After dramatic overtime wins, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are headed to their ninth (!) Super Bowl together, to face off against young Jared Goff and Sean McVay. But the talk today is all about an obvious, game-deciding blown call, and what the NFL must do to address an officiating crisis.
In November, Payton detailed how he watches Rams tape closely and takes some of their concepts. McVay admits to doing the same thing with Payton's offense, and even stole a play that burned the Rams defense to use one week later. Plus, news and notes for the conference title games.
Also, Sheldon Rankins’s injury is a huge blow for the Patriots, Sean McVay’s impressive playcalling against the Cowboys on Saturday, problems the Chiefs could present to the Patriots and more NFL news.
In a year of offensive fireworks, the Saints and Chiefs did it with D, the Rams pounded their way past Dallas and—oh yeah—the creaky old Patriots are headed to the conference title game for the eighth straight year. Plus, the latest draft and coaching news and more as we head into the NFL final four.
Also, why Doug Pederson decided to run a play on fourth down against the Bears that the team had only practiced a handful of times before, Colts’ early impressions of the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes, the latest on the NFL coaching carousel and more.