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New England Patriots links 1/18/17 - Patriots-Steelers: AFC Championship-week chippiness

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Chris Hogan has earned Tom Brady's trust
Chris Hogan has earned Tom Brady's trust
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  • Tim Layden (SI Magazine) Brotherhood of Brady: The lifelong connection between the QB and his receivers. /Full of quotes & anecdotes I've never heard before. Great read.
  • Jenny Vrentas (TheMMQB) The tale of Tom Brady and Johnny Foxborough. /Another excellent read.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) All the small things: From Tom Brady’s secret speed to Bill Belichick’s hatred of "SnapFace," these little-known factors have combined to spark the Patriots’ massive run of success.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Back to Blitzburgh: The Steelers don’t have a star like Von Miller or Khalil Mack, but a midseason tweak has turned their pass rush into one of the NFL’s best.
  • Staff (ESPN Stats & Information) Can 'Killer B's' buck trend of Brady dominance over Steelers?
  • Jeffri Chadiha ( Steelers' Le'Veon Bell wants to avenge loss to Patriots.
  • Report (AP) Patriots face a different Steelers team with Roethlisberger healthy.
  • Video (ESPN) Steelers coming for the Pats in the AFC Championship. (1 min. video)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Mike Tomlin returns to stadium where he "always" has communications issues.
  • Jeremy Fowler (ESPN) Mike Tomlin expects better headset signal in Gillette Stadium.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Roger Goodell needs to head to New England and face the music.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Roger Goodell is going out of his way to not see Patriots in AFC title game.
  • Chris Chase (Fox Sports) Why would Roger Goodell ever go to New England for the AFC championship? /Shots taken at Pats fans, WEEI, Brady, his receivers, your mother...
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Patriots' Dont'a Hightower doesn't care what Mike Tomlin thinks of his team.
  • Dan Hanzus ( Bill Belichick's war against mighty Snapface wages on.
  • Charles Curtis and Steven Ruiz (USA Today) The (fake) logos for Bill Belichick's (fake) social media networks.
  • Tom Pelissero (USA Today) Storylines to watch during NFL's championship week.
  • Matt Harmon ( Next Gen Stats: A case for the three MVP quarterbacks.
  • Elliot Harrison ( NFL Power Rankings. Patriots No. 1.
  • Victor Mather (NY Times) In NFL betting, Patriots are closest to being a sure thing.
  • Will Brinson (CBS 'sports) Tom Brady gushes over Aaron Rodgers: 'I can't do many of those things'.
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) If he played for Bill Belichick, Aaron Rodgers would have more Super Bowls than Tom Brady does with Patriots. /Might need some ointment for that obsession.
  • Jason Gay (Wall St. Journal) Who’s afraid of Aaron Rodgers? (Everyone): The scariest sight in the NFL playoffs isn’t a team, but a Green Bay quarterback without a weakness.
  • Debate ( Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan among hottest players left in NFL playoffs.
  • Dave Dameshek ( The Shame Report: Divisional round. (4.01 min. video)


  • Teresa Varley ( AFC Championship Game Fun Facts.
  • Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Steelers need vintage Roethlisberger road performance against Patriots.
  • Kevin Gorman (TribLive) Tomlin takes aim at 'Patriots'.
  • Ron Cook (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Rookie defensive back 'not afraid of NFL playoff ball'.
  • Paul Zeise (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Steelers long snapper Greg Warren has been here before.
  • Jerry Dipaola (TribLive) Steelers Notebook: Harrison will be monitored for shoulder, triceps injuries.
  • Joe Starkey (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Mailbag: Did the Patriots cheat the Steelers out of Super Bowls? /Remind me, which team is supposed to be the 'A-holes' again?
  • Press Conference ( Mike Tomlin referred to the issue as "the elephant in the room."
  • Gerry Dulac (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Mike Tomlin: Antonio Brown was 'selfish' and 'inconsiderate,' will be punished.
  • Joe Rutter (TribLIve) Only one winner in Facebook Live snafu — and it’s not Antonio Brown.
  • Sean Gentille (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Ben Roethlisberger: 'A little disappointed' in Antonio Brown for Facebook video.
  • Teresa Varley ( Tomlin's Takes: Bullets, red zone, on the rise.
  • Teresa Varley ( A week to remember: Special memories in Steelers' history.