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NFL Network premiering two Patriots championship documentaries in September

NFL Network premiering two Patriots championship documentaries in September

New England Patriots fans will have a few more ways to celebrate the team's Super Bowl LIII championship before the 2019 regular season gets underway.

NFL Network is premiering two special documentaries on Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. They are "Do Your Job Part III: Bill Belichick" and "America's Game: 2018 Patriots." Each film takes a look back at the Patriots' 2018 championship season with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, coach and player interviews, game highlights and more.

The "Do Your Job Part III: Bill Belichick" documentary will include an interesting look at the Patriots' game plan to defend talented Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the AFC Championship Game.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty, and retired tight end Rob Gronkowski will be the commentators on the "America's Game: 2018 Patriots" film, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

In addition to these new documentaries, the Patriots also will celebrate their latest title with a special pre-game ceremony before hosting the rival Pittsburgh Steelers in a Week 1 showdown at Gillette Stadium. The highlight of the ceremony will be the unveiling of the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII banner.

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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