December 2013 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Playoff Schedule For NFL Wild Card, Divisional Rounds

Dec 30, 2013 12:55 AM


Saturday, January 4

AFC:    4:35 PM (ET) 

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)



NFC:    8:10 PM (ET)

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC) 

Sunday, January 5

AFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

 San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)



NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)

 San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX) 


Saturday, January 11

NFC:    4:35 PM (ET)

Green Bay/San Francisco/New Orleans at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)



AFC:    8:15 PM (ET) 

Cincinnati/Indianapolis/Kansas City at New England Patriots (CBS) 

Sunday, January 12

NFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

Philadelphia/Green Bay/San Francisco at Carolina Panthers (FOX)



AFC:    4:40 PM (ET) 

Indianapolis/Kansas City/San Diego at Denver Broncos (CBS)

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2014 NFL Pro-Bowl Complete Rosters

Dec 28, 2013 12:45 PM

The NFL announced the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which is "Unconferenced" for the the first time.


Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas, Broncos.

Tackle: Branden Albert, Chiefs; Jason Peters, Eagles; Tyron Smith, Cowboys; Joe Staley, 49ers; Joe Thomas, Browns; Trent Williams, Redskins.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.


Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner, Titans.

Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.

Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.

Special Teams

Punter: Brandon Fields, Dolphins; Johnny Hekker, Rams.

Placekicker: Matt Prater, Broncos; Justin Tucker, Ravens.

Punt returner: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dexter McCluster, Chiefs.

Special teamer: Justin Bethel, Cardinals; Matthew Slater, Patriots.

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McCoy, Megatron, Sherman Headline PFF's Pro Bowl Team

Dec 26, 2013 12:27 PM

The official Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Friday, but Pro Football Focus offered their picks on Thursday.


Quarterback: Peyton Manning (DEN) and Philip Rivers (SD)

Backups: Russell Wilson (SEA), Drew Brees (NO), Matthew Stafford (DET) and Tom Brady (NE)

Running Back: LeSean McCoy (PHI) and Jamaal Charles (KC)

Backups: Eddie Lacy (GB), DeMarco Murray (DAL), Adrian Peterson (MIN) and Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

Full Back: Anthony Sherman (KC) and Mike Tolbert (CAR)

Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown (PIT), Calvin Johnson (DET), Brandon Marshall (CHI) and Andre Johnson (HOU)

Backups: DeSean Jackson (PHI), Alshon Jeffrey (CHI), Jordy Nelson (GB) and Josh Gordon (CLE)

Tight End: Jimmy Graham (NO) and Vernon Davis (SF)

Backups: Jason Witten (DAL) and Tony Gonzalez (ATL)

Tackle: Joe Thomas (CLE), Andrew Whitworth (CIN), Demar Dotson (TB) and Phil Loadholt (MIN)

Backups: Jordan Gross (CAR) and Joe Staley (SF)

Guard: Evan Mathis (PHI), Josh Sitton (GB), Louis Vasquez (DEN) and Larry Warford (Det)

Backups: Brandon Fusco (MIN) and Travelle Wharton (CAR)

Center: Alex Mack (CLE) and Chris Myers (HOU)

Backups: John Sullivan (MIN) and Jason Kelce (PHI)


Defensive End: Robert Quinn (SL), J.J. Watt (HOU), Calais Campbell (ARZ) and Cameron Jordan (NO)

Backups: Greg Hardy (CAR) and Cameron Wake (MIA)

Defensive Tackle: Gerald McCoy (TB), Ndamukong Suh (DET), Jurrell Casey (TEN) and Kyle Williams (BUF)

Backups: Dontari Poe (KC) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)

Inside Linebacker: NaVorro Bowman (SF) and Patrick Willis (SF)

Backups: Derrick Johnson (KC) and Karlos Dansby (ARZ)

Outside Linebacker: Lavonte David (TB), Justin Houston (KC), Robert Mathis (IND) and Vontaze Burfict (CIN)

Backups: Brian Orakpo (WAS) and Thomas Davis (CAR)

Cornerback: Darrelle Revis (TB), Brent Grimes (MIA), Richard Sherman (SEA) and Patrick Peterson (ARZ)

Backups: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN), Keenan Lewis (NO), Vontae Davis (IND) and Joe Haden (CLE)

Strong Safety: Eric Berry (KC) and T.J. Ward (CLE)

Free Safety: Devin McCourty (NE) and Earl Thomas (SEA)

Special Teams

Kicker: Nick Folk (NYJ) and Justin Tucker (BAL)

Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN) and Golden Tate (SEA)

Punter: Shane Lechler (HOU) and Johnny Hekker (SL)

Special Teamer: Justin Bethel (ARZ) and Jeremy Lane (SEA)

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Patriots Control AFC Homefield Destiny With Broncos' Loss To Chargers

Dec 13, 2013 10:22 AM

The New England Patriots now control their own destiny to secure homefield advantage in the AFC throughout the playoffs.

The Denver Broncos lost on Thursday to the San Diego Chargers to fall to 11-3, and the Patriots hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Patriots play at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, followed by another road game at the Baltimore Ravens and at home against the Buffalo Bills.

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NBC Flexes Bears/Eagles In Week 16 To Replace Pats/Ravens

Dec 10, 2013 2:53 PM

NBC has flexed the Week 16 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles to Sunday Night Football.

The game between the two NFC teams vying for a playoff spot will replace the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.

The Bears and Eagles helped each other out in Week 14 with wins over the Cowboys and Lions respectively.

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Gronkowski Tears ACL, MCL In Right Knee

Dec 9, 2013 1:30 PM

Rob Gronkowski is out for the rest of the 2013 season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Bill Belichick said Monday that he didn't expect to receive positive news on Gronkowski's injury.

"Rob's going to have some more tests today, but that situation doesn't look too good," he said. "We'll wait until we have a final evaluation to confirm or do anything."

Gronkowski was slow to begin his 2013 season due to a recurring elbow and back injury, but had returned to his prior form.

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Rob Gronkowski Likely Tears ACL In Right Knee

Dec 9, 2013 12:10 AM

The New England Patriots fear Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.

Gronkowski will undergo an MRI on Monday.

"Rob was taken to the hospital for observation and evaluation on his injury," Bill Belichick said. "That's all I have on it."

Gronkowski was hit in his right knee by Browns' safety T.J. Ward.

"It was a decision I made just to make a tackle on a big man and unfortunately he got hurt, but if I would've hit up high, there's a chance I would get fined and all that other stuff. I'm just being safe," Ward said.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Patriots Sign Austin Collie

Dec 5, 2013 11:49 AM

The New England Patriots have again signed Austin Collie.

Collie was signed in October by the Patriots, but he was quickly released.

Collie will help the Patriots at wide receiver with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins dealing with injuries.

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Julian Edleman Earning 'Minitron' Nickname

Dec 2, 2013 1:32 PM

Julian Edelman caught his 70th ball of 2013 on Sunday, which triggered an incentive on his one-year contract that will pay him $250,000.

Edelman will make approximately $1 million this season, making him one of the NFL's best bargains.

"Minitron had a good game yesterday and he's been consistent and dependable, and you know, he's always had a great skill set, it's just been a matter of him getting the opportunity," Tom Brady said. "And then, staying on the field. There's been a few years where he hasn't been able to finish the season, but when he's been out there, he's been productive." 

"This year has been a good year for him, he's really taken to a leadership role, he's just done a great job really cementing his dependability," Brady continued. "Which is really what you're looking for on offense. He's become a real dependable player for us, and his ability to get open and catch the ball and do something with it, you especially see that on punt returns. But for a guy to get the ball in his hands and then make as many plays as he's making has been huge for our team." 

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Belichick, Brady Dismiss Antonio Smith's Spying Comments

Dec 2, 2013 12:15 PM

Antonio Smith was suspicious of how the New England Patriots were able to complete a comeback victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

“You can tell they changed their scheme in the second half,” Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle. “It's miraculous they changed some things on offense that keyed on what we put on this week to stop what they were doing. They did things they never did all year before. It was a specific thing that was important to what we were going to do today, as to how we were going to call the defense. We'd not ever did it before, and they never changed like that before. It just let me know that something wasn't right.

“Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the best at their craft because they work so hard at their craft. ... Either teams are spying on us or something's going on.”

The Patriots lost a draft pick for the Spygate scandal in 2007.

“Truthfully, we just played a little bit better in the second half,” Brady told WEEI. “We've kind of been through a lot of this before, so I don't really think much of it, truthfully. I just kind of have moved on."

"Yeah, I saw [Smith's comments]," said Belichick. "I don't have any comment on them. That's a league matter."

Josh Katzowitz/CBS Sports

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Stevan Ridley's Fumble Issues Lead To Healthy Scratch
Stevan Ridley was also a healthy scratch in the 2011 AFC Championship Game.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald