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New England Patriots links 12/19/17 - Patriots poised, Pittsburgh panicked in the clutch

Daily news and links for Tuesday

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers
All the poise, poise, poise, poise...
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  • Jeff Howe points out the Patriots were better prepared to snatch the victory because they ‘handled clutch situations with poise and execution. Steelers were scatterbrained.’
  • Tom E. Curran believes it was a mix of fear, hubris and disorganization that led to the Steelers' downfall.
  • Doug Kyed offers his Patriots-Steelers film review: Dissecting Rob Gronkowski's $2M drive.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some tasty, yet heartburn-producing, leftover Patriots thoughts: It never gets old or stale with Belichick and Brady.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: From Malcolm Go to Ben don’t throw!
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Knee jerk reactions to Week 15: Patriots vs. Steelers: "the last three plays said everything about why right now the playoffs are set to go through New England and not Pittsburgh."
  • Adam Kurkjian takes a closer look at three lingering issues from this game we’ll likely be talking about all week: Patriots had problems on both sides of the ball on third down situations.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots vs. Steelers: Winners and losers. Patriots now control their own destiny.
  • Zack Cox notes Mike Gillislee is back in the spotlight in the wake of Rex Burkhead's injury.
  • Phil Perry says leave it to Bill Belichick to highlight the fourth-quarter kickoff as key to the win.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Homework to be done to avoid losing bye on wild card weekend.
  • Phil Perry notes Tom Brady told Rob Gronkowski to pull the plug on his celebration dance after the Patriots' go-ahead TD.
  • Alex Reimer reports that Patriots-Steelers draws the highest NFL rating of the season.
  • Ron Borges compliments the Pats' complimentary football as he issues his Week 15 Report Card: At their best when it counts most.
  • Mike Reiss questions whether the Patriots should consider altering course this week due to the Bills' talk of retaliation against Rob Gronkowski.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski help inform walk-on that he’s on scholarship. /Pretty cool.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) As usual, Patriots likely sparked another rule change this offseason.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots vs. Steelers: Recap, stats, highlights.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Did Steelers squander their chance to plan for the final snaps?
  • Barry Petchesky (Deadspin) The Steelers' final play was a real mess.
  • Kyle Wagner (FiveThirtyEight) What Gronk does for the Patriots offense.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL Week 15 truths: 1. Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. -- and he owns the Steelers.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Monday Morning Digest: The Patriots find yet another exciting and annoying way to win.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers from NFL Week 15: The league’s ridiculous rule book was on full display Sunday.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( The Debrief, Week 15: Winners and losers as playoff picture sets.
  • Dan Hanzus ( John Harbaugh thought Steelers had beaten Patriots.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) More controversial: Measuring a first down with an index card, or Steelers catch rule?
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Steelers screwed by stupid, nonsensical catch rule that should be eradicated in costly loss to Patriots.
  • Alex Marvez (Sporting News) NFL catch rule confusion after Steelers-Patriots highlights persistent disconnect.
  • Mike Rodak (ESPN) Bills, Patriots set for most meaningful late-season meeting since 1999.
  • Mike Rodak (ESPN) Sean McDermott wants Bills to avoid thinking about Rob Gronkowski hit.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) Let's shake up the Pro Bowl: 8 rule changes the NFL could test.


  • Matthew Marczi (SteelersDepot) Jesse James feels 'sick' over non-touchdown: 'I guess I don't know a lot of things about football.'
  • David Orochena (SteelersDepot) The perspective of an average Steelers fan: NFL blinding me with science.
  • Alex Kozora (SteelersDepot) Patriots fans disrespect terrible towel, lay it on airplane aisle.
  • David Roth (Deadspin) Here are the most George Lucas-Ass names in the NFL.


  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Jerry Richardson stepping aside immediately.
  • Michael McCann (SI) Five key legal issues in the NFL's investigation into Jerry Richardson.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) NFL says Jerry Richardson investigation will continue.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL believes Michael Bennett was indeed trying to get the ball.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) NFL: No prohibition on officials using index card on field.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Thomas Davis suspension seems harsh, given precedent.