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Tom Brady soaks in another title. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)
February 06, 2017 - 6:11 am
HOUSTON — Tom Brady stepped to the podium roughly 20 minutes after completing his masterpiece and tried to explain what had just happened. “There was a lot of [expletive] that happened tonight,” Brady sighed with a broad smile. Where to begin? The epic comeback? The fact that he was the central...
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The Patriots completed the biggest comback in Super Bowl history on Sunday. (Daniel Powers/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 06, 2017 - 6:06 am
HOUSTON -- Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks was nothing short of spectacular, but Super Bowl LI was better. After being dominated in every facet of the game during the first half and entering the locker room trailing 21-3, the start of the third quarter wasn't much better for New...
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Dont'a Hightower causes the fumble that changed the course of Super Bowl LI (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)
Mike Petraglia
February 06, 2017 - 3:40 am
HOUSTON - Dont'a Hightower knew his dreams of another Super Bowl ring were dimming fast. Julio Jones made one of the most incredible catches in Super Bowl history over the outstretched hands of Eric Rowe at the Patriots 22 with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots...
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Tom Brady and the Patriots will be keyed up for Super Bowl LI. (Getty Images)
John Tomase
February 05, 2017 - 12:24 pm
And so it all comes to this. The roiling resentment over Deflategate. The anger at Roger Goodell and the shadow figures that enabled him. The unjust punishment of Tom Brady . The alienating love of Donald Trump. The hatred of a sporting nation that despises everything you've built. Finally, at 6:30...
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Tom Brady and his father share a special bond, but he's not the only member of the Patriots who was heavily influenced by his family growing up. (Getty Images Photos)
February 04, 2017 - 9:52 am
HOUSTON — On Monday night, Tom Brady was asked who his hero was. The Patriots quarterback teared up a bit before saying it was his father, Tom Brady Sr. “He was just a great example for me, and he was always someone who supported me in everything I did, to come home at night and bring me out, hit...
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Logan Ryan has earned a reputation as cocky and brash around the NFL. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)
Mike Petraglia
February 03, 2017 - 5:37 pm
HOUSTON - These Patriots know full well the fine line between confidence and arrogance. They had great examples in the past. From Ty Law , Willie McGinest and Lawyer Milloy to Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi to the current edition, the Patriots have always had players on defense who were fearless...
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Dante Scarnecchia has enjoyed great success in his return to the Patriots. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)
February 03, 2017 - 2:14 pm
HOUSTON — Back in the spring, I told you then the return of Dante Scarnecchia would set things right . In the simplest cinematic analogy, he was The Wolf; arriving moments after the end of last year’s ghastly loss in the AFC title game and helping to put New England's football world back together...
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Tom Brady has prepared hard ever since high school. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 03, 2017 - 1:13 am
HOUSTON -- Tom Brady and the Patriots had just beaten the Steelers to reach Super Bowl LI, but the wee hours were no time to celebrate. Brady was already on to Atlanta. "I was kind of just looking at their depth chart at about 1:30 in the morning," Brady said on Kirk & Callahan the Monday...
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