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Rob Ninkovich and Chris Long are two guys who might be playing their last game for the Patriots on Sunday. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
February 02, 2017 - 1:00 pm
HOUSTON — Martellus Bennett hit on an important point Monday evening. “Just enjoy it. Enjoy the moments,” he said when he was asked about any Super Bowl advice he got from his brother Michael, who has been to two Super Bowls. “Enjoy spending time with your teammates, because this is the last time...
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Tuukka Rask has made 43 starts this season, the second-most in the NHL. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
Ty Anderson
February 02, 2017 - 7:07 am
If Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the Capitals in Washington was an indication of what’s to come, an exhausted Punxsutawney Tuukka Rask has declared that spring is coming early this year. With their playoff odds at less than a coin flip entering a pivotal head-to-head against the juggernaut Caps, the...
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Dont'a Hightower is the leader of the Patriots defense. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 02, 2017 - 1:28 am
HOUSTON -- The Patriots played their worst defensive game of the season on Nov. 13, a 31-24 loss to the Seahawks at home, which was also the first game following the Jamie Collins trade. Uncharacteristic mistakes allowing big plays, being unorganized prior to the snap, blown coverages, it was one...
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Roger Goodell addresses the media on Wednesday. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)
February 01, 2017 - 8:10 pm
HOUSTON — Welcome back to the world of Roger Goodell, where nothing is as it seems. In his annual state of the game press conference Wednesday afternoon, the commissioner was asked about his decision not to attend a game in Foxboro this season, even going so far as to go to Atlanta on back-to-back...
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Tom Brady (left) and Matt Ryan have taken different paths to the top. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)
Mike Petraglia
February 01, 2017 - 12:33 pm
HOUSTON - Matt Ryan has a charming, warm smile that is lighting up TV cameras this week in Houston. It's the first extended national exposure in the NFL for the 31-year-old Falcons quarterback. From his days at Chestnut Hill, Matt Ryan has always beamed happiness and confidence. It's the core of...
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Nate Solder (left) and Marcus Cannon (right) are the closest of friends now, but that hasn't always been the case. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)
February 01, 2017 - 10:52 am
HOUSTON — Marcus Cannon and Nate Solder are teammates, having both been with the Patriots since 2011. But the connection they share goes deeper than just wearing the same uniform and playing the same position. The two veteran offensive linemen — the bookend tackles who will be charged with keeping...
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Logan Ryan has used being a former quarterback to his advantage. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 01, 2017 - 1:42 am
HOUSTON -- It was the end of the 2009 season and Rutgers was playing USF featuring mobile quarterback B.J. Daniels in big game as USF was ranked. Rutgers needed someone to play the role of Daniels in practice leading up to the game and they turned to red-shirt freshman Logan Ryan. Ryan red-shirted...
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Bryan Cox celebrates after Super Bowl XXXVI. Fifteen years later, he's back in the big game as an assistant coach with the Falcons. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
January 31, 2017 - 11:57 am
HOUSTON — Bryan Cox hasn’t changed much since 2001, other than the fact that there's a little more salt than pepper in his beard. The quotable linebacker spent just one season with the Patriots, but he played a wildly underrated role as a leader for that Super Bowl team. The veteran provided a...
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