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February 7, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - A Super Bowl plagued all week by Texas-sized problems had fans on the edge of their seats - if they had seats, that is. Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers took the field with just under two minutes left and 87 yards to travel for another game-winning touchdown. "I thought it would be another one of those magical moments," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "Two minutes, one time-out, needing a touchdown. We just didn't finish the job. " After being investigated for sexual assault, suspended for four games, and humiliated, Roethlisberger could have written a compelling end to this chapter of his life and career.
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January 7, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IF THE PAST is any indication, the San Diego Chargers will win next month's Super Bowl. Our prediction has nothing to do with the talents of quarterback Philip Rivers, running backs Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead, or receivers Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates. It's based solely on the Eagles' Linc to the past six Super Bowl winners. Over the last four seasons, the team that the Eagles have played in their home opener has gone on to win the Super Bowl. Furthermore, the last six Super Bowl champions all played at the Linc during the season they won the big game.
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February 4, 2011 | By JEFF JANICZEK, janiczj@phillynews.com
Troy Aikman wishes he could have won a Super Bowl in the same place where he played, but Sunday night he will have the opportunity to participate in Super Bowl XLV in a different way. Aikman will join fellow broadcaster Joe Buck in Arlington, Texas, to call their third Super Bowl together since Aikman became a Fox analyst after retiring in 2000. "I would have loved to have played a Super Bowl in Dallas or North Texas," Aikman, who played 12 seasons for the Cowboys, said on a conference call this week.
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February 18, 2011
THE NFL DOESN'T like to be embarrassed. Especially when the whole world is watching. On those rare occasions when it happens, you can usually count on finding a body or two floating in the river. Seven years ago, Janet Jackson had her infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston when her outfit came undone and briefly exposed one of her breasts. Less than 2 months after the world got a quick glimpse of Janet's left nipple, John Collins, the NFL's top marketing executive and the man who signed off on allowing MTV to manage the SB XXXVIII halftime show, resigned, which is the word the corporate world uses for beheadings.
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February 8, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - Aaron Rodgers is an underdog no more. Not recruited out of high school, passed over by 23 NFL teams in the draft, playing in an icon's shadow, the Packers quarterback has had plenty to motivate him throughout his career. But after leading Green Bay past the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night, Rodgers is sitting on top of the football world. And he's going to have to get used to everyone gunning for No. 1. "I guess I ran out of motivation, huh?" Rodgers said Monday during the day-after Super Bowl news conference at the Sheraton.
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February 4, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
DALLAS - Two months ago, James Starks hadn't played in an NFL game, or any kind of game in about 2 years, which is kind of not the way it usually goes for guys who become key figures during Super Bowl week. "It seemed like a century sitting there," said Starks, who missed his senior year at the University of Buffalo with a shoulder injury, then was dogged with a hamstring problem all spring and summer, after being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round. "You still feel rusty at certain points," Starks said.
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February 5, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keira Knightley , 27, makes a dangerous claim in the March issue of Marie Claire: The world of movies, fashion, and TV isn't real . It's not substantial. Not worth dying for. "My career is on the verge of being ridiculous all the time," Keira says. "It's all smoke and mirrors. " Keira, who has played many women of substance in the pics, including Tolstoy' s Anna Karenina, Freud muse Sabina Spielrein , Austen 's Elizabeth Bennet, and King Arthur 's Guinevere , says showbiz is a "very insecure profession.
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January 24, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Aaron Rodgers' best two moments had nothing to do with throwing the football. The Packers quarterback did plenty of slinging Sunday, although it was hardly his finest performance. But on a day when the other quarterback's toughness was questioned, Rodgers showed true grit when he bounced up from a devastating hit to the helmet in the fourth quarter - one of several big shots he endured - and when he made a likely touchdown-saving tackle in the third quarter. Rodgers' resolve complemented a ferocious Green Bay defense that terrorized three Chicago quarterbacks as the Packers punched their ticket to Super Bowl XLV with a 21-14 win in the NFC championship game at Soldier Field.
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February 7, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - When Andy Reid fired Sean McDermott , one of first people he called was Ron Rivera . Four days after the season ended with a playoff loss to the Packers, the Eagles' coach decided that McDermott's two-year reign as defensive coordinator had run its course. But Reid wanted to buy his young protege some time to find another job. So he contacted another of his former charges, who had just landed the Carolina Panthers' head-coaching position. "When all that was going down, I talked to Coach Reid, who was very candid about it," said Rivera, who was in North Texas for Super Bowl XLV. "He said, 'Ron, Sean's in a tough, tough position.
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February 4, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - Dom Capers thinks the Eagles could successfully transition into a 3-4 defense. OK, the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator - one of the brightest minds behind the 3-4 - wasn't speaking specifically about the Eagles. Capers actually addressed a general question a day before the Eagles named Juan Castillo their defensive coordinator and reaffirmed their commitment to the 4-3. But the premise is one that deserves serious consideration, as a pair of 3-4 defenses from the Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to play Super Bowl XLV. Pittsburgh has long employed the odd-even seven-man front, but Green Bay switched only last season.
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December 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There's this photograph that Chris Maragos has to get his hands on. A shooter for the Associated Press took it in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in February. Maragos's face fills the right side of the frame. The Lombardi Trophy, silver and gleaming, fills the left side. Maragos - a member of the Seattle Seahawks then, a special-teams dynamo for the Eagles now - is kissing the trophy. He has seen the photo, but he doesn't have a copy of it. He would like one. It captures everything that he thinks about when he thinks about winning a championship.
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October 21, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
So Percy Harvin thought he was Biff Tannen and every other wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks' roster was George McFly. On Friday, the Seahawks traded Harvin to the New York Jets, getting a conditional draft pick for a Pro Bowl-caliber player with a volcanic personality. It was the news of the week in the NFL, and at first glance there would seem to be no doubt about who made out best in this deal. The Eagles. There's still plenty of skepticism about whether the Eagles, even after their 5-1 start, are equipped to win the Super Bowl this season, or even reach it. There are two reasons for that skepticism.
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February 7, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
More eyes were focused on New Jersey on Sunday than on New Orleans a year ago. What they saw was far from the close football contest most had anticipated, but 112.2 million American TV viewers kept watching anyway. That's how many viewers, on average, were tuned in to Super Bowl XLVIII at any given moment, according to Nielsen ratings released Tuesday. That topped last year's average of 111.3 million for the game in New Orleans and made the rout in East Rutherford, N.J., the most watched event in TV history.
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February 6, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The first Seahawks fan hadn't yet boarded NJ Transit for Secaucus on Sunday when Don Smolenski reminded everyone just how much Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles want to host a Super Bowl. The Eagles president, Smolenski was on the phone a few days before Super Bowl XLVIII, making it clear that he and Lurie were keeping a close eye on how New York and New Jersey handled the run-up to the big game. That way, they'd be better prepared to make their bid for a Super Bowl in Philadelphia and at Lincoln Financial Field.
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February 5, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
WHAT'S IN THE WATER over at the news stations? Everyone's getting pregnant.   NBC10's Deanna Durante will have to find a red maternity gown when she co-hosts the upcoming Red Ball with colleague Keith Jones . Durante is expecting her second child with hubby Tim Swan . She hasn't announced on air yet, but the station knows Durante is expecting. The couple welcomed their first child, Maya Elizabeth Swan , back in August 2011. Jones and Durante will host the annual Red Cross fundraiser at the Please Touch Museum on March 8. Then there's CBS3's Nicole Brewer , who announced she was pregnant with her first child, tweeting a picture of her 8/2/14 due date.
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February 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - They're known for their innovations on opposite sides of the ball, but Chip Kelly and Jimmy Johnson could end up having more in common if the former continues to follow the latter's winning path from college football to the NFL. Johnson, a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, said he saw similarities between his approach when he made the jump to the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 and Kelly's when he left Oregon for the Eagles last...
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February 4, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Turned out, everybody spent the last 2 weeks focused on the wrong legacy. The Seattle Seahawks' 2013 defense was the first in the NFL to lead the league in fewest yards allowed, fewest points allowed and most turnovers forced since the 1985 Bears. If memory serves, the 1985 Bears won the Super Bowl rather handily. In fact, their frolic past the Patriots looked a lot like last night's Super Bowl XLVIII, a 43-8 Seattle victory that was not as close as the final score.
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February 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The myopia of the moment suggests that Peyton Manning is a choker and nothing more, and in the hard glare of what happened here Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII, it is indeed difficult to see anything beyond what's right in front of us: a 43-8 Seattle Seahawks victory and, after his finest season, the worst night of Manning's football life. Here he was, with an opportunity to win a second Super Bowl, to solidify himself as the greatest quarterback of not just his generation but any before his. And as the Denver Broncos' offensive line collapsed against a defense faster and fiercer than any the AFC had presented this season, Manning crumbled, too. He had compiled statistics so otherworldly during the regular season - 5,477 passing yards, 55 touchdowns, a 68.3 completion percentage - and had played so well in besting his nemeses, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, in the AFC championship game.
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February 3, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The boat rocked and Peyton Manning felt it. "Is this boat moving?" Manning asked a crowd of reporters that had gathered around his podium aboard the Cornucopia Majesty. Yes, it was. The Broncos quarterback steadied himself and eventually took a question about his preparations for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in nearby East Rutherford, N.J. "I wasn't prepared for a rocking cruise ship," Manning cracked. "There's always a wrinkle, I guess.
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February 3, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
NEW YORK - Less than a minute into Roger Goodell's state of the league address yesterday at the Rose Theater, fake snow began falling on the stage behind him. "I told you we were going to embrace the weather," the NFL commissioner said with a smile. I can't help wondering whether the league would have taken the same humorous approach to the weather if it had been 10 degrees and snowing outside. But as luck would have it, there isn't a polar vortex in sight. When the NFL unveils its first cold-weather, open-air Super Bowl tomorrow night, there won't be any snow, and the temperature could be in the mid-40s.
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