Football : NFL 2016/2017
New Engl. 6.2.17
Patriots win fifth title
The New England Patriots produced the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim a fifth title in the most dramatic of circumstances. The Patriots trailed by 25 points in the third quarter but recovered to level at 28-28 and force the extra period, the first in Super Bowl history. Quarterback Tom Brady led the recovery, finishing with a record 466 yards en route to being named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player for a fourth time.
Alex Mack ready to go in Super Bowl
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn is feeling better about his Pro Bowl center. While Alex Mack was again listed as limited during Friday's final practice before the Super Bowl, Quinn says that Mack looked better than he thought the previous day after viewing the tape. Mack is slowed by a fibula injury sustained in the NFC championship game.
Quinn says he is confident that Mack will be "able to do on the things we're going to ask him to do in the game. It's going to hurt, but a lot of guys are playing through stuff." Star receiver Julio Jones (toe) and pass-rushing end Dwight Freeney (calf) were also limited in the final practice at Rice University. All three were removed from the injury report, however, meaning they'll be ready to go Sunday.
Jones, Mack not practicing for Falcons
The Falcons announced that Julio Jones did not practice while he rests his injured toe, while center Alex Mack is out with a fibula injury. Coach Dan Quinn said he expects Mack to be able to practice next week and play in the Feb. 5 Super Bowl against New England.
The Falcons have good reason to feel good about Jones' ability to play after resting his sprained left toe. Jones missed all but one practice last week before flashing his All-Pro form with nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the 44-21 win over the Packers.
New Engl. 23.1.17
Patriots and Falcons reach Super Bowl
The New England Patriots reached a record ninth Super Bowl with a 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Tom Brady threw a franchise play-off best of 384 yards as the four-time champions won the AFC Championship game, their ninth consecutive victory. They will face the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on February 5, after they thrashed the Green Bay Packers 44-21 to reach their second Super Bowl.
Julio Jones practices for the first time this week
Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones has cleared his final hurdle for Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay by practicing for the first time this week. Coach Dan Quinn says Jones had no limitations on Friday in his first practice since aggravating his sprained left toe last week. Jones, the All-Pro receiver, missed two games with a toe injury this season and sat of part of the second half of last week's playoff win over Seattle. On Thursday, he described the injury as "a little snag" and said he'll be ready for Sunday's game.
Green Bay 20.1.17
Adams may be game-time decision
Davante Adams has missed a second day of practice with an ankle injury, and the Green Bay receiver may not know until warmups before the NFC championship game on Sunday whether he'll be able to play against the Atlanta Falcons. Adams hurt the ankle during the 34-31 win last week against the Dallas Cowboys. Receiver Jordy Nelson practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day on Thursday. He missed the Cowboys game with broken ribs. Nelson led the team this season with an NFL-high 14 touchdown catches, while Adams had 12.
Jones will be ready for NFC championship
Julio Jones will be ready to go in the NFC championship game. Coach Dan Quinn insisted Monday that his All-Pro receiver will be in the lineup when the Atlanta Falcons play for a spot in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, despite a lingering foot injury that limited Jones in the second half of a divisional-round victory. "We'll limit him throughout the week, and then as the week progresses, we'll get him a little more at the end," the coach said. "That's the plan from last week. That will be the plan moving forward for us. He's excited to play."
Green Bay 16.1.17
Packers without Rollins again
Green Bay cornerback Quinten Rollins sat out his second straight playoff game in the divisional round against Dallas because of neck and concussion-related issues. Rollins, who was injured in the regular-season finale against Detroit, also missed the first meeting with Dallas in Week 6, a 30-16 victory for the Cowboys. Fellow cornerback Damarious Randall was active Sunday after being added to the injury report with a foot issue following Saturday's practice.
|1||New Engl.||87.5||14-0-2 (16)|
|4||NY Jets||31.3||5-0-11 (16)|
|4||San Diego||31.3||5-0-11 (16)|
|2||NY Giants||68.8||11-0-5 (16)|
|1||Green Bay||62.5||10-0-6 (16)|
|3||New Orl.||43.8||7-0-9 (16)|
|3||LA Rams||25.0||4-0-12 (16)|
|4||San Fran.||12.5||2-0-14 (16)|
|Atlanta - New Engl.||28:34|
|Atlanta - Green Bay||44:21|
|New Engl. - Pittsburgh||36:17|
|Kansas - Pittsburgh||16:18|
|Dallas - Green Bay||31:34|
|Atlanta - Seattle||36:20|
|New Engl. - Houston||34:16|
|Green Bay - NY Giants||38:13|
|Pittsburgh - Miami||30:12|
|Seattle - Detroit||26:6|
|Houston - Oakland||27:14|
|5.2||Atlanta - New Engl.||28 : 34|
|22.1||New Engl. - Pittsburgh||36 : 17|
|22.1||Atlanta - Green Bay||44 : 21|
|15.1||Kansas - Pittsburgh||16 : 18|
|15.1||Dallas - Green Bay||31 : 34|
|14.1||New Engl. - Houston||34 : 16|
|14.1||Atlanta - Seattle||36 : 20|
|8.1||Pittsburgh - Miami||30 : 12|
|8.1||Green Bay - NY Giants||38 : 13|
|7.1||Houston - Oakland||27 : 14|
|7.1||Seattle - Detroit||26 : 6|
|1.1||Cincinati - Baltimore||27 : 10|
|1.1||Denver - Oakland||24 : 6|
|1.1||Indianap. - Jackson.||24 : 20|
|1.1||Miami - New Engl.||14 : 35|
|1.1||NY Jets - Buffalo||30 : 10|
|home wins||58 %|
|away wins||41 %|
League format : Football : NFL 2016/2017
Teams are divided into two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). As of 2002, each conference is further divided into 4 divisions. Each team play 16 games during regular season. Six teams from each of the league's two conferences will qualify for the NFL Playoffs. Each of the 4 division winners is seeded 1-4 based on their records. The two wildcard teams (non-division champions with the conference's best winning percentages) are seeded 5th and 6th.
In the first round of the playoffs (Wild Card Playoffs), the 3rd-seeded hosts the 6th seed, and the 4th seed hosts the 5th. The two winners play against 1st and 2nd-seeded teams in Divisional Playoff. The two surviving teams from the Divisional Playoff games meet in Conference Championship games, with the winners of those contests going on to face one another in the Super Bowl.
Each round of the playoffs is "re-seeded" - the highest surviving seed always hosts the lowest surviving seed, the second-highest hosts the second-lowest, etc.