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Julio Jones: ‘I’m capable of anything’

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Julio Jones is still hearing about that stiff-arm he threw in the NFC championship game.In his eyes, it was no big deal. “Just spur of the moment,” the Atlanta Falcons All-Pro receiver said. “I will not be denied. That’s just the way I play.” “(@juliojones_11) is a beast. He’s just an absolute stud.” https://t.co/Si4fXW9ACi — NFL (@NFL) January 25, 2017 Jones finished nine catches for 180 yards and two scores in the Falcons’ 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers,…

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Madden 17 picks Patriots

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The New England Patriots will beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-24 in Sunday’s Super Bowl. At least according to EA Sports Madden NFL 17. A simulation run on popular game predicted the Patriots would secure the victory with a touchdown by Julian Edelman late in the fourth quarter and that Tom Brady would be named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time. The game also predicted both Atlanta running backs would score touchdowns in the first half, but the Patriots would…

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s bumper sticker phrases

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Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has used a bunch of phrases this season to pull his Falcons closer together. Many could fit on a bumper sticker, and each has a purpose. “The real reason behind it is to make sure our messaging stays the same,” Quinn said Tuesday. “So, when one person is talking to another, it’s not where it’s in different things. ‘Yeah, that’s just like this or just like that.’ e’d rather it be in terms taht when oen…

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Lady Gaga says Super Bowl halftime show is ‘for everyone’

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Lady Gaga said she hopes her Super Bowl halftime show will celebrate “inclusion” and the “spirit of equality” during a time of national division. “This performance is for everyone. I want to, more than anything, create a moment that everyone that’s watching will never forget,” she said in a press conference Thursday in Houston. Gaga wouldn’t reveal what songs she would sing, how many costumes she’ll wear or any staging details, but promised a “tremendously athletic” show and no reappearance…

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Florida families will each spend at least $75 on Super Bowl festivities, retailers say

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The average cost of a Super Bowl party is down slightly in 2017, but the Florida Retail Federation doesn’t think that will stop Floridians from going all out this weekend. Florida families are expected to spend an average of $75 per person to watch Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots on Feb. 5. While the average per person cost is down slightly from last year, total spending across the country is expected to reach…

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‘Hamilton’ cast to sing at Super Bowl 51

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Original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Hamilton: An American Musical,” will sing “America the Beautiful” during pregame festivities at Super Bowl 51, the NFL and Fox announced Friday. The performance by Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo, who starred as the Schuyler Sisters, will be televised live by Fox prior to kickoff Feb. 5 when the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots. Beginning with Vicki Carr in 1977, “America the Beautiful” has been…

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Political football: For some, Super Bowl reflects U.S. divide

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Not even the grandest of American sports spectacles is immune to the nation’s deep political divisions. Patriots fans have spent nearly two full seasons being reminded of the close friendship between President Donald Trump and their team’s three top figures — owner Robert Kraft, star quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. As the Super Bowl approaches, that has put the typically united Patriots Nation at odds over how hard to celebrate a team chasing its fifth Super Bowl win…

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