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About Mike Petraglia

Mike Petraglia is a columnist and reporter and has covered the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Boston College since the inception of WEEI.com in 2008. He has been working for Sports Radio WEEI since 1999. Mike began his own sports reporting service, SportSound, in 1993, and has been covering the Boston beat on a full-time basis ever since. Mike can be heard on local and national outlets including WEEI, ESPN Radio and Sirius NFL and Fox Sports Radio.

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02/06/17 04:40 EST
HOUSTON - Dont'a Hightower knew his dreams of another Super Bowl ring were dimming fast. Julio Jones made one of the most incredible catches in Super Bowl history over the outstretched hands of Eric Rowe at the Patriots 22 with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots trailing, 28-20. It couldn't possibly end like this, could it? The Patriots had just seized momentum from the Falcons on Hightower's strip-sack of Matt Ryan at the Falcons 25, followed up with a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Danny Amendola and a 2-point conversion by James White to make it 28-20 with 5:56 left in the fourth quarter. The Patriots-heavy crowd was in a frenzy and they sensed the comeback from down 28-3 was a formality. Then the Patriots' defense allowed a 39-yard pass to an uncovered Devonta Freeman to midfield. Two plays later Jones made his miracle catch. Then it happened. The Falcons, instead of playing conservative and working toward a field goal that would've all but sealed New
02/03/17 06:37 EST
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HOUSTON - These Patriots know full well the fine line between confidence and arrogance. They had great examples in the past. From Ty Law, Willie McGinest and Lawyer Milloy to Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi to the current edition, the Patriots have always had players on defense who were fearless. But where does that attitude come from? Like in any family, it starts at home. And home, to the Patriots, means the locker room and practice field. The Patriots, to a man, will tell you that if you can handle Bill Belichick's meetings and the trash-talking of teammates on the practice field, you'll be able to handle anything you encounter on the field. "We play for each other, you play for the person next to you," safety Patrick Chung said Thursday. "I can go home and if I have a problem, I can call one of my teammates and talk to them. These are my brothers. If something happens to them it happens to me. That's vice versa, it's just how I feel. Our locker room is filled with good
02/01/17 01:33 EST
HOUSTON - Matt Ryan has a charming, warm smile that is lighting up TV cameras this week in Houston. It's the first extended national exposure in the NFL for the 31-year-old Falcons quarterback. From his days at Chestnut Hill, Matt Ryan has always beamed happiness and confidence. It's the core of his nature. But that smile can also be very misleading. Like Tom Brady, Ryan's smile hides an inner edge and competitive fire that has finally brought him to precipice of a world championship. When I covered Ryan at Boston College, the story seemed to always find its way to how a nice guy like Ryan - who was always there to help out teammates and friends alike - could muster up the intensity and competitiveness to bring his team to a different level. And, more than any quality, that's what Ryan did for Boston College. He brought them to a very high level. Ryan was 30-10 in 40 career starts for the Eagles, throwing 56 touchdowns and leading his team to a perfect 4-0 mark in bowl games. As
01/25/17 11:50 EST
These explosive Atlanta Falcons are not the Greatest Show on Turf. They don't have a K-Gun. But don't be surprised when the Patriots take the field in Houston on Feb. 5 with a game plan that will essentially treat them the same way Bill Belichick handled the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and the Bills in Super Bowl XXV. The Patriots are masters of the game plan and Belichick is the chief architect. By now, most football aficionados knows that his defensive game plan, as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, to stop the Jim Kelly "K-Gun" offense in Super Bowl XXV is in Canton in the Hall of Fame. In that game, Belichick used two defensive linemen for most of the game while using four linebackers in the nickel and three linebackers in the dime. The idea? Jam and pound Buffalo receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton at the line of scrimmage and over the middle. But what about Thurman Thomas? Certainly, the Bills would see that and just hand off. "We're going to let him run for



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