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Rams Open SoFi Stadium in Style With 20-17 Win Over Cowboys

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams ran through their tunnel and into empty SoFi Stadium for the very first time amid sparkling fireworks, flashing lights and the prerecorded cheers of fans watching from home. So this isn't the Hollywood ending that anybody pictured on a landmark night for professional...

Shanahan Should Have Heeded Belichick's Fangio Blueprint

A year ago, Bill Belichick borrowed heavily from Vic Fangio's blueprints to throttle the high-scoring Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl. Fangio's brilliant game plan in the Bears' 15-6 win over LA in Week 14 provided the backbone of New England's 13-3 victory in Super Bowl 53. Had Kyle...

Some of 2019's Most Memorable Games Decided by Blown Calls

The New Orleans Saints looked around in disbelief, searching for a yellow flag that never came during the NFL playoffs. The Auburn Tigers were sure they'd get the ball after a Virginia player appeared to double-dribble in the closing seconds of a thrilling Final Four game, but the refs let...

Calling Plays in NFL a Challenge for Some Rookie NFL Coaches

Maybe Sean McVay made it all look just too easy. McVay coached the Los Angeles Rams to the playoffs each of his first two seasons, including the Super Bowl in February. He proved such a perfect match with quarterback Jared Goff that six of eight NFL teams hiring this offseason turned to...

Rams' Once-Elite Offense Smashed on McVay's 'Humbling Day'

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams dazzled the NFL with inventive, exciting offensive football during their first two seasons under coach Sean McVay. Six games after it got embarrassed in the Super Bowl, McVay's high-flying offense has definitely crashed back down to earth. The San Francisco 49ers emphasized that...

NFL Confident of Memorable Super Bowl at Inglewood Stadium

INGLEWOOD — The NFL committed the 2022 Super Bowl to the Los Angeles area back when the 298-acre stadium complex in Inglewood was still mostly a waterlogged hole in the ground. That hole has long since been filled by the skeleton of a massive arena, and thousands of workers are...

Cheer for the Rams, but in California High Schools, Even Football Powerhouses Are Losing Kids

If the Golden State has a rooting interest in the Super Bowl on Sunday, it won’t just be because the Los Angeles Rams will be on the field. Roughly one player in six on the Rams’ and New England Patriots’ active rosters is a product of California high schools. Year...

Which Super Bowl Ads Will Stand Out This Year?

NEW YORK — Sarah Michelle Gellar makes a horror movie parody for Olay. Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker tout Stella Artois. Steve Carrell hawks Pepsi. Star power abounds in this year's Super Bowl ads. Advertisers are hoping to provide some welcome distraction and entertainment as economic fears persist and...

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