Patriots

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski applauds after a play during an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Panthers, Pats take different approach

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Carolina Panthers already have played their big preseason game. Now the New England Patriots will play theirs. The third exhibition game usually is the one in which game-planning for the opponent and playing time for regulars increase. But the Panthers had only four days to prepare between last Sunday night’s 28-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs … 0

Brady ready for increased action vs. Carolina

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady left the practice field Wednesday and for the first time this season, strode through the locker room to the media room podium rather than making the short jaunt to the sideline to address reporters. The New England Patriots quarterback hardly minds the extra steps. It signals the end of … 0

LaFell getting accustomed to Patriots’ way

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as the Patriots continued preparing for Friday’s preseason game against his old team from Carolina. “Go from … 0

Brady savors role of the underdog

Monday, January 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s been seven years since the Patriots were underdogs in a postseason game. So Tom Brady isn’t wasting a chance to embrace that role now. If that motivational tactic is good enough for the star quarterback, … 0

Patriots set their sights on AFC title game in Denver

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are back in the AFC championship game because of a dominant running attack and an opportunistic defense. Oh yeah, and Tom Brady, too. You know, the guy who filled in as the … 0

Pats’ balanced offense can set a tone

Friday, January 10, 2014

One fact sticks out this week for the Indianapolis Colts’ defense: They’re not facing Alex Smith anymore. Smith played a tremendous game for the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday. In fact, his passer rating was the best of … 0

Tough-guy Mankins has his sights set on Colts

Thursday, January 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Logan Mankins got tough working with his dad on a cattle ranch in California. Getting kicked by a steer was just part of the job. And no reason to take a day off. That upbringing helped … 0

Colts are not expecting warm reception in New England

Thursday, January 9, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri has warmed up to those chilly New England receptions. Sometimes, he hears cheers. Sometimes, he hears boos. It’s all part of life as an ex-Pat in one of football’s fiercest rivalries — even for … 0

Blount part of Pats’ deep running game

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount’s first season with the New England Patriots started slowly. It’s picking up speed at the right time. The 250-pound bulldozer charges into the first playoff game of his four NFL seasons after a breakout … 0

Brady savors postseason

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady head-butted teammates before his first Super Bowl. Twelve years and four more NFL championship games later, the quarterback hasn’t lost his fire. He still shows it before games and after big plays by banging helmets with other New England Patriots. “I’m pretty emotional,” Brady … 0

Fletcher likely to spell Spikes

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The mantra of the New England Patriots when a player gets injured is “next man up.” This week that man will be backup linebacker Dane Fletcher. With Brandon Spikes joining three key defenders on injured reserve with a knee injury, Fletcher is likely to see a … 0

Patriots not taking Colts D lightly

Monday, January 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent. Such generosity rarely leads to wins. But the New England Patriots aren’t counting on the Indianapolis Colts being … 0

Patriots set to face Colts in divisional round

Sunday, January 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The bye week is over. Now the New England Patriots can focus on a major challenge. How can they stop Andrew Luck? The quarterback who brought Indianapolis back from a 28-point, third-quarter deficit to a 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card … 0