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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Are the New England Patriots the greatest dynasty in NFL history?

The Lombardi Trophy isn't the only thing on the line for the New England Patriots tonight. Buffalo's AFC East nemesis has a chance to become the first team in NFL history to win three Super Bowl titles in four years twice and match the Pittsburgh Steelers' record of six championships.

"So, are the New England Patriots the greatest dynasty in NFL history?" Jerry Sullivan ponders in his Sunday column from Minneapolis. "Given that staggering record, there's a rising consensus that the Patriots 17-year run under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, in which they won 15 AFC East titles, reached 12 AFC championship games and now eight Super Bowls, is the top dynasty in the sport's history."

The 'other' Goodell: As a U.S. senator, Charles Goodell, father of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, ran afoul of the Nixon White House in opposing the Vietnam War — and ended up a Republican outcast. Tim Graham details his fascinating story in long form.

T.O. to HOF: Terrell Owens, the outspoken and high-performing wide receiver who spent one of his 15 NFL seasons in Buffalo, was chosen for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, in his third year on the ballot. The rest of the Class of ‘18 includes linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, wide receiver Randy Moss, safety Brian Dawkins, offensive lineman Jerry Kramer, as well as General Manager Bobby Beathard.

White runner-up for ROY: Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White finished second in voting for the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year. As expected, Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore won the award that was presented during the annual NFL Honors event Saturday in Minneapolis.

Veteran influence: Lorenzo Alexander was the Bills nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. “I couldn’t think of anybody more deserving,” said South Park High School football coach Tim Delaney, who received tickets for tonight's Super Bowl from Alexander as part of the Bills linebacker's mentorship of the Sparks' football team this season.

Super Bowl Matchup Watch: Look for the Patriots to play two tight ends to keep Jim Schwartz from moving Eagles defenders around the field, Mark Gaughan writes.

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Performing on the big stage: Tim O'Shei profiles Hamburg native Tony Bellissimo, who will be one of 30 dancers backing up Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Path to the Passer: Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Eagles in the Super Bowl, but may be suiting up for a different team next season. In the second installment in a series of features on potential new quarterbacks for the Bills, Vic Carucci writes that Foles is living in the moment on Super Sunday.

What about the current QB? Tyrod Taylor would like to remain the quarterback of the Bills next season but will not take another pay cut.

Inside the Bills: Jay Skurski analyzes how GM Brandon Beane views the changing nature of free agency.

The Reich time? Former Bills quarterback Frank Reich, now the Eagles' offensive coordinator, gets his sixth chance for his first Super Bowl ring.

From Buffalo to the Bowl: Buffalo native Steven Means, now a defensive end for Philadelphia, will realize his childhood dream on Sunday: He’ll be playing in the Super Bowl.

Bills connections: Super Bowl LII will feature a dozen former Bills players and coaches.

Eichel impressed by Brady's commitment: "I'm a huge fan of him," said the Sabres' star, a New England native. "I think he's somebody that you can learn a lot from in the way that he approaches life and his craft."

Sports Talk Sunday: What can the Eagles do the shut down Brady? How critical is Gronk to the Pats' offense? Bucky Gleason and Jay Skurski will discuss these topics at 10 a.m. today on WGRZ. Preview the show here.

Staff addition: New Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is bringing former All-SEC center William Vlachos with him from Alabama to Buffalo, according to an ESPN report.

 

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