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New England Patriots links 12/09/19 - Pats get jobbed, lose game, find their resilience

Daily news and links for Monday

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Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots
Brady running for his life
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  • Doug Kyed’s Pats-Chiefs top takeaways: Sony Michel, N’Keal Harry see limited snaps.
  • Evan Lazar thumbnails 10 things we learned from the loss. 1. Tom Brady has another so-so game in defeat.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us 10 quick takeaways from Sunday: The only thing fans booed more than the offense were the refs.
  • Mike Petraglia puts the lousy officiating aside to say Tom Brady and the Patriots need to look in a mirror for answers.
  • Mike Petraglia recaps the bizarre affair yesterday afternoon that saw Jerome Boger’s crew get two critical calls wrong, the Patriots snap their 21-game home win streak, and more.
  • Mike Reiss recaps Sunday’s loss as the Patriots’ home winning streak ends at 21 and their rally falls short.
  • Tom E. Curran writes the Patriots’ defining trait over 20 seasons is still there. It’s part of their DNA, it’s baked-in goodness. Their resilience.
  • Ryan Hannable says despite the loss, there’s reason to be hopeful about the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss details the Patriots and Chiefs exchanging trick plays in the first half.
  • Phil Perry notes Sunday’s loss showed just how thin the Patriots margin of error is.
  • Chris Mason brings up how the offense isn’t giving the team any margin for error against good teams.
  • Zack Cox relays Duron Harmon calling Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Chiefs one of the toughest he’s experienced.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Stephon Gilmore explains sideline scrap with Sammy Watkins.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us a roundup of reaction from across the league, in addition to the “Refs you suck” chant from furious fans at Gillette.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Nick Folk shares details of his appendectomy and how he was able to kick Sunday.
  • Mike Cole with the Tom Brady elbow Injury update.
  • Tom E. Curran breaks down the Best & Worst from Sunday, from the best (nice plays on special teams and defense) to the worst (getting screwed out of points by bad calls).
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Current Patriots have new appreciation for ‘On to Cincinnati’.


  • NFL Game Center ( Chiefs at Patriots: Drives, stats, highlights.
  • Analysis Team (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 14 reFocused: Kansas City Chiefs 23, New England Patriots 16.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) Don’t bury the Patriots dynasty just yet after close loss to Chiefs marred by officiating controversy.
  • Ian O’Connor (ESPN) These Patriots are down, not out: The silver lining in a second straight loss
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The sky is falling in New England—and so are the Patriots: Fans booed the offense and the refs during Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, and New England suddenly looks like it could be playing on wild-card weekend. /Um... the corpse is still breathing.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Chiefs hold on for 23-16 win in New England.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Patriots’ 21-game home win streak snapped in loss to Chiefs.
  • Report (AP) On Football: Sharks are circling around Patriots.
  • Peter Botte (NY Post) Patriots are struggling to make their own fans believers.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady downplays wrapped elbow.
  • Peter Botte (NY Post) Tom Brady’s banged-up arm only adds to growing Patriots concerns.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady: “You hear cheers, you hear boos, that’s part of being in sports”.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Fans—Booing the Patriots feels ridiculous, even when the team loses.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Winning every way imaginable: 49ers are sitting pretty in NFC playoff race after outgunning the Saints; More.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 14 Takeaways: 49ers’ offensive masterpiece, NFL officiating just offensive. Plus, Patriots offense remains a problem; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 14: How George Kittle and the ‘choice’ route helped lift 49ers over Saints in the game of the year.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 14 games. 3) New England was burned twice by officiating calls that cost two potential touchdowns late.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Week 14 insider notes: Packers win but leave questions about offense, Drew Lock looks like real deal for now.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 14: Pats let the refs decide a game
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL Week 14 winners, losers: 49ers had a big Sunday, Texans still maddeningly inconsistent.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 14 grades: Broncos get an A+ for beating down Texans. Patriots C-, Chiefs B.
  • Conor Orr (SI) NFL Playoff Picture: Who’s in, who’s out after Week 14?
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) Hello, Baltimore: Patriots have little chance for AFC’s No. 1 seed after loss to Chiefs.
  • Ben Pickman (SI) Report: Chiefs’ gear mistakenly sent to New Jersey instead of Foxboro.


  • Cameron Filipe (Football Zebras) Boger’s crew with several misfires casts a shadow over Chiefs-Patriots clash. “Chiefs offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was correctly penalized for an illegal use of hands foul, but instead of marking off a 10 yard penalty, the crew only penalized Kansas City five yards.” /Explains Belichick swearing on the sideline.
  • Michael Hurley calls out the bad officiating that cost the Patriots a touchdown twice on the same drive.
  • Doug Kyed says the officials cost the Pats two potential TDs with blown calls. /That’s 1 real TD, 1 potential.
  • Ryan Hannable points out the ways Jerome Boger’s crew messed up even more times than you think.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Jerome Boger: “Not really” a thought to rule N’Keal Harry scored and then review.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Patriots can’t blame loss to Chiefs on officiating mistakes: “Sure, the Patriots got hosed... Usually, it’s the Patriots opponents and their fans left stewing over some controversial call that benefited Bill Belichick’s team.” /What an idiot.
  • Matt Dolloff cringes at Jerome Boger’s explanation for his crew’s horrendous non-call on what should’ve been a touchdown for N’Keal Harry.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) The NFL just can’t seem to work out its officiating issues.
  • Justin Leger writes how the controversial calls in Patriots-Chiefs signify a larger issue with NFL officiating.
  • Conor Orr (SI) 49ers-Saints—two top teams trading blows—should not be about the officiating.
  • Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) The afternoon for Brian Flores and Adam Gase: Emotions decided by an unseen stranger.
  • Adam H. Beasley (Miami Herald) ‘Trash!’ Livid Miami Dolphins lose to New York Jets on replay reversal.