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New England Patriots
Tom Brady was shaky early on, Wes Welker had an uncharacteristic drop, and Rob Gronkowski was nursing an injury that kept him from making any sort of impact. But Sunday night's Patriots' 41-28 AFC divisional-round victory over the Texans wasn't exactly a carbon copy of last year's heartbreaking Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
Quite the contrary, in fact, as the Patriots responded from early setbacks and first-quarter injuries to two key offensive players with precise offense, opportunistic defense and contributions from two second-year running backs whom they've been waiting to see flourish in big spots like these since they were both drafted on the second day of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley -- taken 56th and 73rd overall, respectively, in the 2011 NFL Draft -- carried the New England offense when starting tailback Danny Woodhead (thumb) and Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski (arm) left the game with first-quarter injuries.
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There is no argument at this point that Tom Brady of the Patriots is the best QB in the playoffs.
The Divisional round did not disappoint, there were some outstanding games. The elite quarterbacks were on display and you can see why there is such a premium on quarterbacks in the NFL.
This week on my radio show, Football Extra Points, I reviewed the Divisional games...
Shane Vereen scored on a 1-yard run and the New England Patriots overcame a 94-yard return by Danieal Manning on the opening kickoff to take a 7-3 lead over the Houston Texans after the first quarter of their AFC divisional playoff game Sunday.
Manning's kickoff set up Shayne Graham's 27-yard field goal just 1:03 into the game.
The Patriots had two players injured with...
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The New England Patriots are one victory away from going to their sixth Super Bowl in the 12-year period since Tom Brady became the starting quarterback. But standing in the way is one of the Pats' biggest rivals in Baltimore. Here's our first stats-based look at the matchup between the Ravens and Patriots.
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FOXBORO, Mass. — This might be the start of something special for Shane Vereen.
Vereen finally had his coming out party on Sunday night, and he did it in the biggest game of his young career. In his postseason debut, Vereen ran for 41 yards, hauled in five passes for another 83 yards and became just the third Patriots player ever to score three touchdowns in a playoff game —...
FOXBORO, Mass. — The AFC’s two best teams will be representing the conference at Gillette Stadium next Sunday — at least that’s what Tom Brady believes.
The Patriots quarterback was in good spirits after a 41-28 win over the Texans on Sunday night, and while he closed the book on Houston, he began looking ahead to New England’s next opponent: Baltimore.
The Ravens are headed...
It's Tom Brady; It's J.J. Watt; It's Arian Foster vs. Vince Wilfork; It's Matt Schaub against a young, but inexperienced defense. This game is sure to excite the fans, both at Gillette Stadium, as well as across the country!Who will make the highlight reels? Who will put up the points? Touchdowns and big plays on defense, these two teams are ready to put on a show...
On a weekend when Brady etched his name on another page of the NFL history books, the Baltimore Ravens captured the highest winning percentage in history in road playoff games
I had my doubts about the Baltimore Ravens but it certainly appears that they are “peaking” just at the right time heading into the AFC Championship Game this week.
It may seem a bit like dodging a pair of difficult questions, but a Patriots, Falcons Super Bowl makes too much sense to ignore. The simple justification for such a prediction is that those teams are fielding the best quarterbacks this weekend, but really, there's much more to it than that.
While Tom Brady and Matt Ryan may be the best passers this weekend, their defenses...
On Sunday afternoon, with Rob Gronkowski and his injured forearm in the locker room and Danny Woodhead having long left the field, Wes Welker was still going.
He had six catches for 120 yards at the half, and he finished the game with eight catches for 131 yards. It wasn’t like many people noticed, though, with everything else that was happening. On a day that saw key injuries...
With our five writers going each 3-1 last week here is your Divisional Playoff Weekend’s roundtable discussion with Zach Schotz, Eric Huberman, Jason Weingold, Seth Goldberg, and Patrick Keenehan to give you our insight.
1. Choosing out of just the remaining quarterbacks in the playoffs, who would you want in a win or go home situation?
Eric Huberman: In a couple of years this...