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James relieved Pats didn't win Super Bowl
Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.
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Gronk dilemma sticky for Pats
How do the Patriots proceed with a legend that -- for all the right reasons -- isn’t sure he wants to keep playing? It’s a lot to wrestle with.
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Patriots depth chart graphic for edge players.
Would a veteran sharpen the edge?
The Patriots have plenty of bodies at the edge defender spots, still, snagging a reliable veteran for the rotation might be the move to make.  
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McCourty repeats: We knew about Butler
Devin McCourty said immediately after Super Bowl LII that players knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't be starting. That story hasn't changed.
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Patriots depth chart graphic for cornerbacks.
Corner search is on
No position received more attention in the Super Bowl than cornerback, and with Malcolm Butler all but gone, the Patriots have internal and external options to explore.
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Report: Harrison could return to Pats
James Harrison was a surprising and often effective addition for New England, could he be back again for another year?
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King: Football, not family, kept McDaniels with Pats
Sports Illustrated's Peter King tells PFT Live that you can cross off the theory that Josh McDaniels' remaining with the Patriots was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis.   
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Report: WWE trying to sign Gronk
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has hinted about walking away from football at 28 and apparently World Wrestling Entertainment is listening.  
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Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson.
Eagles' Lane Johnson at it again
Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who caused a stir last week by calling the Patriots a "fear-based organization," was back doubling down on his comments on another "Pardon My Take podcast.  
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A boy named Suh?
Ndamukong Suh to the Patriots?? It's one of the many topics addressed in today's #FridayBag.
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Pats need to get better at LB
The Patriots need to find some answers on defense and one of the most obvious positions of need is linebacker.
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No, they don't need to draft a quarterback
With Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco,  most everyone assumes the Patriots are on the lookout for a quarterback. But drafting a QB isn't as pressing a need as you might think. 
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Time to find The Next Guy?
Finding Tom Brady's eventual successor could be the key to the offseason. Drafting a QB would give the Patriots a passer under contract through 2022, the year Brady turns 45.
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Patriots depth chart running back graphic.
Will Pats let Lewis run off?
Running back was one of the Patriots deepest and most productive positions in 2017. Will they stick with what they have and bring back Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead?
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Strength could become a weakness
Phil Perry begins an 11-part series looking at the Patriots on a position-by-position basis. Today: The offensive line, which could become a huge problem in 2018.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: A clean slate for David Price?
Today's BST podcast features conversation surrounding David Price, the red hot Bruins, and sluggish Celtics.
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Jerod Mayo responds to Johnson's comments
 Jerod Mayo responds to Lane Johnson's comments, and does the Patriots defense need to build a new identity this off-season?  
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
Some trouble on the final exam
Before closing the book on 2017, we hand out final grades for each Patriots position group. Like the team itself, the grades were good . . . but not quite championship-caliber.
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New England Patriots assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski.
Report: Key Patriots assistant returning
Patriots assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski is returning in 2018, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
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Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement catches a TD pass against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
SB52 calls the way Goodell wanted it?
Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira, now a rules analyst on FOX Network, says on a podcast that the lack of reversals on a key replay calls in the Super Bowl likely came after complaints to Roger Goo
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Pats legend fires back at Eagle's barbs
Tedy Brushi has a word of advice for Lane Johnson: hush.
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Flowers jabs back at Eagles' Johnson
Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers takes aim at Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, who called the Patriots a "fear-based organization."
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Could Gronk be quitting for WWE ring?
Rob Gronkowski appeared to be mulling retirement in the aftermath of the Super Bowl loss a week ago. His friend, WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley, hinted that Gronk might be entering the wrestling ring.  
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New Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich, the former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator
Colts finally get their man
Turned down at the last moment by the Patriots' Josh McDaniels, the Indianapolis Colts sign Super Bowl champion Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich to be their next coach.
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Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson.
Eagles OT blasts Pats organization
Did the Patriots lose the Super Bowl because they were afraid and weren't having fun? That's the theory offered by the Eagles' Lane Johnson, on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast. 
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New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel (left) talks with coach Bill Belichick.
'No handshake deal'
Ex-Patriots linebacker turned NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest says he had a conversation with Josh McDaniels, who told him there's no guaranteed plan for him to eventually succeed Bill Belichick.
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'Tom vs. Time' episode six delayed
'Tom vs. Time' episode six has been delayed as the series' production team "changed gears" following the Patriots' Super Bowl loss.
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#FRIDAYBAG: Bill Belichick, 2-09-18
What’s the most glaring need?
In a post-Super Bowl edition of the #FridayBag, readers look ahead to the offseason to see what changes could be in the offing for the AFC champs. 
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Brady's IG post all about ‘gratitude’
Four days after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, Tom Brady reflected on it in an Instagram post that was free of controversy and heavy on gratitude. 
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Brady holdout story a hoax
A Boston Herald report that Tom Brady would sit out OTAs if his contract isn't renegotiated to match Jimmy Garoppolo's turns out to be a hoax. 
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Judge close to returning to Pats
It looks like special teams coordinator Joe Judge is returning to the New England Patriots.
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Eagles took precautions against 'spying'
Eagles long snapper Rick Lovato claimed that the team purposely did not run specific plays, insinuating that the team was fearful of any Pats spying.
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Jimmy G. doubles up Brady
Jimmy Garoppolo's average salary is nearly double Tom Brady's 2018 salary.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Will Josh McDaniels take over after Bill Belichick retires?
Albert Breet joins the BST crew to discuss the Josh McDaniels situation and the effects it has on the Patriots and Colts.
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Weis: Could be dumbest move ever
Charlie Weis jumped on Sirius XM this afternoon and touched on Josh McDaniels decision to stay with the Patriots. 
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What story does dinner picture tell?
The image of Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick breaking bread in public may tell a story of air being cleared and tension being addressed.
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Patricia: 'There's only one Bill Belichick'
The new Lions coach dodged comparisons to his former boss and past Patriots coordinators who failed elsewhere.
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Agent washes hands of McDaniels
Agent Bob LaMonte also represents Colts GM Chris Ballard.
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An epic fail for the Patriot defense
The Patriot offense was championship-caliber, but the defense and special teams were woeful. And that's why Philly, and not New England, got to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
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Colts GM: 'The rivalry is back on'
Colts' GM Chris Ballard says all the right things about being jilted by Josh McDaniels . . . and then a really dorky thing.
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POLL: Are you 100% confident Bill Belichick will return in 2018?
Do you have any doubts that Belichick will return in 2018?
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Report: Candidate says no to Pats
Long-time Bill Belichick favorite Greg Schiano reportedly decided to stay at Ohio State, turning down a chance to join Patriots coaching staff.
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Gronk: From gridiron to silver screen?
Rob Gronkowski, who hinted at retirement after the Super Bowl, is reportedly considering quitting football to go into acting.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: McDaniels stays in New England, Celtics fall to Raptors
The BST crew discusses Josh McDaniels choosing to stay in New England, the Malcolm Butler situation and the Celtics' loss to the Raptors.
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McDaniels' decision gives Pats stability
By retaining one coach, the Patriots may have actually retained a few more. 
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Hail Mary convinces McDaniels to stay
After 15 hours of meetings between Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft over the past two days, McDaniels leaves the Colts at the altar.
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Colts release statement on McDaniels
The Colts have released a statement on Josh McDaniels turning down their head coaching job in favor of staying with the Patriots.
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McDaniels staying with Patriots
Josh McDaniels will not be taking the Colts head coach position after all and will stay with the Patriots.
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Quick Slants Podcast: Even Jerod Mayo was confused on Belichick's decision to bench Malcolm Butler
Jerod Mayo, Phil Perry, and Tom E. Curran react to the Malcolm Butler benching and how it could have impacted the focus of the locker room.
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Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount celebrates his touchdown against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Blount fires back at angry Pats fans
Former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who just beat his old teammates in the Super Bowl, tweeted that he was getting grief from angry Patriots fans.
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Brady comments in support of Butler
Tom Brady tells Malcolm Butler he loves him and calls him an incredible player, teammate and friend.
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Butler: Wouldn't do anything to hurt team
Malcolm Butler defends himself in a post on Instagram and Twitter, denying he committed 'any of the ridiculous activities being reported.'
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady drops a pass in Super Bowl 52.
Steelers receiver trolls Brady
Tom Brady is probably still on the massage table getting treatment for his Super Bowl 52 hits but Steelers receiver Antonio Brown added another via Instagram.
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New England Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea.
Who replaces McDaniels and Patricia?
With both Patriots coordinators officially gone, who will fill the void as the top assistants for Bill Belichick. A look at a few internal candidates.
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Colts announce hiring of Josh McDaniels
This is McDaniels' second head coaching job and first with an actual good quarterback. 
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Uncertainty reigns as offseason begins
The aftermath of Super Bowl LII was highlighted by a whirlwind of puzzling responses to relatively direct questions. 
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Gronk's home scene of reported burglary
The Foxborough Police Department is investigating a reported burglary at the home of Rob Gronkowski.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots stunned by Eagles in Super Bowl LII
The BST crew reacts to the Patriots losing in the Super Bowl to the Eagles, the absence of Malcolm Butler, Rob Gronkowski addressing rumors he'd retire, and more.
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A 'perfect storm' of issues for Butler
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports a "perfect storm" of issues contributed to Malcolm Butler's surprising benching during the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
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EX-PATS PODCAST: Super Bowl recap, breaking down the Butler situation
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen break down a devastating Super Bowl loss for the Patriots and the perplexing Malcolm Butler situation.
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Pats make themselves scarce at Gillette
Eric Lee was the only Patriots player to make himself available to the media as the team packed up its belongings Monday at Gillette Stadium.
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Patricia leaves Patriots, heads to Detroit
The Patriots, as expected, lose their defensive coordinator as Matt Patricia is named head coach of the Detroit Lions.
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Patriot drama a far cry from being over
Until we know exactly why the Patriots benched Malcolm Butler, we can't judge the move. But it's all part of a larger story that's still unfolding in Foxboro.
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In the end, Philly pierced Pats' protection
Usually it's the Patriots offensive line that outlasts its opponents. But this time, Brandon Graham and the Eagles had a little more gas.
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Belichick sheds no light on Butler benching
Bill Belichick says explaining the Malcolm Butler situation would require a long discussion.
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It was a Pete Carroll moment
If, as the Patriots say, Malcolm Butler was healthy and not in trouble, benching him was Bill Belichick’s Pete Carroll moment: A bad decision that cost him a Super Bowl.
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On biggest stage, defense didn't do its job
The Patriots defense had come a long way since its horrific start to the season. Unfortunately, it reverted back to square one in Super Bowl 52.
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Belichick shoulders blame for miscues
After the Patriots lost the Super Bowl 41-33, Belichick took to the podium and shouldered the blame for how things played out.  
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and cornerback Malcolm Butler at Super Bowl 49 in 2015.
Super hero to Super zero
Bill Belichick keeping Malcolm Butler on the bench cost the Patriots the Super Bowl, Tom E. Curran writes. It was a fitting conclusion to a strange season in Foxboro.   
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Brandon Browner: Bill lost the game
In several Instagram posts, former Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner blasts Bill Belichick and the Pats for the Malcolm Butler benching.
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New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is defended by Philadelphia Eagles CB Jalen Mills.
Belichick: Don't take Gronk literally
Rob Gronkowski surprises many when he doesn't completely shoot down the possibility of retiring following the Super Bowl, but Bill Belichick warns it may have been emotion talking.
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Pats early favorites to win Super Bowl 53
The Patriots may be fresh off a disappointing Super Bowl loss, but they are early favorites to win next year's Super Bowl.
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Gronk considering retirement?
A concussion knocked him out of the AFC Championship Game, and he's had a myriad of injuries throughout his career.
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Pats get trolled by . . . Atlanta Hawks??
The Patriots lose to the Eagles 41-33 in Super Bowl 52, and to no one's surprise, social media reacted. This Tweet and the sender was a bit curious though . . . 
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Butler: Patriots 'gave up on me'
Malcolm Butler is benched defensively for the Super Bowl, for what the Patriots say were strictly football reasons. But Butler strongly disagrees.
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As rumors swirl, McDaniels mum on Colts
After a report that he might be backing out of the Colts job,  Josh McDaniels declined to discuss his future after the Super Bowl. 
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Quick thoughts: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
Here are some quick-hitting takeaways from yet another classic Super Bowl, in which it was the Eagles, not the Patriots, who rally for fourth-quarter scores that give them the victory. 
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Not this time, Patriots
The Patriots, who had rallied to take a fourth-quarter lead after trailing for most of the game, are the victims of a last-minute comeback as the Eagles rally for a 41-33 victory in Super Bowl 52.
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Colts LB among 2 killed in highway crash
Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of two men killed early Sunday when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car.
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The point-a-minute Super Bowl
Tom E. Curran's breaks down the bests and worsts from the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl 52.
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Branch, Gillislee among Pats inactives
The Patriots had an immaculate injury report headed into the Super Bowl, which meant that the Patriots has some decisions to make when it came to their inactive list on game day. 
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Brady scuttles retirement talk
Tom Brady tells Jim Gray on Westwood One's pregame show that 'you're going to see me playing next year.'
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If Pats get it done, what comes after 'Not Done'?
'Not Done' has been the Patriots' motto for the 2017 season. But what comes next if the Pats emerge victorious in Super Bowl LII?
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What's up their sleeve?
Many defensive players note how Josh McDaniels' offense will stress you with its variety of formations and unorthodox personnel. What's in store for Super Sunday?
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Countdown to kickoff
All the information you need -- and some notes that may surprise you -- as you get ready for Super Bowl 52 between the Pats and Eagles.
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Sitting down with Scar
Dante Scarnecchia has been on the Patriots' coaching staff for 9 of their 10 Super Bowl appearances. Phil Perry has an in-depth interview with a man who's seen it all.
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Chung is the key to shutting down Ertz
Bill Belichick has had nothing but good things to say about Patrick Chung after watching the safety tough it out through the end of the season.
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Former Pederson teammate Favre addresses Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles put the finishing touches on their week of preparation with an afternoon walkthrough Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the venue for Super Bowl LII.
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Patriots have laid-back Saturday at US Bank Stadium
Patriots players and coaches were able to relax on the US Bank Stadium field before a Saturday night meeting. 
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Belichick pupils go 1-for-3 on Hall of Fame enshrinement
Bill Belichick has made an effort this year to stump for certain names to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. 
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Tom Brady wants you to know there's a storm coming
Tom Brady delivers an Instagram post the night before the big game.
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Brady named NFL MVP for third time
Tom Brady was named NFL MVP again, it was his first time receiving the award since back in 2010.
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Moss makes it to Canton on first try
Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and his family on Saturday before Super Bowl 52.
All about Pats' families on Saturday
It was all about the Patriots' families on their final full day of preparations before Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.  
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Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor.
Report: IV for Eagles WR's flu symptoms
Some Eagles players are said to have been bothered by the flu this week in Minneapolis at Super Bowl 52.
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No sixth sense, just one for ages
Time to see what Tom E. Curran got right, and what he got wrong in his Super Bowl preview.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady talks to coach Bill Belichick.
Struggling at the start
The Patriots haven't scored in the first quarter of any of Tom Brady's seven Super Bowls.
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Pats vs. Eagles: Game, set, match
What will the first play be, a pass or a run? Who'll score the first touchdown? Will there be a safety? Here's the odds on all that . . . and much, much more.
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No return, no hard feelings, no regrets
LeGarrette Blount understands that football's a business, and bears no ill will toward the Patriots for letting him go. Besides, he got back to the Super Bowl anyway.
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A rare sight on Super Bowl injury report
The Patriots and Eagles are fully healthy going into Super Bowl 52.   
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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (left) and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
A Brady-for-Stafford pipe dream in Detroit
A Detroit Free Press columnist insists the time is now for the Lions to pull off a blockbuster Tom Brady-for-Matthew Stafford trade once Matt Patricia is in place as Detroit's new head coach. 
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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and his wife celebrate after winning the NFC Championship in 2017.
Did Pats rub it in on Falcons with ring?
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, whose team surrendered a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in losing Super Bowl 51, is angered that the Patriots put 283 diamonds in their championship rings. 
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Who's also responsible for Patriot Way?
That's just one of the many questions asked of our guys in the final #FridayBag before the Super Bowl matchup against the Eagles.
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Eagles WR guarantees victory
Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery says it's not a question of "if" the Eagles win the Super Bowl and he doesn't "give a damn" about the Patriots' mystique.  
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Brady's MVP speech already written?
A tweeted photo of a man carrying a document titled "Brady Acceptance Speech" leads to speculation that another MVP is a done deal for TB12.  
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Watch it! Things you may see Sunday
Who'll be shown on TV first, Bill Belichick or Doug Pederson? How many times will we see Gisele Bundchen? Will Donald Trump or Janet Jackson be mentioned? Here are the odds.
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How do Pats turn impossible into routine?
After so many incredible comebacks, NFL analyst Brian Baldinger calls the Patriots 'cockroaches' -- unkillable. We look at the miracle finishes and discuss the topic on Quick Slants The Podcast.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Jonathan Kraft joins BST to talk Patriots Super Bowl, dysfunction rumors
Jonathan Kraft joins BST to discuss a variety of Patriots topics at the tail end of Super Bowl week.
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What they're saying: Long says older guys won't stop moving during lengthy halftime
Chris Long's been through this before, but he says that there's really no good way to prepare for Super Bowl week. There's no great way to prepare for the quirks of Super Bowl Sunday, either. 
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From Cleveland to greatness
Bill Belichick has spent his entire adult life around professional football, but he pointed to a handful of years spent in Cleveland as having a significant impact on his team-building philosophy. 
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Patriots may (finally) hire Schiano
A source tells Gary Tanguay that Greg Schiano will likely interview for the vacant defensive coordinator job in New England.
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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: A Football Education on Super Bowl 52; Is this the last hurrah for the Patriots?
Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, and Jerod Mayo get you ready for Super Bowl 52.
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Gronk knew he'd be ready for Super Bowl
Rob Gronkoski speaks Thursday for the first time since being taken out of the concussion protocol. 
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Gronk cleared from concussion protocol
Rob Gronkowski has cleared concussion protocol and will play in Super Bowl LII vs the Eagles on Sunday.
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DBs agree: Gronk-type hits tough to avoid
Jacksonville's Barry Church was penalized and fined for the hit that gave Rob Gronkowski a concussion. But Eagles AND Pats' defensive backs say such plays are almost unavoidable.
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The blueprint for a Pats victory
As we chip away at the X's and O's of Super Bowl LII, here are some notes on how a couple of NFC coaches, both of whom competed against Philadelphia late in the season, feel like the Patriots can have succes
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There's no business like show business
How long will it take Pink to sing the national anthem? What color shoes will Justin Timberlake be wearing during the halftime show? Here are some Super Bowl odds you may not have thought of.
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'Many roads lead to Rome'
Patriots strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera doesn't mind different viewpoints brought in by Alex Guerrero, but he sticks to his own methods.
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Seven things you didn't know about Minnesota
Volunteers were asked the question: What is something most people don’t know about Minnesota? Here were the top answers...
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New Tom vs. Time: Football/family balance
In Episode 4 of the “Tom vs. Time”, we get a closer look at Tom Brady the family man.
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Harmon proud of Pats' success story
Duron Harmon knows he's fortunate to be making the third Super Bowl appearance of his five-year career, but he also knows luck has nothing to with the Patriots' achievements.
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Butler: 'I want to go out like Kobe'
Malcolm Butler would like to stick around with the team that gave him a life-changing opportunity. 
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If you can't beat them, praise them
Though the Deflategate sage may have indicated something else, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday that he believes the success the Patriots have had is good for the league and its fans. 
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Eagles ready for Patriots to pick up the pace
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Wednesday that his group is ready for any kind of quick-to-the-line offense they see.
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Gronk still not cleared
Rob Gronkowski has not been cleared for contact and is therefore still in the NFL's concussion protocol.
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Eagles prep for halftime break
According to the pool report from the Washington Post's Kimberley Martin, down time was the focus of the Eagles' first workout.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Gronk participates in practice, Eagles look to stop Pats dynasty
The Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses, Rob Gronkowski practicing Wednesday, Roger Goodell's comments on the Patriots' success, and much more.
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Kraft acknowledges 'tension' for Pats
Robert and Jonathan Kraft say there's no dysfunction in the Patriots' organization, just a good kind of tension that leads to success. But Robert gives a non-answer regarding Bill Belichick's future.
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Pats? Cheaters? 'I don't want to hear it'
Stephen A. Smith -- 'Do I believe they're cheating? No' -- gives a full-throated defense of the Patriots against the 'cheating' claims.
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In 'Two Bills', Kraft recalls trust issues with NFL
Robert Kraft says in "The Two Bills" that he had his reasons to be skeptical of the NFL when Bill Parcells left for the Jets.
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Bet you didn't know you could wager on these!
What color shirt will Bill Belichick be wearing? What color liquid will be poured on the winning coach? Your guess could be profitable!
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Back(s) to the future
In each of the Patriots' last three Super Bowls, Tom Brady’s leaned on his running backs when the heat got turned up. NBC's Cris Collinsworth says it's likely to happen again Sunday. 
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Pats' O-line ready for battle of the trenches
The way in which Patriots offensive linemen practice embodies their collective mantra: They grind away out of sight, hoping not to be noticed. That will be tested Sunday against the Eagles.
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Will Eagles' RPO give them TKO over Pats?
Nick Foles and the Eagles are masters at the RPO -- the run-pass option. To stop them, Patriot defenders are going have to rely on a tried-and-true mantra: Do your job.
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NFL trade: Mr. Smith goes to Washington
Kansas City agrees to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, a move that spells the end of Kirk Cousins' time with the Redskins and hands the Chiefs' job to Patrick Mahomes.
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Eagles weigh in: Belichick or Brady?
Who has benefited more from one another: Brady or Belichick? Some Eagles chimed in on the subject and added their thoughts.
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How Pats deal with hype, media frenzy
Most of the Patriots live by the credo 'ignore the noise.' And they know that's especially important during Super Bowl Week, which is nothing but noise.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Troy Brown puts an end to the 'cheaters' talk
The Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses the 'cheating' allegations being thrown at the Patriots, the Alex Smith trade, Rob Gronkowski's concussion, and Tom Brady's documentary
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Gronk expects to play in Super Bowl
The All-Pro tight end hopes to be out of the concussion protocol by Wednesday. 
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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Rodney Harrison, Dan Patrick, and Cris Collinsworth on Patriots-Eagles
Rodney Harrison, Dan Patrick and Cris Collinsworth break down Sunday's matchups and NBC's Drew Esocoff and Fred Gaudelli talk about what goes into preparing for a Super Bowl broadcast.
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Ranking the meals I have had at Mall of America
There's plenty of culinary options at the Mall of America.
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Nothing's come easy for Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola's path to being a Patriots playoff hero hasn't been easy, it's been downright difficult.
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Latest ’Tom vs. Time’ on mountain time
In Episode 3 of the “Tom vs. Time”, Tom Brady and teammates Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are working out last summer at Brady’s ranch in Montana. 
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New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) with Tom Brady.
Disobeying the sitter to watch Brady
Tom Brady is so old that his current center watched the quarterback win his first Super Bowl 16 years ago - despite being sent to bed by his sitter.   
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New England Patriots LB coach Brian Flores.
Is Flores the next man up on D?
With Matt Patricia headed to coach the Lions after the Super Bowl, linebackers coach Brian Flores appears to be in line to be the Patriots next defensive coordinator.  
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Scenes from a mall . . . and a Super Bowl
A uniquely American gathering spot (a mall) is at the epicenter of a uniquely American holiday (Super Bowl Sunday). It's where Vikings fans have joined Patriots fans in taking on the world.
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Eagles say Brady's TB12 method isn't for them
The TB12 Method may be working for Tom Brady. But Eagles players were skeptical. 
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Blount: Lewis 'deserves a bag' this offseason
The "brain drain" the Patriots will endure this offseason, with both Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia ready to depart for head-coaching gigs, has been discussed ad nauseam.
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What they're saying: Eagles
Lane Johnson made headlines moments after the Eagles beat the Vikings in the NFC title game because he took it as an opportunity to take a shot at Tom Brady.
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Spagnuolo resurrects 'cheaters' mantra
In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, former Eagles linebacker coach Steve Spagnuolo said the Patriots were stealing signals in Super Bowl XXXIX.
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Brady doesn't want WEEI host fired
Tom Brady wasn't pleased with WEEI host Alex Reimer's comments about his daughter last week. Still, Brady doesn't want Reimer to lose his job.
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Why Brown's a crucial piece vs. Eagles
Malcom Brown's been hampered by a foot injury, but says he'll be ready for the Super Bowl. The Pats hope so, because he's a crucial part of their plan to stop Philly's running game.
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New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore breaks up a pass in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game.
Madden simulation predicts wild finish
EA Sports’ Madden video-game simulation, which has correctly predicted the Super Bowl winner 10 of the past 14 years, calls it again for the Patriots.
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Making sport of it all
Will Kyrie Irving outscore the Patriots on Super Sunday? Will Gronk's number of catches surpass the number of goals in the Hurricanes-Sharks game? There are odds on those things . . . and much more.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (left) talks to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels
How will Tom handle life after Josh?
Tom Brady’s Facebook documentary shows the unique working relationship he has with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
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Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Learned from the master
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has revitalized the Eagles D and now will try and thwart the coach he used to fetch coffee for from winning a sixth Super Bowl title.  
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady after the AFC Championship Game victory over the Jaguars.
Brady move punctuates send-off rally
Tom Brady ends the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium Super Bowl send-off rally by dropping the mic after his speech to fans.
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New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Cooks goes up against teammate Stephon Gilmore at training camp practice.
New blood brings new energy to Pats
For many Patriots, the Super Bowl experience is nothing new. But Bill Belichick says the team gets a shot of energy from players going through it for the first time, like Stephon Gilmore and Brandon Cooks.
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Pats rally their way to Minnesota
The Patriots kick off their Super Bowl week with a send-off rally at Gillette Stadium that features a Game of Thrones theme.
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Brady tunes out 'EEI, perhaps permanently
Tom Brady cuts short an interview on Kirk & Callahan over derogatory comments made about his daughter on the station last week by Alex Reimer, and may not return.
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'Got to be damn near perfect' to beat them
The Patriots of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick aren't invincible. But they'll never beat themselves, and they'll pounce on any mistake you make.
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'Hand isn't where I'd like it to be'
Tom Brady admits that his hand isn't exactly where he wants it to be at this point in his recovery.
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So what are the odds?
Nothing generates as many strange wagers as the Super Bowl. We'll show you a wide range of them this week, starting today with what to expect from some individual players.
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Patriots health continues to improve
The New England Patriots are getting healthier and healthier as Super Bowl 52 nears.
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Report: McDaniels on the move
There had been rumors for several weeks, but this morning top NFL sources confirmed Josh McDaniels will be heading to Indianapolis after the Super Bowl.
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Brady's hand is on to Minneapolis
The status of Tom Brady's hand was up in the air prior to last week's game, but it doesn't look like that will be the case for the Super Bowl.
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Boston vs. Philadelphia rivalry
Hub vs. Brotherly Love
Chowder vs. Cheesesteaks. Old North Church vs. The Liberty Bell. Ben Franklin vs. ...well, Ben Franklin. Another shot will be fired in the Boston-Philly rivalry on Super Sunday. A look back at some big...
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Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB, answers questions in Foxboro.
Brady: Let's 'stick to football'
Tom Brady's documentary might be the hottest thing on Facebook, but he's all about football as he answers questions for the final time before heading to Minnesota.
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New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski at practice in Foxboro.
Key Patriot returns to practice field
Eight days before Super Sunday, Rob Gronkowski is back on the practice field in Foxboro, as is defensive lineman Deatrich Wise. 
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New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead.
Burkhead says he's healthy
After returning from a knee injury with a season-low three snaps vs. the Jaguars, Rex Burkhead says he's healthy enough to do whatever is asked of him in the Super Bowl.
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski misses Friday walkthrough
The Patriots held a walkthrough Friday. Rob Gronkowski held off. 
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#FRIDAYBAG: Philadelphia Eagles defense.
The best D Pats have faced?
What does the Philly defense do better than the Jaguars D the Patriots just beat? And what happens to the o-line next season? Just a couple of the questions in a pre-Super Bowl week #FridayBag.  
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Bill Belichick (right) and Bill Parcells.
The importance of being Bill
ESPN's "The Two Bills" documentary provides some insight into how Bill Parcells prepared Bill Belichick for his first head coaching opportunity - something Belichick has likely passed on. 
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Butler looks back: 'Went by pretty fast'
Malcolm Butler knows how quickly things can change in the NFL. He's lived through those changes. 
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Tom Brady releases premiere episode of new documentary
The BST crew discusses Tom Brady's new documentary, LeBron James picking Kyrie Irving for his All-Star team, and much more.
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Blount: It's 'straight enemy mode' vs. Pats
LeGarrette Blount maintains friendships with Patriots players, but those friendships will be put on hold until Super Bowl LII's final whistle.
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What's so rare about what Brady's doing?
All across sports, players just as old -- or even older -- than Tom Brady are thriving. And some did it in the past. So why the clucking about how Brady's staying at these heights?
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots
Brady joins Gronk on Pats' injury report
Rob Gronkowski misses Patriots' practice because of a concussion, and Tom Brady is added to the list as being a limited participant because of his hand injury.
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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and his teammates.
Respect, but no fear
The Eagles are plenty confident heading into their Super Bowl meeting with the Patriots, but there's also real respect for the five-time champs.  
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady shows his suspension letter from the NFL in the documentary "Tom vs. Time."
Is Brady using suspension letter as motivation?
The biggest takeaway from the "Tom vs. Time" Facebook documentary series? Tom Brady has kept a copy of his NFL suspension letter.   
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The Long view from the other side
Chris Long handled his responsibilities with the Patriots last season without a peep, won a championship and now after signing with the Eagles, he's flourished in Philly.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Pats prep for Eagles, Smart cuts hand, Marchand suspended
The Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses the Super Bowl LII matchup, Marcus Smart cutting his hand on glass, Brad Marchand's suspension, and more.
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Why Pats need Gronk against Eagles
Rob Gronkowski is important to the Patriots game plan every week. But against the Eagles, who have one of the best defenses in football, he's especially valuable.
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Gronk still sidelined by concussion
The Patriots didn't practice on Wednesday, but if they had Rob Gronkowski wouldn't have been out there. 
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Belichick admits mistakes with Chung's first time around
When Patrick Chung returned for his second go-round with the Patriots in 2014, anyone who was paying attention could see he was playing a different role.
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A Belichickian response to Gronk question
It's always an interesting dynamic when a new reporter settles into a seat inside the Gillette Stadium workroom ready to spar with Bill Belichick.
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How did Amendola, Lewis end up in New England?
The Patriots liked Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis well enough, but having sources who saw those players work behind the scenes was critical in eventually acquiring them. 
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Brandon Meriweather: "I'd think about retiring if I was Tom Brady"
Brandon Meriweather talks with Toucher & Rich about what he would do if he was Tom Brady.
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Belichick on slow Super Bowl starts: 'We try to score'
Headed to their eighth Super Bowl, Bill Belichick is keenly aware that his Patriots offenses have still not scored in the first quarter in the biggest game of the season.
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What's the protocol for Gronk's return?
Phil Perry lists the signposts Rob Gronkowski will have to pass under the NFL's concussion protocol in order to get back on the field.
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Tale of two cities
Boston and Philadelphia have a rich sporting history. Will a new chapter be written in Super Bowl 52? Here are some numbers that may provide a clue.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Gisele wants Tom Brady to retire?
The Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses how long Tom Brady will play, the troubles with the Cavaliers, and the upcoming Patriots-Eagles matchup.
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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: How much better are Eagles than Jags?
Jerod Mayo joins Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran to discuss the Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl matchup.
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Report: Gisele pushing Tom to retire
Gisele Bundchen tried to have Tom Brady's college friend, former kicker Jay Feely, convince the QB to retire, according to a Sports Illustrated story.  
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The Boston Bruins show off the Stanley Cup at a New England Patriots game in 2011.
Plenty of Pats fans in Black and Gold
Bruins young and old, and their coach Bruce Cassidy, are just like the rest of New England fans. They're in awe of the Patriots' success and aspire to reach that level.
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Don't other Patriots deserve Danny Amendola's nickname more?
“Danny ‘Playoff’ Amendola” is the hottest nickname going. Considering other Pats have accomplished more, shouldn’t someone else have it?
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Belichick: Tuesday a 'major working day'
Tuesdays are generally when the finishing touches are being put on the Patriots game plan. While they have plenty of time before facing the Eagles, they're getting down to business right away. 
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.

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Edelman's back, but is Amendola?

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McCourty repeats: We knew about Butler

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Corner search is on

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