HOF Roaf on Super Bowl 53: ‘I think we gotta put an asterisk next to that one’

For some, Super Bowl 53 was not very exciting, in fact, some people were bored by what they watched in Atlanta. In a game that saw the Rams have more punts(9) than points, the Patriots would defeat Los Angeles 13-3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history.

While all eyes were on the big game in Atlanta, many fans in New Orleans refused to watch because they felt jobbed by the NFL after a missed pass interference call late in the NFC title game against the Rams, and according to nola.com, last year’s Super Bowl earned a rating of 53 in New Orleans, while Super Bowl 53 earned a 26.2 rating in the “Big Easy,” which is a clear indication that Saints fans were not interested in watching.

Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who started his career with the Saints and played nine seasons in New Orleans, thinks the Saints not playing in Super Bowl 53 took away from the game.

“I think it lost its luster,” Roaf told Paul Gant and the Go4it podcast. “I think a lot of people feel the way I feel that they don’t count it as a Super Bowl because the Saints should have been there, and the way that game was played, even made that more apparent they(Rams) shouldn’t have been there. The Rams had a great year; they stepped it up in the playoffs, but a lot of people feel the same way I feel. They’re really not thinking of counting that(Super Bowl), especially in New Orleans. You go anywhere in New Orleans, and they are not counting that as the Super Bowl. They’re not; they think the Saints got screwed out of it.”

Because the Saints were not there, Roaf believes that people should put an asterisk next to the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl 53.

“I think we gotta put an asterisk next to that one,” Roaf added. “That’s six, but the way they won that, I think there is an asterisk next to that Super Bowl.”

Missed calls happen in the NFL, but we still have to give the Patriots their proper respect for winning Super Bowl 53. Maybe the Saints beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, but no matter how anyone feels, the Patriots are the world champs, and there is nothing we can do about it.

Listen to the interview below with Roaf at 16:50 as he talks Super Bowl 53:

 

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How Dee Ford reacted to going offsides against Patriots(VIDEO)

In the NFL, one play does not lose a game, but for Chiefs LB Dee Ford, there is one play he would love to have back. With the Chiefs leading New England 28-24 late in the fourth quarter, Kansas City’s Charvarius Ward picked off an errant Tom Brady pass that would have sent the Chiefs to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. Unfortunately, LB Dee Ford was offsides.

The Patriots would eventually score on that drive and would eventually win in OT 37-31 to advance to Super Bowl 53.

Here is how Ford reacted after the play:

 

 

Vermeil on Andy Reid: ‘If he sticks with it long enough, he’s gonna win it(Super Bowl)’

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs had another disappointing playoff loss on Sunday when they lost to the Patriots 37-31 in overtime at Arrowhead. With the loss, Reid falls to 1-5 in conference championship games.

It was a tough loss for the Chiefs as they had a game-clinching interception wiped away in regulation when LB Dee Ford was called for offsides.

For Former Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil, this loss really stings.

“Kansas City, I’m just sick. I woke up three times during the night thinking about that ballgame,” Vermeil told TMZ Sports.  “I was so disappointed because I’m so respectful and admire Andy Reid for the job he’s done; how consistently he’s coached great football teams and produced great assistant coaches that became good head coaches. And to lose that one at home like that, it’s just sick. Now, he has to wait a whole year to get back and try again.”

Naturally, after this loss, people are going to talk about whether Reid is the right guy to bring a championship to Kansas City, but according to Vermeil, Reid is one of the better coaches in the league.

“He’s better than ninety-nine percent of them. (coaches in the NFL) Believe me,” Vermeil said. “He’s as fine of a coach that has ever coached a game.”

Ultimately, Vermeil believes Reid and the Chiefs will eventually win a Super Bowl.

“There’s no question in mind they will get there, and there’s no question in mind. if he(Reid) sticks with it long enough, he’s gonna win it,” Vermeil said.

The Chiefs have their quarterback for many years to come in Patrick Mahomes. Obviously, they have to fix their defense. It let them down on Sunday and has let them down this whole season. That could mean they go in a different direction with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton(Fired on Tuesday). It’s tough to get this far and lose, but the future is still very bright in Kansas City.

 

NFL Playoff scenarios for Week 17

It all comes down to this. Fifteen games in the books and it all comes down to one.

Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 17:

NFC

CLINCHED: New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title and home-field advantage

Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title

                     Chicago Bears – NFC North division title

                     Dallas Cowboys – NFC East division title

                     Seattle Seahawks – playoff berth

LOS ANGELES RAMS (12-3) (vs. San Francisco (4-11), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Los Angeles clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. LAR win or tie OR
  2. CHI loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS (11-4) (at Minnesota (8-6-1), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Chicago clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. CHI win + LAR loss

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-6-1) (vs. Chicago (11-4), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. MIN win or tie OR
  2. PHI loss or tie

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-7) (at Washington (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Philadelphia clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. PHI win + MIN loss

AFC

CLINCHED: Kansas City Chiefs – Playoff berth

                     Los Angeles Chargers – Playoff berth

                     New England Patriots – AFC East division title

                     Houston Texans – Playoff berth​

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) (vs. Oakland (4-11), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. KC win OR
  2. KC tie + LAC loss or tie OR
  3. LAC loss + NE loss or tie + HOU loss or tie OR
  4. LAC loss + NE loss or tie + KC clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over HOU

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:

  1. LAC loss + NE loss or tie OR
  2. LAC loss + HOU loss or tie
  3. LAC loss + KC clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over HOU

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title with:

  1. LAC loss OR
  2. KC tie + LAC tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-5) (vs. New York Jets (4-11), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. NE win + KC loss + LAC loss

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. NE win OR
  2. NE tie + HOU loss or tie OR
  3. BAL loss or tie + HOU loss + TEN loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (10-5) (vs. Jacksonville (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Houston clinches AFC South division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. HOU win + NE loss or tie + KC loss + LAC loss + HOU clinches a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over KC

Houston clinches AFC South division title and a first-round bye with:

  1. HOU win + NE loss or tie OR
  2. HOU win + KC loss + LAC loss + HOU clinches a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over KC OR
  3. HOU tie + NE loss OR
  4. IND-TEN tie + NE loss + BAL win + HOU clinches a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. HOU win or tie OR
  2. IND-TEN tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-6) (vs. Cleveland (7-7-1), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Baltimore clinches AFC North division title and a first-round bye with:

  1. BAL win + NE loss + HOU loss + IND-TEN does not end in a tie OR
  2. BAL win + NE loss + HOU loss + BAL clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over HOU

Baltimore clinches AFC North division title with:

  1. BAL win OR
  2. PIT loss OR
  3. BAL tie + PIT tie

Baltimore clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. BAL tie + IND-TEN tie

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (11-4) (at Denver (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Los Angeles clinches AFC West division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. LAC win + KC loss or tie OR
  2. LAC tie + KC loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-6) (at Tennessee (9-6), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Indianapolis clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. IND win + HOU loss

Indianapolis clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. IND win OR
  2. IND tie + PIT loss or tie OR
  3. IND tie + BAL loss

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-6) (vs. Indianapolis (9-6), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title and first-round bye with:

  1. TEN win + HOU loss + NE loss + BAL loss or tie

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. TEN win + HOU loss

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. TEN win

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-6-1) (vs. Cincinnati (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

  1. PIT win + BAL loss or tie OR
  2. PIT tie + BAL loss

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. PIT win + IND-TEN tie

Asante Samuel on Patriots: ‘It’s never the end of a dynasty as long as they got TB’

November and December is usually the time when the Patriots start to take off. According to PatriotsDynasty.info, with Tom Brady as the starter, the Patriots are a combined 103-28 in November and December. However, this season, the Patriots have struggled. They are 3-3 in the month of November and December, and while they will probably win the AFC East(what else is new), they are 9-5, and might be playing during Wild Card Weekend. Currently, they are the third seed in the AFC.

Can the Patriots get right before the playoffs? According to former Patriot Asante Samuel, as long as they have Brady, they will be just fine.

“TB is the man!” TB can go anywhere and make it work just like that,” Samuel told TMZ Sports.  “Every year is always going to have its different challenges, and that’s what the Patriots and Bill Belichick built his team for different challenges and adversity. I’m excited. I’m ready to see how the playoffs turn out and see where it goes.”

The way things are looking for the Patriots they are probably going to have to go on the road if they want to get back to the Super Bowl. Of the five Super Bowls won by Brady and Belichick, the Patriots had home-field advantage throughout in three out of the five Super Bowl runs.

No matter the numbers, Samuel still believes in the Brady and the Patriots.

“Yes, they can definitely win a Super Bowl,” Samuel said. “My money is on them; at the beginning of the season, in the middle of the season, and at the end of the season. As long as they got TB, that’s where my money at.”

The Patriots will always have a shot as long as they have Brady, but this season does seem different, and with WR Josh Gordon out after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL,it could be tough sledding for New Ejngland moving forward. But, in the end, they still have Belichick and Brady, so the dynasty still has a chance to keep going with those guys together.

 

NFL playoff scenarios for Week 14; Saints, Chiefs, Pats, Chargers, Texans can clinch playoff spots

Another week in the NFL, another week where more teams can clinch playoff spots.

Here’s who can clinch playoff spots in Week 14 of the NFL:

NFC

CLINCHED: Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-1) (at Chicago (8-4), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Los Angeles clinches a first round bye with:

1)    LAR win

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-2) (at Tampa Bay (5-7), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1)    NO win or tie OR

2)    CAR loss or tie

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    MIN loss + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie

AFC

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-2) (vs. Baltimore (7-5), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    KC win or tie OR

2)    MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3) (at Miami (6-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

1)    NE win or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (9-3) (vs. Indianapolis (6-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

1)    HOU win + TEN loss or tie OR

2)    HOU tie + TEN loss

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-3) (vs. Cincinnati (5-7), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS)

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    LAC win + MIA loss or tie + DEN loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tieOR

2)    LAC tie + MIA loss + DEN loss + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie as long as both IND and TEN both don’t tie

Brady on losing to Jags: ‘I think you have a bad day against a good team—it’s a recipe for losing’

In a 16-game season, there will be bad days, and Sunday was a bad day for the New England Patriots in Jacksonville. Defensively, they had a hard time slowing down Blake Bortles(29-45, 377 YDS, 4 TDs) and the Jaguars offense. The Jaguars scored 31 points and had almost 500 yards of offense(482), which helped them defeat the Patriots 31-20 in a rematch of last year’s AFC title game.

Offensively, the Patriots had a hard time moving the ball against the vaunted Jaguars defense, who kept Tom Brady(24-35, 234 yards, 2 TDs) and the New England offense in check.

The Patriots did not have one of their better days, and according to Brady, who had a costly fumble early in the fourth quarter, it’s hard to beat a good team like the Jaguars when you have a bad day.

“I mean, it’s a long year. I think you have a bad day against a good team—it’s a recipe for losing,” Brady said.

“And we shouldn’t even have had a bad day, and we’ve got to learn from having bad days—and these things don’t just magically happen, you’ve got to make them happen, and we’ve got to, all of us, have to have more urgency to do things right—more often—over the course of practices, games and then, it’s just a matter of going out and executing and playing. It was us. I mean, the first couple of drives, it was just us. I mean, you’re behind and then, playing in a situation where playing against a great team on the road that plays well went over our heads, and they played really well.”

It’s a long season, and the Patriots, just like every team in the NFL, are still working through things. Furthermore, the Pats are still trying to work through things on the offensive side of the ball without WR Julian Edelman, who will return in Week 5 after being suspended by the league for four games after testing positive for PEDs.

In the end, Jacksonville is going to be a tough team, and if the Patriots want to go back to the Super Bowl, they will probably have to see this Jaguars team again somewhere down the line, if they do, New England better hope they play better than they did on Sunday.