HOUSTON (AP): Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are so interchangeable in the Atlanta Falcons backfield, Matt Ryan gets a little mixed up at times. “He doesn’t even know who’s in the game,” Coleman said, breaking into a huge smile. Quite a 1-2 punch, these two are. It really doesn’t matter who you put at “1” and who goes at “2.” Sure, Freeman is the starter, but there’s no drop-off or any reason to change things up when Coleman comes into the game, a back-and-forth arrangement that keeps both backs fresh and gives fits to opposing defences. But their relationship runs beyond the field. Far beyond it. “That’s my brother,” Freeman said in the lead-up to tomorrow’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots . “When you see someone, you see that they want to be a part of something special, they’re working hard, they’re working their butts off, you have no reason but to love that person and have the utmost respect for that person.” They’ll savour it while they can, because chances are this won’t be a long-term partnership. They’ll be friends for life, that’s for sure, but the realities of the NFL with its salary cap and other devices that make it difficult to keep a team together will likely lead to a breakup in the not-too-distant future. Freeman, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014, already created a bit of a stir early in Super Bowl week by bringing up his desire for a new contract. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and has been selected for the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons. Not surprisingly, he wants to be paid like one of the league’s top backs. Then there’s Coleman, a third-round pick out of Indiana in 2015. Despite missing three games with an injury this season, he rushed for 520 yards and eight touchdowns. At some point, he’s going to deserve more money and probably a larger role in someone’s offence. “We’ve thought about this a lot,” Coleman said. “But that’s going to be my brother always, wherever we’re at.” In addition to combining for just short of 1,600 yards on the ground, they are nearly as dangerous in the passing game. Freeman had 54 catches for 462 yards and a couple of scores, while Coleman hauled in 31 passes for 421 yards and three TDs.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat “Blood” won both picture and directing honors may have Oscar significance. Thirteen of the 15 movies that LAFCA has honored in both categories – a list that runs from “Dog Day Afternoon” to “Sideways” – have gone on to win a best picture nomination. (The two that didn’t? “Do the Right Thing” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”) Romanian import “4 Months, 3 Weeks and Two Days” won for foreign language film and supporting acting honors for Vlad Ivanov. The movie, which follows a woman helping her friend obtain an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania, will be released in Los Angeles in a limited engagement on Dec. 21. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is comprised of Los Angeles-based critics working primarily in print media. Daily News film critics Bob Strauss and Glenn Whipp are among the group’s 50 members. This year’s awards will be presented Jan. 12 at InterContinental Los Angeles Century City. Paul Thomas Anderson’s dark period drama “There Will Be Blood” won by acclimation Sunday at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association annual vote, taking four awards – including best picture and best director for Anderson – and finishing second in three other categories. Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays an ornery oilman loosely based on Edward Doheny in the movie, took best actor honors. It was the third time that LAFCA has honored Day-Lewis. He also won for his lead turns in “My Left Foot” and “Gangs of New York.” Production designer Jack Fish won the movie’s fourth award. “There Will Be Blood,” which will arrive in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 26, also took runner-up honors for screenplay (Anderson), music (Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood) and cinematography (Robert Elswit). Given the dominance of Anderson’s movie, there was little room for other pictures to break through in a big way. Critical favorites “No Country For Old Men,” “I’m Not There” and “Atonement” were barely a factor, managing only one runner-up nod between them – Cate Blanchett for supporting actress in “I’m Not There.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!