Jan 22, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick celebrates with recording artist Jon Bon Jovi after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick celebrates with rocker Jon Bon Jovi after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick paid old friend Jon Bon Jovi quite the compliment Monday.

About 12 hours after his team dismantled the Steelers, 36-17, in the AFC championship in front of the rock icon, Belichick said he actually paid attention to the crowd singing to one of Bon Jovi’s greatest hits.

The Patriots coach may not have known who won the NFC championship before his team took the field Sunday but he certainly didn’t block out the music once his team got rockin’ in the third quarter.

Once LeGarrette Blount bowled in from one-yard out to make it 27-9, “Living on a Prayer” started blasting over the sound system throughout the stadium and then – on cue – the video boards showed a shot of the artist who performed the song in the suite with Rob Gronkowski. Bon Jovi smiled and then started conducting the crowd in an acapella version, which rang throughout the stadium.

“Yeah, I was definitely aware of it,” Belichick said Monday in a conference call. “Jon… I mean I’ve heard him play that song dozens of times, but he had the place rocking, maybe a little more than we did. Yeah, pretty impressive. He’s a great friend, been a great friend for a long time all the way back into the 80’s.

“We’ve shared a lot of great moments together including the 1990 Super Bowl in Tampa where he was in the locker room after the game still taking crazy pictures and stuff like that; great memories from there. It was great to have Jon here and I always appreciate his great support. Yeah, it was quite a moment, one that you usually don’t see at a professional football game. Yeah, it was special.”

Bon Jovi gave Belichick a good luck hug and peck on the cheek after the Patriots concluded their on-field warmups before heading back into their locker room one final time before kickoff. Bon Jovi, a former owner of the Philadelphia Soul (2004-08) of the Arena Football League, is a frequent visitor to Patriots training camp. But his roots with Belichick go back to his days in New Jersey with the Giants.

“Jon is a big Giants fan,” Belichick said. “He grew up in New Jersey, so when I was coaching the Giants. We had a lot in common. We both liked the Giants.”

Bon Jovi was quick to bond with Belichick but not so much Bill Parcells.

“I don’t think Bill [Parcells] was a big Bon Jovi fan or Bruce Springsteen fan or anything like that,” Belichick said. “It wasn’t exactly his musical style at that point in time. Some of the younger coaches on the staff, one in particular connected to him. [Sean] Landeta, you know Sean was another one. Sean and Jon and I – we’ve done a few things together. Yeah, back to the Jersey-Giants days.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

On Monday morning, Dennis Harrison, 25 of East Boston was arraigned in court after allegedly pulling a fire alarm in the Steelers’ team hotel near Logan Airport early Sunday morning.

According to a Mass State Police report, Harrison told officers he “got drunk and did something stupid” on a dare because “the Steelers are staying here.”

The Steelers had the fire alarm pulled at their hotel Sunday morning. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The Steelers had the fire alarm pulled at their hotel Sunday morning. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

On Monday morning, Dennis Harrison, 25 of East Boston was arraigned in court after allegedly pulling a fire alarm in the Steelers’ team hotel near Logan Airport early Sunday morning.

According to a Mass State Police report, Harrison told officers he “got drunk and did something stupid” on a dare because “the Steelers are staying here.”

Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and setting off a false fire alarm.

Per WBZ, Harrison’s attorney said his client, a “die-hard” Patriots fan.

The alarm went off just after 3 a.m. Sunday morning and much of the hotel was evacuated while firefighters secured the building. Although many Steelers players were woken up, they did not leave their rooms.

Pittsburgh fell to New England, 36-17 Sunday night in the AFC championship game.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — When cameras caught Martellus Bennett doing the pom-poms with Patriots cheerleaders after New England’s 36-17 win over the Steelers in the AFC championship, it was equal parts celebration of going to the Super Bowl and relief after passing the latest Bill Belichick exam.

What did Belichick think of Bennett’s cheerleading tryout?

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have had quite a run. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have had quite a run. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — When cameras caught Martellus Bennett doing the pom-poms with Patriots cheerleaders after New England’s 36-17 win over the Steelers in the AFC championship, it was equal parts celebration of going to the Super Bowl and relief after passing the latest Bill Belichick exam.

What did Belichick think of Bennett’s cheerleading tryout?

“Yeah, I missed all of the dancing with the cheerleaders; sorry. We’ll have to get a replay on that,” Belichick said on Monday’s conference call. “But you know, I’d say just in general it’s great to, obviously it was a great win for our team and our organization last night, but it’s great to see the players who have worked so hard take so much satisfaction in their relationship with their teammates and the goal that they accomplished last night.”

Bennett, who is headed home to Houston for his first Super Bowl appearance, caught five passes on all five targets from Tom Brady on Sunday, amassing 32 yards. He was the third-leading receiver behind Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman.

Bennett is just one example of what Belichick has always sought in his players – a firm belief in the team as one. Bennett came to New England from Chicago in the final year of his four-year deal. He’s used it as a platform to show his talents for a new deal in New England or elsewhere – and he’s done it while playing over half the season with a broken bone in his right ankle.

“Another step in a season where the team has already won 16 games but it was another significant step,” Belichick added Monday. “When you see them reacting and congratulating each other and celebrating like that, you know you have a closeness on the team that is special. I mentioned that last night and it’s true. These guys, they work hard. They put up with a lot from me and they put up with a lot of significant demands and requirements here, but it’s done with the intent to try and produce a good product and a good team.”

For as much as he is considered super serious and rigid, Belichick has always encouraged his team to celebrate big plays and big games with one another. The team that wins together celebrates together, and vice versa.

“They buy into it,” Belichick said. “They perform well in critical situations like [Sunday] night. I take a lot of satisfaction in seeing them achieve that because they’ve worked so hard for it and I think they deserve it, but you’ve got to go out and prove it.

“Again, going back to [author] Jerry Izenberg – ‘No Medals for Trying.’ [The 1990 book on the New York Giants] This time of year everybody tries hard. Everybody has a good team that is still playing. You’re only rewarded for achievement. Last night we were fortunate enough to earn that. It’s a great feeling to see everybody have that kind of interaction with each other and feel so good about their teammates and the guys they’ve worked so hard with.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

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Tom Brady averaged 2.22 seconds from snap-to-throw vs. Steelers. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady averaged 2.22 seconds from snap-to-throw vs. Steelers. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Historically, Tom Brady has torn the Steelers defense apart, especially at Gillette Stadium and that trend continued Sunday night in the AFC championship.

Brady went 32-for-42 passing with 384 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ rout. The 384 passing yards set a franchise record in a playoff game.

In five games at Gillette Stadium against the Steelers, Brady is 141-for-196 (72 percent) passing, with 1,797 yards (359.4 average), 18 touchdowns and no interceptions.

By our count, Brady averaged 2.22 seconds from snap-to-throw, but it wasn’t just the quick release where Brady had success. He was 17-for-22 when taking less than two seconds, but also 7-for-9 when taking more than three seconds.

It was his best percentage when taking more than three seconds in the last two seasons.

“Yeah, it was a good day,” Brady said after the game. “I mean, we’re going to the Super Bowl, man – [shoot]. You’ve got to be happy now.”

Brady was in complete control the whole game, as it appears he had done his homework with the Steelers defense and knew exactly where the soft spots in the zone would be.

Typically, Brady is at his best when getting the ball out quickly, but Sunday showed he can beat defenses in so many different ways.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady appears to be enjoying life on Instagram.

The quarterback posted a picture of himself, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett after the AFC title game where he quoted Alan from “The Hangover.”

Tom Brady appears to be enjoying life on Instagram.

The quarterback posted a picture of himself, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett after the AFC title game where he quoted Alan from “The Hangover.”

Brady wrote: You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when the Patriots brought Jimmy in, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack – it grew by one, so where there two – there were two of us in the wolf pack. I was alone first in the pack and then Jimmy joined in later. And nine months ago, when the Patriots introduced me to Jacoby, I thought ‘Wait a second, could it be?’ And I knew for sure- I just added another guy to my wolf pack. So today, I make a toast! Blood brothers!

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Deion Sanders says Julian Edelman’s skin color is the reason why he isn’t considered one of the best receivers in the league.