Learning from losses. It’s something the Patriots have done each season since Bill Belichick has been in charge down in Foxboro. For a championship-driven franchise, falling short of a Super Bowl title is a bitter pill.

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Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was asked by the Boston Herald on Monday if he thought the Patriots would make a play for free agent receiver Chad Ochocinco.


"Belichick's smarter than that," said Lewis, who coached Ochocinco in Cincinnati for the last eight seasons.


Jets coach Rex Ryan, in a press conference the day after his team's season came to an end in the AFC championship game, said that his team is close to its stated goal of winning a Super Bowl after making it to the NFL's final four for two straight seasons. He suggested that the Jets need to figure out how to do more than just beat the Patriots, feeling that New York has handled its business against its foremost AFC East rival, but has lost the division (and thus been left without a bye or home playoff games) because of its performance against other teams.


Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named a unanimous choice for The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team, the second time in his career Brady has named as an All-Pro.


Brady, who passed for 3,900 yards with 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2010, was joined on the All-Pro Team by guard Logan Mankins and linebacker Jerod Mayo. Mayo led the NFL with 193 tackles and Mankins was a dominant force on the offensive line in his nine games played this season. It was the first selection for both players. 


Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to break down the NFL conference championship games and talk about the Super Bowl.


The Steelers won the AFC title game for the third time in six seasons, holding off a furious second-half rally by the Jets to emerge a 24-19 winner Sunday.


The Steelers scored the first 24 points of the game, which included touchdown runs by Rashard Mendenhall (who finished with 121 yards rushing) and Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh defense contributed to the scoring just 47 seconds after the Roethlisberger TD, as William Gay recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble (off an Ike Taylor sack) and ran 22 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 24-0 lead.

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The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and held on down the stretch for a 21-14 win over the Bears to win the NFC championship on Sunday at Soldier Field. As a result, sixth-seeded Green Bay will advance to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on Feb. 6.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished 17-for-30 for 244 yards, but threw two picks as the Bears nearly put together an improbable comeback behind No. 3 quarterback Caleb Hanie. However, with the Packers driving for what could have been a game-tying score, Hanie was intercepted by Green Bay defensive back Sam Shields.

Appearing on WEEI's NFL Sunday show with Dale Arnold, Chris Price and Christian Fauria, former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown surmised that this year's Pats team was unlike the ones he played on in the sense that it didn't exhibit the same kind of resolve/makeup when falling behind. An example he pointed out was how the team approached falling behind in its season-ending loss to the Jets.