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Dave Brown is a freelance correspondent who covers the New England Patriots for the Concord Monitor.

Patriots defense passes big test, but injury to Bell will keep critics in doubt
1/22/2017 11:38:25 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The season-long question hanging over the Patriots defense asked how they would contain an elite quarterback in the postseason. New England answered that question on Sunday with two key red zone stops, two turnovers and the franchise’s ninth AFC Championship against Ben Roethlisberger.
 
And yet…
 
That performance can...
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How Martellus Bennett enhanced the user experience and found happiness in New England
1/22/2017 8:15:24 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Martellus Bennett had a branding problem.
 
The versatile tight end fielded a consistently great product for three seasons, but Chicago wasn’t buying in. The Bears ...
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The New England Patriots and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Playoff Victory
1/15/2017 2:08:46 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots woke up and found themselves in an AFC Championship game for a record sixth consecutive year. They could tell it was going to be a very long week.
 
Much to their surprise, the Patriots had soundly beaten the Houston Texans in a Divisional Round playoff game on par with the series of ugly blowouts comprising this year’s...
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Were Belichick's bold moves strokes of genius? Playoffs will decide
1/13/2017 10:56:54 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick’s canvas is a 1.3-acre rectangle of FieldTurf, which he paints with a carefully curated roster of talent.
 
In 17 seasons with the New England Patriots, he has produced four classic masterworks (2001, 2003, 2004 , 2014), two pieces of high distinction (2007, 2011) and four more worthy of honorable mention (2006, 2012, 2013, 2015)...
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Bennett: Cowboys wanted to keep me, offered me more money than Giants
1/5/2017 12:37:23 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the Patriots got a bargain on tight end Martellus Bennett during the offseason, many concluded that the bacon-loving black unicorn had continued a READ MORE >>

Patriots execute novel approach to win late-season game
12/24/2016 6:00:13 PM
By DAVE BROWN
For the Monitor
 
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Flying home from Denver after last week’s victory, the New England Patriots had a productive brainstorming session that generated the following idea: Keep winning.

“We won that game and we got on an airplane and we said, ‘Look, we’re finishing strong,’” Patriots...
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Media rushes to judge Patriots and shame Floyd
12/24/2016 1:01:45 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The ritual shaming of Michael Floyd consisted mostly of a single question spinning through a week’s worth of news cycles.
 
After the Patriots claimed the former first-round wide receiver — cut by the Cardinals on Dec. 14 following an arrest for drunk driving — Boston media spent a good, hard week peppering various members of the Pa...
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Patriots finally show us what they are: Whatever they need to be
12/18/2016 10:36:29 PM
DENVER — Standing here in the wake of the New England Patriots disappointing 20-18 loss in last year’s AFC Championship game, you could look at a roster boasting Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins and Rob Gronkowski and feel like you knew what the 2016 Patriots were going to be.
 
The team that showed up in Denver on Sunday had none of those men. At various times since...
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Patriots beat Ravens, survive Cyrus Jones
12/13/2016 1:45:25 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Like a child, yearning to find out how a hammer interacts with a flat-screen television, Cyrus Jones edged a bit closer to chaos with each ensuing punt and kickoff the Baltimore Ravens sent in his direction.
 
Finally, in the third quarter, as a legion of grownups pled with him to put the hammer down, Jones instead delivered a crushing blow, smashing...
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Deflategate's Bogus Journey: Lack of formal complaint thwarts NFL's quest for truth
12/12/2016 8:18:58 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Several centuries ago, the National Football League experienced a soul-quaking episode when it learned that certain footballs had less than the right amount of air inside of them.
 
As the internal air pressure of footballs is the single-most-important factor in maintaining competitive balance, the league locked down the facility of its Foxborough fr...
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Bennett is one step ahead of NFL's complex shoe rules 
12/4/2016 8:13:17 PM
(Dave Brown Photo) The cleats Martellus Bennett wore for the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats promotion.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Martellus Bennett never set out to fill anyone’s shoes but his own. The NFL has made that a surprisingly difficult chore.
 
When the P...
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After 10 years on FieldTurf, Brady expresses preference for grass
11/26/2016 3:26:05 PM
IMG_3378-(1).jpgAs of Saurday, the Patriots have played on FieldTurf for 10 years. This week Tom Brady said he'd like to see the team play on a natural surface again.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the f...
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