Countdown to Super Bowl 2019 Atlanta: Super Bowl LII

Ahead of making their fourth appearance in five years in Super Bowl 53, the New England Patriots are featured in their second-straight ‘Countdown to the Super Bowl’ series, a Super Bowl LII matchup with Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philly Special

Played once again in a cold-weather city, the first Super Bowl in the brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, would feature the New England Patriots taking on the NFC-champion Philadelphia Eagles. A back-and-forth offensive battle, the Eagles would put together one of the more spectacular Super Bowl performances, shutting down Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the waning minutes of the game to walk away as Super Bowl LII champions, 41-33.

Super Bowl LII was a record-breaking Super Bowl in many varieties, including most years gained by both teams in one game (1,151), fewest combined punts (one), and most points scored by a losing team in the Super Bowl (33). Eagles quarterback Nick Foles would complete his improbable Super Bowl run with MVP honors in Super Bowl LII, finishing the game 28-of-43 for 373, three touchdowns and one interception, as well as a one-yard touchdown reception on the play dubbed the “Philly Special.”

The broadcast of the game on NBC had the smallest Super Bowl audience in nine years, with an average of 103.4 million viewers. Average TV viewership for the halftime show, headlined by Justin Timberlake, was 106.6 million American television viewers, 9 percent less than the previous year.

 


 

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Countdown to Super Bowl 2019 Atlanta: Super Bowl LI

The matchup for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta is officially set! Making their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years, the New England Patriots were winners in 2017, a remarkable comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

A Historic Comeback

Despite jumping out to a 28-3 lead early, the Atlanta Falcons would fall capture to one of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s signature comebacks, with the Patriots completing the most improbably comeback in Super Bowl history, a 34-28 victory in the first ever Super Bowl overtime.

Brady would walk away with Super Bowl MVP honors once again, tossing 466 yards and two touchdowns in a game that Patriots owner Robert Kraft would call “unequivocally the sweetest” Super Bowl victory of the Patriots’ dominant dynasty.

An average of 111.3 million viewers caught Super Bowl LI on FOX, and the cost of a 30-second spot stayed at the $5 million asking price from Super Bowl 50. Lady Gaga would perform a legendary halftime show at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

 


 

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Countdown to Super Bowl 2019 Atlanta: Super Bowl XLIX

The ‘Final Four’ is here, and in just a matter of days, the matchup for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta will be decided between the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. One of those teams, the Patriots, are featured in our next step on the Road to Super Bowl LIII, in Super Bowl XLIX.

A Battle in the Desert

The New England Patriots would walk away victors of Super Bowl XLIX, a final score of 28-24. Over 70,000 people showed up for this game on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIX. He set a Super Bowl record for 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards. This resulted in two touchdowns and two interceptions. This was the Seahawks second consecutive appearance at the Super Bowl. With a total number of 168 million viewers, Super Bowl XLIX also happened to be the most watched game in Super Bowl history at this point.

The halftime show was Katy Perry and included Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz. The game was aired on NBC’s network and the announcers of the game were Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya. The Nielson ratings for this game was 49.7 on a national level.

 


 

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Road to Super Bowl 53: Divisional Weekend

After Wild Card weekend, we officially have the NFL’s version of the “Elite Eight,” as we approach Divisional Weekend on the Road to Super Bowl 53. So who’s got the best chance to head to Atlanta next month for the big game?

 

A heartbreaker in Chicago after a missed game-winning field goal in the waning seconds has the defending Super Bowl champions breathing new life, as they’ll head to New Orleans to face the #1 seed Saints in the divisional round.

The Saints boasted the best record in the NFL in the 2018 season, and with their league-leading defense, will be the toughest test of the Eagles’ postseason run. The two teams faced each other in November, with the Saints beating the Eagles by a final score of 48-7.

After defending their home turf in the Wild Card round, the Dallas Cowboys will hit the road to face the #2 seed Los Angeles Rams and their potent offensive attack in the divisional round. Despite neither team meeting in the 2018 regular season, these two teams are quite familiar with one another, which will prove to be an intriguing matchup with Rams running back Todd Gurley looking to take on Dallas’ surprisingly staunch defense.

 

Saturday: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX) | Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)

 


Not something many predicted just a few short weeks back — but one could argue the two hottest teams in the AFC (and really, the entire NFL) right now are the Wild Card teams in the AFC in the 5-seed Los Angeles Chargers and the 6-seed Indianapolis Colts.

Winners of 10 of their last 11 games, the Indianapolis Colts are considered by many to be the hottest team in football, defeating the Houston Texans 21-7 on the road in the Wild Card round, setting up a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs that sports the potential for fireworks on both offensive sides of the ball.

Between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (39) and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (50), the two combined for 89 touchdown passes in the regular season, the most between two quarterbacks to face off in the postseason in NFL history. And with plenty of playmakers such as T.Y. Hilton, Tyreek Hill, and plenty of others, this Divisional showdown is arguably the marquee matchup of the weekend.

The second matchup on the AFC’s side is a matchup that seems all-too-familiar — the Los Angeles Chargers traveling to New England to face quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots.

It’s like a broken record — Brady and Belichick are having a down season, yet somehow still manage the #2 seed and a bye week. Brady has never lost to any of the remaining quarterbacks in the AFC’s playoff race, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be looking to change that.

 

Saturday: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC) | Sunday: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 

 

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Road to Super Bowl 53: Wild Card Weekend

The stage is officially set — what began with 32 teams in September has come down to the final 12, with all eyes on Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. A quick preview of the Wild Card weekend matchups as we kick off the 2018 NFL postseason!

 

All roads to Atlanta and Super Bowl 53 run through the New Orleans Saints in the NFC, with the Los Angeles Rams the other team sporting a Wild Card weekend bye.

The headlining matchups in the NFC this weekend feature the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Seattle Seahawks, and the NFC North champion Chicago Bears hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Saturday: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX) | Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m. ET (NBC)

 


Up until the waning minutes of the 2018 regular season, the AFC’s playoff picture was still very much in flux. With the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots winning to secure their first-round byes, the Los Angeles Chargers were the only remaining team locked into their playoff spot ahead of a crucial Sunday night matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

Winners of 9 of their last 10 games (and the remaining wild card spot), the red hot Indianapolis Colts’ victory Sunday night cemented the matchups, heading back to Houston to take on the division-rival Texans in a rubber match, with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Los Angeles Chargers.

 

Saturday: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC) | Sunday: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 

 

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2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl XLIX

Nearly a week away from Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, we’re looking back to one of the more exciting games in Super Bowl history, Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

The New England Patriots would walk away victors of Super Bowl XLIX, a final score of 28-24. Over 70,000 people showed up for this game on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIX. He set a Super Bowl record for 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards. This resulted in two touchdowns and two interceptions. This was the Seahawks second consecutive appearance at the Super Bowl. With a total number of 168 million viewers, Super Bowl XLIX also happened to be the most watched game in Super Bowl history at this point.

The halftime show was Katy Perry and included Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz. The game was aired on NBC’s network and the announcers of the game were Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya. The Nielson ratings for this game was 49.7 on a national level.

 


 

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Road to Super Bowl 52: Divisional Round

An incredible Wild Card weekend on the Road to Super Bowl 52 is officially behind us, and four teams have taken that next step they needed. The field is down to eight teams remaining, and we’re looking ahead at the Divisional Round of the 2017-18 NFL Playoffs.

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

(Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC)

 

For the first time since 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) will host a divisional round playoff game. However, the team will most likely be underdogs heading into their matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (11-6), despite a 13-3 record and the #2 seed in the NFC.

A steady performance from the Falcons in their Wild Card matchup against the Rams, it was the defense that provided the necessary stops, holding the high-flying Rams offense in check and limiting the team to just 13 points in a 26-13 victory. The Eagles, despite a 13-3 record and one of the hottest offenses in the league early on, will have to find their rhythm with backup quarterback Nick Foles, as starter and MVP-candidate Carson Wentz will miss the entire postseason with a torn ACL suffered in the regular season.


 

Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots

(Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS)

 

One of the unexpected storylines of the 2017 NFL season was the AFC South having not one, but two teams in the playoffs, and those two teams being the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. After a wild 22-21 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round, the Titans (0-7) are heading to New England to face their toughest test of the season; playing the Patriots (13-3), at home, in January, in the playoffs.

Despite rumored turmoil in the organization, the Patriots are a force to be reckoned with in the postseason at home, and many don’t expect this year to be any different. Quarterback Tom Brady finished the season with 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, a quietly fantastic year in what was otherwise a seemingly odd season for the Patriots.


 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers

(Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS)

 

Kicking off the Sunday action, the Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6) will head to Pittsburgh to take on the second-seeded Steelers (13-3) in the early game. Jacksonville hits the road after a less-than-stellar 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round, a victory that saw quarterback Blake Bortles with more rushing yards than passing yards.

The Steelers, fresh off the bye week, not surprisingly come into the matchup heavily favored. However, when the two teams matchup up early in the regular season, the Jags dominated the Steelers, a 30-9 victory that saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger toss five interceptions. After that loss, however, the Steelers managed to win 10 of their final 11 games, with their only loss being the controversial late loss to the top-seeded Patriots.


 

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings

(Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX)

 

Rounding out the divisional round will be the red-hot New Orleans Saints (12-5) traveling to Super Bowl 52 host Minneapolis to take on the surprise of the 2017 season, the Minnesota Vikings (13-3). In a previous Week 1 matchup between the two teams, the Vikings walked away with a 29-19 victory.

The Saints, fresh off their 31-26 thriller against the Carolina Panthers which saw a late game defensive stand, will bring their high-powered offense and staggering defense into Minneapolis to face the Vikings, who have also been one of the better teams in 2017 on both sides of the football.

Surprise MVP-candidate quarterback Case Keenum, who stepped in for the injured Sam Bradford, has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,546 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in his 15 games this season. The Vikings defense, not to be outdone, ranked at the top of the league in points allowed per game at just 14.8.

 


 

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Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots

Game of the season? Game of the season. It’s a primetime rematch of the AFC playoff game last year. No one remembers that game, though. Nope. Nothing interesting happened at all.

It all happened later, January 18th to be specific. That’s when Bob Kravitz broke the story on Twitter. It’s not as if the Colts vs. Patriots rivalry was non-existent before. But, post-deflategate, the resentment is going to come to a head.

The last time the Colts played the Patriots they had the same problems that have perpetually plagued them. The Colts quarterback couldn’t gain momentum. The Colts couldn’t stop the run. The Patriots, again, beat the Colts. The Colts fans left the game feeling resentful.

There’s only more fuel on that fire now. Not only is there the desire to do better against the team which kicked them out of the playoffs. There’s the ongoing rivalry. There’s the desire to beat the team who cheats. And there’s Reggie Wayne, who played 14 seasons for the Colts, and for one fleeting moment decided to play for the 0ther side.

They got slaughtered by the Pats (45-7.) The Colts defense, or lack there of, failed big time. This game will see whether or not they’ve plugged any of the gaping holes. If the Colts defense continues to struggle this year, the game will come down to the question that Colts fans may be often asking themselves this season, “how many points do we have to score to make up for that?”

The Colts will probably top the AFC with the best record, given the Patriot’s Tom Brady will sit out for the first four games. Cough. Cough. But the Patriots are more than their quarterback. Gronk, TE, continues to dominate. Jamie Collins, OLB, who played a breakout season last year, will grow into a high-quality defender. Finally, watch for Malcolm Butler, after his Super Bowl save, to become the cornerback.

This is the game to go to. The crowds will be amazing, and the pre-game parties will be crazy. The Indianapolis Colts play the New England Patriots on October 18th in Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff’s at 8:30 p.m. Get tickets for the Colts Tailgate VIP party before the game, which is less than two blocks from the stadium. You can also buy tickets for the Colts vs. Patriots game.

 

 

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