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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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02/08/16 03:46 EST
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Defense does win championships. In one of the most dominant defensive efforts in Super Bowl history, the Broncos sacked Cam Newton six times and forced four turnovers in a 24-10 win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and 11-year veteran DeMarcus Ware did what they did to Tom Brady in the AFC championship while Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe helped shut down one of the most potent running attacks in the game. The result was one really frustrated NFL MVP. Defense was the star for the Broncos in Peyton Manning's likely swan song. It was the defense that throttled the new league MVP so badly that he was reduced to short answers and stunned silence in the interview room of Levi's Stadium. "They outplayed us," Cam Newton said after completing just 18-of-41 passes for 265 yards. The Broncos were 5-point underdogs because the experts didn't think their defense could carry the day against a Panthers team that came in running away from
02/05/16 05:14 EST
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SAN FRANCISCO - If you were expecting Roger Goodell to change his stance at this point you must not have been paying attention for the last nine months. At his annual state of the NFL press conference Friday here, he was asked about many factors having to do with competitive balance. But Goodell would not back down on his and his bosses' stance of protecting the integrity of world's most profitable sport. Apparently, competitiveness doesn't come with transparency. Never was this more clear than when CSNNE's Tom Curran asked the question that everyone in New England wanted answered since the NFL began collecting PSI information on footballs from spot checks during the season: Why don't you simply release the results of your findings? "As you know, at the beginning of the season we made changes to our protocols of how we were going to manage the footballs," Goodell said. "That is how they were going to be managed in the moment. They were taken into the stadium right after the
01/28/16 01:16 EST
Everyone not in a cave knows the Patriots are a pass-first offense with one of the best in the game firing passes all over the field. There were plenty of questions following the 20-18 loss in Denver, but nearly a week later, it's fairly obvious the running game did Tom Brady no favors this season. As a matter of fact, just behind the woeful offensive line toward the end of the season, it was the biggest reason defenses were able to tee off on the quarterback. For all of the criticism of Marcus Cannon, Sebastian Vollmer, Cam Fleming and the interior line, when the quarterback drops back to pass 56 out of 83 snaps, the line is going to get beat a fair amount of the time and, eventually, it's going to wear down. That more than anything is what the film showed Sunday. In 2007, Brady threw 578 passes and completed 398 of them, including 50 touchdowns -- 23 to Randy Moss. That same year, with Laurence Maroney as the feature back, the Patriots ran the ball 451 times for an average of 4.1 yards.
01/25/16 12:22 EST
DENVER -- We all should have seen this coming. Sunday's AFC championship should never have happened that way, but it did because the Patriots grew a nasty habit in the final eight weeks of the season. They failed to finish their job. Sunday's 20-18 loss at Sports Authority Field was as much a result of the Patriots doing what the Broncos and certainly Peyton Manning couldn't. They beat themselves. Manning threw 32 passes, completing just 17, but two of them went for touchdowns to tight end Owen Daniels. But it was what the Patriots did to themselves Sunday that was an extension of a horrid end to the regular season. A missed extra point, as heartbreaking as it was for the honorable Stephen Gostkowski, was self-inflicted. The decision to keep passing and not establish anything in the running game was a choice. The decisions not to kick field goals twice in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter of a game that was there for the taking again was a choice not imposed by Denver. The



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