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The Daily Beast
137 d ago


Super Bowl Sunday 2017, here we go. Its Falcons vs. Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Heres how to watch live online.
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137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: Time, TV schedule, and location for Patriots vs. Falcons
The biggest game of the year kicks off at NRG Stadium in Houston.
One half of the Super Bowl 51 matchup is set. First, the Atlanta Falcons closed out the Georgia Dome with a dominating win , beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship , 44-21, for Atlanta’s first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years.
The Falcons will play the New England Patriots , who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday in Foxborough.
Atlanta and New England will have to wait two weeks until they can play again. The fight for the Lombardi Trophy will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 5. The game is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET.
New England opened as 3-point favorites over Atlanta .
This year, FOX gets the honors of televising the big game, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth once again. Viewers can stream it online at Fox Sports Go using their cable/satellite login info. Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform the halftime show, and you can expect FOX to have a lengthy pregame show leading up to kickoff time.
How to watch Super Bowl 51
Teams: New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons
Time: Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: NRG Stadium, Houston
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Online: Fox Sports Go
139 d ago
The Most Talked About Super Bowl 51 Ads -- So Far.
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51 things to know about Super Bowl LI
The Super Bowl, aka your best yearly excuse to crush a six pack while you're on a couch on a Sunday night, is just days away!
139 d ago
9 revealing pages from Bill Belichick's Super Bowl LI playbook
Bill Belichick, heading into his seventh Super Bowl as a head coach, is undoubtedly one of the best play-callers in the history of the NFL.
His methods are well-documented, his preparation unmatched. But just what's in that playbook of his is still a mystery until game day.
Until now.
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139 d ago
Watch Hulu’s Super Bowl spot for original series The Handmaid’s Tale
 Hulu just released a trailer for its adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, a science fiction tale in which the U.S. Government has been toppled by a theocratic authoritarian dictatorship and women suffer a horrible revocation of rights. So yeah it’s a little too on the nose right now. Maybe the hope is that showing this during America’s leather ball smash… Read More
SB Nation
139 d ago
Atlanta’s mayor is keeping bars open extra late for Falcons fans on Super Bowl Sunday
Atlanta: Good sports town.
The Falcons play in the Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday, but the most important news for fans was announced back in Atlanta.
Mayor Kasim Reed signed an executive order allowing Atlanta bars to stay open until 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Normally bars would close at midnight which is early and dumb and would be especially lame for the Super Bowl.
Did I just hear that @KasimReed has signed an order to let bars stay open till 2:30am Sunday night!!!!! Rise up and turn up and drink up!!!
— Ryan Cameron (@ryancameron) February 3, 2017
I did. #RiseUp https://t.co/XcRWwUX6hJ
— Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) February 3, 2017
Our friends at Eater Atlanta got a copy of the order :
Whereas, the Mayor, in celebration of the Atlanta Falcons NFC Championship win; and in recognition of the desire of the citizens of and visitors to the City of Atlanta to celebrate the Falcons participation in Super Bowl LI, hereby suspends enforcement of the current allowable hours of operation at certain locations licensed for the sale of alcohol for on premises consumption on Super Bowl Sunday so as to accommodate the festive nature of this day.
This is a big deal in Atlanta where closing time has been a battle for a long time so lot of people are excited!
@KasimReed you the real MVP.
— Jacqueline Campbell (@JCam0287) February 3, 2017
@KasimReed #RiseUp
— Denise Miller (@IrieDame) February 3, 2017
@KasimReed @ryancameron More like turnt up! Can we keep it like that permanently?
— Stacey Hopkins (@staceyhopkinsga) February 3, 2017
Of course, Patriots fans had jokes.
@KasimReed #ATL is gonna need to drink away their sorrows. #Patriots #SuperBowl
— Never Ending Glory (@glorypodcast) February 3, 2017
@KasimReed You folks in Atlanta will need it with the massive L you're taking sunday night #PatsNation
— Pat (@HeranPat) February 3, 2017
And other folks just want to make sure everyone stays safe.
@KasimReed @uSTADIUM Please don't drink and drive.
— Dee (@DGUNZ22) February 3, 2017
@KasimReed Great move but don't drink and drive....STOP DWI
— Francis Spriggs (@SpriggsyFresh) February 3, 2017
Have fun on Sunday and please be safe Atlanta!
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139 d ago
Divine intervention: will God decide Super Bowl 51?
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139 d ago
Super Bowl 51 prop bets: Patriots vs. Falcons Exotic Super Bowl Prop Odds for Sunday
Exotic prop bettors can wager on anything from broadcast calls to trick plays in Super Bowl LI on Sunday.
Tom Brady missed the first four games of the 2016 NFL season due to a suspension handed down by Roger Goodell for Brady's alleged involvement in deflating footballs. This saga is one of the key storylines heading into Super Bowl LI, and it has given way to a few exotic Super Bowl prop bets as well.
How many times will the word "deflate" or "deflategate" be said during the broadcast? The total is set at 1.5 times at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com . Bettors who take the OVER 1.5 "deflate" mentions will hope to hit this prop early if the broadcast team mentions how this controversy has motivated Brady this season, or late if the Patriots are leading and the broadcast team starts to speculate on what will happen in the post game.
Exotic bettors can wager on that, too. If the Patriots win, will any of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick or Robert Kraft be seen shaking Roger Goodell's hand? Bettors who expect an icy exchange between the commissioner and the Patriots could score a +135 payout if no handshake is caught on camera, while professionalism reigning supreme is favored at -175 on the "Yes" side of this wager.
Will Super Bowl LI see some new records set? Two props are offering bettors the chance to wager on history being made. Will either Brady or Matt Ryan throw for 415 or more passing yards (Yes +400, No -700)? Will both teams combine for 76 points or more to break the Super Bowl scoring record?
Brady has passed for over 415 yards one time over the last three seasons, while Ryan did so once this year in a 503-yard effort against Carolina. That performance came in a 48-33 Atlanta win over the Panthers, which was one of two times this season that the Falcons have gone OVER 76 points.
Bettors that don't mind wagering some big chalk on the Super Bowl LI betting lines could find some value in a prop bet asking whether any player besides Tom Brady or Matt Ryan will throw a pass on Sunday. Atlanta hasn't run a trick play in which a non-quarterback has thrown the ball since 2013, and New England has only run one such play since 2009.
Barring an injury to Brady or Ryan, the "No" is a strong bet to cash at -400. Those looking for some trickery can bet the "Yes" side at +250.
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Take a closer look at the matchups for the Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl
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A look at the key players in the Super Bowl
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Matchups for the Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl
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139 d ago
The colors of Super Bowl LI are polychromatic trash and fans hate them
An investigation into why on earth teal, red, black, and yellow ended up anywhere near each other.
HOUSTON — The NFL has a longstanding relationship with several things. Here they are, ranked from most to least important:
Press conferences Teal Money
“Teal?” You might be thinking, “As in the shade that falls somewhere on the color wheel between blue and green?”
Yes. Teal. The NFL must be, like, obsessed with teal, because what other explanation could there be for teal making its way into the color scheme of Super Bowl LI? There is no reason teal should be involved, given that the colors it accompanies are red, black, and some hints of neon yellow. All of the branding, buildings, and gear associated with this Super Bowl here in Houston boast this horrible motif that looks like it belongs on a 1990s starter jacket, or a more sinister version of a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, or the Dolphins’ color rush uniforms.
Here, let me show you what I’m talking about. Check out this random pole outside the NFL Live fan experience downtown:
Charlotte Wilder with an iPhone and sense of disbelief
First of all, I don’t even know why that pole is there. I guess, technically, it’s more of a column, and I also guess that it’s probably home to broadcasting equipment, satellites, or a bunch of footballs stacked on top of each other in case we somehow run out over the course of a week.
Secondly, why is the pole so ugly? Answer: Because these colors have absolutely no business being anywhere near each other. Teal and black? Cool! Red and black? Dope! Black and yellow? Sure!
But teal, red, black, and yellow? Take a hike.
Granted, this is just my humble opinion. I’ve walked around all week cringing at the offending wall wrappings and restroom signs, but I wondered if perhaps I was being unnecessarily harsh. Maybe the NFL focus-grouped this strategy and most fans are all for it.
So, I headed to the NFL shop at the convention center that serves as Super Bowl home base to do some investigative reporting and ask some fans what they thought.
In order to get into the store, I had to wait in a line that felt longer than it should be for people who are trying to give the NFL their money. A woman was putting wristbands on fans as though the store was a concert, but instead of a concert, it’s just an even more cavernous space deeper in the belly of the convention center filled with incredibly ugly clothes, jackets, jerseys, and hats.
Here is a particularly bad hat featuring red, black, teal, and mesh that I found:
I spotted a couple browsing through a rack of polyester polo shirts that looked like something a little league coach from the 1980s might wear. I asked them what they thought of the color scheme.
“Ugh,” said the woman, whose name was Pat.
“It’s a little sketchy,” said the man, whose name was Matt.
I then stopped Stephanie, who was holding a sparkly shirt and was very much into the teal, but very much didn’t like the teal with the red. Here is Stephanie holding her sparkly shirt:
You can’t really see how sparkly the shirt is in that picture, but trust me. It was very sparkly.
I spotted one of the NFL store attendants whose name tag said Lovie on it. She was hanging up a fresh batch of teal shirts. I asked her what she thought about the colors.
“I like both of them,” she said. “But I don’t really like the teal with the red. Any other color would be better with either of them.”
Vinnie and Atoinette, whom I found by the sweatshirts, weren’t into the teal, either. They liked the red. And they liked the teal! But they didn’t like the red and the teal together.
Raoul, however, was my outlier. He was wearing a Dolphins jersey over a red sweatshirt, and when I asked him if he liked the red and teal theme, he said yes. I pointed out that his outfit incorporated the same colors, and he said, again, “yes.”
I headed over to the wall of hats, where Ellie and Earl, an older couple wearing Patriots jerseys, told me they didn’t like the color scheme. They thought it should be navy, red, and white.
“Those are the Patriots colors, though,” I said.
“Yes, they are,” they said.
And then, I saw it. The best jacket in the world, a coat that made up for every horrible motif, every awful teal-and-red-and-black-and-yellow striped pole. The piece of outerwear that redeemed the NFL of every hideous branding mistake its made during Super Bowl LI.
Here it is, for a cool 250 bucks (please ignore the bags under my eyes):
If someone wants to buy this jacket for me, I would be very much down to accept it as a gift (you can Google the Vox Media address in D.C. and send it there). I would also accept this chambray shirt with a beautiful patch of Texas on it:
But I digress. The point here, folks, is to tell you that, of the sampling of fans I accosted inside a convention center in Houston, most of them didn’t like the colors of the gear they were planning to buy. Further proof that the NFL doesn’t care about you, nor — and this is pure speculation on my part — do they understand the power of a good, old-fashioned focus group.
The Rolling Stone
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Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win Super Bowl 51
For many, "The Greatest Show on Turf," a.k.a. the 1999 St. Louis Rams, will serve as a watershed moment in their NFL fandom. That team was the perfect amalgamation of so many fascinating and important storylines that it was impossible not to root for them as long as they weren't facing off against your team, in which case, fear overcame admiration.
The '99 Rams
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139 d ago
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139 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 tickets: Why fans can’t go to the game
So you’re trying to get your hands on a Super Bowl ticket, eh? Well it might be harder than you think, unless you’re willing to shell out the big bucks.
The Super Bowl has been described as feeling overwhelmingly corporate , and that is because the NFL reserves 25.2 percent of tickets for distribution to its corporate sponsors. Most of these people who attend the game probably do not have any rooting interest in either team playing. This year, a substantial portion of tickets are going to On Location Experience , a business partner of the NFL that is reselling tickets in packages. The most expensive package? Only $12,749!
On Location Experience packages for Super Bowl LI.
So where do the rest of Super Bowl tickets end up? According to the NFL, the Houston Texans receive five percent of tickets as host of Super Bowl LI. The Falcons and Patriots each receive 17.5 percent of tickets. The other 34.8 percent of tickets are split between the other 29 NFL clubs. That comes out to about 1.2 percent per club.
Most NFL clubs distribute their NFL tickets via a lottery that begins before the matchup is even set. Prior to the AFC Championship, Pittsburgh season ticket holders were submitted to the lottery for tickets selling at face value, which this year was a whopping $2,200. Most clubs award preference to season ticket holders who have had their season tickets the longest. In Pittsburgh especially, that can mean a really, really long time.
What happens if you’re a Steelers fan who wins a ticket but decides not to go since, you know, the Steelers lost to New England? Well, this is how most tickets end up on the secondary markets at huuuuge jacked up rates. The NFL is trying to combat the sale of tickets on secondhand markets by changing ticket policies to make sure the people who win the tickets are actually the ones attending.
Many have hypothesized that since tickets are so hard to come by, “real fans” rarely make it to the game. If you take into account the expenses of traveling to a neutral location, finding a hotel, and food, deciding to attend the Super Bowl seems like a serious commitment. If you’re as afraid of commitment as I am, settling to watch the game at home with some friends and cheap-ass beer might be the better option.
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It’s Friday, which means we’re now officially headed into Super Bowl weekend. If you’re itching to catch the Patriots beat up on the Falcons this weekend (fight me), we’ve got you covered. Starting this Sunday at 3:30 PST/6:30 EST, you can get all the action as it unfolds without that pesky cable subscription we all hate. Over-the-air If you have a digital antenna, you can (probably) catch the game, in HD, over-the-air. The channel varies with your local area, but it’ll be broadcast on your local Fox affiliate in some 170 local viewing areas. Web, Phone, and Tablet FoxSportsGo.com will host a…
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139 d ago
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A Chicago jail might have to go on lockdown because so many guards call in sick to watch the Super Bowl
Thomson Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Employees at one of the largest U.S. jails would rather watch the big game than the big house, raising concerns with a Chicago-area sheriff that an annual problem with Super Bowl fever could force a lockdown on Sunday.
As the New England Patriots prepare to play the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League's championship game in Houston, officials in the Cook County Sheriff's Office said they are telephoning guards who in years past have called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Super Bowl is the most heavily watched show on television every year.
"For the safety of our staff and the inmates, it’s important that we have adequate staffing levels at the jail," Samuel Randall, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, which runs the jail, said by email.
"Though there's only so much the sheriff’s office can do, we’ve taken steps to minimize call-ins by contacting more than 300 correctional officers who have missed two or more Super Bowl Sundays," he added.
Hundreds of employees at Chicago's Cook County Jail called in sick for last year's Super Bowl Sunday, forcing a facility that houses some 7,400 inmates to be locked down due to lack of staff, said Cara Smith, the chief police officer for the Cook County Sheriff.
Thomson Reuters
More than 100 were no-shows during the day shift, and another 128 skipped the afternoon shift, accounting for around 25 percent of staff.
When staffing levels fall too low, all unnecessary movement of inmates is restricted, she said.
"Occasionally a high-profile boxing match will give us a run for our money, but the Super Bowl has been a consistent day when we see these issues," Smith said.
(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Bill Rigby)
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The Atlanta Falcons will be underdogs for the first time in nine games on Sunday when they face off against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LI.
The Atlanta Falcons are 15-6 straight up and 14-7 against the spread over their last 21 games overall. The Falcons will try to get the job done as underdogs in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium.
Atlanta is a 3-point underdog in Houston this Sunday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This line has remained unchanged in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl LI, as fairly balanced action has come in on both sides.
Each of New England's last six Super Bowl appearances has been decided by four points or less, and bettors seem to be expecting another close game this time around.
Injuries are not expected to have much of an impact on this weekend's Super Bowl matchup . Atlanta's star wide receiver Julio Jones is still dealing with issues from turf toe, but the injury didn't do much to slow him down against Green Bay when he caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Center Alex Mack was also limited due to injury during practice last week, but he will be good to go on game day.
For New England, safety Nate Ebner returned to practice after leaving the AFC Championship game against Pittsburgh with a head injury. Malcolm Mitchell was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the extra week off, as it gave him more time to rest his sprained knee.
The Patriots will of course be without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was knocked out for the season back in November.
Like the spread on the game, the total for Super Bowl LI has also stayed relatively steady at its opening number of 58.5. Atlanta trended heavily toward the OVER this season with 16 of its 18 games going above the posted total, per the OddsShark NFL Database .
The OVER is 4-2 in the last six meetings between New England and Atlanta.
All of the media excitement, predictions, and hoopla leading up to Super Bowl Sunday are all but over. What remains is a game between the NFL's two best teams, which will either earn Atlanta its first Super Bowl in franchise history or build on the legacies of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as two of the greatest of all time.
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Super Bowl 51 online streaming: How to watch Falcons vs. Patriots live online
The Patriots and Falcons will face off in the biggest game of the season, and here’s how you can watch it online.
Thirty NFL teams have already called it a season and are going back to the drawing board. Only two remain, set to face off in the biggest game of the year: Super Bowl LI.
The Atlanta Falcons , on the back of an MVP-caliber season from quarterback Matt Ryan , are fighting for their franchise’s first-ever Lombardi Trophy. They’re taking on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots , who are no strangers to playing in, and winning, Super Bowls.
Super Bowl LI is set for 6:30 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium in Houston. The game will be broadcast by FOX, with a live stream available online for free via Fox Sports GO . Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call the action in the broadcast booth.
The game features two incredibly stellar offenses. Atlanta has been on the cusp of being a competitor for many seasons now. Ryan has been a steady quarterback, especially since the team acquired wide receiver Julio Jones. But the defense has always lagged behind, and the Falcons have been inconsistent in the playoffs.
This year, though, Ryan has put up the best performance of his career. Most importantly, he’s completed above 70 percent of his passes and has thrown seven touchdowns in two playoff games. On top of that, he hasn’t thrown a single interception this postseason.
Brady, a three-time Super Bowl MVP, has been good, but he’s had some issues in the postseason. Not huge issues, mind you, but he’s looked beatable. Brady has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 671 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions in two games this postseason.
However during the regular season, he was phenomenal. He completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. That was in just 12 regular season games, due to his four-game DeflateGate suspension to start the season.
In the regular season, the Falcons ranked second in the league in total yardage, trailing only the New Orleans Saints . The Patriots weren’t too far behind, ranking fourth. The Falcons were atop the league in scoring offense, with 33.8 points per game, ahead of the Patriots, who averaged 27.6 points per game.
Defensively is where things get interesting. The Falcons defense is clearly much improved over years past, and they have a pass rush that’s actually getting to opposing quarterbacks. But they ranked 25th in the league in yards allowed, while the Patriots rank eighth.
Atlanta fares even worse when it comes to points allowed, ranking 27th in the league with 25.4 point allowed per game. The Patriots, on the other hand, ranked at the top of the league in points allowed, with opposing offenses scoring just 15.6 points per game.
However, the Falcons have looked fearsome on defense in the playoffs, giving up an average of 20.5 points per game — most of which came after they had the games in hand.
Keeping up with Brady will be a tall task for anybody, even someone like Ryan, who has Jones to throw to. With the stingy Patriots defense, it will be even tougher. But the Falcons have never looked as good as they have in the past few weeks, and many feel the time is right for the organization to win its first-ever Lombardi Trophy.
But they’ll have to get past a Patriots team that is quite good at winning Super Bowls, and is more than used to the pressure of the big game. Below is all you need to know to watch the game.
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Chris Myers
Halftime performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Online: Fox Sports Go
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Super Bowl LI: NFL is back to using Roman numerals
Everybody can breathe now.
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will face off in what is officially called Super Bowl LI. However, last year, Super Bowl 50 didn’t go by the Roman numeral “L,” because it’s a sad and ugly letter. “L’s” mean losing.
“L immediately brought up so many negative connotations,” Shandon Melvin, the NFL creative director, told the Mercury News last year. “It’s very asymmetrical. And three-quarters of the letter is negative space. It’s like, what do you do with this thing to make it look attractive? I’ll take an X any day of the week. Or any other letter for that matter.”
Poor “L,” it’s not your fault.
Why do we even use Roman numerals in the first place?
According to an NFL media guide , “the Roman numerals were adopted to clarify any confusion that may occur because the NFL Championship Game — the Super Bowl — is played in the year following a chronologically recorded season.”
But the “LI” for Super Bowl 51 is back. The one-year hiatus from 45 years of peaceful Roman numeral harmony (they were first used in Super Bowl V) can return and order has been restored.
Chaos may make its rounds as we approach Super Bowl C in 49 years, but we’ll all be really, really old by then.
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138 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: Falcons vs. Patriots kickoff, start time
Tom Brady goes for his fifth ring while Atlanta chases its first.
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday for Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. The game will be televised on FOX and Lady Gaga will entertain for the halftime show.
After a somewhat boring postseason so far, this is the game we’ve been waiting for.
Finishing with the league’s best regular season record despite missing quarterback Tom Brady for four games, the New England Patriots, for better or worse, were the NFL’s most talked about team. Deflategate put a target on the team’s back, but the Patriots responded with a 14-2 season, finishing in the top four in total yardage and yardage allowed. One of the two losses came with third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett taking snaps after backup Jimmy Garoppolo went down to injury.
The Patriots also found tremendous success without tight end Rob Gronkowski for half of the season and the entire playoffs. He had back surgery in early December and was placed on the injured reserve list. Martellus Bennett picked up in his place with 701 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
The Atlanta Falcons finished 11-5, but they had the second-highest point differential to the Patriots through the regular season thanks to their 33.8 points per game. That’s the seventh-most in NFL history. All five Falcons losses were by a combined 22 points. Meanwhile, eight wins were by double digits.
The Falcons’ offense and defense were both on full display as they took the NFC Championship with a commanding 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers , holding Aaron Rodgers ’ team scoreless for the entire first half.
On the season, quarterback Matt Ryan was MVP level with 38 touchdowns to seven interceptions and a 70 percent completion percentage. Devonta Freeman rushed for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Julio Jones was his usual self with 83 receptions for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns. Offensively, this team is dynamic.
Historically only one of these teams has found postseason success. While the Patriots have won four Super Bowls in the Tom Brady era, the Falcons haven’t won one — ever. They’ve only made the Super Bowl one other time, in 1999, where they fell to the Denver Broncos, 33-19.
Brady’s chase for ring No. 5 has doesn’t have to do with avenging the highly controversial Deflategate decision. The 39-year-old is just motivated by his teammates . Will it be enough?
Our SB Nation experts think the Falcons will bring home the city’s first Lombardi trophy. Only 27 percent of America will be rooting for the opposite.
How to watch
When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Online: Fox Sports Go
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Putin owns a Super Bowl ring thanks to a misunderstanding with Patriots owner Robert Kraft
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The New England Patriots are two wins away from what would be their fifth Super Bowl title in 16 years.
For Patriots owner Robert Kraft, however, winning another championship would bring his Super Bowl ring collection only to four, thanks to one of the strangest mishaps in NFL history.
In 2005, Kraft was on a business trip to Russia and visited Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kraft, carrying his 2004 Super Bowl ring, showed it to Putin, who apparently tried it on and then took it without giving it back .
From the sounds of it, Kraft still hasn't gotten his original ring back. In a video the NFL released on Thursday, Kraft relayed the story, saying:
"[The Super Bowl rings] are all in a drawer except for my third one. The original is in Russia with the president of the country. I happened to be there on a business mission with my friend Sandy Weill. We had just given out our rings. I showed Sandy my ring, and he said, 'Why don't you show it to the president?' And I showed it to him and he put it on, and he sort of just enjoyed it, so he kept it on."
Kraft had a more colorful description of the events back in 2013, with his saying: "I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring.' I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
The New York Post reported that when the incident originally happened, the Bush administration had asked Kraft, for the sake of US-Russia relations, to say publicly that he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.
After Kraft told his updated version of events in 2013, Putin denied stealing the ring or having any memory of meeting Kraft, but he said he would have a replacement ring made for Kraft .
A decade later, it appears Kraft never got his ring back.
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The Super Bowl is this weekend, which means it's a good time to start thinking about easy, crowd-pleasing snacks to make.
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Super Bowl 2017 international broadcasts: How to watch Falcons vs. Patriots abroad
Watching the Super Bowl abroad has never been easier.
The Atlanta Falcons will try to win their first-ever Lombardi Trophy when they take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday. It’s a game that will feature two of the best offenses the NFL has seen in a Super Bowl, led by Matt Ryan and Tom Brady .
Brady is no stranger to the big game. He has four Super Bowl rings and is making his seventh appearance. The Patriots have essentially their franchise’s entire history of success thanks to Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.
Ryan has struggled in the playoffs since joining the Falcons as a rookie in 2008. He’s always thrown for plenty of yards and touchdowns, but he’s played some of his worst football in the postseason.
That hasn’t been the case this year for the likely NFL MVP. In two playoff games this season, Ryan has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He’ll be facing a Patriots defense that allowed the fewest points of any team in the regular season, however. It should be a great matchup.
Watching the Super Bowl in the United States is as easy as tuning into FOX or watching free online via Fox Sports GO . Watching in other countries is also simple — to an extent. The international rights are split among dozens of networks and entities, but fortunately, the information on where to watch is fairly accessible.
For the biggest international markets, the rights holders are no surprise. In the United Kingdom, BBC and Sky Sports will both be able to broadcast the game. In Canada, CTV, CTV Two, and TSN all have broadcast rights. In Australia, the game will be on ESPN and Seven Network. In Ireland, Sky Sports holds the rights.
In Mexico, Televisa will continue broadcasting the Super Bowl live and online via their official website.
The game is set for 6:30 p.m. ET in the United States. That ends up being at decent times for some countries and early in the morning for others. But the options to watch the game are varied, and most European countries will carry coverage on local channels.
Below is all the information you need to watch in some of the bigger countries.
How to watch in the United States
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Chris Myers
Halftime performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Online: Fox Sports Go
International Viewing
Australia: Seven Network, ESPN
Canada: CTV, CTV Two, TSN
England: BBC, Sky Sports
France: W9
Italy: Italia 1, Fox Sports 2
Germany: SAT 1
Mexico: Televisa
New Zealand: Sky TV
Spain: Canal+
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2017 Super Bowl halftime show: Time, TV schedule, how to watch online
This should be an epic halftime show.
This year, Lady Gaga will perform at Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, but before she takes the stage, legendary crooner Tony Bennett will appear in a short video. Gaga has collaborated with Bennett on past projects.
They recorded their own version of "The Lady is a Tramp" in 2011. That song was on Bennett’s album Duets II. In 2014, Gaga and Bennett released an album called Cheek to Cheek, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album.
Gaga is no stranger to performing at the Super Bowl. At Super Bowl 50, she sang the national anthem, which will be performed by country singer Luke Bryan this year.
Not only is Gaga a talented singer, but she is also known for her fashion sense. During her national anthem performance, she wore a red Gucci pantsuit and Gucci platform shoes. One platform was with red and white stripes, and the other one was with midnight glitter.
Gaga likes to be unpredictable. You never know what she is going to wear when she performs. Gaga loves to switch up her style, and fans love her for that. She isn't afraid to wear clothing that some may question, either.
Lady Gaga released her most recent album, Joanne, in October, which vaulted to the top of the Billboard chart and includes the singles "Perfect Illusion" and "Million Reasons." Lady Gaga has previous No. 1 hits, including "Poker Face" and "Born This Way" that she will likely belt out while the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are in the locker room.
You will get to see her showcase her charisma and strong singing voice in what should be an entertaining halftime show.
How to Watch
Who: Lady Gaga, with a brief clip from Tony Bennett
When: Halftime of Super Bowl LI, around 8:30 p.m. ET
Online: Fox Sports Go
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2017 Super Bowl: What time is kickoff?
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, but it’s doubtful that it actually hits that mark.
Kickoff for Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, but it’s highly unlikely that it actually hits that mark.
With Luke Bryan scheduled to perform the national anthem and the cast of Hamilton set to perform “America the Beautiful,” the kickoff will likely be closer to 6:40 p.m. ET.
A year ago in Super Bowl 50, the coin toss came at about 6:35 p.m. after Lady Gaga ’s performance of the national anthem. Kickoff then followed after a short commercial break.
Super Bowl LI features a matchup of the highest-scoring offense in the NFL and the defense that allowed the fewest points. The Falcons offense, led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones , averaged 33.75 points per game during the regular season and then upped the momentum in the postseason with 80 points in two wins.
But the Patriots allowed an average of only 15.63 points and gave up only 33 in a pair of playoff victories. New England also has an offense to be reckoned with, led by three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and running back LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns in the regular season.
Here is all the information to tune in for Super Bowl LI on Sunday:
How to watch Super Bowl LI
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: NRG Stadium, Houston
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
How to watch the Super Bowl online
Fox has an over-the-top service, Fox Sports Go , which provides live streaming of every sporting event they cover. Normally it requires a cable/satellite subscription to access, but for the Super Bowl, Fox is making a special exemption and making the game available to everybody watching online. Mobile apps are available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox One, among others .
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What would the Super Bowl look like with AI referees?
It’s late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI. The Falcons are facing third and goal on the Patriots’ five-yard line. Matt Ryan takes the snap and hands off to Devonta Freeman, already running hard at the goal line. Then, with a crunch audible to the topmost rows of NRG Stadium, Freeman is brought down by Dont’a Hightower right at the goal line. Touchdown?! Silence falls as all eyes turn… not to the referees on the sidelines (there aren’t any) but to giant LCD panels behind the end zones. The screens remain black for several long moments until “TOUCHDOWN” lights up. A roar erupts from half of the stadium.
Where were the referees in this fictional account of the upcoming Super Bowl LI? They’ve been automated by artificial intelligence systems hooked up to networks of sensors worn by the players and high-speed cameras strategically positioned throughout the stadium.
Does all of this sound speculative? It is, but not as much as you might think when you take a look around the world of professional sports. “Precursor” technologies that provide the sensory input data for yet-to-be-invented AI algorithms are already in use. The distance between today’s smart sensors and tomorrow’s fully automated officiating is closing fast.
We won’t see AI refs in Super Bowl LI, but the question of whether there’s room for automated officials in the NFL and other professional sports is quickly becoming a matter of policy, not technology.
Automated officiating is born one technology at a time
Ask any soccer fan about the Hand of God goal, and you’ll hear not a lecture on divine intervention, but a passionate recounting of one of the biggest referee mistakes in sports history. During the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona scored a goal by swatting the ball into the net by hand, a clear no-no in soccer. The referees all missed it, and the goal stood despite the handball, which was described by Bleacher Report as “one of the most egregious” mistakes in World Cup history. Because of this error, Argentina ended up winning 2-1 over England.
Refs are only human, and we can’t expect them to be right all of the time. Some calls, such as the Hand of God, occur simply because refs can’t watch every single detail of every single play. Mistakes are inevitable. But the days of bad calls may soon be at an end. Goal-line technology, wearables, nanosensors, and even artificial intelligence are being adopted to help reduce referee errors and level the playing fields.
Do referees have the toughest jobs in sports?
The Hand of God goal wasn’t the first referee mistake, and it certainly won’t be the last. Questionable calls have landed refs in the crosshairs of irate players and fans since humans first began competing over athletic prowess. The only difference between then and now is that bad calls are recorded and preserved online forever. Everything from simple oversights to politically charged decisions can be witnessed and dissected by every sports fan with a smartphone and a data plan.
Consider the 1972 Olympics, when officials nearly reignited the Cold War by handing the gold to the Soviet Union’s men’s basketball team. The U.S. team had remained undefeated throughout the Olympics and as time wound down on the gold medal match, looked like they would remain so. But officials added time to the clock during the last seconds of the matchup, a decision ESPN dubs one of the worst calls in sports history . The Soviets eked out a one-point lead in those final moments, unseating the American champions.
Although the world narrowly avoided political disaster then, referees have continued to confound players and enrage fans with mystifying calls. But what if officials — at the next World Cup, Olympics, or Super Bowl — had access to real-time data on players’ movements and could make faster, more accurate decisions? By reducing human error, there would be fewer opportunities for bad judgment and confusion to alter the outcomes. This would benefit not only the players, but the refs as well. That’s a good thing, right? Well, it’s not that simple.
The era of goal-line technology
Referees are just as much a part of the game as players and coaches, facing their own unique brand of pressure every time they set foot on a court or field. The decisions they make determine the course of high-stakes matchups, and coaches, players, and spectators alike don’t hesitate to let them know when they disagree with their calls. That’s where advances in tracking technology prove useful.
In football or soccer, for instance, goal-line technology could become referees’ first line of defense against disgruntled players and fans who dispute their calls. Goal-line technology determines the exact moment when a ball crosses the threshold to count as a score. These systems use high-speed camera or microchips implanted in the balls to track their movements, and referees can use the real-time data from the systems to confirm and support their judgments.
The NFL has yet to fully adopt goal-line technology, but FIFA implemented it for the 2014 World Cup . European Premier League teams have begun using it, as well. England’s Premier League coach spoke in favor of adopting the system, saying it would prevent “gross injustices” from occurring in the sport. Referees can access goal data within a second, mitigating lengthy game delays. Rather than relying on their own observations or debating their colleagues, officials will have instant proof of whether a goal should stand.
Such technology would help referees in other sports, as well, allowing them to defend their calls when they’re accused of bias. Case in point: Game 2 of the 1998 NBA finals, when observers noted that many of the refs’ calls favored the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Lakers. Emotions flare when championships are on the line, and hard data can help cooler heads prevail.
Wearables and AI technology are game-changing — literally
Bad calls make great headlines, but the occasional bad call doesn’t always indicate a trend. When the NBA began reviewing officials’ calls in 2015, it found that referees were correct 86 percent of the time in the crucial final minutes of games. Rod Thorn, then-head of the NBA’s basketball operations, said the referee reviews not only increased transparency, but added “a humanity factor” and proved that “the vast majority of the calls are right.”
A little humanity can go a long way, especially in the fraught world of sports officiating. Referees often find themselves the targets of insults and vitriol, particularly from fans. There are even online forums where fans go to brainstorm creative barbs to unleash on officials during games.
Technology is giving refs better cover. Multiple professional leagues are increasingly equipping their athletes with wearable devices that send constant updates to coaches and referees who use the data to assess the players’ performances, spot signs of injuries, and analyze goals and plays.
In high-profile events, such as the 2016 Rio Olympics, data was often streamed to television broadcasters so spectators could understand what was happening in real time. Former Olympian Barbara Kendall has said that live stats make sporting events more interactive for fans watching at home.
But wearables are also invaluable for accurate judging and scoring . In fencing, for instance, sensors indicate the precise timing and location of athletes’ hits.
Cameras may also provide a buffer for human errors, which is a real concern for referees. In one memorable instance, officials accidentally allowed the University of Colorado Boulder football team five downs , giving them a game-defining advantage over the University of Missouri. The error occurred in 1990, but it was so widely known, it has its own Wikipedia page. Widespread use of on-field cameras could help referees catch those oversights, as would automated tracking of downs, yards gained and lost, and other critical aspects of the game.
Artificial intelligence is also already here, helping coaches call plays during games. “Moore’s Law predicts that computational power doubles roughly every two years, so by Super Bowl 100, in 2066, computers should be several million times faster than today. Imagine a robot Bill Belichick flicking through a digital playbook of trillions of moves during the 40-second gap between plays.”
Immersion and empathy through technology
Wearables and smart technology are transforming sports like football, soccer, and basketball in unprecedented ways. Athletes and coaches are gaining deeper understanding than ever before about plays, strategies, and players’ abilities. If coaches can monitor athletes’ vitals and performances, they can detect when someone is injured or at risk of hurting themselves. Players can then seek care in time to prolong their careers instead of being devastated by an unforeseen break or trauma.
Fans are getting in on the action, too. Jerseys equipped with smart sensors give them a feel for what it’s like to be on the field with their favorite players. This smart apparel uses haptic feedback to transmit football plays to viewers as they’re watching.
Even those who don’t slip into a smart jersey can get up close and personal through wearables. Devices such as Ref Cams and GoPros allow viewers to feel as though they’re on the court or field. The WNBA introduced Ref Cams in 2013 and Fox Sports installed GoPros in referees’ hats to innovate in its coverage of the December 2016 Big 10 Championship Game.
Although refs and players don’t always see eye to eye, they’re likely to agree that facial recognition technology will change sporting environments for the better. Stadiums in Australia are exploring the use of such systems to keep known troublemakers out of their venues. People who are known to start fights and antagonize refs and players may soon be contained before they’ve had a chance to rile people up and become distractions for officials, players, and fans who are trying to enjoy the game.
Wearables and other smart technologies will help officials improve their accuracy and do their jobs more effectively. But the greatest benefit may be that when fans and coaches get a ref’s-eye view of the game, they become a little less hostile and a lot more empathetic.
Will AI replace refs?
We’ve been looking at how new technologies are impacting professional sports around the world. These changes are, for the most part, evolutionary — players, coaches, and officials benefit, but the games remain largely the same. As long as the chips, dips, and buffalo wings don’t run out, Super Bowl LI won’t feel much different.
When we start talking about artificial intelligence in sports, we enter into a completely new realm. Because when you link the sensors and cameras we’ve been talking about to AI systems, you have the recipe for fully automated officiating.
As we saw with soccer, on-field tracking systems can detect handballs, identify penalties, and evaluate offside calls. These are working systems already in use; the capabilities of autonomous AI systems will only grow from here. This is why, in one research study, referees and umpires face a 98 percent chance of being replaced by AI.
Proponents of automated officiating say that AI could reduce corruption and more accurately enforce rules, and it seems likely that the technology will play an increasingly prominent role in athletics. But the transition — if it happens — won’t occur overnight.
Although referees are often maligned by angry sports fans, people see officiating a game as a complex task that requires human capabilities. Increased uses of sensors and cameras might provide an AI system with the data to make certain calls, but those systems may need something closer to a theory of mind before they seem human enough to be embraced by sports teams and fans. As we see with technologies like self-driving cars, the technology is here; it’s the policy and regulation that needs to catch up.
So when you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend, keep an eye on the referees. Can you picture the game without the zebra jerseys on the sidelines? Are we ready to welcome automated play calling to the wide world of sports?
Additional article contributors: Mehdi Ghafourifar and Brian Walker.
This article appeared originally at Entefy .
138 d ago
Lady Gaga will perform with 'hundreds of drones' at Super Bowl LI's halftime show
Viewers watching Sunday's Super Bowl LI halftime show will get more than just an epic Lady Gaga performance .
Hundreds of lit-up drones will join her in the airspace above the field at NRG Stadium in Houston, according to CNNMoney . It will be the first time drones are used during a Super Bowl halftime show.
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The report doesn't say what kind of drones will be used or even what company will be orchestrating the quadcopter performance.
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Let’s be honest, you watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Well, now you don’t have to put yourself through all the whistles, flags, and other sportsball stuff you don’t really understand . You can stream them all online—some even before the big game—and make all those companies feel silly for spending $5 million
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Super Bowl 2017: Who is playing for the NFL championship?
The Falcons and Patriots battle for all the marbles.
If you’re just catching up on this NFL season, you’re catching up just in time. Super Bowl 51 will kick off in Houston on Sunday night, shortly after 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
The participants: the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons .
The Patriots are trying to win their fifth Super Bowl, which would tie them with San Francisco and Dallas for the second-most all-time, behind Pittsburgh’s six. The Falcons are trying to win their first Super Bowl ever.
Atlanta will be the overwhelming rooting favorite in most parts of the country, owing in large part to the Patriots’ huge success over the years, the Falcons’ comparative lack of it, and the polarizing nature of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. This is Brady’s seventh Super Bowl appearance; he’s 4-2 so far, and 4-0 against teams other than the New York Giants . A win would bolster Brady’s case as the best quarterback to ever play.
The Super Bowl pits the league’s highest-scoring offense against its top scoring defense. Atlanta scored 33.8 points per game this year, and New England only gave up 15.6. But the Patriots’ totals came largely against bad competition, and it’s still fair to say this game will be more a battle of offenses than anything else. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Brady are going to put up plenty of points.
Before kickoff, former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush will do the ceremonial coin toss at midfield. An hour and a half (or so) after that, Lady Gaga will perform the Super Bowl’s halftime show.
137 d ago
Calm before the Super Bowl storm for Patriots, Falcons
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons enjoyed an easy day ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, paying separate visits to NRG Stadium on Saturday to get acclimated with the site of the title game.
Daily Mail
137 d ago
London could host the Super Bowl from 2022
America’s most iconic sports event, the Super Bowl, could be staged outside the US for the first time once a London NFL franchise is up and running.
139 d ago
WATCH: Super Bowl By the Numbers
188.5 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl LI game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons and are expected to spend an average of $75 each on food, decorations and apparel.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Tom Brady's mom made it to Houston to watch her son play in the Super Bowl
Sandwich kiss for Mom at Picture Day!!! Go Pats!!!!
A photo posted by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Feb 4, 2017 at 4:04pm PST
Tom Brady must feel like the Super Bowl is Christmas morning. He gets to spend it with family. That may seem obvious for most players, but that hasn’t happened in a while for the Brady family.
His mother has been dealing with health issues for the last 18 months. As a result, Galynn Brady hasn’t seen her son play a game all season in person, but she’s in Houston ready to see her son compete in the Super Bowl. She, her husband, and her son took a photo on the field.
Brady was asked about his mother on Super Bowl Opening Night:
“My mom and dad, they have been so supportive my entire life, and it is nice to be here to show them and try to make them proud.”
The Bradys look like one happy bunch, and they might be even happier on Sunday evening.
137 d ago
WATCH: What to Watch for in the Super Bowl LI Showdown
Tom Brady aiming for a record fifth title along with a little payback, while Matt Ryan looks to bring Atlanta their first Super Bowl trophy.
Fox News
137 d ago
Sterling K. Brown of 'This is Us' welcomes Super Bowl unity
“This is Us" star Sterling K. Brown is welcoming the chance to put aside politics and come together for the Super Bowl.
The Daily Beast
137 d ago
Watch: Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl 2017
Sure theres football on Super Bowl Sunday, but there are also puppies and kittens. Heres how to watch the cuddliest sports event of the year live online.
137 d ago
How 9/11 Changed the Super Bowl Forever
For many moons, the Super Bowl, hit in January. But in 2001 that tradition came crashing to an irregular halt.
137 d ago
Is This the Best Quarterback Duo in Super Bowl History?
The two Super Bowl quarterbacks are playing better than ever before.
New York Times
137 d ago
What’s on TV Sunday: Super Bowl LI and ‘24: Legacy’
It’s Bowl Day, with an athlete — human or animal — for almost every taste. Then tune into “24: Legacy,” a timely reboot of “24.”
138 d ago
Super Bowl: How many chicken wings?
It's the second largest food consumption day in America after Thanksgiving.
Daily Mail
137 d ago
Super Bowl LI: 10 players to watch
PETER CARLINE IN HOUSTON: For some the Super Bowl might be the only NFL game they watch all year. If you want to know who to keep an eye on, Sportsmail has you covered.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 schedule for Falcons vs. Patriots: Start time, TV channel, and Sunday's lineup
Fox has a long lineup of content set to air on Super Bowl Sunday.
After two weeks of breathless hype and countless parties in Houston, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are almost set to fight for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LI. Before the two teams kick off, however, Fox has a long day of programming set for the big game, with all the buildup and pageantry we’ve come to expect from Super Bowl Sunday.
Fox’s coverage of the event begins at 11 a.m. ET with Road to the Super Bowl, NFL Films’ annual look back at the most memorable moments of the 2016 season. At noon, there will be a special edition of Undisputed, with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe delivering their hottest takes possible about the big game and other events.
Following that, Fox will have a one-hour pregame show to the pregame show, with Charissa Thompson hosting a panel that includes the likes of Colin Cowherd, Cooper Manning, Charles Tillman , and Josh Norman. At 2 p.m., the proper Fox pregame show begins, hosted by Curt Menefee and featuring the usual cast of colorful characters like Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long, and Michael Strahan .
Finally, after many hours of pregame action, the game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET. Luke Bryan is singing the national anthem, while members from the cast of Hamilton will perform “America the Beautiful.” Lady Gaga is set to perform the halftime show, with Tony Bennett making a guest appearance on video.
The game will be available online via Fox Sports Go , which is offering its over-the-top streaming service for free on this special occasion. Online coverage begins at 2 p.m. with the final pregame show.
Following the postgame festivities, FOX will use its coveted lead-out spot for the series premiere of 24: Legacy.
Complete Super Bowl Sunday schedule on Fox (all times Eastern)
Road to the Super Bowl: 11 a.m.
Undisputed: noon
FOX Super Bowl Kickoff: 1 p.m.
FOX Super Bowl Sunday: 2 p.m.
Super Bowl 51 kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: NRG Stadium, Houston
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers
Online: Fox Sports Go
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 recipes: Food ideas, appetizers, snacks for your Super Bowl party
The 15 best last-minute Super Bowl recipes: in video form
We’ve all been there. You’ve got a few minutes to kill, so you unlock your phone to see what’s new with some friends on Facebook.
The next thing you know, it’s been 43 minutes, and you’ve watched approximately a year’s worth of recipe videos and basically sold your soul to Buzzfeed Tasty.
Long story short: Recipe videos are the bomb. They’re realistic and quick, and have gone a long way toward convincing everyday cooks to pull off some delicious and creative stuff.
Before you set out to brave the grocery store one last time before the big game, I’ve compiled all of my favorite, easy recipe videos from across the internet to make. And if you’ve got time to get more involved, don’t sleep on my low & slow roasted pork shoulder recipe from earlier this week.
I’ll be making this ridiculous-looking chile con queso this year:
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How to Make Bob Armstrong Chile Con Queso
This fully-loaded queso is... legendary. GET THE RECIPE: http://bonap.it/SEyLrlq
Posted by Bon Appétit Magazine on 29hb Januari 2017
It’s not a Super Bowl party without wings, and what’s better than one wing recipe? Three wing recipes:
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3 Game Day Wings
3 Mouth-Watering Game Day Wings Save this recipe: https://taste.md/2kzu20b See our best Game Day recipes here: http://taste.md/2jdmHP7
Posted by Tastemade on Saturday, January 28, 2017
Everyone knows that jalapeño poppers are the goat Super Bowl snack . These ones are bacon-wrapped, because we don’t half-ass things around here:
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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers Full Recipe: http://bit.ly/1PSKyMB
Posted by Tasting Table on Saturday, October 22, 2016
And if you don’t feel like slicing and stuffing a gazillion jalapeños, this popper dip is my absolute favorite Super Bowl staple and a crowdpleaser every time I bring it to a party:
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How To Make Jalapeño Popper Dip
Jalapeño Popper Dip will be the hottest snack at your Super Bowl party. Full recipe: http://dlsh.it/OhkmmQ4
Posted by Delish on Sunday, January 29, 2017
If you were gracious enough to host this year’s get-together and now you’re feeling overwhelmed, this one has you covered:
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Game Day Spread: Ribs, Sliders, Pretzel Bombs #TastyGameDay FULL RECIPES: http://bzfd.it/2jGhznk
Posted by Tasty on Sunday, January 29, 2017
Personally, I’d rather go back for a seventh helping of guacamole, but for the sweet tooth of the bunch ... these are bonkers:
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Better Than Sex Brownies (Ultimate Oreo-Stuffed Cookie Bar Brownies h/t Kevin & Amanda)
Posted by BuzzFeed Food on Monday, October 5, 2015
And finally, if you’re tryna keep things healthy this year — I’m gonna judge you but I will also entertain you:
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4 Healthy Game Day Snacks
4 Healthy Game Day Snacks All recipes in the comments!
Posted by Tastemade on 3hb Februari 2017
137 d ago
How to Win Your Own Small Business Super Bowl
small business; super bowl; biz2credit; foley's ny pub and restaurant; rocko's ice cream; uber
136 d ago
Patriots win Super Bowl with record comeback
For the first time, a Super Bowl needed overtime, and for the fifth time, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 picks and predictions: Experts nearly split between Falcons, Patriots
The Super Bowl should be a close contest, and a lot of people like the Falcons’ chances to win their first-ever title.
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are set to clash in Super Bowl 51, and this promises to be one of the closer matchups in recent memory. Both teams sport powerful offenses and we have the potential for an epic shootout.
The Patriots are reaching “been there, done that” status, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in their seventh Super Bowl together. However, they still have the chance to make history — Brady could become the first-ever quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles. Despite missing the first four games and missing Rob Gronkowski for most of the season, he had another stellar year with 28 touchdown passes to just two interceptions.
The Falcons are led by MVP winner Matt Ryan , who had his best season yet, setting career highs in touchdowns (38), passing yards (4,944), and QB Rating (117.1). Julio Jones is a lethal weapon at receiver, despite battling a toe injury in recent weeks, and although the Falcons have a weak defense on paper, they still have the capability of plain outscoring any opponent they come across. Belichick would be wise to not take this young, hungry team for granted.
New England has been a steady 3-point favorite since the line opened following the conference championship game, but based on the expert picks below, it’s nearly a total toss-up as to which team lifts the Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.
The experts at ESPN don’t give the Falcons much a chance, with seven of eight writers picking the Patriots. However, it’s a different story at CBS Sports , where a majority (five of eight) went with the Falcons. Our picks here at SB Nation were split evenly down the middle — four writers picked the Patriots, and four took the Falcons. The OddsShark computer broke the tie by predicting that Atlanta would win.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 time and TV schedule for Patriots vs. Falcons
It’s Patriots vs. Falcons for Super Bowl 51 and we’ve got the info you need to watch the game.
The Super Bowl is just hours away, and the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots should provide for an entertaining game. While the Patriots do have a strong defense, and allowed the fewest points of any team this season, both teams feature powerful offenses and a high-scoring game is certainly in the cards.
Sunday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. ET from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game will be broadcast on Fox in the United States, with a live stream available online at Fox Sports GO. That service typically requires login information from a cable or satellite provider, but the Super Bowl will not carry that requirement, so it will be free to everyone in the country to stream.
Matt Ryan has always been a prolific passer, but this year has been the best of the newly minted NFL MVP’s career. He led the Falcons to the most-potent scoring offense in the league and they’ll need it against New England’s stingy defense.
Where the Falcons have come up short in the past is on defense. In recent years, they’ve allowed a lot of yards and points, and have been unable to get to opposing quarterbacks. This year, they still allowed a ton of yards, but one difference is they have had an effective pass rush, led by Vic Beasley .
Getting to Tom Brady is the biggest goal for the Falcons. They won’t be able to shut the Patriots out, not with the way they have played defense this season and not with the way the Patriots have played on offense. But if they can rattle Brady, who is incredibly difficult to rattle, then they’ll have a chance.
In the regular season, the Falcons had the league’s 25th-ranked defense. They also ranked 27th in the league in points allowed, with 25.4 points per game. However, the unit has been much stronger during the postseason.
The Patriots, on the other hand, allowed just 15.6 points per game in the regular season. No other team gave up fewer points.
Of course, for the Patriots, they’re looking at the same goal defensively. They need to limit Ryan, who was also named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year this season. His past playoff performances have been lacking, but in two postseason games this year, Ryan has thrown seven touchdowns with no interceptions.
Below is all you need to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Chris Myers
Halftime performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Online: Fox Sports Go
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl squares template: How to play
Want to bet on the Super Bowl without having to decipher Vegas odds? This game should be up your alley.
The Super Bowl is the biggest game in American sports, but for many people the appeal extends beyond who’s actually playing on the field. You might watch for the commercials, or the halftime show , or to find out how much money you’ll win or lose based on the outcome. These people are probably not interested in the nuances of the on-field matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New England, and that’s just fine!
But if you’re itching to try making a buck off the game and don’t really want to dive into the complexities of sports betting, the Super Bowl squares game is for you. It’s relatively easy to set up and can keep the more casual fans in your party at least invested in the game’s outcome.
Here’s a quick and simple way to play squares.
1. Make a sheet
This doesn’t have to be complicated — just a standard 10x10 sheet will do, which will give you 100 squares to work with. You can either make one up at home or just take the easy way out and print out a sheet online.
Here’s a sample sheet from PrintYourBrackets.com.
2. Find players to fill out squares
If you’re playing offline, just pass the grid around your Super Bowl party and get people to pay in, filling out as many squares as they want (the typical going rate is one dollar per square, but you can charge different prices as you see fit). If you’re running a strictly online game, you can use sites such as this one to help coordinate the players and keep things organized.
Once the grid is full, the real fun part of the game begins.
3. Draw numbers
Whether you draw numbers from a hat or use a random number generator, this is the key part of the game. Use the numbers drawn in order to fill out the top row and left column. This is the step that determines which players will get the spoils as the game plays out.
4. Tally up results based on team scores
Typically, Super Bowl squares winnings are handed out at the end of each quarter, based on the final digit of the teams’ scores. For example, if the Patriots lead the Falcons 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, the player whose square intersects with “10” and “7” on the grid gets a share of the pot.
Obviously, there’s no one way to play this game. You could use a whole variety of rules and modifications depending on your preferences (like skipping the quarterly payouts and waiting until the game’s final score to doll out a massive pot). Either way, it’s meant to be fun, so have fun with it. Get creative and figure out new ways to split the pot, and hopefully nobody will get bored with the actual game.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 coin toss prop bet: Patriots will probably pick ‘heads’
The Patriots lose the toss a lot, and they almost always go with “heads.”
Super Bowl prop bets have expanded to the point that nearly anything related to the event can be bet on. This year, bettors can wager on Super Bowl MVP ( Tom Brady is the favorite), whether anyone not named Brady or Matt Ryan will throw a pass, or how many times Gronk’s name will be said on the broadcast. Then there are some oddly specific bets.
Will Julio Jones have more receiving yards than the Boston Celtics score points? Will Alex Ovechkin score more points than the Falcons record sacks? Will Roger Goodell be seen shaking hands with Brady, Bill Belichick or Bob Kraft after the game? How long will it take for Luke Bryan to sing the national anthem? How many times will Donald Trump tweet during the game? What color will the liquid poured on the winning coach be?
But for some, sticking to the basics is best. Betting on the coin flip has become a classic, known to make or break your Super Bowl before it even starts.
As the designated away team, the Patriots will be making the call in the air. It won’t be a secret which side of the coin they’ll choose either. According to the New York Times, the Pats have picked heads every time for the past two years. They have another trend going too. In their past four Super Bowls, they’ve lost the coin toss each time, according to OddsShark . Take that as you will.
The question is whether the coin George H.W. Bush will flip lands on it. The 92-year-old was announced as the coin-flipper on Wednesday after his recovery from pneumonia.
As far as odds go, Super Bowl coin tosses have gone almost evenly, as you’d expect. It’s landed on heads 24 times and tails 26 times. For more recent numbers, it’s been heads in five of the last eight events.
The bet is set at -105 for both outcomes on Bovada.lv.
Good luck.
Daily Mail
137 d ago
Super Bowl diary: Atlanta Falcons suffer a blow
The Atlanta Falcons’ hopes of winning a first Super Bowl have been dealt a savage blow after it was revealed that center Alex Mack has a fractured left fibula on the morning of the game.
Fox News
137 d ago
Why Atlanta's Vic Beasley is Super Bowl LI's most important player
Beasley's play will determine the contest, but we don't know which team it'll benefit.
137 d ago
If you're hoping to watch all of the Super Bowl in VR, sorry - CNET
Football's biggest game isn't ready yet for all four quarters to be shown in virtual reality.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: Winners will take home $107K each
The losers will still get paid, though!
Winning the Super Bowl is pretty dang cool. A career’s worth of hard work is fulfilled, there’s a parade, and basically there’s smiles all around. The mood lifts even more when players check their bank accounts afterwards, even if they lose, because everyone earns some extra cash after the Super Bowl.
The winners of Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will earn $107,000 each as a bonus, according to NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano . The losers will gain $53,000. Those are both notable raises from Super Bowl 50. Last year, the Denver Broncos players earned $97,000 each, while Panthers players made $49,000 for trying.
That’s a lot of money for 60 minutes of action, but still doesn’t even compare to Major League Baseball. After the Chicago CubsWorld Series win last fall, the team had a record $27.6 million to split among its players, coaches and other personnel. The team split the cash 66 ways, meaning each full winning share was worth nearly $370,000.
This past year, the Golden State Warriors split a $1,760,210 bonus among players and coaching for blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals , according to Fox Business . Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers divvied up $2,656,422 for winning the championship. The larger payouts probably have a lot to do with the fact that the championships are played out over a series of games rather than a one-game outing.
Still, the NFL’s best teams will cash out. I want to play in the Super Bowl.
Fox News
137 d ago
Taylor Swift's pre-Super Bowl show might be her only in 2017
Taylor Swift's pre-Super Bowl concert broke some news: She announced it may be her only concert of this year; she performed for the smallest number of fans in some time — 9,000 people is intimate for this pop star — and she sang her newest single live for the first time.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 live stream: Falcons vs. Patriots airs online for free
Matt Ryan and Tom Brady are looking to lead their teams to victory in Super Bowl LI.
The New England Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Both teams have a high-octane offense and a top-notch quarterback orchestrating it.
Fox, which will broadcast the game, is also offering it online for free via FoxSportsGo. Usually the streaming service requires viewers to verify their cable subscription, but the network is doing away with that for the Super Bowl.
For New England, quarterback Tom Brady will be looking for his fifth Super Bowl ring. Brady continues to show the league that he can play well even as his age nears the big 4-0. He was suspended for the first four games of the season because of his role in DeflateGate, but New England still managed to go 3-1 without him. When Brady returned to the gridiron, the offense — and the team as a whole — played much better.
With Brady under center, the Patriots went 11-1 and clinched the top seed in the AFC. When tight end Rob Gronkowski went down with a season-ending ruptured disk injury , many thought the Patriots’ offense would regress.
That certainly did not happen, as New England finished in the top 10 of every major offensive category in 2016. Brady threw for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Running back LeGarrette Blount has been superb this season as well. He used his power and speed to wreak havoc on defenses that were focused on stopping the passing attack. Blount finished the regular season with 1,161 rushing yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns.
Defensively, New England did not surrender a lot of big plays while creating turnovers. It had a top-10 defense in the regular season and only gave up an average of 16.5 points in the postseason.
Much like the Patriots, the Falcons have one of the best offenses in the league. Led by star quarterback Matt Ryan , Atlanta can light up the scoreboard.
Ryan has been having a stellar season, throwing for 4,944 yards to go along with 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The 31-year-old signal caller makes plays when his team needs them most.
Ryan led Atlanta to an 11-5 record and to the second seed in the NFC.
He is referred to as “Matty Ice” because he performers well under pressure. However, this offense has more lethal players in its arsenal. Receiver Julio Jones and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been key contributors.
Jones uses a combination of strong route-running skills, speed, and strength to get open and make big plays. Opposing defensive backs in the league struggled with containing him. The four-time Pro Bowl receiver finished with 1,409 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2016.
Freeman and Coleman are ferocious runners. They do not like to shy away from contact, and both of them have the strength to pick up tough yards. They combined for 1,599 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.
Defensively, Atlanta has been inconsistent. In the regular season, this unit was the 25th-ranked defense in the NFL. However, it has played well in the playoffs, surrendering 20.5 points per game.
The Falcons need to continue that trend if they’re going to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the game. Linebacker Vic Beasley and Co. must get pressure on Brady and not let him sit in a clean pocket.
Both offenses can score, but this game will come down to which defensive unit can create turnovers and not give up a lot of points.
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Chris Myers
Halftime performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Online: Fox Sports Go
The worst Super Bowl ever featured the Falcons
SB Nation
137 d ago
The field in Houston for Super Bowl LI looks absolutely fantastic
NRG Stadium’s got a new look.
A process that started at least 11 days prior has come to a conclusion just in time. The field is painted for Super Bowl 51.
PHOTO: The field already taking shape in Houston. Is it game day yet? #Patriots #Falcons #SB51 pic.twitter.com/MB73YPIcCg
— PatsFans.com (@PatsFans) January 27, 2017
The #SB51 end zones gussied up with a nice, fresh coat of paint. Ready to roll. #RiseUp #Patriots #RESB51 pic.twitter.com/NPcekvmvPM
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) February 5, 2017
You are looking live at the field for #SB51 in Houston. Coming along nicely. Todd Barnes pic pic.twitter.com/2BafLyTTIt
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) January 27, 2017
This is a marked improvement from last year where the grounds crew in Santa Clara painted the Broncos logo in the wrong end zone before rectifying the mistake. The logos are in the right place and we’re ready to go.
NRG Stadium has artificial turf, and for this game the NFL had the end zones replaced as well as the area around the midfield, according to The Associated Press. The artificial turf does create some unique challenges, however .
"It's got an in-field system in it which is sand and rubber," NFL field director Ed Mangan said.
"Making sure that those two are coordinated in the proper amounts, the proper softness, working with concussion statistics and getting the field ... to sound at the right numbers. Low numbers obviously, so that if you fall on it and hit your head things rebound.
"Those are the perfect numbers that we're looking for. Making sure the seams are right, no trip hazards and of course making sure the artwork looks good."
Seems like those have been overcome, and the field looks ready to go.
SB Nation
137 d ago
The 5 people you meet at every Super Bowl Party
The Super Bowl is like every other holiday, in that it's rife with cliché and its participants are entirely predictable. Here is a guide to the five people who will be at every Super Bowl party in America this Sunday.
There are family holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then there are friend holidays, such as Halloween and the Super Bowl. And the latter is unique: some of your friends are knowledgeable and invested in the spectacle at hand, while others are curious at best, and more interested in hanging out with their friends than anything going on in the game.
And God bless them all, because everyone should enjoy Super Bowl parties on their own terms. Every year, though, predictable and sometimes-maddening tropes will present themselves at your Super Bowl party. Here are the five people you will almost certainly encounter.
1. The person who brings a laptop
If you're watching the Super Bowl in the 2010s and you're curious of a particular statistic, you can probably just look it up on your phone. So if you bring a laptop, it means serious business. It also means that you're taking up valuable space on the coffee table, that a drink is going to be spilled on your laptop at some point, and that fellow party-goers will wonder what the Hell is wrong with you and why you can't just be a normal person.
Odds are high that Person Who Brings A Laptop is a sports blogger. Without exception, sports bloggers are irredeemable joyless lumps who have to turn to the Internet because nobody in real life will understand their hilarious inside joke about, I don't know, Wes Welker or something, doesn't matter. Don't sit near or talk to this person.
2. The person who enthusiastically cites "we're talkin' about it right now!" to argue for the effectiveness of a particular commercial
It's fun to debate over Super Bowl commercials from a business angle. You aren't a marketing executive, and neither is anyone at your party, but you're fine with a little amateur speculation.
One person at the party is more than fine with it. This person has been waiting all night for the conversation to turn to commercials. When someone says something like, "there's no way that ad was effective," he slowly turns to face you, and with wide-eyed earnestness, he says ...
BOOM. This person just rendered decades of advanced market trends, demographic studies, and advertising psychology completely irrelevant, and he's dominated the conversation in the process.
See, he sees things that you don't (and misuses the phrase, "case in point"). He's really got an eye for this kind of thing. You can keep on going like "I don't know about this" and "I don't know about that" if you want, man, it's your life. But this guy? He cuts the shit, man. He cuts to the quick.
Know that this is just the introduction to a minutes-long spiel that he delivers with supreme confidence because he delivers more or less the same spiel every year.
He is really smart.
3. The person who has to sit on a piece of exercise equipment because there isn't enough furniture
Some Super Bowl parties are hosted by people who are accustomed to entertaining guests. Some are not, and as a consequence they do things like fail to piece together a proper seating arrangement. At these parties, three or four people get a decent seat. Your other options, listed from least to most undesirable:
Ottoman Desk chair Patio/camping furniture Cooler A milk crate The floor Exercise equipment (pictured) Plastic chair from host's child's Fisher-Price picnic table Lap of significant other that basically everyone at the party (significant other excluded) knows you are planning to break up with in the near future
4. The person who is all about looking up the 'Too Hot For TV' portion of a commercial online
Of all the cliches dragged out for the Super Bowl every year, the worst is the generation of artificial controversy. Ad agencies create commercials that they know will be rejected by the network for one reason or another, and when they are, they're all TOO HOT FOR TV TOO COOL 4 SCHOOL YOU GUYS and show them on YouTube.
GoDaddy popularized a common variant: a TV-friendly 30-second commercial that segues into a CONTROVERSIAL accompanying second portion found online, with the TV version implying that there will be sexual content in the Internet version. This is popular with the "I didn't know there was sex on the Internet" demographic.
During the Super Bowl, you will probably see this stunt pulled at least once.
And at least one person at your party will totally mark out over it.
5. The non-football fan who is trying really hard to make salient societal observations
This person isn't a football fan, but is all about singling out football-centric minutiae and blowing it up into an indictment of football and of society at large. For example, this person will always assign erotic qualities to the players' tight pants, and/or the quarterback's snap behind center.
After a few drinks, this person will move on to the larger issues. A lot of the larger issues.
A word of advice, and this is really important: the moment this person starts discussing politics, immediately interrupt him with a summary of a This American Life podcast or something. This person will then shift gears and start on a line of discourse about "who ACTUALLY makes our hacky-sacks." This discussion will be insufferable but preferable to the alternative.
The Guardian
137 d ago
The gifs that explain how Super Bowl 51 will be decided
In the tactical battle at Super Bowl 51, the Falcons must hope Vic Beasley creates pressure, while the Patriots could find success through Chris Hogan
In the AFC championship game, the Pittsburgh Steelers used a passive game plan to try to contain Tom Brady. They regularly rushed only three players after the quarterback, while dropping eight into coverage. It was a game plan that failed. It’s a game plan that has always failed for the Steelers against Brady. If the Atlanta Falcons are to contain the New England Patriots’ offense, they will need to be more aggressive, like the Houston Texans were in the previous matchup. The Texans forced Brady into multiple interceptions and had him complete fewer than 50% of his passes. They did that by playing aggressive coverage on the outside, freeing up more defenders to crowd the middle of the field or target Brady in the pocket.
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Business Insider
137 d ago
How to stream the Super Bowl for free
Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports
Fox is doing everyone a solid and letting you stream Sunday's Super Bowl game over the internet for free. 
Just download the Fox Sports GO app for iPhone/iPad , Android , Kindle Fire , Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Android TV, or Fire TV. You can also watch it on your computer by visiting foxsportsgo.com .
The Fox Sports GO app usually makes you log in using your cable or satellite provider's credentials, but the network is making an exception for the Super Bowl. It's totally free. No sign-in necessary. Just open the app and start watching.
The Super Bowl starts at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday February 5. Happy streaming.
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SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl referee 2017: Who are Carl Cheffers and the other officials
Cheffers was recently the target of Travis Kelce’s ire, and another Super Bowl official missed Richard Sherman’s pass interference against Julio Jones.
Super Bowl LI will feature a referee making his first appearance in the big game. Fortunately, Carl Cheffers has prepared his whole lifetime for Sunday’s assignment.
Cheffers is in his 17th season as an NFL official, though his affinity for the game was built into his bloodlines. Cheffers’ father worked as a referee for the Pac-10, and it was that same conference to give the budding side judge his first major gig on the gridiron. He’s been with the NFL since 2000, but earned his promotion to referee in 2008.
That extensive experience has made him the arbiter of several memorable games. He spent eight years overseas as a ref for NFL Europe before getting the call to the big leagues . He was on the field when Cris Carter made his 1,000th catch and when the Bills snapped an eight-year losing streak to the Patriots .
His crew was the one that called a phantom facemask penalty against the Lions to allow Aaron Rodgers to uncork the first in a litany of dramatic, game-changing Hail Marys. Most recently, he was the target of Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce’s vitriol after his crew called a holding penalty that wiped out the team’s game-tying two-point conversion back in the fourth quarter of the AFC Divisional Round.
But while Kelce thought Cheffers wasn’t fit to work at Foot Locker, the league disagreed (and for what it’s worth, Kelce later apologized ). The NFL handed the veteran referee the biggest assignment of his life less than a month later. While he’s been an alternate before, this will be his first time with full run of the most watched game of the season.
He won’t be alone. Here’s a rundown on the rest of the crew who will be calling Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium Sunday.
Umpire: Dan Ferrell . Ferrell has 16 years of pro football experience and 14 as an NCAA official. His entire pro career has been spent as an umpire, and he was an alternate for Super Bowl XLVIII. This will be his first action in the big game. Head linesman: Kent Payne . Payne has been with the league since 2003 and working in the postseason since 2004. He was a part of Cheffers’ crew throughout the 2016 regular season. Line judge: Jeff Seeman . Seeman has been a line judge since 2002 and worked Super Bowl XLIV. His father, Jerry Seeman, was formerly the league’s officiating supervisor . Field judge: Doug Rosenbaum . You may know him from the time he denied Cam Newton the ball after scoring a touchdown , thus preventing him from handing it off to a fan in the stands. He was just following league protocol — something he’s been doing since 2001. Side judge: Dyrol Prioleau . With only 10 years of experience, Prioleau is a relative baby on this squad. The Super Bowl will only be the fifth playoff game he has officiated. Back judge: Todd Prukop . But Prioleau is an aged veteran compared to Prukop, currently in year eight with the NFL. He’s best known in Atlanta for leaving his flag in his pocket despite an obvious pass interference penalty late in the Falcons’ early-season loss to the Seahawks. Replay official: Tom Sifferman . Sifferman has the most big game experience and may be the most recognizable member of Cheffers’ crew. He worked three straight Super Bowls from 2003 to 2005 and has been with the league since 1986. A hot mic caught referee Ed Hochuli calling him “jungle boy” once, which is a pretty great nickname for your replay official.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl commercials 2017: Watch all of Sunday's best ads
Don’t miss any of the Super Bowl commercials that everyone will be talking about Monday.
The Super Bowl is the most-watched show on television every year and there’s no close second. With an audience that will undoubtedly eclipse 100 million tuning in to watch the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, advertisers pay huge amounts of money to get commercial time.
And that big stage means companies doing their best to roll out brand new commercials to win over viewers and get people talking.
While the trend of Super Bowl commercials being dissected, reviewed, ranked, and critiqued is a relatively new one, some of the most iconic commercials of all time were aired during the event. From Joe Greene of the Pittsburgh Steelers tossing his jersey to a kid who gave him a bottle of Coke to Apple breaking the mold of commercials with an advertisement for a Macintosh personal computer that never even showed the product.
Now it’s a contest to create the most inspiring or comedic ad possible with the internet offering immediate feedback.
A few of those commercials came out in the days before the Super Bowl LI, but we’ll keep track of the best ones here as they air:
Budweiser paid tribute to its immigrant co-founder
With immigration and refugees dominating news headlines in the United States due to the policies of President Donald Trump, Budweiser’s timely ad shows the story of Adolphus Busch who came to America from Germany:
While it may seem like an immediate response to the immigration order issued by Trump , the commercial was made months in advance and released Jan. 31 — five days before Super Bowl LI.
Coca-Cola aired their “America, the Beautiful” commercial again
On a related note, Coca-Cola showed this commercial originally from 2014 again. “America the Beautiful” sung in multiple languages immediately garnering a response from people on Twitter who think only English should be spoken in the United States, calling to #BoycottCoke .
Airbnb sends strong message with “We Accept” commercial
“We believe no matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love, or who you worship, we all belong. The world is more beautiful the more you accept,” is the main line of the 30-second spot. Read more about the commercial and Airbnb’s response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban here .
Avocados from Mexico dropped a quick Deflategate joke
With the Patriots in the Super Bowl, there’s a good opportunity to stir things up with topical jokes about Deflategate. The problem is that commercials don’t just get put together after the conference championships. So Avocados from Mexico probably got lucky that the Deflategate joke in its commercial ended up being perfect for the game.
Fake moon landing, Bigfoot, Area 51 — there’s conspiracy theories aplenty in the ad and it ends with the characters falling victim to subliminal advertising for avocados.
Mr. Clean is sexy now
Mr. Clean has been around for over 50 years now, but he’s never exactly been a sex symbol. Apparently that changed .
That’s some high-quality, computer-animated muscle definition right there.
NFL brought back Super Bowl babies
I’m sure these kids are gonna looove being reminded of the exact moment of their conception in the future as much as the rest of us, but they look so darn cute in their NFL costumes.
Snickers did a live commercial
Everything went wrong, but it was on purpose. We knew it was live because the score at halftime was said in the middle of the scene (21-3, Atlanta).
Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall because he was doing his taxes
The tale of Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall has a fresh take from TurboTax, with the famous egg slipping and smashing to pieces while doing his taxes on his phone. It’s a clever ad, even if the realistic face struggling to stay conscious and vomiting yolk is a little jarring and gross.
A different version of the commercial first aired during the AFC Championship between the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, with a final version for Super Bowl LI.
Well Skittles guy, at least you tried
The romantic cliché of tossing a pebble at a girl’s window in the middle of the night has a new rule: Don’t use Skittles .
The candy is just a little too good to get a girl up out of bed and over to the window. Instead, she’ll invite her family and a whole bunch of others (even a gopher?) to the room to have some Skittles. Better luck next time, Skittles guy.
Gronk, Terrell Owens, and Justin Bieber celebrate touchdown dances
Justin Bieber is a celebration expert, and he joined T.O. and Gronk to take us through the history of touchdown dances :
It’s not just us, right? Bieber kind of looks like Eminem in this one.
Cam Newton hilariously stiff-arms small children
There’s no dabbing, but Newton more than makes up for that by tossing small youths out of the way so he can launch a touchdown into the arms of an even smaller youth.
Miranda Kerr makes an appearance too. But it must have been an awkward film shoot, because they have almost nothing in common .
Audi’s “Daughter” ad is proudly feminist at the perfect time
In one of the more moving commercials of the year , a father watches his daughter cart race and wonders how he could ever tell her the world doesn’t value women the same as men.
It shouldn’t be a radical idea that a company is advocating for equal pay, but it got some riled up.
Tide trolled us all
Terry Bradshaw had a huge red stain on his shirt and for a minute there, he had us going. We even ridiculed him in a post, before realizing it was ALL AN AD FOR TIDE . The brands are smarter than us and they are everywhere.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: How to watch the halftime show live online, stream info and more
Lady Gaga takes the stage, but will anyone be joining her?
When Lady Gaga takes the stage for the halftime show, there might be less pressure on her than the producers.
That’s because this is the first halftime show back in Houston since Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s, uh, wardrobe malfunction. It’s been 13 years since that fateful performance, but people don’t forget.
(Though, the segue from Nelly and P. Diddy to Kid Rock during that same show would be nice to block out, too, if we could.)
In the years following that episode, the halftime show format changed from a medley of superstars parading across the stage to solo acts such as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and Beyonce.
More recently, however, the halftime show has featured numerous “surprise” guests popping in. Bruno Mars brought out the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2014, Katy Perry was joined by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott in 2015, and Coldplay brought back Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Mark Ronson last year.
The trend is certainly moving back toward the days of super shows we had in the early 2000s. All of which could come full circle this Sunday in Houston.
Lady Gaga is certainly eccentric enough to have a bunch of surprises in store for halftime viewers — like, perhaps, drones ? — and with Super Bowl becoming a bigger spectacle every year, it only makes sense to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
The 2004 Super Bowl in Houston turned the halftime show from a simply exciting collection of talent on stage to a “what will they do next?” thriller.
Sure, the internet will find its fair share of images to meme, but these shows are still more than that. They’re normally a snapshot of the year in culture — there’s plenty to comment on this time around. Couple that with the fact that Lady Gaga is widely known for her philanthropy and activism and she hinted that might get a little political.
“I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love and compassion and kindness,” Gaga said. “My performance will uphold those philosophies.”
On the music side of things, Lady Gaga has recorded songs with Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Tony Bennett, Wale, Elton John, Flo Rida, and New Kids on the Block. So there are a number of potential acts who could join her on stage — though the only one confirmed is Bennett, who will help introduce her in a brief video before she takes the stage.
Either way, just as it has been for years now, the halftime show is as must-see as the game itself.
How to watch
When: Halftime of Super Bowl LI, around 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Online: FOX Sports GO
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 kickoff time for Patriots vs. Falcons: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick aim for 5th title
Kickoff is just hours away on FOX.
Super Bowl 51 is finally here. Will Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons ’ high-flying offense be able to cap off their unlikely yet remarkably awesome season with a Super Bowl victory? Or will Tom Brady , Bill Belichick, and the Patriots cram yet another Lombardi Trophy into their already crowded trophy case and solidify themselves as the greatest dynasty in football history?
In just a few hours, both of those questions will be answered when the two teams kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
SB Nation’s experts slightly favor the Falcons, but Vegas thinks the Patriots to win their fifth Super Bowl of the Brady-Belichick era. Conventional wisdom would suggest never betting against New England, but then again, the Falcons have managed to overcome the most drastic of odds on a seemingly weekly basis this season.
Two weeks ago in the NFC Championship, Atlanta’s offense hung 44 points on Green Bay while the defense shut out Aaron Rodgers in the first half.
This time, they’re going up against the Patriots, who have yet to lose a Super Bowl to any team that isn’t the New York Giants and who have not yet lost a game with Dion Lewis on the field. Even without Rob Gronkowski , the Patriots have been unstoppable — players like Chris Hogan , Martellus Bennett , and LeGarrette Blount have stepped up to the plate and performed when called upon.
At its core, this game should be a matchup between Ryan and Brady. Whichever of the two top quarterbacks can outduel the other (a major feat regardless of whichever passer comes out on top) will likely be the guy whose team wins.
It will also be crucial for both defenses to step up and make plays. Atlanta’s defense is young, but has really stepped up in the playoffs, holding the Seahawks and Packers to a total of 10 first-half points and making life hard for Russell Wilson and Rodgers. New England’s defense, on the other hand, has been a strength all season and managed to slow down an electric Steelers offense in the AFC Championship .
Just one big defensive play, like Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl-clinching interception two years ago, could dictate the outcome of this game.
How to watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Online: FOX Sports Go
137 d ago
WATCH: NFL's Top Quarterbacks Prepare for Super Bowl Showdown
New England Patriots' Tom Brady and Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan are each ready to lead their teams to victory.
Fox News
137 d ago
How to watch Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: time, TV, streaming, odds
Your guide to catching all the action on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Verge
137 d ago
Who killed the Super Bowl commercial?
Remember when you proudly watched the Super Bowl just for the commercials? The 1990s were an advertising heyday for Budweiser, Pepsi, and a handful of forgotten dot com companies, all of whom jockeyed to win the nation's approval with trippy short films featuring talky animals and unshakeable catch phrases. People would have them printed on t-shirts or inked into tattoos.
Things have changed. Over the last two decades, the Super Bowl ad lost its punch. The rise of late night pot-friendly television, internet videos, meme culture, and GIFs have normalized weirdness and reduced pop culture moments to mere minutes. The Super Bowl ad's time has passed, leaving us to appreciate the Doritos or Heinz commercial with a smile as it erases itself...
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Fox News
137 d ago
The 9 most unforgettable Super Bowl halftime shows ever
Relive some of the ones you might have forgotten.....
SB Nation
137 d ago
What does the Super Bowl MVP get for winning the award?
Will this year’s MVP get a new car for winning the honors? The details still aren’t very clear.
In addition to winning the MVP trophy, past Super Bowl MVPs have traditionally received cars. In 2016, that unspoken precedent appeared to have been broken.
Hyundai took over as the NFL’s corporate sponsor before the 2015 NFL season, and with the new partnership ended the league’s unofficial tradition of rewarding Super Bowl MVPs with brand new cars. That’s not to say things can’t change this year, but as of now, it doesn’t appear they will.
Last year’s Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller , was not gifted a vehicle for winning the honors. He did, however, purchase — and donate — a car. Miller gifted a 2016 Ford Explorer to the DeSoto police department out of pocket, and he also funded a scholarship for the DeSoto fire department. These two moves commemorated DeSoto, the Texas town where Miller grew up and went to high school.
Tom Brady , MVP of the 2015 Super Bowl, gave his Chevrolet Colorado to cornerback Malcolm Butler , who sealed the Patriots ’ victory over the Seahawks with a game-winning interception.
In 2014, Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith won Super Bowl MVP, as well as a brand new Chevrolet Silverado. The year prior, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco drove home in a Chevrolet Corvette after winning MVP. Several other past MVPs also received unique cars as tokens of accomplishment from the NFL’s automotive corporate sponsors. (You can check out some of those sweet rides right here. )
Prior to Miller, the last Super Bowl MVP to miss out on a new ride was Drew Brees . The Saints quarterback won the award in 2010, right after Cadillac ended its eight-year promotional giveaway.
Car or no car, this year’s Super Bowl MVP will still be awarded a trophy. The Pete Rozelle Trophy will be awarded to this year’s MVP, just as it has been awarded to past Super Bowl MVPs.
For those who want to see the Super Bowl MVP get a car, here’s some interesting news. Genesis announced it would award G80 sedans to the Pro Bowl MVPs, who ended up being Travis Kelce and Lorenzo Alexander .
Perhaps the NFL has arranged a new sponsorship deal and will announce it Sunday night after the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots secure a Super Bowl victory.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Madden NFL predicts Patriots will win Super Bowl LI
It’s accurate more often than not, too.
In an annual tradition, one of the most popular sports video games released ever year, the Madden NFL franchise, picks its Super Bowl winner. This year, virtual Tom Brady completes a pass to virtual Julian Edelman with under 20 seconds left to win the whole virtual shebang.
But is this a harbinger of things to come? Madden is 9-13 on picking Super Bowl winners, but it’s only been right once in the last three seasons. (The simulation picked the Panthers last season.)
If this is too realistic for your sensibilities, then might I direct you to an extrapolated version of the most important 1-on-1 matchup that we did this week.
Patriots CB Malcolm Butler said he wanted Falcons WR Julio Jones four years ago. On Super Bowl Sunday, he gets his wish . But what if the entire team was made of Jones and Butler respectively? Well, the evil studio geniuses at SB Nation did just that:
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Madden Super Bowl 2nd half simulation: 40 Julio Jones clones v...
Madden Super Bowl simulation: Second half of 40 Julio Jones clones vs. 40 Malcolm Butler clones to decide Super Bowl 51
Posted by SB Nation on 2hb Februari 2017
In our simulation, team Jones’ Falcons win the day.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl commercials 2017: Watch Cam Newton hilariously stiff-arm small children
This brings back bad middle school memories.
Cam Newton is that seventh-grade kid who went through puberty before everyone else in this Buick commercial:
If you played any sport in middle school, you can probably relate to this:
Newton spends the rest of the commercial stiff-arming small children and firing a laser pass into the chest of this arm-flailing youth for a touchdown.
Australian model Miranda Kerr joins in at the end of the commercial, and in a later interview, we learn that she and Newton have nearly nothing in common. Kerr didn’t even know how to dab . Smh.
137 d ago
6 things to look forward to in Super Bowl LI if you're really into referees
Hey there, fellow Ref Heads! 
It's that special time of year again when the two best teams in the NFL go head-to-head to finally crown a champion. But the real show, as always, is going to be that sweet, sweet refereeing. It has been an exciting playoffs, as the referees have called every penalty from delay of game to illegal motion, and frankly, we can't get enough!
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137 d ago
Secrets From a Super Bowl Campaign That's Had 2 Billion Impressions
The Avocados From Mexico campaign is writing the textbook on how social media can leverage traditional advertising.
SB Nation
137 d ago
NFL rule changes: What you need to know for the Super Bowl
Here’s a quick refresher before you watch the big game.
If you love to yell at the refs for getting the call wrong, here’s an excellent opportunity for you to brush up on your knowledge of the NFL rulebook.
Most people who will tune into the Super Bowl are already familiar with most of the NFL’s new rules. But for many, it’s nice to have a refresher before the big game, especially if they haven’t been watching the playoffs this year, which have been underwhelming.
So with that, here’s a rundown of what took place over the course of the 2016 offseason, courtesy of NFL Operations, and the changes that were made to improve the NFL rulebook. (Spoiler: We still don’t know what a catch is. )
Point after tries are now more difficult
The NFL permanently moved the line of scrimmage for extra point attempts to the 15-yard line. Defenses are also allowed to return any missed attempt the length of the field, for what would be a two-point safety . The owners approved a one-year trial of the rule change two seasons ago, and they adopted the rule for good prior to the 2016 season.
Play callers in the coaches’ box can now communicate with players via headset
The NFL now permits offensive and defensive play callers on each team’s coaching staff to use the coach-to-player communication system, whether the coaches happen to be on the field or upstairs in the coaching booth. Previously, only coaches standing on the sideline had been able to communicate with players through this system.
This rule probably won’t make a difference in the Super Bowl — both Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan will probably be on the field in this matchup.
The NFL is cracking down on player safety All chop blocks are now illegal. Certain types of cut blocks are still legal, and there are more nuances to the rule. Be sure to check out our full explanation of the rule here, if you’re interested. The horse collar rule is now expanded to include when a defender grabs an opponent’s jersey at or above the nameplate and pulls a runner toward the ground. Teams are punished for calling timeouts they don’t have
If a team calls a timeout when it is not permitted to do so (usually when the team has no timeouts remaining), it is now a delay-of-game foul. If the team on offense is the team in violation, opposing defenses have the choice to accept a 10-second clock runoff.
The type of penalty enforcement changes when a certain type of ineligible receiver catches a pass
Rather than enforce a 5-yard penalty for when a receiver illegally touches a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, officials will now enforce a loss of down for the same offense.
Players will not be able to advance the ball after a change of possession and penalties on both teams
When both teams commit a foul after a change of possession, the spot of enforcement now changes. According to the new rule, the team last in possession shall retain the ball at the spot where it gained possession.
The league office can now get involved
The replay official and designated members of the officiating department at the NFL league office are now allowed to consult with on-field officials to provide information on the correct application of playing rules, including assessment of penalty yardage, proper down, and status of the game clock.
The “two strikes and you’re out” rule
This rule is currently in a one-year trial stage, but it still applies to the Super Bowl. A player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls will be thrown out of the game. The types of fouls include the following:
(a) Throwing a punch or forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even if no contact is made
(b) Using abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures toward opponents, teammates, officials or league representatives
(c) Using baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams
The ball spot has changed on touchbacks
The football will now be spotted on the 25-yard-line after a free kick (generally on a kickoff) results in a touchback. Previously, the ball was spotted at the 20-yard line.
That’s about it. Sure you’ve got it all? For a more comprehensive look at the new rules, make sure to check out our expansive look at the rule changes .
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 odds: Bettor wagers $1.1 million on underdog Falcons
The bet will pay off $1 million if Atlanta upsets New England.
The Super Bowl is big business for sportsbooks. CG Technology, an operator out of Las Vegas, learned that Friday when a bettor threw down a $1.1 million wager on the Falcons .
The bet took Atlanta and the 3-point spread, meaning Matt Ryan’s team doesn’t have to win to pay off $1 million to the anonymous gambler who placed it. If the Falcons lose by two points or fewer or upset the Patriots, he or she will earn a seven-figure return on his or her investment.
While the company’s biggest bet is on Atlanta, the majority of its point spread wagers have favored New England to win its fifth Super Bowl. More than 60 percent of the bets CG Technology has taken — including one worth $200,000 — prognosticate a Patriot win Sunday.
Those bettors got a boost Sunday. Madden NFL picked New England to win a dramatic game in its simulation , a prediction that’s been correct nine of the last 13 years. If the video game proves correct in 2017, some anonymous high roller is going to be out $1.1 million.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Security grounded a drone at Falcons practice Friday before Super Bowl LI
On Friday, the Falcons were having one of their final practices before Super Bowl LI when a drone was seen by security flying over their practice.
The NFL’s pool report says that security “grounded a drone” that was being flown over Falcons practice, which was near a residential area near the Rice University campus.
From Peter King, via NFL.com :
With the field situated next to a residential area abutting the Rice campus, there was extra security between the edge of the field (with a fence and high hedges) and the neighborhood, so the Falcons could feel secure running a practice as though they were at their home facility. There was only one brief security heads-up: Security officers grounded a drone that was sent airborne by one of the residents in the neighborhood on Thursday.
A drone flying over Falcons practice — considering they’re playing the Patriots — is notable. It doesn’t by any means the Patriots are spying on them, but questions will be raised because of their past.
The Patriots were punished by the NFL for Spygate, a scandal in which they reportedly filmed practice sessions of opponents over the span of eight years. Former Rams running back Marshall Faulk still believes to this day that the Patriots filmed the Rams final practice before Super Bowl XXXVI.
“[The practice] before the Super Bowl. The guy who worked for the Patriots,” Faulk told WEEI . “If you remember, that was someone mysteriously living in Hawaii, who made his way back to the states and delivered the tapes. [Roger] Goodell then watched those tapes and said there wasn’t enough there to deem anything being done.”
Faulk added, “Now, I didn’t see what was on the tapes, because we didn’t get to see that. The only thing I could say is that they taped our practice. That was wrong.”
In 2015, the Cowboys started using drones to film their practices. Head coach Jason Garrett told ESPN , “It’s interesting because it gives you the chance from behind to see all 11 guys on offense and all 11 guys on defense but from a closer angle,” Garrett said. “Oftentimes you have to kind of pull yourself away to get the all-22 shot. This allows you to get a little closer so you can coach better.”
Does any of this mean that the Patriots are spying on the Falcons practice? No. But it’s absolutely worth mentioning based on history.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl LI pregame: Follow all the news and highlights from before kickoff
Super Bowl pregame is a day-long affair. This year's shows features plenty of live music. Fox will also interview the president during its pregame show around 4 p.m. ET. Ahead of kickoff, “America The Beautiful” will be sung by original cast members of Hamilton: An American Musical.
The other networks will feature everything from football talk to musicians to the Puppy and Kitten Bowls. Here's a full run down of the day's events .
Sunday’s Super Bowl 51 pregame show will feature everything from NFL analysis to a frank discussion on United States policy. Fox will sneak an interview with America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump, into its 7.5 hours of coverage leading up to kickoff.
Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly will sit down with the president to provide a brief respite from a full work day’s worth of football chatter, but that doesn’t mean the pair won’t touch on the big game. President Trump has been outspoken about his support of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots . Odds are good he’ll bring up his "good friend" Brady at least once in his pregame conversation.
The presidential interview isn’t a new feature for the Super Bowl or for Fox. The last two times the game aired on Fox, O’Reilly interviewed then-President Barack Obama.
O’Reilly prided himself on asking contentious questions in a statement released earlier in the month, but also suggested his interview with President Trump could be a bit less hard-hitting.
"You may remember, I did this back in 2014 with Barack Obama, and it was controversial because I pushed the president on a number of issues, including the terror attack at Benghazi," O'Reilly said .
"This time around, I expect to ask President Trump a number of policy questions but also about how he is processing his amazing achievement: A man with no political experience winning the most powerful office in the world."
Interesting or not, it should certainly generate some discussion — just like the rest of the Trump presidency so far.
The coverage starts at 11 a.m. ET with NFL Films’ "Road to the Super Bowl." That’ll be followed by a full hour of nonsensical banter when the "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Super Bowl Special" aurally assaults the nation. Next is the "Fox Super Bowl Kickoff" from 1 to 2 p.m., featuring Dave Wannstedt, Charles Tillman, and a man with no affiliation to the NFL whatsoever, screaming goat Colin Cowherd .
Finally, the network will get down to brass tacks with a 4.5-hour "Fox Super Bowl Pregame," which will feature the company’s typical pregame crew and their dancing football robot. Wedged in the middle of Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long yelling into the void and waiting for a response, America will be treated to Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump at about 4 p.m.
Before country artist Luke Bryan sings the national anthem, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones from the Broadway smash Hamilton will treat us with a rendition of "America the Beautiful."
Kickoff between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots is set for 6:30 p.m.
It’ll be the tightest 450 minutes of pregame coverage you’ve ever seen.
How to Watch
When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Houston, Texas
Commentators: Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan , Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long
Online: Fox Sports GO
137 d ago
Atlanta Falcons memes fly high as Super Bowl 2017 approaches - CNET
Social media loves an underdog, and these days, that's going to be whoever goes against the Patriots.
137 d ago
New England Patriots ring up plenty of Super Bowl 2017 memes - CNET
From Bill Belichick's famed sweatshirt to those four sparkly rings, the Super Bowl favorite is all over social media.
The Verge
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: How to watch the big game online
The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in America, and whether you’re a football fan or not, chances are you’ll be joining the millions of people crowding around their TV screens to see the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots. Or maybe you’re just there to eat wings and see this year’s batch of commercials.
In the good old days (i.e., a couple of years ago) watching the Super Bowl just meant figuring out which of the three networks — NBC, Fox, or CBS — had the rights to air it this year and then figure out what channel number that was for your local affiliate.
Nowadays, though, things are more complicated. Between online streaming, over-the-air broadcasts, apps for set-top boxes, and internet based TV services for...
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SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: Matt Ryan couldn’t break an MVP curse to win the Falcons’ first ring
Matt Ryan joined a list of MVPs who couldn’t get it done in the Super Bowl.
The last eight NFL Most Valuable Players to reach the Super Bowl have all lost, with Matt Ryan joining the list Sunday night. It has nothing to do with the reason the Atlanta Falcons lost, but it’s still a strange coincidence — eerily reminiscent of the Madden curse — worth looking into.
Uh oh. pic.twitter.com/jWaV38Gh8V
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) February 5, 2017
2001: Kurt Warner
Matt Ryan, please stop reading. This MVP curse starts with a late comeback by Tom Brady. Warner led the Rams to tie the game after trailing, 17-3, at the start of the fourth quarter. But Brady led the charge in the final minute to set up a 48-yard field goal for the win.
2002: Rich Gannon
After throwing 10 interceptions in the entire season, Gannon threw five in Super Bowl XXXVII, and his Oakland team was crushed, 48-21, by Tampa Bay.
2005: Shaun Alexander
After reaching the end zone 27 times, Alexander never made it there during Super Bowl XL. He rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries, but it wasn’t enough as the Seahawks fell to the Steelers, 21-10.
2007: Tom Brady
You can open your eyes again, MVP Matt Ryan. Tom Brady played fine, with 266 yards on 29-of-48 completions and a touchdown. But David Tyree’s helmet helped the Giants beat the undefeated Patriots, 17-14.
2009: Peyton Manning
Manning and his Colts team were outplayed by Drew Brees and the Saints in a 31-17 defeat. New Orleans outscored Indianapolis, 15-0, in the final frame.
2013: Peyton Manning
If this curse is real, Manning should’ve declined his MVP award. The Broncos were thoroughly outdueled, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII.
2015: Cam Newton
Dabbin’ Cam didn’t have enough to beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos. He threw for no touchdowns and an interception as not-MVP Manning won his final Super Bowl.
2016: Matt Ryan
Ryan didn’t have a bad game, but the Falcons offense just didn’t produce highlights like it usually does. Even when Devonta Freeman busted huge runs or Julio Jones made ridiculous receptions, the offense just didn’t score enough and allowed the Patriots to pull off a comeback for the ages.
Fox News
137 d ago
Falcons center Alex Mack to play in Super Bowl despite fractured fibula
This injury typically keeps a player out for at least a month.
SB Nation
137 d ago
What can you buy for the price of one Super Bowl commercial?
Super Bowl commercials don’t come cheap.
For those not very interested in football, Super Bowl commercials are the solace for the task of watching a three-and-a-half hour broadcast. Even for those who enjoy the sport, oftentimes it’s the commercials between drives which can help a boring matchup remain an entertaining TV experience or take an already exciting matchup over the top.
But just how much does one Super Bowl ad cost?
Clearly it’s a competitive market, as virtually every person in the United States and many throughout the world seem to watch the Super Bowl every year. The price this year is estimated to be about $5 million for a 30-second spot .
So what else could you get for $5 million? Well, A LOT. But for the sake of time, let’s look at a few examples. A big thank you goes to Gocompare for doing the math on this one, as well as providing the images which will be used below:
A lifetime supply of beer
Two-and-a-half million bottles of beer is a mind-blowing amount of booze. For perspective, Anheuser-Busch InBev employs about 150,000 people, so distributing this amount of beer to the employees in its company would provide 16 beers for each individual with plenty of alcohol to spare.
A soda fountain that flows for eternity
That’s 1,500 tons of Coke. Tons. One elephant only weighs between two-and-a-half and seven tons, which means that one could essentially purchase a quantity that weighs about the same as 215 of the world’s heaviest elephants — in soda — rather than paying for one Super Bowl ad.
Chips for all the Super Bowl parties you’ll ever go to
That’s a whole lot of nacho cheese (or cool ranch, if that’s your thing). I don’t have any big scientific facts for this one, but I’m pretty sure a million-plus bags of Doritos would last me the rest of my life. Not having to buy food would be pretty awesome.
(Side note: The genius scientists at Tostitos were able to create a bag which is able to detect alcohol in a person’s breath to remind people not to drink and drive. )
Enough gems to make you the king or queen of Clash of Clans
I used to be a Clash of Clans guy, but I eventually phased the game out of my life by the time I started college a few years ago. That said, I’m still familiar enough with the game to know that 700 million gems in Clash of Clans could probably buy you up to the top (or at least near the top) of the game’s leaderboard. No need to ask your friends to join their clan — now, they’ll all be begging to join yours.
A head start on that Prius dealership you’ve always wanted to open
I could get down with 200 Priuses, just because at this point, the smaller quantities make life easier. Giving Priuses — whoops, sorry Toyota, I mean Prii (yes, Toyota has decreed the plural of Prius to be Prii) — to all of your friends and family would make you the coolest person ever. Or even better: You could just open your own car dealership and start a business!
Enough Skittles to fill a pool gocompare.com
This is according to Yahoo Answers, but I believe it. Invite Marshawn Lynch to the Skittles pool, and I’m sure you guys will have a great time.
All in all, there are some pretty interesting ways to spend $5 million. Gocompare has a few other examples — a Netflix subscription to last you and your great-great-great-great-great grandkids a lifetime — and it puts into perspective just how expensive a Super Bowl commercial really is.
137 d ago
Super Bowl 51 Liveblog: We’re Ready for Some Football
We're turning off 'Madden NFL 17' and liveblogging every pass, fumble, and Lady Gaga note of Super Bowl LI. Join in here. The post Super Bowl 51 Liveblog: We're Ready for Some Football appeared first on WIRED .
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: Vic Beasley winning the sack crown was supposed to gives the Falcons a win
Only three other players have been to a Super Bowl after leading the NFL in sacks, and all three were on franchises that won it all for the first time.
Vic Beasley Jr. had a breakout season in 2016, bursting onto the scene during his second year in the NFL with a league-leading 15.5 sacks. It earned him Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors, and it was supposed to be the magic that the Atlanta Falcons needed to top the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
Instead, a historic comeback for the Patriots ended a streak of sack leaders helping their teams to a first-ever Super Bowl victory.
Sacks weren’t an official stat in the NFL until 1982. But in the 25 years since, only three players prior to Beasley led the NFL in sacks and made their way to the Super Bowl. All three played for teams that earned their first-ever Super Bowl victory.
First it was Richard Dent of the Chicago Bears in 1985, who had 17 sacks in the third season of his Hall of Fame career and added 1.5 sacks in the Bears’ only Super Bowl victory. Then it was Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants one year later, with 20.5 sacks to help lead the team to its first-ever Super Bowl win.
Kevin Carter’s career didn’t end with an induction to the Hall of Fame, but he helped the St. Louis Rams win a first Super Bowl with 17 sacks in 1999 and a sack in Super Bowl XXXIV.
It looked like fate that the Falcons — one of 13 teams without a Super Bowl victory — could have earned their first with a young pass rusher who led the NFL in sacks. Instead Atlanta extended an MVP curse with Matt Ryan earned the honor Saturday.
( h/t to Waltzer64 on Reddit )
Fox News
137 d ago
Someone bet $1.1 million on the Falcons in Super Bowl LI
The bet would pay $1 million if the Falcons cover.
137 d ago
Here are all the best Super Bowl commercials in one place
The Super Bowl: the one time of year people not only tolerate but actively seek out commercials. 
Hell, if you're a cord-cutter or DVR owner with an ad blocker, it may be the one time of year you actually see commercials.
Perhaps you were hoping this year's commercial breaks might provide an escape from our country's current political insanity. Wrong! 
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136 d ago
Super Bowl 51: Who is the 2017 halftime show performer?
Lady Gaga’s performances always promise to be unique.
The Super Bowl halftime show is never lacking in theatrics and production value, and Lady Gaga will take those reins during halftime of Super Bowl LI.
We’ll have to wait until about 8 p.m. ET to find out what exactly she has up her sleeve, but one rumor says she’ll have “hundreds of drones” to complement her performance.
Lady Gaga, 30, is a six-time Grammy Award winner who has never shied away from sharing her political thoughts. She’s long been a social activist and an advocate for LGBT rights, so it wouldn’t be surprising if she made a statement.
However, she told an Atlanta radio station that President Donald Trump will not be mentioned during her performance.
“No. That’s not what the show is about,” she told 98.5 KLUC, via Hollywood Life . “The show is coming from my heart to everyone in America that I love so much. This is my country and I’m proud to be a pop star from this country. I’ve traveled the whole world and it’s something special to be from America. I want people that watch the halftime show to feel the greatness of the USA.”
Before she was Lady Gaga, she was Stefani Germanotta, born and raised in Manhattan, New York. She’s also a New York Giants fan.
How to watch Lady Gaga’s halftime performance
When: Sunday, Feb. 5 at about 8 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston
Online: Fox Sports Go
Why can't you call it the Super Bowl?
137 d ago
Atlanta Falcons QB finally in the Super Bowl spotlight
Matt Ryan drew laughs from the reporters in late January in Flowery Branch, Georgia, as the Atlanta Falcons quarterback gave a scouting report on himself from his senior year at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl trophy: What is it and why is it named after Vince Lombardi?
It’s not because Lombardi was the first head coach to win a Super Bowl.
At the end of each Super Bowl , the winning team gets to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, which is named after former Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi.
Lombardi was the first coach to win a Super Bowl in January 1967. However, during that time, the championship game was referred to as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
The league changed the name to the Super Bowl in 1969, but Lombardi went down in the history books as the first coach to win a Super Bowl.
But that is not the reason why the NFL named the prestigious trophy after him. In 1970, the 57-year-old lost his battle with cancer, so the league decided to honor Lombardi by naming the Super Bowl trophy after him.
Before the trophy was named after Lombardi, it was simply called the World Professional Football Championship Trophy. The first team to hoist the newly named Lombardi Trophy was the Baltimore Colts, who defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V in 1971.
The trophy stands 22 inches tall and is made from seven pounds of silver. A regular-sized football sits atop of the trophy in a tilted position. Oscar Riedner, the vice president and design director at Tiffany & Co., designed the trophy in 1966.
A lot of things have changed in the NFL since the first Super Bowl. But one thing remained the same: The winning team will get to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the game.
Business Insider
137 d ago
This chart reveals why Super Bowl ads are so expensive
More than 100 million people will tune into Super Bowl LI – some estimates reach as high as 116 million.  With this large a viewership comes a high price tag on advertising. A 30-second ad costs $5 million this year – a price that has risen almost every year since 1967
Despite a drop last year of 111 million viewers from a record-breaking 114 million in 2015, the potential for advertisers is still huge. We used  Nielsen  data to show how the audience has grown over the years. Their estimates also note that 16.9 million tweets were sent during Super Bowl 50 in 2015 and 4.6 million were specifically about the advertisements during the game.
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Business Insider
137 d ago
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank paid for every team employee to go to the Super Bowl
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For just the second time in franchise history and the first time since 1999, the Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl. And when they take the field against the Patriots in Houston, their entire franchise will be there to support them. 
According to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, franchise owner Arthur Blank paid to send every Falcons employee — every single one! — to Houston for the big game.
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Falcons owner Arthur Blank plans to take every employee in organization to Super Bowl. We're talking hundreds.
As SB Nation revealed , there are approximately 270 employees in the Falcons directory, and the cheapest Super Bowl tickets are currently listed at over $3,000. When you factor in travel arrangements, we're talking well over $800,000.
Blank, the co-founder of Home Depot, is worth a cool $3 billion. This shouldn't be too much of a problem.  
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SB Nation
137 d ago
2017 Super Bowl: What TV channel is airing Falcons vs. Patriots?
The Super Bowl is hours away and will be broadcast by FOX in the United States.
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will face off under the bright lights of Super Bowl 51 from NRG Stadium in Houston. Matt Ryan’s Falcons are going for their franchise’s first ever Lombardi Trophy, while Tom Brady’s Patriots are no strangers to playing in — and winning — Super Bowls.
Sunday’s game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast in the United States by FOX. There will be pregame coverage hours before the game on all of FOX, the NFL Network, and ESPN.
Anybody in the United States with an internet connection can get on and watch the game online via Fox Sports GO , while normally the service would require a television subscription during the regular season.
Ryan and Brady lead two of the best offenses in the league in the regular season. The Falcons ranked second in the league in yards, while the Patriots came in at fourth. Atlanta ranked first in the league with points scores per game at 33.8, while New England was third at 27.6 points per game.
Defensively is where things get a little lopsided. Atlanta’s defense has played a big part in its success this season as they it’s been better than in disappointing years past, but it still doesn’t compare to New England’s. The Falcons ranked 25th in the league in yards allowed, while the Patriots came in at eighth.
Things are more skewed when it comes to points allowed. The Falcons allowed 25.4 points per game in the regular season, 27th in the league. They ranked below some bad teams, with an example being the Jacksonville Jaguars , who ranked 25th. The Patriots, on the other hand, ranked first in the league with just 15.6 points allowed per game.
Ryan and Brady have both been fantastic this season. Both have been proficient at carving up good defenses, but Ryan will have the taller task given New England’s stingy defense. But Ryan was named league MVP on Saturday evening for a reason — he’s playing the best football of his career.
Sunday’s game should be a good one.
Below is all you need to know to watch the game on Sunday.
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers
Halftime performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Online: Fox Sports Go
The worst Super Bowl featured the Falcons
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl LI beer prices: What does it cost to drink at the big game?
If you spent thousands to get into the game, what’s a few more bucks for a domestic draft of your choice.
There’s something about the big game that sure makes you thirsty. And what better way to wash that down than with an ice cold beer! Fortunately for most folks watching the game at home or at a friend’s house, they can get by pretty cheap. It will cost a little more if you at the neighborhood watering hole with the ol’ softball team. It’s still quite a bit cheaper than what you’ll pay for a beer at the game itself.
A beer at NRG Stadium, host facility for Super Bowl LI, costs $12.
$16 burger at #SB51 pic.twitter.com/XwzRrWQ7tN
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 5, 2017
Last year, beer prices ranged from $13 to $15 for a beer at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, depending on the size you ordered. A glass of wine, for the fancy folks at the game, was running $15, too. So things are actually a little cheaper in 2017, although it’s not just the beer that’s going to cost fans at the game.
A burger is $16, soda is $11, and a lemonade with a double shot is $30.
Annual reminder to get drunk before you enter the stadium. pic.twitter.com/e71spPmJbc
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) February 5, 2017
The prices probably won’t stun anyone at the game. They’ve already paid a couple thousand dollars or more to get into the game in the first place, not to mention the inflated prices for hotel rooms and everything else in Houston this week.
And that’s OK. Gouging the consumer is a time-honored Super Bowl tradition; it’s as American as ... well, as the Super Bowl. So pony up, get yourself an adult beverage, and don’t think about tightening the budgetary belt until later in the month. You’ve earned it!
SB Nation
137 d ago
Donald Trump picks Patriots to win Super Bowl 2017
The President unsurprisingly sided with the Patriots.
President Donald Trump picked the New England Patriots to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI during an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. He joins the mere 27 percent of the nation hoping for the same outcome.
His prediction was expected given the widespread news coverage of his relationships with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Bob Kraft. Some may even say that the Patriots have a Trump problem .
“I hate to do it. I don’t even know what are the odds. I guess it’s pretty even, two great teams, pretty even, so I’ll say the Patriots will win,” Trump said. “By eight points.”
Trump did pick a Super Bowl winner last year, but flip-flopped to the losing side. In an interview with Face the Nation, Trump picked the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers.
“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” said Trump. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.”
That choice would have been correct! But six days later he changed his mind during the primaries.
Staying away from Super Bowl predictions might be the safer move. It’s what President Barack Obama did during most of his eight years in the White House.
Obama had a perfect Super Bowl prediction record for seven of his eight years. He picked the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII and was exactly right. Then he spent six more years dodging reporters’ questions .
But in his final year he — but mostly CBS — made a mistake. Obama was asked instead of publicly making a prediction to make a private one. He was handed a piece of paper and asked to circle either the Panthers or Broncos. The cameraperson didn’t get the memo that this whole thing was supposed to be private. So CBS accidentally released video of the classified document , thus ending his 1-0 undefeated streak as the Panthers fell to Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
We’ll have to wait and see if Trump can match Obama’s 1-0 Super Bowl prediction start.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Donald Trump Super Bowl interview transcript
Live updating throughout the interview.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sat down for an interview with President Donald Trump, which aired Sunday on Fox just hours before the Super Bowl. O’Reilly held similar interviews with former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush in previous years that Fox hosted the event.
Fox released a preview of the interview ahead Sunday in which Trump was asked if he respected Russian President Vladimir Putin .
“Well, I respect a lot of people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him,” Trump said. “He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world — that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
“But he’s a killer though,” O’Reilly said. “Putin’s a killer.”
“There are a lot of killers,” Trump responded. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think — our country’s so innocent.”
In another preview segment, O’Reilly asked Trump about his tendencies to say things he can’t back up with data .
“Is there any validity to the criticism of you that you say things that you can’t back up factually, and as the President you say there are three million illegal aliens who voted and you don’t have the data to back that up, some people are going to say that it’s irresponsible for the President to say that.
“Many people have come out and said I’m right,” said Trump. When you see illegals and people who aren’t citizens and they’re on the registration rolls... Look Bill, we can be babies, but you take a look at the registration you have illegals, you have dead people, you have this. It’s really a bad situation. It’s really bad.
More from Trump’s interview:
On if he’ll “tear” up the Iran nuclear deal:
“We’ll see what happens.”
“They circle our ships with their little boats, and they lost respect, because they can’t believe anyone would be so stupid to make a deal like that.”
On the U.S.’ relationship with Mexico, and if the Mexican government might accept more help from the U.S. in fighting drug cartels:
“We have to do something about the cartels ... I think we have a very good relationship, as you probably know.”
SB Nation
137 d ago
Donald Trump's Super Bowl interview and pick
Continuing a Super Bowl tradition, Bill O’Reilly interviewed President Donald Trump on the eve of the big game, discussing Trump's recent executive orders — as well as his pick between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.
Fox News anchor and political commentator Bill O’Reilly will interview President-elect Donald Trump prior to Super Bowl LI, according to The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs .
The interview will take place at the White House, and will cover “an array of topics,” according to Fox. It will air during Fox’s pregame coverage of Super Bowl LI, beginning around 4 p.m. ET.
Additional portions of the interview will air on Monday, Feb. 6 beginning at 8 p.m. ET. After that program airs, the interview will be available in its entirety on the Fox News website .
The sitting president is typically interviewed by a representative of the network that airs the Super Bowl each year. O’Reilly has interviewed President Obama twice in the past.
In 2011, Obama told O’Reilly he didn’t care whether the Pittsburgh Steelers or Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV.
"Once my Bears lost, I don't pick sides. I want a great game ,” Obama said.
Obama spoke with O’Reilly again prior to Super Bowl XLVIII , and O’Reilly peppered the president with questions about Benghazi and the Affordable Care Act rollout. As was his tradition, Obama did not predict a winner for the game.
Last year’s pregame interview with President Obama was a little different. CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King interviewed Obama alongside First Lady Michelle Obama .
Instead of directly asking Obama to pick a winner for Super Bowl 50, King asked him to circle the winner on a piece of paper which was then sealed in an envelope. Obama’s choice was unintentionally caught on camera. He picked the Panthers, who lost to the Broncos with a final score of 24-10.
Trump will be inaugurated and will become the 45th president of the United States on Friday, Jan. 20.
SB Nation
136 d ago
The history of 'I'm going to Disney World!' at the Super Bowl
"I'm going to Disney World!" and "I'm going to Disneyland!" have become irrevocably linked to the Super Bowl since Phil Simms first uttered the phrases in 1987.
"I'm going to Disney World!" and "I'm going to Disneyland!" have staked their places in the pop culture lexicon because of the Super Bowl . The phrases (both exclaimed after the game, with different commercials airing depending on where you live in the country) have been uttered by non-Super Bowl champions frequently since the first instance in 1987, but the association is closest with the Super Bowl, an unrivaled celebration of commercialization.
Since 1987, the phrases have been used as part of Disney's "What's Next?" campaign. Phil Simms kicked off the tradition after the New York Giants beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.
Simms wasn't being candid. The idea was supposedly concocted by Jane Eisner, the wife of Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Both Simms and Broncos quarterback John Elway agreed to utter the famous line  in exchange for $75,000 if they were victorious. Simms ultimately walked away with the cushy payday.
The format for the commercials has followed the same essential format since Simms' turn. After a series of highlights set to "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinocchio, the camera cuts to a player in the immediate aftermath of a Super Bowl win and a narrator poses the famous question, "_______, you've just won the Super Bowl, what are you going to do next?" The player looks into the camera and answers. The commercial ends with an image of fireworks exploding over Cinderella's Castle at Disney World, or Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.
The unseen voice posing the question is Mark Champion, who is very familiar with the professional sports scene. Champion is currently the primary radio play-by-play voice for the Detroit Pistons , and has called games for the Detroit Lions , Detroit Fury (WNBA), Michigan State men's basketball and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past.
The commercial has aired after every Super Bowl since 1987, except for one. In 2005, the commercial did not air, though the reason for the absence is still unclear . The NFL was still reeling from Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction in 2004, and may have been leery of any advertising relying on spontaneity. Disney may have also felt that the campaign was losing its effectiveness after 19 years.
There is no formula for who gets to utter the phrase. If you are a quarterback or a Super Bowl MVP, your odds increase, though coaches, running backs and wide receivers have also taken part. Other sports have gotten in the act, too, though not with any regularity. The same year Simms began the tradition, Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers and Frank Viola of the Minnesota Twins also uttered the phrases, though their performances didn't have the same iconic hold.
Other honorees include Santa Claus, Gretchen Carlson as 1988 Miss America, various college graduates and a recent spate of "American Idol" winners. You can check out the full list below.
Super Bowl participants
Super Bowl XXI, 1987: Phil Simms, New York Giants
Super Bowl XXII, 1988: Doug Williams, Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXIII, 1989: Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXIV, 1990: Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXV, 1991: Ottis Anderson, New York Giants
Super Bowl XXVI, 1992: Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXVII, 1993: Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVIII, 1994: Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXIX, 1995: Jerry Rice and Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXX, 1996: Emitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXXI, 1997: Desmond Howard, Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl XXXII, 1998: John Elway, Denver Broncos
Super Bowl XXXIII, 1999: Terrell Davis and John Elway, Denver Broncos
Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000: Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams
Super Bowl XXXV, 2001: Trent Dilfer , Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl XXXVI, 2002: Tom Brady , New England Patriots
Super Bowl XXXVII, 2003: Jon Gruden and Brad Johnson , Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004: Tom Brady New England Patriots
Super Bowl XXXIX, 2005: No commercial
Super Bowl XL, 2006: Jerome Bettis , Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XLI, 2007: Tony Dungy and Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts
Super Bowl XLII, 2008: Eli Manning , New York Giants
Super Bowl XLIII, 2009: Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger , Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XLIV, 2010: Drew Brees , New Orleans Saints
Super Bowl XLV, 2011: Aaron Rodgers , Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl XLVI, 2012: Eli Manning, New York Giants
Super Bowl XLVII, 2013: Joe Flacco , Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl XLVIII, 2014: Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl XLIX, 2015: Julian Edelman & Malcolm Butler, New England Patriots
Super Bowl 50, 2016: No commercials, but Peyton Manning went to Disneyland to celebrate
Non-Super Bowl participants
Dennis Conner, sailing, America's Cup, 1987
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Laker, NBA Finals , 1987
Frank Viola, Minnesota Twins, World Series , 1987
Gretchen Carlson, Miss America, 1988
Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles Dodgers , World Series, 1988
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Finals, 1988
Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames , Stanley Cup Finals , 1989
Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons, NBA Finals, 1989
Jim Thompson, Temple University, college graduation, 1990
Matt Kaldenberg, Simpson College, college graduation, 1990
Phyllis Kaldenberg, Simpson College, college graduation, 1990
Laura McEwen, Simpson College, college graduation, 1990
Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls , NBA Finals, 1991
Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens , Stanley Cup Finals, 1993
Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, 1994 Brickyard 400, 1994
Nancy Kerrigan, U.S. figure skater, Winter Olympics , 1994
Santa Claus, jolly fat man in red, Christmas, 1997
Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals , MLB home run record, 1998
U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, FIFA Women's World Cup , 1999
Barry Bonds , San Francisco Giants , MLB home run record, 2001
Scot Spiezio, Anaheim Angels , World Series 2002
Curt Schilling , Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz ; Boston Red Sox , World Series, 2004
Dwyane Wade , Miami Heat , NBA Finals, 2006
Teemu Selanne , Anaheim Ducks , Stanley Cup Finals, 2007
David Cook , Season 7 "American Idol" winner, 2008
Kris Allen, Season 8 "American Idol" winner, 2009
Bruce Springsteen, The Boss, Super Bowl XLIII halftime, 2009
Lee DeWyze, Season 9 "American Idol" winner, 2010
Scotty McCreery, Season 10 "American Idol" winner, 2011
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137 d ago
Watch Donald Trump's Super Bowl 2017 interview video
Bill O’Reilly intertwined sports and politics for Sunday’s interview.
It’s a Fox tradition. When the network broadcasts the Super Bowl, Bill O’Reilly interviews the President of the United States.
O’Reilly sat down with President Donald Trump to tape an interview which was broadcast during the Fox Super Bowl Pregame show, a 4.5-hour affair set to cover every aspect of the game and, evidently, a little bit of politics as well.
It’s not the first time the network has intertwined the two worlds most likely to spark debates among friends. O’Reilly interviewed then-President Barack Obama the last two times the game aired on Fox, in 2011 and 2014.
The Fox News host prided himself on asking contentious questions in a statement released earlier in the month, but also suggested his interview with President Trump could be a bit less hard-hitting.
“You may remember, I did this back in 2014 with Barack Obama, and it was controversial because I pushed the president on a number of issues, including the terror attack at Benghazi,” O'Reilly said .
“This time around, I expect to ask President Trump a number of policy questions but also about how he is processing his amazing achievement: A man with no political experience winning the most powerful office in the world.”
O’Reilly jumped right in, immediately asking questions about Trump’s foreign policy, including the travel ban issued against residents of seven Middle East countries. Trump defended the policy briefly, but wasn’t pressed by the Fox News host.
Among the questions O’Reilly did ask to Trump, in an excerpt released by Fox on Saturday , regarded Russian President Vladimir Putin. When asked about his counterpart, Trump was almost deferential.
“I do respect him. ... And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world — that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
“But he’s a killer, though,” O’Reilly said. “Putin’s a killer.”
“There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers,” Trump said. “What do you think — our country’s so innocent?”
He also touched on Iran, calling the nuclear arms deal former President Obama struck with the country “the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated.”
“We gave them $1.7 billion in cash, which is unheard of, and we put the money up, and we really have nothing to show for it.” He wouldn’t, however, commit to rolling back the deal, instead promising sanctions for Iran if he doesn’t see the results for which he’s looking.
After rolling through Asia, Trump struck closer to home to comment on another country he’s increasingly alienated throughout his campaign and the opening weeks of his presidency — Mexico.
“I love the people. I really like this administration. But they have problems controlling aspects of their country. I would say the drugs and drug cartels are number one.”
From there, O’Reilly moved north, asking Trump his thoughts about California’s push to become a sanctuary state for immigrants. While he wasn’t explicit, the President suggested federal defunding could be one way he deals with states and cities who fail to comply with his legislation.
Finally, he wrapped up the interview by praising his friends Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady before hesitantly picking the Patriots to win by eight points.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Falcons fans did the Wobble at the airport en route to Super Bowl 2017
Even the airports are lit in Atlanta.
The city of Atlanta has waited 19 years for this: another shot to bring home the Super Bowl for the culture. Atlanta is at the epicenter of both rap culture and the football world at the moment, with the Super Bowl later on Sunday. Atlanta’s too lit right now. Just look at this video from this weekend at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International.
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In the airport ready to board!!! Only in the Atl!!! Falcon fans rising up! #riseup
Posted by Latecia Dickson Moses on Saturday, February 4, 2017
Can you blame Falcons fans for not caring where the turn up is? Whenever you hear the track, you know it’s time to link up with the fam, or your aunt has the aux. Falcons fans used it as a rallying cry to enjoy themselves ahead of the big game.
Atlanta’s been lit for a while, too. Just look at how many people were at City Hall for the pep rally to thank their team for getting them to the doorstep of a ‘chip for the culture.
City Hall is downtown for the pep rally. @Cityofatlanta is ready for Super Bowl LI. #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/J6GS5mxWKM
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) January 27, 2017
The city is fully behind the Falcons. Atlanta rap vet Ludacris narrated the hype video for the city of Atlanta. Full of emotion for his hometown team, it’s just the right amount of inspirational.
A City Awaits.
We're ready, Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/TrVUWw0AnX
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 5, 2017
And of course, it wouldn’t be an Atlanta Super Bowl if Migos didn’t roll through and drop some pre-game words of wisdom for the team. Yes, they could have just played the video for T-Shirt, but instead they gave some quotables for the culture.
Step aside, Dan Quinn: @Migos has the Falcons' Super Bowl pregame speech on lock. pic.twitter.com/AlvLfOWJi6
— SI NFL (@si_nfl) February 5, 2017
137 d ago
Even the pope has a Super Bowl spot
The Super Bowl isn't just the height of sport, it's also the height of branding. Now, it looks like the pope is getting in on the action.
SEE ALSO: These are the most talked about Super Bowl LI ads that you won't want to miss
The pontiff stars in a 50-second spot that will be shown to tens of thousands of fans in Houston's NRG Stadium early in the game. Instead of shilling terrible food or a fizzy beverage, His Holiness details how the marquee event for a league plagued by traumatic brain injuries and domestic violence is a nice metaphor for a peaceful world. 
The pope also talked — unironically — about how nice sports are because it helps us learn to follow the rules, which we can only assume is a subtle troll of the notorious spy-gating , ball-deflating New England Patriots.  Read more...
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136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017, Patriots vs. Falcons: Follow live scores and highlights
Unbelievable! The Patriots scored 31 unanswered points in a 34-28 comeback win , in overtime, to beat the Falcons and win the Super Bowl, their fifth with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
One half of the Super Bowl 51 matchup is set. First, the Atlanta Falcons closed out the Georgia Dome with a dominating win , beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship , 44-21, for Atlanta’s first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years.
The Falcons will play the New England Patriots , who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday in Foxborough.
Atlanta and New England will have to wait two weeks until they can play again. The fight for the Lombardi Trophy will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 5. The game is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET.
New England opened as 3-point favorites over Atlanta .
This year, FOX gets the honors of televising the big game, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth once again. Viewers can stream it online at Fox Sports Go using their cable/satellite login info. Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform the halftime show, and you can expect FOX to have a lengthy pregame show leading up to kickoff time.
How to watch Super Bowl 51
Teams: New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons
Time: Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: NRG Stadium, Houston
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Online: Fox Sports Go
Business Insider
137 d ago
Trump calls Tom Brady his friend and a 'winner,' predicts Patriots will win Super Bowl LI
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday picked the New England Patriots to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
During Trump's interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly asked Trump to pick a winner for the game.
Trump first said, "I like [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft, I like coach [Bill] Belichick, Tom Brady is my friend." When O'Reilly said Brady and Belichick have both faced criticism for their friendships with Trump, Trump said it's also helping their popularity.
Trump called both teams "great" and said Matt Ryan, who was named MVP on Saturday, has had a good season.
Though he said he "hates to make predictions," when pressed, he said he thinks the Patriots will by eight points.
Watch his answer below:
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137 d ago
The prices for food and beer at the Super Bowl are flabbergasting
David J. Phillip/AP
Everything about the Super Bowl is big, and that includes the prices for food and drinks at the concessions during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Several people at the game have posted photos of the concession prices, including Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
Cocktails are $15, or $30 for a double. Domestic beer in a bottle is going for $12 and wine in a glass is $11.
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You need another double just to stomach paying for a $30 double. pic.twitter.com/fvqcqkc1sE
As far as food goes, a burger is $16, a footlong hot dog is $10, a regular hot dog is $8, a chicken sandwich is $16, fries are $7, or $10 if you want them topped with chili and cheese. Cotton candy is $6, peanuts are $7, and a bottomless popcorn will set you back $15. 
Soda in a souvenir cup is $11 and a bottle of water will cost $6.
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$16 burger at #SB51 pic.twitter.com/XwzRrWQ7tN
If you want some of the fancier items, this hot dog costs $12.
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Sirloin dog topped with grilled onions, cheese and fried jalapeños ($12) pic.twitter.com/LhFIw86ayH
Fries covered in chicken and other toppings are $14.
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ATL Fried chicken stak (basically waddle fries covered in chicken and toppings) $14 pic.twitter.com/tjdOtAEGWf
Cheetos popcorn is $11, but it is not bottomless.
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Cheetos popcorn ($11) pic.twitter.com/FQrXhsxNVY
Nachos in various state of dress will cost you $14.
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For all the Tostitos pic.twitter.com/inmXV6SF3Z
Some sandwiches are as much as $19.
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BBQ ain't cheap at the #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/mdOC7JOuYK
Lemonade will cost $6 or $8, unless you want a shot of liquor in there, and then it will cost you $15.
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Annual reminder to get drunk before you enter the stadium. pic.twitter.com/e71spPmJbc
Here are some more prices from WSB-tv.
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#SB51 concession prices...
For everything #SuperBowl
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137 d ago
2017 Super Bowl: What are the ways to watch online?
You do not want to miss this much-anticipated Super Bowl.
The New England Patriots will collide with the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston. Both teams have high-octane offenses and two of the best quarterbacks in the league.
The game is being broadcast on the FOX network. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can watch the game online at on Fox Sports Go using a computer or tablet. Verizon customers can also download the NFL Mobile app on their smartphone and tune in to the game. It’s free to stream the game, too.
Led by quarterback Tom Brady , the Patriots’ offense has many players who can make game-changing plays. From receiver Julian Edelman to running back LeGarrette Blount, New England has a lot of weapons in its arsenal.
With a win Sunday, Brady will hoist his fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy, and the Patriots will have five Super Bowl victories, as well.
However, Ryan, who is the NFL’s MVP, and the Falcons are standing in the way of New England’s fifth Super Bowl victory. Atlanta’s had the second-ranked offense in 2016, and the 31-year-old quarterback made a lot of big plays for the Falcons.
His go-to receiver, Julio Jones , has also been wreaking havoc in opposing defensive backfields. Not only can Atlanta throw the ball, it has a dangerous rushing attack, as well. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been lethal all season. Both players can break off long runs and plow over defenders for extra yards.
This should be an exciting game between two of the best teams in the NFL. If you cannot watch the much-anticpated matchup on television, you can always watch it online.
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137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017, Falcons vs. Patriots: Start time, TV schedule, and live stream
The Patriots are looking for their fifth Super Bowl title, while the Falcons have yet to lift the Lombardi trophy.
The biggest spectacle in American professional sports is set to take place on Feb. 5, with the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots squaring off in Super Bowl 51. The game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the action for FOX. Viewers can stream it online at Fox Sports Go , which is being made available for free.
Lady Gaga will perform the halftime show, with Luke Bryan singing the national anthem.
The Falcons are in the Super Bowl for just the second time in franchise history. They last made the big game in 1999, which ended up being a 34-19 drubbing to the Denver Broncos . Atlanta should put in a much better performance this time, thanks to the presence of MVP Matt Ryan and star wide receiver Julio Jones .
Ryan put together the best season of his career, throwing for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, leading the league with a 117.1 QB Rating. The Falcons had little problem putting away the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers in the playoffs to get this far.
Jones has been dealing with a lingering toe injury, but it didn’t slow him down in the NFC Championship , where he shredded the Packers for nine catches, 180 yards, and two touchdowns. With nearly two weeks of rest, Jones should be as healthy as ever heading into the biggest game of his career.
With key injuries and Brady’s DeflateGate suspension hobbling the roster, it would’ve been easy to write off the Patriots at the beginning of the year. However, they went 3-1 in Brady’s absence, and when the future Hall of Famer came back he was downright unstoppable. New England cruised to a 14-2 record and got past the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.
Brady hasn’t been totally sharp this postseason, and Rob Gronkowski’s season-ending injury is an obvious blow to the offense. That said, Brady was white-hot in the regular season, tossing 28 touchdowns to just two interceptions in the 12 games he played. He also completed 67.4 percent of his passes, his highest mark since the 2007 season. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman continues to be a reliable possession receiver, while Chris Hogan emerged as an unlikely deep threat. Brady and Bill Belichik just keep doing more with less, which is part of the reason why they’re in their seventh Super Bowl together.
Perhaps the biggest factor in this game will be how New England’s defense holds up. The Patriots had the league’s best scoring defense, allowing just 15.6 points per game. They did an admirable job containing Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown in the AFC Championship , but the Falcons’ offense is a different beast altogether. Ryan and Jones are the obvious headliners, but Atlanta boasts a deep and diverse attack, with Devonta Freeman , Tevin Coleman , Taylor Gabriel , and Mohamed Sanu all big-play threats.
With two strong offenses firing on all cylinders, this year’s Super Bowl champion could easily come down to whichever team has the ball last.
How to watch Super Bowl 51
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: NRG Stadium, Houston
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers
Online: Fox Sports Go
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 odds: What is the point spread for Falcons vs. Patriots?
Experts expect this year’s Super Bowl to be a high-scoring game.
At face value, this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Falcons seems to be pretty even. Both teams boast high-powered offenses, defenses capable of preventing big plays and forcing big turnovers, as well as head coaches and coordinators who have been incredible up to this point.
As of Super Bowl Sunday, OddsShark has the Patriots listed as three-point favorites, with the over/under set at 58 on Sunday morning, but moved to 56½ after heavy betting .
The over/under for this year’s Super Bowl is incredibly high, but warranted. Matt Ryan and company have put together a record-breaking year, smashing the over on an almost-weekly basis.
Will the #Falcons be able to crush another record setting OVER at #SB51 ? #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/BIQzbTt6wd
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) February 4, 2017
When you have weapons like Ryan, Julio Jones , Devonta Freeman , and Tevin Coleman , it’s hard not to put up a ton of points. The Falcons have scored 30-plus points in six straight games entering the Super Bowl (and are the only history to do so).
Despite this, the Patriots are three-point favorites, and rightfully so. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are already the best head-coach/quarterback duo in NFL history, and a fifth Lombardi Trophy for the pair would all but solidify the legacies of both Belichick as the best head coach of all-time and Brady as the best quarterback of all-time.
One component bettors seem to be forgetting is the two respective defenses on both sides of the field. Atlanta’s defense, one of the youngest in the NFL, has been incredible as of late, shutting down Aaron RodgersPackers in the first half of the NFC Championship and surrendering just 20.5 points per game in the playoffs. New England’s defense, meanwhile, was the NFL’s best-scoring D by a wide, wide margin. The Patriots backed that up, allowing just 16.5 points per game in their two postseason victories heading up to the Super Bowl.
So when it comes to the spread, I’m taking the Patriots. This is a defense that surrendered fewer points per game than last year’s Broncos team and the 2014 Seahawks . And even without Rob Gronkowski , the Patriots’ offense is one of the league’s best — New England has yet to lose a game with Dion Lewis in the lineup.
Because of the underrated defenses on both sides of the field, I’m also taking the under. A 56½-point over/under is incredibly high, as it’s been four years since two teams combined for at least that many points in a Super Bowl.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 51: Roof at NRG Stadium will be closed
The roof will be closed for the big game this year.
Super Bowl LI just got a bit easier for kickers Stephen Gostkowski and Matt Bryant. They won’t have to deal with any wind; the roof of NRG Stadium will be closed for the big game. The decision was announced about 90 minutes before kickoff.
The roof will be closed for the #SB51 game
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) February 5, 2017
The weather in Houston calls for a warm February day , though pockets of thunderstorms loping across the state brought the potential of a rainy backdrop for the big game. The high for Sunday night is a balmy 66 degrees.
Rather than chance it, the NFL decided the game will be played under controlled conditions. That’s good news for two teams with elite quarterbacks. Tom Brady and 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan won’t have to gameplan against the weather, leaving two battle-tested secondaries as the only obstacle keeping them from launching an aerial attack.
The closed-roof setting will be familiar for the Falcons. Atlanta played its games at the Georgia Dome this fall, going 7-3 at home and 8-3 indoors for the season. The Patriots will play their first game under a roof on Sunday, but have a solid history of playing the big game inside a controlled environment. Three of the franchise’s four Super Bowl titles came in domes, including a Super Bowl 38 win in Houston.
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137 d ago
Super Bowl 51 odds: What is the over/under for Patriots vs. Falcons?
The line dropped by more than a point Sunday as the big game approached.
The over/under for Super Bowl LI, which opened as the highest in NFL history, dropped 1.5 points on Sunday in advance of the big game. The line has fallen from 58 points to 56.5 for the battle between two of the league’s most explosive offenses.
The Super Bowl will feature two top quarterbacks when two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady and 2016 MVP Matt Ryan square off in the biggest game of the year. Ryan led his Falcons to a league-high 34.4 points per game this fall and has been even better in the postseason. He’s thrown for 730 yards, seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions through two playoff games.
Brady’s Patriots have been nearly as dangerous. New England’s 28.4 points per game ranked third in the league, and the veteran quarterback is coming off a season where he set an NFL mark for best touchdown-to-interception ratio after slinging 28 touchdown passes and throwing only a pair of picks.
An injury to Falcons center Alex Mack could be the cause for the sudden drop in the over/under. Mack has been a huge part of the team’s success in the running game, but will be playing on a broken fibula Sunday . That, paired with the Patriots top-ranked scoring defense, has been enough to send bettors flocking to the under, forcing sportsbooks to adjust their lines.
Fox News
137 d ago
Trump picks Patriots to win Super Bowl
President Donald Trump predicted that the New England Patriots would defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's Super Bowl, a result that would bring a fifth NFL championship for head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
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137 d ago
2 Chainz is on the sideline at the Super Bowl, so the Falcons are essentially guaranteed to win
Celebrity sightings are huge at the biggest sporting event of the year.
Here we have Georgia native and HUGE Falcons fan 2 Chainz (or Tity Boi as he is known colloquially).
Not much to say about this one but...Tru! @2chainz #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/HDysyEPeqa
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) February 5, 2017
He’s got more than a few chains on to see his Falcons take on the Patriots.
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Mr. Chainz (or Boi) always reps Georgia, so of course he had to be here. In “My Moment,” the rapper riffs about waiting to make it big, as well as “I wonder when the Braves gon' win it/I wonder when the Falcons gon' get here.”*
Let's go @atlantafalcons #riseup !!! #prettygirlsliketrapmusic 4/7
A photo posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on Feb 5, 2017 at 12:54pm PST
*Rap genius tells me this is also a drug reference but as I am a family-friendly reporter I will not be explaining that part of the lyrics. You can read it yourself here .
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136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 final score: highlights, news, and more from Patriots win over Falcons
The Patriots’ stunning comeback gave them their 5th championship.
The Patriots trailed 28-3 but completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to stun the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 .
Game updates
Overtime (11:02): Patriots 34, Patriots 28
Tom Brady was 6-for-7 in overtime, but it was running back James White who ran it in for the deciding touchdown .
End of the fourth quarter: Patriots 28, Falcons 28
Welcome to the first overtime game in Super Bowl history .
Fourth quarter (0.57): Patriots 28, Falcons 28
James White punched it into the end zone, then Danny Amendola caught a 2-point conversion to complete the Patriots’ comeback.
Fourth quarter (2:28): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
Julian Edelman kept the Patriots drive going with a catch that had to be seen to be believed .
Fourth quarter (4:47): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
This 27-yard sideline catch and toe dance by Julio Jones , when the Falcons needed it most, was one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.
Fourth quarter (5:56): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
New England capitalized immediately on the fumble, driving for a touchdown, from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola, followed by a successful two-point conversion to make this a one-score game.
Fourth quarter (8:31): Falcons 28, Patriots 12
The Patriots got new life thanks to a fumble by Matt Ryan, the first turnover in three games this postseason for the Falcons .
Fourth quarter (9:48): Falcons 28, Patriots 12
Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 33-yard field goal to get New England within two scores.
End of third quarter: Falcons 28, Patriots 9
It took nearly three quarters, but the Patriots finally scored their first touchdown pass, a five-yard pass from Tom Brady to James White with 2:12 remaining. However, the extra point doinked off the uprights.
Then, New England failed to recover their onside kick attempt .
Third quarter (8:31): Falcons 28, Patriots 3
Both teams punted on their opening drive of the third quarter, then Atlanta marched downfield to add to its dominance, culminating in a 6-yard touchdown catch by Tevin Coleman.
Third quarter (11:36): Falcons 21, Patriots 3
Atlanta got their first big play of the second half, a 35-yard pass to a wide open Taylor Gabriel, thanks to a great move on Malcom Butler.
End of second quarter: Falcons 21, Patriots 3
New England was able to salvage something from a terrible first half by getting their first score of the game, a Stephen Gostkowski 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half.
Second quarter (2:21): Falcons 21, Patriots 0
After a promising Patriots drive, Robert Alford intercepted Tom Brady and returned the ball 82 yards for a touchdown , giving Atlanta a commanding lead.
Second quarter (8:55): Falcons 14, Patriots 0
Austin Hooper caught a pass from Matt Ryan to give the Falcons some breathing room. The Patriots thwarted the extra point, but were called for a penalty they did not commit . On second try, the Falcons kicked it through.
The drive was extended earlier by this fantastic catch by Julio Jones on the sideline .
Second quarter (12:15): Falcons 7, Patriots 0
Devonta Freeman scampered from five yards out, after a nice juke , for the game’s first score.
Second quarter (14:19): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
Deion Jones forced a fumble from LeGarrette Blount fumble, giving the Falcons the first turnover of the game.
End of first quarter: Falcons 0, Patriots 0
The first quarter saw four punts and no points , so congratulations if you had the 0-0 square. The Patriots passed for 59 yards, while the Falcons ran for 56 in the opening 15 minutes. No points has been good news for the Patriots, who won the last three Super Bowls that were 0-0 after the first quarter .
First quarter (5:48): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
Tom Brady got sacked because his own lineman was shoved back into him .
First quarter (10:41): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
It’s not safe to be the sideline ballboy. Watch out for Julian Edelman !
First quarter (13:37): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
New England got the ball first but had to punt, then Denvonta Freeman ran for 37 yards on Atlanta’s first play from scrimmage.
Devonta Freeman ran for 37 yards on the Falcons’ first play.
But the Falcons punted, too.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to shake the hand of Patriots owner Robert Kraft in handing him the Lombardi Trophy .
Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP ... again.
James White caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes, then ran the ball in for the championship-winning touchdown .
Dion Lewis of the Patriots injured his hamstring on the final play of regulation , on a fake kneel play.
Once down 25, the Patriots roared back to tie late in the fourth quarter on this 2-point conversion .
This catch by Julian Edelman has to be seen to be believed .
New England used the same 2-point conversion play the last time they were in Houston for the Super Bowl .
Patriots super fan Mark Wahlberg left the Super Bowl early in the fourth quarter .
This catch by Julio Jones on the sideline in the fourth quarter was one of the best grabs in Super Bowl history .
Matt Ryan’s fourth-quarter fumble was the first turnover by the Falcons this season .
Grady Jarrett tied a Super Bowl record with three sacks for the Falcons .
Falcons running back suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter, and went to the locker room for X-rays .
Desperate for answers, the Patriots are trying anything and everything, including trick punt returns .
Donald Trump left his Super Bowl party early with the Patriots getting whooped .
The Patriots tried and failed their onside kick attempt in the third quarter .
New England tried a trick play with pass from wide receiver Julian Edelman, but the Falcons snuffed it out for an incompletion .
The game was delayed briefly in the third quarter when two helmets got stuck together .
Falcons owner Arthur Blank just can’t stop dancing .
Tevin Coleman was the fourth different Falcons player with a touchdown in Super Bowl 51, giving Atlanta a 28-3 lead in the third quarter .
Taylor Gabriel juked Malcom Butler for this 35-yard gain .
Lady Gaga jumped from the roof of NRG Stadium and brought the house down during her halftime show . Then she ended it by dropping the mic and jumping off stage while catching a ball .
Martha Stewart’s pet falcon (what?) foresaw good things for Atlanta on Sunday .
The largest deficit overcome to win a Super Bowl is 10 points . The Patriots might be in trouble.
Donald Trump is hosting the most boring Super Bowl party in America .
Robert Alford returned an interception 82 yards , giving the Falcons a commanding 21-0 lead.
Julio Jones looked like Michael Jackson on this sideline catch .
Terry Bradshaw’s shirt stain was a damn commercial .
Devonta Freeman juked his way for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter for the game’s first score .
Deion Jones forced a fumble, giving the Falcons the first turnover of Super Bowl 51 .
The Patriots won the last three Super Bowls that were 0-0 after the first quarter .
Tom Brady got sacked because his own lineman was shoved into him .
Patriots wide receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman accidentally steamrolled a ball boy on the sideline .
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was listed on the injury report with “Super Bowl Nerves.”
Luke Bryan sang the national anthem in two minutes, four seconds , just under the over/under of 2:09 .
Before the game
The New England Patriots are one more win away from a fifth Lombardi Trophy in 16 years, but have to get through the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
For the Falcons, it’s only the second trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history and a chance to win a ring for the first time. The only other trip came 18 years ago in Super Bowl XXXIII, but Atlanta came out on the losing end against the Denver Broncos , 34-19.
While the Falcons were a well-rounded team in 1998, this time they will look to ride a prolific offense that scored the most points in the NFL in the regular season and kept it going in the postseason with 80 points in two wins.
That offense is led by the deadly combination of NFL MVP quarterback Matt Ryan and All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones. But the defense finished No. 27 in the NFL in points allowed, even if it played significantly better in the final month of the season.
New England enters much more well-rounded, statistically. Three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady leads the No. 3 scoring offense in the NFL, and no team allowed fewer points in the regular season than the Patriots.
Sunday will be the seventh Super Bowl for the duo of Brady and Bill Belichick, record amounts for any coach or quarterback. Don Shula coached in six Super Bowls during his Hall of Fame career, and Brady already surpassed John Elway’s record of five Super Bowl appearances when the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX two years ago.
In addition to the game Sunday, there’s plenty of pageantry that will come with the big stage at NRG Stadium in Houston. Lady Gaga will perform during halftime and Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem before the kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Pregame reading
Falcons’ return to the Super Bowl is a triumph for the city of Atlanta
Here’s what ‘Do Your Job’ really means for the Patriots
Why the Super Bowl is Donald Trump vs. the city of Atlanta
How the Falcons made the tight end the key to their offense
Bill Belichick doesn’t give the Patriots any choice but to follow his ‘mental toughness’
The home of Super Bowl LI is also a haven for refugees
Dan Quinn’s 3-step plan that took the Falcons from 8-8 to a Super Bowl
Why the Falcons will beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 51
Dwight Freeney has all the experience the Falcons defense needs
How Bill Belichick helped shape the Falcons
Why Raheem Morris' defensive knowledge makes the Falcons receivers deadly
Falcons’ ‘misfit’ secondary is ready for Tom Brady
The worst Super Bowl featured the Falcons
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 picks: 4 out of 5 Fox pregame analysts choose the Patriots
Michael Strahan’s on an island.
In the last hour before the kickoff of Super Bowl 51, the team of commentators on Fox’s network pregame show unveiled game picks. Four of the panel’s five members went with the Patriots to beat the Falcons .
So, for the Patriots, that’s Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, and comedian Rob Riggle. Long’s son, Chris, is a defensive end for the Patriots, so it’d be somewhat treasonous for him to choose against them. Michael Strahan , the former defensive end who beat the Patriots with the Giants in Super Bowl 42, picked Atlanta.
SB Nation’s panel of NFL pickers was significantly more split . Five of the nine chose Matt Ryan and the Falcons over Tom Brady and the Patriots.
It seems like a fairly safe bet that most of the country hopes the Falcons win the game. After all, they’ve never won a Super Bowl, while the Patriots have made a habit of it.
Did the Fox majority get it right? Let me know.
SB Nation
137 d ago
How to watch Super Bowl 2017 live online, TV schedule, radio and more
Defense wins championships.
The Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will collide Sunday night at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl LI.
The game will air on Fox at 6:30 p.m. ET, and you can stream it online for free on Fox Sports Go. There are several options for those who want to listen to the game on radio, including NFL Game Pass , WestwoodOne , SiriusXM , Tunein , and Entravision .
It’s easy to say that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have big roles in this game. Ryan, who won the NFL’s MVP award this season, orchestrated Atlanta’s high-powered offense in 2016 and led this team to its second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
Brady started the season serving a four-game DeflateGate suspension, but returned to the Patriots in Week 5 and dominated like he always does. New England went 11-1 with the 39-year-old under center, and he is now playing in his seventh Super Bowl.
Both teams will score points, but Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower and Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. will help determine which team will hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Hightower is coming off his first Pro Bowl selection this season. As the leader of New England’s defense, the 26-year-old is responsible for calling plays and making sure everyone is lined up correctly.
The Patriots had the top-ranked scoring defense and eighth-ranked overall defense in the NFL, and they continued to play well in the postseason. This unit is only surrendering 16.5 points per game in the playoffs.
Hightower and the rest of the New England defense get their biggest test yet in the Super Bowl. Atlanta’s top-ranked scoring offense can score on the ground and through the air, so the young linebacker must have this defense prepared.
Beasley, a first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft , has been a game-changer this year when rushing the passer. The 24-year-old raked up a league-high 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.
The second-year linebacker has been stellar all season, but the rest of the defense hasn't. Atlanta had the 25th-ranked defense in the regular season, and the secondary’s inexperience was a glaring issue for this team.
On the other hand, the Falcons’ defense is playing well in the postseason. Beasley and the front seven must get to Brady quickly to help out this young secondary. If they give Brady too much time in the pocket, he will carve up the Falcons’ defense.
As the saying goes, defense wins championships, and both teams will face the task of defending one of the league’s best offenses.
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Chris Myers .
Online: Fox Sports Go
Radio: NFL Game Pass , WestwoodOne , SiriusXM , Tunein , Entravision
The worst Super Bowl featured the Falcons
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 51 has taken price gouging to a whole new level
The Super Bowl isn’t just the final game of the NFL season, it’s a phrase to denote the biggest or most impressive example of something. This makes the Super Bowl the Super Bowl of price gouging. Let’s run down the list of how much you could spend OUTSIDE of getting a ticket for the big game.
Parking near NRG Stadium: $200
How bad do you want it? Parking across street from NRG Stadium! #SBLI #khou11 #SuperBowl2017 pic.twitter.com/lKIamj8X0H
— Larry Seward (@LSewardKHOU) February 5, 2017
Lemonade with a double-shot of liquor: $30
Annual reminder to get drunk before you enter the stadium. pic.twitter.com/e71spPmJbc
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) February 5, 2017
Burger, fries and a bucket of popcorn to snack on: $38
Want anything? #SB51 pic.twitter.com/acf8w3PFZZ
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) February 5, 2017
Wash it all down with a couple of beers: $24
That brings your grand total for a night at the game to $292. Consider for a second that the cheapest season tickets for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season were $171 and you could almost buy two of them for just one night at the Super Bowl.
137 d ago
Patriotism and protests part of Super Bowl kickoff
HOUSTON (Reuters) - From U.S. President Donald Trump to the Pope, the world was settling in for a rousing Super Bowl Sunday with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the New England Patriots in an NFL title game that will be played with deep political undertones.
Daily Mail
136 d ago
Shaquille O'Neal dwarfs Simone Biles in Super Bowl LI pic
They're two giants of their respective sports but standing side-by-side you wouldn't think that. The names? NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal (7ft 1in) and Olympic champion Simone Biles (4ft 9in).
137 d ago
Watch 'Transformers: The Last Knight' Super Bowl 2017 trailer - CNET
Director Michael Bay releases the extended trailer before the big game after it leaks online.
The Verge
137 d ago
Watch the creepy Super Bowl trailer for A Cure for Wellness
Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness might just be the movie horror fans have been looking for this new year. In this Super Bowl spot, Mr. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) finds himself in a mysterious wellness center somewhere in the Swiss Alps. But as it turns out, “no one ever leaves” the facility, forcing him to try to piece together the center’s secrets before he goes insane or worse.
Tonight’s trailer is certainly chilling and unsettling, promising violence and jump scares. A Cure for Wellness hits theaters on February 17th.
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136 d ago
No tailgating, but no lack of partying at Super Bowl
(This February 5 story has been corrected to make clear event's cause in fifth paragraph)
SB Nation
137 d ago
Matt Ryan listed on Falcons injury report for 'Super Bowl nerves'
Shoot, me too.
Before the Super Bowl , Erin Andrews was giving an injury report prior to the game.
Among the injuries listed included Julio Jones with a toe injury, Alex Mack with a fibula injury, and Matt Ryan , with Super Bowl nerves.
SB Nation cannot confirm or deny this report, but it’s not entirely uncommon. Especially for Super Bowl first timers.
SB Nation
137 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 coin toss result: Falcons win and the Patriots get the ball
The Patriots called heads. They were wrong.
The New England Patriots have lost the coin toss, and they’ll be receiving the opening half kickoff as a consequence.
Bill Belichick has made it a point of emphasis to defer to the second half in receiving kickoffs, having only elected to receive the opening half kickoff four times in his 17-year Patriots tenure. Those four opening-half drives yielded just three points.
This isn’t the fifth time, as Belichick lost the toss, but it’s worth noting. The Patriots likely would’ve elected to kick had they won the toss. They’ll now look to strike first in what could be a high-scoring matchup between two talented offenses.
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush seemed enthusiastic about participating in the Super Bowl’s ceremonies. However, both were recently admitted to — and released from — the hospital, battling separate illnesses. In fact, the former U.S. President was only released just a few days ago, after battling pneumonia:
A hospitalized Barbara Bush just told her doctors 'you need to get us out of here and tuned up.. we've got to host that Super Bowl ' #SB51
— Amber Theoharis (@AmberTheoharis) January 23, 2017
Super Bowl 51 is officially underway.
The Guardian
136 d ago
Super Bowl 51: New England Patriots beat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 – live!
Tom Brady leads Patriots to historic comeback win Everything but the football: commercials, Lady Gaga and more Super Bowl 51 in pictures Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance: heavy on hits, light on politics Email [email protected] or tweet @HunterFelt
3.54am GMT
And that will do it from here. I’ve got nothing to add at this point. We had the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The first overtime game in Super Bowl history. The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl, Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP and he might have sealed up his reputation as the best player in NFL history (but that’s a debate for a different day). Roger Goodell was humbled on the biggest stage possible. IT WAS A WHOLE THING and the Guardian will have further coverage of everything that just transpired today.
But this marks the end of our live Super Bowl coverage. Thanks to everybody who followed along with us today, especially those who contributed (sorry I couldn’t use all of your tweets and emails). Ciao!
3.47am GMT
Belichick says a bunch of boring things and then comes Tom Brady. “We’re bringing this sucker home!”
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137 d ago
Watch the exciting 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Super Bowl spot
Welcome to the frickin' Guardians of the Galaxy.
A new trailer (above) for volume two of the Marvel smash dropped during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
SEE ALSO: These are the most talked about Super Bowl LI ads that you won't want to miss
It gives viewers yet another peek at the whole gang: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel).
Image: disney
The movie hits theaters on May 5.
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136 d ago
Super Bowl 51 started 0-0. The Patriots won the last 3 that started 0-0.
In Super Bowls 49, 39 and 38, the first quarter ended tied at 0-0. New England won all three.
Scoreless after one. Yes, 0-0 is the score of Super Bowl LI after the first quarter, and that’s fantastic news for the New England Patriots .
Winner of Last 3 Super Bowls 0-0 after 1st Quarter:
SB 49 - Patriots
SB 39 - Patriots
SB 38 - Patriots
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) February 6, 2017
The Patriots won 28-24 in Super Bowl 49, won 24-21 in Super Bowl 39 and won 32-29 on Super Bowl 38. So the scoreless first quarter doesn’t mean this will be a low-scoring game, necessarily, or one that isn’t entertaining.
Matt Ryan doesn’t even have more than two passing attempts, either.
Still, New England has to feel like they’re in a good spot here.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl live score: Patriots, Falcons scoreless after 1st quarter
The Super Bowl is an unexpected defensive struggle so far.
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots boast two of the best offenses in football, but the Super Bowl has become a defensive slugfest to start. The teams end the first quarter tied at 0-0, with sacks and punts being the main theme so far.
The Falcons won the opening coin toss and deferred, giving the Patriots the ball to start the game. It was an uneventful three-and-out, with Falcons linebacker Deion Jones stuffing LeGarretter Blount on third and 1, forcing a punt.
Atlanta’s first drive got off to a roaring start with Devonta Freeman ripping off a 37-yard run to midfield. However, the drive stalled from that point and Matt Ryan ate a sack on third down, setting up the Falcons’ first punt.
Tom Brady got the Patriots near midfield with strikes to Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan that got chunk yards. But the Falcons’ defense stiffened up once again, and Courtney Upshaw dropped Brady for a 9-yard loss, taking the Pats out of field goal range. James White couldn’t haul in a deep pass and Brady got sacked again on third down, ending the possession without any points.
On the Falcons’ next drive, they used Freeman and Tevin Coleman to get some yards on the ground, but another Ryan sack led to yet another punt. The quarter ended with New England sitting at its own 40-yard line.
136 d ago
Former President George H.W. Bush Performs Coin Toss at Super Bowl LI
The 41st president kicked off Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
Business Insider
136 d ago
Watch country star Luke Bryan perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl
Luke Bryan kept things low-key for his performance of the National Anthem at the kickoff of the 2017 Super Bowl.
The country star showed up on the field in a jacket and t-shirt and delivered a respectful version of the National Anthem before the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, the team of Bryan's home state, got into it.
And based on the reaction on social media, Bryan's fans were loving it.
Lady Gaga will be performing the halftime show at the game, and there has been a lot of speculation about whether she will get political.
Watch the video of Luke Bryan below:
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. @LukeBryanOnline performs the National Anthem prior to #SB51 ! https://t.co/xR5kEdBuDz
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136 d ago
Super Bowl Go Political in a Big Way
Messages about America, inclusiveness _ and, yes, even "four years of awful hair" _ kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and line of personal care products
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl halftime show 2017 live stream: How to watch online
After Lady Gaga killed the national anthem last year, her halftime show performance will be can’t-miss stuff. Full coverage of her 2017 halftime show can be found here .
Super Bowl 51 is currently underway, and we’re gearing up for one of the most unique halftime shows in quite some time. Six-time Grammy award-winner Lady Gaga will headline the event, and the only guest that has been confirmed is Tony Bennett, who will appear in a short video leading up to Gaga’s first song.
Follow the halftime show with us , featuring live highlights and updates from Lady Gaga’s show.
Lady Gaga is one of the most popular artists in the world, and she’s ready to take stage. Gaga has stated that she’s been planning to perform in a Super Bowl halftime show since she was just 4 years old. “For me, it’s all about giving to the fans and bringing people together that wouldn’t normally come together,” Gaga said.
Many have speculated Gaga will perform her hit “Bad Romance,” as the behind-the-scenes video posted by Pepsi reveals her and her backup dancers practicing dance moves for the song.
This will be Lady Gaga’s first appearance in a Super Bowl halftime show, but it will be the second consecutive year she’s performed at the big game. Last year, she sang the national anthem and knocked it out of the park. Coldplay headlined the halftime show a year ago, with both Beyonce and Bruno Mars also taking the stage in Santa Clara.
This past November, Lady Gaga hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart for the first time, when her new album Joanne debuted at atop the list.
Now seems like a great time for the superstar to take center stage. And whether you love her or you don’t, it’s refreshing to see an icon so excited to participate in the big game, even though she’s already kind of been there before.
If you're currently watching the Super Bowl on FOX, you can keep it tuned in there to see the halftime festivities. If you're by your computer, you can stream the show for free on FOX Sports Go.
How to Watch
Who: Lady Gaga
When: Halftime of the Super Bowl, around 8:30 p.m. ET
Online: FOX Sports Go
Why can't you call it the Super Bowl?
Fox News
136 d ago
Luke Bryan nails National Anthem at Super Bowl LI
Luke Bryan hit the field to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI Sunday at the NRG Stadium in Houston.
The Verge
136 d ago
Airbnb’s Super Bowl ad says ‘we accept’ everyone
Airbnb just aired a Super Bowl ad promoting a message of diversity and acceptance, ending with the statement that “the world is more beautiful the more you accept.” CEO Brian Chesky also tweeted a reference to the commercial, as well as an announcement that the company is aiming to provide short-term housing for 100,000 refugees, disaster survivors, and other displaced people over the next five years. Additionally, Airbnb will donate $4 million to the International Rescue Committee over the next four years.
Acceptance starts with all of us. #weaccept pic.twitter.com/btgqyYHVTK
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 6, 2017
The ad’s message is of course politically charged in the context of Silicon Valley’s response to President Trump’s...
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The Verge
136 d ago
Logan is full of grace in its Super Bowl Teaser
A new teaser for Logan dropped , set to the song Amazing Grace.
There’s no dialogue in this teaser: just music as Logan accompanies Professor X and the young X-23 as they’re chased by a shadowy corporation. Earlier trailers have prominently featured music, such as Johnny Cash’s Hurt and Kaleo’s Way Down We Go , and this teaser feels particularly effective with the song.
Logan hits theaters on March 3rd.
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Venture Beat
136 d ago
Amazon Echo is better at talking about Super Bowl LI than Google Home
Google nabbed one of the first commercials during Super Bowl LI to promote Google Home, but Amazon Echo may be more fun to talk to during the Super Bowl.
Ask Google Home who will win Super Bowl LI, and you get a rather cautious response citing a USA Today poll and Vegas odds that favor the Patriots, but the intelligent assistant predicts no winner.
Alexa is a bit more bold.
“I think it will be a really exciting game with lots of scoring. The Patriots are favored to win by three points last I checked, but honestly I think the Falcon’s offense is going to score, and they will fly home with the win,” it said.
Ask Google Home who it is rooting for, and it will give the same response as if you asked who will win the Super Bowl.
Alexa’s response: “I’m flying with the Falcons on this one. I was pretty low when they beat my Seahawks, but I’ll feel better if they go on to win the whole thing, plus birds of a feather got to stick together right?”
Amazon Echo and Google Home have a few special features for Super Bowl LI. Here’s a couple of them.
Alexa has Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots burns
What’s a Super Bowl without taking sides and talking copious amounts of trash? For jokes, say “Alexa, tell me a Patriots burn” or “Alexa, tell me a Falcons burn.”
Me: “Alexa, tell me a Falcons burn.”
Alexa: “What’s the difference between me and the Falcons? I have a ring.”
Order a pizza or beer
Google Home and Alexa-enabled devices can both be used to order a pizza.
Google Home can order from Domino’s Pizza; Alexa can get you Pizza Hut.
You can also order Wingstop and Starbucks. And in 28 cities around the country , the Drizly Alexa skill delivers Miller Lite.
Random facts
Ask Google Home for Super Bowl facts, and you can hear when the first Super Bowl was played, see the price of tickets over time, and find out that eight million pounds of guacamole is eaten on a typical Super Bowl Sunday.
Ask Alexa for Super Bowl facts, and you hear random facts about the National Football League.
Sports trivia
With Google Assistant, you can play Lucky Trivia Sports, a multiplayer trivia game.
Alexa also has skills like SuperBowl Facts and Super Bowl Fan Quiz .
SB Nation
136 d ago
Patriots use biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to force overtime
The Patriots have come back from down 10 in the Super Bowl in the past, but no team has won after facing a bigger deficit.
For Tom Brady and the Patriots to win Super Bowl LI, they had to defy history first.
No team has won the Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points. Nearing halftime, New England found itself down 21-0. That ballooned to 28-3 in the third quarter, so the odds were certainly not in the Patriots’ favor.
And then Tom Brady added another Super Bowl record to his resume.
When New England beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the Patriots were down 10 in the third quarter before scoring 14 in the final frame to notch the win — and even then it came down to a final goal-line stand.
ESPN gave the Falcons an 86.2 percent chance to win after scoring their second touchdown, but that didn’t necessarily mean much as recent history shows.
Atlanta now has an 86% chance of winning, per ESPN. That's about the same Clinton's chances heading into the election pic.twitter.com/fNpBPSO8tJ
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) February 6, 2017
Once Atlanta went up by 25 that win probability jumped to 99.7 percent.
History said this one was over. History was wrong.
Fox News
136 d ago
Watch Devonta Freeman dive into the end zone for the first TD of Super Bowl LI
Freeman scored from 5 yards out to put Atlanta up 7-0.
Fox News
136 d ago
The Patriots failed to score in the first quarter for the seventh straight Super Bowl
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still have never scored in the first quarter of the big game.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 halftime score: Falcons hold 21-3 lead after dominant 2nd quarter
The Falcons hit a second gear and the Patriots are in danger of being buried.
After a slow start to Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons turned on the jets in the second quarter and put the New England Patriots in a huge hole, holding a 21-3 lead at halftime.
The first quarter was largely uneventful, with both teams trading punts and struggling to get much going on offense. The Patriots started the second quarter driving into field goal range, but LeGarrette Blount coughed up the ball and the Falcons recovered it for the first turnover of the game. Deion Jones forced the fumble, making himself an early front-runner for Super Bowl MVP.
Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones at midfield for Jones’ first catch of the game. He followed that up with another deep reception down at the Patriots’ 29-yard line. Devonta Freeman got the Falcons inside the red zone with two big runs, and scored the game’s first points one play later. Freeman made a sick cut to get to the outside and dive into the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown. The extra point gave Atlanta the 7-0 lead.
First time the #Patriots have trailed since the 4th quarter of the Jets game in Week 12 #SuperBowl
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) February 6, 2017
The Patriots started their next possession with poor field position, which has been a running theme of their performance in this game. Tom Brady still didn’t have many answers for the Falcons’ swarming defense, which forced another three-and-out.
Atlanta’s passing offense started to open up, with Ryan hitting Taylor Gabriel and Jones on deep passes. Jones in particular had a spectacular toe-tapping catch on the sidelines , putting the Falcons in field goal range. Austin Hooper then hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass to put the Patriots in deep trouble. Atlanta took a 14-0 lead with under nine minutes left in the second quarter.
Brady kept struggling to get much going, but had a lucky break when a Falcons defensive penalty gave the Patriots a free first down. Another holding penalty bailed out the Patriots on third down and put them in Falcons territory. A third holding penalty gave the Patriots a third first down, and Martellus Bennett got New England into field goal range with a 13-yard catch.
However, the tide suddenly shifted when Robert Alford picked off Brady and ran it back 82 yards for a touchdown . Just like that, the rout was on with Atlanta up, 21-0.
With the clock winding down, New England went into its two-minute drill. James White used a 28-yard catch-and-run to get his team back in field goal range, and another catch got the Pats to the 15-yard line with 23 seconds left. A Bennett hold wiped out another big gain by White, backing up the Pats to the 20. Bennett made yet another costly gaffe, losing yards on a screen pass and staying in bounds, forcing Bill Belichick to burn his timeout.
A 41-yard field goal got the Patriots on the board, but it’s little consolation after the Falcons opened up such a big lead. Brady now has to engineer the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history if he hopes to capture his fifth ring.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl squares halftime score: Falcons lead after 2nd quarter
We are at the midway point in the Super Bowl squares game.
The first half of the clash between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons is over. Before you prepare yourself for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s halftime performance, direct your attention to the Super Bowl squares game.
At halftime, the Falcons lead the Patriots, 21-3. That means the person with the square corresponding to 1 for the Falcons and 3 for the Patriots wins for the second quarter. The person with the double zero square won in the first quarter and won’t get to double up. If that’s you, we’re sorry. If that’s one of your friends or family members, make sure to tell them they won’t be winning another cent during the game.
Super Bowl squares is one of the most simple NFL-related games. It’s a fun game, and everyone can play. If you forgot the rules of the game, don't worry, we’ve got you. Here is how you play .
136 d ago
Tom Brady's family wore their own jerseys to Super Bowl LI
Presented here without comment or judgment: Tom Brady 's family members wore their own jerseys to Super Bowl LI , jerseys which featured the quarterback's personal logo and the slogan "Brady's ladies." 
We know this because Brady's wife, the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, posted photos of the family fits to Instagram
We are ready! Let's go @tombrady !! Let's go Pats!!! ✨🏈✨😘💫
A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@gisele) on Feb 5, 2017 at 12:00pm PST
Bom dia! Game day! #superbowl #daddyslittlegirl ✨❤️✨🏈
A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@gisele) on Feb 5, 2017 at 6:03am PST
The New England Patriots quarterback was seeking his fifth Super Bowl ring Sunday. Just another day in the totally normal, totally average life of the modern-day Brady bunch.  Read more...
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136 d ago
The Falcons put the Patriots in a huge hole in the Super Bowl with 82-yard pick-6 touchdown
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The New England Patriots are in deep trouble in Houston, down 21-0 in the first half after Robert Alford intercepted Tom Brady and took it 82 yards for the touchdown. 
After the Falcons turned a Patriots fumble into the first touchdown of the game , Atlanta doubled their lead later in the second quarter. When the Patriots got the ball back, they were methodically plodding down the field, using three defensive holding calls to move into the red zone. 
Then, on a key third down, Alford jumped a Brady throw and took it to the house. 
Here's the pick-6: 
Patrick Smith captured a great shot of the interception for Getty Images.
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Alford's interception puts the Pats in a major hole. The Falcons offense is rolling, their defense is pressuring Brady, and they get the ball back to start the second half. 
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136 d ago
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Watch Lady Gaga's Drone-Assisted Hits Medley at Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show
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136 d ago
Here's the new 'Transformers' trailer that aired during the Super Bowl
Paramount Pictures
A new "Transformers" movie is coming this summer. This time, the film will pit Optimus Prime against his old friends.
The extended spot for "Transformers: The Last Knight," which aired during the Super Bowl, shows Prime going up against fan favorite Bumblebee. 
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and Sir Anthony Hopkins, the fifth movie in the Michael Bay franchise will have humans fighting against Prime and other Transformers. "Transformers: The Last Knight" will be in theaters June 23.
Check out the Super Bowl trailer below:
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Here's the official synopsis from Paramount:
The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
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136 d ago
Super Bowl 51 score: Falcons have 28-9 lead after 3rd quarter
The Patriots showed some life, bu the Falcons still have a commanding lead.
The Atlanta Falcons went into halftime leading the New England Patriots, 21-3. Both teams managed a touchdown in the third quarter, so Atlanta has a 28-9 lead and is just 15 minutes away from winning its first-ever Super Bowl.
The Falcons got the ball to start the second half after deferring the opening coin toss. It ended up being a quick three-and-out, and Julian Edelman’s big punt return gave Tom Brady a chance to chip away at the 18-point deficit.
However, the Pats’ first drive was more of the same — Chris Hogan dropped a sure first-down catch, Danny Amendola lost 8 yards on a screen, and Edelman had a drop of his own. New England had to punt for the fourth time in this game.
Matt Ryan took advantage of Taylor Gabriel schooling Malcolm Butler, hitting the receiver on a huge 35-yard pass into Patriots territory. Mohamed Sanu snagged a catch inside the red zone and Butler got flagged for interference on Gabriel, giving the Falcons a first down. The next play, Ryan tossed a screen to Tevin Coleman, who ran it into the end zone and gave the Falcons a 28-3 lead.
With the rout on, NRG Stadium broke out into “A-T-L” chants from the Falcons faithful in attendance. The Patriots tried dialing up a trick play with an Edelman WR pass, but Dion Lewis couldn’t come down with the ball. They went for it on fourth down and Brady found Danny Amendola to keep the drive alive, and Brady made a key run on third down down to the Falcons’ 15-yard line. LeGarrette Blount pushed the offense inside the 10, and James White finally got the Pats’ first touchdown of the game with a 5-yard catch. However, Steven Gostkowski doinked the extra point kick, and the Pats still trailed, 28-9.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so New England tried an onside kick, but the Falcons recovered and Gostkowski got flagged for touching the ball before it went 10 yards. Atlanta couldn’t much with the good field position, though — a holding call and Ryan sack took the team out of field goal range and forced a punt from midfield.
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136 d ago
Donald Trump left his Super Bowl party early, before the Patriots historic comeback
Update: The Patriots broke a Super Bowl record for largest comeback, rallying to defeat the Patriots, 34-28.
President Donald Trump had a kind of lame Super Bowl part y that didn’t even seem like it was geared toward watching the game.
The POTUS left the party during the third quarter, as the team he had called to win by eight was getting beaten, 28-9.
Pool: Trump is done watching the game pic.twitter.com/I3MKmzZsXA
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 6, 2017
I guess he’s already giving the game to the Falcons. So much for supporting his friends Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in their time of need.
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136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 score by quarter: Falcons lead Patriots after 3rd quarter
It’s officially crunch time.
The third quarter of Super Bowl LI is in the books, folks. Before you get excited about the much-anticipated fourth quarter, go back and take a look at your Super Bowl squares game.
The Atlanta Falcons lead the New England Patriots by a score of 28-9 after three quarters of play. That means you’re a winner for this quarter if you have the square that corresponds to 8 for Atlanta and 9 for New England. There have been no repeat squares so far in this game, so no one’s cleaning out your game on their own this year.
You are almost at the end of this easy, competitive game. Just like New England and Atlanta, you want to walk away victorious tonight. The fourth quarter will decide if you win or not. Hope for the best.
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136 d ago
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The brand winners and losers of Super Bowl LI
It was the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and the first Super Bowl to go into overtime. But for as unpredictable as the action on the field was, the attendant advertising felt a bit familiar
Advertisers shelled out as much as $5 million for 30 seconds of screentime time during this year’s big game, according to ad-tracker Kantar Media. But official sponsors weren’t alone in trying to nab some attention: Countless other brands also tried to cash in on an highly-engaged second screen audience on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and, most importantly, Twitter.
As the night wraps up, here are our picks for winners and losers of Super Bowl LI.
Overtime advertisers
No one saw it coming. But those that did got some major yardage for their buck: The New England Patriots fought back from behind to swipe the Lombardi trophy from Atlanta’s clutches. But they weren’t the only winners. Advertisers like SoFi, which bought over-time ads, also had a huge night.
We bought an option for an overtime ad. #omg @SoFi #gamble
— Joanne Bradford (@sfjoanne) February 6, 2017
Budweiser’s “Born The Hard Way” spot, chronicling the immigration story of its founder Adolphus Busch struck a chord, coming as it did just days after President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. It was ahead of all competitors in terms of pre-game buzz, according to iSpot.tv’s Digital Share of Voice rankings, a weighted measure that takes into account all earned actions across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and search engines.
As of Sunday morning, the spot had already generated 14.3 million earned online views and 235,000 mentions across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube combined with unique search engine inquiries. The spot has also garnered more than 7 million Facebook views, half of them (nearly 47 percent) eliciting the “love” reaction according to Canvs, an emotion analytics company.
Brands celebrating diversity
Several other brands went the Budweiser route, including Airbnb, Coca-Cola and Audi. Airbnb released its politically-charged spot “#WeAccept” and took a strong stance on togetherness and inclusivity. Coca-Cola threaded the needle on immigration, bringing back its multilingual rendition of “America the Beautiful” from 2014’s Super Bowl. Audi, meanwhile, took a stand on equal pay.
Airbnb also pushed out tweets to amplify its commercial in real time, including one by co-founder Brian Chesk, who also announced via Twitter that the company is going to contribute $4 million over four years to the refugee nonprofit International Rescue Committee “to support critical needs of displaced populations globally.” The tweet was retweeted 1,159 times and garnered 1,240 likes within two minutes of being posted. Together, Airbnb and Coca-Cola generated the most number of tweets until the first half, with 33,700 tweets and 32,100 tweets each.
Acceptance starts with all of us. #weaccept pic.twitter.com/btgqyYHVTK
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 6, 2017
84 Lumber
Construction brand 84 Lumber’s spot depicted an emigrating Mexican mother and daughter, and encouraged viewers to see the conclusion of their story online. It created so much buzz that the microsite was actually down in the minutes immediately after the spot aired.
All the real-time brand action went down on Twitter and Facebook got a special shoutout during the Fox halftime social segment. But a third platform came out ahead: Snapchat ran three sponsored lens filters this Super Bowl for Gatorade, Pepsi and the Falcons and Patriots. Each of these Super Bowl lenses costs somewhere between $400,000 and $600,000, and can lead to anywhere from 7 million to 20 million plays, according to Snapchat. That’s not all: Snapchat has also landed sponsors with vertical video ads, including brands like Anheuser-Busch.
16 Handles
A little throwback never hurt anyone, and 16 Handles had its Twitter game on point with this cute ode to “Left Shark” from Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.
remember when pic.twitter.com/KN4qSgRmLI
— 16 Handles (@16Handles) February 5, 2017
Gatorade gets no points for originality. The beverage brand reprised an old Snapchat sponsored lens in a new bottle, letting users superimpose a flood of Gatorade over their video selfies with a few new updates. The filter generated 165 million impressions last year, according to the brand, with Serena Williams and a handful of other celebrities using it. Effective, maybe, but hardly innovative or interesting.
Brand-on-brand action
Brands tweeting at other brands is no longer cute. These days, almost every brand seems to be winking at another one. Super Bowl LI was no different, with social media and community managers from brands like Kia, GoDaddy and Avocados from Mexico spending majority of their time crafting flirty and congratulatory tweets for other brands. This trend should have died last year.
#AvoSecrets No. 443: Guacamole has provided @tide with business since the beginning of time #SB51 pic.twitter.com/Epeb9X6yDB
— Avocados From Mexico (@AvosfromMexico) February 6, 2017

Wix.com was leading the tally in terms of views for its Super Bowl spot right until the morning of the big game, when Budweiser took the lead. Its “Disruptive World” spot had racked up over 20 million Facebook views, and generated an additional 6.1 million earned online views. But the brand went overboard — and frankly seemed desperate — with its social media push including tweets like the one below.
Poems are fun
Poems are good
Send a poem to Felix and he might give you food!
Message him here: 415-603-9680 #DisruptiveWorld pic.twitter.com/od1Jn40ESi
— Wix.com (@Wix) February 6, 2017

It was supposed to be a funny play on a classic nursery rhyme. But it was just gross. TurboTax tried to show that its app is so easy to use, that you can use it from anywhere. But the oozing yolk wounds were frankly nauseating. And in a political climate where millions of people are unsure of the fate of their healthcare, the ad was unsettling for the wrong reasons.
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136 d ago
Grady Jarrett ties Super Bowl record with 3 sacks for Falcons vs. Patriots
The Clemson product had three sacks all season. He’s matched that in the biggest game of the year.
Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has had the game of his life in the Super Bowl . In the fourth quarter, two sacks of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in three plays gave Jarrett three QB takedowns for the night, tying a Super Bowl record previously shared by Reggie White, Darnell Dockett , and Kony Ealy .
Jarrett’s been a force all night, and he also rang up a tackle for loss on a Patriots screen pass at the end of the second quarter, plus another for no gain. The interior of New England’s offensive line hasn’t been able to handle him, and he’s made chaos happen time and time again. It’s been an incredible effort.
Jarrett is a second-year man out of Clemson. He had exactly three sacks in the regular season this year and hadn’t yet gotten one in the playoffs. He had one other sack in his rookie season a year ago. If you saw this coming, that’s some incredible foresight.
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136 d ago
Tevin Coleman suffers injury against Patriots in Super Bowl 51
The Falcons running back went down in the fourth quarter.
The Atlanta Falcons had a pretty easy go at things in Super Bowl 51 through three quarters and change, but suffered an unfortunate loss when running back Tevin Coleman went down to injury.
Coleman was attended to by trainers on the field, who were looking at his left ankle. He would be taken into the locker room for x-rays. The team ruled Coleman questionable to return due to the injury.
On the following play, the Patriots were able to get to Matt Ryan, and force a fumble thanks to Dont’a Hightower.
SB Nation
136 d ago
The Patriots are trying everything in the Super Bowl, even trick punt returns
It didn’t work.
The New England Patriots pulled out all the stops and tried everything to get into the end zone against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Bill Belichick even pulled a trick punt return out of the special teams playbook.
Julian Edelman ran up the middle to pull Atlanta’s coverage toward himself, while another Patriots player tried to run it back along the sideline.
It’s something that worked for the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks . It didn’t work for the Patriots.
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136 d ago
Mark Wahlberg left the Super Bowl before his beloved Patriots started their comeback
Mark Wahlberg leaving #sb51 @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/uxzG6MF4YI
— Allen Reid (@Allen_Reid) February 6, 2017
Die-hard Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg gave up on his team with the score at 28-12 with under 10 minutes left. In most games this is a pretty safe bet and a way to beat traffic, but this is the Super Bowl — and your quarterback is Tom Brady.
Shortly following his exit from the stadium the Patriots scored a touchdown and completely a two-point conversion. They narrowed the score to 28-20 and only needed one good drive to tie things up.
If you’re reading this Mr. Wahlberg: Sorry, but you messed up.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl squares 2017 4th quarter score: Falcons and Patriots go to overtime
Regulation has ended in the Super Bowl, so be sure to check your score for Super Bowl squares!
Whether you’ve been playing Super Bowl squares for all four regulation quarters or just one game which spans the length of the Super Bowl, congratulations! You’ve either come out on top or put yourself down a few bucks, but regardless, there’s no more time to panic about the score.
The Super Bowl has gone to overtime for the first time with the score tied at 28-28, but the squares game is over. If you have the square corresponding to the number 8 for the Atlanta Falcons and 8 for the New England Patriots , congratulations again, because you’re a winner! Go and collect your Super Bowl squares earnings from your friends and family, and make sure they don’t leave the party without some trash-talk from the winner.
Inevitably, there was someone at your Super Bowl party who took the game too seriously, looking up common scores and ways to gain an edge on the competition — but look who’s on top now? Have fun celebrating, but don’t rub it in too much, or then you’ll just be that jerk who took everyone’s money.
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136 d ago
Patriots rally from 25-point deficit to tie the Super Bowl on this 2-point conversion
What. A. Super Bowl.
The Patriots needed a two-point conversion to complete a 21-point comeback and force overtime in Super Bowl 51, with 57 seconds left on the clock. They got it, thanks to a pass from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola.
Atlanta led 21-0 in the first half and still had control of the game at the start of the fourth quarter, having gone up by 25 at one point.
But the Patriots pushed back with three consecutive scores, starting with about two minutes left in the third. A Matt Ryan fumble led to a Danny Amendola touchdown and New England two-point conversion that set the Patriots up with a 28-20 deficit — a one-score game — with more than three minutes to play.
It was always unlikely that a Tom Brady-Bill Belichick Patriots team was going to retreat without a fight, even though their most famous fan did . And Patriots didn’t, charging back to give us the kind of thriller that’s become typical of Patriots Super Bowls. This was extremely dramatic, long after it looked like it could never be.
The play followed an impossible catch by Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. Despite a slow start, Brady got to 416 passing yards on the New England drive, a Super Bowl record.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Here's the James White touchdown that won the Super Bowl for the Patriots
The best Super Bowl maybe ever ended on this play.
The New England Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl on Sunday night, completing a 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons with a James White 2-yard touchdown run in overtime.
By NFL overtime rules, the Patriots’ touchdown meant Atlanta didn’t get a counter-possession, and the game was over.
The game will go down as one of the best Super Bowls in the event’s 51-year history. New England fell behind 21-0 and then 28-3 by the third quarter, looking more disheveled than ever. Atlanta seemed primed to waltz to a win.
New England’s 25-point comeback that forced overtime started with about 17 minutes left in the game, on a James White touchdown grab. That turned out to be the first of four consecutive New England scores in the run-up to overtime. The last was a Danny Amendola touchdown, followed by a White two-point conversion, that knotted the score at 28 and brought about the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
The NFL’s treated fans to lots of terrible games this year, and in these playoffs. This was the grandest exception the league could’ve possibly asked for.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 final score for Falcons vs. Patriots: New England pulls off historic comeback to win in overtime, 34-28
The Patriots erased a 28-3 lead in the final 18 minutes of regulation and won the first Super Bowl to ever require overtime.
The New England Patriots needed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to erase a gigantic lead built by the Atlanta Falcons, and Tom Brady somehow pulled it off, capping it with a touchdown drive in overtime that ended with a 2-yard score by James White.
Atlanta led 28-3 late in the third quarter and didn’t give up a touchdown until less than 18 minutes were left in regulation. But when the New England offense finally came to life, the Falcons’ top-rated offense struggled to respond and committed its only turnover of the game to gift wrap more points to the other side.
A final drive in the fourth quarter for the Patriots tied the game at 28-28, aided by a miraculous catch by Julian Edelman with just over two minutes remaining to push New England into Falcons territory.
The Patriots managed to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history, won the coin toss, and never gave the Falcons the ball. Brady orchestrated an eight-play, 75-yard drive, putting the Patriots on the door step of a game-winner.
The long drive ended the game when White bulldozed through would-be Falcons tacklers to score the winning touchdown:
The win is the fifth Super Bowl victory for the Patriots during the Brady and Bill Belichick era.
It was the Falcons defense that surprisingly built Atlanta’s lead
Super Bowl LI was billed as a likely shootout between the No. 1 scoring offense led by NFL MVP Matt Ryan and the No. 3 scoring offense led by three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. But the question was if the No. 27 scoring defense of the Falcons would have any chance at keeping pace with the Patriots, which allowed the fewest points in the NFL.
Yes, the Atlanta defense played its best football in the latter half of the season and did a good job in the playoffs against the likes of Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers.
But not only did the group keep the Patriots offense from scoring early, the Falcons defense created opportunities all on its own and was the biggest reason why Atlanta earned a 28-3 lead in the first place.
Linebacker Deion Jones set up a Falcons touchdown by ripping the ball from New England running back LeGarrette Blount, and then cornerback Robert Alford broke the game open with an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown:
The interception was Brady’s 31st in his postseason career, topping Brett Favre for the most all-time. But it was just one play on a forgettable night for one of the NFL’s all-time best playoff performers.
Tom Brady struggled to find a rhythm until the fourth quarter
In addition to the Falcons defense creating big plays, it stifled Brady who never found much of a rhythm until the fourth quarter.
He was pressured early by the Atlanta defensive front, with Courtney Upshaw and Grady Jarrett each recording sacks on New England’s second drive of the game, ending what looked like it could be an early scoring chance for the Patriots.
But even when the pressure wasn’t there, Brady seemed to struggle with accuracy for much of the first half. The first touchdown of the game for the Patriots didn’t come until the final minutes of the third quarter after the Falcons already buried them with a 25-point lead.
Another scoring chance in the fourth quarter was also shut down by the Falcons pass rush, with Jarrett recording a pair of timely sacks when New England was close to the goal line.
Jarrett tied the record for sacks in a Super Bowl with three, tying Reggie White, Darnell Dockett and Kony Ealy.
But Brady caught fire and led the Patriots down the field to 19 points in the fourth quarter, erasing a Falcons lead that looked insurmountable. The first of his two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter was set up by Atlanta’s only turnover of the game, and the second was a 10-play, 91-yard drive that took only 2:33 and was punctuated by a 1-yard touchdown run by James White.
Brady finished the game with 43 completions on 62 attempts for 466 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Falcons offense made plays, but didn’t capitalize on the scoreboard
Sometimes football is less about who makes more plays, and more about who screws up less. While the Patriots offense had two back-breaking turnovers in the first half that afforded the Falcons a big lead, Atlanta avoided crucial errors for most of the game.
The only turnover of the game for the Falcons came in the middle of the fourth quarter, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Julio Jones made plays when the ball came his way, as did Devonta Freeman, but for the most part it was a game without many spectacular plays for an offense that usually has no shortage of highlights.
Even when Jones made a ridiculous catch down the sideline in the fourth quarter, it was followed by negative plays by the Falcons offense that booted the team from field goal range.
Ryan, the newly anointed NFL MVP, only threw 23 passes all game, but racked up 284 yards and two touchdowns. But an offense that averaged 33.75 points per game in the regular season and 40 points per game in two previous postseason wins, only managed 28 despite the Falcons defense aiding in the scoring.
The Patriots dynasty already had a strong argument as the greatest extended era for any NFL team in history, and only improved that case Sunday. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time in his career and became the first quarterback to win the game five times.
Belichick also surpassed all other coaches, breaking a tie with Chuck Noll as the only coaches with four Super Bowl wins.
It’s the Patriots world and we’re all living in it.
The Rolling Stone
136 d ago
New England Patriots Win Super Bowl 51 in Thrilling Overtime Comeback
Super Bowl 51 had plenty of stories going into Sunday's culmination of the NFL season. People thought it could be the highest scoring game ever . The Atlanta Falcons were the upstarts and the New England Patriots were going for official G.O.A.T. status with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady going to another championship game looking
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136 d ago
Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots recover from record deficit to beat Atlanta Falcons
The New England Patriots produced the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim a fifth title.
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Super Bowl show
Everyone expected Lady Gaga's show to be political, but it was the ads that got the attention.
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136 d ago
The Saints were taunting the Falcons during Atlanta's Super Bowl collapse
New Orleans stays petty.
The Saints will never stop shading the Falcons.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) February 6, 2017
This was right at the start of the overtime of Super Bowl 2017, amid the Falcons’ collapse.
The Patriots would go on to win by a TD in overtime.
Then, the Saints piled it on even thicker.
Mood #SB51 pic.twitter.com/v3LfFlgI9k
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) February 6, 2017
Stay petty, my friends.
Overheard on the #NOLAscanner : Police are getting calls about fireworks going off in the city. #SuperBowl
— Lester Duhé (@LesterDuhe) February 6, 2017
No chill in NoLa.
136 d ago
Patriots rally to stun Falcons in Super Bowl thriller
The New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth Super Bowl.
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136 d ago
Patriots’ Super Bowl parade 2017: Scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m.
The Patriots will hold their fifth Super Bowl parade.
The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, 34-28, at NRG Stadium in a thrilling overtime matchup. While Patriots fans will probably be celebrating the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl victory up until the 2017 season, the team itself will hold a parade.
This is an annual tradition in the NFL. Usually a few days after the big game, the Super Bowl-winning team holds a parade to celebrate the victory. The parade is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET, Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced:
A parade celebrating tonight’s #SuperBowl Champs @Patriots , will be held on Tuesday (2/7) at 11:00am. See you there! #Patriots #OneMore ✔️
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) February 6, 2017
The last time the Patriots won the Super Bowl was in 2015 against the Seattle Seahawks . During New England’s victory parade on Boylston Street , its fans lined up and cheered the home team. The players rode on duck boats, which is a sports tradition in Boston.
Let’s see what’s in store for this year’s parade.
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136 d ago
Roger Goodell had to shake Tom Brady's hand after the Patriots won the Super Bowl
After the biggest comeback and the first overtime in Super Bowl history, Goodell had to face Brady.
The New England Patriots pulled off an improbable victory against the Atlanta Falcons after trailing for most of the game. After mostly avoiding the Patriots and Tom Brady since the league handed down punishment for Deflategate, Goodell shook Tom Brady’s hand before the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy.
Brady said in the week leading up to Super Bowl 51 that he wasn’t motivated by the Deflategate punishment or the reaction to the scandal, but rather by his teammates.
“I mean, I’m motivated by my teammates,” Brady said. “I said that after the ( AFC Championship ) Game. I think that they’re all the motivation that I need.”
Goodell also fielded a number of questions about his avoidance of the Patriots, and whether or not he’d spoken with Brady since the Deflategate scandal. He deflected them.
“We’re moving on from that,” Goodell said. “That’s part of our history.”
Prior to the Super Bowl, Brady hinted at the possibility that he might share his true feelings on Goodell and the way the league handled Deflategate.
“Maybe I’ll tell you after,” Brady said during an appearance on Boston’s WEEI. “But I don’t want to get into winning something before we’ve won it, because it’s going to be hard to win this thing.”
It was hard to win that thing. The Patriots trailed for most of the game and tied it up with under a minute remaining to play, sending the game to the first overtime in Super Bowl history. There was no way for Goodell to avoid interacting with Brady during the trophy presentation.
Tom Brady and Roger Goodell shake hands after the conclusion of #SB51 . pic.twitter.com/n1j3mf82uE
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 6, 2017
The Guardian
136 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: Brady leads Patriots to historic comeback win
Pats rally from 28-3 deficit in third quarter to beat Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl 51 in pictures Everything but the football: commercials, halftime and more
So America hasn’t changed that much in the last few months after all: the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions once again. They beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime amid a frenzied, brain-frying climax in Houston. At one point New England had trailed 28-3 with little over a quarter to play.
For the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, it was a stunning ending to a season that ended in redemption and possibly cemented his position as the greatest player of all time. Brady, arguably the most famous athlete in the US, had missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension for his part in the Deflategate scandal . On his return, he led the Patriots on a charge towards their fifth Super Bowl title in remarkable circumstances.
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136 d ago
The Best Super Bowl Commercials, From Avocados to Zelda
Things may have gotten political this year, but that didn't mean the ads were humorless. The post The Best Super Bowl Commercials, From Avocados to Zelda appeared first on WIRED .
The Wall Street Journal
136 d ago
Patriots Storm Back to Stun Falcons in Super Bowl
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Business Insider
136 d ago
The 5 best ads of Super Bowl 51
The biggest event on the advertising calendar is over again for another year, and this year's Super Bowl provided viewers with another diverse array of creativity, laughs, and bold statements.
The overarching theme from the commercials during this year's big game was brands looking to make statements about diversity and inclusion — but those weren't necessarily the best ads of Super Bowl 51.
Scroll down to see Business Insider's pick of the bunch.
5. NFL — "Baby Legends"
The NFL aired three spots during the Super Bowl, but the "Baby Legends" ad was the standout.
The ad showed babies dressed up as well-known football legends Marshawn Lynch, Michael Irvin, Von Miller, Vince Lombardi, Mike Ditka, Bill Belichick, and Joe Namath. The ad ended with baby versions of Belichick, the Patriots coach, and Devonta Freeman, the Falcons running back, next to the Super Bowl trophy.
The spot served as a follow-up to last year's " Super Bowl Babies Choir " and served as a tasteful and fun piece of nostalgia for football fans watching the game.

4. It's A 10 Haircare — "Four More Years"
While many of the Super Bowl ads this year appeared to take a poke at President Donald Trump, this ad for a relatively unknown hair-care brand made the strongest – but most lighthearted — reference.
"America, we are in for at least four more years of awful hair," is the narrator's opening line. The ad then goes on to state how It's A 10 Haircare wants to help all sorts of people, with all sorts of hair, have great hair.
The script is funny, the haircuts are awful, and perhaps the only criticism of the spot was that it was shot in black and white rather than color.

3. Audi — "#DriveProgress"
Audi made a big statement on gender pay equality with its Super Bowl ad, which depicted a dad watching his daughter taking part in a kart race and contemplating the times she might be treated differently just for being female.
When the ad was released before the game , the automaker came under a heap of criticism from social-media users who accused the company of being sanctimonious and not practicing what it preached — particularly because it has an all-male board and its senior management team has only two women.
Audi kept to its guns, however, and responded to detractors on social media, explaining the steps the company had taken to drive equality among its staff. The car marque appeared to have turned a lot of the negativity surrounding the ad, with many first-time viewers of the ad praising it after it aired on TV .

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Business Insider
136 d ago
The Falcons choked away a Super Bowl win thanks to one baffling drive
Mark Humphrey/AP
The New England Patriots mounted a stunning comeback in Super Bowl 51, roaring back from a 28-3 deficit before knocking off the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, on Sunday night.
And looking back on the loss, the Falcons will most likely point to one key drive late in the fourth quarter that should have finished the Patriots off for good.
Let's break this down, because it's one of those drives that's easy to overlook considering all the other mayhem that transpired.
Leading 28-20 with 4:45 left in regulation, the Falcons had the ball. Their offense had been listless for the bulk of the second half, but on this particular play quarterback Matt Ryan escaped the pocket and connected with Julio Jones.
Jones' catch was outrageous — how he managed to elevate to haul the pass in and then get both feet in bounds was mind-blowing.
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Ladies and gentlemen, @JulioJones_11 .
This is just unbelievable. #SB51 #RiseUp https://t.co/sUGgrtyevc
This play put the Falcons well into field-goal range, and a field goal would have given the Falcons an 11-point lead. Considering the time left in the game and the fact that the Patriots needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion, a two-score game would have made the Patriots' task nearly impossible.
The Falcons could have kneeled the ball on first, second, and third downs, took time off the clock, or at least forced New England to use its remaining timeouts. Instead, the Falcons opted for a pass play, and Ryan was sacked. At this point, the Falcons would have had to kick a 53-yard field goal to go up 11.
Here's the sack:
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HUGE sack from former Razorback Trey Flowers! #WPS #SB51 #SuperBowl #Patriots pic.twitter.com/Au1Px0kn48
On the ensuing play, the Falcons were called for offensive holding. Ten more yards in the wrong direction. All of a sudden, they were at midfield and out of field-goal range. After an incomplete pass on third and very long, they were forced to punt. And on that New England drive, Tom Brady marched his team downfield to score. The Patriots converted the two-point conversion, and the game went to overtime, where the Pats won. The Falcons did not even get the ball.
Again, all the Falcons had to do was keep themselves in field-goal range (and, of course, hit the field goal). That would have put them up two scores with three or so minutes left.
They couldn't do it, and they lost.
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Business Insider
136 d ago
Trump celebrates Patriots' stunning Super Bowl win: 'Wow!'
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
President Donald Trump echoed the sentiment of many Americans after the New England Patriots pulled off a stunning upset to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, tweeting: "Wow!"
"What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots," Trump tweeted . "Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!"
Trump watched part of the game with his family and advisers at a swanky party  at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In an interview with Bill O'Reilly that aired before the game, Trump predicted the Patriots would win by eight points. And he was shockingly close — New England won 34-28  in the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
"I like [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft. I like Coach Belichick and Tom Brady's my friend," Trump told O'Reilly. "There's less pressure on the Patriots because they've been there. You know once you've won, and you've done it, and they've done it, once you've done it there's a lot less pressure. So we'll see what happens, but you know you have to stick up for your friends, right?"
The president repeated his praise for the three men after the Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
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The New Yorker
136 d ago
The Best and Worst 2017 Super Bowl Ads
Anheuser-Busch posted its Budweiser Super Bowl commercial online a week before the game, as most brands do these days, to extend the reach of what are still the most expensive television ads in the business. In other times, the commercial—a cinematic, and partly fictionalized , depiction of the journey that the company’s co-founder, Adolphus Busch, made from Germany to St. Louis, in the mid-nineteenth century—would not have drawn much attention.
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136 d ago
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SB Nation
136 d ago
This is what Marshawn Lynch tweeted after the Patriots won a Super Bowl by running from the 2
Makes you think!
Marshawn Lynch not getting the ball at the 1-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX was one of the more controversial plays in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks were in position to take a late lead on the Patriots, and elected to throw the ball, which was promptly picked off by Malcolm Butler.
Since then, Lynch has been outspoken, saying that he felt the NFL didn’t want him to be the “face of the nation.” They couldn’t have somebody like him being the guy.
After the Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl — the largest blown deficit of all-time — Lynch tweeted out the following, which suggests that the game might be fixed.
I kno y I didn't get the ball now. Yes Lawd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 6, 2017
Conspiracy theories are abundant, and we all love them to some degree. This is now the second Super Bowl that the Patriots won that they probably shouldn’t have.
Between the goal-line pass that should have been given to Lynch, and the Falcons crumbling after building a 21-0 lead in the first half and pushing it to 28-3 midway through the third quarter.
SB Nation
136 d ago
Super Bowl winners list: Falcons still 1 of 13 teams to never win a title
No Lombardi Trophies for these teams.
Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons couldn't win their first Super Bowl against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. As of right now, there are 13 teams that have yet to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Here are the teams:
Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston Texans
Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles
Los Angeles Chargers
Tennessee Titans
The longest title drought in the NFL belongs to the Arizona Cardinals, who have toiled for 69 not-so-nice years without winning a championship. The Lions have gone 57 years without a championship game appearance (they made it back before it was the Super Bowl).
However, Detroit, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Houston are the only teams that have never played in a Super Bowl.
Meanwhile the Patriots have won five Super Bowls, all of them with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. That ties them with the San Francisco 49ers with the second-most Super Bowl wins. The Pittsburgh Steelers own the most with six, but if Brady really does manage to play into his 40s (he’s 39 now), maybe they’ll tie that record too.