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Ben Roethlisberger: Patriots Are 'Dragon, We're Trying To Slay Them'

Jan 19, 2017 7:06 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Ben Roethlisberger knows the Steelers face a tall task if they want to advance to Super Bowl LI.

"It's the championship game. You've got one game to get to the Super Bowl. Like I said, you're going up to the lion's den, the dragon's lair," Roethlisberger said. "They're the dragon and we're trying to slay them. It doesn't matter who it is, but as I said they're the gold standard."

The Patriots are 16-3 at home in the playoffs under Bill Belichick.

"They're the best in the world, they're the gold standard if you will, so you want to have that opportunity to go play the best. It'll be an awesome challenge for us," Roethlisberger said.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Steelers Hope To Avoid Communication Issues At Gillette Stadium

Jan 18, 2017 8:46 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers had on-field communication issues the last time they played the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

"We were listening to the Patriots' radio broadcast for the majority of the first half," Tomlin said in September of 2015. He added that communication issues were "always" a problem when playing games at Gillette Stadium.

Heading into this Sunday's AFC title game, Tomlin expects any issues to be cleared up.

"I'm going to proceed with the presumption that that's the case," Tomlin said.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Roger Goodell Continues To Avoid Gillette Stadium

Jan 17, 2017 11:29 AM

Roger Goodell will continue to avoid attending a game at Gillette Stadium this weekend.

Goodell attended Saturday's game in Atlanta between the Falcons and Seahawks, but will return this weekend for the NFC Championship Game.

Goodell hasn't attended a game in New England since the 2014 playoffs and the subsequent multi-year Deflategate battle.

A face-to-face meeting between Goodell and Tom Brady would have to come if the Patriots win the Super Bowl in Houston.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots

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49ers 'Honing In' On Kyle Shanahan As Josh McDaniels Withdraws Name

Jan 16, 2017 11:44 AM

Josh McDaniels has confirmed he will remain as offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.

McDaniels had interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching job.

"At this time, best for family and myself to remain here in New England," said McDaniels.

According to Adam Schefter, the 49ers are "honing in" on hiring Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan is currently offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

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Josh McDaniels Unsure About Taking Job With 49ers

Jan 16, 2017 8:13 AM

Josh McDaniels is the leading candidate to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but he has some reservations about the job.

McDaniels doesn't want to leave the New England Patriots for a job that doesn't work out, but he's serious enough about it that he has reportedly been reaching out to potential assistant coaches.

He also has four young children and a bad taste in his mouth after getting less than two years to turn things around in Denver when he took the head job in 2009.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Falcons, Patriots Open As Favorites In Championship Games

Jan 16, 2017 7:51 AM

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots have opened as favorites in this coming weekend's NFL championship games.

The Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers, while the Patriots will welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened the Patriots as 4.5-point home favorites over the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

In the NFC Championship Game, the Falcons are 4-point home favorites over the visiting Packers.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Vince Wilfork Expects To Retire

Jan 15, 2017 12:15 PM

Vince Wilfork expects to retire this offseason following the Houston Texans' 34-16 loss to the New England Patriots.

"I think I have played my last NFL football game," Wilfork said. "I will take the time and do my due diligence and sit back and see if I really want to retire. We'll see. I don't know how long that will take.

"It doesn't change the fact that I enjoyed every bit of my career. I enjoyed 11 great years in New England and enjoyed two great years in Texas with unbelievable teammates."

Wilfork, 35, has made five Pro Bowls in his 13-year career and was a first-team All-Pro in 2012. 

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Patriots Are Biggest Playoff Favorite Since 1998

Jan 9, 2017 7:50 AM

The New England Patriots have opened as 14.5-point favorites against the Houston Texans in Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

The line quickly grew to New England -16 shortly after being posted Sunday afternoon at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, making it one of the four largest playoff point spreads in the past 40 seasons.

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Josh McDaniels Prefers 49ers' Job Over Rams, Jaguars

Jan 7, 2017 2:17 PM

Josh McDaniels would prefer to join the San Francisco 49ers if he decides to leave the New England Patriots, according to a source.

McDaniels will interview with the 49ers, Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday near the Patriots' facility. 

The 49ers are the only team also with a general manager opening. That vacancy combined with Jed York's commitment to patiently rebuilding and their status as a marquee franchise makes them more attractive to McDaniels than Los Angeles and Jacksonville.

McDaniels, who has served as New England’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2012.

ESPN analyst and former NFL executive Louis Riddick, who reportedly will interview with the 49ers next week, has been an avid fan of McDaniels on social media. Riddick and McDaniels also have strong ties to New England head coach Bill Belichick.

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

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Chargers To Interview Matt Patricia, Dave Toub, Mike Smith

Jan 5, 2017 10:41 AM

The San Diego Chargers will interview Matt Patricia and Dave Toub this weekend.

Patricia is defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots while Toub is special-teams coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chargers are also expected to interview Mike Smith, who is defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

San Diego also plans to set up an interview with Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and has requested to interview Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Vince Wilfork Will Contemplate Retirement After Season
Vince Wilfork admitted that this will be the first time in his 13-year career that he will consider calling it quits.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Josh McDaniels To Interview With Rams, 49ers, Jaguars
Josh McDaniels is expected to interview with the Rams, 49ers and Jaguars this week.

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Victor Cruz: Patriots Don't Want To See Giants In Super Bowl
The Patriots and Giants are both in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the same year they met in the Super Bowl for an epic rematch.

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Michael Floyd Had .217 BAC, Could Face Jail Time
When Michael Floyd was arrested in his vehicle on Dec. 12, he had a blood-alcohol level of .217, which could land him in jail.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Exec: Patriots Outthink, Outexecute, Outmuscle You
The level of consistency shown by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick has been extraordinary.

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Patriots Claim Michael Floyd Off Waivers
Michael Floyd was released by the Cardinals this week following his arrest on a DUI charge.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Likely To Receive Trade Interest From Browns
Some believe Cleveland will pursue a trade with the Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Rob Gronkowski Placed On Injured Reserve, Done For Season
Rob Gronkowski's injury was traced to the big hit he absorbed from Earl Thomas on Nov. 13.

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Rob Gronkowski Out Two Months With Back Surgery
Rob Gronkowski was diagnosed with a herniated disk.

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Patriots, Marcus Cannon Agree To Five-Year Extension
The deal is worth $32.5 million, including $14.5 million in guarantees, according to a source.

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Tim Tebow Turned Down $1M Commercial After Talking To Bill Belichick
Tim Tebow was later cut by the Patriots after being advised not to do a commerical.

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Tom Brady Ties Peyton Manning's Record With 200th Career Win
Tom Brady helped the Patriots top the Jets on Sunday, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most victories by a quarterback (200).

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Jets Nearly Lost Matt Forte To New England
The Jets were in no rush to get the paperwork done to finalize the deal with Matt Forte, which made him nervous and made him turn to the Patriots.

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Tom Brady Returns To Practice, Expected To Play Against Jets
Tom Brady has rarely missed practice during his career.

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Rob Gronkowski Ruled Out Of Week 11 With Chest Injury
Rob Gronkowski's injury is "not overly serious" and he does not have a punctured lung, as has been reported.

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Rob Gronkowski Likely Suffered Punctured Lung
Rob Gronkowski could miss just one game with the injury.

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NFL Now Has 10 Teams In Marijuana-Legal States
With Tuesday's elections, 10 NFL teams play in a state where marijuana has been legalized medically or recreationally.

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Patriots Viewed Jamie Collins As Expendable, Part Time Player
The Patriots ruled Jamie Collins out of possible franchise tag designation and the team feared he would cause issues within the locker room.

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