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New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, rear, sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. Miami recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Patriots defense getting healthier, stingier

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers. The New England Patriots defense is getting stingier and healthier as the playoffs approach. Tom Brady and his prolific offense enjoy watching that from the sideline. “There’s pressure to score every time we get the ball and that’s what …

Patriots chase bigger goals after clinching division

Monday, December 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For longtime New England players, the T-shirt with the message “PATRIOTS RUN THE EAST” and the championship hat are just the latest in a huge collection — six straight AFC East titles …

Commentary: Some teams need home field for playoffs

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Cowboys don’t lose on the road, where the Bengals and Colts aren’t slouches, either. The Patriots, Broncos, Packers and Cardinals don’t lose at home. For most of the other playoff contenders, well, it’s who knows? Some teams really could use staying at home beyond the holidays — and deep into January. Certainly …

Patriots-Packers could be shootout, title preview

Saturday, November 29, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Two star quarterbacks. Two championship-winning coaches. Two of the NFL’s marquee franchises. Toss in the iconic venue of Lambeau Field, and Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers shapes up …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Boston wants to take Olympics back to school

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON — Field hockey at Harvard Stadium. Fencing and archery at MIT. Horses for the equestrian events cared for at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals. Welcome to the University Games. Boston is bidding on the 2024 Summer …

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be …

Packers offensive linemen power through injuries

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — While their teammates were in the end zone celebrating another score, offensive linemen Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang walked slowly back toward the Packers sideline. After another successful drive, it was time for the …

Patriots get another blowout win against top team

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am when …

Lions coach Jim Caldwell: ‘We don’t condone’ actions by Raiola, Mosley

Monday, November 24, 2014

When head coach Jim Caldwell came to Detroit 10 months ago, he promised a better behaved Detroit Lions team that was more disciplined on and off the field. A day after Sunday’s 34-9 loss to the New England Patriots, Caldwell spent most of his shorter-than-usual news conference answering …

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 …