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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. …

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 …

Jonas Gray on center stage in Patriots run game

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the day,” …

Patriots win with strong passing, running, defense

Monday, November 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots have …

Jonas Gray runs wild as Patriots blow out Colts 42-20

Monday, November 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady keeps finding ways to beat Indianapolis. On Sunday night, he relied on New England’s running game to deliver the body blows. Then he came up with the knockout punch. Jonas Gray rushed for a …

Colts K Vinatieri shows no sign of slowing down

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri’s graying temples and grayer beard reveal one part of his remarkable career. At age 41, he is the NFL’s oldest player. He’s not slowing down. Nine years after the league’s best clutch kicker made …

Colts looking for a win against Patriots

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has lived with his mistakes from last year’s loss to the Patriots all through the offseason. It’s time to move on. The Colts’ quarterback, who threw four interceptions in last season’s playoff loss to …

Patriots linebacker Jonathan Casillas enjoying being with elite team

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Jonathan Casillas isn’t about to forget Oct. 28, 2014. That’s the day he went from the bottom of the NFL to near the top. “It’s a blessing to basically go from the worst to the best,” the linebacker said Friday when asked about the trade-deadline …

Patriots apologize after thanking racist tweeter

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a “fan” with a racist Twitter handle. The Patriots were holding a promotion to celebrate becoming the first NFL team with 1 million Twitter followers. The team asked fans to retweet a …

Patriots defense prepping to stop Colts QB Luck

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England quarterback Tom Brady this week praised nearly everything about Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. On Thursday, Pats defenders said they also admire the guy they’re hoping to stop. “He’s a leader, he’s everything you want …

Colts gear up for Patriots QB Tom Brady

Thursday, November 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts defense is well aware of the task at hand. The players know exactly what Tom Brady is capable of. “Probably the best quarterback in the NFL right now,” Indianapolis cornerback Greg Toler said. “A …