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Top 12 Super Bowl runners-up ranked, from the 18-1 Patriots to the first AFL representative



Not all Super Bowl runners-up are created equal. Out of the 54 Super Bowl “losers,” there are handful of teams that fell short in the Big Game that, had a few other things gone their way (or a lot of things, in a few cases), they would have been the team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. Several teams lost the Super Bowl just a year after winning it, while a few other teams would win their first Super Bowl within a few years of coming up short. One team famously never made it back to the Big Game despite featuring one of the greatest players in league history. 

While there are a slew of lists out there dedicated to the naming the top teams that won the Super Bowl, we decided to pay homage to the top 12 teams that did not get to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Our criteria when making this list included overall record, league standings, how well they played in their Super Bowl loss, and talent as it related to the players as well as the coaching staff. 

12. 1966 Kansas City Chiefs

We kick things off with the first team that represented the AFL in the Super Bowl. A star-studded team that included quarterback Len Dawson, running back Mike Garrett, receiver Otis Taylor, defensive tackle Buck Buchanan, linebacker Bobby Bell, safety Johnny Robinson and head coach Hank Stram, the ’66 Chiefs averaged over 32 while finishing second in the AFL in fewest points allowed. In the ’66 AFL title game, two touchdown passes by Dawson, a pair of touchdown runs by Garrett and two interceptions of All-Pro Bills quarterback Jack Kemp led Kansas City to a 31-7 win. 

Facing the mighty Packers in Super Bowl I, the Chiefs fought to pull to within four points at halftime. An interception by Dawson early in the second half, however, opened the floodgates, as the Packers pulled away for a 35-10 victory. The Chiefs’ offense struggled to sustain momentum against the Packers’ talented defense, while Green Bay receiver Max McGee stole the show with his seven-catch, 138-yard, two-touchdown performance. 

“We looked at them very carefully in the film, and we realized they had excellent personnel,” Packers Hall of Fame linebacker Dave Robinson recently told CBS Sports when looking back on the Chiefs, who would become the second (and final) AFL team to win the Super Bowl in January 1970. “The manpower was great, really great football players. But they lacked a little bit of the techniques that we were used to. So we had to take advantage of the different techniques. It wasn’t so much their fault as it was the rest of the AFL. The defense weren’t that strong in the AFL, and so they had never experienced the things we did and the type of football we bring. We had an advantage right there, that was the big thing going for us. 

“After they had interleague play, the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders showed their true mettle, and they became very very good teams. All they need was inner league play so they had that experience playing against better defenses.”

11. 1973 Minnesota Vikings 

Bud Grant’s Vikings appeared in four Super Bowls from 1969-76, but the ’73 squad may have been the best from that bunch. 

On offense, the ’73 Vikings were led by Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton, Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary, versatile running back Chuck Foreman and Pro Bowl receiver John Gilliam. While their offense was among the best in football, the strength of the Vikings was their famed “Purple People Eater” defense, a unit that was anchored by Hall of Fame defensive tackle Alan Page, Hall of Fame safety Paul Krause and defensive ends Jim Marshall and Carl Eller.

After a 12-2 regular season, Minnesota defeated Washington and Dallas — the two teams that had represented the NFL in the previous three Super Bowls — in the playoffs. But after facing little resistance during most of the season, the Vikings were no match for Don Shula’s Dolphins, a team that lost just two games that season after going undefeated the previous year. With their offense unable to muster any momentum against Miami’s “No Name” defense, the Vikings’ defense fell victim to an unrelenting Dolphins rushing attack, led by fullback Larry Csonka, whose 145 yards and two touchdowns helped Miami take a 24-0 lead into the fourth quarter en route to a 24-7 victory. 

The Vikings would make it back to the Super Bowl two more times over the next three seasons, falling to the Steelers in Super Bowl IX and the Raiders in Super Bowl XI. Despite Hall of Fame talent on both sides of the field, the Vikings became the first team to lose four Super Bowls. 

10. 1984 Miami Dolphins 

Don Shula’s sixth and final Super Bowl team, the ’84 Dolphins were led by second-year quarterback Dan Marino, who took home MVP honors after setting then-NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,084) and touchdown passes (48). Marino, along with receivers Mark Duper, Mark Clayton and Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson, headlined an offense that led the NFL in scoring. Miami’s “Killer B” defense, led by nose tackle Bob Baumhower, Doug Betters (14 sacks), linebacker A.J. Duhe and safety Glenn Blackwood (six interceptions), allowed just 18.6 points per game. The Dolphins went 14-2 during the regular season before outscoring the Seahawks and Steelers in the AFC playoffs by a combined score of 76-38. 

Miami dictated the pace at the start of Super Bowl XIX, as Marino’s first-quarter touchdown pass gave it an early 10-7 lead. But Joe Montana would eventually take control of the game, throwing for a then-Super Bowl record 333 yards and three touchdowns. Montana also rushed for a score while picking up 59 yards on the ground, a then-Super Bowl record for rushing yards by a quarterback. 

While he threw for 318 yards (which tied him with Terry Bradshaw for the second-most in Super Bowl history behind Montana), Marino, facing an unyielding 49ers pass rush, threw two second-half interceptions while failing to put together a single scoring drive. The Dolphins’ defense could do little to stop Montana and running back Roger Craig (the first player in Super Bowl history to score three touchdowns) in San Francisco’s 38-16 win. It would be the one and only Super Bowl appearance for Marino, who retired 15 years later as the greatest quarterback that did not win the Big One. 

9. 2015 Carolina Panthers 

While they may not have boasted an all-time roster, the ’15 Panthers enjoyed a historic season, joining the ’84 49ers, ’85 Bears, ’98 Vikings, ’04 Steelers, ’07 Patriots and ’11 Packers as the only teams in league history to win at least 15 regular-season games. The Panthers, a team that fielded nine Pro Bowlers that season, were led on offense by MVP Cam Newton, who became the first player in league history to throw 35 touchdowns and run for 10 scores in the same season. The Panthers’ defense was anchored by linebacker Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, and cornerback Josh Norman, who each took home All-Pro honors while leading a unit that finished sixth in the league in fewest points allowed. 

In the second round of the playoffs, the Panthers took a 31-0 lead before holding off a furious comeback attempt by the defending two-time NFC champion Seahawks. Carolina did not take its foot off the pedal the next week against the Cardinals, running out to a 34-7 lead en route to a 49-15 victory. Newton amassed 382 yards and four touchdowns in the win, while Kuechly capped off the win by returning the Panthers’ fourth interception of quarterback Carson Palmer for a touchdown. 

The Panthers were unable to get off to a fast start in Super Bowl 50, however, as Peyton Manning — playing in his final NFL game — helped give the Broncos a 13-7 halftime lead. While Carolina’s defense rose to the challenge in the second half (allowing just 83 total yards after intermission), the Panthers’ offense never figured out how to contain Von Miller, who won MVP honors after recording six tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles of Newton, who was sacked six times while completing just 18 of his 41 pass attempts. Miller’s second forced fumble set up the Broncos’ game-clinching score with 3:08 left, as the Panthers became the first team to lose in the Super Bowl after going 15-1 during the regular season. 

8. 1983 Washington Redskins 

After winning the Super Bowl (and compiling a 12-1 record during the strike-shortened 1982 season) the previous year, Joe Gibbs’ Redskins were close to joining the ranks of the greatest teams of all time after winning 17 of 19 games entering Super Bowl XVIII. Washington’s offense, led by Hall of Fame running back John Riggins, the iconic “Hogs” offensive line, a talented receiving corps (nicknamed “The Smurfs”) and quarterback Joe Theismann, scored a then-NFL record 541 points during the regular season. 

Washington’s defense, led by Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, safety Mark Murphy (nine interceptions), defensive tackle Dave Butz (11.5 sacks) and defensive end Dexter Manley (11 sacks), finished 11th in the league in scoring defense during the regular season. They held Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson to a paltry 16 rushing yards in Washington’s 51-7 win over the Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Redskins punched their second straight Super Bowl ticket after just getting past Joe Montana and the 49ers in the NFC title game. 

The Redskins’ Super Bowl opponent would be a Raiders team that Washington had defeated back in Week 5, 37-35. Washington, however, was no match for the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, as Los Angeles cornerbacks Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes bottled up the Redskins’ formidable receiving duo of Charlie Brown and Art Monk. Raiders linebacker Jack Squirek’s pick-six of Theismann late in the second quarter gave Los Angeles a 21-3 halftime lead. Super Bowl MVP Marcus Allen’s two third-quarter touchdown runs (including his then-Super Bowl record 74-yard scoring run) put the game on ice. Riggins, the MVP of the previous year’s Super Bowl, rushed for just 64 yards on 26 carries. It remains one of the most shocking outcomes in Super Bowl history. 

“When I was watching those guys warm up, I just didn’t have a sense that they respected us at all,” Haynes recently told CBS Sports when reflecting on the Raiders’ improbable win. “Everybody else we played, they seemed to have a sense of who we were and what kind of game we played. They didn’t. I figured it must be because they beat the Raiders earlier [in the season]. When we went back into the locker room before we came out the second time, we were definitely a different team. We were gonna be focused until that last whistle. There was no doubt that this game was gonna be a battle. We were all 100% prepared for that.” 

7. 2014 Seattle Seahawks 

A year after blowing out Peyton Manning and the high-scoring Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2014 Seahawks successfully defended their NFC title after going 12-4 during the regular season. Seattle’s offense, led by quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, finished 10th in the league in scoring and first in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” defense, anchored by cornerback Richard Sherman, linebacker Bobby Wagner and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, finished as the NFL’s top-ranked scoring unit during the regular season. 

After pulling off a miraculous come-from-behind win over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the NFC title game, Wilson’s touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin gave Seattle a 10-point lead over the Patriots entering the final quarter of Super Bowl XLIX. But after watching Brady mount two scoring drives to give New England the lead, Wilson led Seattle to the Patriots’ 1-yard-line before throwing his stunning interception to Malcolm Butler. The pick sealed New England’s 28-24 win while depriving Seattle of becoming the ninth team ever to win back-to-back Super Bowls. While they’ve remained competitive, Pete Carroll’s Seahawks have yet to make it back to the Big Game. That fact continues to motivate Carroll, whose team has compiled a a 53-33-1 overall record since losing Super Bowl XLIX. 

“We ain’t got back [to a Super Bowl] yet,” Carroll recently said during an interview with’s Michael Silver. “We’ve still gotta get back there and go get that game again. And it’s coming.”

6. 2001 St. Louis Rams 

After the ’99 Rams won the Super Bowl with the league’s top-ranked offense and fourth-ranked defense, the ’00 Rams allowed 31 points in an opening-round playoff loss to the Saints. That offseason, the Rams shook up their coaching staff, hiring Lovie Smith to be their defensive coordinator. While their offense was still the league’s best in 2001, St. Louis’ defense went from 31st to seventh in points allowed. Despite their revamped defense helping them win 14 regular-season games, the Rams were still anchored by their offense, nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Turf.” The unit featured league MVP Kurt Warner (36 touchdown passes), running back Marshall Faulk (2,147 all-purpose yards, 21 touchdowns) and receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, who combined to catch 145 passes for 2,469 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

The Rams routed Brett Favre and the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs before edging out Donovan McNabb and a talented Philadelphia Eagles squad in the NFC title game. The Rams entered their Super Bowl XXXVI matchup against the Patriots as 14-point favorites after defeating New England in a tightly contested game back in Week 10. 

St. Louis was caught off guard by the Patriots, who employed a furious pass rush that consistently put pressure on the immobile Warner. The pressure applied on Warner led to the game’s first touchdown, a 47-yard interception return by Patriots cornerback Ty Law. New England’s lead swelled to 17-3 before a pair of touchdown passes by Warner tied the score with 1:30 left. 

With everyone expecting overtime, a second-year quarterback named Tom Brady instead played for the win, completing five passes for 53 yards on the game’s final drive setting to set up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal as time expired. While they eventually figured out how to beat Bill Belichick’s defense, it was too little too late for the Rams, who fell short in their quest to win a second Super Bowl in three years. 

5. 1997 Green Bay Packers 

The 1996 Packers are one of the most dominant teams in NFL history. That season, Green Bay led the NFL in both scoring offense (averaging 28.5 points) and scoring defense (giving up an average of 13.1 points) during the regular season. In the playoffs, they outscored the 49ers, Panthers and Patriots 105-49 en route to winning the franchise’s first championship in 29 years. 

A year later, the Packers were nearly as dominant. Led by league co-MVP Brett Favre (35 touchdowns), Hall of Fame pass rusher Reggie White (11 sacks), running back Dorsey Levens (1,805 total yards, 12 touchdowns) receivers Robert Brooks (1,010 yards, seven touchdowns) and Antonio Freeman (1,243 yards, 12 touchdowns), run stuffer Gilbert Brown and safeties LeRoy Butler and Eugene Robinson, the Packers again went 13-3 during the regular season while finishing second in points scored and fifth in points allowed. Green Bay breezed past the Buccaneers and 49ers in the NFC playoffs, winning both games by a combined score of 44-17. 

The Packers looked the part of an 11-point favorite at the start of Super Bowl XXXII against Denver, with Favre hitting Freeman for a touchdown on the game’s first drive. But the Broncos quickly responded, with Terrell Davis tying the score on Denver’s first offensive possession. Denver then began applying pressure on Favre, forcing him to commit two turnovers that led to 10 Broncos points. Trailing 17-7 late in the first half, Favre led the Packers on 98-yard scoring drive that cut Green Bay’s deficit to three points at intermission. 

While they tied the score on two occasions during the second half, the Packers never found an answer for Davis, who earned MVP honors after rushing for 157 yards and three touchdowns despite missing most of the second quarter with a migraine. The Packers’ bid for back-to-back titles ended when Favre’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 32 seconds left. While Favre and the Packers fell short, they lost to a deserving team (Denver would go on to win Super Bowl XXXIII in what would be John Elway’s final game) in what is regarded as one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played. 

4. 1978 Dallas Cowboys 

Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson had no reservations when he proclaimed the 1977-78 Cowboys as the best two teams in NFL history during a 2019 interview. Henderson, a strongside linebacker for the Cowboys, was a starter on a defense that allowed just 10 points during their dominant win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. A year later, Henderson was a Pro Bowler while helping the Cowboys finish third in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points a game. Dallas’ offense was just as dominant. Led by quarterback Roger Staubach, running back Tony Dorsett, tight end Billy Joe Dupree and receivers Drew Pearson and Tony Hill, the Cowboys’ offense led the league in scoring. In the playoffs, the Cowboys edged the Falcons before blowing out the Rams in the NFC title game. 

Specifically, Henderson feels that Dallas’ “Doomsday Defense” is what truly set his team apart. 

“When you look down that line of ‘Too Tall’ Jones, Randy White, Larry Cole and Harvey Martin and Bill Gregory, D.D. Lewis, Bob Bruenig, Thomas Henderson, Benny Barnes, Mel Renfro, Charlie Waters and Cliff Harris, we had an ensemble,” Henderson said. “To me, the ’77 Cowboys and the ’78 Cowboys, I will play with that defense rather than play with other defenses in the history of football. That ensemble, they were smart. They may not have been great athletes, they played their positions, they played their spots. You could count on them being where they were supposed to be.”

In Super Bowl XIII, Dallas faced an equally talented Pittsburgh team that had defeated the Cowboys three years earlier in Super Bowl X. Inspired by Henderson’s pregame trash talk, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw three touchdown passes while giving Pittsburgh a 21-14 halftime lead. While the Cowboys’ defense held the Steelers’ offense in check for most of the second half, a dropped touchdown pass by tight end Jackie Smith, a controversial pass interference call and a fumbled kickoff return by Randy White set up both of Pittsburgh’s second-half touchdowns. Trailing 35-17, Staubach and the Cowboys scored two late touchdowns before seeing their comeback bid extinguished when Rocky Bleier recovered Dallas’ onside kick with 22 seconds left. Despite their best efforts, the Cowboys fell short against the Steelers in a game that decided who would wear the crown as the Team of the Decade. 

“It was one of the great rivalries of the ’70s,” Henderson said of the Steelers-Cowboys matchup. “[I’m] still good friends with Joe Greene. Mel Blount is a buddy. And so, we don’t hate each other, we’re friends. … We have a brotherhood that will last forever. Us football players, none of us hate each other. We all know that we’re the gladiators of this century. It’s just a little glad to be remembered as one of the good ones, and to have been around some of the great ones.” 

3. 1968 Baltimore Colts 

How good were the ’68 Colts? Despite suffering an injury to Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas during the preseason, Don Shula’s team still managed to post a 13-1 record while supplanting the Packers as the NFL’s best team. Unitas’ replacement, 34-year-old Earl Morrall, won league MVP honors while leading an offense that finished second in the league in scoring during the regular season. Baltimore’s defense — led by defensive coordinator (and future Steelers head coach) Chuck Noll, Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Curtis, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fred Miller, and All-Pro cornerback Bobby Boyd (eight interceptions), fellow cornerback Lenny Lyles (five interceptions) and safety Rick Volk (six interceptions) — boasted the league’s top-ranked scoring defense during the regular season. 

In the playoffs, the Colts defeated a formidable Vikings squad before dismantling the Browns in Cleveland in the NFL Championship Game 34-0. While Morrall was mostly held in check, the Browns were no match for Baltimore’s punishing attack, as Tom Matte and Jerry Hill combined to rush for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. Conversely, the Browns managed to run for just 56 yards on 22 carries, as the Colts earned the right to represent the NFL in Super Bowl III. 

Baltimore’s regular-season and postseason dominance, along with the Packers’ convincing wins in Super Bowls I and II, contributed to the Colts being a whopping 18-point favorite heading into their matchup against Joe Namath and the AFL champion Jets in Super Bowl III. Namath’s pregame guarantee, however, would serve as a foreshadowing of what was to come when the two teams met in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 12, 1969. 

While the Colts were able to move the ball against the Jets’ defense, Baltimore was bedeviled by five turnovers and two missed field goals. Morrall’s first interception set up the game’s first score, a second-quarter touchdown by Jets running back Matt Snell. New York, who meticulously moved the ball against Baltimore’s aggressive defense, would add to their lead in the second half, as three field goals by Jim Turner gave New York a commanding 16-0 lead. 

While Unitas — who relieved an ineffective Morrall in the third quarter — led Baltimore to their only score, it was too little too late, as the Colts became the first NFL team to lose to an AFL squad. Namath, who didn’t attempt a pass in the fourth quarter, was named MVP after completing 17 of his 26 attempts with 206 yards and zero interceptions. Namath’s quick passing neutralized Baltimore’s ferocious pass rush, while Snell’s 121 yards on the ground helped the Jets control the ball for large stretches of the game. 

While the Colts would win the Super Bowl two years later, they remain haunted by their role in the greatest upset in Super Bowl history. 

“That loss is the grave baggage,” Curtis told NFL Films in a 2006 documentary on the ’70 Colts. “Doesn’t help that I won [Super Bowl V], a bunch of awards. Doesn’t mean flip to me. It’s losing that Jet game.” 

2. 1990 Buffalo Bills 

Buffalo’s first of four consecutive AFC championship teams, the 1990 Bills came the closest to securing victory in the Super Bowl, falling one point short in one of the greatest championship games ever played. 

On a team that included Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, a Hall of Fame backfield in quarterback Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, two Hall of Fame receivers in Andre Reed and James Lofton, a defense that included Hall of Fame pass rusher Bruce Smith, and a special teams unit that featured perennial Pro Bowler Steve Tasker, Buffalo went 13-3 during the regular season while boasting the league’s top-ranked scoring offense and sixth-ranked scoring defense. 

Kelly and Reed both earned Pro Bowl honors that season, while Thomas received All-Pro recognition after averaging 114.3 all-purpose yards. Tasker earned the first of six consecutive Pro Bowl selections, while Smith (19 sacks, four forced fumbles) earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Joining Smith in the Pro Bowl that season were linebackers Darryl Talley, Cornelius Bennett and Shane Conlan. 

In the divisional round, the Bills put up 44 points in a classic duel between Kelly and Dan Marino, who combined to throw for 662 yards and six touchdowns. While the Bills’ offense was even better the following week against the Raiders (scoring 51 points while tallying 502 total yards), Buffalo’s defense nearly pitched a shutout, holding Los Angeles to just three points while forcing seven turnovers. 

The Bills’ dominant playoff run, and the fact that they had defeated the Giants in the regular season, made them a seven-point favorite entering their matchup against New York in Super Bowl XXV. The fact that the Giants were playing with a backup quarterback (Jeff Hostetler) and a 34-year-old running back (Ottis Anderson) also helped make the Bills a decided favorite. 

Buffalo’s “K-Gun” offense, however, wasn’t prepared to face a Giants defense that was hellbent on not allowing Kelly to beat them. Bill Belichick, the Giants’ defense coordinator, only used three down linemen in Super Bowl XXV while instead deploying a multitude of defensive backs. And while Kelly still managed to complete 18 of his 30 attempts, he threw for just 212 yards after averaging 319.5 yards in Buffalo’s first two playoff games. Conversely, Belichick’s game plan enabled Thomas to have a field day against a defense that was geared to stop Kelly and the passing game. And while Thomas did have a big day (amassing 190 total yards that included 135 on the ground), the Bills didn’t exploit their advantage in the running game until it was too late. 

Despite their neutralized passing attack, and the fact that they had the ball for less than 20 minutes, the Bills trailed by just one point with 2:16 to play. After runs of 22 and 11 yards by Thomas helped put Buffalo in field goal range with eight seconds left, Scott Norwood barely missed his 47-yard attempt that would have given the Bills their first Super Bowl win. 

Super Bowl XXV would be the closest the Bills would come to winning the big one. That being said, Buffalo’s four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl has given them a permanent place in NFL lore.

 1. 2007 New England Patriots 

The 2007 Patriots came the closest to matching the 1972 Dolphins as the only teams in NFL history to complete a perfect season. The only team in NFL history to record a 16-0 regular season, New England featured the league’s top-ranked offense (that averaged 36.8 points) led by Tom Brady, who won his first MVP award after throwing a then-NFL record 50 touchdown passes. 

Nearly half of Brady’s touchdown passes that season went to Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss, whose 23 touchdown catches remain an NFL record. New England’s offense also featured receiver Wes Welker (who caught 112 passes and eight touchdowns) and three Pro Bowlers on the offensive line in left tackle Matt Light, left guard Logan Mankins and center Dan Koppen. 

The Patriots’ defense, a group that fielded three Pro Bowlers in nose tackle Vince Wilfork, linebacker Mike Vrabel (12.5 sacks) and cornerback Asante Samuel (six interceptions), finished fourth in the league in points allowed during the regular season. The unit was lights out most of the season, allowing fewer than 14 points on nine different occasions. 

Despite two underwhelming playoff wins and the fact that they had allowed 35 points to the Giants in Week 16, the Patriots were 12-point favorites heading into their rematch against New York, which went 10-6 during the regular season before upsetting the Buccaneers, Cowboys and Packers in the NFC playoffs. Tom Coughlin, who worked with Belichick on the Giants’ coaching staff during New York’s upset win over the Bills 17 years earlier, had gotten to the Super Bowl largely on the strength of his defensive line, led by Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. The Giants’ defensive line continued its run of success in Super Bowl XLII, sacking Brady five times and putting pressure on him throughout the game. The constant pressure applied to Brady resulted in a season-low 14 points. 

The Patriots’ defense, which had only allowed 10 points for the game’s first 57 minutes, was charged with protecting New England’s 14-10 lead when Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense took the field for their final drive of the game. After allowing Brandon Jacobs to gain the necessary yardage on fourth-and-1, New England gave up one of the most infamous completions in NFL history, as David Tyree managed to catch Manning’s pass off his helmet while keeping it away from Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. Four plays after Tyree’s improbable catch, Manning lofted the go-ahead touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 39 seconds left. 

New England’s dreams of a 19-0 season ended moments later, as Brady’s fourth-down heave to Moss fell harmlessly to the turf. While the Patriots won six Super Bowls during the Brady/Belichick era, the 17-14 loss in Super Bowl XLII prevented them from further adding to their sparkling legacy. 

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Premier League set to resume on June 17 | Football News




Premier League football is poised to return after a three-month shutdown, with top-flight games in England provisionally set to resume on Wednesday, June 17.

Sky Sports will show 64 live Premier League games, and make 25 available free-to-air when the season resumes.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal are scheduled to be the first two games when the Premier League resumes next month, with a full round of matches taking place for the first time since the restart on June 19-21.

  • Provisional restart date of June 17 agreed, subject to safety requirements
  • Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd, Man City vs Arsenal scheduled for June 17
  • Full match round to start June 19
  • All 92 games broadcast live in UK – 64 live on Sky Sports
  • All games behind closed doors
  • Venues still to be confirmed
  • New staggered KO times

The fixtures set to take place on June 17 were originally postponed due to the EFL Cup Final and the rearranged Manchester City vs Arsenal game was due to be broadcast live on Sky Sports before the pandemic struck. Every club will have played 29 Premier League games after those midweek matches.

This season’s remaining games are set to be played on any seven days in a week, with fans set to enjoy up to four live matches on Saturdays and Sundays.

A total of 64 live games will be on Sky Sports from the provisional restart date of June 17, with 25 of those games being made available free to air including the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool.

To celebrate the return of the Premier League, Sky Sports will also launch a host of innovative new features and updates to give fans an even more immersive experience and share the moments live with family and friends on virtual platforms.

When will the games be staged?

New staggered kick-off times will be used for the remaining 92 matches.

Games on a Friday will kick off at 8pm, while on Saturday the slots will be 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm. Sunday matches will kick off at either 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm, with Monday games starting at 8pm.

Midweek games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will kick off at either 6pm or 8pm.

The plan for football to resume behind closed doors awaits the green light from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and government.

Sky Sports News understands that stage three – the return to play aspect – of the DCMS’ guidance on the return of elite sport is still being finalised.

March 5 – Pre-match handshakes banned in the Premier League.
March 11 – Man City v Arsenal is first Premier League game suspended; Liverpool v Atletico Madrid the last top level game played in England.
March 12 – Man Utd, Wolves play away Europa League ties behind closed doors, Rangers host Bayer Leverkusen in front of fans.
March 13 – Football suspended following an emergency meeting between PL, FA, EFL and WSL
April 15 – SPFL clubs approve plan to end the Scottish Championship, League One and league Two seasons.
May 15 – League Two clubs vote to end the season with immediate effect.
May 17 – Premier League players and staff tested for COVID-19.
May 18 – Scottish Premiership curtailed, with points per game determining league positions and Celtic named champions.
May 19 – Premier League clubs return to socially distanced group training.
May 25 – Women’s Super League cancelled, with title and relegation to be determined.
May 27 – Premier League clubs vote to resume contact training.

Premier League action will return on June 17 with Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United, Bryan Swanson reports

Premier League action will return on June 17 with Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United, Bryan Swanson reports

Football in England has been suspended since March 13 following an emergency meeting between the Premier League, Football Association, the English Football League and the Women’s Super League. The last Premier League match before the shutdown was Leicester vs Aston Villa on March 9.

Thursday’s conference call was the second meeting of Premier League clubs in the last two days after they unanimously agreed to resume contact training.

There have been 12 positive results across the first three rounds of coronavirus testing at Premier League clubs. Four positive tests were announced on Wednesday evening.

Full Premier League statement

A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.

“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal – postponed due to the Carabao Cup Final – will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June. Due to COVID-19, games will take place behind closed doors.

“Premier League Shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the UK by the League’s existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.

“The planned kick-off times in the UK for live matches will also differ from the traditional times.”

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters added: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

”Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.

“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.

“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”

64 live PL games on Sky, 25 free-to-air

Sky Sports will show 64 live Premier League games and make 25 available free to air when the season resumes.

  • 64 live games on Sky Sports from provisional restart date of June 17
  • 25 games to be made freely available
  • New Sky Sports digital innovations also planned to enhance fan experience

Sky, the UK’s leading football broadcaster, will make 25 games available ‘free to air’ – including Everton vs Liverpool on the first full weekend back – for everyone in the UK to enjoy.

With 92 Premier League matches of the current season remaining, Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch 39 exclusive live games with a further 25 available more widely via Sky’s free-to-air ‘Pick’ Channel and simulcast on Sky Sports, allowing the whole nation to be part of the return of live sport.

Analysis: ‘Testing has provided a degree of confidence’

Sky Sports News Chief Reporter Bryan Swanson says the Premier League have been given ‘cautious optimism’ after four positive coronavirus tests were announced from the third round of testing

Sky Sports News Chief Reporter Bryan Swanson says the Premier League have been given ‘cautious optimism’ after four positive coronavirus tests were announced from the third round of testing

Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Bryan Swanson:

‘As soon as a return to contact training had been approved unanimously by clubs, the next step was for a resumption of matches.

‘There has been a shift in perception in the couple of weeks that has been helped by the testing. The Premier League clubs have taken part in three rounds of testing and there have been 12 positives cases, but 99.5 per cent of those testing have returned negative results.

‘Every positive result will have to have been taken seriously, but the relatively low figures will have given a degree of confidence for those players and managers that they are returning to as safe an environment as possible.

‘A lot can happen in the next three weeks but what clubs now have is that definitive line in the sand, they know what they are aiming for in terms of Project Restart. In the case of four of those clubs, they are playing on June 17, with the rest taking part over the weekend of June 19, 20 and 21.

‘The expectation from the Premier League is that the remaining 92 fixtures will be completed in a six-week timeframe. A lot of other items remain under discussion, notably where all the fixtures will be played.

‘The Premier League are also discussing a Plan B – what happens if there is a second peak of the virus and those fixtures cannot be fulfilled at some point throughout June and July? But clubs have that June 17 target to focus on and that is what they will chase.’

Analysis: Neutral venues still on the table?

Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Bryan Swanson:

‘We still await confirmation on stadia and venues. This goes back to the authorities and police to see whether the clubs will get their way to play matches at home.

‘There is perhaps a suspicion that some of the big remaining games, the more high-profile games, may be at neutral venues.

‘It has always been the Premier League’s intention to finish the remaining 92 games, and they have the broad agreement to do that, albeit in the restrictions of a behind-closed-doors environment.

‘Where the question goes now is the stadiums that can and can’t be used. Neutral venues were the key plan going forward, but clubs have been reassuring the authorities that fans will not be gathering outside their stadiums as had been feared.

‘What will happen to specific clubs is a question that still needs to be answered.’

Home advantage wiped out?

While venues are still to be confirmed, there appears to be a trend in the Bundesliga when it comes to ‘home games’. There have been only five home wins in 27 Bundesliga games played behind closed doors – suggesting home advantage is wiped out without fans.

That ratio represents a 25 per cent slump for success on home soil since the league restarted and underlines how fans in the stands are the key component to home advantage.

How will having no fans inside the stadium impact Premier League clubs? Read more here

The fixtures left to play

The full fixture schedule, including dates and kick-off times, is still to be confirmed but there are plenty of big derbies and crunch clashes at top and bottom still in store.

Liverpool, so close to the title, have Manchester City to play again, as well as Merseyside rivals Everton, while a north London showdown between Arsenal and Tottenham is on the agenda.

The race for European qualification is on, with Manchester United just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and Wolves and Sheffield United in the chasing pack.

And while Norwich are adrift at the bottom, only four points separate 15th-placed Brighton and 19th-placed Aston Villa.

It’s all to play for.

Where could Premier League teams finish?

How high or low could your club finish in the league this season? With 92 games left to play, we reveal the best and worst scenario for every club.

Data guru Ben Mayhew has simulated every possible result from the remaining 92 games and calculated each club’s range of possible final league positions – in addition to probabilities for each standing.

The results reveal it’s all to play for in the race for Champions League qualification and the battle for top-flight survival…

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How good or bad is your team’s run-in?

Even if the restart does wipe out home advantage, the form of the 20 teams across the season to date still stands – with some facing sides with a far higher, or lower, average position than others.

For teams such as Newcastle in 13th, they may be looking on eagerly with five of the bottom six left to play. Less so perhaps for Crystal Palace, in 11th, who have every top-six side left to face, except Manchester City.

The title may be all but decided – so we’ll leave that out of the equation – but the race for the Champions League still looks like it would have plenty of twists and turns. So what do the run-ins say about the chances of the runners and riders?

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Trevor Bauer calls out Scott Boras, tells agent to keep ‘personal agenda’ out of MLBPA, MLB negotiations




MLB and the Major League Players Association (MLBPA) are continuing to negotiate the structure of a possible 2020 season. The aim is to be able to begin the season in early July, assuming the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic allows that to happen. Right now, the matter of player compensation is the biggest sticking point, and negotiations may be taking a turn for the contentious. 

How contentious? It seems that two figures who should be on the same side are perhaps in conflict. Here’s what Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer on Tuesday tweeted about super-agent Scott Boras: 

Bauer tweets: 

“Hearing a LOT of rumors about a certain player agent meddling in MLBPA affairs. If true — and at this point, these are only rumors — I have one thing to say… Scott Boras, rep your clients however you want to, but keep your damn personal agenda out of union business.”

Bauer then went on to tag Boras’ Twitter account in order to call his attention to the remarks. 

Bauer’s comments are light on specifics and by his own admission are prompted by rumors, so we can only guess as to what’s agitated him. The owners’ most recent proposal, which called for higher-paid players to give up a higher percentage of their income in 2020, certainly has the potential to divide union membership, so perhaps that’s at work. As well, the MLBPA has long been willing to negotiate away the rights of non-members (i.e., draftees and international free agents) for the benefit of members. Perhaps that’s another source of tension when it comes to agents and established players like Bauer. This, of course, is all speculation.

Boras has been outspoken during these negotiations, and there’s no doubt that someone of his power and resources can influence the process if he chooses to do so. Again, Boras as an agent and Bauer as a player and union member should have aligned goals right now, but something about Boras’ rumored “personal agenda” has put them at cross purposes, at least for the moment. 

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Villa boss Smith’s father dies from coronavirus – club, Sports News




The father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has died after contracting the coronavirus, the English Premier League club announced late Wednesday.

Villa said 79-year-old Ron Smith, a lifelong fan of the Birmingham side, had been suffering from COVID-19 for four weeks.

“The Aston Villa family are saddened to announce that Ron Smith, the father of our current head coach Dean, has passed away at the age of 79,” said a club statement.

“Ron, who had recently been living in a care home after being diagnosed with dementia six years ago, contracted coronavirus four weeks ago and after a short spell in hospital passed away with his family at his side.

“A lifelong supporter, Ron was a steward at Villa Park for many years and passed on his love of the club down to his children.

“As well as being a regular at home games, Ron was also there to witness that greatest of days in May 1982 when Villa lifted the European Cup in Rotterdam.

“The thoughts of everyone at the football club are currently with Dean and his family at this most distressing of times and we would kindly ask for the family’s privacy to be respected.”

Smith is not the only Premier League boss to lose a close relative to the virus, with COVID-19 also claiming the life of the 82-year-old mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last month.

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