DeAndre Hopkins: Cleveland Browns’ Deshaun Watson makes pitch to reunite with former team-mate in Cleveland | NFL News

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has said he would back his team signing his former team-mate DeAndre Hopkins; the former Clemson duo built a formidable partnership in three years together at the Houston Texans

Last Updated: 30/05/23 7:09pm

Deshaun Watson would welcome a reunion with former team-mate DeAndre Hopkins

Deshaun Watson would welcome a reunion with former team-mate DeAndre Hopkins

Standing a few feet from a golf green, Deshaun Watson made a pitch for DeAndre Hopkins to join him in Cleveland.

The Browns quarterback said Tuesday that he has spoken to Hopkins, his close friend and former Houston team-mate, and encouraged the three-time All-Pro wide receiver to consider a reunion.

Hopkins is a free agent after the Arizona Cardinals released him last week.

“Of course we would love to have him,” Watson said at the Browns charity golf outing.

“He knows that we had a lot of connections, but that’s kind of out of my range of things. So all I can do is make a call and see what happens and let AB (Browns general manager Andrew Berry) do the rest.”

The Browns appear to be a longshot to land the 30-year-old Hopkins because of a lack of salary cap space. But Cleveland weren’t expected to get Watson either until they lured him with a fully guaranteed $230m contract.

The idea of throwing again to Hopkins, they were team-mates for three seasons, has Watson thinking big.

Although Hopkins did not list Cleveland as one of his preferred teams, Watson said that doesn’t mean he has ruled out the Browns.

“I’ll just say this, D-Hop, DeAndre Hopkins would love to be in a place where the opportunity is there for us to win,” Watson added.

“We check all those boxes and I think for us to know and make sure we check all those boxes on the national stage, we’ve got to go out there and prove it and I think D-Hop would love to be a part of that.”

The Browns upgraded their receiving group in the offseason, but adding a player of Hopkins’ calibre could be a game-changer for a team coming off a 7-10 season.

Coach Kevin Stefanski would not comment on the team’s interest in Hopkins, saying he was pleased with some of its offseason additions.

“I really, really like our wide receiver room,” Stefanski said. “I love the guys that are in there. Andrew and his crew are always looking at every avenue and that type of thing, so I won’t comment specifically on the player other than to say I really like our roster.”

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Cleveland Browns: It’s impossible to describe the profound love and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim’s incredible life and legacy. We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he brought to the world.

Last Updated: 19/05/23 10:54pm

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, the unstoppable running back who retired at the peak of his brilliant career to become an actor as well as a prominent civil rights advocate during the 1960s, has died at the age of 87.

A spokeswoman for Brown’s family said he passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home on Thursday night with his wife, Monique, by his side.

One of the greatest players in football history and one of the game’s first superstars, Brown was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1965 and shattered the league’s record books in a short career spanning 1957-65.

Brown led the Cleveland Browns to their last NFL title in 1964 before retiring in his prime after the ’65 season to become an actor.

He appeared in more than 30 films, including Any Given Sunday and The Dirty Dozen.

An unstoppable runner with power, speed and endurance, Brown’s arrival sparked the game’s burgeoning popularity on television.

When he finished playing, Brown became a prominent leader in the Black Power movement during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

In later years, he worked to curb gang violence in LA and founded Amer-I-Can – a programme to help disadvantaged inner-city youth and ex-convicts.

On the field, there was no one like Brown, who would blast through would-be tacklers, refusing to let one man take him down before sprinting away from linebackers and defensive backs.

He was also famous for using a stiff arm to shed defenders in the open field or push them away like they were rag dolls.

“My arms were like my protectors and weapons,” Brown said during an interview with NFL Films.

Indeed, Brown was unlike any back before him, and some feel there has never been anyone better than Cleveland’s incomparable No 32.

At 6ft 2ins and 230 pounds, he was dominant, relentless and without mercy, his highlight reels featuring runs around and right through opponents, fighting for every yard, dragging multiple defenders along or finding holes where none seemed to exist.

After Brown was tackled, he would slowly rise and walk even more slowly back to the huddle – then dominate the defence when he got the ball again.

Off the field, Brown was a contentious character.

While he had a soft spot for those in need, and his generosity changed lives, he also was arrested a half-dozen times, mostly on charges of violence towards women.

In June 1999, Brown’s wife, Monique, called 911, saying Brown had smashed her car with a shovel and threatened to kill her. During the trial, Monique Brown recanted.

Jim Brown was acquitted of a charge of domestic threats but convicted of vandalism. The Los Angeles judge sentenced Brown to six months in jail when he refused to attend domestic violence counselling.

He also feuded with Browns coach Paul Brown and later with the team’s management, although he played his entire career with Cleveland.

Among his films were 100 Rifles, Mars Attacks! Spike Lee’s He Got Game, Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, and the satire I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, in which he parodied the blaxploitation genre.

In 2002, Brown was the subject of Lee’s HBO documentary Jim Brown: All-American.

Brown was an eight-time All-Pro and went to the Pro Bowl in each of his nine years in the league. When Brown walked away from the game at age 30, he held the league’s records for yards (12,312) and touchdowns (126).

And despite his bruising style, Browns never missed a game, playing in 118 straight.

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Adam Thielen joined the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent from a Division II school and went on to become a two-time Pro-Bowl selection and the third leading receiver in franchise history.

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Last Updated: 10/03/23 5:58pm

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has spent almost a decade at the Vikings

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has spent almost a decade at the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings released wide receiver Adam Thielen on Friday after nine seasons.

The 32-year-old Minnesota native and undrafted free agent from a Division II school became a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the third-leading receiver in franchise history.

Only Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Randy Moss caught more passes in a Vikings uniform than Thielen (534).

His release is a cost-cutting move for Minnesota, which will save about $6.4magainst the salary cap in 2023 while taking a dead-cap hit of $13.6m.

“Adam will forever be a part of the Minnesota Vikings family and history,” general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said in a statement Friday.

“Setting the standard with his play on the field, being a selfless teammate, and making a permanent impact in the community, Adam’s influence is significant.

“We are grateful for everything he brought to the Vikings organization since arriving in 2013, and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him over the last year. He is the best representation of what the Minnesota Vikings should stand for.”

Thielen signed a four-year, $64m extension in April 2019, with the sides agreeing to restructure the deal in 2021 and 2022.

Thielen has 30 touchdown catches over the past three seasons, fifth-most in the NFL, and should generate interest in a relatively thin receiver market.

The Vikings first signed Thielen to a three-year, $1.485m deal as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State in May 2013.

“Adam’s story is one many know and admire and an incredible example of what a relentless pursuit of a goal can ultimately accomplish,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said in a statement.

“For over a decade, Adam honed his craft to become one of the most well-recognised wide receivers in the NFL. Over that same time, he poured so much of his time into his home state, which made it even more special for him to earn our 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination.

“I personally leaned on Adam for his work ethic, leadership and counsel multiple times to help get our team where we wanted it to be last season.”

Since making his debut in 2014, he has gained 6,682 receiving yards and scored 55 touchdowns in 135 games (101 starts) for the Vikings. He earned Pro Bowl honours in 2017 and 2018.

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The Washington Commanders ranked 32nd in the NFL according to the NFL Players Association survey, which saw teams graded on treatment of families, food service/nutrition, weight room, strength coaches, training room, training staff, locker room and team travel

Last Updated: 02/03/23 2:50pm

The Washington Commanders were ranked last in the NFLPA report

The Washington Commanders were ranked last in the NFLPA report

The Minnesota Vikings treat their players best while the Washington Commanders ranked last according to a new NFL Players Association survey.

The report, released Wednesday during the league’s annual scouting combine, rated teams in eight categories – everything from meals and nutrition to training and travel – based on anonymous responses from around 1,300 players.

The Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders were the top three teams while the bottom three were the Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and Commanders.

“Player health and safety is our top priority, and we continue to invest in our facilities, including a new practice field, new turf in the practice bubble and increased meeting room space,” a spokesperson for the Commanders said. “We know there is more to do, and we regularly talk with our players about ways to improve their work environment and the experience for their families.”

Results showed three teams don’t serve players dinner at their facilities and one of those, the Cincinnati Bengals, does not provide supplements or phone-charging plugs in lockers. In addition, the Jacksonville Jaguars dealt with a rat infestation last season.

NFLPA president JC Tretter insisted the survey is not meant to shame teams.

“I think the recommendations will be fairly clear when they read the reports,” Tretter said. “There’s not much lost in translation.

“There are some really basic things where it’s like: ‘This shouldn’t be going on.'”

Teams were graded on treatment of families, food service/nutrition, weight room, strength coaches, training room, training staff, locker room and team travel.

Among other findings were that six teams do not fly players in first class, seven teams no not arrange for players to have room-mates on road trips, and 18 of 32 teams offer rooms in stadiums where families can go with their children.

The Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, offer a stadium family room just for coaches’ wives and children, not players’ wives.

“The reason we want this to be reoccurring is next year, there can be no claim of ignorance because we’ve brought the problem up and it would be even more telling if these issues continue,” Tretter said. “Then that’s a clear choice and there’s no claim of ignorance there.

“It’s going to be very clear what the next steps should be. If you’re unwilling to take those next steps, I think that tells us a lot going into the following year.”

The expectation is for players who leave teams to be more forthright in future surveys.

It was important to release the survey results before free agency begins, he said, because how teams treat players could be a deciding factor when mulling two offers.

“Two offers being equal, this might get a player to say, ‘My situation in Team X with the same offer is going to be better than Team Y'”, Tretter said.

Not all the findings are negative. Seven of the top eights teams rated most efficient with players made the playoffs.

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Super Bowl LVII: Chiefs beat Eagles in thriller as Patrick Mahomes defies injury to claim his second Super Bowl win | NFL News

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Patrick Mahomes celebrates the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles

Patrick Mahomes celebrates the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time, with Patrick Mahomes defying injury to win his second Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs trailed by 10 at half-time, with Mahomes limping his way into the locker room after aggravating the ankle injury he picked up earlier in the playoffs. But, after the break, Mahomes led his team on four-consecutive scoring drives to stun the Eagles.

Mahomes threw three touchdowns, but his stat line was otherwise a modest one, completing 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards, with Kansas City’s offense kept off the field for large chunks of the game.

Philadelphia dominated time of possession, while quarterback Jalen Hurts himself enjoyed an incredible outing on the game’s biggest stage – throwing for over 300 yards and running in three TDs – but the game swung in the second half as Mahomes carried Kansas City on his back.

The Chiefs nudged in front for the first time with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter as Mahomes found a wide-open Kadarius Toney for the go-ahead score and, after a badly timed three-and-out of offense from the Eagles, KC swiftly found the end zone for a second time inside three minutes.

Toney had a say in proceedings again, with a Super Bowl-record 65-yard punt return to set the Chiefs up at the Philadelphia five-yard line, before another blown coverage allowed Mahomes to find Skyy Moore all alone this time for the TD.

But back came the Eagles, with an unruffled Hurts finding DeVonta Smith deep down the left sideline for 45 yards to set up his third rushing score of the game. Hurts then hurled himself over the goal line for the game-tying two-point conversion too, with five minutes and 15 seconds left.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Mahomes’ performance was his ability to scramble, as he rushed for 44 yards on six carries, and it was another – this one for 26 yards – that helped set Kansas City up at the Eagles 17-yard line just before the two-minute warning.

With time running out, Eagles fans will point to a questionable ‘pass interference’ call on James Bradberry against JuJu Smith-Schuster that granted the Chiefs a fresh set of downs and allowed them to run off more of the clock before Harrison Butker ultimately booted the game-winning field goal with eight seconds left.

There was time left for one last play, but Hurts’ desperate deep heave down the field fell incomplete to end a Super Bowl classic.

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Get ready for Super Bowl LVII, as the Kansas City Chiefs clash with the Philadelphia Eagles in Phoenix Arizona, Sunday from 10pm on Sky Sports NFL

Get ready for Super Bowl LVII, as the Kansas City Chiefs clash with the Philadelphia Eagles in Phoenix Arizona, Sunday from 10pm on Sky Sports NFL

Super Bowl LVII sees the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night – live coverage on Sky Sports NFL from 10pm, with kick-off at 11.30pm – but who wins? We have asked our esteemed panel of Sky Sports NFL experts from the 2022 season to make their picks…

Neil Reynolds, Sky Sports NFL presenter

Super Bowl pick: EAGLES

“I think Super Bowl LVII is going to be very close and go right down to the wire. Hopefully, we’re in for a very dramatic game.

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“Top to bottom, I think that the Eagles are the better team. They’re very strong in the trenches – and that’s precisely where their head coach Nick Sirianni said this week where he feels this game will be won and lost.

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A look at some of the best plays from Patrick Mahomes this season, as he is named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for a second time

“The Chiefs have got Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, and if he and his banged-up ankle are anything close to 100 per cent, then Kansas City will have their moments – even against one of the best defenses in the NFL.

“Ultimately though, I think the Eagles are going to prove just too strong in the end, and I’m picking them to win 27-24.

“I think we’re in for a classic Super Bowl.”

Efe Obada, Washington Commanders defensive end

Super Bowl pick: EAGLES

“The Eagles have so many weapons; their team is full of players, even on the bench, that would be starting for every team in the NFL.

Washington Commanders defensive end Efe Obada, who will be part of Sky Sports' live coverage of Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, looks ahead to the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles

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Washington Commanders defensive end Efe Obada, who will be part of Sky Sports’ live coverage of Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, looks ahead to the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles

“The key to this game will be in the trenches. Can the Chiefs stop Philadelphia’s run game, can they get after Eagles QB Jalen Hurts and affect him?

“I think the game could go one of two ways. It could be a really close game, down to the wire – and, honestly, that’s what I’m looking for.

“But, on the flip side, it could also be a blowout. I’m not rooting for the Eagles, but from my perspective, they are just a more well-rounded team and, given how well they have been playing – especially when they get an early lead, with opposition teams finding it so hard to recover – I could see it being one-sided in Philly’s favour.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be part of Sky Sports' Super Bowl LVII coverage, along with former team-mate and Miami Dolphins star Christian Wilkins, and the UK's own Efe Obada

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Phoebe Schecter, GB Women’s captain and former coach with Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl pick: EAGLES

“The Eagles are so stacked in the running game, with Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott all in the backfield. Add to that Hurts at quarterback too.

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“They’re going up against one of the most aggressive defenses in the NFL in the Chiefs, with Chris Jones and Frank Clark on that defensive line.

“It’s going to be really key for that Chiefs D-line to move around that Eagles offensive line, as they are one of the best in the game at moving up to the second level.

“Then, switching things round, you look at the Eagles’ defense and Haason Reddick’s ability to get after the quarterback – he is going to be coming after Mahomes!

“Can the Chiefs prevent that from happening? I think, at the end of the day, it’s going to be the Eagles that take home the win.”

Hannah Wilkes, Sky Sports News & Her Huddle presenter

Super Bowl pick: EAGLES

“I think Super Bowl LVII is an excellent matchup and should make for a really entertaining game for the neutral.

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“I’ve flip-flopped a bit this week. I started the week thinking, ‘Eagles, Eagles, Eagles’, and I still feel as though they’re the more complete team.

“But I’m starting to get that Mahomes thought in my head. The key for Philadelphia will be to ensure that the Kansas City superstar QB doesn’t see much of the football.

“I think this game has the potential to be a really high-scoring shootout, so it could well come down to who steps up the most on defense.

“I see there only being a field goal in it. And I’m going to stick with my initial shout at the start of the week, the Eagles, but only just – it’s going to be super close.”

Jeff Reinebold, NFL expert and special teams coach

Super Bowl pick: EAGLES

“I think we may be looking at a Super Bowl classic on Sunday.

“These are two very evenly-matched teams, although you’ve got to give Philadelphia a little bit of an edge up front, where they’ve got great depth on both their offensive and defensive lines.

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“We’ve got two outstanding quarterbacks on show in Mahomes and Hurts, and I believe they’ll produce a lot of big plays in this game.

“In the end though, I see this game coming down to those big guys in the trenches. And who has the best guys up front? The Eagles do, so I’m riding with them to win 28-24.”

Chris Simms, Former NFL quarterback & Pro Football Talk presenter

Super Bowl pick: CHIEFS

“I’m taking the Chiefs to win 28-24. Do I feel totally comfortable about that? No, I don’t.

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“The Eagles are a little bit of a better team in totality. They’ve got a great defense, a great offensive line and they can run the ball on just about anybody.

“But, I think that Kansas City’s O-line is great in pass protection and will hang in there against a Philadelphia pass rush that is just a touch overrated.

“Also, I think Steve Spagnuolo, the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs, will have a game plan to slow down the run game of the Eagles enough to then, of course, put the game on the back of the magic man Mahomes and number 15’s right arm.

“I just think Mahomes is too good and will pull out the win.”

Brian Baldinger, Former NFL offensive lineman & NFL Network analyst

Super Bowl pick: EAGLES

“I always go straight to the trenches when picking games. And I’ve just thought, from Week One right the way through till now, that the Eagles have been the best team at offensive line and defensive line all year.

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“I don’t need any stats to support that or anything. You can just see it when you watch their games.

“Regardless of how good the opposing quarterbacks they face might be – and they are the marquee players in this league, no greater proof of that than in Chiefs QB Mahomes – I just feel like Philadelphia are the better all-round team.

“The Eagles have been like that consistently all year. And so there’s no reason to bet against them on Sunday.”

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A petition created for Travis and Jason Kelce’s mum Donna to do the ceremonial coin toss before Super Bowl LVII on Sunday has already gained over 170,000 signatures and is still rising; Donna: “I would [do it], if the two of you say I would not be a distraction”

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Donna Kelce stops by to give her sons Travis and Jason some cookies during their interview on Opening Night of Super Bowl LVII.

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Travis and Jason Kelce will become the first brothers to play against each other in Super Bowl history when the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles face off in Arizona on Sunday – and their mum has become a minor celebrity as a result.

On ‘Opening Night’ of Super Bowl week, Donna Kelce delivered cookies for her boys on stage while they spoke to the media, decked out in a half Chiefs, half Eagles jersey.

There has also been a petition created for Donna to do the ceremonial coin toss before Sunday’s game, which has already gained over 170,000 signatures and is still rising.

“‘Here’s the thing,’ Donna began saying. When asked about the possibility on her son’s New Heights podcast, she said: “There are so many legends and people that have their blood, sweat and tears on that field… I don’t think that’s the right place for me to be.

“Would I be a distraction out there for you guys? That’s what I would worry about.

“I would [do it] if the two of you say I would not be a distraction… and you’ll be focussing on the game plans.”

Travis then responded, saying, “You’re in,” before jokingly adding: “I’ll tell [NFL commissioner] Roger [Goodell].”

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The two brothers have each won a Super Bowl previously, with Jason’s Eagles triumphant five years ago, beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII, while Travis and the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV – their first of three Super Bowl visits in four years.

‘I would sure love to get this one over his head’

When asked about the matchup at Opening Night, Jason said: “We’re always rooting for each other.

“I always want him to do well, but I would sure love to get this one over his head and have at least something over top of Trav.”

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Travis and Jason Kelce, who will face each other in Super Bowl LVII, discussed on MNF when they had their last ‘fist fight’ when growing up.

Travis, meanwhile, said of what it was like growing up and competing against his older brother: “What he did do is he gave me a cool perspective on how to beat somebody that’s better than you.

“I kind of got to learn the mind games at a different level as a younger kid, so he’s helped me get to where I’m at without a doubt.

“But he got the majority of the wins for sure.”

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Jalen Hurts wants first Super Bowl matchup of Black QBs to ‘inspire | Patrick Mahomes promises to ‘play through’ ankle injury | NFL News

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes says on ‘Opening Night’ of Super Bowl week that he intends to “play through” his right ankle injury in Sunday’s big game against the Philadelphia Eagles; “I’m going to push it. I’ll try to leave it all on the line”

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Hannah Wilkes and Phoebe Schecter discuss the two Super Bowl quarterbacks in Sunday’s matchup, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts says he hopes the first ever matchup between two Black QBs in a Super Bowl will help inspire the next generation.

Hurts will face off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday – live on Sky Sports NFL and Main Event from 10pm (Kick-off, 11.30pm) – and the pair, as well as every member of both teams, faced the media for the first time at ‘Opening Night’ to kick-start Super Bowl week in Arizona.

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Hurts, asked of the significance of his and Mahomes’ historic meeting, said: “The first time for two [Black QBs] to go head-to-head, that’s uplifting the next generation of quarterbacks.

“That four-year-old, five-year-old kid back in Houston, back in Philly, back in Texas, Louisiana, wherever across the world, it shows that regardless of what someone may say or have an opinion about you, you can do it.

“I value the platform I have, I’m sure like Pat does, as well. We just want to inspire the next people.”

Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes will be the first Black quarterbacks to play against each other in a Super Bowl Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes will be the first Black quarterbacks to play against each other in a Super Bowl

Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes will be the first Black quarterbacks to play against each other in a Super Bowl

Mahomes to ‘leave it all on the line’

As for Mahomes, the main questions he faced from the media on Monday night surrounded the high ankle sprain he suffered in the Chiefs’ divisional round playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars which subsequently troubled him in the AFC Championship win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mahomes performed brilliantly in both games, despite being notably hobbled with the injury, and he near-guaranteed his status for Sunday’s big game by saying he intends to “leave it all on the line” against the Eagles.

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“You won’t know until you get out there in the game,” Mahomes said. “But I’m going to push it.

“I’ll try to leave it all on the line. I think you all saw that in the last game that I played.

“It’s about relying on your team-mates… I’m not trying to do too much. But I’ll definitely be in a better spot [than] when I was out there last week [in the AFC Championship].”

It’s not the first time that Mahomes has been hampered by injury heading into a Super Bowl, with the superstar QB troubled by turf toe when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to close the 2020 season.

Sunday’s game will be his third Super Bowl appearance in four years, having won his first in 2019, rallying the team from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers.

Patrick Mahomes has tasted Super Bowl success before, with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 Patrick Mahomes has tasted Super Bowl success before, with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the San Francisco 49ers in 2019

Patrick Mahomes has tasted Super Bowl success before, with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the San Francisco 49ers in 2019

“The win is amazing,” Mahomes said. “It’s one of the best moments of your entire life. You take away all the positives from that.

“But that loss, that stings. That motivates you for years. What it’s done for me is it’s motivated me to be back in this game again. I want to make sure that I can have that winning feeling and not that losing one because that losing feeling is one you’ll never forget.

“You learned that you can’t take things for granted. You can’t come to a game and not have every box checked. I thought we did, but obviously we didn’t and we lost that game and you had to use it as motivation to get back here.”

Mahomes added: “I think the biggest motivating factor is to step on that field and try to be the best. We know we’ve got a great challenge with the Philadelphia Eagles, so it will be a great game.”

Hurts: We’ve come here to finish the job

Hurts, meanwhile, is confident about the Eagles’ mindset entering into Sunday’s Super Bowl, his first in just his third year in the NFL.

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“I didn’t put in all that work for no reason,” he said. “I put all this work in, we put all this work in, to have opportunities like this. It’ll be a fun one.

“We just want to go out there and do what we’ve done this whole entire time, to try and play clean football and play together.

“We’ve come here to finish the job.”

Asked if he had anything planned for Sunday’s pre-game speech, Hurts added: “Everything comes from the heart.

“I prepare. I try to think about something that will get the guys going, but I don’t need to say too much.

“We’ve put all that work in… we want to go out there and play our best game when we need it most.”

Watch Super Bowl LVII – Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles – live on Sky Sports NFL and Main Event from 10pm on Sunday, February 12, with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Christian Wilkins and Efe Obada among the guests joining Neil Reynolds and Hannah Wilkes for 90 minutes of build-up to the big game.

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A look at the journey the Kansas City Chiefs have taken to reach Super Bowl LVII

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The Kansas City Chiefs are back in another Super Bowl – their third in the last four years – but how did they get there?

With the retirement of record seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady still fresh in the memory, the man who looks to be the greatest challenger to his throne as the ‘GOAT’, Patrick Mahomes, gets the chance to add a second ring to his collection at Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arizona on Sunday.

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That said, not only are the Eagles a fearsome opponent standing in their way, but there are injury concerns over the Kansas City star QB heading into the big game.

Here, we take a look back on the Chiefs’ road to Super Bowl LVII…

What went right?

The Chiefs once again proved themselves to be the elite of the NFL, particularly on offense, owning the No 1 unit in points per game (29.2), yards per game (413.6) and passing yards per game (297.8).

Kansas City’s 14-3 regular-season record not only wrapped up a seventh-straight AFC West divisional title, but it also secured them the No 1 seed in the conference for the third time in their dominant present-day stretch.

Kansas City Chiefs 2022 season (14-3)

Week Opposition Result
1 @ Cardinals W 44-21
2 vs Chargers W 27-24
3 @ Colts L 17-20
4 @ Buccaneers W 44-31
5 vs Radiers W 30-29
6 vs Bills L 20-24
7 @ 49ers W 44-23
8 BYE
9 vs Titans W 20-17 (OT)
10 vs Jaguars W 27-17
11 @ Chargers W 30-27
12 vs Rams W 26-10
13 @ Bengals L 24-27
14 @ Broncos W 34-28
15 @ Texans W 30-24 (OT)
16 vs Seahawks W 24-10
17 vs Broncos W 27-24
18 @ Raiders W 31-13

Highlights from the year include a 44-21 thumping of the Cardinals, in Arizona, on the opening day of the season to signal their intent, while they edged out Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 in a thriller a week later.

Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were comfortably put away 41-31 in Week Four, as were the San Francisco 49ers 44-23 in Week Seven – both huge road victories against major NFC contenders.

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The victory over the 49ers would kickstart a run of 10 wins across 11 games to close out the season, with only a defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals sandwiched in between.

But the Chiefs would ultimately have the last laugh, with star quarterback Mahomes gaining revenge for that defeat, and for his three total losses in three career games to Joe Burrow and the Bengals, with their 23-20 victory in the AFC Championship game over the same opponents to book their Super Bowl spot.

Kansas City Chiefs 2022 regular season rankings

Offense Defense
1st Total 11th
1st Passing 18th
10th Rushing 8th
1st Scoring 16th
1st DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) 17th
1st EPA/play (Expected points added) 15th

What went wrong?

As usual, not a great deal. Although there was the odd hiccup along the way, none more bizarre and unaccounted for than the 20-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week Three – a team which would ultimately end the season a dreadful 4-12-1.

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Also, a 24-20 loss at home to the Buffalo Bills in Week Six that dropped the Chiefs to 4-2 on the year would hint towards a possible changing of the guard in the AFC, with Buffalo earning a second-straight regular-season win at Arrowhead (and after having pushed Kansas City all the way in an incredible overtime finish to their divisional round match-up in the playoffs the previous year).

But, while the Bills and the Bengals – who would themselves defeat the Chiefs in Week 13 – threatened to steal Kansas City’s throne, neither were able to deliver the decisive blow, with Buffalo bested by Cincinnati in the divisional round this time, before they themselves were undone in the AFC title game by Mahomes and co.

And a banged up Mahomes and Chiefs offense, at that. One of the biggest concerns going into Super Bowl LVII this Sunday is certainly the health of Kansas City’s star quarterback, who picked up a high ankle sprain in their divisional round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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He has not looked the same since, limping his way through the subsequent one-and-a-half outings, only serving to make his sensational match-winning performances in those wins over the Jags and the Bengals all the more impressive.

Wideout Mecole Hardman has already been ruled out of the Super Bowl due to injury, while JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney were also banged up against the Bengals, weakening Mahomes’ receiving corps, with progress to be monitored this week.

Star names

Starting with the most obvious selection of them all, Mahomes, of course. The 27-year-old is favourite to win a second league MVP title this season in just his fifth year as a starter in the NFL.

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A look at some of the best plays from Mahomes this season, in his bid to grab his second league MVP award

Mahomes set a new record for the most offensive yards (5,614) in NFL history this season – breaking down as 5,250 passing yards, 358 rush yards and six receiving. He also led the league in passing TDs during the regular season, with 41, six greater than Josh Allen (Bills) and Burrow (Bengals) tied for second on 35. And Mahomes did it all despite the team trading away his best receiver too, with Tyreek Hill moving to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason.

Mahomes has at least retained the comfort blanket Travis Kelce on offense, with the superstar tight end notching his seventh-straight 1,000-yard season, finishing 2022 with 1,338 yards along with a career-high 12 TDs.

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Following on from last week’s AFC Championship game, only one quarterback and receiver duo have connected for more postseason touchdowns than Mahomes and Kelce’s 13 (Brady and Rob Gronkowski with 15).

Also, look out for seventh-round rookie running back Isaiah Pacheco, who has added a real spark to this Kansas City offense since his introduction midway through the season, averaging over five yards per carry, while defensive tackle Chris Jones is the standout from an underrated defense, having equalled his career high of 15.5 sacks this season.

Playoff push

REPORT: Jaguars 20-27 Chiefs – Divisional Round

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Kansas City are 5-0 in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs with Mahomes at quarterback. Though, having said that, this particular victory against the Jaguars to open their playoff run almost came without their star QB at the helm.

Mahomes missed most of the second quarter due to the injury he sustained to his right ankle, but ultimately returned to finish 22 of 30 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns, while back-up quarterback Chad Henne also threw a scoring pass in his absence.

Kelce’s 14 receptions (for 98 yards), meanwhile, tied for the third most in NFL postseason history, with Marquez Valdes-Scantling also adding a touchdown catch for Kansas City.

REPORT: Bengals 20-23 Chiefs – AFC Championship

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Highlights of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game

The Chiefs had never before hosted a single Conference Championship game in franchise history, but are now coming into the Super Bowl off the back of hosting a fifth in a row, with Mahomes and co this time getting the better of the Bengals in a repeat of last year’s AFC title game which they lost.

Despite being hampered by his injured ankle, Mahomes threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in the contest and the Chiefs’ star QB also helped set up the game-winning field goal on a crucial five-yard scramble for a first down with 12 seconds left.

As he crossed the sideline, Mahomes was shoved when already out of bounds by Cincinnati defender Joseph Ossai, resulting in a 15-yard penalty to further aid Harrison Butker’s game-winning kick to break a 20-20 tie after another epic battle with the Bengals.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are presented with the AFC Championship as Kelce sounds off on their opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals

Super Bowl pedigree

Despite their dominance over the past five seasons – appearing in five-straight AFC Championships – since Mahomes became the starter at QB in Kansas City, it has thus far translated into just one Super Bowl title over that span.

They lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy on their first visit to the Super Bowl in 50 years when they beat the 49ers to cap the 2018 season, with Mahomes named MVP after engineering a comeback from 20-10 down midway through the fourth quarter.

Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV to wrap the 2019 season Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV to wrap the 2019 season

Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV to wrap the 2019 season

They have made it all the way to the Super Bowl on four occasions in total, losing to the Green Bay Packers in the first-ever Super Bowl to be played, back in the 1966 season, before triumphing over the Minnesota Vikings three years later.

After their Super Bowl LIV win over the Niners to break the drought, the Chiefs missed the chance to go back-to-back as they were beaten by Brady and the Bucs in the big game following the Covid-disrupted 2020 season.

Tom Brady got the better of Mahomes in Super Bowl LV, preventing the Kansas City Chiefs from claiming back-to-back titles Tom Brady got the better of Mahomes in Super Bowl LV, preventing the Kansas City Chiefs from claiming back-to-back titles

Tom Brady got the better of Mahomes in Super Bowl LV, preventing the Kansas City Chiefs from claiming back-to-back titles

The concern for the Chiefs would be that, much like he is heading into this game, Mahomes was hobbled by injury in that Super Bowl LV loss to Tampa Bay, making it easier for their ferocious pass rush to get after him and limit his explosive Chiefs offense to only nine points.

With the Eagles, and their own hugely-intimidating defensive line full of monsters, awaiting on Sunday, Mahomes’ ability to still deliver enough magic moments despite his ankle injury will prove key to deciding the outcome of the game.

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The NFL has changed the Pro Bowl format this year, replacing the traditional All-Star game with a flag football contest and series of other skills events; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr starred in the precision passing contest before addressing his future

Last Updated: 03/02/23 8:44am

Derek Carr impressed for the AFC at the Pro Bowl

Derek Carr impressed for the AFC at the Pro Bowl

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr scored an event-high 31 points in the precision passing contest of the Pro Bowl skills competitions on Thursday night to give the AFC an early 9-3 lead over the NFC.

Carr, in familiar territory with the events being held at Raiders headquarters, said he will not extend the February 15 deadline to help facilitate a trade from Las Vegas.

The Raiders must trade or release the quarterback by that date – three days after the Super Bowl – or Carr’s contract will become guaranteed and Las Vegas will have to pay him $40.4m (£32.8m) over the next two years.

But his performance during the two-day competitions boosted the AFC, with each event counting as three points.

The AFC also won the lightning round – a series of competitions that included a water balloon toss – and long drive contest, and the NFC got on the scoreboard by winning the dodgeball tournament.

The NFL changed the Pro Bowl format this year, replacing the traditional All-Star game with a flag football contest and series of other skills events.

Four skills events take place Sunday at Allegiant Stadium, and those also will be three points each.

Three flag football games will then be played, the first two each worth six points. The points will then be combined with those accumulated from the skills events, which will be the score entering the third and final flag football game to determine the winner.

Most of Thursday’s events were played at the Raiders’ facility before about 500 fans, cheerleaders from 12 teams and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Carr: Extending deadline not best for me

Because a possible trade for Carr away from the Raiders wouldn’t be official until March 15 when the new league year begins, a team could renege on a deal made before then.

The 31-year-old would have to agree to extend the mid-February deadline to ensure any agreements remained in place.

“I don’t think that would be best for me,” said Carr, who has a no-trade clause in his contract.

Carr was emotional following the Raiders' narrow loss to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season.

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Carr was emotional following the Raiders’ narrow loss to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season.

Carr was emotional following the Raiders’ narrow loss to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season.

Even so, Carr said a trade could be reached by February 15 but didn’t sound as though he was in a hurry to make it happen.

The Raiders have not given Carr or his agent, Tim Younger, permission to speak with other teams regarding a potential deal.

“I’m just abiding by the rules,” Carr said. “If it gets to that date, then it gets to that date, and I’ll be able to talk to all my friends.”

Speaking after his impressive Pro Bowl display, Carr was asked whether he had ever been that hot in Las Vegas, and quipped: “Not that hot. Probably why I’m going somewhere else.”

Carr played nine seasons for the Raiders and holds club records for career yards passing (35,222) and touchdown passes (217). But he also never won a playoff game. And after struggling late in the season, Carr was benched with two games remaining and acknowledged he was angry about the decision.

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