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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 …

Patriots offense brims with confidence thanks to some health

Thursday, January 21, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — For the New England Patriots offense, health has been a fleeting commodity this season. When the offensive line was healthy, the backfield hurt. Then the receiving corps took its turn on the training table late the …

The matchup: Patriots vs Broncos

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Matchups for the AFC championship game Sunday between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos: When the Patriots (13-4) have the ball There’s a lot more to this matchup than the quarterback positions, despite the broadcast hysteria all …

Patriots RB Jackson chasing unlikely Super Bowl appearance

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — Steven Jackson wasn’t waiting by the phone late last month when the Patriots called looking for a running back to plug the holes of their battered backfield. He didn’t even hear it ring as he sat …

Von Miller, Chris Harris back for this AFC title game vs. Tom Brady

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DENVER — Backslaps for the backups. That’s all pass-rusher Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. could provide the last time the New England Patriots played the Denver Broncos for the AFC championship. The backbone of Denver’s dominant …

Patriots put LB Jerod Mayo on season-ending injured reserve

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have placed linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season. Mayo, 29, was injured in Saturday’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Mayo played in all 16 …

AFC title may come down to kickers

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DENVER — Antonio Smith says nobody can get into Tom Brady’s head. That didn’t stop Denver’s defensive lineman from trying by labelling New England’s quarterback a crybaby. “I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after …

Peyton Manning, Tom Brady to meet for 17th time in AFC championship game

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DENVER — The last time Tom Brady and the New England Patriots came to Denver, Peyton Manning watched the game on television from inside the locker room. Not next Sunday, though. The Broncos quarterback will take in his …

Chiefs head into offseason after another playoff letdown

Sunday, January 17, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have experienced myriad playoff heartbreaks over the years, yet their loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday may have left an entirely different kind of sting. One that hurts …

Peyton Manning leads Broncos past gritty Steelers 23-16

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DENVER — Get ready for Brady-Manning XVII. Peyton Manning earned one more and possibly final game against his rival by leading the Denver Broncos to a come-from-behind 23-16 win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. …

Julian Edelman’s return helps Patriots return to AFC title game

Sunday, January 17, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots returned to normal just in time to return to the AFC championship game for the fifth year in a row. With Julian Edelman back from a broken foot, the Patriots shrugged off …