Football : NFL 2017/18
Eagles win Super Bowl
Quarterback Nick Foles, who was named the game's MVP, threw for three touchdowns and caught another as the underdog Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 to win the franchise's first Super Bowl title. Legendary Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was brilliant as well, throwing for 505 yards, a Super Bowl record, and three touchdowns. However, Super Bowl LII was decided when defensive end Brandon Graham stripped Brady of the ball and rookie defender Derek Barnett recovered with 2:09 to play, setting up a field goal by Jake Elliott and prevent another late Super Bowl comeback by the Patriots.
Jernigan returns to practice
Philadelphia Eagles starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan returned to practice Friday after missing two days this week because of an illness. The NFC champions had everyone participate as they continued preparations to face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
New Engl. 1.2.18
Gronkowski still in concussion protocol
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol Wednesday for New England's first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in non-contact drills and is "working his way back." Also limited were defensive linemen Deatrich Wise (concussion) and cornerback Malcolm Butler (illness). Quarterback Tom Brady practiced fully, wearing black tape on his injured right hand.
New Engl. 28.1.18
Gronkowski returns to practice
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the field Saturday, returning from concussion protocol as the New England Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. Tom Brady was also on the field, gripping a football without a glove on his right hand. Brady required stitches in his throwing hand and thumb after an injury in practice last week.
Gronkowski and defensive lineman Deatrich Wise were in uniform and participated in the team stretching period that is open to reporters. Both missed two practices this week while progressing through the NFL's concussion protocol. The team is not required to release another injury report until Wednesday.
New Engl. 27.1.18
Brady returns to full practice
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to full practice nine days before the Super Bowl, but tight end Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from a concussion. In the injury report issued on Friday, the team said neither Gronkowski nor defensive lineman Deatrich Wise would play if the game were this Sunday. With the extra week off before the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles, however, there is still time.
Defensive lineman Malcom Brown (foot) also missed practice on Friday for the second straight day. Offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle and running back Mike Gillislee missed part of practice for the third day in a row.
New Engl. 26.1.18
Brady limited, Gronkowski sits out
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out practice Thursday with a concussion and quarterback Tom Brady was limited with his right-hand injury as New England returned to the practice field in preparation for its Super Bowl matchup with Philadelphia. Gronkowski suffered his concussion after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit early in the Patriots' AFC championship game win over Jacksonville. Brady got several stitches in his hand after getting hurt in practice leading up to that game.
Giants hire Shurmur as next head coach
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been hired as the New York Giants head coach. The Giants announced the hiring late Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December with the team mired with a 2-10 record and owners and fans upset with his handling of the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
New Engl. 22.1.18
Patriots to face Eagles in Super Bowl
The defending NFL Champion New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl on February 4 in Minnesota, setting the teams up for a rematch of their 2005 league championship contest and giving Philadelphia a chance to avenge the sting of that loss. The Patriots overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC title game, while the Eagles crushed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC decider. The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have played each other 13 times in NFL history dating back to 1973. The Eagles lead the all-time head-to-head series 7-6.
|1||New Engl.||81.3||13-0-3 (16)|
|4||NY Jets||31.3||5-0-11 (16)|
|2||LA Charg.||56.3||9-0-7 (16)|
|4||NY Giants||18.8||3-0-13 (16)|
|3||Green Bay||43.8||7-0-9 (16)|
|1||New Orl.||68.8||11-0-5 (16)|
|1||LA Rams||68.8||11-0-5 (16)|
|4||San Fran.||37.5||6-0-10 (16)|
|New Engl. - Philadel.||33 : 41|
|Philadel. - Minnesota||38 : 7|
|New Engl. - Jackson.||24 : 20|
|Minnesota - New Orl.||29 : 24|
|Pittsburgh - Jackson.||42 : 45|
|New Engl. - Tennesee||35 : 14|
|Philadel. - Atlanta||15 : 10|
|New Orl. - Carolina||31 : 26|
|Jackson. - Buffalo||10 : 3|
|Kansas - Tennesee||21 : 22|
|LA Rams - Atlanta||13 : 26|
|4.2||New Engl. - Philadel.||33 : 41|
|21.1||New Engl. - Jackson.||24 : 20|
|21.1||Philadel. - Minnesota||38 : 7|
|14.1||Pittsburgh - Jackson.||42 : 45|
|14.1||Minnesota - New Orl.||29 : 24|
|13.1||New Engl. - Tennesee||35 : 14|
|13.1||Philadel. - Atlanta||15 : 10|
|7.1||Jackson. - Buffalo||10 : 3|
|7.1||New Orl. - Carolina||31 : 26|
|6.1||Kansas - Tennesee||21 : 22|
|6.1||LA Rams - Atlanta||13 : 26|
|31.12||Baltimore - Cincinati||27 : 31|
|31.12||Denver - Kansas||24 : 27|
|31.12||Indianap. - Houston||22 : 13|
|31.12||Miami - Buffalo||16 : 22|
|31.12||New Engl. - NY Jets||26 : 6|
|home wins||57 %|
|away wins||43 %|
League format : Football : NFL 2017/18
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.