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February 3, 2015
GLENDALE, Ariz. - It seems silly, the Super Bowl measuring sticks we sometimes place on quarterbacks. Tom Brady came very close to losing in his third straight Super Bowl appearance Sunday night and the argument, by some, would have been that he didn't warrant mention as the greatest, especially in light of "Deflategate. " The Patriots of Bill Belichick and Brady faced their largest deficit ever in a Super Bowl and the Seahawks, with a 24-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, looked as if they could not be beaten.
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February 3, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The New England Patriots experienced the agony before, and they were one yard away from living it again. They've been on the field in the Super Bowl when the opponent makes the magical drive and the improbable catch, when the legacies of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick were interrupted by last-minute defeats. Except on Sunday, all the magic that brought the Seattle Seahawks one yard away from the Super Bowl vanished when Russell Wilson threw a pass that landed in the hands of Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, a stunning and memorable end to the Patriots' 28-24 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
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February 2, 2015
IF YOU ARE anything like me, when you heard about the Patriots' "deflategate" scandal your thoughts immediately went back to the 2004 Super Bowl. I was in Jacksonville that day, and I attributed the Eagles' loss to some bad decisions by coach Andy Reid, some blown opportunities, and poor leadership by quarterback Donovan McNabb down the stretch (I make no judgment on "vomitgate"). I didn't know that several Eagles later said that it seemed as if the Patriots knew exactly which plays they were calling.
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February 1, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - The two most recent coaches of the New England Patriots looked very relaxed, quite happy to spend a half-hour or so in each other's company yesterday morning. They turned the annual Friday Super Bowl coaches' joint news conference into a talk-show chat, hosted by affable, telegenic Pete Carroll, with Bill Belichick as the eager guest who has a movie, book or show to plug. In this case, the show airs tomorrow evening at 6:30, when Super Bowl XLIX kicks off. The quest of Belichick and the Patriots to rise above "Spygate" and "Deflategate" for the fourth championship of the Belichick-Tom Brady era runs head on into the quest of Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks to become the first repeat champions in 10 years, and vanquish any doubts about their dominance of the league at mid-decade.
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February 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Rodney Harrison remembers watching the Eagles hooping and hollering before Super Bowl XXXIX and thinking that the first-timers would be gassed in the Jacksonville, Fla., humidity by the fourth quarter. "I remember pregame warm-ups, they're coming out and you see Brian Dawkins and all those guys and all the energy," Harrison said. "You see them jumping around hitting each other, and we're just kind of laid back, chilling, [saying], 'Look at these fools over there. They're going to wear themselves out.' "And you saw Donovan [McNabb]
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January 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - LeGarrette Blount's football career seemed in peril after he threw a punch at an opposing player following Boise State's upset of Oregon in 2009. The incident came in Chip Kelly's first game as the Ducks' head coach. Kelly needed to make a decision about Blount's future. He suspended the running back but kept Blount on scholarship and in the football program. Kelly ultimately reinstated Blount after the running back met certain academic and behavioral conditions. That helped save Blount's career, which continues Sunday when he plays in the Super Bowl as a key part of the New England Patriots' offense.
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January 30, 2015
CHANDLER, Ariz. - And so there they stood, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the NFL's iconic duo, the symbol of success in the free-agency era, models of consistency and innovation and unquestioned football brilliance. There they stood on a stage at a dais and waxed eloquent on their 15 years of shared success with New England, how they have grown as fathers and tacticians, how they better appreciate now what they often assumed in the past. There they stood, benefactors of the two most remarkable cheating scandals in American professional sports history.
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January 28, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a defiant defense of his organization, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady amid the ball-deflation controversy on Monday, further entrenching the team's position that it committed no wrongdoing. Kraft even demanded an apology if the league's investigation vindicates the team. "I want to make it clear that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or were in violation of NFL rules," Kraft said.
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January 28, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Seattle corner Richard Sherman said Sunday that he thinks Patriots owner Robert Kraft is too chummy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for New England to be substantially punished for wrongdoing in the Deflategate scandal. Last night, that close relationship seemed to have acquired some distance. Speaking to a packed ballroom at the Patriots' Super Bowl headquarters hotel, Kraft clearly was furious, with the media but also with leaks from the league's Ted Wells-led investigation into the mysterious drop of 2-PSI drop in air pressure in 11 of 12 tested Patriots footballs during the AFC Championship Game rout of Indianapolis.
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January 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The Seattle Seahawks are trying to win consecutive Super Bowls, a feat accomplished only eight times, and yet they spent a great deal of a news conference Sunday answering questions about the Patriots and "Deflategate. " Seattle coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson did their best to downplay the hoopla that has built since the NFL announced that it was investigating the Patriots after 11 of 12 balls used in the first half of the AFC championship were found to be below the minimum compression.
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