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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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 putting their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday in their fourth straight game against a division leader. “We’re playing Green Bay …

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 Green Bay’s hobbled guards to get off their feet. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ skill-position …

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 we win, but right now all that doesn’t really mean anything going into Green Bay,” …

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 …

Aqib Talib even-keeled about his return to New England

Friday, October 31, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Another year, another homecoming for a Patriot-turned-Bronco star. Last season, it was Wes Welker returning to Foxborough, and that one didn’t go very well. His punt return gaffe late in overtime led to Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal that completed New England’s comeback from a …

Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry began in obscurity

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DENVER — The greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history began quietly with plenty of empty seats on a cloudy, cool and windy afternoon at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001. Baby-faced backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick …

Wes Welker, Bill Belichick have buried the hatchet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — There’s no longer any bad blood between Bill Belichick and Wes Welker heading into the showdown Sunday between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. Belichick said he has long gotten over Welker’s hit that sidelined then-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in the AFC championship. At …