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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 …

So, we meet again – It’s Brady and Manning in AFC championship game

Monday, January 18, 2016

DENVER – The last time Tom Brady and the New England Patriots came to Denver, Peyton Manning watched the game on television from inside the locker room. Not this coming Sunday, though. The Broncos quarterback will take his …

Patriots to fifth straight AFC title game, beat Chiefs, 27-20

Saturday, January 16, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots’ late-season slump didn’t mean much when the playoffs came to New England. Kansas City’s 11-game winning streak mattered even less. With Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman coming back from injuries to help Tom …

Fear not, Patriots are back to playoff form

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Does that answer your questions? The Patriots haters, doubters and worriers had ample fodder this week. It felt like mayhem in Foxborough with Chandlers Jones’s misadventure at the police station, Bill Belichick’s mysterious shiner, Rob Gronkowski’s secret hospital …

A look at New England’s five straight AFC championship matchups

Saturday, January 16, 2016

MAKE IT A HIGH FIVE FOR PATRIOTS The Patriots join the 1973-77 Oakland Raiders as the only NFL teams to reach five straight conference title games. 2011-12 Patriots 23, Baltimore Ravens 20 2012-13 Baltimore Ravens 28, Patriots 13 2013-14 Denver Broncos 26, Patriots 16 2014-15 Patriots 45, Indianapolis …

Patriots DL Jones’s status unknown for playoff against Chiefs

Saturday, January 16, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots would have loved to spend the week with nothing else to worry about except Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Then Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chandler Jones wandered over …

Gronkowski misses practice on Thursday

Friday, January 15, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out the team’s last workout before its playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots said in their injury report on Thursday that Gronkowski missed practice with a knee injury he sustained against the Denver Broncos …

Patriots Pro Bowl DL Chandler Jones: ‘I made a mistake’

Friday, January 15, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones apologized to his teammates and the New England fans on Thursday for “a pretty stupid mistake” that sent him, shirtless and disoriented, to a local police station. Police who went …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Edelman’s return comes just in time for Patriots

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It seems obvious now. The Patriots struggled offensively for the last seven weeks without Julian Edelman. He will return to the field for the first time since his Nov. 15 injury when New England faces Kansas City on …

Patriots won’t let Jones’s trip to hospital distract them

Thursday, January 14, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After a year of “Deflategate,” the New England Patriots aren’t about to let Chandler Jones’s still-unexplained trip to the hospital bother them. “I think Coach (Bill) Belichick does a great job of really just, like, …

Chiefs, Patriots still alive thanks to interchangeable parts

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs looks a lot like a grade-school game of musical chairs, only with 300-pound behemoths jumping around from spot to spot. Take second-year pro Zach Fulton. He’s …

Patriots DL Chandler Jones admitted, released at hospital

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones was admitted to a hospital on Sunday and released the same day, the team said in a statement that did not elaborate on the nature of the medical issue. The …

Hot Chiefs, cold Patriots to meet in AFC playoffs

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are about to find out if momentum means anything in an NFL season. The defending Super Bowl champions have lost four of their past six games as they head into Saturday’s …