Super Bowl XLIX Recap: The Patriots Second TD Drive

Tom Brady secured the MVP trophy for Super Bowl XLIX with a masterful passing performance against the Seattle Seahawks, but he was one of many candidates. Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 109 yards and a score before Malcolm Butler turned in one of history’s greatest goal-line plays. And Shane Vereen’s overlooked 11-catch night was…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 2

In Part 1, Chuck Zodda broke down the first half of Super Bowl XLIX and the special teams battle pitting Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman. After being captivated by Katy Perry’s halftime extravaganza, Chuck went back to the film room to examine whether the Seattle Seahawks punt unit could once again stop Edelman and the…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 1

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots both feature talented special teams performers. In the wake of Super Bowl XLIX, Chuck Zodda revisits concepts from his special teams previews, and looks at the battle between punter and returner — Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman — that ensued in Arizona. You may now resume regular breathing.…

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.…

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…

2014 Top 5 Patriots Offensive Plays Of The Year

Spectacular plays come in two varieties: the stupendously athletic and the beautifully conceived. The 2014 New England Patriots posted many terrific plays ‒ the bomb to Brian Tyms in Buffalo, Shane Vereen’s layout against the Jets, Brandon LaFell’s sublime route running versus the Broncos ‒ but Inside The Pylon‘s Mark Schofield was tasked with only…

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…

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…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #5: Deep to Wright

Mark Schofield begins his countdown of the five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Tim Wright‘s catch against the Cincinnati Bengals. Click here for Play #1: The Pass, Play #2: Gronk’s Rumble, Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, and Play #4: Edelman’s Dash. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive Plays of 2014 – Play…

Yes, Pat McAfee Is Good – But Julian Edelman Can Beat Him

Chuck Zodda has an infatuation with special teams. He enjoys long punts through the air, well-lit wall returns, and quiet time spent alone with punt gunners. But he also has a side that loves confrontation – in this case, the epic battle about to be waged between the Indianapolis Colts‘ Pat McAfee and New England…

Reporting As Ineligible: An Appreciation

Cries of foul play follow the New England Patriots, and legendary coach Bill Belichick, as night follows day. The latest incident found Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh claiming the Patriots use of an unbalanced line and ineligible receivers was somehow “deceptive.” The NFL has deemed the plays “legal” and another media-driven controversy is underway. The…