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New England Patriots links 1/23/18 - Resilient, reliable Patriots come through like champs

Daily news and links for Tuesday

AFC Championship - Jacksonville Jaguars v New England Patriots
Kyle Van Noy notches a sack on Blake Bortles
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images



  • Jeff Howe finds that when the Patriots needed points, they relied on old reliables. “Josh McDaniels dialed up the same exact play that resulted in the game-winning touchdown against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.”
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: The guts that this team displays in these big moments cannot be understated.
  • Kevin McNamara emphasizes how the Patriots had to play like champions to come from behind and get the win.
  • Mark Daniels talks about how Josh McDaniels was forced to adjust on the fly without Gronk.
  • Bill Corey wonders if the Patriots will play another Super Bowl without Rob Gronkowski.
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Rob Gronkowski is in ‘good spirits’ but his return date from concussion is unknown.
  • Ryan Hannable tells the story behind how Tom Brady ended up wearing KT Tape during the AFC Championship game. /Interesting.
  • Phil Perry notes Stephon Gilmore impressed the Patriots with a resilient first season.
  • Doug Kyed relays Bill Belichick’s explanation of why Brandin Cooks draws so many penalties.
  • Michael Hurley determines there are millions of otherwise normal people whose brains apparently melt down into some radioactive goo every time Tom Brady and the Patriots win another big football game.
  • Chad Finn says the Pats’ victory over the Jaguars was exhilarating and delirious, but not a miracle. “It was the result of discipline and design...”
  • Mike Reiss notes Brady, Belichick and Kraft all took note of the special environment at Gillette Stadium as the crowd was as loud as it’s ever been on Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss details the snaps from Sunday: James Harrison has doubled his playing time in New England.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Patriots fatigue has NFL fans angry about officiating bias that doesn’t exist.
  • Bill Reynolds considers all the dysfunction this team is supposedly in, and prescribes a Super Bowl win as a cure-all.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Eric Rowe welcomes opportunity to prove Eagles wrong.
  • Ron Borges issues his Patriots Report Card: The Pats made the critical plays with the game on the line because they were better, bolder and smarter.
  • Doug Kyed posts a picture of a young Bill Belichick with a mustache. /’eesh.
  • Nik DeCosta-Klipa goes inside the all-nighter to print the Patriots’ official AFC Championship T-shirts.
  • Mark Dunphy introduces us to Patriots 2017 Fan of the Year Bill Burrows.
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots will be facing former teammates Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount in the Super Bowl.
  • Adam Kurkjian gives us five things to watch in Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl matchup: Nick Foles deserves credit.
  • Nik DeCosta-Klipa reports Philadelphia’s Dottie’s Donuts is banning Boston cream donuts until the Eagles win the Super Bowl. —The accompanying photo of their new ‘greased pole doughnut’ is just too Philly for words.
  • Steve Buckley tells fans to relax and embrace being the villain.
  • Kevin Slane talks up Super Bowl 2018 entertainment: Halftime performer, national anthem singer, and more.