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San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland (50) dives away from New York Giants' Preston Parker (83) and Odell Beckham (13) after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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 their thing, a wide range of obscure players are having a major impact. Not just on the offensive line, where anonymity is …

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 on Thursday after he signed and donned No. 60 for his first practice. “I didn’t …

Brady likely to have increased role against Lions

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady didn’t have to throw much or especially well for the New England Patriots to get their sixth straight win. He figures to play a bigger role when they go for their seventh. One week after they relied on the running game — 37 carries for 201 yards and four …

Patriots preparing for indoor showdown vs. Colts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — No matter what the weather conditions are, the New England Patriots rarely lose at home. Practicing in the rain, wind and cold prepares them for games in often frosty Foxborough. “We’ve used our weather as a …

Top kickers to meet when Patriots face Colts

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — One after another, Stephen Gostkowski’s kicks keep going through the uprights. Just like Adam Vinatieri’s. Don’t expect any misses when Gostkowski and the player he replaced as the New England Patriots kicker nearly a decade ago …

Patriots coming back from bye, preparing for Colts

Monday, November 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots went into their bye week after facing the NFL’s highest scoring team and its outstanding quarterback. They face a similar challenge in their first game back and hoping for a similar result. …

Texans coach, ex-Patriot linebacker Mike Vrabel says thieves took 3 Super Bowl rings

Saturday, November 8, 2014

HOUSTON — Police are investigating a break in at the home of Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, who says that someone took his three Super Bowl rings he won as a player. Vrabel tweeted Saturday about the break in at his home in the Houston enclave of Bellaire. …

Patriots coach Dave DeGuglielmo happy with resurgence of offensive line

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Dave DeGuglielmo was excited to return to his roots when he became offensive line coach of the New England Patriots this year. He was back in the state where he was born, raised and played college football. A state, though, with impatient fans and judgmental media …

Patriots head into bye after five-game resurgence

Monday, November 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots were reeling from the second worst loss of the Belichick-Brady era when the disappointed but determined quarterback took a moment to look ahead. “We need to make sure we never have this …

Commentary: Manning vs Brady is a rivalry worth treasuring

Monday, November 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Even if, by Peyton Manning’s assessment, the latest installment of his great rivalry with Tom Brady “stunk,” it remains something to treasure. Yes, Brady’s Patriots routed Manning’s Broncos 43-21 at Gillette Stadium, a personal house of …

Brady outduels Manning, Patriots romp 43-21

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — With 8 1-2 minutes remaining Sunday, the Gillette Stadium crowd delivered the message loud and clear: “Brady’s Better.” On this day, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots certainly were the superior team, routing Peyton Manning …

Marquee matchup: Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady for 16th time

Saturday, November 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady says Peyton Manning “does everything right.” Manning has read that Brady “wants to play until he’s into his mid-40s ... and he could probably do it.” As usual, the stars of the richest quarterback …

Jimmy Garoppolo mimicks Peyton Manning in Patriots practice

Friday, October 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spent the week simulating Peyton Manning and his hurry-up offense. Except for one part of it. Garoppolo didn’t use Manning’s now-signature “Omaha!” when calling put the plays at the line. “No ‘Omahas’ — I had my own set of …