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Danny Amendola making playoffs his playground for Patriots

Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has had a knack for coming up in big moments in the playoffs the past two seasons. Most recently he was the recipient of two touchdown …


Trey Flowers’ consistency key to Patriots’ improvement on defense

Trey Flowers has been one of the most consistent players for the Patriots on defense this season. He sat out two games late in the season with a ribs injury, …


New coach Mike Vrabel: Titles proof Titans’ approach works

Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson got his NFL start as a scout with the New England Patriots, the same team his new head coach Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Super Bowl: Haves vs. the have-nots

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title. They’ll face a Philadelphia Eagles team looking for their first …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Tom Brady-to-Danny Amendola connection sends Patriots back to Super Bowl

Tom Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with …


Jaguars don’t fear Patriots’ history in AFC title matchup

The week started with a little trash talk from the underdog. The rest of it was dominated by speculation about a certain 40-year-old quarterback’s injured throwing hand. Plenty of intrigue …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

What matters more than a good QB in these playoffs? A good D

Four of the five teams that gave up the fewest points during the regular season are the last four left with a shot at the Super Bowl, something that had …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

Tom Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury

Tom Brady said a bit contentiously only “We’ll see” at a news conference Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday’s conference title game against Jacksonville.


Kyle Van Noy’s versatility key in Patriots defensive improvement

Kyle Van Noy was thrust into a leadership role following Dont’a Hightower’s season-ending injury in Week 7. He took on an increased role while posting career-high tackle and sack numbers …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 14, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars ride offense, swagger to AFC title game

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t faced the New England Patriots in a game that matters in more than two years. That’s OK. They know a pretty good place to go to …


Patriots beat Titans 35-14, head back to AFC title game

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC …


Dick LeBeau vs Bill Belichick meet in rare playoff battle

Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard sees the matchup between Tennessee defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots as a showdown for the ages between two of …


The ‘mother of all stats’ doesn’t see the Patriots as Super Bowl contenders

The NFL playoffs are set, giving us a chance to look over the field and separate the pretenders from the contenders.


Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees retires

Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is retiring following a successful NFL career that began with the New England Patriots.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

Patriots rally behind Gronkowski, edge Steelers 27-24

The New England Patriots have built a dynasty on second chances. Miss an opportunity to bury the Super Bowl champions and they will find a way to find a way, …


Tom Brady intercepted twice as Dolphins beat Patriots 27-20

Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak with a …


Tom Brady, Patriots on top in the latest AP Pro32 poll

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back in a familiar spot at this point of the NFL season – playing their best football and preparing for another run …


NFL suspends Rob Gronkowski 1 game for late hit to head

The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game on Monday for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.


NFL Capsules: Tom Brady, Patriots dominate Raiders 33-8 in Mexico City

Tom Brady felt right at home in his first appearance in Mexico by throwing for 339 yards and three touchdowns, to the delight of an adoring crowd, in the New …


Patriots claim tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers

The New England Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers, a day after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers for “failing to disclose a physical condition.” Now, …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Doctor: Aaron Hernandez’s brain was severely damaged by disease

A researcher says Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior. The 27-year-old former New England Patriots …


Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower placed on injured reserve

The Patriots have placed linebacker and defensive captain Dont’a Hightower on injured reserve. Hightower left in the second half of New England’s win over Atlanta on Oct. 22 with a …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Patriots sign Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady’s backup after Jimmy Garoppolo trade

The Patriots have signed former 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer to back up Tom Brady. The deal was announced a day after Hoyer was released by San Francisco following its acquisition …


Report: 49ers get QB Jimmy Garoppolo from Patriots for 2nd rounder

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly acquired their quarterback of the future by trading for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo.


Tom Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14

Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England’s porous defense showed signs of improvement in a 19-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Super Bowl …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Winston, Bucs poised for prime-time test against Patriots

Jameis Winston is excited about the next challenge in the maturation of the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a prime-time test against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. His attorney said Thursday that the player’s daughter …


Former Washington State receiver Cracraft gets workout with New England Patriots

Wes Welker and Danny Amendola are both slotbacks who played under Mike Leach before moving on to successful NFL careers with the New England Patriots. River Cracraft hopes to be …


NFL apologizes for tweet linking Kansas City Chiefs’ win to Mexico quake

The NFL has apologized for an “unacceptable” tweet with three smiley emojis that likened the Kansas City Chiefs’ big victory over the New England Patriots to a deadly earthquake that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27

Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times as Kansas City stunned New England 42-27 in the …