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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 …

Brady shrugs off past playoff problems against Ravens

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The last time Tom Brady faced the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs, he threw interceptions on the New England Patriots’ final two drives. In their three playoff matchups, he lost twice. All those games were …

Patriots’ playoff debut will come against familiar foe in Ravens

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots waited a week only to learn that a familiar foe would make a return visit. A foe with a history of playoff success in a stadium where the Patriots rarely lose. The Baltimore Ravens will fly to Foxborough for Saturday’s divisional …

McDaniels: Interview with Falcons, 49ers went ‘fine’

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ATLANTA – New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said yesterday his interview for the Atlanta Falcons’ coaching vacancy was “fine.” McDaniels also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers last week. In his weekly conference call, he described the interviews as “initial meetings.” “They were fine,” McDaniels said. “It’s …

Gronkowski, Watt unanimous All-Pros; Revis earns fourth selection

Saturday, January 3, 2015

NEW YORK – J.J. Watt found a unique way to make the 2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced yesterday. Houston’s Watt was listed on all 50 ballots by a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover …

Brady gains appreciation for early championships

Thursday, January 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A young Tom Brady and the New England Patriots grabbed three championships in his first four seasons as a starter. They have been outstanding ever since, but are still chasing their first NFL title since …

Scouting has changed since Belichick’s dad did it

Thursday, January 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Steve Belichick would sit in his booth above the field with his pencils and charts as he watched Navy’s future opponent through binoculars. More than half a century later, the son of the renowned scout …

Several Pats have a rooting interest in college playoff games

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dont’a Hightower has extra time to prepare for his top-seeded team’s playoff game. Meanwhile, he’ll be rooting for another No. 1 seed. The New England Patriots linebacker plans to watch his college team, Alabama, face Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal tomorrow night. …

Patriots’ Brady re-works contract, frees up $24 million for team to spend

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tom Brady restructured his contract with the Patriots yesterday to free up $24 million for the team to spend this offseason, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to the report, Brady changed the language in …

With opponent unclear, Patriots turn focus to themselves

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are moving on from a game they didn’t have to win to one they can’t afford to lose. Their 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had no bearing on …

Ray Duckler: He sure proved me wrong. How about you?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Forget leftovers from the holidays, the turkey, the ham, the Christmas goose. For me, pass the crow. I deserve it. Three months ago, before he donned a cape on his back and an “S” on his chest, I …

Orton, Bills beat disinterested Patriots, 17-9

Monday, December 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Safe on the sideline, Tom Brady watched the Buffalo Bills finish with their first winning record in 10 seasons. Then he predicted the New England Patriots would be just fine once their top players are …

Patriots-Bills capsule

Sunday, December 28, 2014

BUFFALO (8-7) at NEW ENGLAND (12-3) 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 3½ RECORD VS. SPREAD – Buffalo 8-7, New England 9-6 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 67-41-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots 37, Bills 22, Oct. …