|02.01.15 at 1:12 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — As was the case seven years ago, when the Patriots last took the field here at University of Phoenix Stadium, weather won’t be an issue as the retractable roof is expected to be closed for Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks. Weather outside would be ideal for a football game as the forecast is calling for sunshine and 67 degrees. The weather is a nice reward for those in town after one of the wettest weeks in years in Phoenix.
The game will be played on the natural grass surface that has been grown outdoors and rolled in for the game.
The Patriots only other experience in the building came on Feb. 3, 2008 when the Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, to win Super Bowl XLII and end the Patriots’ bid at a perfect season.
The Patriots enter the game with a chance to join the Giants and Packers as franchises with four Super Bowl titles. Pittsburgh has won six, while Dallas and San Francisco have won five apiece.
The Patriots are also trying to avoid making some dubious history. If they lose, they will match the Broncos for the most losses (5) in the big game. Currently, the Bills, Vikings and Patriots are just behind the Broncos with four Super Bowl losses. Of course, the Patriots are the only ones with four losses that have actually won a Super Bowl.
The Patriots are 3-4 in their seven previous trips while the Bills and Vikings are each 0-4.
The Patriots head into this game as healthy as they have been all season, with seven players officially listed as probable for the game, including starting center Bryan Stork, who was upgraded to probable from questionable on Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks have three key injuries worth monitoring in their secondary as Richard Sherman (elbow), Earl Thomas (shoulder) and Kam Chancellor (knee) practiced this week. Sherman and Thomas were banged up in the NFC title game while Chancellor tweaked his knee on Friday. All three are expected to start and play.
|02.01.15 at 12:11 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the Patriots prepare to take the field for Super Bowl XLIX, they are apparently looking more and more like winners in the Deflategate saga.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, only one of the 12 balls used by the Patriots in the AFC championship was a full 2 PSI below regulation while the other 11 found to be below spec were only “a tick” below regulation.
This news contradicts a report from Chris Mortensen two days after the AFC title game that 11 of the balls were found to be as much as a full 2 PSI below regulation.
There is an ongoing investigation being conducted by Ted Wells into how the balls were handled before the AFC championship game and if there were serious protocol violations by the Patriots. Patriots owner Robert Kraft sounded a confident tone Monday night upon the team’s arrival in Phoenix, expressing his support of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and demanding an apology from the league if the report clears the team.
In his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said he’s not drawn any conclusions and will let the report speak for the league.
But the more that comes out, the more it appears the Patriots will be vindicated. Here is more from Rapoport on Sunday morning:
|02.01.15 at 11:54 am ET|
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the tempestuous running back known for his silent treatment of the media and his crotch-grabbing backward dives into the end zone has been offered a contract by the Seahawks that would make him the second highest running back in the game behind Adrian Peterson.
The deal is believed to include more than $10 million for Lynch in the 2015 season alone. Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal. The Seahawks believe that Lynch, who has rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each of the past four seasons, has outplayed his contract, sources say. They want to reward him for his work, according to Rapoport.
The new deal for Lynch has been a topic of discussion between Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson and the Seahawks for the last several weeks. He’s the heart-and-soul of their team, which they recognize, and they want him to retire in Seattle.
What makes this fascinating is that sources close to Lynch have said there’s a very good chance he will retire if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl tonight.
This is also remarkable for another reason. Midway through the season there were multiple reports that the Seahawks had grown tired of his act and were ready to let him walk away after this season. After his production this season and his performance in the playoffs, the team has apparently had a change of heart.
|02.01.15 at 11:11 am ET|
The star cornerback has a $20 million team option with New England for next season, and a report came out this week that the team might be interested in paying that, but Sunday morning it was learned that two AFC East teams are also interested in his services.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, both the Jets and Bills are interested in Revis. With this Bills he would reunite with old coach Rex Ryan, and the Jets are already reportedly being investigated for tampering with him last month.
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|02.01.15 at 9:23 am ET|
|02.01.15 at 7:00 am ET|
PHOENIX — Super Bowl Sunday is here.
With kickoff approaching we asked some Patriots players what their game day routine is like — some being more superstitious than others.
OL Cameron Fleming: “The two most consistent things are I have to eat grits in the morning and I have to have a new mouthpiece.”
WR Josh Boyce: “I don’t really have an everyday routine. I wake up, shower. I am not really superstitious when it comes to game day.”
C Bryan Stork: “I go to the game and I play. That is my routine.”
TE Tim Wright: “I like to get there early. Get all my stuff laid out organized and I don’t like rushing. I will go in the hot tub and get loose. Then I go on the field and get some warm up routes in, get going a little bit and then I put my pads on and by that time I am ready to go.”
WR Brian Tyms: “I play Gucci Mane, a little mix. I have to be out there first. I will probably sit out there for like 10 minutes. Get a ball and jog around the field. Catch the ball to myself and then wait for [Brandon] LaFell and Danny [Amendola] to come out and we start running routes.”
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: “It always depends on if it is a day game, night game. If I took it through the whole thing we’d be here awhile. Pretty much wake up, breakfast and get ready to roll. Once you get to the stadium it’s on.”
CB Kyle Arrington: “My superstition is to be as random as possible. That whole superstition thing didn’t work out too well. It didn’t duplicate for me the way I wanted to. I am just spontaneous, whether it is listening to new music, wearing different socks, shoes, different shirt under my jersey, you name it.”
OL Dan Connolly: “I have a routine. It’s nothing crazy. I get ready for the game. I’m not superstitious. I wake up and have breakfast. If it is an early game I go straight to the stadium. I get in the hot tub. I warm up. I get dressed. It’s a routine for a football game, it’s nothing special.”
|02.01.15 at 6:35 am ET|