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

Patriots limp into playoffs on three-game win streak with AFC's top seed
12/31/2017 6:29:38 PM
 
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots concluded one of the most disappointing regular seasons of the Bill Belichick (or perhaps any) era in underwhelming fashion on Sunday with a 26-6 victory over the Jets. With the win, New England clinches the top seed in the AFC and limps into the playoffs o...
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Patriots new LB James Harrison: Jerk, spy or double agent?
12/30/2017 4:38:16 PM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — According to Google, people who search the Internet for James Harrison also look up Cla...
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Proper officiating plays minor role in Patriots’ win
12/24/2017 6:02:40 PM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the second time in as many weeks, the New England Patriots won a football game due, at least in part, to the correct application of league rules by NFL officials.
 
Proper offici...
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What we (maybe) know we don't know about the Patriots and Alex Guerrero
12/23/2017 8:42:56 PM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Everyone knows something, but no one knows everything. The Alex Guerrero saga continues.
 
The most famous non-employee of the Patriots is no longer on the New England sideline during games. We know this b...
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Can the Patriots emerge from the darkness to beat the Steelers?
12/17/2017 2:49:35 PM
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AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION NEAR FOXBOROUGH, Mas...
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Total Bust Stephon Gilmore Helps Patriots to Seventh Straight Win
11/26/2017 8:13:42 PM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots’ 2017 season ended on October 1, it was all Stephon Gilmore’s fault. Just four games into his first year with the Pats, the former Bills’ cornerback had ruined ev...
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Assessing a Patriots bye week that saw Jimmy depart and Marty return
11/10/2017 1:00:17 PM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Ever inventive, Bill Belichick doesn’t need a game to keep you entertained. Just give him a bye week and the trade deadline. He’ll make things interesting
 
Much li...
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Special teams provide all the beauty in Pats win over Chargers
10/29/2017 7:57:54 PM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The offense sputtered in the red zone. The defense was its charming, bendable self (aside from Melvin Gordon’s 87-yard touchdown run). Philip Rivers w...
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As the fog lifts, Pats re-emerge as contenders
10/23/2017 12:50:30 AM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the moments after Lady Gaga performed at Super Bowl LI, a dense cloud of pyrotechnic smoke lingered over the field at Houston’s NRG Stadium.  The Patriots emerged from that...
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Who said the Jets are tanking?
10/15/2017 10:47:25 AM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — History has instructed us never to doubt the New York Jets’ capacity for futility. Of the six NFL franchises with a lower all-time winning percentage than New York’s .456, only the Cardinals (fou...
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Time to appreciate a rare glimpse of the Patriots' humanity
10/5/2017 1:53:08 PM

 
FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick warns you all the time: Everything you’ve seen in the past is meaningless.
 
It does not matter that the Patriots’ secondary has three Pro Bowlers. It does not matter that Stephon Gilmore played like a $65 mil...
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Inexplicably bad start for Gilmore, Patriots defense gets worse
10/1/2017 8:00:26 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Cam Newton was down on the turf, sacked and defeated, smothered beneath the Patriots’ rookie defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr.  After squandering a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, Newton’s Panthers would have to surrender the ball to New England with a...
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