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Tom Brady separates Patriots in final four

Tom Brady separates Patriots in final four

ESPN.com Updated Jan 13, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Joe Flacco. … Matt Ryan. … Colin Kaepernick. Tom Brady. If you're looking for a clear-cut favorite among the NFL's final four teams, look no further than the quarterbacks. The disparity between Brady and his counterparts makes the
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  • A.F.C. Championship Preview: Ravens at Patriots

    A.F.C. Championship Preview: Ravens at Patriots

    nytimes.com ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    A preview of the A.F.C. championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.
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  • Ravens LB Ayanbadejo bashes Pats on Twitter

    Ravens LB Ayanbadejo bashes Pats on Twitter

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    While New England was defeating Houston on Sunday to set up an AFC Championship Game rematch with Baltimore, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo ripped the Patriots on Twitter, particularly criticizing their no-huddle offense.
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  • Stepping It Up: When Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead were hur…

    Stepping It Up: When Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead were hurt …

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    When Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead were hurt in the first quarter, the Patriots turned to their reserves and ripped the Texans 41-28. It is the Patriot Way, says Don Banks.
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  • Attack Mode: Tom Brady found an edge, and the Texans never adj……

    Attack Mode: Tom Brady found an edge, and the Texans never adj…

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    Tom Brady found an edge, and the Texans never adjusted, says Chris Burke, who weighs in on the Patriots' 41-28 win that set up a rematch with the Ravens in the AFC title game.
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  • Texans’ DeVier Posey suffers torn Achilles tendon

    Texans’ DeVier Posey suffers torn Achilles tendon

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Texans receiver DeVier Posey suffered a torn Achilles tendon injury in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. Posey went down in pain and had to be carted off the field, and he confirmed the diagnosis after the game. “It felt like I got shot. I’ve never fel
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  • During Patriots win, Brandon Spikes shows off his sweet dance m…

    During Patriots win, Brandon Spikes shows off his sweet dance moves (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    During the New England Patriots' divisional win over the Houston Texans, Owen Daniels was dropped for a one-yard loss. He dropped the ball, but the play was whistled dead before the fumble. It didn't matter to Brandon Spikes. He used the chance to plead…
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  • Texans hands are tied with Schaub in 2013

    Texans hands are tied with Schaub in 2013

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Though Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had a solid game on Sunday against the Patriots, plenty of his yards and both of his touchdown passes came after Houston had fallen into a 25-point hole.  Regardless, a season of high expectations ended with the Tex…
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  • Bill Belichick is not impressed by another touchdown on the way…

    Bill Belichick is not impressed by another touchdown on the way to Patriots win (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been to the playoffs before. His teams have won Super Bowls. He isn't going to be impressed just because Shane Vereen got his third touchdown. Yeah, it's business as usual for Belichick. He just has to get b…
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  • Brady, Pats finish Texans

    Brady, Pats finish Texans

    There they go again. Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots outlasted the Texans 41-28 to reach their seventh AFC Championship Game in the past 12 years.
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  • Brady, Vereen help Patriots cruise by Texans

    Brady, Vereen help Patriots cruise by Texans

    Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC Championship Game.
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  • Sources: Gronkowski (arm) done for playoffs

    Sources: Gronkowski (arm) done for playoffs

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the remainder of the postseason after breaking his arm in Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Pats push lead back to 11

    Pats push lead back to 11

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Yep, the Texans should have deployed an onside kick to start the third quarter. Instead, they kicked away.  And Pro Bowler Matthew Slater returned it to the New England 31.  And the Patriots then drove 69 yards in seven plays, with Stevan Ridley capping
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  • Brandon Lloyd gets a 15-yard penalty for throwing the ball at a…

    Brandon Lloyd gets a 15-yard penalty for throwing the ball at an official

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Brandon Lloyd had a big impact on a Patriots playoff game, but it won't exactly thrill Bill Belichick. After a pass to Lloyd was short-hopped to him and incomplete, he got up, took a few steps and in frustration flipped the ball at a game official, hitt…
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  • Texans-Patriots halftime notes

    Texans-Patriots halftime notes

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots lead the Houston Texans, 17-13, at haltime. Here are some notes at intermission: Patriots Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker is on a roll with six receptions for 120 yards. Welker set a new Patriots record with 59…
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  • J.J. Watt greets Pats logo with saliva

    J.J. Watt greets Pats logo with saliva

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Yesterday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game ended up being much better than anyone had expected.  Perhaps today’s will be, too. Per multiple reports and accounts, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt spit on the Patriots logo in the middle of the field a
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  • No surprises on inactive lists for Texans, Patriots

    No surprises on inactive lists for Texans, Patriots

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Combined, the Houston Texans and New England Patriots listed 20 players as "probable" on Friday's injury report. The Patriots removed 15 players from the injury report entirely, therefore, it's no surprise that there are no surprises on either…
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  • Patriots playoff inactives

    Patriots playoff inactives

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are the New England Patriots you will not see in Sunday's playoff game against the Houston Texans: Patriots DE Jake Bequette OL Nick McDonald WR Kamar Aiken OL Markus Zusevics DB Malcolm Williams S Derrick Martin TE Daniel Fell…
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  • Sparano to interview for offensive line coach position in Kansa…

    Sparano to interview for offensive line coach position in Kansas City

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Andy Reid could be bringing to the Chiefs a long-time offensive line coach who failed in his only stint as a coordinator.  And the coach’s name isn’t Juan Castillo. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano
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  • Intense media scrutiny looms over Jets G.M. job

    Intense media scrutiny looms over Jets G.M. job

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    With FOX’s Jay Glazer declaring earlier today that the Jets “can’t give . . . away” their General Manager job, it’ll be interesting to see how the team reacts. Will they simply offer the job to someone with no further discussion?  Or will they
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  • Your Divisional Playoffs Open Thread

    Your Divisional Playoffs Open Thread

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Seattle at Atlanta 1:00 p.m. (FOX): Well, it's put up or shut up for the "Falcons stink in the playoffs" narrative. It really could not have shaken out any worse for them, though, as the white-hot Seattle Seahawks come into town. While Atlanta…
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  • Jason Taylor Went Through Absolute Hell To Play Football

    Jason Taylor Went Through Absolute Hell To Play Football

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    If it wasn't already obvious that football players are bad at diagnosing their own injuries-and that football is an immensely brutal game-Dan LeBatard's story about Jason Taylor in today's Miami Herald drives the point home in graphic detail: More »
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  • Glazer: Jets “can’t give [G.M.] position away”

    Glazer: Jets “can’t give [G.M.] position away”

    Maybe the Jets eventually will just bring back Mike Tannenbaum. Something has to happen at some point, because Jets owner Woody Johnson is having a hard time finding a new General Manager.  Per Jay Glazer of FOX, the team “can’t give the position awa
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  • Mayne Event: Pats-Texans newspaper 'feud'

    Mayne Event: Pats-Texans newspaper 'feud'

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    Kenny Mayne examines the "heated" exchange of blows between the hometown newspapers of the Patriots and Texans.
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  • Tebow's brother sends message to Broncos

    Tebow's brother sends message to Broncos

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow took the high road last year after he was traded by the Denver Broncos. Tebow said he understands Peyton Manning is a legend, and it made sense for the Broncos to acquire the future Hall of Fame quarterback at his exp…
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  • Have the stars aligned for Patriots?

    Have the stars aligned for Patriots?

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Just two weeks ago, we were discussing the New England Patriots hosting a wild-card game, then potentially traveling to Houston and Denver in order to advance to the Super Bowl. But thanks to some good fortune, the reigning AFC cham…
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  • Sunday morning one-liners

    Sunday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Looking ahead to what the Bills offense might look like next season. Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald writes about the toll a long NFL career took on former Dolphins DE Jason Taylor. Patriots T Sebastian Vollmer’s taken an unusual journey from Germany
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  • Video - Texans Don't Matchup Against Patriots 03:06

    Texans Don't Matchup Against Patriots

    Jan 13
    James Walker and Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com on the Texans troubles this season against the Patriots.
  • Video - Patriots Expecting Tough Game 00:44

    Patriots Expecting Tough Game

    Jan 13
    Bill Belichick and Tom Brady comment on the Patriots' upcoming matchup against the Ravens in the AFC Championship game.
  • Video - Patriots Moving On Without Gronkowski 01:30

    Patriots Moving On Without Gronkowski

    Jan 13
    Mike Reiss looks ahead to next Sunday's AFC Championship game, in which the Patriots will face the Ravens without TE Rob Gronkowski
  • Video - Patriots Headed Back To AFC Championship 01:14

    Patriots Headed Back To AFC Championship

    Jan 13
    Shane Vereen combines for three touchdowns and over 160 yards of offense as Patriots put away Texans and advance to their seventh AFC Championship under Bill Belichick.

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    Jan 13
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    Jan 13
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    Jan 13
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