Not a good look for Patriots fans.

According to multiple reports, a fire alarm was pulled around 3 a.m. early Sunday morning at the Steelers’ team hotel.

The hotel was evacuated while the fire department checked the building, but while many Steelers players were awakened by the alarm, the team was not officially evacuated.

Tom Brady. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

When Tom Brady was asked last week about Donald Trump’s declaration that the Patriots quarterback had offered a congratulatory phone call the day before the presidential inauguration, the quarterback’s response was minimal.

Appearing on the Kirk & Callahan Show Monday morning, Brady relayed more detailed thoughts on both the communication, and where he stands with Trump.

“I’m a pretty positive person, so I don’t want to create any distractions for our team and so forth,” Brady said. “I just try and stay positive and actually this world could use a little more positivity. Everything’s not great in this world and everything is not great in life. But if you try and take a positive approach … I try to do that. I try to do that in practice. I try to do that with my team. I try to do that with my family. That’s how I go about life. I don’t like negativity. I don’t like a lot of confrontation. Those things don’t make me feel very good. I wouldn’t be a good talk show host.”

Brady was subsequently asked what the negative aspects of his life might be.

“I wouldn’t even tell you what those things would be,” he said. “There’s nothing for me to complain about. I don’t have any complaints. I’m a human being like every other person. I have family, and the same things that every family goes through. Life is good and it’s very precious. You have different things in life that keeps things in perspective of how precious life is, things that happen with your family and your friends. I’m very blessed to have support and love and to do what I love to do, and for that I’m very grateful.”

Then, for clarification sake, the quarterback was offered the opportunity to confirm or deny the phone call in question.

“I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call,” Brady said. “But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”

And just when it appeared the conversation regarding Trump and the phone call was taking a turn elsewhere, Brady jumped back in.

“Why does everybody make such a big deal? I don’t understand it,” he added.

That brought back the topic of his relationship with the new President.

“I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life,” Brady noted. “I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”

Brady was reminded that at least part of the controversy was due to his friendship with a very public figure that has taken stances which many might believe the QB wouldn’t want to be associated with.

“I don’t believe in a lot of things,” Brady said. “Not to denounce anything. There are different things … I’ve known Gerry [Callahan] for a long time and I would consider, I don’t know friends, but would be very cordial if I saw you and I think we would have a lot of things to talk about. I don’t agree with everything. That’s fine, right?

“I just don’t want to be a distraction for our team. There are too many guys that are working hard in one direction to help us win games to help us get to the point where we are now. You just don’t want to be a distraction. There are too many distractions in life.”

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Rob Bradford

Rob Ninkovich recovered a fumble in the Patriots' win over the Steelers.</p>
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Tom Brady celebrates another AFC title. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO — The 2016 season has now moved from the Patriots against the rest of the league to New England against the history books.



FOXBORO — What’s an AFC championship win without a celebratory Instagram post?

After the Patriots’ 36-17 win over the Steelers, Tom Brady posted a picture to Instagram with his wife Gisele Bundchen with the caption: THAT’S SOME HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE! #letsgooooooo

THAT’S SOME HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE! #letsgooooooo

A photo posted by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Although they didn’t play with each other, Martellus Bennett and Johnny Manziel both attended Texas A&M and appear to be somewhat close — close enough for Bennett to give Manziel tickets to the AFC championship game Sunday night.

Manziel was at the game and documented his night on social media. It appeared he enjoyed himself and is a big Patriots fan.

FOXBORO — Although they didn’t play with each other, Martellus Bennett and Johnny Manziel both attended Texas A&M and appear to be somewhat close — close enough for Bennett to give Manziel tickets to the AFC championship game Sunday night.

Manziel was at the game and documented his night on social media. It appeared he enjoyed himself and is a big Patriots fan.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — No one appreciates hard work and team unity more than Bill Belichick.

It’s those two qualities the Patriots coach pointed to when summarizing his feelings following a 36-17 win over the Steelers Sunday in the AFC Championship that sends him to a record seventh Super Bowl as a head coach.

FOXBORO — No one appreciates hard work and team unity more than Bill Belichick.

It’s those two qualities the Patriots coach pointed to when summarizing his feelings following a 36-17 win over the Steelers Sunday in the AFC Championship that sends him to a record seventh Super Bowl as a head coach.

Specifically, Belichick was asked about his thoughts when reflecting on what his team has accomplished despite overcoming some major obstacles this year. Beginning with Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, continuing with the trade of Jamie Collins and then the injury to Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots have overcome a great deal to reach their record ninth Super Bowl as a franchise.

“Yeah, well we never dwell on that,” Belichick said. “We take the hand that we’re dealt and play the cards. We’re very fortunate. We have a good team. We have a lot of good players. We have good depth. Nick Caserio and his staff, Dave Ziegler on the pro side, Monti [Ossenfort] on the college side and all of the guys that work in there. I mean they’ve done a great job of helping to build the depth on this team. Look, every team has injuries. Every team loses a player. It’s unfortunate, but that’s life in the NFL.

“But we’ve had players that have been able to work hard, be prepared and take advantage of those opportunities and help the team win in all three units and really in every game. You referenced the beginning of the year but it’s been true in every game really. It’s a credit to those guys. It’s a credit to the depth on our team and the way that those guys prepare. They work hard. They don’t know if they’re going to get an opportunity or not and then when it finally comes and they do get it, they’re usually ready to take advantage of it and help the team win.”

Thanks to the play of Tom Brady and his team’s overall execution of a well-thought out game plan, there wasn’t much adversity to overcome Sunday.

“That’s why we’re where we are,” Belichick continued. “We have a special team, a special group of guys that really work hard. They deserve the success that they’ve had. I mean it’s hard to win 16 games in this league. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the players and the job they’ve done all year week after week. It’s tough but they come in and grind it out. They sit in these seats for hours, and hours, and hours, and prepare, and prepare, and go out there and lay it on the line every week. Again, it’s a good group of men.”

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Mike Petraglia
Cornerback Eric Rowe had one of the two Patriots turnovers on defense Sunday night. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Cornerback Eric Rowe had one of the two Patriots turnovers on defense Sunday night. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — They’ve heard the criticism and now they are happy to shut the critics up.

All year the Patriots defense heard the talk about how they were not a good unit and how they didn’t play many good offenses, but Sunday night against the Steelers finally gave them a chance to prove their haters wrong.

Going up against Ben Roethlisberger and a strong Steelers offense, the Patriots defense limited them to a 17 points, its fewest since Week 9, as the Patriots rolled to a 36-17 win in the AFC championship.

“It was a challenge and I think we all took it personally,” cornerback Logan Ryan said. “We understood that we had to win our matchups. They have a lot of talent and are a great organization, and ‘Big Ben’ [Roethlisberger] is a great quarterback. We had an opportunity on a great stage to go out and play one-on-one with these guys and I think we did a great job. I think Malcolm [Butler] did a tremendous job, I think Eric Rowe played a perfect game, and I think a started a little slow but answered the call when I needed to. We’re happy with the win.”

The Patriots forced two turnovers (one fumble recovery by Rob Ninkovich and an interception by Eric Rowe), as well as holding the Steelers to 1-for-3 in red zone situations, including 0-for-2 in goal-to-goal situations.

Safety Duron Harmon was proud of his unit’s play.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” he said. “We try not to focus too much on the media, but we hear it, it’s everywhere. We heard that we weren’t tested all year. We wanted to come out here, do what we were supposed to do, play good fundamental football, take away their key targets and try to make them beat us in other places.”

The Patriots will now be going to the Super Bowl, something they have been working towards since the end of July. Harmon said how much work has gone into it and because of that feels like they have earned it.

“Hard work. There’s not a group of guys, I don’t think, that work harder than the guys we got,” Harmon said. “Day after day we watch film, we practice hard, conditioning. We’re putting in so much work that it just seems right for us to be here. We earned this. Nobody gave this to us. We went out there and beat a real good team today. A very good team. The Steelers are a very good team with a lot of good players and we went out there and won. We have one more game left and we’ll see in two weeks.”

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Ryan Hannable