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Falcons’ flop a new low for Atlanta’s sad sporting history

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Well, Atlanta, there’s nothing left to say. The city once known as “Loserville” was cruising toward its first Super Bowl championship, leading Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots by 25 points. TWENTY-FIVE! Back in Atlanta, the city was all ready to bust loose in a celebration like no other, seemingly assured of finally putting to rest its history of sports flops. Then, it happened. The greatest flop of them all. This one will take a long, long time…

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Edge in experience could be telling in Super Bowl

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There’s no hiding it. One edge the New England Patriots have over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s Super Bowl can’t be denied: experience. It’s a factor never to be scoffed at when the AFC and NFC champions meet for the league title. Sure, New England (16-2) has a bunch of young players – 16 with four years or less in the NFL – and the Falcons (13-5) actually have four guys who have played in a Super Bowl: Dwight Freeney,…

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After up and down season, Pats’ Stephen Gostkowski remains confident

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Being a kicker in the NFL is hard enough. Doing it for a New England Patriots franchise that has enjoyed some of the most clutch kicking performances in NFL playoff history is something entirely different. Such is the position Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is in as New England prepares for what could be a close Super Bowl matchup between its No. 1 ranked offense and Atlanta’s No. 1 defense. The Patriots have won their four Super Bowls by a total…

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Tom Brady hopes ill mother can attend Super Bowl

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Tom Brady hopes his mother will be in the stands on Super Bowl Sunday despite dealing with an undisclosed health issue. The New England Patriots quarterback acknowledged on Wednesday that his mother Galynn Brady has been ill. He didn’t provide any details. “It’s personal with my family, and I’m just hoping everyone’s here on Sunday to share in a great experience. But it has been a tough year. Every family goes through different things and you know my family has…

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Officials tell fans how to spot fake Super Bowl tickets

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NFL and law enforcement officials say fans can tell if they are buying real Super Bowl tickets by checking for the heat-sensitive logos. On the front of each ticket is a full polymer graphic that is raised and the back features a true color security label with Houston’s skyline and the Super Bowl logo. The final security feature is a graphic on the lower portion of the back of each ticket which is printed with thermochromic ink. The HTX logo…

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Look who’s back in New York: It’s cocky Rex Ryan

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Long before fans see him, New York will hear him coming. He is Rex Ryan, blusterous and boisterous, and he leads NFL coaches in volume. No one does swagger quite the way that Ryan does. For years, that was perfect fit in New York when he coached the Jets. Tonight, he returns to New York. And for the first time in a long time, New Yorkers would love to muzzle him. Ryan, now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills,…

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Dan Campbell says Dolphins must stay positive after latest loss

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Dan Campbell‘s aggressive optimism, so refreshing and rejuvenating for the Miami Dolphins when he first became interim coach, will be sorely tested now that the team is buried in the AFC East standings. The Dolphins are last at 3-5, and they’re the only NFL team with an 0-4 record in their division, leaving them at a disadvantage in any tiebreaker for a playoff berth. After a brief turnaround when Campbell replaced Joe Philbin a month ago, the season is again…

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