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Super Bowl LI: Tom Brady wins 4th career Super Bowl MVP

Super Bowl LI: Tom Brady wins 4th career Super Bowl MVP

What began as a physical beating proved to be Tom Brady’s latest great performance, as Brady overcame five sacks and took MVP honors in the Patriots’ astonishing 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI (see game story)

Brady threw two touchdowns and a pick-six, but it was his 466 yards — the most he’s thrown in a Super Bowl — in completing 43 of 62 passes that stood out compared to past performances. 

"I'm so proud of our guys, the coaches, the team," Brady said during the postgame ceremony. "It’s unbelievable what these guys accomplished this season."

In addition to his passing numbers, Brady had the Patriots’ longest run of the day, a 15-yarder in the third quarter. 

Sunday’s win marked Brady’s fifth Super Bowl championship and fourth time winning Super Bowl MVP. Brady also got MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII and Super Bowl XLIX. He has a 5-2 record in seven Super Bowl appearances.

For complete Super Bowl LI coverage, see CSNNE.com.

Why Richard Sherman feels white QBs like Wentz speaking up about racism is important

Why Richard Sherman feels white QBs like Wentz speaking up about racism is important

Last Thursday, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz posted a message online speaking out against institutional racism in the United States after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis last Monday night by a police officer in an incident caught on camera. The officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time while Floyd was handcuffed.

Wentz speaking up - saying that "institutional racism in this country breaks my heart and needs to stop" - was an unusual move for the quarterback, who normally avoided discussing anything societal during his first four seasons with the Eagles.

But his decision to break that trend was felt around Philadelphia and nationally, and a number of other white players, including the Eagles' Zach Ertz, echoed his sentiments in the following days.

And Wentz's message apparently earned him some serious respect from veteran San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman.

Sherman spoke with Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer over the weekend, and had good things to say:

First, Eagles QB Carson Wentz said something. Then Bengals QB Joe Burrow said something. So too did Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence and new Cowboys QB Andy Dalton. All those guys are white, and all could’ve kept quiet in the face of something like this, like quarterbacks routinely have in the past. But they didn’t.

As to the importance of that, I didn’t even have to ask Sherman to go there. He went on his own, volunteering his feelings on the gravity of their words.

'I’m impressed with the white QBs speaking up because those are voices that carry different weight than the black voices for some people,' Sherman said. 'Which means the people who refuse to listen to a black athlete’s perspective will hear the same thing said from a white athlete, but receive the message much differently. So it’s awesome that more people are speaking out, because in sports, you really have a love and appreciation for your fellow man, regardless of race.

'And I think that’s what makes sports and teams so special, because a lot of the stereotypes are torn down. You really get to know one another, not judge based off nonsense.'

On the football field, Sherman and Wentz have faced off just once since Wentz entered the league in 2016, a 26-15 Seahawks win in Week 10 of Wentz's rookie year. Sherman intercepted Wentz in the third quarter.

But off the field, it seems the two have plenty of common ground in the fight for justice and equality.

The Eagles and 49ers are scheduled to play on Oct. 4, the Sunday Night Football game for Week 4, this season.

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Peter King has Eagles pretty low in his NFL power rankings

Peter King has Eagles pretty low in his NFL power rankings

A few weeks ago when we took a poll of several NFL power rankings, opinions on the 2020 Eagles were really split. 

The highest place they occupied was 5th. 

NBC Sports’ Peter King has them with one of the lowest spots we’ve seen yet, at No. 15. 

Here’s what King wrote about the Eagles: 

What a hard-to-read team. So many “yeah, buts.” The biggest: Eagles were 5-7 last year and needed to win four in a row to ensure a playoff spot—and did . . . but the beat-up offense scored 10, 9 and 9 points against playoff teams in the last eight games. Everything was a struggle last year. But quarterback Carson Wentz had a mostly redemptive season, playing all 17 games after missing the ends of the previous two years with injuries.

Wisely, GM Howie Roseman decided to stock up to help the offense, drafting wideout Jalen Reagor, who needs to be impactful from day one, and quarterback Jalen Hurts, who needs to be impactful in season one. For five years, the Eagles kept hoping Nelson Agholor would be something more than a complementary piece, but he never was. He’s gone, and now Reagor needs to show up from day one.

I’m amazed at the anti-Hurts sentiment out there. Dinosaur thinking, I believe. Baltimore loved Jalen Hurts, for instance. Not saying the Ravens would have taken him, particularly with J.K. Dobbins left on the board, but Baltimore wouldn’t have been afraid to insert him in the offense six or eight plays a game to scare the crap out of the defense. Same with Doug Pederson, who can handle the mental state of Wentz and be sure he knows that all Hurts can do is make Wentz better. With some teams, the backup quarterback is a top-10-important player on the team. When the franchise quarterback has missed 13 games due to injury in the last three years, that makes the backup QB much more important. Oh, and a sentence for the defense: Darius Slay is a heck of a pickup for the secondary, particularly with the non-division slate of quarterbacks on the way—Niners, Steelers, Ravens, Seahawks, Packers, Saints, Cardinals. I say Week 16, Eagles at Cowboys, is the championship game of the NFC East.

This is pretty interesting, King has the Eagles and Cowboys fighting for the division title in Week 16 but the Cowboys are ninth in his power rankings, six spots higher than the Eagles. 

The Eagles are the 8th-ranked NFC team on King’s rankings. 

Here are the 14 spots before the Eagles: 

1. Chiefs 
2. Ravens 
3. Saints 
4. 49ers 
5. Buccaneers 
6. Seahawks 
7. Titans
8. Raiders 
9. Cowboys 
10. Steelers 
11. Vikings 
12. Packers
13. Bills 
14. Colts 

Some interesting placement in here. Obviously, King is buying the Tom Brady Bucs bit time. I’m not sold on that as much. As far as the Eagles, I think they’re a tad too low, but I understand why opinions are so split. 

As for the other two NFC East teams, King has the Giants at 30 and the Redskins at 31. 

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