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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches his team play during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The patriots won the game 17-16. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pats’ Belichick now fourth in all-time wins

Monday, December 22, 2014

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick moved into sole possession of fourth place for all-time wins for an NFL coach. 1. Don Shula 347 (328 regular season) 2. George Halas 324 (318 regular season) 3. Tom Landry 270 (250 regular season) 4. Bill Belichick 230 (211 regular season) 5. Curly Lambeau 229 (226 regular season) …

Pats edge Jets, 17-16, clinch first-round playoff bye

Monday, December 22, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter …

Playing Patriots still special for Ryan, Jets

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rex Ryan still isn’t backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England Patriots today. And, no, he wouldn’t take back his statement shortly after he was hired …

Brady likely to have increased role against Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady didn’t have to throw much or especially well for the New England Patriots to get their sixth straight win. He figures to play a bigger role when they go for their seventh. One …

Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn’t knock the air out of the ball. “Imagine trying …

Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH – LeGarrette Blount’s early exit Monday night cost the volatile running back his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut Blount yesterday, less than 24 hours after he jogged off LP Field with the clock still running in a …

Jonas Gray on center stage in Patriots run game

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the …

Patriots looking more and more versatile as season progresses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots …

Patriots end history of struggles at Lucas Oil Stadium

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Patriots finally won in their fourth trip to Lucas Oil Stadium. 11/16/14 Patriots 42, Colts 20 02/05/12 Giants 21, Patriots 17* 11/15/09 Colts 35, Patriots 34 11/02/08 Colts 18, Patriots 15 *-Super Bowl …

Gray runs wild as Patriots blow out Colts, 42-20

Monday, November 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Tom Brady keeps finding ways to beat Indianapolis. Last night, he relied on New England’s running game to deliver the body blows. Then he came up with the knockout punch. Jonas Gray rushed for a career-high …

Luck looking to get over hump against Patriots

Saturday, November 15, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck has lived with his mistakes from last year’s loss to the Patriots all through the offseason. It’s time to move on. The Colts’ quarterback, who threw four interceptions in last season’s playoff loss to …

Patriots-Colts capsule

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (7-2) at INDIANAPOLIS (6-3) 8:30 p.m., NBC OPENING LINE – Colts by 2½ RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 5-4, Indianapolis 7-2 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 48-29 LAST MEETING –Patriots beat Colts, 43-22, Jan. 11, 2014 LAST WEEK – Patriots had bye, beat Broncos, 43-21, …

Casillas enjoying being with elite team

Saturday, November 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Jonathan Casillas isn’t about to forget Oct. 28, 2014. That’s the day he went from the bottom of the NFL to near the top. “It’s a blessing to basically go from the worst to the best,” the linebacker said yesterday when asked about the trade-deadline …

Colts gear up for Patriots QB Tom Brady

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts defense is well aware of the task at hand. The players know exactly what Tom Brady is capable of. “Probably the best quarterback in the NFL right now,” Indianapolis cornerback Greg Toler said. “A …

Patriots defense prepping to stop Colts’ QB Luck

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England quarterback Tom Brady this week praised nearly everything about Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. Yesterday, Pats defenders said they also admire the guy they’re hoping to stop. “He’s a leader, he’s everything you want …