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Can anyone stop the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady combination?

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It boils down to two men. And only two men. Everyone is is a guest star. The New England Patriots, as close to a dynasty as the modern free agent rules will allow, have endured because of change. There is Bill Belichick. There is Tom Brady. And there are a bunch of guys named Ned. This is one of finest two-man shows since Simon and Garfunkel, since Abbott and Costello, since Martin and Lewis. Belichick and Brady will play in…

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Patriots beat Steelers to earn a record ninth Super Bowl trip

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By now, they know how to line up for the team picture. By now, they know how to handle their week. By now, they are used to the confetti falling. For the Atlanta Falcons, this Super Bowl is new territory. But the New England Patriots have been here a lot. This will be their ninth journey to the big game, and with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, the Falcons have their chore cut out for them. The Patriots…

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Quarterbacks try to lead teams to Super Bowls in NFL playoffs

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If the name of the game was not called “football,” it would be called “quarterback.” And so it is that this weekend’s conference championship games revolve around the man taking the snap, the man throwing the passes, the man calling the audibles. This weekend is mainly about Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan, and Ben Roethlisberger. They are the players in the spotlights and the headlines. And if their teams are going to the Super Bowl, they will…

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Patriots roll in second half to knock Houston out of the playoffs

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Everybody’s pick to win the Super Bowl had trouble only for a half against the Houston Texans Saturday night. The New England Patriots, ahead by only four points at halftime, outscored the Texans 17-3 going down the stretch to pull away. New England now plays the winner of the Kansas City-Pittsburgh game next week in the AFC Title game. Quarterback Tom Brady threw two interceptions — equaling his season total — but also had 287 yards and two scores. Receiver…

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Could this be final meeting between Tom Brady, Peyton Manning?

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There was Ali-Frazier. There was Russell-Chamberlain. There was Bird-Magic. In the NFL, however, the rivalry is about quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who play each other for the 17th time Sunday. Brady has won 11 of the previous 16 games, although it should be noted that the two are 5-5 over the past 10 years. This will be the fifth time they have met in the playoffs, where they are tied 2-2. Still, Brady is seeking his seventh Super Bowl in 15 seasons. They have never…

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Fans should pay attention to Cam Newton vs. Carson Palmer

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The conversation, of course, will be about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Isn’t it always? Brady has so many Super Bowl rings (four). Manning has so many MVP awards (5). Brady has won 11 of the 16 meetings. Manning has most of the NFL record book. So let the fans argue as they prepare to meet again. Except someone should point this out: the other quarterback matchup will be better. This time, Manning-Brady is the less impressive matchup of the…

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Buffalo’s Rex Ryan gets another shot at Pats on Monday night

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Rex Ryan says he isn’t obsessed with the New England Patriots. Not a bit. But Ryan, coach of the Buffalo Bills, constantly talks about the Patriots, about Bill Belichick, about Tom Brady, about his failures concerning the Patriots. But as he goes into a Monday night game, Ryan isn’t obsessed. He says. “I know all you guys say that I’m obsessed with them and all that,” Ryan said. “You guys are obsessed with them, not me. I want to beat…

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