FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Running back Sony Michel had a breakthrough rookie season for the New England Patriots, perhaps their best offensive player in the 2018 playoffs, too.
Swift eager to show he can be Georgia’s No. 1 tailback
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — D'Andre Swift's long wait has ended.
Finally, the junior stands alone atop Georgia's depth chart at tailback. Swift has seized the opportunity this spring.
Column: No love for the defense in Super Bowl 53
In a Super Bowl snoozer featuring a single touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, newfangled, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went to Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.
Column: A Super stinker, Patriots prevail but ugliness wins
ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL should've ended the season two weeks ago.
This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly way they won it against the stunningly inept Los Angeles Rams.
Gurley says he taught Michel to ‘run and catch’ at Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — Todd Gurley says he often communicated with two other former Georgia running backs, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, during the 2018 season.
Now that Gurley and Michel are having a Super Bowl reunion as the leading rushers for the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, respectively, that conversation is on hold. Gurley says he's trying to avoid talking with Michel, his 2014 Georgia teammate, this week.
The Latest: Pats beat KC in OT, headed back to Super Bowl
The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST):
The Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season.
They needed overtime in Kansas City to do it.
After winning the coin toss in overtime, the Patriots never gave Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense a chance. Rex Burkhead capped a drive that featured three third-and-10 conversions with a 2-yard touchdown run to give them a 37-31 victory over the Chiefs.
It will be dark and cold, perhaps absurdly cold, Sunday night in Kansas City. Arrowhead Stadium will be lit up, though, and the winner of the Patriots-Chiefs game will head to Atlanta for the Super Bowl.
Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who believe the Patriots are nearing the end of their run of unprecedented playoff success.
New England took its first step toward possibly silencing those voices for a little longer.
Gronk, Michel returning to form at right time for Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Entering their bye last week, the repeated refrain coming out of the Patriots' locker room was a need for more balance and consistency on offense.
New England struggled with both over a four-game stretch in late October and early November as tight end Rob Gronkowski and rookie running back Sony Michel each missed time because of injuries. Gronkowski sat out three of the four games nursing a sore back and ankle. Michel missed back-to-back games with a knee injury.
Column: Patriots not quite at Super Bowl level
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That's scary for the rest of the NFL.
Or maybe not.
Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, given their track record? — a third straight trip to the Super Bowl will be problematic.
No. 5 Georgia carries on its tradition as Running Back U
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When Elijah Holyfield was pondering where he wanted to go to college, he certainly took an interest in history.
Specifically, Georgia's long lineage of great running backs.
"It was a very big deal to me. I've watched Georgia football for a long time and I've really loved all the Georgia backs," said Holyfield, son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield . "It had a lot to do with my decision."
Patriots’ Patterson has become revelation out of backfield
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — To be a productive member of the New England Patriots, it's usually best to approach the game plan each week with adaptive eyes.
No one has learned that lesson more this season than receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
When he was traded by Oakland to the Patriots in March, Patterson arrived in New England hoping to land a place on Tom Brady's receiving corps following an offseason shake-up that saw the departures of both Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola.
Column: Brady already was the GOAT before beating Rodgers
Tom Brady didn't have to beat Aaron Rodgers in only their second head-to-head matchup to prove he's the best quarterback of all time.
The GOAT did it, anyway.
Brady threw for 294 yards and one touchdown to lead the New England Patriots to a 31-17 victory over Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
Gronkowski, Michel inactive for Pats’ matchup with Packers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will both be without key players in the Sunday night matchup between the Patriots and Packers.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Sony Michel are both inactive for New England. Gronkowski is sitting for the second time in three games, this time with an ankle and back issue. Michel is missing his second straight game with a knee injury.
Receiver Geronimo Allison is inactive for the Packers.
Another dominant RB duo has Georgia back in SEC title chase
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — No. 5 Georgia is heading back to the Southeastern Conference championship game behind a new running back tandem that has capably stepped in for the dynamic duo that led the Bulldogs to the national championship game last year
Patriots have short turnaround with Rodgers, Packers next
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are accustomed to making adjustments.
That was certainly their philosophy during their matchup with the Bills on Monday night.
Down to just two healthy running backs on the roster with leading rusher and rookie Sony Michel inactive with a knee injury, New England started receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield in a move done more out of necessity than by design.
Patriots’ Gronkowski returns, while Michel out against Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Patriots will get tight end Rob Gronkowski back in their lineup, though rookie running back Sony Michel is listed as inactive for New England's game at the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.
Gronkowski, who grew up in suburban Buffalo, returns after missing one game with ankle and back injuries.
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Pats’ run game back in spotlight entering Buffalo matchup
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Running the football has been an adventure for the New England Patriots this season.
Injuries and inconsistency were issues early on as the Patriots struggled in short yardage and failed to produce a touchdown in the first three games.
Jeremy Hill was lost for the year after he suffered a knee injury in the New England's season opener. Two games later, starter Rex Burkhead hurt his neck in the Patriots' loss to Detroit and was also placed on injured reserve.
FANTASY PLAYS: Players to start and sit for Week 7
Fantasy football in 2018 has been defined by a revival at quarterback. Entering Week 7, the position is 12 to 15 players deep with quality starters along with a handful of others who can deliver above-average numbers, depending on the matchup.
There are also those who came into the season expecting to put up monster numbers but haven't.
Offseason of work pays dividends for driven Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No. 3 Georgia is confident its dominant win over South Carolina won't be the only major statement it makes this season.
No. 3 Georgia opens with hopes for another championship run
Austin Peay (8-4 last season) at No. 3 Georgia (13-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Patriots Preview Capsule
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)
New faces: WR Cordarelle Patterson, RB Jeremy Hill, RB Sony Michel, QB Danny Etling, DE Adrian Clayborn, OT Trent Brown, CB Jason McCourty, DT Danny Shelton.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandin Cooks, CB Malcolm Butler, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Dion Lewis, OT Nate Solder, OT Cam Fleming.
Massive line is key for No. 3 Georgia’s rebuild on offense
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A massive front five should help Georgia adjust to some dramatic changes on offense.
The projected starters on No. 3 Georgia's offensive line in Saturday's opener against Austin Peay have an average weight of more than 320 pounds. Four of the five are 6-foot-5 or taller.
Elijah Holyfield, one of the tailbacks looking to replace 2017 seniors Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, says the line forms a beautiful mountain of red jerseys.
Swift looks to fulfill hype as Georgia reloads at tailback
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Zamir White's knee injury takes some of the mystery out of Georgia's attempt to reload at tailback after losing Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to the NFL.
D'Andre Swift, already the favorite to take the first snap in No. 3 Georgia's opener against Austin Peay on Sept. 1, now is even more important to the Bulldogs.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed the second of their first-round draft picks, Georgia running back Sony Michel.
New England selected Michel 31st overall, eight spots after taking one of his college blocker, Isaiah Wynn.
Michel is expected to be a major contributor in the backfield after the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis in free agency.
Patriots sign 1st-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed first-round draft pick OL Isaiah Wynn, an offensive lineman from Georgia.
Wynn, 22, was selected 23rd overall. At 6-foot-2, 302-pounds, he played both guard and tackle during his college career.
New England lost starting left tackle Nate Solder to the Giants as a free agent, though it's uncertain where Wynn will play on the line.
Patriots select Georgia OL Wynn, RB Michel in 1st round
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Just call the New England Patriots the University of Georgia north.
The Patriots used their two first-round picks in the NFL draft to plug a hole on their offensive line and to bolster their depth at running back.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Day 2 of the NFL draft is expected to be all about the defensive side of the ball for the New England Patriots.
New England has multiple holes that still need to be addressed after it used its two first-round picks on offense. The Patriots got a possible replacement for left tackle Nick Solder by selecting offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn at No. 23. They then added some depth at running back by picking up another Bulldogs product in Sony Michel.
Former Georgia players show off for NFL coaches, scouts at 2018 Pro Day
While the NFL Scouting Combine brought college football’s top athletes to Indianapolis, the 2018 Georgia Pro Day brought the NFL’s top coaches and scouts to Athens Wednesday. Several outgoing Georgia players worked out in a variety of drills at Georgia’s indoor practice facility in an attempt to impress NFL teams ahead of the draft.
Here are 10 players that should be of special interest to Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions at the NFL Combine this week.
Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara did not help Royce Freeman.
When the two third-round picks in last year’s NFL draft made the Pro Bowl as rookies, it reinforced the recent trend of teams waiting until later in the draft to select running backs.
“Running backs historically drop in the draft,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said in a teleconference last week. “They just don’t go as high as you think they will.”
Bulldogs upbeat about the future despite disappointment of national title game loss
ATLANTA — Being as tantalizingly close to a championship as Georgia was in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game against Alabama, only to come up short, is supposed to hurt.
And make no mistake, there was plenty of pain in the Bulldogs’ lockerroom following their 26-23 overtime loss before 77,430 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Yet, the tone of coach Kirby Smart’s postgame news conference was surprisingly upbeat — and at times, even defiant.
STAFF PICKS: The Red & Black football writers predict who will win the national championship
On Monday evening, Georgia and Alabama will battle for the top spot in college football in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Our football writers chime in on who will win and what will make the difference in the game.
The Georgia Bulldogs have had an incredible season thus far, full of major successes and true sportsmanship. The Dawgs’ victory in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl further increased the momentum and UGA fans’ excitement towards the upcoming National Championship in Atlanta. If you happen to be one of those ecstatic fans, here are 15 songs to increase the hype.
A championship game filled with big moments
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama's walk-off touchdown for its latest championship win will certainly dominate much of college football's offseason. It took several dramatic, potentially defining moments to set up what became the Crimson Tide's 26-23 overtime victory against Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.
Running game will be difference for Georgia win over Tide
ATLANTA (AP) — To win national championships the old-school, SEC way, you must have a smothering defense packed with big plays and a strong kicking game.
Most importantly, you must run the ball.
Then run it some more.
Georgia's running game is deeper and better than Alabama's, by only a slight margin. That'll be the difference in Monday night's national championship game.
Legendary professional wrestler Ric Flair has revealed that he is rooting for the University of Georgia in the College Football Championship Game.
In a YouTube video, the iconic "Nature Boy" informed his followers that he expects the Georgia Bulldogs to "whoop" the Alabama Crimson Tide when the two SEC teams meet on the gridiron in Atlanta on Monday.
Flair, who is buddies with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, said granted a pass to root for UGA for the college football final.
No mystery: Georgia, Alabama like running, stuffing the run
ATLANTA (AP) — There's no mystery in what the Georgia and Alabama offenses do best: Run the ball.
Stopping them is harder to manage, though both defenses do that quite well, too.
Sony Michel, Georgia can finally ‘play for something big’
ATLANTA (AP) — Sony Michel wouldn't give up after a devastating lost fumble, and his resolve helped lift Georgia to within one win of its first national championship in almost four decades.
Michel's teammates also wouldn't give up in Monday's double-overtime 54-48 Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma. The win sends the Bulldogs to the national championship game against Alabama.
Alabama has grabbed a berth in the College Football Playoff championship game by whipping top-ranked Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl. Defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne's interception set up his one-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, one play before Mack Wilson picked off a pass and raced 18 yards for a TD that put the Crimson Tide ahead 24-6. Jalen Hurts threw for two touchdowns to help Alabama turn next Monday's title game into an All-SEC matchup against Georgia.
Rose Bowl game pulse: Georgia’s Sony Michel is the player of the game
Second quarter, :13
CeeDee Lamb threw a pass to Baker Mayfield for a trick-play touchdown, and OU went ahead 31-14 as a trip to the national title game felt imminent.
Fourth quarter, 13:57
Javon Wims caught a 4-yard touchdwown from Jake Fromm to give Georgia a 38-31 lead. The Bulldogs had scored 24 unanswered points and seemed on the brink of pulling away for good before the Sooners rallied to force overtime.
Pasadena, Calif. — Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game.
Michel, who had a fumble in the fourth quarter returned for a go-ahead Oklahoma touchdown, ran for 181 yards and three scores for the Bulldogs (13-1), but none bigger than the last one in the second overtime.
’Dawgs run wild: Georgia beats Oklahoma 54-48 in Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After ending the first overtime Rose Bowl, one of the greatest Granddaddies of Them All, Sony Michel was swarmed by Georgia teammates as he broke down in tears.
The senior tailback had gone from possible goat to all-time hero for Georgia, sending the Bulldogs to the national championship game with one last burst in a game full of them.
PASADENA, Calif. - Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give third-ranked Georgia a 54-48 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma on Monday night, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game.
Michel, who had a fumble in the fourth quarter returned for a go-ahead Sooners touchdown, ran for 181 yards and three scores for the Bulldogs, but none was bigger than the last one in the second overtime.
Mayfield can’t propel Oklahoma to win in wild Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Although Baker Mayfield had the ball in his hands a few times with chances to win the Rose Bowl for Oklahoma, the Heisman Trophy winner couldn't convert those opportunities.
Plenty of Sooners fans wished Mayfield had been given a whole lot more chances to conjure his usual magic during Georgia's epic 54-48, double-overtime win Monday night.
Guerin Emig: Kenneth Murray must withstand Georgia run game for OU to win Rose Bowl
LOS ANGELES – With so much focus on how Roquan Smith does against Baker Mayfield, we’re forgetting another matchup critical to Monday’s Rose Bowl – how Kenneth Murray does against Nick Chubb.
How Murray, Oklahoma’s freshman middle linebacker, does against Georgia’ vaunted running game.
“I can guarantee you this,” OU linebackers coach Tim Kish said. “For a month we’ve been talking about how there’s no mystery to what’s going to happen Monday.”