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New England Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers
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Ryan Hannable
January 27, 2019 - 8:29 pm
Even though the Patriots have allowed an average of 29.5 points in the two playoff games, it can still be argued that the defensive unit has carried them into Super Bowl LIII. Just look at how the defense performed in the first half of both playoff games. Against the Chargers, the Patriots led 35-7...
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Steelers safety Mike Mitchell and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
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Jim Hackett
January 25, 2019 - 11:31 am
Here's how to fix the Pro Bowl: don't play it. Maybe it's the fantasy football enthusiast in me but I think there's a better way to celebrate the best players in football than to have a meaningless annual scrimmage between disinterested professionals. I'd rather watch highlights of a middle aged...
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Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips
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Ryan Hannable
January 24, 2019 - 10:17 pm
FOXBORO -- Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is no stranger to the Patriots. The 71-year-old has faced Tom Brady nine times over the course of his career with a number of different teams and has had a fair amount of success. While his teams have only won three of the nine games, he’s been...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
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Alex Reimer
January 24, 2019 - 11:54 am
Max Kellerman and Rob Parker own us like Tom Brady owns Gus Bradley’s Cover 3 defense. We spend much of our time chastising them for their latest silly anti-Brady take, whether it’s Kellerman laughably proclaiming Brady’s herculean late-game performance against the Chiefs was “lucky” or Parker...
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Jim Hackett
January 24, 2019 - 7:14 am
I’ve watched Bill Belichick for a long time now and as mentally tiring as it can be, I’ve spent a significant amount of time listening to him too. Through all of the typical Belichick phraseology that we’ve become so accustomed to, along with grunts, groans and increasingly frequent snorts, there...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
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John Tomase
January 23, 2019 - 11:50 am
The photo ran everywhere on Sunday night, perfectly capturing Tom Brady's euphoric mix of jubilation and disbelief. Moments after a 37-31 sudden-death victory over the Chiefs in the AFC title game, Brady stood on the Arrowhead Stadium field with both hands on his head and a "no-bleeping-way" smile...
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Rob Bradford
January 23, 2019 - 7:52 am
In 2008 I was cruising along toward a Hall of Fame vote. Three years in the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Then something happened. I took a job in what was perceived as the fly-by-night world of the internet. The way it works is that you need 10 consecutive years in the BWAA in order to...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
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Ryan Hannable
January 23, 2019 - 12:06 am
There’s no question Tom Brady had a subpar season by his standards in 2018. The 41-year-old didn’t finish in the top-10 in most major statistical categories, but like he always seems to do, he’s still playing into February when 30 other NFL starting quarterbacks are on the golf course and sitting...
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady
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Alex Reimer
January 22, 2019 - 11:19 am
“Un-effing-believable!” “I’m the baddest mother-bleeper on the planet!” “I love you, too.” Tom Brady will play in his ninth Super Bowl Feb. 3, but it seems like he’s enjoying this one even more than the others. His apparent jubilation is palpable through expletive-laden postgame interviews with...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
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Ryan Hannable
January 21, 2019 - 8:08 am
KANSAS CITY — You couldn’t really have scripted it any better than that. The Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday in the AFC championship was indicative of how the entire 2018 season went — lots of bumps along the way, but in the end proving a lot of people wrong...
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