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Tuesday
Jan272015

Super Bowl XLIX Media Day

IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Media Day for Super Bowl 49 featuring the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots took place on Tuesday. The annual event is better known for its festive atmosphere than for hard-hitting X's and O's questions.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked what his favorite stuffed animal is. "I like a little puppet. You can kind of put your fingers in. It's a little monkey, and then he can talk and move his fingers and nod his head, so he can kind of talk back to you."

A reporter asked Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski if he'll be watching the halftime show featuring pop singer Katy Perry. "No. We'll be in the locker room preparing for the second half."

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, known as a man of few words when it comes to speaking with the media, answered every question he was asked with some variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined."

Lynch has been fined a total of $100,000 this season for violating the league's media policy.


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Friday
Jan232015

Seahawks' Lane Doesn't Think Gronkowski's "That Good"

Elsa/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Many people would probably tell you that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of the main reasons the Patriots have been so successful this season, but Seattle Seahawks starting nickleback Jeremy Lane isn't one of them.

"I actually don't think he's that good," Lane said. "He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls."

Gronkowski finished this season with 82 catches, 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, but Lane believes if he hits Gronkowski at the line of scrimmage, the 6-foot-6, 265 pound All-Pro will have problems being productive.

"It's definitely an issue with him from watching tape," said Lane.

The 24-year-old Lane has played in seven games for the Seahawks this season, compiling 23 tackles, three passes defended and one forced fumble.


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Monday
Dec152014

Patriots Explode in 2nd Half, Clinch AFC East

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots outscored the Miami Dolphins 27-0 in the second half to stampede to their sixth consecutive AFC East title by winning 41-13 Sunday.

The Patriots (11-3) scored on all four of their third-quarter offensive series, the first coming after quarterback Tom Brady scrambled for a clutch 17-yard first-down run on third and 11 to set up a LeGarrette Blount 3-yard touchdown run.

"I think it was a play that we needed to make so it was good to make it at that time," Brady said of his first-down run. "I was going to slide but I was pretty [upset] that time so I figured I wouldn't slide."

The Dolphins (7-7) hung tough in the first half after the Patriots ran the ball three times without gaining a first down. Jarvis Landry returned a punt 32 yards to put Miami on the Patriots' 32-yard line with 11 seconds to play. The following play, Ryan Tannehill went deep to Mike Wallace, who made an acrobatic catch in the left corner of the end zone. The play was initially called incomplete, but the call was reversed after review.

Despite their strong first half, the Dolphins couldn't get anything going in the second half as the Patriots avenged their early-season loss that was suffered in Miami.

"Going down there and losing Week 1; we've been waiting all season to get back and play this game,' Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. "So I thought we did a great job in the second half of playing good football and executing."


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Sunday
Sep072014

Dolphins Hand Pats First Opening Day Loss Since 2003

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to beat the New England Patriots 33-20 Sunday.

It's the Patriots first opening week loss since 2003.

After the Dolphins scored in the first drive of the game, the Patriots retaliated with 17 straight points, the last of them coming from a six yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. The two teams then traded field goals and went into the half with the Pats leading by 10.

The second half was all Dolphins. Miami quickly erased its 10 point deficit by scoring on its first three drives to take a 23-20 lead.

The Patriots had multiple opportunities to retake the lead, but the Miami pass rush made sure Brady couldn't get into a groove.

The Dolphins clinched the victory with 3:29 left in the game when running back Knowshon Moreno ran for a four yard touchdown.

Moreno, who was playing in his first game as a Dolphin, rushed for 134 yards in the win.

Gronkowski had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in his first game back since having surgery on his knee.


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Monday
Sep012014

Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Week 1 Against Dolphins

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he's ready to go for their season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Gronkowski had reconstructive surgery on his left knee during the offseason and doctors gave him the green light on Monday.

"Super excited, super pumped. I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure. No doubt about it," Gronkowski said Monday. "My mentality now is I'm ready to go, I'm ready to be out there, I'm ready to hit, I'm ready to start going."

Gronkowski plans on wearing a knee brace on Sunday, but doesn't see that stopping him from being productive.

"It feels good to be out here now this week, preparing for the Dolphins, knowing that I put myself in the best situation the last few weeks and few months to get back out here," he said. "That was my plan the whole time -- to work as hard as I could so I'd be ready for this week."


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Tuesday
Aug262014

N.E. Patriots Trade G Logan Mankins To Buccaneers

David Lee/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots dealt six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

“Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “It is hard to imagine a better play at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I every coached.”

New England selected Mankins out of Fresno State with the 32nd overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. In nine seasons with the Patriots, he started 130 games.

The 24-year-old Wright is entering his second season in the NFL. Last year with the Buccaneers, he had 54 receptions for 571 yards and five touchdowns. Wright is expected to provide depth behind starting tight end Rob Gronkowski.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Gronkowski Participates in First Full-Team Drills

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- For the first time this preseason, the New England Patriots watched as Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown pass during practice Monday afternoon. It was the first time Gronkowski had participated in full-team drills since having offseason surgery to repair a torn ACL. 

"It's definitely huge to get it going again," said Gronkowski. "I've been working with Tom since I've been out here, but we haven't been doing it vs. the defense or anything. So it was good to be out there and 'Boom!' it was just like it was never missed before."

Gronkowski has said that he plans to play all 16 games this season after playing a combined 18 games the last two seasons. There was no full contact for Gronkowski, but rather some minor hitting that included having the ball stripped from him by rookie corner Malcolm Butler.

Gronkowski, 25, has been participating in some drills since the start of camp on July 24 and is planning to suit up for week one. However, there has been no word on if he will play in one of New England's final two preseason games.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Training Camp

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by doctors and will be ready for training camp on Thursday, head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday.

"It's a positive," said veteran offensive lineman Logan Mankins, one of the Patriots' captains. "We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. Anytime you can have Gronk on the field, it's great."

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his right ACL on Jan. 9 and has fully recovered.

Gronkowski said last week that he plans on playing in all 16 games this season. "I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play football. I love playing the game," he said then.

The Patriots open up against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 7.


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Monday
Dec092013

ESPN: Patriots' Rob Gronkowski Has Torn ACL and MCL

Boston Globe(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots may still be riding high after their come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but it came with a price. According to ESPN, tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL and will miss the rest of the season.

Gronkowski suffered the injury during the third quarter after catching a pass from quarterback Tom Brady. He took a hit to his right knee from safety T.J. Ward and immediately fell to the ground.

"It was a decision I made just to make a tackle on a big man and unfortunately he got hurt, but if I would've hit up high, there's a chance I would get fined and all that other stuff. I'm just being safe," Ward said.

This is just the latest injury setback for the Pro Bowl tight end. He missed the first six games of the season as he recovered from offseason back and forearm surgery.

In seven games this season, the 24-year-old Gronkowski caught 39 passes for 592 yards and four touchdowns. Since his NFL debut back in 2010, Gronkowski has caught 42 touchdowns in 50 games.

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Sunday
Dec082013

Patriots Shock the Browns, Defeat Cleveland 27-26

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady did it again. The New England Patriots scored two touchdowns in the game's final 61 seconds to rally back and beat the Cleveland Browns 27-26.

With about a minute left in the second quarter, the Patriots trailed the Browns 19-3, and with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Browns were ahead 26-14.

With 61 seconds left, Brady threw a two yard strike to wide receiver Julian Edelman to cut the deficit to six. After recovering an onsides kick, Brady then led the Patriots down the field and threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola to give the Patriots the lead.

It wasn't all good news for the Patriots though. In the third quarter, tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered what appeared to be a devastating knee injury. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting the team fears Gronkowski tore his ACL.

Brady wound up throwing for 418 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Shane Vereen had a big day for Patriots. The running back caught 12 passes for 153 yards.

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