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February 4, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - The Super Bowl, especially the closing seconds of the game, can be a great teaching point for the 76ers. Undrafted and largely unknown rookie free-agent cornerback Malcolm Butler sealed the 28-24 victory for the New England Patriots. With the Seattle Seahawks at the 1-yard line, Butler stepped in front of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and intercepted Russell Wilson's pass. "You know, you study the whole thing with [Butler knowing] the play was going to come," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
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February 4, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Tom Brady always believed the Patriots would win Super Bowl XLIX, he said yesterday morning, in a croaking, scratchy voice that no doubt reflected a very long night of celebration. "Then they made that catch, and I had a little bit of doubt," Brady said at the morning-after news conference for the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP. "And then we made a great play. " Surely, as others have suggested, Brady will donate the MVP's Chevy pickup to Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie cornerback from West Alabama who stepped in front of Seattle wideout Ricardo Lockette on Butler's 18th defensive snap of the evening.
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February 4, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Too bad the product could not stand alone. Too bad the discussion after the Super Bowl was not only about Pete Carroll's inexplicable play call and Malcolm Butler's instinctual life-changing play. Too bad this NFL season and this Super Bowl were not just about football. Too bad several dark clouds still hover above the NFL shield and the team that won the league's biggest game on Sunday. Sorry, but it was impossible to watch Roger Goodell posing in front of the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Monday morning with New England quarterback Tom Brady and think of it merely as a pleasant photo op for the league's commissioner and the three-time Super Bowl MVP. Justice, in fact, was served when the inept commissioner was confronted by such an awkward conclusion to the most tumultuous season of his tenure.
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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 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 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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January 31, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. - James Develin started working on his resumé in the summer of 2010. He failed to make the Cleveland Browns after a tryout following a decorated career at Brown University. Weeks shy of turning 22, the Gilbertsville native and Boyertown High graduate needed to decide whether to pursue his dream of professional football or put his mechanical engineering degree from an Ivy League school to use. Develin's classmates were headed to New York and Boston for consulting and finance jobs.
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January 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. - When the New England Patriots drafted Logan Ryan in April 2013, the Eastern High School graduate sent a text message to another alumnus: Adam Taliaferro. "Hey, man, I'm playing for you," Ryan wrote, according to Taliaferro. Taliaferro starred for Eastern in the late 1990s. He went to Penn State, where he played as a freshman for Joe Paterno. On Sept. 23, 2000, Taliaferro suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Doctors gave him a 3 percent chance to walk again.
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January 30, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - A little more than 2 months ago, LeGarrette Blount left the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench during a game at Tennessee, got dressed and headed for the team bus, apparently upset that he wasn't getting the ball. Blount's actions on Nov. 17 ultimately affected the playoff fortunes of two AFC contenders. The Steelers, who released the former Oregon star the next day, ended up losing a wild-card round playoff game to the Ravens in no small part because they didn't have a viable backup to injured running back Le'Veon Bell.
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January 30, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork are the only two New England players with Patriots Super Bowl rings. They earned them 10 years ago in Jacksonville, as Eagles fans all too vividly recall. That 24-21 victory over the Birds brought home the Pats' third championship trophy in 4 years. Yesterday Wilfork, who was a rookie starter at nose tackle that night, acknowledged that he'd figured on having several more rings by now. "Oh yeah," Wilfork said yesterday, as the Patriots prepared for Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX meeting with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.
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