Instead of kicking a field goal and trying to cut the deficit against Denver, Belichick chose to try to convert on 4th down twice late in the AFC Championship Game. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate whether this was the right move.

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This year was plagued with injuries for the Patriots, especially on the offensive line. How do they fix their biggest problem this off-season?
Patriots center Bryan Stork took a page out of Bill Belichick's media-handbook and gave the same "We've onto next year" answer to the media after the Denver loss. This got Christian's blood boiling, and he goes off on Stork.
Not long after the Patriots' offensive line got embarrassed in the AFC Championship Game against Denver, the Patriots fired their o-line coach, essentially making him the fall-guy.

 

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Fox BusinessThe Denver Broncos‘€™ stunning elimination of the New England Patriots granted football fans an unexpected discount for Super Bowl 50 — at least as far as ticket prices are concerned. …

Super Bowl tickets are about 38% cheaper than they were a year ago, when tickets to see the Patriots and star quarterback Tom Brady play the Seattle Seahawks cost an average of $9,722.86. As of Sunday, the average price for a ticket to Super Bowl 50 stood at $6,007.74, according to TiqIQ, a secondary market ticket price aggregator. The get-in price for the game’€™s cheapest ticket is $3,279, though past data suggests that number could fall to about $2,400 before kickoff.

I love it. As much as I still haven’t choked down the bitter pill of that loss Sunday, this will help enormously. Because it proves two things: New England still has the most passionate, dedicated and motivated fan base in football, and the whole country still is obsessed with the Patriots.

How else do you explain ticket prices plummeting like orange juice futures the second the Patriots got eliminated. America hates the Pats. America resents them. America tries to discredit everything they’ve ever accomplished. But America can’t get enough of them. Because ultimately, America loves the bad guy.

Sure. we’ll watch the game. But it won’t be the same. The “Beloved national treasure makes one last run at glory” story line and the “Heroic fresh new face of the NFL” subplot are swell. But nothing compares to having the bad guy to root against. It’s why the villains are always the most interesting characters in your Disney movies or sci-fi. It’s why Muhammad Ali bragged about himself and wrote all those poems about his own greatness. Because people hating on him filled arenas and put money in his pocket. America wanted the Patriots coming into the stadium like a wrestling heel, taunting them and giving them something to boo. And instead they’re going to get a drama-free snoozefest with all the excitement of an Adele song. Simple supply and demand says so.

You need people like the Patriots. Say goodnight to the bad guy. (NSFW, language)

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Daily MailHe had just suffered a deflating defeat that prevented him from going for yet another Super Bowl championship.

But thankfully for NFL star Tom Brady he was able to seek solace in the arms of his children, with the adorable moment caught on camera by his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen. …

Gisele also sent out a tweet to fans where she paid tribute for their support. She said: “Thank you all for the messages supporting Tom. We’re so proud of him. #gratitude.”

No doubt the words of support from his followers is just the tonic for the 38-year-old quarterback after his New England Patriots were destroyed in the AFC Championship Game by the Denver Broncos.

I saw what you did there, Daily Mail. “Deflating defeat.” Very cute. That bit is like a “Saturday Night Live” recurring character they keep trotting out long after it’s gone stale. But by all means, keep beating it to death.

Anyway, I have to admit this post by Gisele has me a conflicted. On the one hand, you’d have to have the soul of a video game monster to not appreciate seeing a man who was used as a tackling dummy for three solid hours in the warm embrace of kith and kin like this. On the other hand, it’s a depressing reminder of how close Brady came to being getting ready for Santa Clara. And how much fun it would be to see Peyton Manning family photos right about now instead of breakdowns of his chances against Carolina’s defense.

Mainly though this picture just wounds me. Because I realize those kids are giving him better protection than he got all day from his O-line.

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Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) in the second half in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos pass rushers admit to trying to humiliate Tom Brady Sunday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Monday Morning QuarterbackTom Brady‘€™s face wore no hint of anger or malice, and he fielded no apologies. Not 20 feet away from him, five huge men baring strikingly few bruises dressed side-by-side in silence. The New England Patriots offensive line wasn’t mauled, manhandled or overpowered in the AFC Championship Game; they were simply ignored.

To the three or four rushers the Denver Broncos sent careening towards Tom Brady on any given down, the five men standing in front of them might as well have been rec league hoopers taking on the Golden State Warriors. Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon and company were deserving of no more respect than a quick step to the inside and a sprint around the corner. And the quarterback was subject to all manner of indignity in a 20-18 loss.

“I tried to lay on him a few times,” said one Broncos rusher after the game. “I tried to rub my nuts on his face.”

You hear that, all you Tom Brady haters? Broncos pass rushers were putting their nuts in his face.

All you wanna-be football analysts and phony experts who’ve been filling up my Twitter timeline, my Facebook page and the WEEI text line with all your “BRADY SUX!” and “He was awful!!! Quit kissing his ass and admit it!!!!!” can back the hell off now. Put down your caps lock button. Lay the exclamation points down and slowly back away. I repeat: They. Were. Putting. Their. Nuts. In. His. Face.

Never mind the indignity, how do you expect any quarterback to get the job done when he’s starting at a guy’s yam bag? Just from a practical standpoint. How is Brady supposed to go through his pre-snap reads when he’s getting teabagged on every dropback? How’s he capable of going through his progressions and anticipate where his receivers are going to break off their routes when he’s half a second away from wearing a pair of Arabian goggles? Not only does it make it impossible to quarterback, it’s dangerous. You could get pinkeye like that.

This is all the proof you Haterade drinkers should need that this loss is all on the offensive line and not Brady. The fact he played as well as he did after staring into another man’s grundle proves he’s the greatest of all time.

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Clippers forward Blake Griffin reportedly suffered a fracture in his right hand and returned home early from his team’s current road trip. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, Griffin sustained the injury in what is being called “an undisclosed team-related incident.”

The five-time NBA All-Star already was dealing with a torn quadriceps muscle that has kept him sidelined since Dec. 26. The new injury reportedly will keep him out “a matter of weeks, as opposed to days.”

The Clippers have three games left on their five-game road trip and will be eager to get Griffin back in their lineup upon recovery. In 30 games this season he has averaged 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

The Clippers did not immediately issue a statement but are expected to provide some clarity on the situation Tuesday.

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning to repair his broken right forearm, an injury he suffered during Sunday’s NFC championship game. Despite the two-week turnaround to Super Bowl Sunday, Davis is planning to play through any pain he may have in the Feb. 7 showdown with the Broncos.

“My understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “So we are excited about that possibility.”

Davis, an 11-year NFL veteran and first-team All-Pro selection this season, is no stranger to pain. He has recovered from three torn ACLs in the same knee, and never saw a change in his steady on-field production.

“He said [he was going to play] with the same type of sincerity he said to me when he told me he was coming back from the third ACL,” Rivera said. “There is something about his conviction and I think that’s what makes him who he is today. So I have no doubt that as long as everything continues to heal the way it’s supposed to, he’ll be out there.”

It seems clear that as long as pain tolerance is the only issue, Davis will not be missing a game of this magnitude for his team. After all, he has played on the Panthers since 2005 and has never had the chance to win a Super Bowl.

“It hurt. It was painful,” Davis said. “At the same time I believe in our training staff and I believe in the process. If it is at all possible I know they are going to get me back and I will do my part to make sure I’m ready.”

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And there you have it. This is the world Roger Goodell created when he decided to go after the biggest star in his game and a man who’s conducted himself with class and dignity. Cities that have never known what it feels like to win are empowered to bathe in Tom Brady‘s blood.

And that’s fine. I get it. It comes with the territory. When you’re the Patriots, history is on the line every time you take the field, and there are no small losses. And when you win as much as Boston does, you learn how it works. Win with class, lose with class. Ignore the haters from little jerkwater towns that never know what it’s like to be relevant.

Stay classy, Buffalo.

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