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UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:20 p.m.

New England Patriots have habit of Super Bowl trips, Los Angeles Rams are newcomers

Hey, have you guys been here before? If you’re a New England Patriot, the answer pretty much is “all the time.” If you play for the Rams, the reply basically …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

‘We Not Me’ epitomizes Rams’ team-first culture under coach Sean McVay

The Los Angeles Rams had 13 consecutive non-winning seasons and no clear team culture before Sean McVay arrived two years ago.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

Slam dunk: Tony Gonzalez makes Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, Ty Law

Towering tight end Tony Gonzalez is heading to the Hall of Fame, to be joined by three defensive backs who spent parts of their career trying to stop him. Champ …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes takes MVP and top offensive player awards

In his second pro season, Mahomes led Kansas City to its first AFC title game since 1993 with some of the most creative and clutch plays the league has seen …


Former Eastern Washington lineman Ed Simmons finds peace after years of pain-filled retirement

Ed Simmons had to be careful around stairs. The last few steps could be tricky. Sometimes he made it all the way down. Other times he fell.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

Perfect attendance: 3 fans to keep Super Bowl streak alive

Remember these hearty men – they are the three surviving members of the Never Miss a Super Bowl Club.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski still kicking entering 6th Super Bowl

Only two players on the New England Patriots’ 2018 roster – Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowski – were around for each of their previous five Super Bowl appearances.


New Hampshire girl, a QB, gets 2 tickets to Super Bowl

A seventh-grade girl from New Hampshire who was bullied for playing quarterback on a youth football team is going to the Super Bowl courtesy of the New England Patriots.


After further (judicial) review: No do-over of Rams-Saints

A federal judge is refusing to order the NFL to implement a rule that could have led to a do-over of the NFC championship game between the New Orleans Saints …


Cowboys promote Kellen Moore to defensive coordinator, hire Jon Kitna as QB coach

Moore is replacing Scott Linehan after one season on the coaching staff, and just one year after retiring as a player.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 4:51 p.m.

Tom Brady, Jared Goff have massive age gap, but same Super Bowl dream

The wide-eyed, talented Jared Goff will try to lead his Los Angeles Rams past the grizzled, 41-year-old Tom Brady, who is looking to guide the New England Patriots to their …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Past and Future: Wade Phillips back at Super Bowl with Rams

Wade Phillips is in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years after making it just once in his first 37 seasons of NFL coaching. The Los Angeles …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Eagles have landed: Eastern Washington players in Super Bowl is nothing new

In his early days as an NFL player in Buffalo, Kurt Schulz got many puzzled looks when he talked about his college alma mater.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 1:48 p.m.

Lots of questions for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, not a lot of answers

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was faced with a blitz of officiating questions at his State of the NFL news conference. He also was asked about the effectiveness of the Rooney …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Aaron Neary soaks in Super Bowl experience as part of Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad

Playing deeper into the winter than he has, Aaron Neary relished what was anything but a normal bye last week in Los Angeles.


‘Bromance’ of Tom Brady, Julian Edelman key to Patriots success

Teammates have called their relationship a “bromance.” Tom Brady himself openly uses the word love to describe the bond between himself and Julian Edelman, a receiver that he’s come to …


Todd Gurley says he taught Sony Michel to ‘run and catch’ at Georgia

Rams running back Todd Gurley and Patriots running back Sony Michel were college teammates at Georgia in 2014. Gurley took a good-natured jab at Michel when he said he had …


Matthew Slater carries proud family football tradition

Matthew Slater is more than halfway to his father’s longevity as an NFL player. He doesn’t plan to equal it. The star special teamer of the New England Patriots just …


Rams’ Brandin Cooks grabs 2nd shot at Super Bowl after Patriots trade

Brandin Cooks played for the Patriots in last season’s Super Bowl, and he will play for the Los Angeles Rams against New England this week. The 25-year-old receiver has put …


Texans QB Deshaun Watson surprises mom with home renovation

Deshaun Watson’s mother Deann Watson spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams. Watson has achieved one of his biggest goals of reaching the NFL. Now the Houston Texans quarterback …


Paul Newberry: How will brash Rams cope with wily ol’ Patriots?

The guys from LA seemed to enjoy the spectacle. The silly questions. The ridiculous antics. The carnival-like atmosphere. Why wouldn’t they? It’s all new to most of them.


In the younger, cheaper NFL, Super Bowl champs get cut, too

The NFL’s inexorable trend of going younger and cheaper does not bypass the best in the league. An Associated Press analysis of Super Bowl champions over the past seven years …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Rams-Patriots Super Bowl matchup won’t affect bond between Jackie Slater and son Matthew

The meeting represents the sport’s ultimate, almost comic-book confrontation of separate allegiances, the name of the game even including the word “Super.” And there might not be a more intimately …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Couch Slouch: It’s time to move to the boonies to escape Patriots

Couch Slouch: Usually at this time, I provide my annual Super Bowling Viewing Guide (for Super Bowl Parties of Six or More). Ain’t gonna happen. I cannot do this anymore. …


Patriots, Rams arrive in Atlanta, get ready for Super Bowl week

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have arrived. So have Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. Now it’s time for them to get to work. The teams landed …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

AFC wins 3rd straight Pro Bowl, 26-7 over NFC in Orlando

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Indianapolis’ Eric Ebron, and the AFC beat the NFC 26-7 in steady rain in the Pro Bowl on Sunday. It …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Mark Rypien’s mental-health journey a positive work in progress

It’s been almost a year since Mark Rypien went public with the details of his suicide attempt, and of the “complex stew” of mental-health issues that took him to “dark, …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Super Stories: Jerry Kramer instilled Vince Lombardi’s ideas into his daily life

His first recollections of the city were these: “I was operated on in Spokane when I shot myself with a shotgun, and I was also operated on at Deaconess (Hospital) …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

With 44 newbies, Pro Bowl could be more intense than usual

Forty-four players are making their Pro Bowl debuts. That’s half the AFC and NFC rosters. With so many newcomers on hand, it’s anyone’s guess how intense the NFL all-star game …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman will pay NFL fine for infamous hit

Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman plans to pay an NFL fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game. The Rams’ slot cornerback …