January 2016

General Motors' Buick brand will use its first Super Bowl ad to plug a sleek new convertible as it continues the fight against an old image of cars that are custom-made for senior citizens. The 30-second spot will feature New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress-model Emily Ratajkowski from the thriller ''Gone Girl.'' It will run sometime during Super Bowl 50 the night of Feb. 7. The ad will promote Buick's new Cascada, the brand's first convertible in a quarter-century that is due in showrooms in a matter of weeks.
The Patriots' season started off the field with ''Deflategate.'' It ended with a deflating loss on it. In the middle, New England at times resembled the same unflappable, tunnel-vision team that earned its fourth Super Bowl title one year ago. One marred by injuries, mistakes and questionable decision making that derailed the Patriots' attempt to be the first team to repeat as champions since they did in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo plans offseason surgery to plate his left collarbone in an attempt to prevent future injuries. According to ESPN sources, the Cowboys project a six- to eight-week recovery for Romo following his surgery. Romo has broken the left clavicle three different times over the last five years.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin and New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson are the three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time special airing nationally on CBS on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl.
He would likely never – like, ever, ever, ever – admit it, but New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick might be superstitious. Belichick began the AFC championship game on Sunday wearing a dark blue pullover with the sleeves cut off, and a fitted shirt underneath. But when the third quarter began, Belichick returned to the sideline wearing the gray hoodie he's made famous, though it had the sleeves intact. Behold: Bill Belichick changed into a hoodie at halftime https://t.co/MFu8FQixhO pic.twitter.com/ohgWJOIrL5 — SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) January 24, 2016 New England was down 17-9 at halftime, had converted just 1-of-7 third-down opportunities, and Tom Brady had thrown two interceptions. Belichick famously, or infamously, wore a red pullover in Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants; for those who believe in such things, the change in attire is part of the reason the Patriots lost their undefeated season. One ardent New England fan, @PatsPropaganda, has kept track of the Patriots' record depending on Belichick's choice of shirt/jacket. (This chart, however, is about a year old.)
As in, yes, while Brady-Manning 17 takes place earlier in the day, the teams with the two best records in the NFL go at it in the NFC championship game Sunday night. ''One guy (Tom Brady) is playing in his 10th and there are two guys that are playing in their first,'' Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer says of reaching the last step before the Super Bowl. Palmer, in his 13th season, and Panthers QB Cam Newton, in his fifth, are newbies at conference title games.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will replace injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the Pro Bowl.
The Denver Broncos have three finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016, and all of them will serve as honorary captains for Sunday's AFC championship game against New England. Safeties John Lynch and Steve Atwater and running back Terrell Davis will participate in the coin toss against the New England Patriots, who will be represented by former cornerback Ty Law. Hall of Fame elections will be on Feb. 6 in San Francisco.

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