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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 from Michigan the year before, made his first career NFL start in place of Drew Bledsoe, who had suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest one week earlier. On the other side was QB blue blood Peyton Manning, the top overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Tennessee, and the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts. As expected, it was a mismatch, but not the way anyone …

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 the time, New England’s often cantankerous coach called it “one of the worst plays” he’d …

Patriots defense preps to slow Broncos’ Manning

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Devin McCourty won’t allow himself to get caught up in Peyton Manning’s pre-snap antics on Sunday. New England’s Pro Bowl safety can’t afford to. He’ll end up losing. “I would say the chess game is pretty one-sided. It’s like being a kid going against a father in chess,” McCourty said of trying to anticipate Manning’s moves. “He’s a very smart quarterback. …

Patriots president expresses support for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft expressed support Thursday for commissioner Roger Goodell and said the NFL will go forward with him in charge. “Roger’s our commissioner and we are very happy with him,” said …

Bengals looking to drop, stop Tom Brady again

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CINCINNATI — The Bengals gave Tom Brady one of the worst afternoons of his career the last time they got together. They sacked Brady the first time he dropped to pass. They prevented the Patriots from getting into …

Tom Brady tries to keep even keel during slow start

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. …

With receiver Marvin Jones on way back, Bengals improving

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CINCINNATI — The Bengals are in position to get a lot better in the one area where they’re lacking on offense. Receiver Marvin Jones is close to rejoining the Bengals (3-0) as they get ready to play at …

Judge weighing Aaron Hernandez bid to toss evidence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — Lawyers for ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez continued their effort Wednesday to have cellphone evidence thrown out, and a judge began hearing testimony on what the defense claims was an unlawful interrogation of him …

Patriots owner Kraft suffered along with fans in rout of Patriots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft looked down from his seat high above the field and watched his New England Patriots fall apart. The offense led by Tom Brady struggled to move the ball. The defense that had been stingy …

Judge hearing Aaron Hernandez bid to suppress evidence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts prosecutor in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez testified Tuesday against his lawyers’ efforts to suppress cellphone evidence, saying they had agreed to turn the phone over to …

Charles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three …

Bill Belichick, Andy Reid have history with franchise QBs

Sunday, September 28, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Brady and Bill Belichick arrived in New England together, one an overlooked sixth-round pick out of Michigan and the other a failed head coach during his first stint in Cleveland. Over the more than a decade, they’ve learned together. Grown together. They’ve won …

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Patriots Rob Gronkowski have much in common

Friday, September 26, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon. The 20-yard touchdown …