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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12), Dion Lewis (33) and Josh Kline (67) watch as Julian Edelman (11) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Questions linger, but Patriots poised to be AFC’s team to beat in 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

The football-watching world’s obsession with the New England Patriots was put on hold after their elimination from the playoffs with their near-miss defeat to the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game. There has been a temporary cessation in the DeflateGate talk and the always fierce debate over whether the Patriots are cheaters or victims of the jealousies of less-successful …

Patriots request waivers for running back Ball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The New England Patriots requested waivers on running back Montee Ball. The move Tuesday to cut the former Wisconsin standout comes a day after Ball found out that he wouldn’t face felony charges after an apparent argument with his girlfriend. Ball spent time on the Patriots practice squad late in the season. He …

Second-guessing of Belichick begins with the man in the hoodie

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – You still see T-shirts around the home of the New England Patriots with Coach Bill Belichick’s scowling face and the mantra “In Bill We Trust.” But more than any time since the hoodied football guru began filling the team’s trophy case, fans here are beginning to question his judgment. Two …

Deflating ending sends Patriots trudging into offseason

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots’ season started off the field with “Deflategate.” It ended with a deflating loss on it. In the middle, New England at times resembled the same unflappable, tunnel-vision team that earned its fourth Super …

Patriots AFC Championship apparel to be donated

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON – Dick’s Sporting Goods said it plans to donate unsellable Patriots AFC Championship gear to a nonprofit after the team lost, 20-18, to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Matt Catacchio, community marketing manager at Dick’s, told the Boston Globe the T-shirts and hats will go to World …

March 3 ‘Deflategate’ hearing still on track

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Now that their season is over, the New England Patriots can get back to a topic they like even less than losing to Peyton Manning: Deflategate. The NFL’s appeal in the drawn-out legal battle is scheduled to be heard by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court …

Little goes right for Patriots in 20-18 AFC Championship loss to Broncos

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENVER – Tom Brady isn’t perfect. Stephen Gostkowski? He almost always is. While Brady made the best out of a less-than-ideal day, the single mistake Gostkowski made – missing his first extra point in nine years – played …

Missed opportunities come back to haunt Patriots

Sunday, January 24, 2016

First quarter Trailing 7-6, PAT kicked wide right. Fourth quarter Trailing 20-12, Patriots go 64 yards to the Denver 16, but a fourth-and-1 pass goes for negative 1 yard with 6:03 to play. Trailing 20-12, Patriots go 57 yards to the Denver 14, but a fourth-and-6 pass falls …

Gostkowski’s PAT streak ends at 523

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENVER – An hour after the game, New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski still felt the sting of missing a rare extra point. Gostkowski sent his PAT wide right early in a 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos on …

Tim O’Sullivan column: From start to finish, the Patriots were finished

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The game felt wrong from the start. Confused coverages, a missed extra point and questionable calls all conspired to give New England the creeps in a familiar house of Mile High horrors. On top of that, Von Miller …

Capsule outlook of the AFC Championship between New England and Denver

Sunday, January 24, 2016

NEW ENGLAND (13-4) at DENVER (13-4) Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET OPENING LINE – Patriots by 3 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 8-7-2, Denver 9-7-1 SERIES RECORD – Broncos lead, 29-21 LAST MEETING – Broncos beat Patriots, 30-24, OT, Nov. 29, 2015 LAST WEEK – Patriots beat …

Tim O’Sullivan column: With history against them, Patriots will prevail

Sunday, January 24, 2016

We’re back at the scene of the alleged crime – the AFC Championship game. A year ago in this very game, the Patriots routed the Colts, 45-7, and Deflategate came slouching into the world. Despite the distractions and …

In the beginning there was Brady-Manning Part 1, and an NFL legend was born

Sunday, January 24, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Shortly after Bill Belichick uttered the two words to Tom Brady that would change NFL history – “You’re in.” – the Patriots’ locker room was at a psychological crossroads. There was disappointment that Drew Bledsoe, New England’s $100 million quarterback, had suffered a serious injury; …

Patriots receiver Amendola fined $23,152 for blindside block

Saturday, January 23, 2016

NEW YORK – New England’s Danny Amendola was fined $23,152 for a blindside block during a punt in the Patriots’ playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The NFL announced the fine on Friday. Amendola was back as …