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Roger Goodell has been brave enough to show his face in Foxboro since the NFL brutally botched the Deflategate scandal, but that does not mean he wants to spend any more time around Patriots fans than he has to.

Just as he did a year ago, Goodell is reportedly planning to attend the NFC Championship Game this year rather than travel to New England for the AFC Championship.

While Goodell could say that he can’t be accused of avoiding Gillette Stadium after he has already been there twice this year, we know the decision to travel to Philadelphia was an easy one for him. Patriots fans have ruthlessly taunted him in the past, and that almost certainly plays a factor in which game he chooses to attend.

Even though we recently heard a report that Bill Belichick has a good relationship with Goodell, that probably wouldn’t be enough to stop fans from throwing numerous four-letter words in the commissioner’s direction.

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