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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) lies injured on the field against the Denver Broncos as teammate tight end Scott Chandler (88) trees to help him up during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

No longer perfect, Patriots look to clinch top playoff spot

Monday, November 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — At least New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have to answer — or, more precisely, not answer — questions about an undefeated season anymore. The Patriots’ quest for a second perfect regular season came to an end Sunday night with a 30-24 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. What’s worse, tight end Rob Gronkowski was injured late …

DOUBLE WHAMMY Gronkowski injures knee as Patriots lose for first time in OT

Monday, November 30, 2015

DENVER — Tom Brady lost yet another one of his trusted targets and this time he also lost a game. C.J. Anderson scored on a 48-yard run with 12:32 left in overtime, powering the Denver Broncos past the New England Patriots 30-24 on a snowy Sunday night. Watching from the cozy indoors at …

This time, Patriots-Broncos is all about defense

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DENVER — For once, the matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos isn’t all about the quarterbacks. With Peyton Manning in a walking cast and Tom Brady’s supporting cast in disarray, this showdown in the snow Sunday night likely comes down to which dominant defense handles the atmosphere, the pressure and …

NFL’s unbeaten face big tests over next 2 weeks

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The knock on both the Packers and Broncos, 6-0 teams with byes this weekend before their showdown in Denver on Nov. 1, is that they’ve fattened up on the league’s bottom-feeders. That argument could be …

Colts’ fake punt among NFL’s dumbest plays

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Colts’ attempt to fool the Patriots with a fake punt Sunday night only made Indianapolis look foolish. It might not have been the dumbest call or execution of a play in NFL history, but it certainly ranks …

Jets taking low-key approach to facing Patriots

Monday, October 19, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — This is the week you could count on, at least twice an NFL season, to hear some pretty good trash talk all the way from New York to Boston. Yep, it’s Jets-Patriots. Bad blood, …

Colts’ trick play blunder brings scrutiny on to Chuck Pagano

Monday, October 19, 2015

“Why’d you snap that?” Chuck Pagano demanded when wide receiver Griff Whalen plodded to the sideline following one of the wackiest botched gadget plays in NFL history. “Why’d we try that?” is what the Indianapolis coach should be …

Pats take air out of Colts’ upset hopes in 34-27 win

Monday, October 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady got his revenge — with a little help from the Colts. He exposed holes in the defense, allowed his teammates to do most of the heavy lifting and let Indianapolis take the air out …

Colts preparing for any, all possibilities against Patriots

Saturday, October 17, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts spent all week poring through New England’s game tapes looking for answers. They know they haven’t really seen anything yet. If Indianapolis has learned anything from four straight blowout losses to the rival Patriots, …

Colts still seeking solutions for Patriots’ ground game

Friday, October 16, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts defense knows all about the ugly numbers. Indianapolis has faced New England four times in the past three years. Each time, the Colts’ defense was run over. Each time, Indianapolis read the stats, endured the film sessions and searched for answers. On Sunday night, …

Colts linebacker surprised to be at center of ‘Deflategate’

Thursday, October 15, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is a quiet, laid-back kind of guy. He doesn’t worry about personal mementoes, tries to avoid controversy and scandal and normally toes the company line. But as this weekend’s NFL feature attraction …

Q&A: Tom Brady on Deflategate, Gisele and Trump

Thursday, October 15, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady has four Super Bowl rings, is a future Hall of Famer and his New England Patriots are off to a 4-0 start, and yet he’s still quick to mention his 199th rank in …

Former Patriots offensive lineman Adams, 67, dies in Houston

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) —Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Sam Adams has died in Houston at the age of 67. Adams became ill at his Houston home last Saturday and died at a hospital, Rodney Coleman of Coleman’s Mortuary in Jasper said Wednesday. No cause of death was released. …