They traded blows in a duel that shattered records Sunday and will spur retrospective later, the five-time champion and the serendipitous starter trading touchdown drives like Tiger Woods and Bob May swapping birdies at Valhalla.
That Tom Brady did not win his sixth Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium ultimately will not do much to tarnish his legacy. Not after a game in which the 40-year-old threw for 505 yards, setting a Super Bowl record for passing yards in four quarters a year after he needed five to do it. Read More
It’s hard to say how many people on Nicollet Mall for Saturday’s well-stacked Super Bowl Live lineup were locals or out-of-towners, but it’s fair to say an overwhelming majority of them were fans of Minnesota’s celebrated rock scene of the ’80s and ’90s.
The impressive quadrupling of Bob Mould, the Suburbs, the Jayhawks and Soul Asylum on the frigid outdoor stage was arguably the greatest amalgamation of “Heyday”-era Twin Cities rock heroes since the 2004 Rock for Karl benefit for Soul Asylum’s late bassist Karl Mueller. Read More
For the opening week of Super Bowl 52 visitors turned out in force for events at the convention center, Mall of America and on Nicollet Mall in anticipation of Sunday's game.
The crowd was fired up for Justin Timberlake's halftime show during Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.
“Is Carson Wentz still your starting quarterback? Will you have an open competition in training camp? And can the Super Bowl MVP go back to being a backup?” Read More
The denouement of the 2017 NFL season — a year that sent a series of seismic shocks through the natural order of things — came on Monday morning in Minneapolis, when a former high school coach and a starter-turned-backup-turned-Super Bowl MVP held court to talk about how they had upended Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
“It wasn’t necessarily me; it was everyone around me that did an amazing job,” Eagles quarterback Nick Foles said. “The outcome was, we were successful and now we’re world champions.” Read More
From subs to stars
Mike Zimmer is in good company today.
Bill Belichick got outcoached, too. Read More
Nick Foles didn’t look jittery at any point, and he didn’t flinch at the moment of truth. He kept slinging passes and orchestrating the offense like a guy who has been in this spot many times.
Except he hadn’t. And that was the most stunning development in a Super Bowl marked by bizarre happenings. Read More
There were a lot of people surprised when the Eagles were able to score 38 points on the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. But on Sunday night in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Eagles showed that performance was no fluke, as they defeated the Patriots 41-33 in a record setting offensive performance. Read More
But in a championship game that featured 1,151 total yards (874 passing), 74 points and one punt, the Eagles made three defensive stops that were every bit as valuable as their quarterback throwing for 374 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 41-33 win over the Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. Read More
PHILADELPHIA — Fresh off their first Super Bowl title, the Philadelphia Eagles arrived home to a hero's welcome Monday afternoon, hours after overjoyed fans mobbed the streets in a sometimes unruly victory celebration nearly 60 years in the making.
Hundreds of fans greeted the team's plane at Philadelphia International Airport, cheering wildly and singing "Fly Eagles Fly" as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie emerged with the Lombardi Trophy. Read More
The most heart-warming moment of Jimmy Fallon’s unprecedented performance Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre came when the late-night king slid up next to Justin Timberlake to re-enact their Bee Gees impressions in a giddy rendition of “Nights on Broadway.”
Unfortunately, the impromptu nod to their “Barry Gibb Talk Show” skits on “Saturday Night Live” came after the cameras were turned off, the Teleprompter wente dark and the 300-plus crew members began loading up the trucks for the long haul back to New York City. Read More
Minnesota, that was one smooth party on the rocks.
With its Bold North theme, Super Bowl LII’s 10-day celebration of all things winter — including ice sculptures, ice skating and even ice in cocktails carried down Nicollet Mall — culminated Sunday with record-setting cold temperatures outside as a warm U.S. Bank Stadium cradled a hotly contested, nail-biter of a game inside. Read More
Nothing will give you a lesson in recency bias than to declare something that just happened is the best of its kind to ever happen.
It happens with movies you just saw and meals you just ate — how many times have you declared you just finished the best pizza ever? — and it quite certainly happens with sporting events. Read More
If you're a Vikings fan and thought that sneaky touchdown pass to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles looked familiar, you're not imagining things. The Bears ran that play for a touchdown against the Vikings during their 2016 game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
In the Chicago Sun-Times, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich said, “There’s been several different variations of that play that we’ve seen people run. We were in particular copying the Bears’ version of it.” Read More
Even though the game had been a thrilling nail-biter, the most suspenseful thing inside U.S. Bank Stadium as Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show neared may have been the question: Will he or won’t he?
He didn’t. Read More
The partnership of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady has defined the NFL in this new century, starting with the 2001 season and arriving on Sunday in the spectacular football edifice in downtown Minneapolis.
There was much angst among defenders of our migrating birds that those huge glass panels making up its doors to the world would have a devastating effect on our feathered creatures. Read More
Tom Brady is the greatest winner in the modern history of America’s most popular game. He is rich and married to a rich supermodel. He might have the world’s greatest discernible sporting life and when he loses a Super Bowl he is granted no privileges, spared no regrets.
On the final play of the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over Brady’s Patriots on Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium, Brady was knocked to the ground. As the Eagles began a celebration that would endanger light poles all over Philadelphia, a teammate helped Brady to his feet, and he congratulated two opponents. Read More
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When it mattered most, the Eagles offense rose to the occasion to help claim Philadelphia’s first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history on Sunday night in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Quarterback Nick Foles and company converted 10 of 16 third-down attempts and both fourth-down tries as the Eagles won a shootout 41-33 against the vaunted Patriots offense and quarterback Tom Brady. Read More
An unlikely hero emerged from a Philadelphia Eagles aerial attack featuring a first-round pick in Nelson Agholor, a $52 million-option in Alshon Jeffery and a Super Bowl-champion veteran in Torrey Smith.
Corey Clement, the third fiddle in a deep Eagles backfield, led the way with a team-high 100 receiving yards. Philadelphia’s three-man rushing attack, fronted by LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, combined for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-33 victory against the Patriots. Read More
Players, fans and the NBC cameramen might want to call their chiropractors Monday, because a lot of people could have whiplash after the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
An old mantra says defense wins championship, but that message must have gotten frozen in the frigid air on its way to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. Read More
Forget the football game. The real drama Sunday night: Would Al Michaels accept Justin Timberlake’s challenge to shake his booty at the Super Bowl halftime show?
Timberlake started a hashtag — #AlMichaelsShakeYourBooty — in October, urging the elder statesman of NBC’s NFL broadcast team to dance along. Michaels demurred, though analyst Cris Collinsworth did talk the high priest of play-by-play into an awkward little hip-shake during the pregame show. That was probably for the best, since the broadcast was plenty entertaining all by itself. Read More
At three sites near and around downtown Minneapolis, activists tried to disrupt Super Bowl festivities on Sunday afternoon by blocking streets, light-rail trains and, briefly, a stadium entrance.
But ultimately, they had little effect on fans trying to make it into U.S. Bank Stadium in time for the 5:30 p.m. kickoff. Read More
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry caused a social media stir when he showed up to the Super Bowl wearing a Minnehaha Academy sweatshirt.
Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who made the game-saving interception to beat Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX, got benched Sunday for Super Bowl LII.
After the game, Butler told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “They gave up on me.” Read More
For every magical postseason comeback Tom Brady has orchestrated, there usually has been a quieter subplot: the shutdown ability of the Patriots defense.
Brady and the offense did their part Sunday, but New England’s defense simply could not stop Philadelphia’s offense — not once in the second half. Read More
Good vibes filled a once-vacant retail space on Nicollet Mall on Sunday, as shifts of Super Bowl volunteers took a load off at the “Crew 52” headquarters — aka the epicenter of Minnesota Nice.
The former Sports Authority space in City Center was decked out with comfy seats, snacks, coffee and charging stations for the 10,000 volunteers who have helped greet visitors. Read More
Even though she was conspicuously ailing two nights earlier at her Armory pre-game concert near U.S. Bank Stadium, enduring pop star Pink reiterated her resiliency at game time Sunday by delivering a red-hot national anthem.
The Philadelphia-area native born Alecia Moore, 38, wore a silvery jacket instead of Eagles garb onto the field and stepped up with a soaring “Star Spangled Banner” that even had fans in Patriots gear cheering her victory. Read More
New England Patriots fans Kerry and Wendell Orton flew into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Sunday morning from Florida and opted to take the free shuttle replacing Blue Line trains from the airport to downtown Minneapolis.
It was not a fast ride, as their late-morning trip from MSP to Washington and Hennepin avenues took 56 minutes, more than double the usual 22 to 25 minutes. But the price was right. Read More
The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots faced off in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
Eagles and Patriots fans, plus a smattering of Vikings fans, have settled into U.S. Bank Stadium to watch Philadelphia take on New England in the Super Bowl.
The mood in the stadium was enthusiastic at kickoff, and the crowd continued to roar as the game got underway. Eagles fans seemed to outnumber Patriots fans — or at least bring a more louder fan base, chanting in the concourses, waving handkerchiefs and offering hugs and high-fives to surrounding fans. Patriots fans, meanwhile, where hoping for yet another Super Bowl victory. Read More
With the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, there was a good chance fans would see a nod to Prince during Sunday’s game. An NFL source confirmed to the Star Tribune Saturday that Prince indeed was planned as a big part of Justin Timberlake’s halftime show — appearing as a hologram.
That notion proved instantly controversial with Prince fans and associates, with many saying their outcry stemmed from Prince’s own opposition to the technology. Read More
The StubHub Live: Field House Super Bowl pregame event at Target Field on Sunday, February 4, 2018. The event, free for those who purchased tickets to the Super Bowl on StubHub, included food and drink, tailgating games and meet and greets with football greats.
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This wouldn’t happen today.
I snuck into the 1992 Super Bowl at the Metrodome. Read More
As Adrian Peterson watched the Vikings make their run to the NFC Championship Game, for the first time since his fateful performance against the New Orleans Saints in 2010, the team’s all-time leading rusher couldn’t help but feel conflicted.
The Vikings had defeated the Saints only seven days earlier, in a matchup of two teams that had parted ways with Peterson in the previous 12 months, and the running back said he told himself, “I guess it’s meant to be this way.” It was still hard, he admitted, to think about the Vikings in a Super Bowl a year after his 10 seasons with them had ended. But his feelings ultimately were with his former teammates and coaches. Read More
In this storied border battle, there appears to be some common ground. And he wears No. 4. “It’s the one thing we agree on,” a purple-clad Vikings fan quipped to her neighbor, who was sporting a Packers jersey, as they waited to catch a glimpse of Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Hundreds of diehard Favre fanatics flooded Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka on Saturday to collect autographs on helmets, posters and — in at least one case — their own skin. Though he made his career leading the Packers, Favre played his final two seasons with the Vikings. For some cheeseheads, it’s the only reason they’ll ever don purple. Families split by the rivalry bonded over his legacy. “Every holiday, every Sunday, it was Brett,” said Roxanne Lindquist, of Maple Grove. Her 9-year-old son, Calvin, didn’t have to choose sides. Grandma made him a one-of-a-kind jersey that stitched Favre’s uniforms together. Purple and green, one No. 4.Liz sawyer
Millie Wall, the 99-year-old Vikings fan whose devotion to the Purple won her a legion of admirers and tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl in her home city of Minneapolis, is too ill to attend the game, her family said.
“My grandma ... is recovering from pneumonia and unfortunately will not be able to attend Super Bowl,” granddaughter Ashley Wall revealed Saturday on Twitter. Read More
Let’s have the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, they said. In February, they said.
Well, Saturday’s almost-constant snow and Sunday’s expected frigid cold certainly gave an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors to downtown Minneapolis a fully immersive Bold North experience as officials and fans prepared for the Big Game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Needless to say, while a steady snowfall and near-zero temperatures really didn’t surprise anybody, it certainly made Super Bowl LII “different,” to borrow a Minnesota colloquialism. Read More