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Brady discussed his latest appearance in the AFC Title game.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Grizzlies, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Magic at Hawks, 5 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Warriors at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Loyola (Md.) at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Syracuse at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hampton at N.C. Central, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Westward at Swansea City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In case you thought a week would be enough time for the Bengals to get over their bitter loss to the rival Steelers, think again. Steelers players expressed their glee Sunday night after Pittsburgh was eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Broncos.

The Bengals were frustrated last Saturday, with much of their ire directed at controversial Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, who walked onto the field and got into an argument with Bengals defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones in the final seconds of the game. Jones was assessed a flag after pushing an official who was trying to keep him away from Porter, putting the Steelers in position for an easy field goal that won the game.

Porter later was fined $10,000, as was fellow assistant Mike Munchak, who pulled the hair of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson during an incident on the sideline. A total of $83,665 in fines was assessed for that game.

So, with the hard feelings still lingering, it made the Bengals happy to know the Steelers’ season now is over.

Wrote George Iloka: And just like that all is right in the world again. … I have my closure now.

Tweeted Dre Kirkpatrick under a picture of him smiling: What goes around comes around #karma.

Mohamed Sanu tweeted out a series of smiley emojis following the word “Mood,” then wrote: I guess I can’t be in a good mood outta the blue lol.

Tweeted Rey Maualuga: #icanfinallysleepinpeace.

— In case you missed it, there was some confusion during the coin flip before overtime of the Packers-Cardinals game Saturday night. After the Packers called tails, referee Clete Blakeman tossed the coin, but it never turned over, settling on heads on the ground. Blakeman then decided to toss it again, and again it was heads. Arizona again won the toss. The Cardinals received the ball and marched downfield for a game-winning touchdown.

“There is nothing in the rulebook that specifies [a required flip],” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement. “But the referee used his judgment to determine that basic fairness dictated that the coin should flip for the toss to be valid. That is why he re-tossed the coin.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers claims he would have changed his call had Blakeman given him the chance. He said he looks at how the official is holding the coin before deciding what to call.

“Clete had it on heads,” Rodgers said of the original toss. “He was showing heads, so I called tails, and it didn’t flip. It just tossed up in the air and did not turn over at all. It landed in the ground. So we obviously thought that was not right.

“He picked the coin up and flipped it to tails, and then he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a recall there. It was confusing.”

Added Rodgers: “I think he was trying to avoid the embarrassment of what just happened,” Rodgers said. “He flipped it quickly.”

Coincidentally, Blakeman was the official who tossed the coin before the Patriots-Jets overtime game in Week 16, when the Patriots won the toss but allowed the Jets to have the ball — and special teams captain Matthew Slater questioned Blakeman about wanting to choose which side of the field to defend.

Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes was hit with a $35,000 fine by the league for comments he made Saturday about his October fight with Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

Branes, who reportedly punched Fisher after driving to his ex-wife’s home where Fisher was visiting, did not hold back when speaking to the media before Saturday night’s Grizzlies-Knicks game (a 103-95 Memphis win). Barnes said he wanted nothing to do with Fisher, but the comment that got Barnes in trouble was when he said, “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is.”

In announcing the fine, NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement: “Matt Barnes‘ comments condoning violence do not reflect who we are as a league or the character of our players. His words are unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the core principles of this game and the NBA.”

Barnes was suspended two games for the October incident.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 18, 1973, the Red Sox signed their first designated hitter, with the position set to debut that season. Which veteran was obtained to fill that role?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’ll be the Broncos vs. the Patriots. We’ll enjoy this one tonight. I think you knew that answer was coming. To kind of quote Bill Belichick, we’ll be on to New England. But I’ll be talking about them on Wednesday.” Peyton Manning, after helping the Broncos beat the Steelers and advance to the AFC championship game

STAT OF THE DAY: 24 — Consecutive points scored by the Seahawks in the second half of Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Panthers, as Seattle stormed back from a 31-0 halftime deficit but ultimately fell short of advancing to the NFC championship game for the third straight year

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Oregon State basketball player Jarmal Reid, upset about a non-call, sticks out his foot and trips the referee, earning a technical foul and an ejection.

Nuggets guard Will Barton soars in after a jump ball and tosses up a basket to beat the shot clock.

Spurs rookie Boban Marjanovic, a 7-foot-3 center, dunks on Mavericks forward Jeremy Evans and glares at him afterward.

During a Rockets practice, center Dwight Howard makes a backward full-court shot.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Orlando Cepeda, who went on to hit .289 with 86 RBIs in 142 games in his lone season in Boston

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991, was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
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The guys opened the show discussing the Pats and Broncos.

 

Things to consider while acknowledging that while we lost David Bowie, Hans Gruber and Grizzly Adams, we did gain Julian Edelman. And the universe is in balance once more:

— As a kid, I used to dream about seeing the Patriots win a playoff game. Just a single playoff win. I was trying to stay realistic so my goals for them weren’t any higher. And I was already a grown man of legal drinking age before I finally saw it come to fruition. Now they’re in their fifth straight AFC championship game. Fifth. In a year when the NFL changed rules to try and stop them, investigated them, tried to suspend their best player and they’ve a higher casualty count than the boxed set of “Game of Thrones,”€ they’ve made it back to the title game where all the lunacy started last season. So if you’ve ever wondered why I am the way I am, there’s your answer.

— And make no mistake, this is exactly the kind of week that would have derailed the Patriots season back in my formative years. Mysterious black eyes, police reports about bizarre behavior, an All-Pro coming up with enough ailments to get officially licensed my Milton Bradley for his own “Operation” game. Foxboro would have been Distractionville. Population: Them and there wouldn’t have been enough Ritalin in the world to get them to focus on the game. But this team continues to demonstrate a level of resolve and mental toughness that was unthinkable, pre-Bill Belichick.

— And if you can’t admire what witnessing, if you’re one of those twisted, wretched, soulless creatures who’d rather focus on “arrogance,”€ “€œtomato cans,”€ Chad Jackson, conspiracies and (to use Belichick’s words) warm drinks and trash cans, then I have no sympathy for you. There’s historic greatness happening right in front of us. And I’ll be damned if I don’t make the most of it.

— Could anything be more 21st century Patriots than the fact that the most pivotal play and the only sack of the game were both made by Chandler Jones? That strip of Knile Davis stole the momentum away from Kansas City and set up the touchdown that took them out of the game for good. And to Cris Carter, in New England we’re also accusing Jones of PCP: a Pretty Clutch Play.— Could it have felt any better to have the band back together offensively? Granted this is isn’t the versatile Optimus Prime McOffense we saw against Pittsburgh and Buffalo in September. This assembly can’t switch from power run set to spread at the press of a button like it used to. But with Edelman back, Tom Brady can still detach four and five guys from the formation and choose his mismatch like he’s playing ‘€œGo Fish’€ and can see your cards. Rob Gronkowski is drawing single coverages again. The ball is coming out quickly again. And in spite of some bad cases of the dropsies and a few misfires by the QB, they still put up 27 on an elite defense and brought hope back to the masses.

— I’m not saying it’s all because of Edelman’s return. But I don’t think it would be inappropriate to put yellow ribbons around every telephone pole in New England.

— While we’re paying tributes, if you’re not writing songs, poems and erotic fanfic about the job this offensive line did, you’re doing them a grave injustice. Two weeks ago these guys were just the last survivors of a siege, the enemy was closing in and no help was on the way. Looking at the Chiefs front, my only hope was that they’d blow the whole compound to sacrifice themselves but take the Chiefs with them. But they positively won the battle. On the first drive Marcus Cannon had some issues with Dee Ford. And Sebastian Vollmer was fending off blitzes from Frank Zombo. But they both settled in and were rock solid. And the interior of the line did the impossible. They made 350 pounds of pure nightmare fuel named Dontari Poe completely disappear. He played 79 percent of their snaps and made zero tackles. That is just an incredible turn around from the end of the regular season.

— It just proves that while Belichick’s human outer tissue suffered some damage around the left eye, his cyborg endoskeleton and central processing unit underneath remain intact.

— If it was up to me, I’d have the entire Patriots team go down to Florida to visit Mrs. Gronkowski. It seems to work miracles.

— You know it’s your day when you put the game away with a Brady trick shot carom off Tamba Hali and right to Edelman. If they were playing by house rules at the Knights of Columbus in Weymouth, he wouldn’t have gotten credit for that unless he called it.

— Since Mike Kensil was in town over the weekend and the gang at the NFL is never happier than when they’re digging around looking for conspiracies, maybe they can look into whether Hali was helping the Pats on that one. Maybe if they check his phone they’ll find a text where he calls himself “The Deflector.”

— No sooner did the Christmas commercials stop ruining NFL games than they got replaced by the political ads. And now we’ve got to spend the playoffs trying to sort out the flip-floppers in the pockets of the special interests from the champions of the middle class who will stand up for a strong America because jobs and women’s health. Oy vey. Still, I’ll take all the campaign ads in the world if I never have to way the promo for that Very Special Beheading Episode of ‘€œCriminal Minds’€ again.

— I was much more impressed with the Chiefs zone option attack than I thought I’d be. Before the game got out of hand and they had to chuck it on every down, they brilliantly attacked the Patriots defense with inside and outside zones, zone reads, counters, traps, quarterback powers. I think the Pats focused on defending the perimeters for the most part, so KC carved them up on the interior and it was really effective.

The Pats for the most part were in a 3-4 front, with Rob Ninkovich at one end and Jones or Jabaal Sheard at the Will linebacker spot. When they were in nickel (which was often by my math), Dont’a Hightower was at Will with Jamie Collins alone in the middle. Repeatedly Hightower would stay home to contain the outside run, so Smith would leave him unblocked and either hand it off up the middle or keep it himself. I still think that in 2016 trying to beat a good passing game with that option offense is like dogfighting an FA/18 with a biplane. But it can be fun to watch a smart, athletic quarterback run it.

— Next to Jones’ forced fumble, no stop the Patriots D made all year was as important as that three-and-out after the Chiefs took over on the Pats’ 36. And it was almost all Malcolm Butler. He sniffed out a tight end screen to blow up Travis Kelce for a loss. Then stayed stride-for-stride with Jeremy Maclin on a Go route. And on the third-and-long, Pat Chung brought down Kelce with that Atomic Wedgie tackle. Just a tremendous sequence by the secondary when they needed it most.

— The punt that followed was the one where Danny Amendola went all Chuck Bednarik on Jamell Fleming. I am still trying to figure out what exactly the roughness penalty was called for, since I have no idea what a “blindside block”€ is and no one was in any hurry to explain it to us. All I know is that if you can clobber a guy in a non-lethal, non-headshot way and only get a 2 1/2-yard penalty? You take that every time. And the donkeys who were calling Amendola “€œsoft” a year ago have yet to be heard from.

— Ordinarily I’d start the 80’s move slow clap for any officiating crew that puts the whistles away and lets the borderline penalties go. But there was no excusing the non-call when Edelman got manhandled in the end zone by Marcus Peters. That was the kind of “borderline”€ you see in a Donald Trump campaign spot, the league needs to build a wall there and make Mexico pay for it. OK, I have no idea what that meant. See what these ads are doing to me?

— I don’t mind when Ian Eagle is doing the games. Mainly because I liked the Lou Gossett Jr. films of the same name. But Dan Fouts was atrocious. First of all, you did hear him correctly. When Brady suckered Eric Berry into trying to jump James White’s underneath route and left Gronk open for his first touchdown, Dan described it with the word “unfortunately,” which was hardly the term I would have used. But his worst moment had to be when Smith had run for a first down and Hightower pulled him down from behind in bounds as they both went out of bounds, and Fouts was indignantly calling for the flag. For what? Tackling a ballcarrier? The day that becomes a penalty I’m just going to watch Lou Gossett Jr. movies and wonder when America lost its way.

— Charcandrick West can run the ball for me any day. And might retire the trophy as the most Pokemon-named player in NFL history.

— Speaking of Chiefs names, I tried all game to find a way to work in a reference to “Well if peeing your pants is cool, consider me Knile Davis.”€ But I couldn’t make it work. Do with it as you will.

— Hands down the best moment was Brady’s deranged, enthusiastic bro hug of Josh McDaniels after he ran that broken play down to the one. There must be plenty of testosterone in all that dehydrated algae and spirulina fruit roll ups.

— To the kids who were at Gillette: That “Saturday Night”€ song they were playing was by a band called the Bay City Rollers. Next time your parents tell you the music you listen to is crap, pull up a YouTube of them and show you folks to remind them their music wasn’t all Pink Floyd and Velvet Underground.

Jon Gruden Nickname of the Week: Get a load of this kid Duron Harmon nearly picking that ball off 30 yards upfield on fourth down! I gotta tell ya, I call him “Almost” as in “He was Almost Harmon his own team!” See what I did there, Mike?

— For future reference, we can all live without Edelman with his ankles wrapped up fighting for inches like he was doing near the end of the third quarter. There wasn’t a man, woman or child in New England that wasn’t screaming for him to get down like Mick in Rocky’s corner.

— This week’s applicable movie quote: “Nobody told you to smoke that thing. You made the decision. Live with your decision. Ain’t like I put a gun to your head.”€ – Det. Alonzo Harris, “€œTraining Day”

— The best part about yet another return to football’s final four — the 10th in Brady’s 14 years as a starter –€“ is that it is taking years off the lives of all those miserable jackasses who claimed the Patriots can’t win if they’re not cheating. It’s comforting to know that after a surreal week around here, we’ve got the familiar feeling of some good, old fashioned animosity to comfort us.

— Am I the only thinking that I was watching the first 20 minutes of “3 Games to Glory V”?

— We’re onto the AFC championship game. Again.

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Things to consider while acknowledging that while we lost David Bowie, Hans Gruber and Grizzly Adams, we did gain Julian Edelman. And the universe is in balance once more:

— As a kid, I used to dream about seeing the Patriots win a playoff game. Just a single playoff win. I was trying to stay realistic so my goals for them weren’t any higher. And I was already a grown man of legal drinking age before I finally saw it come to fruition. Now they’re in their fifth straight AFC championship game. Fifth. In a year when the NFL changed rules to try and stop them, investigated them, tried to suspend their best player and they’ve a higher casualty count than the boxed set of “Game of Thrones,”€ they’ve made it back to the title game where all the lunacy started last season. So if you’ve ever wondered why I am the way I am, there’s your answer.

— And make no mistake, this is exactly the kind of week that would have derailed the Patriots season back in my formative years. Mysterious black eyes, police reports about bizarre behavior, an All-Pro coming up with enough ailments to get officially licensed my Milton Bradley for his own “Operation” game. Foxboro would have been Distractionville. Population: Them and there wouldn’t have been enough Ritalin in the world to get them to focus on the game. But this team continues to demonstrate a level of resolve and mental toughness that was unthinkable, pre-Bill Belichick.

— And if you can’t admire what witnessing, if you’re one of those twisted, wretched, soulless creatures who’d rather focus on “arrogance,”€ “€œtomato cans,”€ Chad Jackson, conspiracies and (to use Belichick’s words) warm drinks and trash cans, then I have no sympathy for you. There’s historic greatness happening right in front of us. And I’ll be damned if I don’t make the most of it.

— Could anything be more 21st century Patriots than the fact that the most pivotal play and the only sack of the game were both made by Chandler Jones? That strip of Knile Davis stole the momentum away from Kansas City and set up the touchdown that took them out of the game for good. And to Cris Carter, in New England we’re also accusing Jones of PCP: a Pretty Clutch Play.— Could it have felt any better to have the band back together offensively? Granted this is isn’t the versatile Optimus Prime McOffense we saw against Pittsburgh and Buffalo in September. This assembly can’t switch from power run set to spread at the press of a button like it used to. But with Edelman back, Tom Brady can still detach four and five guys from the formation and choose his mismatch like he’s playing ‘€œGo Fish’€ and can see your cards. Rob Gronkowski is drawing single coverages again. The ball is coming out quickly again. And in spite of some bad cases of the dropsies and a few misfires by the QB, they still put up 27 on an elite defense and brought hope back to the masses.

— I’m not saying it’s all because of Edelman’s return. But I don’t think it would be inappropriate to put yellow ribbons around every telephone pole in New England.

— While we’re paying tributes, if you’re not writing songs, poems and erotic fanfic about the job this offensive line did, you’re doing them a grave injustice. Two weeks ago these guys were just the last survivors of a siege, the enemy was closing in and no help was on the way. Looking at the Chiefs front, my only hope was that they’d blow the whole compound to sacrifice themselves but take the Chiefs with them. But they positively won the battle. On the first drive Marcus Cannon had some issues with Dee Ford. And Sebastian Vollmer was fending off blitzes from Frank Zombo. But they both settled in and were rock solid. And the interior of the line did the impossible. They made 350 pounds of pure nightmare fuel named Dontari Poe completely disappear. He played 79 percent of their snaps and made zero tackles. That is just an incredible turn around from the end of the regular season.

— It just proves that while Belichick’s human outer tissue suffered some damage around the left eye, his cyborg endoskeleton and central processing unit underneath remain intact.

— If it was up to me, I’d have the entire Patriots team go down to Florida to visit Mrs. Gronkowski. It seems to work miracles.

— You know it’s your day when you put the game away with a Brady trick shot carom off Tamba Hali and right to Edelman. If they were playing by house rules at the Knights of Columbus in Weymouth, he wouldn’t have gotten credit for that unless he called it.

— Since Mike Kensil was in town over the weekend and the gang at the NFL is never happier than when they’re digging around looking for conspiracies, maybe they can look into whether Hali was helping the Pats on that one. Maybe if they check his phone they’ll find a text where he calls himself “The Deflector.”

— No sooner did the Christmas commercials stop ruining NFL games than they got replaced by the political ads. And now we’ve got to spend the playoffs trying to sort out the flip-floppers in the pockets of the special interests from the champions of the middle class who will stand up for a strong America because jobs and women’s health. Oy vey. Still, I’ll take all the campaign ads in the world if I never have to way the promo for that Very Special Beheading Episode of ‘€œCriminal Minds’€ again.

— I was much more impressed with the Chiefs zone option attack than I thought I’d be. Before the game got out of hand and they had to chuck it on every down, they brilliantly attacked the Patriots defense with inside and outside zones, zone reads, counters, traps, quarterback powers. I think the Pats focused on defending the perimeters for the most part, so KC carved them up on the interior and it was really effective.

The Pats for the most part were in a 3-4 front, with Rob Ninkovich at one end and Jones or Jabaal Sheard at the Will linebacker spot. When they were in nickel (which was often by my math), Dont’a Hightower was at Will with Jamie Collins alone in the middle. Repeatedly Hightower would stay home to contain the outside run, so Smith would leave him unblocked and either hand it off up the middle or keep it himself. I still think that in 2016 trying to beat a good passing game with that option offense is like dogfighting an FA/18 with a biplane. But it can be fun to watch a smart, athletic quarterback run it.

— Next to Jones’ forced fumble, no stop the Patriots D made all year was as important as that three-and-out after the Chiefs took over on the Pats’ 36. And it was almost all Malcolm Butler. He sniffed out a tight end screen to blow up Travis Kelce for a loss. Then stayed stride-for-stride with Jeremy Maclin on a Go route. And on the third-and-long, Pat Chung brought down Kelce with that Atomic Wedgie tackle. Just a tremendous sequence by the secondary when they needed it most.

— The punt that followed was the one where Danny Amendola went all Chuck Bednarik on Jamell Fleming. I am still trying to figure out what exactly the roughness penalty was called for, since I have no idea what a “blindside block”€ is and no one was in any hurry to explain it to us. All I know is that if you can clobber a guy in a non-lethal, non-headshot way and only get a 2 1/2-yard penalty? You take that every time. And the donkeys who were calling Amendola “€œsoft” a year ago have yet to be heard from.

— Ordinarily I’d start the 80’s move slow clap for any officiating crew that puts the whistles away and lets the borderline penalties go. But there was no excusing the non-call when Edelman got manhandled in the end zone by Marcus Peters. That was the kind of “borderline”€ you see in a Donald Trump campaign spot, the league needs to build a wall there and make Mexico pay for it. OK, I have no idea what that meant. See what these ads are doing to me?

— I don’t mind when Ian Eagle is doing the games. Mainly because I liked the Lou Gossett Jr. films of the same name. But Dan Fouts was atrocious. First of all, you did hear him correctly. When Brady suckered Eric Berry into trying to jump James White’s underneath route and left Gronk open for his first touchdown, Dan described it with the word “unfortunately,” which was hardly the term I would have used. But his worst moment had to be when Smith had run for a first down and Hightower pulled him down from behind in bounds as they both went out of bounds, and Fouts was indignantly calling for the flag. For what? Tackling a ballcarrier? The day that becomes a penalty I’m just going to watch Lou Gossett Jr. movies and wonder when America lost its way.

— Charcandrick West can run the ball for me any day. And might retire the trophy as the most Pokemon-named player in NFL history.

— Speaking of Chiefs names, I tried all game to find a way to work in a reference to “Well if peeing your pants is cool, consider me Knile Davis.”€ But I couldn’t make it work. Do with it as you will.

— Hands down the best moment was Brady’s deranged, enthusiastic bro hug of Josh McDaniels after he ran that broken play down to the one. There must be plenty of testosterone in all that dehydrated algae and spirulina fruit roll ups.

— To the kids who were at Gillette: That “Saturday Night”€ song they were playing was by a band called the Bay City Rollers. Next time your parents tell you the music you listen to is crap, pull up a YouTube of them and show you folks to remind them their music wasn’t all Pink Floyd and Velvet Underground.

Jon Gruden Nickname of the Week: Get a load of this kid Duron Harmon nearly picking that ball off 30 yards upfield on fourth down! I gotta tell ya, I call him “Almost” as in “He was Almost Harmon his own team!” See what I did there, Mike?

— For future reference, we can all live without Edelman with his ankles wrapped up fighting for inches like he was doing near the end of the third quarter. There wasn’t a man, woman or child in New England that wasn’t screaming for him to get down like Mick in Rocky’s corner.

— This week’s applicable movie quote: “Nobody told you to smoke that thing. You made the decision. Live with your decision. Ain’t like I put a gun to your head.”€ – Det. Alonzo Harris, “€œTraining Day”

— The best part about yet another return to football’s final four — the 10th in Brady’s 14 years as a starter –€“ is that it is taking years off the lives of all those miserable jackasses who claimed the Patriots can’t win if they’re not cheating. It’s comforting to know that after a surreal week around here, we’ve got the familiar feeling of some good, old fashioned animosity to comfort us.

— Am I the only thinking that I was watching the first 20 minutes of “3 Games to Glory V”?

— We’re onto the AFC championship game. Again.

@JerryThornton1

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In the final hour of their show, Gary Tanguay and Rob Bradford discuss the Chandler Jones situation and the bizarre week of New England injury misinformation leading up to the Pats' win over Kansas City.
Gary Tanguay and Rob Bradford continue to talk Patriots in hour two of their Sunday show, with injuries to several players during Saturday's game becoming a focus.
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