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New England Patriots
Welcome to the playoffs, Shane Vereen.
New England's forgotten second-year tailback—who was drafted 17 spots ahead of Stevan Ridley in 2011—stole the show Sunday evening, piling up 124 total yards and three touchdowns in New England's 41-28 thrashing of the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round.
The speedster out of California proved to be the X-factor for the Patriots, who lost star tight end Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the playoffs after the Pro Bowler re-injured his forearm.
Vereen and Ridley picked up the slack and helped the Patriots reach the AFC Championship for the second consecutive season.
Not to be lost in the win was New England's defense, which held Matt Schaub to a paltry 6.5 yards per completion and mostly bottled up Arian Foster (22 carries for 90 yards).
Although the loss of Gronkowski certainly doesn't help the Patriots' Super Bowl chances, the fact they dropped 40+ points on the Texans again highlights their versati...
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WHY PLAY? JUST DANCE
Brandon Spikes is a solid NFL linebacker, a controversial Twitter user and, apparently, quite the dancer. Spikes busted a move during the third quarter of Sunday’s divisional round showdown at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots linebacker obviously was very excited about the idea of New England recovering a fumble in Texans territory. Unfortunately for Spikes, the officials determined...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is providing no update on injured tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Belichick said during a conference call Monday that he had nothing to add to his comments following New England's 41-28 win over the Houston Texans in a divisional playoff game Sunday. He said then he wasn't sure if Gronkowski had broken his arm.
Gronkowski needs season-ending surgery...
Patriots running back Danny Woodhead injured his thumb early in Sunday's game against the Texans. His return is questionable.Fantasy Spin:Woodhead is usually used as a slot receiver and an occasional change of pace halfback out of the backfield. Shane Vereen will have to pick up the slack if Woodhead is unable to return.
Tom Brady proved his mettle once again, becoming the NFL’s all-time postseason wins leader (Getty/ Wickerham)
Three times the Patriots have hosted the Houston Texans in Foxboro. Three times the Patriots have won big. Final scores of 40-7 (2006), 42-14 (2012), and 41-28 (2012 playoffs) are impressive, but the latest triumph wasn’t as easy as that last margin suggests thanks...
Patriots RB Shane Vereen and TE Aaron Hernandez had a breakout game vs the Texans Sunday in Foxboro. New England rolled 41-28 by leaning on these two key playmakers.
If the Patriots are to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this year, they’ll have to get the job done without Rob Gronkowski.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Gronkowski reinjured his forearm during the first quarter of Sunday’s divisional round playoff game against the Texans. The injury will reportedly require surgery, and the Pro Bowl tight end will miss the rest of...
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has undergone surgery on his broken left arm, a person with knowledge of the operation tells The Associated Press.
Gronkowski suffered the season-ending injury Sunday when he caught a pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter and landed out of bounds on the arm for an incompletion in New England's 41-28 playoff win over the Houston Texans.
The New England Patriots took care of the Houston Texans yesterday with little resistance, winning the game 41-28. Brandon Spikes was quite happy when the Patriots recovered a fumble and decided to let everyone know. His wave style first down signal pretty much made my day. Can't wait for that Ravens vs. Pats game next Sunday. #BradyIsASurgeon
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has left Sunday's playoff game against the Houston Texans with an apparent injury to the left arm that kept him out five games during the regular season.
Running back Danny Woodhead also went out in the first quarter, leaving after the first play with a thumb injury.
Gronkowski broke his left forearm blocking for an extra point...
In his postgame conference yesterday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lauded his teams mental toughness. Here's the quote;
"Yeah. I think that’s been the mark of our team. We’ve won 11 of 12. We were down 31-3 at home and battled back. I think we’re going to be in it. We have a lot of tough guys, mentally tough guys. Whatever happens, like what happened on the first...
On Sunday night while the Patriots were trampling the Texans at Gillette Stadium, Brendon Ayanbadejo was sitting at home stewing while watching New England’s no huddle offense.
That’s when the Ravens’ special teamer took to Twitter to air his grievances with the Patriots’ hurry-up ways. Unfortunately, he likely did more harm than good for Baltimore by pointing out what he...
Before being named to USF’s coaching staff, much speculation swirled around the Bucs as to why they would allow defensive backs coach Ron Cooper explore other opportunities. Friday, Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report wrote the team felt he was overrated. Sources tell Pewter Report that one of the reasons why the Bucs felt compelled to let defensive backs coach Ron Cooper out of...
It’s weird. Without Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead the Patriots and Tom Brady looked inconsistent passing the ball. Brady forced too many balls to Welker that bounced off his arm and Aaron Hernandez dropped a catch or two. Then I notice that Brady still threw for 344 yards and they scored 41 points.
Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, Daniel Manning and J.J. Watt all had really good...
On the face of things, this weekend couldn't have gone much better for the New England Patriots. A comfortable victory to get the play-offs started over the Houston Texans, preceded by an upset in the form of the Baltimore Ravens win over the Denver Broncos, meaning another game at Gillette, with everything on the line.
However, there is a big smear on the weekend. When Rob...