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Green Bay Packers free safety Micah Hyde, left, intercepts a pass in front of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Improving Packers defense gets test with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

Friday, November 28, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Micah Hyde has seen the film of New England’s Rob Gronkowski, and he is understandably impressed. The Green Bay Packers safety would be just fine if didn’t have to cover the Patriots’ 6-foot-6 behemoth of a tight end. Unfortunately for Hyde, this likely will not be the case come Sunday when the Packers’ improving defense tries …

Watch No. 12: Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers

Thursday, November 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers really do have a lot in common. During this season’s first month, the star quarterbacks of the Patriots and Packers were facing questions about their teams’ slow starts. It’s no coincidence New England and Green Bay are now playing at extremely high levels. Consistent, outstanding play …

Patriots sign special teams ace Matthew Slater to 2-year contract extension

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — NFL Players Association records show New England special teams captain Matthew Slater has signed a two-year contract extension. Slater called the extension “humbling” on Wednesday but declined to go into details. The Patriots don’t announce contract extensions. The total value of the deal is $4 million. Slater said he’d rather talk about his team’s game on Sunday against Green Bay. …

Boston wants to take Olympics back to school

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON — Field hockey at Harvard Stadium. Fencing and archery at MIT. Horses for the equestrian events cared for at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals. Welcome to the University Games. Boston is bidding on the 2024 Summer …

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be …

Packers offensive linemen power through injuries

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — While their teammates were in the end zone celebrating another score, offensive linemen Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang walked slowly back toward the Packers sideline. After another successful drive, it was time for the …

Patriots get another blowout win against top team

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am when …

Lions coach Jim Caldwell: ‘We don’t condone’ actions by Raiola, Mosley

Monday, November 24, 2014

When head coach Jim Caldwell came to Detroit 10 months ago, he promised a better behaved Detroit Lions team that was more disciplined on and off the field. A day after Sunday’s 34-9 loss to the New England Patriots, Caldwell spent most of his shorter-than-usual news conference answering …

Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over Lions

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the Detroit …

high-scoring Patriots face Lions’ stingy defense

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s …

LeGarrette Blount back in Patriots backfield

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — There was no name over his locker stall and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear this Sunday. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New …

NFL stars are being shadowed by the unknowns guys

Friday, November 21, 2014

J.J. Watt tears it up on defense. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady tear up defenses. Same old same old in the NFL, you say? Then you aren’t paying much attention. Across the NFL, while many superstars are doing …

RB Blount rejoins Pats after being cut by Steelers

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount’s teammates are glad to have him back in a New England Patriots uniform. Which one he wears, though, is still up in the air. Some players had trouble recognizing the 6-foot, 250-pound running back …