AFC title game

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
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John Tomase
January 22, 2018 - 2:22 pm
Late in the first half on Sunday, with the Patriots in danger of taking a 14-3 deficit into halftime, they turned to a play that has bailed them out all year. Defensive pass interference. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks streaked down the left sideline, blanketed by Pro Bowl corner A.J. Bouye, who rode...
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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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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 - 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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David DiCastro
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John Tomase
January 14, 2018 - 10:48 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers were so obsessed with meeting the Patriots in the AFC title game, they overlooked the Jacksonville Jaguars. And Steelers guard David DeCastro couldn't be more upset about it. Speaking to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after Jacksonville's shocking 45-42 victory on Sunday,...
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Leonard Fournette
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John Tomase
January 14, 2018 - 4:27 pm
The Steelers have been talking about facing the Patriots in the AFC title game since training camp. They'll have until next fall to wonder how they overlooked the Jacksonville Jaguars. Needing only to protect their home field to ensure a rematch in Foxboro next weekend, the Steelers instead fell...
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January 25, 2016 - 11:48 am
[caption id="attachment_81009" align="alignright" width="150"] Tedy Bruschi [/caption] Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi made his final weekly appearance of the season with Dale & Holley on Monday to break down Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game. He considered the...
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