Patriots, Falcons set for Super Bowl spectacle

first_img Mental toughness “This team showed a lot of mental toughness over the course of the year,” Brady said. The Falcons have never won the Super Bowl. This will be Atlanta’s second trip to the big game; they lost to Denver in 1999. The club’s never had a quarterback quite as good as Ryan, though. The guy nicknamed “Matty Ice” went 27 for 38 for 392 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while adding a rushing TD, to boot, leading Atlanta past Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game. Brady tied Hall of Famer Joe Montana’s record with a ninth three-TD postseason game, helping the Patriots beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers 36-17 for the AFC championship. New England opened the season with a 3-1 record despite using two backup quarterbacks while playing those games without Brady after he went through a lengthy court battle in an unsuccessful bid to have his ban overturned for what became known as “Deflategate.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady because the league said it determined the Patriots intentionally underinflated footballs used in an AFC championship game victory two years ago. A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. While much of the attention has been focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta’s score-at-will offence, which produced the most points during the regular season, against the unheralded defence of New England, which allowed the fewest. And these two teams are playing their best football at the most important time. AFC champions New England (16-2) have won nine consecutive games – and haven’t even trailed since Nov. 27. NFC champions Atlanta (13-5) have won their past six in a row, scoring at least 33 points in each. “We’ll enjoy this,” Ryan said. “But we’ve got some work to do.” Brady and coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their – and the Patriots’ – fifth Lombardi Trophy, and second in three years. This will be the franchise’s league-record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, including titles in the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015 editions.last_img read more


first_imgCouncillor Jack Murray and Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn at the LIsfannon Halting Site outside Buncrana.Local Sinn Féin public representatives, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Cllr Jack Murray are calling on Donegal County Council to close down the halting site at Lisfannon outside Buncrana.They were speaking after inspecting the site after a family who had been resident there over recent times, moved out. The derelict caravans left behind and damage done will cost Donegal County Council thousands of euro.They said this halting site for the Traveller community was only ever intended to be in place on a temporary basis.“It is a dangerous location alongside one of the busiest roads in Donegal. It also impacts on the important tourism and community amenity that is the North West Golf Links. “Unfortunately the family that have just left have done a huge diservice to the Travelling community. The condition that they have left the site in is utterly disgraceful and indefensible.“This site is a transient site and families are only supposed to locate there for a short while. Most families that have located there have acted responsibly but this recent family have let all of the rest down badly”.“We commend the members of Donegal County Council Traveller Consultative Committee including our colleague, Cllr Albert Doherty and Donegal Travellers Project for their mediation efforts with the family that have just left the site but their efforts must be matched by action from Donegal County Council management.“Now that this family have left and the site is cleared, we have been advised that Donegal County Council will close it down temporarily for essential repairs. We are calling on the management of Donegal County Council to honour the long standing promise they have made to find a safe and appropriate alternative location for a halting site within South Inishowen and to close down the Lisfannon halting site.” COUNCIL MUST CLOSE DOWN LISFANNON HALTING SITE – SINN FEIN was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more