We were pecking away at our laptops with great confidence in Dan Quinn’s Atlanta Falcons midway through the third quarter of Super Bowl LI at Houston’s NRG Stadium nine months ago. Deadline, shmeadline. This Super Bowl is over, homeboy. Atlanta led 28-3 when the Patriots took possession following a fourth Falcons touchdown. A wisecrack was made in the press box before Tom Brady lined up under center. “Just think,” I said to Jim Souhan, Star Tribune columnist. “We’ll be able to tell everyone we were here when the Patriots come back and win this game.” LOL! 28-9. Don’t worry. Our stories will hold up. Matt Ryan has put the exclamation point on one of the greatest MVP seasons in NFL history! And Bill & Brady are going Bye-Bye with a 4-3 record in Super Bowls! 28-12. It’s OK. Only 9½ minutes left. They still need two touchdowns and two two-pointers. Just work the clock down and … Ryan is sacked! He loses the ball! … [Read more...] about Will Falcons shake the typical Super Bowl-loss blues in time to make playoffs?
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NEW ORLEANS — Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick are, in so many ways, similar. Strong-armed, no-flinch quarterbacks from small schools playing in the biggest game there is for the first time in their careers. But Super Bowl XLVII's greatest appeal isn't in the similarities of Flacco's Baltimore Ravens or Kaepernick's San Francisco 49ers. It reaches deeper than head coaches who share Jack and Jackie Harbaugh's last name. It's bigger than Randy Moss thinking he's better than Jerry Rice or future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis trying to join the likes of Bronko Nagurski, Otto Graham, Norm Van Brocklin and John Elway as NFL greats who retired as world champions. No, the most fascinating aspect of Super Bowl XLVII might become its place in history. The Superdome on Sunday night could be the symbolic intersection of a traditional style of quarterback play and a brash new era. A standard created by guys with names such as Unitas, Manning and Brady vs. an approach that wasn't supposed to work at … [Read more...] about Super Bowl preview: A super standoff
This is the 45th anniversary season of the Vikings’ first appearance in a Super Bowl. It is also the 38th season since the Vikings last appeared in a Super Bowl, on Jan. 9, 1977, against the Oakland Raiders at the Rose Bowl. Three of the NFL’s other 32 franchises have waited longer than the Vikings to play in a Super Bowl: Kansas City, the New York Jets and Detroit. The Chiefs were the Vikings’ opponent in the fourth Super Bowl in January 1970. The Jets made their lone appearance (as upset winners) in the third Super Bowl. The Lions are the only franchise that has been around since the start of the Super Bowl era to never reach the game. Three expansion teams have yet to play in a Super Bowl: Jacksonville (1995), Cleveland Browns II (1999) and the Houston Texans (2002). Forget the Falcons’ upset in January 1999. The most painful Purple defeat in history was to Kansas City in that first Super Bowl. The historical record says the Vikings were 12-point favorites … [Read more...] about Vikings faced top-notch competition in Super Bowls
Minnesota Vikings and execs from the other 31 NFL teams are making their way to Atlanta this morning. The owners have their Spring meeting at the Ritz Carlton in the Buckhead part of town. The action doesn't start until Monday afternoon, but expect the Minnesota Vikings' contingent to be lobbying the fellow owners privately for the 2018 Super Bowl. Team VP Lester Bagley says he and others, including owners Mark and Zygi Wilf, have specific lobbying assignments among the other team owners. No word on who gets Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys - probably the biggest household name among the owners. (Seriously, try to name some others. Rooney, Irsay, Mara - but what do they look like?) Bagley says Zygi Wilf is friendly with Jax Jaguars owner Shahid (Shad) Khan, a Lahore, Pakistan native, now U.S. citizen billionaire (estimated $3.8B, owns Illinois-headquarted Flex-n-Gate auto parts) who also owns England's Fulham FC Football (soccer) League champion. He came to the U.S. at age … [Read more...] about The Vikings have landed in Atlanta to make Super Bowl pitch
The wait is winding down. The NFL voters will hear three dazzling 15-minute presentations from the finalists for the 2018 Super Bowl: Minneapolis, New Orleans and Indianapolis - in that order. Then the owners will vote live on the NFL Network by secret ballot. The expectation is the vote will take several ballots. To win on the first ballot, a city must get a super-majority, 24, of the 32 votes of the NFL owners. No city has ever won on the first ballot. There is no time certain, but the action starts after lunch and should be done by 4 p.m. Minneapolis will feature Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn (who got her start on the bunny slopes at Buck Hill), Minnesota Vikings' star Adrian Peterson and former coach Bud Grant. The NFL allows only five members of the Super Bowl bid committees in the room for the presentation and only two can speak. Speaking for Minnesota: U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis and Marilyn Carlson Nelson,board chair of Carlson Cos. Davis arrived Monday just in time for the … [Read more...] about Stay tuned: Decision on 2018 Super Bowl after lunch