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New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship – and an unbeaten record – barely eluded them seven years ago. Not that they dwell on their return to the place where the best season in NFL history slipped from their grasp. …

Brady full practice participant despite cold, ankle problem

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tom Brady participated fully in the New England Patriots first Super Bowl practice of the week after coming down with a cold. “I’ll be good,” he said before the workout yesterday at the Arizona Cardinals facility. The practice report listed him with an ankle injury. Starting rookie center Bryan Stork …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Gronkowski, Chancellor truly a super matchup

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Bowl Media Day is the place where the NFL flies its freak flag. Where professional football transforms into a wacky, larger-than-life, anything-goes circus. In other words, it’s the perfect place for Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots mountainous tight end was in all his Gronk glory yesterday amid the throngs at US Airways Center …

Roof open or closed for Super Bowl?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHOENIX – The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question faced by many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment – including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

Jim Litke column: How Pats ball boy became America’s Most Wanted

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The most wanted rule-breaker in America today is a New England Patriots ball boy. So whether you think “Deflategate” is a big deal or not, consider this: If the allegations are true, the fall guy won’t be the …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Ray Duckler: Is the Patriots controversy a lot of hot air? Coaches weigh in

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sean McDonnell, one of the most successful college football coaches in the country, a man respected for his integrity and honor, wants to know what all the fuss is about. Deflated balls? So? “Let me put it this way,” the University of New Hampshire football coach told me …

Patriots’ path to Super Bowl capped by another blowout

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams – Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis – all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Latest claims of Patriots’ cheating a lot of hot air

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By now, most of us are used to it. We know that being a Patriots fan means vitriol, envy and accusations, even crazy deflated-ball accusations, will be headed our way. There’s a certain member of my family who …

Patriots’ Wilfork helps accident victim after AFC title game

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady earned his latest Super Bowl berth, then left Gillette Stadium with his supermodel wife. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick probably went straight to the film room. And it’s best not to ask too many …

Patriots, Seahawks examples in two different ways to get the job done

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The final “Jeopardy!” category is Super Bowl XLIX, and the clue is: “You mad, bro?” You have 30 seconds, good luck, and don’t forget to pose your answer in the form of a question. Time’s up. The correct …

NFL investigating whether Patriots used deflated footballs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. “We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to …

How the Patriots have fared in AFC championship games

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Patriots won their eighth AFC championship in 11 trips to the title game. 2014 – New England 45, Indianapolis 7 2013 – Denver 26, New England 16 2012 – Baltimore 28, New England 13 2011 – New England 23, Baltimore 20 2007 – New England 21, San …

Belichick, Brady head to 6th Super Bowl after 45-7 rout of Colts

Monday, January 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no coach or player has gone more – the Super Bowl. They earned their trip with the second-most lopsided AFC championship victory ever. …