The Sports Xchange
By Jeff Reynolds Before the biggest game of his life, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson paid $7,500 to guarantee the 100 game balls provided by the NFL were personalized to his liking before Super Bowl XXXVII. Letting the air out of the ball before the 2014 AFC Championship Game is about to come at a much steeper cost for the New England Patriots, and specifically coach Bill Belichick. The NFL is reportedly irate over the findings this week that 11 of the 12 game balls put into cir
The New England Patriots and Bill Belichick lost their only game against the Seattle Seahawks during the Russell Wilson-Pete Carroll era, 24-23 in 2012. The memories of that game are distant and unglorious in Foxborough, Mass. "Not a lot of great ones," Belichick said Tuesday. Patriots' coaches are using this week as a virtual bye week to scout and game plan the Seahawks before players return for the first preparation practice Thursday afternoon.
A second-quarter interception by Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson started the ball rolling into the investigation of the New England Patriots possibly intentionally deflating footballs. According to Newsday, Jackson's pick in the second quarter, with the Colts trailing 17-7, wound up in the hands of the Colts' equipment staff. That employee noticed the ball was not fully inflated, and informed coach Chuck Pagano.
Though the theory will be tested by the two weeks between Sunday's conference championship games and Super Bowl XLIX on Feb.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his piece shortly after the cruel turn of events: "This one's going to hurt for a while because of the close proximity of feeling that feeling when the clock hits zero and you're ahead.
RENTON, Wash. -- It was far from a direct route back to the Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks. But finally, a straight pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse washed away a day of frustration and led the Seahawks back to the NFL's biggest game and a chance to become just the ninth team to repeat as Super Bowl champs. Seattle's 28-22 overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, clinched on a Wilson-to-Kearse 35-yard touchdown, gave the Seahawks a date with the New England Patriots on Feb.
A timeline of the most dramatic comeback in NFC Championship Game history: --Behind 16-0 in the third quarter, Seattle scores its first touchdown from field goal formation when erstwhile holder Jon Ryan throws a 19-yard touchdown to rookie offensive tackle Garry Gilliam (who briefly played tight end at Penn State).
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson responded via social media to an in-depth report that claimed fraudulent practices by his charity and inappropriate use of those funds. "It's SAD how...