PHOENIX — The Patriots and their coach feel they are ready.

According to the pool report gathered from Adam Beasley of the Pro Writers Association of America, Bill Belichick spent the final evening before the Super Bowl just reminding his players how ready they are.

“Same thing that we talked about all week,” Belichick told Beasley. “I don’t think there’s anything that’s happened the last day or two days that will change what we normally do, fundamentally. Just kind of reinforcing some of the key points that we talked about all week.”

Fans, friends and family spent the day upstairs at the Patriots team hotel in Chandler, Ariz., anticipating the game in Glendale. The team held its normal Saturday meetings before posing for the team photo at lunch.

The Patriots will have their final meetings Saturday night to go over “a few last-minute reminders,” Belichick said, and then turn in for what they hope is a good night’s sleep, assuming no fire alarms go off.

The Patriots chose not to hold a final walkthrough on Saturday. “We usually don’t practice on Saturday,” Belichick said.

The first chance their players will have to test out the field at University of Phoenix Stadium will be pre-game Sunday.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

PHOENIX — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski headlined the awards handed out at the fourth annual NFL Honors awards show the night before Super Bowl XLIX by winning the AP’s Comeback Player of the Year.

PHOENIX — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski headlined the awards handed out at the fourth annual NFL Honors awards show the night before Super Bowl XLIX by winning the AP’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Coming off a torn ACL last December, Gronkowski was ready for Week 1 and finished the year with 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those were the second-best numbers of his career, as he only put up higher numbers in 2011, the last time he played more than 11 games in a season.

The tight end won the PWWA’s Comeback Player of the Year as well, about a month ago.

Here is a complete list of the awards handed out Saturday night:

AP MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
AP Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals
AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams
Art Rooney Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers
FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
Salute to Service Award, Jared Allen, Vikings
Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
“Greatness of the Road Award”: Tony Romo, Cowboys
Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs
Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset High School

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

PHOENIX — It appears every Patriots player will be ready to go for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Glendale, as Bill Belichick indicated

Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

PHOENIX — It appears every Patriots player will be ready to go for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Glendale, as Bill Belichick indicated would be the case in post-practice report on Friday.

Bryan Stork (knee) was officially upgraded to probable from questionable on Saturday afternoon, just over 24 hours before kickoff against the Seahawks. Stork was limited in practice all week, and last week as well, after injuring his knee in the divisional round game and missing the AFC title game.

Six other players are still listed as probable, including Tom Brady (ankle) who participated in full in practice all week. Darrelle Revis (rest) was limited in practice Friday for the first time all season, and is probable for the game. Also probable include the players who were limited in practice all week — Akeem Ayers (Thur. and Fri. foot), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

The final injury report of the season came out on Friday for Super Bowl XLIX.

Seattle still lists five players as probable: T Justin Britt (knee), S Kam Chancellor (knee), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), CB Richard Sherman (elbow), G JR Sweezy (knee) and S Earl Thomas (shoulder).

Here is the complete UPDATED Patriots injury report:

Probable

QB Tom Brady (ankle)
LB Akeem Ayes (knee)
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower (shoulder)
DT Chris Jones (elbow)
DT Sealver Siliga (knee)
CB Darrelle Revis (rest)
C Bryan Stork (knee)

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

PHOENIX — The Patriots have played in some great Super Bowls over the years, with some memorable — and not-so-memorable — halftime shows. Here’s a quick look back at some of the mid-game entertainment in Super Bowl contests involving the Patriots:

Super Bowl XX involved Up With People. Yeah, it’s about what you think it is.

The halftime show at Super Bowl XXXI involved a mock Fox News report, Jim Belushi and a fleet of guys on Harley Davidson bikes. Somehow, this represented an upgrade from Super Bowl XX.

U2 delivered a legendary performance at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVI. Just crushed it. (For what it’s worth, this and Prince at halftime of Super Bowl XLI were the two best of all time.)

Janet Jackson had a — ahem — memorable show at Super Bowl XXXVIII:

Of all the halftime performances in Super Bowl games involving the Patriots, maybe the least eventful was Paul McCartney at Super Bowl XXXIX. But “Live and Let Die” is still pretty cool live:

Tom Petty performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLII. Not great, not lousy. Free Fallin’ was probably the highlight:

In terms of Super Bowl halftime shows for games involving the Patriots, the production value involving Madonna’s show at Super Bowl XLIV was probably at or near the top of the list. Plus, there was that guy on the wire:

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

PHOENIX — Despite his torn ACL which he had surgery on in December, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley made the trip out to Arizona in time for the team and position pictures on Saturday. He took posted a few photos to Instagram:

THAT BOY BILL BELICHICK!!!

A photo posted by KiD-RiD (@stevanridley) on

Greatest. QB. Ever.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

PHOENIX — Earlier this week Robert Kraft reached out to Tedy Bruschi and he will serve as the Patriots’ honorary captain in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the

PHOENIX — Earlier this week Robert Kraft reached out to Tedy Bruschi and he will serve as the Patriots’ honorary captain in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Seahawks.

“He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick,” said Kraft in a statement. “With an undefeated record in the games that we have honored him, including the 45-7 win in the AFC Championship game two weeks ago, Tedy is the perfect player to serve as our honorary captain for Sunday’€™s Super Bowl.”

In possibly a bit of a coincidence or not, Bruschi has been honored six times by the Patriots since 2009 and the Patriots have won all six of those games.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks is almost 24 hours away and to get ready for the game, here are 49 stats to know relating to the teams and players in the game.

(Special thanks to the Patriots media relations department for the great work they do with their media guide, helping to find some of these, and other stats throughout the season)

1. Patriots are 12-0 this season when scoring 23 or more points and 159-12 under Bill Belichick.

2. Dating back to 2012 in the last nine Seahawks losses, they have allowed 100 yards or more rushing.

3. In the postseason dating back to 1970 and the NFL merger, the Patriots are 19-1 when winning the turnover battle.

4. In the five previous Belichick/Tom Brady Super Bowls, the Patriots have failed to score first quarter points in all five.

5. Patriots are 10-0 this season when scoring a first quarter touchdown.

6. Patriots are 10-0 this season when scoring first.

7. Including the postseason, the Patriots are 49-1 when having a 100-yard rusher under Belichick.

8. Patriots are 12-2 this season when winning the opening coin toss.

9. Since 2000, the Patriots are 12-4 against the NFC West, but are 1-3 in their last four games.

10. Since 2000, including the postseason, the Patriots are 151-20 when leading at halftime.

11. The Patriots and Seahawks have faced each other 16 times in both franchises history, with each team winning eight games.

12. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in all five of his Super Bowl games, and in 24 of his 28 total playoff games.

13. Since Nov. 13 against the Lions, the Patriots have allowed only 22 second half points, spanning eight games and have outscored opponents 116-22.

14. With a win, the Patriots will becoming the winningest playoff team in a five-year span. They are currently tied with the Cowboys in the mid-1990s with 11.

15. Robert Kraft has the most Super Bowl appearances of any NFL owner in the Super Bowl era (7).

16. When leading after three quarters in the postseason, the Patriots are 20-4.

17. 17 members of the Patriots have played in a Super Bowl before.

18. Patriots are 2-5 in their last seven games played on grass.

19. Patriots’ 13 turnovers were the second-fewest in team history.

20. The six rushing touchdowns allowed by the Patriots this season were the second-fewest in team history.

21. Stephen Gostkowski‘s 94.6 field goal percentage was the best in team history.

22. Including the playoffs, the Patriots scored 193 second quarter points (10.7 per game) and have outscored opponents 193-114.

23. Seahawks have allowed 6.8 points per game in the second half this year, the fewest in the NFL.

24. Patriots averaged 16.2 points per game in the first half of games this year, the second-most in the NFL.

25. The Patriots’ +10.9 scoring margin was best the league. Seattle’s +8.9 was second-best.

26. In the regular-season, Seattle allowed the fewest first downs in the league (277). The Patriots picked up the fourth-most (361).

27. In the regular-season, the Patriots were tied for the second-best turnover differential in the league at +12.

28. During the regular-season, 73.2 percent of Rob Gronkowski‘s catches went for first downs.

29. The Patriots fumbled four times this season, which was a franchise-low.

30. Of the last 20 opponents trips to the red zone against the Patriots, they’ve scored eight touchdowns.

31. In the two postseason games, the Patriots have just two runs for over 10 yards (LeGarrette Blount and Julian Edelman).

32. After going four straight games in the middle of the year without throwing an interception, Brady has thrown at least one in eight of his last 10 games.

33. Patriots have allowed 100 yards rushing in three of their last four games. Seattle has rushed for over 100 yards in all but one game this season.

34. Patriots are 4-4 this year when allowing 100 or more yards rushing.

35. New England has forced at least one turnover in their last six games. Seattle has not turned the ball over in five of their last nine games.

36. In the regular-season with a starting offensive line of Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell and Sebastian Vollmer Brady’s been sacked four times, and with any other starting combination he’s been sacked 17.

37. With four points, Gostkowski can become the Patriots’ all-time leader in playoff scoring, as he is currently four points behind Adam Vinatieri (117).

38. Blount (7) has the most postseason touchdowns run in team history.

39. With 68 punt return yards, Edelman will become the Patriots’ all-time punt return leader in the postseason as Troy Brown currently has 315.

40. Brady will tie Jerry Rice for the most postseason games played for the second-most all-time with 29.

41. Brady has faced the Seahawks twice in his career He’s 1-1, with three touchdowns and three interceptions in those games.

42. If the Patriots are able to beat the Seahawks and win the Super Bowl, they’€™d be the first team in NFL history win the Super Bowl and not record a postseason sack.

43. With a win, Brady would be the fifth quarterback in NFL history 35 or older to win a Super Bowl.

44. New England was the ninth-best team in the league when it came to converting red-zone scoring opportunities, connecting on touchdowns at a rate of 91 percent.

45. According to Football Outsiders, Seattle held opposing quarterbacks to a 78.8 quarterback rating and allowed only 0.92 yards at the second level in the running game, which was fourth overall.

46. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Seahawks are 24 games over .500 when Lynch gets 20 carries, and 24 games over .500 when Lynch breaks a 20 yard run.

47. According to ESPN Stats and Info, New England is 10-0 when they limit the opposition rush attack to less than 40 yards up the middle.

48. Seattle is going for back-to-back championships. There hasn’t been a repeat champion in 10 years, which is the longest drought in the Super Bowl era.

49. According to Elias, the Patriots are the first team to reach the Super Bowl without having a player with 100 rush attempts that season.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable