GLENDALE, Ariz. –€” Two quarters are in the books here at University of Phoenix Stadium, and the game is tied at 14.

Tom Brady is 20-for-27 for 177 yards, with two touchdowns and one pick. LeGarrette Blount had 10 carries for 37 yards and Danny Amendola had four catches for 44 yards, while Rob Gronkowski had three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. On the other side of the ball, Russell Wilson is 4-for-7 for 84 yards and a touchdown. In addition, Marshawn Lynch had 12 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and Chris Matthews had two catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. Brady now has 51 career postseason touchdown passes, the most in NFL history.

Here are a few quick notes:

— The high point of the first half for the New England offense came early in the second quarter. That’€™s when Brady pout together a masterful nine-play, 65-yard drive that took 4:10 and ended with a neat little in-cut to Brandon LaFell that went for an 11-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 with 9:47 left in the first half. The play opened up after Brady executed a perfect play-action fake to Blount that froze the secondary. A really well-executed sequence that led to a score for the Patriots.

— New England added to that with a really sharp drive at the end of the first half. Following a second-quarter score by the Seahawks, Brady guided the Patriots on an eight-play, 80-yard drive that took 1:45 and ended with a 22-yard floater from Brady to Gronkowski to make it 14-7 with 31 seconds left in the second quarter. Twenty-six of the yards on the drive came from Shane Vereen, including a 16-yard pass play to the back that got the Patriots down to the Seattle 27-yard line.

— Wilson didn’€™t attempt a single pass until the 14:21 mark of the second quarter. Part of that was situational, but at the same time, there was some terrific work in coverage by the New England secondary, which fundamentally shut everything down. The Seahawks were left to rely on their ground game, and while it was one of the best in the league over the course of the regular season, Lynch and the Seahawks struggled to find consistency running the ball in the early going. (It also appeared that Jamie Collins was working as a spy on Wilson, at least in a part-time role.)

— €” The Seahawks were able to get something going offensively late in the second quarter when Wilson found little used Mathews for a 44-yard gain that jumpstarted the Seattle offense. It was an impressive pass play where Wilson went over the top at the expense of cornerback Kyle Arrington on a really nice pass down the right side of the field. Three plays later, the Seahawks punched in their first touchdown of the evening, a 3-yard touchdown run from Lynch with 2:16 left in the half to make it 7-7. Lynch accounted for 25 of the 70 yards on that drive for the Seahawks.

— The low point of the first half for the New England offense came in the first quarter, when it wasted a great chance at putting some points on the board with a Brady pick. The Patriots got into the red zone with a really impressive drive that feature some nice balance, including good work by Blount and Vereen, each of whom picked up a first down on the drive. (The series went 13 plays and 58 yards in all.) Then came an awful misfire on the part of the quarterback, who was picked off by Jeremy Lane on the goal line on a ball intended for Edelman. (Lane was carted off with what the team called an arm injury ‘€” he was listed as questionable to return, but given the way the injury looked, it’€™s safe to say he’€™s done for the evening.)

–€” The low point of the first half came at the end of the second quarter when Wilson hit Matthews again on an 11-yard pass play with two seconds left in the half to tie the game at 14. It was a bold move on the part of the Seahawks to go for the end zone instead of going for a field goal and it paid off as Wilson and Matthew connected at the expense of Logan Ryan.

— The Patriots did not appear to suffer any injuries in the first half.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Speaking on the NBC pregame show in an interview taped earlier in the week, Tom Brady sat down with Bob Costas where he was asked a few questions on Deflategate.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Speaking on the NBC pregame show in an interview taped earlier in the week, Tom Brady sat down with Bob Costas where he was asked a few questions on Deflategate.

“I’ve talked about that in the past, and I don’t want that to continue to be a story this particular game,” said Brady. “All the facts will come out after the Super Bowl. However the facts come out that will be news to me as well. That process will all take place at some point. I am excited about the Super Bowl and that is where my focus is.

“I think there was an energy drain with my emotions and feelings being involved early in the week. You have to be able to move past those things and compartmentalize those things and be mentally tough out there to move through.”

Brady is aware of the past history with the Patriots and Spygate, but said he is focused on the Super Bowl and wants all the facts to come out before commenting on the matter.

“I’d like to just wait for the facts to come out before talking about any of those things,” Brady said. “In some ways to make judgements on things I know nothing about is not really fair to whatever the process ends up being. We’re under tough scrutiny. We’ve won a lot of games and people are very critical of what we do.

“They are critical of what a lot of teams do. That is part of being in this profession, you have to take the good with the bad. I’m OK with it. Our team is OK with it. We’ve had great focus this week and hopefully our best is going to come through Sunday night. That is where our focus is going to me.”

The quarterback said he can understand why he’s been under a lot of scrutiny, but says those people don’t know his beliefs and what he’s all about.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and when you play for one NFL team, there are 31 other NFL teams out there and they are probably not much of a fan of you,” he said. “If people what to feel the way they feel, I have no problem, with that. They are certainly entitled to those beliefs and those feelings. I realize it’s not about me, not a lot of people know who I am and what I am about. The people that do, they do know what I am about and what I stand for.”

“Absolutely. I can understand why people feel that way,” he added. “There is an investigation going on. I am sure all those things will come out. It’s been a lot of speculation and that’s what led to my hurt feelings. Hopefully the facts come out and we understand whatever happened, happened and it is not going to affect this game and we can move forward.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

GLENDALE, Ariz.

GLENDALE, Ariz. –€” The Patriots announced the following players were inactive for Sunday’€™s Super Bowl matchup with the Seahawks: running backs Jonas Gray and James White; wide receivers Brian Tyms and Josh Boyce; offensive lineman Jordan Devey and defensive linemen Zach Moore and Joe Vellano.

No real surprises here, at least from a personnel standpoint, as all appear to be healthy scratches. One thing to look for is the fact that offensive lineman Cameron Fleming is active and ready to go ahead of someone like Tyms –€” it could be a sign that the Patriots are inclined to go with more of a run-heavy set with six offensive linemen as needed.

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

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Final thoughts & final predictions on the final segment of the year!

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Fauria calls the guys to break down the game and gives his reasoning as to why he feels the Pats should win by 4 ... or possibly more.

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Dickerson, DeOssie and Price talk about 2 of the biggest story lines of the week - the ridiculous press conference the commissioner of the NFL held on Friday and Marshawn Lynch's mockery of media day.

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The guys discuss their gut feelings as the game rapidly approaches and what they expect to happen today in Arizona.

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Tom calls the guys on Super Bowl Sunday live from the site of the game and discusses his thoughts on the state of the NFL after that ridiculous presser from the commissioner on Friday and his scathing follow-up column. He gets into the meat of the game, possible unsung heroes and why he feels the Pats may win a blowout as the game gets closer and closer.

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