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Adrian Wilson tweets his thanks to Patriots after his release from club: ‘Can’t make the club in the tub’ 04.04.14 at 3:59 pm ET
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Adrian Wilson worked out with the Patriots in training camp before being placed on season-ending IR. (AP)

Adrian Wilson worked out with the Patriots in training camp before being placed on season-ending IR. (AP)

FOXBORO — The Adrian Wilson era is over in Foxboro before it really ever began.

The Patriots released the 34-year-old safety on Friday, just over a year after being signed as depth in the secondary.

Wilson was signed on March 15, 2013 to a three-year deal. In 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Wilson established himself as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in football, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl, three All-Pro honors and a trip to Super Bowl XLIII. In 11 seasons, he recorded 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.

He was released by the Cardinals on March 8, 2013, then signed by the Patriots a week later for three years and $5 million.

Wilson originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice (64th overall) by the Cardinals out of North Carolina State in 2001. He was released by Arizona on March 8, 2013. Wilson has played in 181 career games with 162 starts and compiled 716 tackles, 25½ sacks and 27 interceptions in his 12 years with the Cardinals. He holds the NFL record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive back (8), is the Cardinals’€™ all-time leader in passes defensed (99) and forced fumbles (15), and his 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in 2006 is tied with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the longest in team history.

Right after he joined the team, he offered Kyle Arrington a year’s supply of diapers for Arrington’s newborn baby to have Arrington’s jersey number 24, the number Wilson had in Arizona. Wilson eventually got his No. 24 jersey Arrington. Darrelle Revis can have No. 24, the number he’s played with on the Jets and Buccaneers.

Wilson never played a regular season snap for the Patriots as he was placed on season-ending injured reserved on Aug. 31, 2013 with an achilles injury.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Vince Wilfork, Robert Kraft and Patriots spending habits 04.02.14 at 10:27 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price analyze the return of Vince Wilfork, following his three-year, $22 million extension and what it means for the Patriots going forward. Petraglia and Price also discuss Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his growing fatigue with ‘petty’ financial issues every season.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price dish on Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Patriots in NFL Draft 04.02.14 at 2:40 am ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price address the visit of Johnny Manziel, a.k.a. ‘Johnny Football’, to Foxboro on Wednesday, where he was expected to sit down with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and others in the organization. Petraglia and Price look forward to the NFL Draft in early May and other players like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who might be on the Patriots’ radar in May.

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A record-setting day at Super Bowl XLVIII 02.03.14 at 2:46 pm ET
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The Denver Broncos were crushed by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. (Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos were crushed by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. (Getty Images)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII: RECORDS SET AND TIED

Compiled By Elias Sports Bureau

 

SUPER BOWL RECORDS SET IN SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Quickest Score From Start of Game: 12 seconds, Seattle

Most Playing Time In The Lead, Game, Team: 59 minutes, 48 seconds, Seattle

Most Completions, Game:€“ 34, Peyton Manning

Most Receptions, Game:€“ 13, Demaryius Thomas

Most Super Bowls Lost, Team: 5, Denver

Most Completions, Game, Team: 34, Denver

SUPER BOWL RECORDS TIED IN SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Most Receptions, First Half 7, Demaryius Thomas

Most Two-Point Conversions, Game:€“ 1, Wes Welker

Most Safeties, Game: 1, Cliff Avril

Most Touchdowns, Kickoff Returns, Game: 1, Percy Harvin

Most Safeties, Game, Team: 1, Seattle

Fewest Touchdowns Rushing, Game, Team:€“ 0, Denver

Fewest Times Sacked, Game, Team: 0, Seattle

Fewest Times Sacked, Game, Both Teams: 1, Denver vs. Seattle

Fewest Times Intercepted, Game, Team: 0, Seattle

Fewest Punts, Game, Team: 1, Seattle

Fewest Punt Returns, Game, Team:€“ 0, Seattle

Most Touchdowns, Kickoff Returns, Game, Team:€“ 1, Seattle

Fewest Fumbles, Game, Team: 0, Seattle

Fewest Turnovers, Game, Team: 0, Seattle

YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO WIN SUPER BOWL MVP AWARD

Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII, Jan. 1984         23 years, 302 days

Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, Super Bowl X, Jan. 1976                      23 years, 317 days

Tom Brady, New England, Super Bowl XXXVI, Feb. 2002        24 years, 184 days

Malcolm Smith, Seattle, Super Bowl XLVIII, Feb. 2014              24 years, 212 days

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John Elway can really relate with Peyton Manning in Super Bowl misery 02.03.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD — Peyton Manning said he played a great football team. John Elway said his team made too many mistakes. They’re both right and they can now relate with one another on a whole new scale after the Broncos were humiliated by the Seahawks, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Never had a team jumped out to such a big lead in a Super Bowl as did the Seahawks when they grabbed a 36-0 lead in the third quarter.

“It was embarrassing,” Wes Welker said, perfectly summing up Denver’s day in the swamps of Jersey.

Truth is, the game felt like garbage time from the moment Manning and his center Manny Ramirez weren’t on the same page and the opening snap of the game sailed into the end zone for a safety.

“I think we played a great football team,” Manning said. “We needed to play really well in order to win, and we didn’t come anywhere close to that. We weren’t sharp offensively from the very get-go. The turnover on the first play of the game to give them a safety is not the way you want to start a game. For whatever reason, we couldn’t get much going after that. Give Seattle a lot of credit. They are an excellent football team, and they caused a lot of our mistakes. At the same time, we just didn’t play well.

“They have an excellent defense. Certainly, to get behind and give them the lead, played into their hands. That’s what they do to a lot of teams. I think when you get the lead on a team, it definitely benefits their team and their defense. We certainly didn’t want to do that. We wanted to keep the game on the field and keep the score even. We got behind early and never could make a run to catch up. From that standpoint, it was a disadvantage for us, and an advantage for them.”

As for Elway, the Broncos Vice President of football operations, he won two straight Super Bowls (XXXII, XXXIII) but not before getting blown out in his first three. Elway was dominated by the Giants in Super Bowl XXI and lost 39-20. His Broncos scored the first 10 points of Super Bowl XXII before Washington scored 35 points in the second quarter and won, 42-10. It only got worse two years later when the Broncos were humiliated, 55-10, by the 49ers. Sunday’s game felt like that, something Elway denied after the game. “No, those are separate,” he said.

But still, Elway could relate with a Broncos team that won the AFC title like his did in the 1980s, only to get blown out on the game’s biggest stage.

“We just didn’t play like we’re capable of,” Elway said. “I was disappointed. Hopefully, we’ll learn from this. It started tough. We just couldn’t seem to get it going.

“It was a great year. It’s always disappointing. Only one team is happy at the end of the year, and you’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They played well. They took advantage of mistakes we made. I’m proud of these guys.”

The Broncos were sloppy and committed four turnovers, which didn’t include the bad snap for a safety or the overturned Trindon Holliday kickoff fumble recovery by Steven Hauschka.

“What hurts more is the turnover, because if you turn it over that many times, especially in this game to a good football team, which you know you’re going to play in this game, it’s hard to [win]. But that’s where you have to give the Seahawks a lot of credit.”

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Super Rout: Seattle Seahawks score in every way, crush Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII 02.02.14 at 9:54 pm ET
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MVP Malcolm Smith celebrates his 69-yard interception return for a TD in the first half Sunday. (AP)

MVP Malcolm Smith celebrates his 69-yard interception return for a TD in the first half Sunday. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD — In one of the most lopsided Super Bowl games ever, the Seattle Seahawks scored in the first 12 seconds and didn’t let up from there in an epic beat down of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.

It was not only Seattle’s first Super Bowl title in their 37-year history, it marked the first major championship for Seattle since the Supersonics beat the Bullets for the 1979 NBA championship.

Seattle dominated the game in every way possible, scoring a touchdown in all three phases while adding two field goals and a safety for good measure. The Broncos are no strangers to Super Bowl blowout losses as John Elway lost Super Bowl XXII by a 35-10 count. Two years later, they were blown out 55-10 by Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and the San Francisco 49ers.

In one of the most dreadful performances of his career on the game’s biggest stage, Manning threw a pair of costly interceptions, including a pick that was returned 69 yards by Malcolm Smith for a touchdown late in the first half. That interception made it 22-0 just over three minutes before halftime and earned him Most Valuable Player honors. Manning finished with a Super Bowl record 34 completions but needed 49 attempts for 280 yards. He was intercepted twice, including a bad pass behind Julius Thomas in the first quarter that wound up in the hands of Seattle safety Kam Chancellor. The game ended appropriately as Manning was strip-sacked on 4th-and-11 with three minutes left at his own 30. It was Denver’s fourth turnover of the game.

Then, on the opening kickoff of the second half, Percy Harvin, playing his first game since a concussion suffered in the NFC divisional round against New Orleans, outraced the Denver special teams unit 87 yards for a touchdown. That was the second kickoff return in as many Super Bowls, as Jacoby Jones returned a kick 108 yards in Baltimore’s Super Bowl XLVII win in New Orleans.

The Broncos continued their disgraceful performance on the next two drives. Instead of going for it on 4th-and-11 from Seattle’s 39, trailing 29-0, Denver coach John Fox decided to punt.

On the next possession, Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas caught a 29-yard pass down to the Seattle 15 but fumbled, committing Denver’s third turnover of the game.

The Thomas turnover led directly to Seattle’s fourth touchdown of the day, a 23-yard connection from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, with Kearse breaking three half-hearted tackles on his way to the end zone.

The game was a disaster from the very start. Manning couldn’t handle the opening snap from the shotgun from his own 14. The ball got by the Denver QB and was recovered in the end zone by Knowshon Moreno for a Seattle safety 12 seconds into the game, the quickest points in Super Bowl history.

Despite converting four of their first six third-down conversion attempts, Seattle could only manage field goals on their first two possessions inside the red zone but it didn’t matter in the end as the Seahawks out-gained the Broncos 148-11 in the first 15 minutes and never were threatened.

The Broncos avoided the indignity of becoming the first team ever to be shutout in the Super Bowl when Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas on a 14-yard in-cut in the end zone at the end of the third quarter. Manning found Wes Welker for a successful two-point conversion.

Seattle came right back, as Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard score to make it 43-8.

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Setting the scene from Super Bowl XLVIII: Warm weather awaits Broncos and Seahawks 02.02.14 at 4:52 pm ET
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The stage is set for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The stage is set for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

EAST RUTHERFORD — For all the concerns about the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather climate, apparently Roger Goodell has the ear of Mother Nature.

A game time temperature of 44 degrees is expected for kick-off, which would be officially five degrees warmer than the coldest Super Bowl ever played when the Cowboys beat the Dolphins, 24-3, in Super Bowl VI in Jan. 1972 at Tulane Stadium. As a matter of fact, three years later on the same field, they held the second-coldest outdoor Super Bowl, as the Steelers beat the Vikings, 16-6, with a game-time temperature of 46 degrees. Super Bowl XXXIX, won by the Patriots, 24-21, over the Eagles was played at a game-time temperature of 59 degrees in Jacksonville, Fla.

The temperature actually reached 56 degrees with a mild breeze around 2 p.m. ET before cooling off.

Wind should not be a significant factor as it will be coming out of the west-northwest at 4 MPH. According to weather.com temperatures should remain fairly steady throughout the three and a half hours, bottoming out at 39 at around 10 p.m. ET.

Here are the conditions for the previous 47 Super Bowls, courtesy the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Super Bowl Result Location
Temperature
at Kickoff
I Green Bay 35 Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)
72°
Kansas City 10
II Green Bay 33 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
68°
Oakland 14
III New York Jets 16 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
73°
Baltimore 7
IV Kansas City 23 Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
61°
Minnesota 7
V Baltimore 16 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
70°
Dallas 13
VI Dallas 24 Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
39°
Miami 3
VII Miami 14 Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)
84°
Washington 7
VIII Miami 24 Rice Stadium (Houston, TX)
50°
Minnesota 7
IX Pittsburgh 16 Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
46°
Minnesota 6
X Pittsburgh 21 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
57°
Dallas 17
XI Oakland 32 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
58°
Minnesota 14
XII Dallas 27 Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
70° (indoors)
Denver 10
XIII Pittsburgh 35 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
71°
Dallas 31
XIV Pittsburgh 31 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
67°
Los Angeles Rams 19
XV Oakland 27 Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
72° (indoors)
Philadelphia 10
XVI San Francisco 26 Pontiac Silverdome (Detroit, MI)
72° (indoors)
Cincinnati 21
XVII Washington 27 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
61°
Miami 17
XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 38 Tampa Stadium (Tampa, FL)
68°
Washington 9
XIX San Francisco 38 Stanford Stadium (Stanford, CA)
53°
Miami 16
XX Chicago 46 Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
70° (indoors)
New England 10
XXI New York Giants 39 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
76°
Denver 20
XXII Washington 42 Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego, CA)
61°
Denver 10
XXIII San Francisco 20 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami, FL)
76°
Cincinnati 16
XXIV San Francisco 55 Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
72° (indoors)
67 (outdoors)
Denver 10
XXV New York Giants 20 Tampa Stadium (Tampa, FL)
71°
Buffalo 19
XXVI Washington 37 Metrodome (Minneapolis, MN)
73° (indoors)
26 (outdoors)
Buffalo 24
XXVII Dallas 52 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
61°
Buffalo 17
XXVIII Dallas 30 Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
72° (indoors)
44 (outdoors)
Buffalo 13
XXIX San Francisco 49 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami, FL)
76°
San Diego 26
XXX Dallas 27 Sun Devil Stadium (Tempe, AZ)
68°
Pittsburgh 17
XXXI Green Bay 35 Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
67°
New England 21
XXXII Denver 31 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)
67°
Green Bay 24
XXXIII Denver 34 Pro Player Stadium (Miami, FL)
73°
Atlanta 19
XXXIV St. Louis 23 Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
72° (indoors)
34° (outdoors)
Tennessee 16
XXXV Baltimore 34 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
65°
New York Giants 7
XXXVI New England 20 Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
72° (indoors)
56° (outdoors)
St. Louis 17
XXXVII Tampa Bay 48 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)
81°
Oakland 21
XXXVIII New England 32 Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX)
59°
Carolina 29
XXXIX New England 24 ALLTELL STADIUM (Jacksonville, FL)
59°
Philadelphia 21
XL Pittsburgh 21 Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
68° (indoors)
30° (outdoors)
Seattle 10
XLI Indianapolis 29 Dolphin Stadium (Miami, FL)
67°
Chicago 17
XLII New York Giants 17 University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
70° (indoors)
61° (outdoors)
New England 14
XLIII Pittsburgh 27 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
66°
Arizona 23
XLIV New Orleans 31 Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
60°
Indianapolis 17
XLV Green Bay 31 Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
52° (outdoors)
Pittsburgh 25
XLVI New York Giants 21 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
44° (outdoors)
New England 17
XLVII Baltimore 34 Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
71° (outdoors)
San Francisco 31

 

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