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#RumorHasIt: Biggest NFL Free Agency Transactions in the AFC

As promised, here are some of the top free agency moves in the AFC.

AFC:

Browns: Dropping Isaiah Crowell, Dropping Deshone Kizer, Adding Jarvis Landry

Coming off an awful 0-16 season, the Browns have prepped themselves for a solid season. Expectations couldn’t be lower for a Browns team that has won just 3 games in the last three years. With strong additions of Jarvis Landry and Carlos Hyde on offense, and even with the lose of veteran Joe Thomas, the Browns are in a good place at this point of free agency. Keep an eye out for a few more big names to meet with the Browns before the season starts.

Chiefs: Dropping Alex Smith, Dropping Tamba Hali, Adding Sammy Watkins, Adding Anthony Hitchens, Adding Kendall Fuller, Dropping Marcus Peters

In one of the biggest deals of the offseason, Alex Smith was released by the Chiefs and landed in Washington on the Redskins. Putting all their marbles on young QB Partick Mahomes, the Chiefs have added a few new key players to their roster. After getting released by the Cowboys, LB Anthony Hitchens is headed to KC to join a defense that is losing star CB Marcus Peters in the backfield. Hitchens has been in the top-5 in tackles throughout the league for the last three seasons and will bring consistency to the Chiefs this season. The addition of Sammy Watkins will bring another high quality WR for Mahomes to target down the field.

Dolphins: Adding Danny Amendola, Dropping Ndakumong Suh, Adding Robert Quinn, Dropping Jarvis Landry

After falling short in Super Bowl 52, former Patriots WR Danny Amendola is headed to Miami to join a mid-level Dolphins team. In a tough division, the Dolphins finished just 6-10 overall and 3rd in the AFC East last season. Even with the loss of star DE Ndakumong Suh, the ‘Fins are in good shape with the addition of the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Robert Quinn (from the Rams).

With the loss of Jarvis Landry, the addition of Amendola will bode well for the Dolphins, no matter who is throwing the rock in the 2018 season.

Titans: Adding Dion Lewis, Adding Malcolm Butler, Dropping DeMarco Murray, Dropping Matt Cassell

After a mediocre season, the Titans have parted ways with DeMarco Murray. With expectations of Derrick Henrey playing a bigger role, the Titans also added former Patriot running back Dion Lewis, a great runner and pass catcher. With a healthy Marcus Mariota, the Titans will stay primed for another trip to the playoffs this upcoming season. Additionally, the Titans are picking up Super Bowl 49 hero Malcolm Butler, also from the Patriots. After getting benched during Super Bowl 52 in February, Butler was released and stuck gold with the Titans, who need major improvements to their defensive backfield.

Raiders: Dropping Michael Crabtree, Dropping Corrdarrelle Patterson, Adding Rashaan Melvin,  Adding Jordy Nelson, Adding Doug Martin

With most of their major moves coming on the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders are primed for another strong campaign in 2018. After the Packers released veteran WR Jordy Nelson, the Raiders have jumped on the Nelson-train and traded up from the inconsistency of Michael Crabtree. Alongside Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson will be a main target for Derek Carr as he eyes another successful season. Veteran RB Doug Martin, formerly with the Bucs, has also signed with the Raiders, backing up Marshawn Lynch in the backfield.

#RumorHasIt: Biggest NFL Free Agency Transactions in the NFC

As the new NFL league-year comes, on March 14, more and more teams are making their pushes for picking up player options. With each passing hour, teams across the NFL are announcing big decisions for their rosters moving forward. Here are seven teams making the biggest free agency moves as the new league-year approaches.

NFC:

Packers: Dropping Jordy Nelson, Adding Jimmy Graham, Trading for Deshone Kizer, Dropping Sam Shields & Trading away from Damarious Randall

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After nine years in Green Bay, they Packers are in the process of releasing Jordy Nelson. With four 1,000 yard receiving seasons and three 10+ touchdown seasons for the Green and Gold, Nelson will be missed. This season, facing a major injury from Aaron Rodgers, Nelson was limited in his ability to impact the team on the field. By releasing Nelson, the Packers are opening up $12 million, enough to go after star tight-end Jimmy Graham from the Seahawks. Formerly with the Saints, Graham was in a close competition with Rob Gronkowski for the league-best tight-end. Coming off of three mediocre seasons with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, Graham and the Packers (with a healthy Aaron Rodgers) could be in for a good season.

Three minor roster changes for the Packers are the release of cornerback Sam Sheilds and trade of cornerback Damarious Randall for quarterback DeShone Kizer. Shields was sidelined in the season-opener and placed on IR for the remained of the season, ending his 7 years with the Packers. Kizer is coming from the Browns in exchange for Randall to back up Aaron Rodgers.

Rams: Adding Marcus Peters, Adding Aqib Talib, Trading Robert Quinn, Franchise-Tagged Lamarcus Joyner, Adding Sam Shields

Image result for ramsBig names are headlining free agency for the league-best offense, on the defensive side of the ball. With addition of (current and/or former) All-Pro cornerbacks Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Sam Shields will improve a stingy defense. Unfortunately, the Rams are trading star defensive end Robert Quinn, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, to the Dolphins in exchange for a “mid-round pick.” What the Rams will lose from Quinn on the defensive line, they will make up for in the secondary. By franchise-tagging safety Lamarcus Joyner, the Rams will have one of the strongest defensive secondaries in the league.

Redskins: Adding Paul Richardson, Trading for Alex Smith, Trading away from Kendall Fuller

Image result for redskinsWith the major addition of Alex Smith to replace Kirk Cousins, the Redskins also added a mid-level receiver from the Seahawks in Paul Richardson to play opposite Josh Doctson. Attempting to recreate what he had in Kansas City, Alex Smith and the Redskins are hoping to add more depth at receiver and running back before the league-year starts. Along with the Alex Smith trade, the Redskins lost Kendall Fuller, a low-level cornerback.

 

Stay tuned for another update on NFL free agency, specific to the AFC in a few days! Until then, follow me on Twitter (@mlashpr) and let me know what you’re most looking forward to about the upcoming season.

#RumorHasIt: 5 Notable NFL Free Agents on the Move

Kirk Cousins, Quarterback

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Photo by Sports Illustrated

 

Entering his seventh season in the NFL, all with the Redskins, Cousins is in the middle of trade and free agency rumors. At the end of the 2017 season, the Redskins traded for Alex Smith (former Chiefs QB), with the intention of dealing Cousins away. Now the question is who will grab him and will he be franchise tagged first, again.

Coming off three straight seasons as a starter for the Redskins, Cousins was poised to continue his improvement this off-season and leading the Redskins to their first playoff appearance since 2015(the first season Cousins started all season) entering the 2018 season. That won’t happen, probably.

Le’Veon Bell, Running back

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Photo by Bleacher Report

At the end of his fourth season with the Steelers in 2016, Bell accepted a franchise tag, keeping him with the Steelers for the 2017 season with hopes of signing a big, long-term deal. That hasn’t happened. Instead, Bell played some of the best football of his career and hasn’t signed a deal to keep in Pittsburgh. Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL, and he wants to be paid for his performance.

Steelers ownership would rather sign Bell to an extension, but are still considering tagging him for a second consecutive season. Bell, who wants more money for his on-field efforts, isn’t happy about the one-year franchise tag option.

To make both parties happy, Bell will have to come down on his expectations a bit, but the Steelers will need to make a 4-5 year deal worth a large sum. Bell is more than worth it.

Marcus Peters, Corner back

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Photo by Niner Noise

The 18th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Peters has lived up to his draft stock. In his three seasons in the league, Peters has taken the NFL by storm. His rookie year, Peters collected an NFL-best 8 INTs, earning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, In 2016, he finished with 6 INTs, good for 2nd-best, and finished with 5 INTs last season, earning him the fifth best INT total on the year. Through three seasons, he has gotten himself 19 INTs, the most in that period.

Although the Chiefs have a fifth-year option on Peters, they’re not expected to pick it up in 2019 to extend his rookie deal. His numbers speak for themselves, and Peters has brought his best in the biggest games, including the 2017 AFC Wild Card game against the Titans where he picked off Marcus Mariota.

Malcolm Butler, Corner back

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Photo by The Big Lead

Butler proved his legitimacy during the Patriots Super Bowl run in 2014/15 when he intercepted Russell Wilson in the endzone on the last drive of the game to seal the win. Since then, his rookie season, the undrafted corner back has earned himself sacks, fumbles and interceptions in three-straight seasons for the Patriots. After the 2016 season, Butler was resigned to a 1-year, $3.91 million contract that kept him in New England through last season.

During the 2017 season, Butler tallied just two interceptions and was albeit replaced by Stephon Gilmore in the Patriots backfield. After getting benched, and not playing a snap, in Super Bowl 52 against the Eagles, Butler and the Patriots are expected to part ways. This leaves Butler, a good talent in any backfield, to make a shot at signing the 2014 Super Bowl 49 MVP runner-up.

Adam Vinatieri, Kicker

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Photo by Vigilant Sports

After 10 seasons with the Patriots and 12 seasons with the Colts, Vinatieri is still hungry for more. Needing just 58 points to pass Morten Anderson for the top-spot in the NFL’s all-time scoring list, Vinatieri is reportedly close to a signing a 1-year extension with the Colts.

After missing one too many kicks in the 2017 season, Vinatieri missed out on a $500,000 performance bonus (90% on the season). Now, the 45-year-old in his 23rd season is still booting it through the uprights at a high rate. Currently finishing up a 2-year, $6 million deal, Vinatieri has been well worth the money for the Colts. If Andrew Luck is healthy going into the 2018 season, Vinatieri could be kicking more PATs than FGs.

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Jocks on Politics: How Athletes Inspire Outside of the Game.

LeBron James. JJ Watt. David Ortiz.

All three of these superstar athletes have many things in common. Sure, they are all incredibly gifted, household names and well-paid for these attributes.

They are also some of the most influential people for the youngest generation of kids across the world.

More and more kids are aspiring to be the next LeBron James or JJ Watt.

To quote a childhood favorite of mine,

“With great power comes great responsibility.”
-Uncle Ben, Spiderman

Often times, professional athletes are idolized like superheroes.

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you are enough of a sports fan to have thought, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a professional athlete.’

I did.

Once kids figure out how much work goes into it, most give up the dream and pursue something more realistic. They continue to stay informed in the sports industry, watching their favorite teams or athletes, but deep down still wish they had their chance.

Nowadays, athletes are standing up, or kneeling, for what they believe in.

Colin Kaepernick did it last year and it nearly ruined his career. Now, LeBron and Kevin Durant are under heat from some media outlets following some comments about President Trump.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m a liberal, a democrat, and I’ve never had any interest in Fox News. That being said, what makes a news source, or a professional athlete able to say anything they want (within a certain reason) without punishment?

The First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Sure, they are both rich, well-off professional athletes. But they are also both black men who grew up underprivileged.

When Fox News aired this segment, LeBron and KD got more heat, LeBron responded.

More on this can be found by clicking HERE.

KD and LeBron are both leaders in the NBA, no question about it. But they’ve also solidified their position as role-models, inspiration and activists against social injustice.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke out about the issue, and commended the stars on their professional response.

Fox News has, unsurprisingly, attempted to defend their comments by saying they had nothing to do with race. But like too much in the US, racial tension is present in every aspect of our lives.

Surrounding this whole issue was the NBA All-Star weekend, held in LA where all the best basketball players from around the world come together for a weekend of fun, basketball and the common good.

Each All-Star team captain (LeBron James and Stephen Curry) chose a charitable organization to donate a hefty amount to, based on the outcome of the game.

Unlike the NFL Pro Bowl, where players get more money in their pockets, the All-Star game game a combined $500,000 to two selected charities. Giving back to the youth and the community is important to the league, and most players go above and beyond to make an impact.

Players Associated With the Most Charites

That’s something JJ Watt and David Ortiz have already gotten behind.

JJ Watt organized the donation of more than $37 million to disaster relief following Hurricane Harvey, earning himself the Walter Payton Man of the Year in the NFL.

During his MLB career, David Ortiz was associated with six different charitable organizations, because he wanted to give back to the community that made him who he is.

Here are more NBA Players Giving Back

If the comments/response following the Fox News segment about professional athletes has taught me anything, it’s that the sports community will stand together against injustice.

#RumorHasIt: 7 NFL Offseason changes that will change next seasons playoff picture

No one is safe from an off-season move. If the NBA Trade Deadline taught us anything, it’s that no matter how much you’re worth, trades and free agency can still change the dynamic of any team in the league.

Here are seven NFL teams facing off-season decisions that will impact the playoff picture in 2018. There are a lot of quarterback decisions to be made, which keeps free agency exciting.


Philadelphia Eagles, NFC Eastlarge (1)

Yes, the Eagles just won Super Bowl 52. They also just lost their offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, to the Colts and their QB coach, John DeFilippo, to the Vikings. Aside from potentially learning a new offense, the Eagles are also at a crossroads in their quarterback battles (Foles vs Wentz) along with upgrading and maintaining their defense.

Although he was named Super Bowl 52 MVP, the Eagles aren’t expecting to start Nick Foles in 2018. With Carson Wentz, a potential regular season MVP, the Eagles can’t chose Foles to start.

Foles is with the Eagles through this season, and I expect him to play a bit, but unless Wentz gets injured again, he won’t start any games for the Eagles.

Currently, the Eagles aren’t seeking a new offensive coordinator to replace Reich, who just signed as the new head coach for the Colts. With questions about continuing their success in 2018 without an OC, the team may try to find someone later in the off-season as other teams make moves.

Another big question mark for the Super Bowl Champions is the state of their defense. Super Bowl hero Brandon Graham reportedly wants to stay with the team, and has already let the Eagles know he wants to retire as only an Eagle. If this doesn’t happen, the Eagles will need to find their next star on the defense.


New England Patriots, AFC EastFarmvilleMiddle

After advancing to their third Super Bowl in four years, the Brady-led Patriots are poised for another playoff run in 2018. With no news on retirement from Brady or Belichick, the Patriots dynasty will continue as planned.

Now that Josh McDaniels remains with the Patriots, there isn’t going to be a new offense for the team, but there are still a couple of major decision on the offensive and defensive side of the ball that will impact how successful the 2018 season plays out.

Star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars but played in Super Bowl 52, is considering retirement. He had an excellent season, coming back from a leg injury and posted a 100+ yard, two touchdown performance in the Super Bowl.

Only 29-years-old, and already a 5-time Pro Bowler, Gronkowski is weighing his options, following the Patriots loss to the Eagles.

On the defensive side, the Patriots are expected to release cornerback Malcolm Butler in free agency and need to find a high-talent pass rusher to keep up with the league.


Minnesota Vikings, NFC Northminnesota-vikings-logo-transparent

The biggest decision for the Vikings comes at quarterback. With the injury to Sam Bradford, five-year veteran Case Keenum took over the role of starter. Finishing the season 12-3, Keenum and Bradford are both about to be free agents. The Vikings will be deciding who to choose moving forward, and if Teddy Bridgewater is in the mix.

I expect the Vikings to move on from Bradford, potentially franchise tag Keenum and then the conversation will be between Bridgewater and the NFC surprise, Keenum. There are also rumors that Kirk Cousins could end up in Minnesota this off-season.

In addition to their quarterback dilemma, the Vikings are also in the midst of an identity crisis. After boasting the top defense in the NFL last season, the Vikings gave up nearly 500 yards to the Eagles in the NFC Championship.

Luckily, a majority of their defensive line remain under contract through 2018 and will continue to help the Vikings defense.


Indianapolis Colts, AFC Southi

With a new coaching staff, the Colts will need big changes to get back in the playoff picture in 2018.  The biggest question for the Colts is whether quarterback Andrew Luck will be healthy enough to play in 2018.

After missing the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury, the Colts had an abysmal 4-12 record. With Jacoby Brissett at the helm, the Colts don’t necessarily need to rush Luck into playing.

Aside from the quarterback question, the Colts are in need of defensive improvements. Last season, the Colts were near the bottom of the league in every defensive statistic. Injuries to key players played a role in their disappointing season, but this off-season could be what they need to turn things around.

Under new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, the Colts have switched to a 4-3 defensive scheme that will help them pressure the quarterback more than their previous 3-4 scheme.

With questions about the status of running back Frank Gore with the Colts next season, I expect them to draft a running back. Although they just drafted Marlon Mack last season, and his season was productive behind Gore, I don’t think he’ll make his career with the Colts.


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The Cardinals suffered some major injuries that caused them to miss the playoffs last season. With injuries to star running back David Johnson in week 1 and starting quarterback Carson Palmer in week 7, the Cardinals looked to their reserves to get them through the 2017 season.

Finishing 8-8, the Cardinals are looking to Johnson’s return to help them in 2018.

After 15 seasons, Palmer has called it a career, announcing his retirement in January. Along with Palmer, head coach Bruce Arians also retired follow the season, leaving a new coaching staff to revitalize the struggling Cardinals.

Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley all stepped up after Palmer’s injury, leading to his retirement. Stanton became the starter for the remained of the season, but all three are bound to be free agents in March. The Cardinals will have to decide if they want to go with one of their current backups or draft a new franchise quarterback.

On the defense, the Cardinals sit in the middle of the league in most statistics. With a handful of 2017 starters entering free agency in 2018, the Cardinals will need to be smart about their acquisitions to get back to the playoffs.


Los Angeles Rams, NFC Westlarge

In 2017, Sean McVay saved the Rams from everyone’s expectations. With Jared Goff and Todd Gurley having the best seasons of their young careers, the Rams put together an 11-5 season and made it to the NFC Wild Card game before losing to the Saints.

With most of their offense returning, the biggest moves for the Rams should come for their defense.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Lamarcus Joyner are both set to become free agents. Alongside stars Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn, Johnson and Joyner had exceptional 2017 campaigns. Donald was named defensive player of the year.

The Rams would like to keep Quinn, but he may have to accept less money to stay with one of the best teams in the NFC next season.

McVay took the league by storm, transforming one of the worst offenses in 2016 to one of the best in 2017. His contract is through 2021, but he’ll have to continue to prove himself on the field to keep the Rams moving in the right direction.


Pittsburgh Steelers, AFC North51bxeTuGmPL

Le’Veon Bell wants to be paid better for the impact he has for the Steelers. After losing to the Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Game, the Steelers were shocked.

After the tough loss, and end of their season, three major decisions need to be made for the Steelers.

  1. What kind of contract do they want to offer Bell? How much is he worth to them?
  2. Who will be Ben Roethlisbergers replacement?
  3. How can they improve their defense?

First, Bell is set to become a free agent in March. If the Steelers don’t want to lose one of the best running backs in the NFL, they’ll need to pay him. A lot. The Steelers are considering offering Bell a franchise tag, again. Worth upwards of $15 million, Bell accepted last year, but only so he was on a roster and could play.

Next, Ben Roethlisberger is going to be playing in his 15th season, all with the Steelers. In the next few years, he is expected to announce his retirement. This means the Steelers should start developing his replacement this season.

Draft a quarterback in a later round of the draft and give him some playtime in the preseason. Let me learn and grow under a veteran quarterback and hope he is ready whenever Big Ben calls it a career.

Last, the Steelers need to upgrade their defense. With the loss of Ryan Shazier (praying for a speedy recovery), they need to fill his linebacker spot. With Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Bell on the offense, the Steelers weakness is their defense. Upgrading their safety position and linebacker spots would improve the who team, without spending too much money in the off-season.


 

NFL: Colts & Patriots Rivalry Revival

Let me start by saying how difficult is it for me, a Colts fan, to write about the success of the Patriots. In my memorable life, I’ve seen the Colts beat the Patriots four times.

Watching the Colts win 27-20, on the road in Gillette Stadium, in November of the 2006 season was one of the first games I watched. From then on, I knew I’d be a Colts fan.

The next season, I watched Manning and Vinatieri beat Brady on their way to a Super Bowl XLI victory against the Bears.

The last two times the Colts beat the Patriots was in Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008 and 2009. Both games were decided by one score, and are some of my favorite memories of the Manning era.

Recently, the Colts haven’t played at the same level as the Patriots. Winning the last seven match ups, including two AFC Championship games (2014 and 2015), the Patriots have been the biggest rival for the Colts in my life.

Sure, generally a rivalry is full of close games, both sides winning as many times as they’ve lost. With an all-time record of 29-51 against the Patriots organization, the Colts need a change to get back to playing competitively.

I expect that change to come with Frank Reich, the new head coach for the Indianapolis Colts.

In his press conference announcing Josh McDaniels, Patriots offensive coordinator, had changed his mind about accepting the head coach position with the Colts, GM Chris Ballard ended with five words that should make Colts fans excited for the season.

“The rivalry is back on.”

Heading to Foxborough for the first time since losing the Patriots in the 2015 AFC Championship, the game that sparked the “Deflategate” controversy, the Colts, will look to win in Gillette in what could be the last season of Tom Brady’s career.

With a healthy quarterback in Andrew Luck, a new defensive scheme (more on that in a later blog), and a new coaching staff, I hope to see the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs for the next 5+ straight years.

I think it’s very doable for the team. Depending on how the draft goes this year, the Colts could have a new, young star running back. They could draft a strong defensive end or linebacker. They could even make a run at a stud receiver in free agency to accompany T.Y. Hilton.

To be successful, the Colts have to win the big games in the big moments. Beating the New England Patriots is always a big win in a big moment in my book.

NFL: 2018 Eagles rain supreme in instant classic shootout over Patriots in #SuperBowlLII

If you’re a Patriots fan, be aware.

I’m not going to blast the Pats for their performance in Super Bowl LII. They played a game that would’ve beaten literally any other team in the NFL. I give all the credit to Nick Foles and the Eagles for beating the best dynasty currently in football.

That being said:

“Suck it, Patriots.”

                                             –A happy Colts fan

In an MVP performance, Nick Foles played the game of his life against the defending champs. From the beginning, Foles and his receivers were feeling it and it showed.

Although they only got three points on the opening drive, they opened up a 9-3 lead through the first quarter following Jake Elliot missed XP (not the only blunder of the night on special teams).

After another Eagles TD and a Goskowski FG, the Pats found the endzone for the first time on a 26-yard James White run. Surprisingly, Goskowski missed the XP (the second blunder) to make it a 15-12 game just before the two minute warning of the first half.

In an incredible 7-play, 70-yard drive that covered 90 seconds, Nick Foles drove the Eagles to the 1 yardline, but faced 4th & goal. The biggest play of the half.

Here it is. Gutsiest call for the Eagles to end the half with 10-point lead.

Tom Brady did what he does, finding tight end Rob Gronkowski four times on the opening drive of the third quarter on a 8-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Gronk Spike. His first of two.

The Eagles followed the score with an answer, driving 85-yards to stay up by 10 midway through the third.  Tom “Playoff” Brady came back strong and led yet ANOTHER long drive to keep the Patriots in the game.

Going 75-yards in just under four minutes narrowed their deficit back to three points, 29-26.

Enter fourth quarter antics.

In one of their least productive drives of the night, the Eagles only mustered a field goal to open the fourth quarter. It seemed like they were running out of steam from keeping up with the Patriots all game.

They weren’t.

Tom Brady led a 10-play drive that lasted nearly five minutes.

The result? A second Gronk Spike that gave the Patriots their first lead of the game with just over nine minutes left in regulation.

If you thought the 4th & goal play to end the first half was gutsy, it gets better.

Foles orchestrated the drive of a lifetime, going 75-yards on FOURTEEN (14) plays and killed over seven minutes off the clock. Just before the two minute warning, Foles found Zach Ertz for a controversial 11-yard TD to take the lead back, 38-33.

After the failed 2PT to go up by seven, the Eagles had one thing to do–stop Tom Brady.

Tom Brady is one of the, if not THE, best clutch quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. His numbers in games don’t lie.

This wasn’t going to be one of those games. On the second play of his final drive, Brady was under pressure and got strip-sacked by Brandon Graham, the Eagles leading sack earner.

The Eagles took over on the NE 28 and stayed in FG range for the Elliot kick to make it 41-33.

One last ditch effort to score points (and possibly a 2PT to even the score) fell short for Brady and the Patriots.



Underdogs throughout the entire postseason. Overlooked once Carson Wentz got injured. Overlooked and underdogs no more.

For the first time since 1960, the Philadelphia Eagles are Champions, winning Super Bowl LII, over the Patriots, 41-33 in offensive shootout

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Photo from: macon.com


Notable Stats:

Eagles   41
QB: N. Foles (SB MVP)         28/43, 373 yds, 3 TD, 1 TD rec, 1 INT
RB: J. Ajayi                               9 car. 57 yds.
RB: L. Blount                           14 car. 90 yds, TD
RB: C. Clement                         3 car, 8 yds, 4 rec, 100 yds, TD
WR: A. Jeffery                         3 rec, 73 yds, TD
WR: N. Agholor                       9 rec, 84 yds.
TE: Z. Ertz                                7 rec, 67 yds, TD (GW)

Patriots     33

QB: T. Brady                            28/48, 505 yds, 3 TD
RB: J. White                             7 car, 45 yds, TD, 2 rec, 21 yds.
RB: R. Burkhead                     3 car, 18 yds, 1 rec, 46 yds.
WR: D. Amendola                   8 rec, 152 yds.
WR: C. Hogan                          6 rec, 128 yds, TD
TE: R. Gronkowski                 9 rec, 116 yds, 2 TD



If this game wasn’t enough to get you to love the game of football, it was certainly one that’ll go down in history as one of the best ever. Breaking 17 records and tying 12 more, this game was the best offensive shootout in the history of the Super Bowl.

In the middle of many of these records is Tom Brady. Now the only quarterback in NFL history with 10,000+ postseason passing yards, Brady also has the most pass attempts (357), completions (235), passing yards (2,576) and passing touchdowns (18) than any other player in Super Bowl history.

This game, Brady broke the single game passing yards record in a SB with 505, breaking his record from last year against the Falcons (467).

The two teams combined for a NFL record 1,151 total yards (874 of which were passing), which is the most in ANY NFL GAME (regular and postseason games).

I’m not going to list all 29 records that were broken/tied in the game, but CBS Sports did, so here’s a link.