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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 …

Belichick: Surging Chiefs hard to plan against

Monday, January 11, 2016

There are two Kansas City games on Bill Belichick’s mind right now. One is the Chiefs’ most recent one, when they beat the Houston Texans, 30-0, on Saturday in the first round of the NFL playoffs. The other …

Broncos hardly the first to face a QB quandary in playoffs

Friday, January 8, 2016

DENVER – Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler? Well, the Broncos settled on Manning. Certainly, Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak could’ve justified placing either quarterback in the starting lineup. And if Denver loses next Sunday, then certainly Kubiak’s choice will …

Patriots’ Brady says right ankle is feeling better

Thursday, January 7, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Danny Amendola had a good chuckle when he was asked if he was ever concerned that quarterback Tom Brady wouldn’t be able to play in New England’s playoff opener. “Oh, no,” the Patriots receiver laughed …

NFL Week 17 Overreactions: Brady vs. Manning coming soon

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Get ready for Brady-Manning 17. No surprise the two top seeds in the AFC are New England and Denver. It’s been that way four years in a row now. Now that Peyton Manning is back and Tom Brady …

Brady has sprained ankle, should be ready for playoff opener

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The bye week will come in handy for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who could use the rest after Miami defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh landed on his right ankle in Sunday’s game. Brady threw only 21 passes …

As NFL playoffs arrive, lack of dominant team allows for several favorites

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

LAS VEGAS – The playoffs are here, and nobody seems to know what to make of them. Not fans of the NFL, where the usual suspects are a bit suspect this time around. Not in this city’s sports …

Loss to Dolphins leaves Patriots winning only two of last six games

Sunday, January 3, 2016

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A whipsaw hit sent Tom Brady’s legs one direction and his upper body the other, leaving him face down in the turf. Brady rose – slowly – but the hits kept coming from the …

Capsule overview of the Patriots-Dolphins game

Saturday, January 2, 2016

NEW ENGLAND (12-3) at MIAMI (5-10) Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 4 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Patriots 7-6-2, Dolphins 4-11-0 SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 52-48 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Dolphins, 36-7, Oct. 29, 2015 LAST WEEK – Dolphins lost to Colts, 18-12; …

Gap grows between Patriots and Dolphins; they meet Sunday

Saturday, January 2, 2016

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – This year the Miami Dolphins really, truly, sincerely believed they could gain ground on the New England Patriots, and perhaps even catch their longtime AFC East nemesis. Instead the yawning gap only grew. The …

Winter Classic: Canadiens top Bruins, 5-1, at home of Patriots

Friday, January 1, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Montreal Forum was the Canadiens’ home for one of the most successful dynasties in professional sports. The Bruins and Celtics filled the Boston Garden rafters with championship banners. The Original Six rival Canadiens and …

Good, bad and weird of NFL season

Friday, January 1, 2016

While the NFL generally avoided the alarming off-field episodes that plagued it a year ago, the product on the field rarely was memorable. Except when officials were making incorrect calls, perhaps. Or when a standout receiver was losing …

Bill Belichick voices strong support for Chip Kelly

Thursday, December 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Consider Bill Belichick one of Chip Kelly’s strongest supporters. The four-time Super Bowl champion called Kelly’s firing by the Philadelphia Eagles “really disappointing” and praised his coaching skills. Kelly was dismissed Tuesday with one game remaining …