Patriots

Colts questioned Patriots’ foot balls before title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after Mike Adams picked off two of Tom Brady’s passes in November and that the Ravens had noticed the kicking balls were softer … 0

After killing, Hernandez knew endorsements gone

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez matter-of-factly told witnesses that his endorsement days were over, according to testimony Wednesday from his fiancee’s uncle, who said the conversation happened a day after a slaying Hernandez would eventually be charged in. Azia Jenkins was called to the stand in Hernandez’s murder trial by prosecutor William McCauley, who asked him what happened June … 0

NFL fines Irvin, Gronk, 2 others for their roles in Super Bowl scrap

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui were fined $8,628 each. Hoomanawanui was fined for unnecessary roughness, the others … 0

Patriots brush off chatter about deflated footballs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl. The NFL hasn’t indicated how long its investigation will last into whether the team improperly let air … 0

Blowouts pave Patriots’ road to Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — 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 Super … 0

Domination!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — With a trip to the Super Bowl at stake, Bill Belichick and his coaching staff emptied their bag of tricks Sunday night. The Patriots unleashed their running game against the overmatched Indianapolis Colts. They set the … 0

Take a break from the hate to appreciate the Pats

Friday, January 16, 2015

The hoodie. The skirting of the rules. The dashing quarterback with the model wife. Oh, and all that winning. There’s no getting around it, the New England Patriots sure are annoying. The team everyone loves to hate just … 0

Can Luck take next step vs. Patriots?

Friday, January 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. In each of his three seasons, he and the Indianapolis Colts got one game closer to the Super Bowl. Now he can … 0

Belichick proves he has new tricks up his sleeve

Thursday, January 15, 2015

When Bill Belichick pulled something new from his bag of tricks last week, some wondered if the three-time Super Bowl champion coach had found another way to bend the rules. The New England Patriots were creative and intentionally … 0

Fiery Brady leads Patriots against Colts in title game

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Sometimes Tom Brady sits on the bench after a series and confers quietly with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Other times he paces the sideline unleashing expletives. From student to screamer and everything in between, the super-competitive Brady does whatever he can to come out with a … 0

Brady vs. Luck replaces Brady vs. Manning

Monday, January 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — No Brady vs. Manning XVII this postseason. Now it’s Brady vs. Luck IV. Translation: After 16 matchups with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady will face Andrew Luck for the fourth time when the star quarterbacks lead the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. At … 0

Pats remain confident despite huge deficits

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — 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 Patriots never had doubts. Not when they endured grueling practices to … 0

Ravens seek more playoff success in Foxborough

Friday, January 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The temperature drops, friendly fans roar and the Patriots pile up victories. New England has the best home record in the NFL in Bill Belichick’s 15 seasons as coach, playoffs included. Watch out, though. Here come … 0