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Here's what Mohamed Sanu said after Patriots QB Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI heroics

Here's what Mohamed Sanu said after Patriots QB Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI heroics

Mohamed Sanu is the newest member of the New England Patriots after the Atlanta Falcons reportedly traded him for a second-round draft pick Tuesday, and the veteran wide receiver already has firsthand knowledge of how well quarterback Tom Brady and his offense operate under pressure.

Sanu spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Falcons as a free agent entering the 2016 campaign. The Falcons met the Patriots in Super Bowl LI during the 2016 season, and we all remember Atlanta having a 28-3 third-quarter lead in that game until Brady engineered the greatest comeback in league history to lead New England to an improbable 34-28 overtime victory.

The 30-year-old wideout was a guest on ESPN's "First Take" a few months after the painful Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, and he was asked about the moment he knew the tide was starting to turn against the Falcons on that night.

“After the sack-fumble, I was like, ‘Whoa, like, this is crazy. We’re just not moving the ball at all, not putting up any points, and they're out there -- they are on us.'” Sanu said in June of 2017. “They’re a great team, don’t get me wrong. They are a great team and they showed what they can do. We're a great team as well. I just had the confidence in my teammates and myself. They had that confidence in themselves, too, and that's what makes them a great team. They have a great leader in Tom Brady, and he went out and does what he does best, and that’s perform at a high level."

The Falcons have fallen apart after that Super Bowl defeat.

Atlanta lost in the NFC Divisional Round in 2017, then missed the playoffs in 2018 before starting out 1-6 this season. The Patriots, who enter Week 8 with a 7-0 record, saved Sanu from the misery of the 2019 Falcons, and now he has a great opportunity to get back to the Super Bowl and win the Lombardi Trophy that he came so close to hoisting in 2016.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.