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The Greek God of Wrestling previews WWE’s TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) event. Achilles Heel also provides a list of the numerous championships that changed hands during the past week, tells you what to expect during Ring of Honor’s television tapings at 2300 Arena, and provides bad news about Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.

The Greek God of Wrestling struggles to describe the incredible career of the awesome and unique Undertaker into words. Achilles Heel also describes the best moments from WrestleMania 33, tells you which wrestlers are returning and which ones are moving within WWE, and bids farewell to “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe.

The Greek God of Wrestling says the most intriguing element of Impact Wrestling’s Bound for Glory might be the appearance of Alberto El Patron, who isn’t scheduled to wrestle. Achilles Heel also praises WWE’s plans for the 25th anniversary of Raw, updates the Survivor Series teams and tells you where Jimmy Jacobs will make his in-ring return.

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Top 10 Super Bowls

Posted by Eric Fisher On January - 31 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Eagles’ triumph over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII is an easy choice as our new No. 1 on the PhillyPhanatics.com list of the best Super Bowls in history. Not only did the Eagles win a Super Bowl for the first time, but the game was a thriller that came down to the final play. But that wasn’t the only recent game that found a place on the list. We’ve had a recent stretch of exciting Super Bowls.

Here is our list of top 10 Super Bowls. Let us know what you think.

10. Super Bowl V: Colts 16, Cowboys 13 Rookie kicker Jim O’Brien boots game-winning 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to boost Colts to victory. Cowboys led at halftime, 13-6, but interceptions by Rick Volk and Mike Curtis set up Baltimore’s second-half scores.


9. Super Bowl XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19 The Giants control the ball for 40 minutes, 33 seconds – a Super Bowl record – but still have to hold their breath as Bills kicker Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal attempt sails wide right during the game’s final seconds. Matt Bahr’s 21-yard field with 7:40 remaining gives the Giants a 20-19 lead. Jeff Hostetler completes 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards, but running back Ottis Anderson, who rushes 21 times for 102 yards and a TD in Giants’ ball-control offense, was named Super Bowl MVP.

8. Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 Ben Roethlisberger connects on 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds remaining to lift Steelers to their sixth Super Bowl title, more than any other franchise. The Cardinals had rallied to take a 23-20 lead with 16 straight points in the fourth quarter. A key play was Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. Cardinals QB Kurt Warner finishes 31 of 43 for 377 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT.

7. Super Bowl LI: Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT) The Patriots rally from a 25-point, third-quarter deficit to force overtime. This is the only overtime game in Super Bowl history. Patriots score 19 points in 4th quarter. James White scores on 1-yard run with 57 seconds remaining, then Tom Brady connects with Danny Amendola on 2-point conversion to tie score and force overtime. White scores on 2-yard run in overtime. Patriots’ only points during first half come on field goal with 2 seconds remaining.

6. Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29 The Panthers and Patriots combine for 37 points during the fourth quarter, with the Patriots finally winning on Adam Vinatieri’s 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining. The Panthers take their first lead, 22-21, with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. But the Patriots regain the lead, 29-22, on a 1-yard pass from Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady (32 of 48, 354 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) to Mike Vrabel and a two-point conversion run by Kevin Faulk. The Panthers tie the game, 29-29, on a 12-yard pass from Jake Delhomme to Ricky Proehl, with 1:08 remaining, setting up Vinatieri’s heroics.

5. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24 The Seahawks had the ball on the 1-yard line, but, instead of running the ball with Marshawn Lynch, head coach Pete Carroll calls for a pass, which is picked off by Malcolm Butler with 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Patriots rally from 24-14 deficit with fourth-quarter TD passes from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, with the go-ahead TD to Edelman coming with 2:02 remaining in regulation. Patriots win their first Super Bowl in 10 years.

4. Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14 Eli Manning leads the Giants on a 12-play, 83-yard drive, culminating in a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining, as the Giants spoil the Patriots’ undefeated season. The Giants convert three third-down plays on the game-winning drive, including a play during which Manning (19 for 34, 255 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) escapes heavy pressure and connects with receiver David Tyree, who trapped the football against his helmet. Tyree’s catch came just four plays before the winning touchdown.

3. Super Bowl XXXIV: Rams 23, Titans 16 Tennessee rumbles back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to tie the game, 16-16, on Al Del Greco’s 43-yard field goal with 2:12 remaining. After the ensuing kickoff, however, Kurt Warner (24 of 45, 414 yards, 2 TDs) connects with Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass with 1:54 left in game. But the game still isn’t over. The Titans move downfield again, reaching the 10-yard line with six seconds remaining. Quarterback Steve McNair hits Kevin Dyson on a slant, but Rams linebacker Mike Jones tackles Dyson at the 1-yard line as time expires, preventing the first Super Bowl overtime. After a record 19 years between appearances, Dick Vermeil finally wins a Super Bowl.

2. Super Bowl XXIII: 49ers 20, Bengals 16 Cincinnati takes a 16-13 lead on Jim Breech’s 40-yard field goal, his third field goal of the day, with 3:20 remaining. But Joe Montana leads the 49ers on an 11-play, 92-yard drive, culminating in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Montana to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining in regulation. Montana completes 23 of 36 passes for a super Bowl-record (at the time) 357 yards and two TDs. Super Bowl MVP Jerry Rice catches 11 passes for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards and 1 TD. a game-tying 14-yard reception 57 seconds into the fourth quarter.

1. Super Bowl LII: Eagles 41, Patriots 33 Did you expect anything else to be No. 1? The Eagles win a Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Nick Foles completes a remarkable postseason run by completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and 3 TDs, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:20 remaining after the Patriots had taken a 33-32 lead. But the most memorable play of the game was Foles catching a TD pass from tight end Trey Burton — the famous Philly Special — 34 seconds before halftime. The game comes down to the final play, with Tom Brady’s desperation heave falling incomplete amid a crowd of players in the end zone.


Super Bowl XIII: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31 Terry Bradshaw completes 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, two to John Stallworth, as the Steelers win their third Super Bowl. The Steelers take the lead on a touchdown pass to fullback Rocky Bleier 26 seconds before halftime, then, after Jackie Smith’s infamous drop in the end zone during the third quarter forces Dallas to settle for a field goal, break the game open with two touchdowns 19 seconds apart midway through the fourth quarter. The Cowboys, trailing 35-17 with 6:51 remaining, score two TDs to pull within four points, but Bleier recovers an onside kick with 17 seconds remaining to secure the Steelers’ victory.

Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17 St. Louis storms back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 17-17, with 1:30 remaining in regulation. But Tom Brady, working without any timeouts, leads the Patriots downfield to set up Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard game-winning field goal as time expires to secure the Patriots’ first Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24 Terrell Davis rushes for 157 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 1:47 remaining, as Denver wins its first Super Bowl, while denying Green Bay’s bid for a second straight Super Bowl title. Brett Favre leads the Packers on one final drive, but the Broncos defense holds at its own 31-yard line to preserve the victory. Just when it appeared that John Elway would never win a Super Bowl, he led the underdog Broncos to the first of back-to-back titles.

Super Bowl X: Steelers 21, Cowboys 17 The Steelers score 14 fourth-quarter points –  on a safety, two field goals and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to Super Bowl MVP Lynn Swann. But the Cowboys rally behind quarterback Roger Staubach who cuts the deficit to four points with a 34-yard TD pass to Percy Howard. Staubach maneuvers the Cowboys into position to steal the game, but Glen Edwards intercepts Staubach’s desperation pass in the end zone as time expires.

Super Bowl XLVI: Giants 21, Patriots 17 Giants again upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl four years after they ruin Patriots’ undefeated season. Bill Belichick provides a Super Bowl first – letting your opponent score a touchdown on purpose while you hold a (2 point) lead, conceding that the Giants could have run out the clock and won the game on a chip shot field goal. New England’s last-ditch drive, which began with 57 seconds left, ended on a Hail Mary attempt which fell about a yard away from Rob Gronkowski’s desperate try for a diving catch.

Super Bowl XLIV: Saints 31, Colts 17 Saints rally from 10-0 deficit to capture first Super Bowl championship. Saints trail entering fourth quarter, 17-16, but take the lead on 2-yard pass from quarterback Drew Brees to tight end Jeremy Shockey. Colts drive downfield, but Tracy Porter intercepts Peyton Manning and returns ball 74 yards for touchdown with 3:24 remamining to put the game away. Brees (32 of 39, 288 yards, 2 TDs) earns MVP honors.

Super Bowl VII: Dolphins 14, Redskins 7 Miami completes its perfect season with 14-7 triumph. Safety Jake Scott had two interceptions and was voted MVP. Linebacker Nick Buoniconti’s interception late in the first half ends Redskins’ drive and leads to Dolphins TD 18 seconds before halftime.

Super Bowl III: Jets 16, Colts 7 Joe Namath guarantees victory on Thursday, then leads the Jets past Baltimore, which had only lost once all season. Namath completes 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards. The Jets’ Matt Snell rushes for 121 yards. Johnny Unitas, who had missed most of the season with an elbow injury, comes off the bench and leads the Colts to a TD late in the fourth quarter. Starter Earl Morrall was intercepted three times during the first half.

Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens 34, 49ers 31 The Ravens looked like the only team on the field in the first half, racing out to a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter. But someone turned the lights out on the first post-Katrina Superdome Super Bowl, and the 22-minute delay seemed to allow San Francisco a change to regroup. The Niners’ furious rally behind QB Colin Kaepernick fell short, when a 2-point conversion that would have tied the game at 31-31 with 9:57 left failed. Ironically, Baltimore was all to happy to give San Francisco the 2 points later, on a 4th down safety in the gamne’s waning moments – marking the second consecutive Super Bowl where a team elected to give the other team points late in the game. This Super Bowl was also memorable as the first time brothers (Ravens’ John Harbaugh and 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh) squared off as opposing head coaches, and Jim’s snub of John after the game also made some waves.

Super Bowl XXX: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17 Larry Brown’s two second-half interceptions, including one as the Steelers started a potential game-winning drive, lead to 14 points and help the Cowboys hold off the Steelers. Brown returns Neil O’Donnell’s pass 33 yards to the 6-yard line, setting up Emmitt Smith’s touchdown run with 3:43 remaining.

Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Eagles rally to cut deficit to 24-21 with 30-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Greg Lewis with 1:48 remaining. Patriots recover onside kick, but defense forces three-and-out, giving Eagles the ball at their own 4-yard line. But Rodney Harrison intercepts McNabb – McNabb’s third INT of the game – three plays later to secure the victory. You didn’t really think we’d put this in our top 10, did you?

Super Bowl XVI: 49ers 26, Bengals 21 San Francisco jumps out to 20-0 halftime lead, but Bengals rally in second half behind quarterback Ken Anderson (25 of 34). The Bengals cut their deficit to 20-14, but Ray Wersching kicks his third and fourth field goals of the game to increase 49ers’ lead to 26-14. Joe Montana (14 of 22, 157 yards) was named Super Bowl MVP as 49ers win their first Super Bowl. 

Patriots won’t go away

Posted by Eric Fisher On January - 31 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Eagles’ first Super Bowl victory one year ago would have generated pride and joy regardless of the opponent. The fact that the win came against the Patriots made it that much sweeter.

The Patriots. The cheaters. The evil empire. The same Patriots that beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. Not only was it the same franchise, but the quarterback and the sourpuss coach were still the same. Revenge was indeed sweet.

The Eagles could have beaten Little Flower High School, an all-girls Catholic School in Philadelphia (for those who don’t know), in the Super Bowl, and Eagles fans would have partied in the streets. Beating the Patriots was the cherry on top of the sundae.

An added bonus was the feeling that the Eagles were driving the final nails into the coffin of the Patriots’ dynasty. The Patriots had escaped the previous year, improbably rallying from a 25-point third-quarter deficit in Super Bowl LI to beat the Falcons in overtime. When Tom Brady’s Hail Mary pass fell harmlessly to the ground in the end zone on the final play of Super Bowl LII, it felt as if Nick Foles and the Eagles, with the magic of the Philly Special, had squeezed the last breath out of the New England beast.

But the Patriots are back. (And the Eagles are not.)

At a sendoff rally for the Super Bowl, Tom Brady led the crowd in a “We’re still here!” chant. The chant was lame. But it was accurate.

The Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the ninth time in the last 18 seasons. They are back in the Super Bowl for the third straight season, something they hadn’t accomplished before during their remarkable run. This is their fourth Super Bowl in the last five seasons.

Maybe everyone should have known better. As long as Brady lines up at quarterback and Bill Belichick paces the sidelines, the Patriots will be a threat to win the Super Bowl.

Brady is 41 years old. Belichick is 66 years old, twice as old as Rams head coach Sean McVay. If the Patriots win on Sunday, Belichick would become the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl. More importantly, he would tie George Halas and Curly Lambeau for the most NFL championships in history, and they weren’t competing against 31 other teams.

We can hate on Brady and Bill Belichick, but we also can’t deny there isn’t a touch of envy mixed in with the hatred. Cheating can’t account for all five of their Super Bowl titles.

Sometimes you just have to give the devil his due. (Some would say literally, in this case.)

The Patriots seem to find a way to win when they need it the most. They proved that in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons. They proved it again this season with two victories over the Chiefs. They posted a 43-40 victory over the Chiefs in October on Monday Night Football, but that paled in importance to their 37-31 overtime triumph in the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City.

What’s so frustrating is that the Eagles seemed to have slain that beast in Super Bowl LII. For once, the Patriots couldn’t get the job done. It was the Eagles who prevailed in the big moments.

Like the monsters in horror movies, however, the Patriots rose from the seemingly dead. This is Super Bowl IX for the Belichick-Brady Patriots. And who would bet against them return for a 10th Super Bowl next season?

Even if the Rams win on Sunday, there shouldn’t be any dancing on the Patriots’ graves.

We should know better by now.

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