Before getting injured, Chris Hogan had a great game. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Before getting injured, Chris Hogan had a great game. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots were already down one receiver entering Saturday’s game with Malcolm Mitchell being inactive due to a knee injury, and then during the game they lost another.

Midway through the third quarter, Chris Hogan was seen getting his leg stretched out on the sideline before heading inside to the locker room. The team announced it as a thigh injury and his return as questionable.

Hogan appeared back on the sidelines midway through the fourth quarter, even running in place on the sideline appearing ready to re-enter the game, but never did.

On Sunday, Bill Belichick had no update on Hogan’s status.

“Yeah, no, I don’t have any update,” he said. “We’ll update you on Wednesday when we do the practice reports. All of that stuff now, it’s a bunch of hot air.”

Although Belichick didn’t offer any update, things appear to be OK for Hogan given he returned to the sideline and likely would have returned if the game was closer. Also, he was seen in the locker room after the game without showing any sign of a limp.

Prior to getting injured, Hogan was having a great game. He caught all four of his targets for 94 yards.

If Hogan and Mitchell can play in next week’s AFC title game, there’s a chance Michael Floyd could be inactive.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady averaged 2.61 seconds from snap-to-throw against Houston. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady averaged 2.61 seconds from snap-to-throw against Houston. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

There is some truth to what Jadeveon Clowney said after the game on Saturday night: The Texans defense clearly got to and frustrated Tom Brady.

Although the Patriots and Brady won the game in convincing fashion, 34-16, the quarterback was taken off his game, especially when it came to his quick release. This factored into Brady completing just 47 percent of his passes, the lowest mark of his career in the postseason.

Overall, by our count Brady averaged 2.61 seconds from snap-to-throw, which was his highest mark all season. It was his second-highest mark over the last two seasons with last year’s Eagles game (2.63 seconds) being the only game higher.

Brady gave the Texans defense a lot of credit.

“It was a lot of things I think between what they were doing and what we were doing that were causing us problems,” he said. “It was just very inconsistent for us all the way around. We just didn’t do enough in any area, but they’ve got a good defense. They’re ranked the first-ranked defense and I thought they did a good job. They had a good scheme and they were prepared. They played well.”

Prior to Saturday, Brady was completing 84 percent of his passes when taking two seconds or fewer this season. The Texans completely took that away, as Brady was just 7-for-14. They also forced him into 17 plays taking three seconds or more, the most he’s had since that same Eagles game. (He was 4-for-13 on those plays Saturday.)

The Texans did a good job of putting pressure on Brady, but their secondary struggled staying in coverage. This was evident in the long completions the Patriots were able to connect on, including two 40-yard plays to Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman.

Houston put together a very good gameplan against Brady and the Patriots, but it will be hard for another team to duplicate it given how talented the Texans are.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

When cameras caught Bill Belichick berating Eric Rowe for committing a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for pulling Houston’s Ryan Griffin off a pile in the first quarter Saturday, it was pretty obvious that the Patriots coach was not pleased with his defensive back.

Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick before the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

When cameras caught Bill Belichick berating Eric Rowe for committing a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for pulling Houston’s Ryan Griffin off a pile in the first quarter Saturday, it was pretty obvious that the Patriots coach was not pleased with his defensive back.

That penalty extended the Texans drive and allowed Houston to chew up over eight minutes of the first half clock and helped to keep Tom Brady on the sideline and out of rhythm. The Texans were only able to muster three points but the point was clear: You can’t pull players off a pile in a scrum.

It was a mistake with big consequences Saturday, and Belichick had not completely let the matter go when asked Sunday if there was any gray area because Rowe’s intentions might have been good.

“What’s the right thing? What are you talking about? What’s the right thing?” Belichick said, completely flabbergasted. “You can’t do that. There’s no… you can’t do that. You can’t pull players off a pile. That’s not the right thing. That rule is clear-cut. There’s no question about it. You can’t do that.

“You can’t do things that are defined by the rules as illegal. You can’t do them, period. There’s no right thing to do [by getting involved]. The rule is the rule. You have to play the game by the rules. Obviously, we’ve got to do a better job of coaching it, do a better job of coaching all the rules.”

After the game, Belichick noted several times that he was disappointed in the coaching effort.

“We can’t hold,” Belichick added. “We can’t get personal fouls. We can’t do things that are against the rules, or we get penalized for them. There’s no ‘doing the right thing.’ The right thing is playing within in the rules. Now, football’s football. Sometimes, you’re trying to do the right thing, and you get called for something. Sometimes, stuff happens.

“Vincent got his hands up a little high and pushed the face mask back of the lineman and (was penalized for illegal hands to the face). It was a good call. I don’t think it was intentional but he did it and didn’t get it down quick enough and they called him for it. That’s football. But as a team, we’ve got to make good decisions and play penalty-free. That’s our goal every week. So, the right thing is to play within in the rules – period. It’s black and white.”

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Mike Petraglia
The guys get into Cowboys/Packers and Chiefs/Steelers and what they expect to go down later today.

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The guys talk about the time change for the other AFC divisional playoff game in Kansas City due to weather conditions. Jerry doesn't agree with the decision and thinks it may have to do with dollar signs - the guys discuss.

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The boys chat about Michael Bennett absolutely going off and ripping a reporter yesterday after Seattle's loss in Atlanta. They also get into Earl Thomas and Ray Lewis making waves on Twitter by going after Tom Brady during the game last night.

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After his team lost to the Pats, Vince Wilfork told the media he may have played his last NFL game. The guys talk about his amazing career and what a great character he was throughout his career. In fact, Price makes the case that he should be a future hall of famer.
Tom calls the boys after a long, fun night at Gillette Stadium that saw the Pats defeat the Texans to get to the AFC Championship yet again. He talks about what went well , what went wrong, what surprised him and who the Pats match up better against between the Chiefs and Steelers.

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