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This stat shows Patriots QB Tom Brady's impressive ability to prevent turnovers

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This stat shows Patriots QB Tom Brady's impressive ability to prevent turnovers

One of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's trademark qualities is avoiding turnovers.

The six-time Super Bowl champion, unlike many other NFL quarterbacks, consistently avoids putting his team in situations where turnovers are likely.

Pro Football Focus shared a tremendous stat Sunday showing the amount of snaps Brady has had a turnover-worthy play. As you might imagine, it's one of the lowest rates in the league.

Brady threw 11 interceptions during the 2018 season, ending his streak of four consecutive years with fewer than 10 interceptions. However, since the beginning of the 2016 campaign, Brady has just 21 interceptions while completing better than 66 percent of his pass attempts. New England has won two of the three Super Bowls played in that span.

The Patriots next season will try to become the first team to successfully defend a Super Bowl title since Brady and Co. accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. For that to happen again, Brady must continue to protect the football, and his performance over the last few seasons suggests he will do that.

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Tom E. Curran's week-by-week breakdown of 2019 Patriots schedule

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Tom E. Curran's week-by-week breakdown of 2019 Patriots schedule

For months, we've known which opponents the Patriots would face in 2019. But we had to wait until Wednesday to find out when every game would slot into their 16-game schedule.

The defending champions will open on Sunday, September 8 against the Steelers, and their schedule includes five primetime games.

But between the intriguing matchups, the most challenging games, and the games that are basically glorified bye weeks, Tom E. Curran takes a week-by-week look at what's ahead for New England in its Super Bowl defense.

Click here for Curran's take on the 2019 schedule.>>>>

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Patriots get rousing ovation from TD Garden crowd at Celtics game

Patriots get rousing ovation from TD Garden crowd at Celtics game

The Patriots were in the house for Celtics-Pacers Game 2 on Wednesday night.

More specifically it was Bill Belichick, Julian Edelman, Duron Harmon, and both Devin and Jason McCourty in attendance to see the C's in action. As you would expect, the TD Garden crowd gave their Super Bowl champs a loud ovation.

The Celtics look to follow in the Patriots' footsteps and continue the trend of bringing parades to Boston.

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