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Matt Ryan and the Falcons may not be as good as they look. (Jason Getz/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
January 24, 2017 - 10:58 pm
Last week prior to the AFC championship game, there was a lot of talk about how because the Steelers had won nine straight going in, they shouldn't be taken lightly. Overall, the Pittsburgh defense wasn't great this season, but was putting up good numbers over the win streak. Some thought because...
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Uptempo football and some cagey pre-snap work from Tom Brady led to success with Chris Hogan in the AFC title game. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
January 24, 2017 - 6:03 pm
Who says you can’t surprise an opponent at this time of the year? The Patriots were able to shock the Steelers in the AFC title game last Sunday with a quick start, going no-huddle on a handful of plays right out of the gate as some early audibles from Tom Brady helped catch Pittsburgh unaware. “We...
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Chris Hogan has stepped up in a big way this postseason. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
January 23, 2017 - 11:05 pm
When Rob Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve with a back injury the first week of December, many questioned whether or not the Patriots had what it would take to make the Super Bowl . After all, in the last five seasons the Patriots have reached the Super Bowl twice, and both times Gronkowski...
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Matt Ryan and Tom Brady are set to meet in Super Bowl LI (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
January 23, 2017 - 3:54 pm
Defense wins championships? Maybe not this year. The Patriots and Falcons are heading to Houston with two of the most potent offenses of any Super Bowl teams in recent memory. The two teams finished the regular season first and second in offensive DVOA . The two quarterbacks will feature the...
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Rob Ninkovich recovered a fumble in the Patriots' win over the Steelers. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
January 23, 2017 - 3:49 am
FOXBORO -- In the middle of the season, the Patriots defense was told it wasn't very good even though it was allowing 18.1 points per game (sixth in the league) following Week 10. After allowing just 12.9 points per game since that game and finishing first in points allowed (15.6 points per game)...
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Tom Brady celebrates another AFC title. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
January 23, 2017 - 3:25 am
FOXBORO — The 2016 season has now moved from the Patriots against the rest of the league to New England against the history books. Sure, I mean, when we all get together again in Houston on Sunday to kick off Super Bowl week, the Falcons will be there. They’ll show up and say all there right things...
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There was no disputing the excellence of Tom Brady again Sunday in the AFC Championship. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)
Mike Petraglia
January 23, 2017 - 12:30 am
FOXBORO - The perfect Tom Brady returned at the perfect time Sunday. Brady wasn't good in the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium . He was brilliant, even by Brady standards. He completed 32-of-42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots steamrolled the Steelers, 36-17, on their way...
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