February 2015


The Seattle Seahawks had both the Lombardi Trophy and greatness in their grasp with 36 inches and 26 seconds to go. They watched their coronation as a modern day dynasty slip away with the decision not to put the ball in Marshawn Lynch's hands. In what some are viewing as one of the great miscalculations in sports history, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, backed by head coach Pete Carroll, called for a pass play, leaving Lynch - and ultimately the rest of the Seahawks - stunningly empty-handed. When Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette and picked off Russell Wilson's pass, the undrafted and previously unheralded rookie sealed New England's 28-24 Super Bowl win.
And the long wait begins. At least the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks gave us a classic Super Bowl to remember over the long seven months that await before we get another competitive football game. The fans of 30 other teams had started thinking about the 2015 season a while ago. To help pass the time through the NFL scouting combine, draft, free agency, training camp and preseason, here are the way-too-early NFL power rankings heading into the offseason. Think of it as a snapshot of where each team is at the moment, with a few guesses as to free agents re-signed, draft picks made and whether certain future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will come back for another year. It will change dramatically over the next few months. But why not have some fun? It’ll be a long time before we have actual football again. So here are the insanely early 2015 NFL power rankings: 32. Tennessee Titans Will they grab a quarterback with the second pick? Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota have (much different) flaws. Zach Mettenberger showed some good things as a rookie. Whatever they do, they need to resist the urge to make a trade offer for Jay Cutler. 31. Washington Redskins Just copy and paste all the “Can Robert Griffin III improve if he stays healthy?” stuff from last offseason. Nobody knows who the quarterback will be. And after one year of Jay Gruden, we can probably bet on an in-season change or five being made at the position anyway. 30. Jacksonville Jaguars
The most-watched Super Bowl games in history, according to the Nielsen Co.:
Fifteen years into their remarkable partnership, with their fourth Super Bowl crown secured in dramatic style, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have no plans to slow down. "I'm still in the midst of my career," the 37-year-old Brady said Monday, not ready to talk about his place in National Football League history. In a league whose salary cap discourages dynasty building and promotes parity, Brady and Belichick have endured to become arguably the most successful coach-quarterback pairing ever. With their 28-24 come-from-behind triumph over Seattle in the NFL's title showpiece, the Patriots ended a 10-year title drought, easing the bitter memories of two Super Bowl losses to the New York Giants in that span.
There was heartache in Seattle for Seahawks fans crushed by the last-minute turn of fortune in a bitter Super Bowl loss to the Patriots on Sunday -- a feeling well understood in New England. As the legacies of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick are debated after a fourth Super Bowl crown together with a 28-24 win in Arizona, the two could be 6-0 in Super Bowls save for a pair of miracle plays. "We’ve had a couple of tough losses in this game," Brady said.
By Larry Fine Feb 2 (Reuters) - There was heartache in Seattle for Seahawks fans crushed by the last-minute turn of fortune in a bitter Super Bowl loss to the Patriots on Sunday -- a feeling well understood in New England. As the legacies of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick are debated after a fourth Super Bowl crown together with a 28-24 win in Arizona, the two could be 6-0 in Super Bowls save for a pair of miracle plays. "We've had a couple of tough losses in this game," Brady said.
By Simon Evans PHOENIX (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has now won four Super Bowls and he will be 38 when the 2015 NFL season gets underway. "A lot of decisions that I make in my life are about how to sustain it, and that takes a commitment in and of itself. ‘You’ve got to put it in the bank,’ as coach (Bill Belichick) always says. It’s there when you need it." Brady's fourth Super Bowl win equals the quarterback record set by his boyhood hero Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers and Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The final 125 seconds included a perfect possession by Tom Brady for the go-ahead points, a juggling catch that could have been the play of the year, and a victory-clinching, end-zone interception on a pass - not run - from the 1. A Super Bowl that got off to a slow start wound up with a ''Whoa!'' finish, a lot like the New England Patriots' entire season. Brady threw two of his four touchdown passes in the final quarter to erase a double-digit deficit, rookie Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson's short throw while Marshawn Lynch watched, and the Patriots ended a decade drought without an NFL title by beating the defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a taut classic Sunday night. ''Every team has a journey,'' said Brady, who was voted Super Bowl MVP for a record-tying third time, ''and a lot of people lost faith in us early.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday night, as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Seattle 28-24 for the fourth Super Bowl title in the Brady-Bill Belichick era.
It was a staff out-thinking itself. Pete Carroll is known for being clever and yet here he was far too clever.

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