Patriots

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots football defensive tackle Vince Wilfork smiles during a news conference in Foxborough, Mass. Wilfork, who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, said Thursday, March 5, 2015, the team will not be picking up his option and he will become a free agent.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Pats release Wilfork into open market

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New England Patriots are parting ways with prominent nose tackle Vince Wilfork, immediately making the 11-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Wilfork, who restructured his contract last season to remain with New England, announced the news on his Facebook page in a statement to his fans. He also stated that he’s still interested in continuing to play, but didn’t … 0

The testimony focuses on Franklin ‘flophouse’

Thursday, March 5, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots staff member helped Aaron Hernandez find an apartment to rent in spring 2013, a Realtor told jurors Thursday at the former NFL tight end’s murder trial, providing the first testimony about the Franklin condominium that authorities have described as a secret “flophouse.” Rather than use the location … 0

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 … 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

Revis Pats playoff difference-maker

Thursday, January 8, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis looked straight ahead and spotted the reporter standing behind his right shoulder. “I can see him right now without looking at him,” New England’s star cornerback said, smiling at writers and cameras at his locker. “It’s a God-given talent.” Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith … 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