Patriots

New England Patriots' Brandon Browner (39) takes to the field during NFL football practice, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when the Patriots play his former team Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patriots' corner gets second chance at Super Bowl ring

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when the New England Patriots play his former team Sunday. It’s a matchup Browner craved after missing last season’s Super Bowl while under suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and then signing with the Patriots in March. “It’s crazy, man,” Browner said. “I really had that vision when I signed here. Hopefully, we’d meet up with my … 0

Sherman doubts Pats’ punishment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if they are found guilty of doctoring footballs in the AFC championship game. “I think the … 0

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away. The league said evidence … 0

Pro Roundup: Pats, Bruins, Celts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England’s offensive line was a work in progress that wasn’t showing much progress. The player the Patriots could least afford to lose was under pressure in the very first game behind a rebuilt line that had just lost its toughest blocker. Four sacks of Tom … 0

Brady shrugs off past problems against Ravens

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — 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 at … 0

Flacco stands tall among postseason QBs

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In the afterglow of a playoff victory over Pittsburgh last weekend, Ravens coach John Harbaugh proclaimed Joe Flacco to be “the best quarterback in football.” Given time to reflect on his comment, Harbaugh didn’t back down. “I said it. I meant it,” Harbaugh said … 0

Brady not focusing on past vs. Ravens

Monday, January 5, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a three-time Super Bowl champion and a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. But twice in the playoffs, his path to the Super Bowl has been blocked by the Ravens. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco outdueled Brady during the 2012 AFC championship … 0

Ravens road warriors

Monday, January 5, 2015

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The roar that filled the stadium in the first quarter had long since disappeared, and so had the majority of Pittsburgh Steelers fans. As the Baltimore Ravens walked off Heinz Field following their 30-17 victory Saturday night, a few hundred purple-clad folks lined up … 0

Another Pats-Ravens collision

Monday, January 5, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — 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 game … 0

Scouting’s changed since Belichick’s dad did it

Thursday, January 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — 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 gets … 0

Brady appreciates early titles

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — 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, and are still chasing their first NFL title since the … 0

Pats’ Hightower favors top-seeds

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — 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 Thursday night. “I’m … 0

Pats await identity of playoff foe

Monday, December 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — 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 their status as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. … 0