NFL Awards: No hardware for Brady, Patriots

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NFL Awards: No hardware for Brady, Patriots

Turns out missing the first four games of the season proved to big a hurdle for Tom Brady in his bid for NFL MVP, with Matt Ryan winning the league’s highest individual honor Saturday night.

Ryan was also named the AP Offensive Player of the Year after throwing 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. The Falcons quarterback had a 69.9 completion percentage and totaled 4,944 passing yards. Ryan is the first Falcons player to win honors. Brady finished second in the voting.

Khalil Mack upset Von Miller, earning AP Defensive Player of the Year. Mack finished with 73 tackles for the Raiders, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and three pass deflections. The defensive end also had one interception and one touchdown.

Dak Prescott beat out his Cowboys teammate Ezekiel Elliot, being named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Prescott finished the season with 3667 yards in the air, completing 67.8 of his passes, chucking 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. In addition to his passing, Prescott ran for 282 yards, averaging 4.95 yards per carry, scrambling the end zone six times.

Prescott wasn’t the only Cowboy to take home hardware. Jason Garrett was named the AP coach of the Year after leading Dallas to a 13-3 regular season record.

Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers took home AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Of the defensive end’s 41 tackles, he had 10.5 sacks.

Jordy Nelson won the AP Comeback Player of Year award. He scored a league-high 14 TDs and had 1,257 yards, bouncing back from his torn ACL.

Larry Fitzgerald and Eli Manning earned Walter Payton Man of the Year honors.

Atlanta’s Kyle Shanahan won the Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Frank Gore won the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line earned top billing.

Patriots to play Raiders in Mexico City next season

Patriots to play Raiders in Mexico City next season

HOUSTON -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that the Patriots and Raiders will play a regular-season game next season at Estadio Azteca. 

The date and time of the game were not specified, thought the contest will be considered a home game for the Raiders. 

The Patriots played an exhibition game in Mexico City in 1998, but they have never played a regular season game there. 

“The largest crowd the Patriots have played in front of was in Mexico City in 1998,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement.  “It was a great experience and I am looking forward to our return. I know that we have a lot of passionate Patriots fans in Mexico. We have had plenty of success in international games and I attribute that to our tremendous fan support in those venues. I look forward to meeting some of our fantastic fans and enjoying the food and culture there in the fall." 

Tim Brown: Brady owes his starting job to 'Tuck Rule' and Raiders

Tim Brown: Brady owes his starting job to 'Tuck Rule' and Raiders

Fifteen years later, Tim Brown isn't letting it go. 

The former Raiders wide receiver, and Pro Football Hall of Famer, says Tom Brady owes his starting job to beating Oakland in the epic "Snow Bowl" playoff game in Foxboro in 2002, and, of course, Brown says the Patriots owe that victory to the "Tuck Rule" that allowed what was initially called a Brady fumble to be overturned.

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The rest is history. The Pats, behind Brady, went on to win their first Super Bowl over the Rams. And it's that history that had Brown still bitter (though we're hoping it was a little tongue-in-cheek) when he appeared Wednesday on the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" at Super Bowl LI in Houston.

“I tell people all the time, if Tom Brady would just start out every interview saying, ‘I wanna thank the Oakland Raiders,’ I’d be happy and I’d let it go,” Brown told former "Quick Slants" co-host Kay Adams and company. “But until that day happens, I’m not gonna let it go. Because think about this — if he loses that game, he’s a kid who lost a home game to a west coast team in the snow. So, he’s not starting the next year. Because we were the Raiders, any other team, that game is over. Because it was the Raiders, it took them 12 minutes to come up with an answer.”

So, if the call goes the Raiders way, Drew Bledsoe returns as the Patriots starter the next season and Brady heads down the career backup QB highway. 

Okay, keep thinking that, Tim.