Coach says he thought deflategate would be over by now but that’s not the case as Pro Football Hall of Famer and former 49er and Raider Jerry Rice has come out and called it “cheating.” He said that the Patriots season should have an asterisk next to it if they win the Super Bowl. Madden disagrees saying the Patriots could have played with a balloon and still beaten the Colts.
The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
No matter who has the edge Sunday, it seems the nation is rooting for Manning, because it’s been harder for him to win, because he’s not so pretty, because he’s considered one of us, because you get the sense that his aw-shucks, southern refrain is real.
In anticipation of the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend, we’ve pulled together America’s leading sportscasters to make their predictions and picks for Patriots-Broncos and 49ers-Seahawks.
The good news: either Manning or Brady will get to go to another Super Bowl. The bad news: one of them will not, and be denied adding more to his legacy yet again.
Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years.
New England defeated Baltimore 23-20 in the AFC Championship game.
Demand for tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship showdown at Candlestick Park is significantly higher than that of the AFC title game.
John Madden likes the 49ers over the New York Giants in Sunday’s NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park, but only because they’re the local team.
John Madden discusses his notes on the Packers and Steelers and why the odds makers may have picked the Packers as the favorite.