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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates his second touchdown pass to Timothy Wright in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 Lions without a touchdown and two outstanding special teams plays, and the team with the AFC’s best record rolled over the team …

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 a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave up the most points three times. …

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 England Patriots. “It feels real good. I was excited to hear about it,” the running …

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 …

Tom Brady backups to battle when Browns face Texans

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BEREA, Ohio — There won’t be a parade and there’s not a sponsor lined up, but Sunday’s Browns-Texans matchup will be a pseudo bowl game — the Tom Brady Backup Bowl. Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer and Houston’s Ryan …

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 …