NFL Playoffs

Tom Brady and Danny Amendola
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John Tomase
January 22, 2018 - 9:55 am
There are a lot of Patriots haters out there, and the official Gillette Stadium Twitter account seemed to have a message for them on Monday after Sunday's 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC title game. "This isn't even close to the last confetti pic we'll be posting,"...
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Tom Brady
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John Tomase
January 21, 2018 - 10:31 pm
If you're looking for reasons to believe the fix is in and it favors the Patriots, NFL referee Clete Blakeman provided some grist for that conspiratorial mill on Sunday. As the final seconds ticked off New England's 24-20 victory over the Jaguars in the AFC title game -- a contest in which the...
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Tom Brady and Danny Amendola
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John Tomase
January 21, 2018 - 7:09 pm
His hand stitched shut and his confidence only restored in the 24 hours before Sunday's AFC title game, Tom Brady wasn't going to be fazed by a 10-point deficit against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had overcome more dire circumstances in his last two Super Bowls. The 10-point fourth quarter...
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Tedy Bruschi and Tom Brady
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John Tomase
January 19, 2018 - 10:14 am
If you're unconvinced that Tom Brady's right hand injury could impact him during Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, don't take our word for it. Listen to former Patriots great Tedy Bruschi. Appearing alongside Elle Duncan on ESPN on Friday, Bruschi made his concerns clear. "This is...
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Jaylen Brown
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John Tomase
January 19, 2018 - 9:53 am
Jaylen Brown may ply his trade in Boston, but blood trumps his adopted hometown. When the Patriots host the Jaguars in Sunday's AFC championship, Brown will have a rooting interest in the visitors. His cousin is Pro Bowl corner A.J. Bouye, and Brown isn't shy about his allegiances. He said he's...
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Tom Brady
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John Tomase
January 17, 2018 - 9:39 pm
Let's just accept that we won't know the truth about Tom Brady until Sunday's opening drive. The Patriots quarterback missed Wednesday's press conference to meet with the medical staff. He later appeared on the injury report with a hand issue, which is new. The Herald's Karen Guregian reported that...
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Clete Blakeman and Tom Brady
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John Tomase
January 17, 2018 - 11:58 am
The Patriots don't play the Jaguars until Sunday, but it's never too early to start blaming the referees, and this weekend's assignments should send a shudder down the spine of Patriots fans. Clete Blakeman's crew gets the game, and it's possible no ref has been tougher on the team's bottom line in...
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John Tomase
January 16, 2018 - 4:20 pm
Patriots fans love to gloat when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin mismanages the clock, like he did in November's last-second loss to New England, and again in Sunday's shocking 45-42 defeat to the Jaguars in the playoffs. It turns out some members of Steelers ownership have had enough. According to a...
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John Tomase
January 16, 2018 - 9:56 am
Indianapolis may be buzzing about the expected hire of Josh McDaniels as head coach, but one columnist familiar to Patriots fans absolutely hates it. Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star wants to know what the Colts are thinking . "I still can't believe this is happening," Doyel wrote. "Can't...
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John Tomase
January 16, 2018 - 1:04 am
From snap to release, the throw against one of the league's most aggressive pass rushes required 1.92 seconds. That was enough time for a three-step drop and scan of two tight ends running shallow routes to the right, one sitting on the hash, the other in the flat. Three defenders had them...
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