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Rex Ryan is glad the Patriots won’t be using the Jets’ practice…

Rex Ryan is glad the Patriots won’t be using the Jets’ practice facility

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 20
With the Super Bowl coming to New Jersey and the Jets not representing the AFC, the team representing the AFC will use the Jets’ practice facility. That means it’ll be Peyton Manning and the Broncos. “It could be worse,” coach Rex Ryan said at Monday’s …
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  • N.F.L. Roundup: Belichick Contends Welker Meant to Injure Corne…

    N.F.L. Roundup: Belichick Contends Welker Meant to Injure Cornerback

    Patriots Coach Bill Belichick called the hit from Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker that sidelined cornerback Aqib Talib one of the worst he had ever seen.
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  • Injured Aqib Talib bows out of Pro Bowl

    Injured Aqib Talib bows out of Pro Bowl

    After suffering a knee injury on Sunday in the AFC Championship, Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib will be forced to miss this Sunday's Pro Bowl. The 27-year old earned his first Pro Bowl honors after a standout 2013 regular season in which he was also nam…
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  • Patriots sign six rookies to reserve/future deals

    Patriots sign six rookies to reserve/future deals

    On the first day of New England’s offseason, the club signed seven members of its practice squad to reserve/future contracts. Six of the signees were rookies: offensive lineman Braxston Cave (Notre Dame), offensive tackle Jordan Devey (Memphis), wide re…
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  • Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    Roger Goodell: NFL will explore eliminating the extra point

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick lobbied the league Monday to discipline Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker for hitting and injuring Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib during a play in the AFC Championship Game. If the league decides to punish Welker, it wouldn’…
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  • Patriots sign seven to future contracts

    Patriots sign seven to future contracts

    boston.com Jan 20
    The players finished the season on New England's practice squad.
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  • Modell’s Sporting Goods forced to donate $500,000 in Patriots A…

    Modell’s Sporting Goods forced to donate $500,000 in Patriots AFC championship clothing

    yahoo.com Jan 20
    There is still time left to purchase New England’s AFC championship t-shirts. All any fan needs to do is get online, purchase an airline ticket to a third-world country and starting searching for that memorabilia.According to the Boston Herald, Modell’s…
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  • Tom Brady On Richard Sherman: "We Win With Graciousness"

    Tom Brady On Richard Sherman: "We Win With Graciousness"

    deadspin.com Jan 20
    Richard Sherman! Everyone's talking about him, including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, for some reason. While on the Dennis and Callahan show this morning, Brady was asked what he thought of Richard Sherman's postgame interview.Read more...
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  • Patriots, 49ers face big offseason questions after title game l…

    Patriots, 49ers face big offseason questions after title game losses

    CNNSI.com Jan 20
    The biggest issue facing the Patriots? A lack of weapons for Tom Brady as his title window closes.
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  • Legarrette Blount Says “Thank You” To Patriots Fans

    Legarrette Blount Says “Thank You” To Patriots Fans

    Patriots running back Legarrette Blount had a tough day Sunday like many of the Pats, but he saw the good from a season that ended at the AFC Title Game, and today took a moment during locker clean out to say ‘Thanks’ to Pats Nation. Post by New England…
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  • TV ratings up for AFC, NFC Championship Games

    TV ratings up for AFC, NFC Championship Games

    Sunday’s two conference championship games drew massive TV ratings, with both the AFC Championship Game and the NFC Championship Game drawing more viewers than a year ago. According to the NFL, the Patriots-Broncos AFC Championship Game had 51.3 million…
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  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: ‘W…

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: ‘We win with graciousness’

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman unleashed a postgame game interview heard around the world.Oh, but he is not done.Nor are the reactions from those who witnessed the tirade. Sherman simmered down enough to give a very prolific explanation abo…
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  • Sorting out Patriots' offseason priorities

    Sorting out Patriots' offseason priorities

    ESPN.com Jan 20
    The New England Patriots' season is over, the attention now shifting to what’s next. The NFL combine (Feb. 22-25), free agency (March 11) and even the draft (May 8-10) aren’t that far away, so here’s a look at some of the pertinent areas relating to the…
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  • Patriots have some free-agency decisions to make

    Patriots have some free-agency decisions to make

    The Patriots have finished the 2013 season. And they’ll have a trio of key players hitting the open market in March, barring new deals. Cornerback Aqib Talib, running back LeGarrette Blount, and receiver Julian Edelman are each slated to become free age…
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  • Brady: Broncos were 'pretty flawless' vs. Pats

    Brady: Broncos were 'pretty flawless' vs. Pats

    ESPN.com Jan 20
    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Monday morning that "it would have taken a great effort by our team" to beat the Denver Broncos in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, and "we just came up short."
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  • 5 takeaways from the 2013 Patriots season

    5 takeaways from the 2013 Patriots season

    boston.com Jan 20
    Zuri Berry provides a few final thoughts on the 2013 Patriots season.
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  • Tom Brady: Only goal is to win a championship

    Tom Brady: Only goal is to win a championship

    boston.com Jan 20
    Tom Brady went on WEEI on Monday to discuss the loss to the Broncos, as well his thoughts on the 2013 season.
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  • Tom Brady: We had plenty there yesterday

    Tom Brady: We had plenty there yesterday

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick had plenty to say about the early collision between former Patriots receiver Wes Welker and current Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in the first quarter of Sunday’s 26-16 Broncos win. Belichick castigated Welker for laying o…
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  • Seahawks' Richard Sherman, love him or hate him, is already the…

    Seahawks' Richard Sherman, love him or hate him, is already the face of Super Bowl XLVIII

    By the end of the Broncos-Patriots game early Sunday evening Peyton Manning was once again the undisputed heavyweight champ No. 1 football star on the planet, having beaten Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and the Patriots, like slaying an old dragon for hi…
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  • Belichick explains what makes Manning a great quarterback

    Belichick explains what makes Manning a great quarterback

    A day after losing to Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick detailed exactly what Manning did to give New England’s defense fits. Belichick said Manning’s ability to run the offense from the line of s…
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  • Monday morning one-liners

    Monday morning one-liners

    A look at Bills players honored with postseason awards or places on All-Pro teams. Members of the Dolphins share their reflections about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Said Patriots S Devin McCourty, “We just couldn’t get a stop. They moved the ball…
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  • Tom Brady didn’t have enough weapons

    Tom Brady didn’t have enough weapons

    boston.com Jan 20
    As you know by now, the Patriots lost the AFC Championship game, 26-16, Sunday to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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  • Championship days are all over for the Patriots

    Championship days are all over for the Patriots

    boston.com Jan 20
    In the end, the overachieving, house-of-cards Patriots were simply not good enough to go to the Meadowlands for Super Bowl XLVIII. Not even close. The amazing part is that a lot of folks actually believed this team was going back to the big game.
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  • Denver's all-around excellence key to win over Patriots

    Denver's all-around excellence key to win over Patriots

    CNNSI.com Jan 20
    It wasn't just Peyton Manning. Denver's win over the Patriots was the result of team-wide excellence.
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  • Terrance Knighton makes big play for Broncos defense

    Terrance Knighton makes big play for Broncos defense

    boston.com Jan 20
    DENVER — The Broncos had just called a timeout. Defensive lineman Terrance Knighton was on the sideline with the rest of his unit and the plan was for him to stay there once the defense went back out.
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  • Tailgating Patriots fans enjoyed the festivities

    Tailgating Patriots fans enjoyed the festivities

    boston.com Jan 20
    DENVER — The specter of a Patriots fan riding four hours from southwest Colorado to Denver, between a pair of Broncos fans, made for a bawdy comparison, yet this was no Canterbury Tales. It was a trip to the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Fie…
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  • Peyton Manning up to his usual standards in reaching third Supe…

    Peyton Manning up to his usual standards in reaching third Super Bowl

    boston.com Jan 20
    DENVER — As a parent, every word of criticism ever aimed at Peyton Manning pricked the skin of Archie Manning, too.
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  • Broncos owner Pat Bowlen still building on his legacy

    Broncos owner Pat Bowlen still building on his legacy

    boston.com Jan 20
    Amid the orange madness, as the Broncos celebrated their 26-16 dismantling of New England, the man who made all this crazy happiness possible stood quiet as a ghost, alone in the crowd.
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  • In NFL conference championship games, house cleans up

    In NFL conference championship games, house cleans up

    boston.com Jan 20
    Rooting for New England as a gambler may have been more frustrating, though, because as much as it was outplayed by the Broncos, those with action on the Patriots could still envision a scenario in which they would get the ball back, march down the fiel…
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  • Patriots’ ground game screeches to a halt

    Patriots’ ground game screeches to a halt

    boston.com Jan 20
    DENVER — Since dropping a Week 15 game at Miami, the Patriots had strung together three straight victories mostly on the strength of their ground attack, which had gained the most rushing yards in team history over any three-game span since 1983.
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  • Window shrinking on Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl

    Window shrinking on Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl

    For all the talk of how Peyton Manning can’t win the big one, when the confetti fell orange and blue at Sports Authority Field Sunday, it was Bill Belichick and Tom Brady looking back at nine straight seasons of coming up short.
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  • Video - Overreaction By Belichick? 03:25

    Overreaction By Belichick?

    Jan 20
    NFL Live breaks down Bill Belichick's reaction to Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib.
  • Video - Is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to blame for AFC championship loss? 01:20

    Is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to blame for AFC championship loss?

    Jan 20
    The New England Patriots went three quarters of Sunday's AFC Championship Game without scoring a touchdown. Does that failure lie with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?
  • Video - New England Patriots unhappy with Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's hit on cornerback Aqib Talib 01:41

    New England Patriots unhappy with Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's hit on cornerback Aqib Talib

    Jan 20
    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and his players aren't pleased with Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's hit on cornerback Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship.
  • Video - Was Welker's Hit On Talib Dirty? 01:58

    Was Welker's Hit On Talib Dirty?

    Jan 20
    Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge discuss Broncos WR Wes Welker's collision with Patriots CB Aqib Talib, that knocked Talib out of the AFC Championship Game.

Sports Columnists

  • Broncos are savoring being the team of destiny -- 2013 NFL Playoffs

    Jan 20
    While Seattle is just blossoming into a perennial Super Bowl contender, the Broncos understand their championship window with Peyton Manning under center is quickly closing, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
  • Welcome to New York

    Jan 20
    “A lot of that was adrenaline.” That’s going to be part of Super Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman’s newest column in The MMQB, which you can read (or shred) this afternoon. Sherman batted the potential game-winning touchdown away from Michael Crabtree wi…
  • Don Banks: Seattle's defense rises to the occasion once again by silencing…

    Jan 20
    SEATTLE -- In the years to come, all that will linger in memory will be the dominance of the fourth quarter. When the Seattle Seahawks needed it most, their defense answered. Three critical drives by the San Francisco 49ers. Three takeaways by Seattle's…
  • Don Banks: Super Bowl XLVIII set to be battle of league's finest; more Sna…

    Jan 20
    SEATTLE -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from the NFL's western-based Championship Sunday. ...