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Patriots fan gets tattoo declaring Super Bowl win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached — yet he says he has no regrets. Thirty-one-year-old Burke O’Connell says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl. The Massachusetts native had a friend ink the celebratory tattoo across his calf two days before …

Peyton Manning to Bill Belichick: ‘This might be my last rodeo’

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DENVER — Peyton Manning isn’t saying that Super Bowl 50 is his grand finale. He’s just saying it could be. NFL Network cameras caught an intriguing exchange between Manning and New England coach Bill Belichick after Denver’s 20-18 win over the Patriots in the AFC championship game on Sunday. When they embraced, Manning …

UMass notebook: Donte Clark proud of hometown Panthers

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Sophomore guard Donte Clark wore his Carolina Panthers hat around campus Monday. UMass features a high enrollment of New England Patriots fans, most of whom were recovering from Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to Denver on Monday. Clark, a Charlotte, North Carolina, native, was a rare happy football fan, proud of his hometown team. “People probably think I’m a bandwagon fan. I’ve …

Second-guessing of Bill Belichick begins with the man in the hoodie

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — You still see T-shirts around the home of the New England Patriots with coach Bill Belichick’s scowling face and the mantra “In Bill We Trust.” But more than any time since the hoodied football guru began …

Deflating ending sends Patriots trudging into offseason

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots’ season started off the field with “Deflategate.” It ended with a deflating loss on it. In the middle, New England at times resembled the same unflappable, tunnel-vision team that earned its fourth Super Bowl …

Not all local fans mourning Patriots’ defeat

Sunday, January 24, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sean Gustavis couldn’t help but revel in the wave of disappointment that overcame Platform Sports Bar on Sunday evening. All eyes turned to the Easthampton man, 24, while he yelled and cheered and clapped as the …

Stephen Gostkowski’s PAT streak ends at 523 with costly miss

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENVER (AP) — An hour after the game, New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski still felt the sting of missing a rare extra point. Gostkowski sent his PAT wide right early in a 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos …

Tom Brady, Patriots fall 20-18 to Broncos in AFC title game

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENVER — Tom Brady isn’t perfect. Stephen Gostkowski? He almost always is. While Brady made the best out of a less-than-ideal day, the single mistake Gostkowski made — missing his first extra point in nine years — played …

Denver defense stops Tom Brady, Patriots in AFC championship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENVER — If this 17th matchup with Tom Brady was indeed the final one, Peyton Manning got the last laugh — thanks to Von Miller. The star of Denver’s dizzying defense had 2½ sacks, an interception that set …

Broncos would love to run while Tom Brady stays on sideline

Friday, January 22, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After dropping seven of Peyton Manning’s passes against Pittsburgh, the Denver Broncos wide receivers found themselves running the “gauntlet” drill this week. They ran from one sideline to the other catching rapid-fire passes from their …

17th and likely last meeting between QB blue bloods on tap

Friday, January 22, 2016

DENVER — The final chapter of the greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history plays out in all likelihood Sunday with the 17th meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. New England and Denver play again next season, but …

Last time: Without Peyton Manning, Broncos beat Patriots in OT

Friday, January 22, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — When the New England Patriots last visited Denver, they brought along a perfect record and talk of a second undefeated season. They left with their first loss and the start of a streak in which they won just twice in their final six games — a …

Mind games between Patriots-Broncos before big game Sunday

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gronk pushes off. Brady whines. If it’s AFC championship week, somebody must be complaining about the New England Patriots. This time around, it’s the Denver Broncos, who have delivered a few hits through the media …