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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to head coach Bill Belichick before the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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 decisions to forego a field goal and go for it on fourth down in Sunday’s AFC championship game were just the latest in a series of calls that didn’t work out for Belichick and the Patriots this season. The Broncos won 20-18 to earn a trip to Super Bowl 50 that the …

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 Bowl title one year ago. But the lasting memories of the 2015 season will likely …

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 Vision and be distributed in “countries in need.” He said it’s been a longstanding practice …

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 …

Last time: With undefeated season still intact, Patriots let game in Denver get away

Saturday, January 23, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When the New England Patriots last visited Denver, they brought along a perfect record and talk of a second undefeated regular season. They left with their first loss and the start of a streak in …

Patriots offense brims with confidence thanks to some health

Friday, January 22, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the New England Patriots offense, health has been a fleeting commodity this season. When the offensive line was healthy, the backfield hurt. Then the receiving corps took its turn on the training table late …