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New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski takes a selfie during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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 in Phoenix. He sang Katy Perry songs …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl Media Day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides yesterday, but Kraft’s protesting how his franchise is being portrayed seemed …

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it’s really more about who’s asking the questions. There …

Patriots stay confident despite big deficits

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Skeptics pounced when a blowout loss left the New England Patriots with a 2-2 record. Quarterback Tom Brady was over the hill, they said. Maybe Bill Belichick wasn’t a coaching genius after all. But the …

Drew Bonifant column: Amendola turns jeers to cheers in breakout night

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Danny Amendola spent most of the season as a punchline. Things hadn’t improved much by the start of yesterday’s playoff game. Not after the team’s kick-returner-by-default took the kickoff starting New England’s first possession and …

Brady the all-time leader in postseason touchdown passes

Sunday, January 11, 2015

With his three touchdown passes yesterday, Tom Brady passed Joe Montana as the NFL’s all-time leader in postseason TD passes. 46 x-Tom Brady 45 Joe Montana 44 Brett Favre 37 x-Peyton Manning 32 Dan Marino 31 Kurt Warner 30 Terry Bradshaw 27 John Elway 25 x-Joe Flacco 24 …

Surprised Ravens confused by Patriots’ tricks, trick plays

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – By the time John Harbaugh figured out what Bill Belichick had up his hoodie sleeves, New England was one play away from cutting a 14-point deficit in half. And by the time the Ravens realized …

Brady throws 3 TD passes, Patriots beat Ravens, 35-31

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One big comeback, then another. And now another game for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The quarterback who treats deficits as distractions dug the Patriots out of two 14-point holes – the first …

Amendola’s emergence

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Danny Amendola’s receiving statistics this season: First 14 games 15 catches, 113 yards, 7.5 average, 1 TD Last 3 games 17 catches, 168 yards, 9.9 average, 2 TDs …

Patriots-Ravens capsule

Saturday, January 10, 2015

BALTIMORE (11-6) at NEW ENGLAND (12-4) 4:35 p.m., NBC OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Baltimore 9-8, New England 9-7 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 8-3 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Ravens, 41-7, Dec. 22, 2013 LAST WEEK – Ravens beat Steelers, 30-17; Patriots …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Legacies on the line as Brady, Patriots face Ravens

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Some of the stakes are obvious. If the Patriots can beat the Ravens today, they’ll advance to their fourth straight AFC championship game and move one step closer to that elusive fourth Super Bowl ring. But what about …

Revis brings skills to playoffs in first season with Pats

Friday, January 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Darrelle Revis looked straight ahead and spotted the reporter standing behind his right shoulder. “I can see him right now without looking at him,” New England’s star cornerback said, smiling at writers and cameras at …

Pees does masterful job with Ravens’ depleted defense

Thursday, January 8, 2015

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Drawing on the knowledge he gained over 35 years as a football coach, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees showed his creativity and expertise this season in putting together a unit that sustained its hard-hitting …

Pats offensive line faces tough task vs. Ravens pass rushers

Thursday, January 8, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England’s offensive line was a work in progress that wasn’t showing much progress. The player the Patriots could least afford to lose was under pressure in the very first game behind a rebuilt line …

In playoffs, Ravens’ Flacco stands tall among league’s QBs

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – In the afterglow of a playoff victory over Pittsburgh last weekend, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh proclaimed Joe Flacco to be “the best quarterback in football.” Given time to reflect on his comment, Harbaugh didn’t …