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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady answers a question 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)

Tim Dahlberg column: Think you know the Super Bowl? Take the quiz

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – By now, even the most casual fan has learned that Marshawn Lynch is interesting only because he refuses to say anything. Richard Sherman? He talks all the time and provides far more insight to the Super Bowl than Tom Brady, who figures to spend the game trying his best to avoid throwing to him. But do you really …

Seahawks vs. Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Matchups for the Super Bowl today between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big head start toward a fourth NFL championship since 2001. RB Marshawn Lynch (24) will try …

Seahawks repeat a scary prospect for NFL

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL: A win tonight will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle’s makeup and philosophy, the future for the franchise might be brighter than for any other club. Rarely has a …

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. …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Patriots’ AFC championship win has an historic feel

Monday, January 19, 2015

After LeGarette Blount scored his second touchdown, or maybe it was his third, the hulking running back playfully posed among the Minutemen of Gillette Stadium. Blount smiled behind his facemask, the Minutemen smiled beneath their tri-corner hats and …

One Man’s Plan: Football and the loss of the American mind

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Watching the Patriots isn’t healthy for me. Since moving north two decades ago, I’ve seen the Patriots win a lot more than lose. Division titles, Super Bowls, MVPs, GRONK – I’ve fallen hard for them. But very little …

AFC championship game capsule, Colts at Patriots

Sunday, January 18, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (13-5) at NEW ENGLAND (13-4) 6:40 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Indianapolis 13-5, New England 9-8 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead 49-29 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Colts 42-20, Nov. 16, 2014 LAST WEEK – Colts beat Broncos, 24-13; Patriots …