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Rex Ryan is glad the Patriots won’t be using the Jets’ practice facility
profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 20, 2014
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 …Upvote Share Tweet
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.Upvote Share TweetAfter 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots sign six rookies to reserve/future dealsOn 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…Upvote Share TweetPatriots 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’…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots sign seven to future contractsThe players finished the season on New England's practice squad.Upvote Share Tweet
Modell’s Sporting Goods forced to donate $500,000 in Patriots AFC championship clothingyahoo.com Jan 20, 2014There 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Tom Brady On Richard Sherman: "We Win With Graciousness"deadspin.com Jan 20, 2014Richard 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...Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots, 49ers face big offseason questions after title game lossesCNNSI.com Jan 20, 2014The biggest issue facing the Patriots? A lack of weapons for Tom Brady as his title window closes.Upvote Share Tweet
Legarrette Blount Says “Thank You” To Patriots Fanspatriotsgab.com Jan 20, 2014Patriots 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…Upvote Share TweetSunday’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…Upvote Share TweetSeattle 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Sorting out Patriots' offseason prioritiesESPN.com Jan 20, 2014The 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots have some free-agency decisions to makeThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Brady: Broncos were 'pretty flawless' vs. PatsESPN.com Jan 20, 2014New 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."Upvote Share Tweet
5 takeaways from the 2013 Patriots seasonZuri Berry provides a few final thoughts on the 2013 Patriots season.Upvote Share Tweet
Tom Brady: Only goal is to win a championshipTom Brady went on WEEI on Monday to discuss the loss to the Broncos, as well his thoughts on the 2013 season.Upvote Share Tweet
Tom Brady: We had plenty there yesterdayPatriots 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Seahawks' Richard Sherman, love him or hate him, is already the face of Super Bowl XLVIIInydailynews.com Jan 20, 2014By 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Belichick explains what makes Manning a great quarterbackA 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…Upvote Share TweetA 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…Upvote Share TweetAs 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.Upvote Share TweetIn 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Denver's all-around excellence key to win over PatriotsCNNSI.com Jan 20, 2014It wasn't just Peyton Manning. Denver's win over the Patriots was the result of team-wide excellence.Upvote Share TweetDENVER — 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Tailgating Patriots fans enjoyed the festivitiesDENVER — 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Peyton Manning up to his usual standards in reaching third Super BowlDENVER — As a parent, every word of criticism ever aimed at Peyton Manning pricked the skin of Archie Manning, too.Upvote Share TweetAmid 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.Upvote Share Tweet
In NFL conference championship games, house cleans upRooting 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots’ ground game screeches to a haltDENVER — 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Window shrinking on Tom Brady to win another Super Bowlnydailynews.com Jan 20, 2014For 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Overreaction By Belichick?Jan 20NFL Live breaks down Bill Belichick's reaction to Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib.
Is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to blame for AFC championship loss?Jan 20The 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?
New England Patriots unhappy with Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's hit on cornerback Aqib TalibJan 20New 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.
Was Welker's Hit On Talib Dirty?Jan 20Ron 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.
Broncos are savoring being the team of destiny -- 2013 NFL PlayoffsJan 20While 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 YorkJan 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 20SEATTLE -- 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 20SEATTLE -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from the NFL's western-based Championship Sunday. ...