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Watch Yankees' Mike Tauchman pick off ex-Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo in high school

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Watch Yankees' Mike Tauchman pick off ex-Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo in high school

Former Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo never threw a regular-season interception during his time in New England, but he has been picked off before by a Boston rival.

Garoppolo, now the San Francisco 49ers signal-caller, once had a pass intercepted by current New York Yankees slugger Mike Tauchman in high school. Watch the clip here, courtesy of YES Network. Tauchman picks off Garoppolo at the 1:47 mark.

This is just the latest display of stellar defense from the Yankees' breakout star. Tauchman made a grab just last week vs. the Orioles that appeared on every "Top 10 Highlights" show out there. He's been a godsend for the injury-plagued Bronx Bombers all season long.

Despite having bragging rights for picking off Garoppolo, Tauchman doesn't like to bring it up.

"Tauchman does not really gloat about that, he's kind of sheepish," said Jack Curry of YES Network. "He told the Daily Herald in Illinois, 'It's a cool story but it's kind of weird to talk about. I don't want to sound like the guy in the bar when he was nine years old he struck out Bryce Harper and he's boasting about it.'"

Credit to Tauchman for not relishing in his high school years, but picking off an NFL quarterback is a story he might want to tell more often.

Along with getting the job done defensively -- both in baseball and football -- Tauchman has turned heads at the plate this season. The 28-year-old has a slash line of .295/.379/.565 with 12 homers and 42 RBI.

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Patriots downgrade S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris to out for Eagles game

Patriots downgrade S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris to out for Eagles game

The Patriots have downgraded safety Patrick Chung and running back Damien Harris from questionable to out for the game Sunday against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Chung has had heel and chest injuries but did play in the Pats' last game before their bye week, the Nov. 3 loss to the Ravens. Harris appeared on the injury report for the first time on Friday with a hamstring issue. The rookie third-round pick from Alabama has only been active for two games this season.

The loss of Chung could impact the Patriots most in their coverage of Eagles tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Taking on tight ends is something Chung has excelled at. 

ESPN Mike Reiss reports that Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse, out with a knee injury since Oct. 10, did travel with the team to Philly so he will likely be active for the game.

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Ten years ago today, on fourth-and-2, Bill Belichick made one of his most controversial decisions

Ten years ago today, on fourth-and-2, Bill Belichick made one of his most controversial decisions

It was one of the most controversial calls in Patriots history...and it didn't come from an official.

It was Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 in the final minutes against the Indianapolis Colts. And it was 10 years ago today.

THE DECISION

It remains Belichick's most talked-about moves this side of Malcolm Butler. In a Week 10 matchup in Indianapolis, the 8-0 Colts faced the 6-2 Patriots in a high-scoring affair. Leading 34-28 but backed up at their own 28-yard-line and needing two yards for a first down, Belichick chose to go for it on fourth down and try and keep the ball out of quarterback Peyton Manning's hands.

THE PLAY

Tom Brady completed a pass to running back Kevin Faulk, who was driven backward by the Colts' Melvin Bullitt. After a measurement, Faulk was ruled short of the first down. Three Colts plays later, a Manning-to-Reggie Wayne TD pass and extra point with 13 seconds left a 35-34 victory.

THE AFTERMATH

There was plenty of second-guessing of Belichick's move. Had he outsmarted himself? Why didn't he punt and show more faith in his defense? 

“We thought we could win the game with that play,” he explained at the time. “That was a yard I was confident we could get.” Belichick had maintained it was more like fourth-and-long-1, rather than 2. Where the ball was spotted after the Faulk play is still the subject of debate.

Those Pats would go on to lose two of their next three, finish 10-6, still win the AFC East but get smoked by the Baltimore Ravens 33-14 in Foxboro in a wild-card playoff game. Manning's team won its first 14 games, then rested its regulars and lost twice before reaching its first Super Bowl as the Indy Colts and losing to the New Orleans Saints. 

TODAY

When Indianapolis reporter Kevin Bowen tweeted about the play's 10th anniversary on Saturday, it stirred up memories for former Colts linebacker Gary Brackens, who recalled the disrespect he felt from Belichick's decision to test the Indy defense. 

To this day, "Fourth-and-2" means only one thing to most NFL fans.

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