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New England Patriots links 12/18/17 - Patriots give Steelers the full Gronkowski

Patriots daily news & links for an epic come-from-behind victory Monday

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  • Jeff Howe recaps a wild Patriots-Steelers finish that redirects the AFC to again run through New England.
  • Tom E. Curran writes Tom Brady plucked the Steelers' still-beating heart from their chest and squeezed it tight – but still needed his defense to pull off a miracle late to finally stop the thing from beating.
  • Doug Kyed recaps how the Patriots miraculously keep the No. 1 seed hopes alive, with a 4th-quarter comeback and game-winning drive.
  • Mike Giardi calls it ‘Goat to Goat’ as Brady puts his full trust in Gronk with the game on the line.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Killer B’s (Brady, Belichick) pull out wild win over Pittsburgh 27-24.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots Recap: Pats Secure Win Over Steelers, 27-24.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five takeaways from the Patriots win over Pittsburgh. 1. Without Kyle Van Noy, the defense continues to struggle.
  • Wes Crosby talks about how the Patriots defense let a late win slip away against the Steelers. Until it didn’t.
  • Mike Giardi notes how despite 'a lot of urgency,' the Pats don't panic before the game-winning pick
  • Karen Guregian focuses on how the Pats' wild win highlights the team's ability to demoralize opponents.
  • Michael Hurley says Sunday afternoon's game between the Patriots and Steelers lived up to the NFL’s ‘game of the year’ hype, and then some.
  • Zack Cox lauds Rob Gronkowski's 'Masterpiece' of a game in Sunday's epic win.
  • Mike Reiss spotlights Rob Gronkowski's return from suspension with a career performance.
  • Dakota Randall posts a clip of Rob Gronkowski's hilarious first-down signal while laying on his back.
  • Ryan Hannable finds that apparently the demise of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski was greatly exaggerated this week.
  • Doug Kyed warns other NFL teams not to try the fake spike on the Patriots, who were obviously prepared for the Steelers attempt.
  • Mike Reiss notes Eric Rowe's instincts told him to stay outside, and it paid off on key interception.
  • Kevin Dillon tells us why the refs made the right call in the Jesse James overturned touchdown.
  • CBS Boston reports that for the 15th time in 17 years, the Patriots are champions of the AFC East.
  • Kevin Duffy takes a look at the current AFC playoff picture after the Patriots' stunning 27-24 win.
  • Nick O'Malley wonders if the Pats are healthy enough for a Super bowl run.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Steelers' overturned TD a controversial swing in game.
  • MassLive captures angry Steelers fans on social media, claiming the NFL is rigged for the Patriots. /Ha!
  • Kevin Dillon passes along an Adam Schefter report that Rex Burkhead's knee injury is not believed to be a torn ACL.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Kenny Britt on joining the Patriots: 'This is one of the places I wanted to be for a while.'


  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Patriots-Steelers takeaways: Patriots take control of AFC with thrilling win.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The Steelers handed the game of the year to the Patriots.
  • Nick Shook ( Patriots clinch AFC East with wild win over Steelers.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots escape Pittsburgh with 27-24 win.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Steelers bear blame for not finishing job vs. Patriots.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) NFL's asinine catch rule spoils a classic between the Steelers and Patriots.
  • Judy Battista ( Confusion, chaos doom Steelers in latest loss to Patriots. /I thought it was Brady, Gronkowski.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers were confused by coaches' call on fake spike play.
  • Alex Kirshner (SB Nation) NFL explained why the Steelers' game-winning TD against the Patriots was overturned. Here's the flaw.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s officiating supervisor explains overturning Steelers’ touchdown.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) The catch rule rears its ugly head to deny Steelers a late TD in bid to beat Patriots.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) The NFL catch rule has issues, but Steelers' 'survive the ground' call was right.
  • Last Call (Fox Sports) Dean Blandino: Replay got it right on controversial Patriots - Steelers call. (45 second video)
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: NFL Week 15: Steelers can’t survive the Patriots; Jerry Richardson falls fast, puts Panthers for sale.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout: Steelers have hearts shattered twice in game of the year; Russell Wilson finally gets overwhelmed; Rodgers' sour return; More.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Who called for the fake spike, and who knew it was coming?
  • Don Banks ( Snap Judgments: Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest an ultra-significant and scintillating Week 15: Survive and advance.
  • Lindsay H. Jones (USA Today) 40 things we learned in Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Winners and Losers: Like it or not, Tom Brady is still the greatest.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 15 Grades: Patriots: A, Steelers: B+.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Three options to fix the NFL's catch rule. /Comes down to NFL should call anything controversial against the Patriots.
  • Alex Putterman (Awful Announcing) Jim Nantz and Tony Romo took a while to realize what was up with the Steelers-Patriots replay review.


  • Paul Zeise (Post-Gazette) The Patriots are just better than the Steelers. "But..... and against the Patriots isn’t there always a but ..."
  • Tim Benz (TribLive) Patriots refuse to acknowledge 'mastery' of Steelers - but it's there.
  • Joe Rutter (TribLive) Steelers fall to Patriots on overturned TD, last-second interception.
  • Adam Bittner (Post-Gazette) Instant analysis: Rob Gronkowski makes Keith Butler pay as New England beats the Steelers.
  • Chris Harlan (TribLive) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski comes up big against the Steelers again.
  • Kevin Gorman (TribLive) Steelers get everything but ending against Patriots.
  • Bob Labriola ( Three plays in the final 126 seconds doomed the Steelers in a 27-24 loss to New England.
  • Ron Cook (Post-Gazette) Two mistakes likely sending Steelers to Foxborough.
  • Joe Starkey (Post-Gazette) Crushing night at Heinz Field — but there’s more to blame than a bad rule.
  • Kevin Gorman (TribLive) Take 5: Patriots steal one from Steelers.
  • Bob Labriola ( What went right, wrong vs. New England.
  • Jeremy Fowler (ESPN) Steelers' Mike Tomlin on non-catch call: 'Not going to cry over spilt milk'.
  • Chris Adamski (TribLive) JuJu Smith-Schuster reenacts his hit and taunt of Vontaze Burfict as a Steelers TD celebration.