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There are Six Days Left Until Super Bowl Sunday

January 26th, 2015 at 5:28 PM
By Matthew Jardin

The New England Patriots will meet the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday in Glendale Arizona at 6:30pm ET.

This will be the Patriots sixth Super Bowl in 14 years and Seattle is making their second appearance in two years as the defending champions.

A win for either team will continue a legacy. The Patriots will have their fourth Super Bowl victory and tie them with the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants with the third most Super Bowl Victories. For the Seahawks, they could become only the eighth team in NFL history to win back to back Super Bowls.

In order for the Patriots to win this game they are going to have to stop Marshawn Lynch. The running back is nearly impossible to take down on the first try, or by yourself. The Patriots will have to swarm him if they want to have any chance of stopping him.

In the regular season Lynch had 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 37 receptions; Lynch looked unstoppable in the NFC Championship game with 159 yards and averaging 6.3 yards a carry.

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New England Patriots Officials Deny Any Knowledge of Deflate-Gate

January 25th, 2015 at 9:47 AM
By Sports Media 101

It’s not Spy Gate this time around, but rather #DeflateGate. Controversy surrounding the New England Patriots continued to brew and add fuel to the fire of Deflate-Gate. On Thursday, their coach Bill Belichick said that he did not have any knowledge on the underinflated footballs that were used in the game that sent his team right to the Super Bowl XLIX. During a press conference Belichick underlined that he was completely in the dark regarding this issue, but at the same time suggested that Tom Brady, the team’s star quarterback, might be able to shed some light on this issue.

He explained this idea by saying that quarterbacks like Brady, but also kickers and other football specialists, have preferences when it comes to the way a football feels when it is thrown of kicked. The same feel is directly connected with the amount of air present in the ball, or the level of inflation, which proved to be so problematic in the game that pitted New England Patriots against the Indianapolis Colts, later named Deflate-Gate. Coach Bill Belichick told the reporters that the same levels of inflation of the balls are checked by league officials and that he did not have any other explanation for the Deflate-Gate.

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New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belickick Has “no Explanation for What Happened,”

January 22nd, 2015 at 12:11 PM
By Matthew Jardin

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has made a statement regarding the investigation launched against the Patriots and their use of underinflated footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I have no explanation for what happened,” said Belichick. Who started the press conference by stating that he had not been aware of any ball pressure issues until he came into the office on Monday morning.

Belichick talked about how he over hears players talking about their preferences for ball inflation but they get, “no sympathy,” from him. He also mentioned that in the future the Patriots will overinflate balls to make up for any deflation that may occur. The team had been filling the balls to the minimum of 12.5 pounds of pressure.

“Obviously, with our footballs being inflated to the 12.5 range any deflation would take us under the specification limit. Knowing that now, in the future we will inflate the footballs above the low level to account for any possible change during the game. As an example, if a ball deflated from 13.2 to 12.9 it wouldn’t matter, but if it deflated from 12.5 to 12.3 it would-as an example,” said Belichick.

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The NFL Found That 11 of 12 Balls Used by the New England Patriots were Underinflated

January 21st, 2015 at 4:54 PM
By Matthew Jardin

The New England Patriots are under scrutiny yet again following their 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

The NFL found that 11 of the 12 balls the Patriots used in the game were under inflated by about two pounds of pressure each.

Mike Lynch of WCVB channel 5 in Boston reported that Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson told an equipment manager for the Colts that he thought that the ball he had caught in his interception of Tom Brady felt deflated. The claim went from the equipment manager, to Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, to the NFL’s director of field operations, to the officials on the field.

In the third quarter of the game a ball the Patriots were using was taken out of rotation by the referees. The NFL rule book says that a ball must be inflated with 12.5-13.5 pounds of pressure, and each teams game balls are examined before the game.

The advantage to using a deflated ball is that it helps the players grip the ball better for throwing and catching.

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The New England Patriots Win AFC Championship 45-7 Over Indianapolis Colts

January 18th, 2015 at 11:00 PM
By Matthew Jardin

The New England Patriots will face the defending Super Bowl Champions, The Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX after their 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Tom Brady came out of the game with just over three minutes left. He ended with 23 completions for 226 yards and three touchdown passes.

A big factor in the Patriots win was their ability to run the ball. LeGarrette Blount had 148 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and he looked near impossible to take down on first contact.

“He’s a great back, and made something out of nothing on multiple runs,” said Belichick when he was asked about Blount’s performance.

The Patriots defense gave the Colts zero wiggle room. Andrew Luck had no touchdown passes and two interceptions. He only completed twelve passes in the game for 126 yards.

On their opening possession, the Colts went three and out and gave the ball to the Patriots. The Patriots had to punt but the ball bounced off Josh Cribbs’ helmet and the Patriots recovered it. The drive ended with a one yard touchdown run by Blount.

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