philadelphia: Let the booing begin now? The NFL schedule, released Thursday, is filled with return visits and intriguing matchups, beginning with a road game for the defending Super Bowl champions. And Peyton Manning will be part of that too, as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Denver for the now-traditional Thursday night opener on Sept.
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February 4, 2013 | Sam Farmer
NEW ORLEANS -- Seeing as the NFL is a copycat league, teams naturally want to emulate the blueprint of the franchise that wins it all. So mark this down: Losing at the end of the regular season can be a good thing. That's what the champion Baltimore Ravens did, dropping four of their last five games this season before igniting in the playoffs and knocking off Indianapolis, Denver, New England and finally San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII. And the Ravens were traveling a well-worn path.
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October 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Green Bay (2-3) at Houston (5-0) Time: 5:15 PDT. TV: Channel 4 Story line: Green Bay has stumbled through the replacement refs' gaffe in Seattle, a blown 18-point lead in Indianapolis and the surprising drop in play by QB Aaron Rodgers. He's been sacked 21 times, RB Cedric Benson is lost to injury, and WR Greg Jennings and TE Jermichael Finley are sore. The Texans also suffered a big loss. Tackles leader Brian Cushing is out with a torn knee ligament. Packers said: "We clearly have ¿ higher expectations of ourselves.
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September 18, 2012 | Chris Erskine
With Steve Sabol as lensman, editor and resident poet, NFL Films didn't just capture pro football's blood-stained quirks and foggy breath, it established an aura you could see and feel. "The autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from sea," he once wrote for voiceover specialist John Facenda, whose bell-tower tones earned him the nickname "The Voice of God. " So, yeah, in a way, Sabol put words into God's mouth. Sabol, an art history major who went on to become one of the most celebrated sports filmmakers of his time, died of brain cancer Tuesday at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy that can be seen in every video montage from "SportsCenter" to your local news.
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September 5, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If the Dallas Cowboys are indeed America's Team, Wednesday night was sort of like their national convention. Lots of jumping around, back-slapping, and reveling in promises kept. And the New York Giants? They just kept dropping the balloons. The normally sure-handed Victor Cruz, for instance, saw the football slide through his hands three times on a night the defending Super Bowl champions would love to forget. The Cowboys sacked Eli Manning three times in the 24-17 victory and — to the dismay of the packed house at MetLife Stadium — never allowed the Giants' offense to get in a groove.
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August 28, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The NFL regular season starts next week! We're almost there! Sigh, we know -- it's still too long to wait. So let's have our own mock season to help pass the time over the next eight days. By the time the actual season starts, we'll already have determined the Super Bowl champion. It will be fun! For the rest of this week, we'll be accepting your predictions for the four division winners and two wild-card teams in each conference. Then we'll tally up the points (division winners will get two points per vote, wild cards one)
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December 7, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Washington Redskins are back in the Super Bowl picture. Mark Rypien has suddenly found some consistency and the Redskins are starting to score, which isn't a bad combination when you have a good defense to go along with it. Rypien threw two touchdown passes and Ernest Byner ran for 100 yards and two scores as the defending Super Bowl champion Redskins defeated the New York Giants, 28-10, Sunday.
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September 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
Antonio Freeman and Mike Sherman are trying to work things out. The two parted on bad terms last summer after fighting about money and other matters. They were reunited Wednesday when the injured-riddled Green Bay Packers brought back Brett Favre's all-time favorite target. Freeman, who caught 57 touchdown passes from Favre between 1995 and 2001, signed a one-year, guaranteed deal and got his No. 86 jersey back from injured rookie Carl Ford.
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October 9, 2011 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Al Davis, the tough-minded owner of the Oakland Raiders who transformed a failing team into a three-time Super Bowl champion and one of the most successful franchises in professional football only to preside over its dramatic decline in recent years, died Saturday. He was 82. On their website, the Raiders confirmed the death of Davis, whose "Just win, baby!" motto underscored his desire to emerge victorious in every battle, whether it was on the field or in the courtroom. He had been ailing in recent years and did not travel to a Raiders game in Buffalo last month, only the second game he had missed since the team returned to Oakland in 1995.
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September 20, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick versus Bill Belichick and Tom Brady would appear to be a mismatch, and perhaps it will be. Yet, at least one last-place team from the previous season has made the playoffs in eight consecutive NFL seasons, and Gailey's Buffalo Bills are operating like this year's best candidate to do it … with Fitzpatrick under center. "It's a great feeling knowing you're going to get the job done even before you have," Fitzpatrick said Sunday after throwing for 264 yards and three touchdowns, including the deciding touchdown toss to wide receiver David Nelson with 14 seconds remaining.
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