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Great games and the Patriots go together

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What was the greatest Super Bowl of all time?

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New England didn’t start winning Lombardi Trophies until 2002 – but according to last week’s Talk of Fame Network poll, the Patriots have already played in the three greatest Super Bowls.

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Prio to his election as a first-ballot Hall of Famer, former Miami pass rusher Jason Taylor gained support from an unexpected source — New England quarterback Tom Brady.

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The Jets upset of the Colts in 1969 holds the greatest historical significance in Super Bowl annals. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, then the Jets went out and became the first AFL champion to beat the NFL champ.

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Super Bowl LI was not just a great game, marked by an unprecedented comeback. Nope, it was the greatest game in Super Bowl history. So what are the five best? That is why we are here.

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There is nobody better than Tom Brady, and Super Bowl LI just reminded us.

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We asked our listeners and readers which of the eight NFL team in the conference semifinal round would go on to win the Super Bowl – and Dallas won going away with almost 78 percent of the vote. For once, our Talk of Fame Network poll got it wrong.

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The New England Patriots are the AFC East champions and AFC top seed with a 14-2 record. The coach (Bill Belichick) and quarterback (Tom Brady) have been to six Super Bowls and won four of them.

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Quarterback Derek Carr took the Raiders to unfamiliar heights, quarterbacking them to a 12-3 record through the first 15 games, giving them their first winning season and first playoff berth since their last Super Bowl season in 2002.

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Ezekiel Elliott became the first rookie to lead the NFL in rushing since Edgerrin James in 1999. He won the rushing title with 1,631 yards — 318 more than anyone else – despite sitting out the season finale.

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Tom Brady’s 181 career victories are an NFL record and he has taken the Patriots to six Super Bowls, winning four of them. He has also taken New England to the playoffs in 14 of his 16 seasons as a starter and engineered the NFL’s only 16-0 regular season in 2007.

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Otto Graham took the Cleveland Browns to the championship game all 10 of his seasons, winning seven titles. He also won a record 83.4 percent of his career starts.

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Josh McDaniels called the plays in 2007 when Tom Brady passed for career bests 4,806 yards and 50 touchdowns and the New England Patriots sped through the regular season unbeaten at 16-0.

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New England’s Tom Brady was supposed to be rusty in his first game back from a four-game suspension, but tell that to the Cleveland Browns … and the rest of the NFL.

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Former head coach Jim Fassel knows what to expect Sunday from Tom Brady in Cleveland, and it is all good for Brady and the Patriots.

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Maybe New England-Cleveland isn’t the most competitive game out there this weekend, but it is the most interesting. The reason? Two words: Tom Brady. He returns from exile.

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