Excitement over Rams win tempered by controversy

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

 

LA Rams 26 – New Orleans Saints 23

The Los Angeles Rams are going to the Super Bowl. However, that’s not the biggest news surrounding the team this after their win over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game Sunday. A missed call late in regulation is.

Yes, there was an obvious third-down pass interference. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis and the Saints didn’t get the chance for a first down that could have run out the clock.

Instead, New Orleans was left with having to kick a field goal, giving the Rams 15 seconds to tie the game. While the field goal gave the Saints the lead, a penalty MIGHT have given them the win. But would it have? We will never know. What would the narrative be today had that potential field goal NOT gone in?

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Patriots head back to familiar territory

Sonja Greenfield; Patriots Contributor

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

New England 37 – Kansas City 31 (OT)

Guess who’s back. Back again. The Pats are back, tell a friend.

The New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.  Quarterback Tom Brady ,and the rest of the Patriots, executed Brady’s 57th game-winning drive to get the victory over the Chiefs.

After going 3 for 3 on third down during the overtime drive, the Patriots handed the ball off to running back Rex Burkhead who ran it in for the game-winning touchdown.

The game played out the best way possible for the Patriots. It was obvious that the best way to keep Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and the great Kansas City offense under control was to simply keep them off the field. It was the same strategy that most teams have tried to use to beat the Patriots for years.

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2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl showcases athletes

Wanda Wiedman,
OurTurf Football’s NFLPA Contributor

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

On a beautiful sunny California day, 197 athletes from all over the nation came to compete and showcase their talents at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Though their week was filled with rain and mud, that did not stop their drive to make their coaches and teammates proud.

Lead by former head coaches Mike Tice and Chuck Pagano, the NFLPA Bowl would produce a cache of future NFL superstars and expose them to the expertise of veteran players who still have their hand in the game they love.

The Rose Bowl, home of the 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Several players took advantage of the presence and teachings of NFL greats such as wide receiver Plaxico Burris, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater, running back Clinton Portis and defensive back Ed Reed.

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The Super Bowl is on the line for the Rams on Sunday

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

The NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints may be held in the Big Easy, but this matchup will be anything but. 

This is a rematch of Week 9, a game that the Saints won. Could the Rams have won? Yes. Should the Rams have won? I vote yes.

Still, the Rams finished the season at 13-3, tied for the best record in the NFL. Only problem? The team they tied with IS the Saints.

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The Colts have questions to answer

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG 

Despite a tough loss last weekend against the number one seed in the AFC, the Indianapolis Colts are looking forward to bigger and brighter days in the 2019 season.

And although this team ended their season sooner than later, I believe they will be great contenders in the seasons to come.

But as for now, there are a few things to look out for in the offseason.

Who will stay and who will go?

Free agency will quickly be upon us. And just as soon as the clock strikes 4 pm EST, some big trades will be happening. Names like kicker Adam Vinatieri, wide receiver Chester Rogers, safety Mike Mitchell and guard Mark Glowinski are just a few on the list of free agents. Names like these were definitely considered playmakers this season, and lots of decision making will have to happen.

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Lions hire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

 

With former offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter gone, the Lions have hired former Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevel.   Bevel was fired in Seattle after the 2017 season when the Seahawks went 9-7 and missed the playoffs.

During his tenure as offensive coordinator with the Seahawks, they won a Super Bowl but also lost a Super Bowl on a play that will be remembered for a long, long time…

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Carson Wentz officially named starter for 2019

Roxana Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxana Herrera //@rxnlzbth

In a press conference held by Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson, they all but said goodbye to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

When asked who will be starting next season, Pederson told reporters Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterback moving forward.

After sitting out games nursing an ACL injury, Wentz watched his team win a Superbowl led by a backup quarterback. If that wasn’t motivation enough to come back with a vengeance, well, I don’t know what is.

After an MVP-esque 2017 season, Wentz sat out the final few games after tearing his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams. No one could have predicted what happened next, sparking a quarterback debate on who should be the next franchise QB for the Eagles that lasted longer than it should have.

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Miami Dolphins in Partnership with Women of Tomorrow Host FOOTBALL UNITES

Miami Dolphins in Partnership with Women of Tomorrow Host FOOTBALL UNITES Women of Tomorrow Symposium

MIAMI— The Miami Dolphins in collaboration with Women of Tomorrow hosted the FOOTBALL UNITES Women of Tomorrow Symposium to unite, inspire and encourage 110 young women to pursue careers in sports and share with them the skills they will need to acquire to be successful in the industry on Friday, Jan. 11.

“Through the Miami Dolphins FOOTBALL UNITES program and Women of Tomorrow, the Dolphins are bringing together this diverse group of young women to help level the playing field by sharing insights and advice in the tools they may need to pursue their dreams,” Miami Dolphins Vice President of Human Resources & Performance Management Sam Coghill said. “By having all these successful women together in one room to serve as role models, we hope to inspire and empower the next generation of young women to live up to their full potential. This is teamwork at work.”

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Browns head coaching search is over!

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The Cleveland Browns have named Freddie Kitchens as the 17th head coach in franchise history.

While the past few head coaches didn’t fare very well – or last very long – hopes are high that Coach Kitchens will be “cooking up” a winning recipe with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. Fans seem to believe, and if this past season’s performance is any indication, that the Browns have finally found their franchise QB.

Kitchens and Dorsey have already started to put his coaching staff into place, naming Steve Wilks as the defensive coordinator and Todd Monken as the offensive coordinator.

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Eagles Fall to the Saints in Divisional Game

Roxana Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxana Herrera //@rxnlzbth

Saints 20 – Eagles 14

What was a promising start for the Philadelphia Eagles ended in tears for the fans of the defending champions. Eagles were up 14-0 going into the second quarter and had everything going their way until quarterback Nick Foles was intercepted and the momentum completely shifted. After that, the Eagles’ defense was too tired to find an answer.

They started off on top converting a turnover into a touchdown. Then later that quarter, Foles hit wide receiver Jordan Matthews for their second and final touchdown of the game. Eagles earned a total of 151 yards and were barely able to add any more.

It’s fair to say Foles threw some questionable passes, either they were overthrown or underthrown. The offense also had trouble converting third downs.

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