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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be putting their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday in their fourth straight game against a division leader. “We’re playing Green …

Red Sox delete tweet; second gaffe by Boston pro team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON – Red Sox fans cried foul over an innocuous tweet the team acknowledges was ill-timed – the second social media gaffe by a Boston pro sports team in as many weeks. The Red Sox tweeted: “So how was everyone’s Monday?” The tweet went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer …

Patriots and Packers meet in battle of NFL’s latest dominant teams

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am when we win, but right now all that doesn’t really mean anything going into Green …

Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over Lions

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the …

Patriots produce on offense

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tom Brady 38-for-53, 349 yards, 2 TDs Julian Edelman 11 catches, 89 yards Brandon LaFell 9 catches, 98 yards Tim Wright 5 catches, 2 TDs LeGarrette Blount 12 carries, 78 yards, 2 TDs 439 total yards – 349 passing, 90 rushing …

Patriots-Lions capsule

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DETROIT (7-3) at NEW ENGLAND (8-2) 1 p.m., Fox OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Detroit 5-5, New England 6-4 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 6-4 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Lions, 45-24, Nov. 25, 2010 LAST WEEK – Lions lost to Cardinals, 14-6; …

Lions’ stingy defense faces high-scoring Pats

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now …

Blount happy to be back in Patriots backfield

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There was no name over his locker stall and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear tomorrow. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New England Patriots. “It feels real good. I was excited to hear …

RB Blount rejoins Pats after being cut by Steelers

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – LeGarrette Blount’s teammates are glad to have him back in a New England Patriots uniform. Which one he wears, though, is still up in the air. Some players had trouble recognizing the 6-foot, 250-pound running …

Blount’s stats with Patriots in 2013

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blount reunion LeGarrette’s stats with the Patriots last season, when he played in 16 regular-season games (seven starts) and two playoff games: Regular season 153 carries, 772 yards, 5.0 avg., 7 TDs Postseason 29 carries, 172 yards, 5.9 …

Brady likely to have increased role against Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady didn’t have to throw much or especially well for the New England Patriots to get their sixth straight win. He figures to play a bigger role when they go for their seventh. One …

Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn’t knock the air out of the ball. “Imagine trying …

Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH – LeGarrette Blount’s early exit Monday night cost the volatile running back his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut Blount yesterday, less than 24 hours after he jogged off LP Field with the clock still running in a …

Jonas Gray on center stage in Patriots run game

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the …

Patriots looking more and more versatile as season progresses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots …