Super Bowl XLIX Recap: The Dont’a Hightower Tackle

Malcolm Butler’s interception has been examined from every angle; as the play that sealed the victory in Super Bowl XLIX for the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks, it got the attention it deserved. However, Butler was in position to make that play because of an extraordinary effort by Dont’a Hightower on the penultimate…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Patriots Pass Defense, Before The Pick

The New England Patriots pass defense had an up-and-down game in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawks failed to complete a pass until late in the second quarter, but eventually proved efficient with their air attack, gaining more than 20 yards per completion before the Patriots stood firm to earn the victory ‒ including the…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Drive One ‒ Finding Tharold Simon

On the New England Patriots’ third drive of Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, the Patriots made finding Tharold Simon their priority. With Simon replacing the injured starter, Tom Brady and his receivers went right down the field for their first points of the game by picking on the backup. The Patriots open the drive on…

Do. Your. Job. — The Ninkovich Sack No One Will Remember

The New England Patriots captured their fourth championship title in franchise history after a thrilling 28-24 comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Long before “the Butler did it” with a game-sealing interception on the one-foot line, the Patriots defense held the Seahawks to a critical three-and-out, capped by the Ninkovich sack…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Diagnosing Steven Hauschka

It’s Super Bowl week, and all the focus is on the big game. Whether offense, defense, or special teams, Inside The Pylon has you covered. Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka has emerged as a question mark heading into the postseason after outstanding seasons in 2012 and 2013. Special teams expert Chuck Zodda breaks down the reasons…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Passing Game Isn’t Great

Much attention has been given to the marquee matchups of Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The versatile and innovative Patriots offense against the strength and smarts of the Seahawks secondary gets the most attention, followed by the Seattle running game against the New England defense. Dave Archibald has studied the pass defense of the…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Run Defense Is Fast & Furious

The Seattle Seahawks enter their Super Bowl XLIX matchup with the New England Patriots with the best statistical defense in the NFL. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the fewest points and total yards allowed for the second consecutive season. After reviewing the tape, the stats don’t lie —— the reigning champs may be…

The Jon Ryan Punting Experience – Return Creativity (Part 2)

The New England Patriots have shredded two of the best punt coverage units in the NFL in back-to-back weeks, making the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts look pedestrian. Now, as they take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, an array of dazzling returns and special teams superstars could be poised to make a difference.…

The Jon Ryan Punting Experience – Consistency (Part 1)

Jon Ryan made a name for himself during the NFC Championship Game, proving that punters can be quarterbacks when called upon. Now, he faces a skilled New England Patriots squad that features a dynamic returner, exceptional blockers, and a varied scheme that has baffled two of the league’s best punters in New England’s most recent…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #1: The Pass

Mark Schofield finishes his countdown of the five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Julian Edelman‘s touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round. Click here for Play #2: Gronk’s Rumble, Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, Play #4: Edelman’s Dash and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #2: Gronk’s Rumble

Mark Schofield counts down his five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Rob Gronkowski‘s unstoppable tour of the Indianapolis Colts secondary. Click here for Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, Play #4: Edelman’s Dash and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive Plays of 2014 – Play #2 – Rob Gronkowski…

The Morgan Burnett Electric Slide: Why You’ve Got to Move

The Green Bay Packers fell to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime, 28-22, in the NFC Championship Game. While this matchup offered many compelling story lines ‒ Russell Wilson’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, the Packers’ conservative play-calling, a fake punt, and an onside kick recovery ‒ one of the decisive moments remains one of…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #4: Edelman’s West Coast Romp

Mark Schofield continues his countdown of the five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Julian Edelman‘s catch and run against the San Diego Chargers. Click here for Play #1: The Pass, Play #2: Gronk’s Rumble, Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive Plays of…