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New England Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien emerges as pick to coach Penn State football.

"In a defensive wrinkle, the Patriots used cornerback Devin McCourty at safety in their sub package,..."

“In a defensive wrinkle, the Patriots used cornerback Devin McCourty at safety in their sub...

Video of the day: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski described his record-breaking catch as “surreal”

Late in the 49-21 win over the Bills, the Patriots put in backup QB Brian Hoyer, but not to kneel it. They let him throw one pass, targeting TE Rob Gronkowski and giving him one shot at the record. Gronk corralled in a 22-yarder, giving him 1,409 receiving yards, more than any tight end ever. Afterward, he was literally touched coach Bill Belichick allowed him to try to get the...

Patriots QB Tom Brady breaks what used to be an NFL passing record

In the third quarter, Patriots QB Tom Brady completed a 53-yard pass to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. That gave him a milestone. Kinda. It sent Brady past Dolphins legend Dan Marino, whose record of 5,084 passing yards had stood for 27 years.  Brady entered the game with 4,897 passing yards Now, Brady has 5,133 passing yards on the season. Should be a huge deal, right? Stop...

Brady leads Pats to top seed, beats Bills 49-21

Falling behind means nothing to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. And because no deficit seems too big for them, the Patriots own home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Brady led the Patriots back from three touchdowns as they scored 49 straight points for a 49-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Brady finished the regular season with the second most yards...

Welker & Branch Active For New England

Both Wes Welker and Deion Branch are active for New England. Fantasy Spin: Both were listed as questionable while nursing minor ailments, but neither was in jeopardy of missing todays tilt vs. Buffalo, who field a porous pass defense.

And they want to play 18 games?

By Jim Donaldson With all-pro left guard Logan Mankins and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer inactive for Sunday's season finale, the Patriots are without three of their Opening Day starters along the offensive line. Center Dan Koppen was lost for the season after playing in just one game. And veteran left tackle Matt Light couldn't play in last Sunday'...

Week 17 Risers and Fallers: Tight ends carry the offense to top seed

For the first 15 minutes, the Patriots played like a team with nothing to play for. Luckily there was another 45 minutes to make up for their atrocious start. With a porous pass defense rearing its ugly head and Tom Brady and the offense struggling to establish a rhythm, the Pats found themselves in an ironic 21-0 hole against the Bills. In week three, the Patriots jumped out...

Brady hits 5,000 passing yards for year (AP)

Tom Brady is the third quarterback in NFL history to surpass 5,000 yards passing in a season. The New England Patriots quarterback also surpassed Dan Marino and moved into second on the all-time single-season list. Marino's record of 5,084 yards stood for 27 years before Drew Brees broke it last week.

Pats play losers

By Jim Donaldson

Patriots rally to stomp Bills, clinch AFC's top seed

Tom Brady led the New England Patriots back from a three-touchdown deficit as they scored 49 straight points and clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 49-21 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.


TOM BRADY Another victory, another record-setting performance for Brady. In putting up 42 unanswered points yesterday, he also hit multiple milestones. His 300th career TD...

For your own safety

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty played safety on Sunday, playing football's version of center field for most...
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