MINNEAPOLIS -- About 30 minutes before kickoff of Super Bowl LII, former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook appeared on the U.S. Bank Stadium big screen and led the team's boisterous faithful in a thunderous version of "Fly, Eagles, Fly."
Before the New England Patriots got the ball for the first time, "Gonna Fly Now," the theme ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- They traded blows in a duel that will lead to as many retrospectives as it did records, the five-time champion and the unheralded former backup trading touchdown drives like Tiger Woods and Bob May trading birdies at the 2000 PGA Championship.
But in a quarterbacking bout that will be celebrated for ages, it was Nick Foles, not ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- For decades upon decades, parents will tell their children about Feb. 4, 2018. They'll remember when Doug Pederson called the trick play at the goal line, when the Eagles kept attacking Tom Brady, and when the greatest dynasty in NFL history fell to an improbable champion from Philadelphia.
The Eagles are Super Bowl champions. ...Read more
Offense has ruled Super Bowl 52.
There has been over 955 total yards of offense in the game, a Super Bowl record. That includes 404 passing yards by Tom Brady through three full quarters of action. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has thrown for over 300 yards. Both quarterbacks have thrown two touchdown passes.
The previous record was 929 yards ...Read more
They partied anyway. Minnesotans showed up on Nicollet Mall for the free concerts all week, went to the galas and filled up social media with pictures of ice sculptures and Super Bowl cutout signs.
Mostly they treated the week leading up to Sunday's game the way Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she hoped they would: as a "major supersized distraction ...Read more
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, a former standout football player at Georgia Southern, was killed by a suspected drunken driver early Sunday morning. The accident occurred on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
Jackson, 26, was an inside linebacker and spent all of this season on injured reserve.
The Colts issued a statement on Jackson...Read more
As Adrian Peterson watched the Vikings make their run to the NFC Championship Game, for the first time since his fateful performance against the New Orleans Saints in 2010, the team's all-time leading rusher couldn't help but feel conflicted.
The Vikings had defeated the Saints only seven days earlier, in a matchup of two teams that had parted ...Read more
Here is a Super Bowl Sunday prediction 49ers fans will love: a long-term deal with Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly could get done "in the near future."
That is what NFL Media's Ian Rapoport claimed Sunday morning, some 11 hours before kickoff of Super Bowl LII that pits Garoppolo's former team, the New England Patriots, against the Philadelphia ...Read more
The Windsor Diaries Book One: Victorian ScoundrelStephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 for Britain's Great ...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Rams are not playing in the Super Bowl, but a postseason awards haul on Saturday once again illuminated that they have the leadership and talent to contend for a spot in coming years.
Sean McVay was announced as the Associated Press coach of the year, running back Todd Gurley offensive player of the year and ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- The themes of this NFL season could be told in snapshots.
Injured superstars watch from the sidelines. Next-generation coaches refashion crummy teams to contenders. Smothering defenses set the tone. Backup quarterbacks get their chance. Protests and the push for social change dominate the headlines.
The Philadelphia Eagles check...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- The night before he seeks a sixth Super Bowl title against the Eagles, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earned his third MVP award.
Brady, who is a little busy at this point, didn't attend the NFL Honors show staged at the University of Minnesota on Saturday.
This year the 40-year-old Brady completed 66.3 percent of ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dawkins packed up his family and flew to Houston last February for what he had hoped would be the announcement that he had made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
After coming up short, he swore he wouldn't make the same mistake twice.
"This will be the last time I come out here beforehand," he...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- A simple slogan captures the spirit of Super Bowl LII:
Patriots vs. Everybody.
It's on T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats here, and it's not unique. Other teams have used the phrase to reflect their us-against-the-world ethos, including the Philadelphia Eagles, who are also playing in the game.
But with New England in the NFL's ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Terrell Owens is an outsider no more.
His status has matched his numbers.
Two years of being snubbed by voters for allegedly being a divisive force in the locker room during a 15-year NFL career gave way to common sense with Owens being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018.
And of ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- The greatest Bears player since their iconic Super Bowl XX team more than three decades ago received the highest honor Saturday: Brian Urlacher was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Urlacher and Baltimore's Ray Lewis were the players in the conversation for the best middle linebacker of their era and it is fitting both ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Ray Lewis never put any limits on himself. Even as a young kid growing up in Lakeland, Fla., surrounded by poverty and crime, Lewis not only told his best friend, Kwame King, that he was going to make it out, he vowed that he was going to make it big.
The second of the Ravens' two first-round picks in their inaugural draft in 1996,...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- First-ballot, homeboy!
Randy Moss, the mercurial, enigmatic, self-proclaimed "SuperFreak" who re-energized the Vikings' entire franchise in 1998, is heading to Canton, Ohio, as a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. Of 27 modern-era receivers, Moss is only the sixth to make it in his first year of eligibility and only the ...Read more
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Listen to what the New England Patriots are saying about Brandin Cooks.
The voices are impressive, but what they are saying is even more so.
Cooks figures to be one of the headaches for the Eagles defense when the two teams meet in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. No player scares a defense like one who can stretch the field to ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Ozzie Newsome clarified his role with the Ravens this morning a day after owner Steve Bisciotti said that the long-time general manager will step aside after the 2018 season and assistant general Eric DeCosta will take over control of the 53-man roster.
"I will remain as the Ravens' general manager through the 2018 season and ...Read more
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- AJ McCarron will be unrestricted free agent after winning grievance vs. Bengals
- Sebastian Janikowski's agent: 'At 39, Sebastian is too young to retire'
- Sam Farmer: Now that Super Bowl LII is history, it's time to look to the NFL's future