Patriots enter the postseason healthy and rested

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A two-game losing streak in December jeopardized New England’s eight-year run of first-round byes. A two-game winning streak to end the season secured a ninth straight week off before the start of the team’s playoff run.

And the Patriots made the most of it. They emerge from their two-week break at nearly full strength.

Only one player has an injury designation for Sunday’s game against the Chargers: Defensive end Deatrich Wise is questionable with an ankle injury.

Wise was limited in practice all week. Only one other player had a less-then-full practice in the days preceding the divisional round game against the Chargers. Tight end Dwayne Allen was limited by a knee injury on Wednesday. (Allen exited the injury report on Thursday.)

If the Chargers become the first visiting team all season long to win at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots may have reasons for the end result. Their health entering the game won’t be one of them.

29 responses to “Patriots enter the postseason healthy and rested

  1. Did the deflator ever get his shoes from Brady?

    Yeah, because that’s what star QBs do. Guys who work 1000x harder and smarter than you typically put their legacies and reputations into random ball boys they can’t name. That’s exactly what happened.

  2. gysot says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:43 pm
    Did the deflator ever get his shoes from Brady?

    ———————-
    There actually isnt anyone by that name so probably not.

  3. I heard the Chargers are anxiety stricken that the NFL will move the AFC Championship game out of their current home stadium because it is too small. They may be thinking too far ahead. It sounds like they have already dismissed New England as a formality. It seems a little disrespectful if you ask me….

  4. If New England wins, Tom Brady will have 28 playoff victories, as many as Peyton Manning and John Elway combined.

  5. Buffalo 1993
    Miami 1984
    NY 1969

    The last times those teams appeared in the super bowl. Yet Pats fans will tell you how competitive their division is hahahhahaha what a garbage joke

  6. Everyone has to feel at least a little sorry for the Brady haters. The only hope they’ve ever had of being out from under is that, well, one day he might retire. It’s been a long time and they’re tired of watching the Patriots keep winning and getting playoff byes and such.

    He will. Until then, keep pretending that the ball had something to do with why he’s the winningest quarterback of all time. If that’s what you need to tell yourself.

  7. The loss of Josh Gorden was really unfortunate for this offense. The defense has been paper thin all season long. Difficult to see how the Pat’s get through San Diego, the AFC Championship game let alone win the Superbowl. Pulling for Brady and Bill to have their most unlikely championship year ever, but difficult to see how they’ll do it given the mediocre personnel that make up this year’s team.

  8. Haters going to hate and they just cant help themselves. It makes them feel good to cast stones, accusations, unfounded speculation, lies and faiytales at the GOAT and pray for his demise. Just enjoy a game featuring one very good QB and the GOAT. It should be a great game. These two QB’s are winding down their careers but they still have what it takes to push their teams to the pinnacle of football lore. Go Pats!

  9. aj66shanghai says:
    January 11, 2019 at 11:43 pm
    Buffalo 1993
    Miami 1984
    NY 1969

    The last times those teams appeared in the super bowl. Yet Pats fans will tell you how competitive their division is hahahhahaha what a garbage joke

    Yes we know , the division EXCUSE. It’s all you crybabies have left

    What’s there record OUTSIDE the division? Oh that’s right it’s almost the exact same win %. That’s even more impressive because they play 10 games outside the division.

    They are good because they beat everyone not just the division teams.

    But I like how you use the SB for other teams in the division as your bench mark. How many other division can you do that with?

    Some tried to use the NFC south as an example saying the saints, panthers and falcons all made the SB

    But he left out the fact that when they did every other team in the division sucked.

    What makes NE great is the consistency.

  10. Aj66..do you know that if the Patriots,since 2001,would have went 3-3 every year in their division they stll would have the most wins in the NFL in that time span.Explain that with your infinite wisdom.

    Also explain to us how it feels when your favorite team loses to buffalo,the jets and miami and misses the playoffs by 1 game..hurts I bet.

  11. In 1968 the Celtics were old and injured for the regular season. They had lost in the 76rs the year before and the “Boston is Dead “chant became louder and louder .Bill Russell as coach knew the true state of his team and just wanted to make the playoffs .As NBA history shows that Celtics team won the championship and repeated again in 1969.This years Pats team maybe as critics say so flawed and led by a decrepit Brady that they are one and done .But as history has proved so many times before do not count out a dynasty before its time.TB12
    just may have one of two rings left in his run. I know because I was there at the old “Garden” watching Bill beat Wilt so many years ago.

  12. Pats will reign as long as BB runs the show. He made guys like Cassel, Mallett and Hoyer look like HoFers. He could turn Kyler Murray into a perennial All-Pro. His system is bulletproof.

  13. If the Patriots land an SB victory in 2019, a two-person trip to the White House will be fitting. What a photo-op that would make: Belichick, Brady, and Trump. Three peas in a pod.

  14. “Did the deflator ever get his shoes from Brady?”

    I guess you’ve never had anything to do in real life with working with stars. They sign autographs, give merchandise etc to people who work with them. All stars do this be it sports, music, whatever.

    SMH

  15. Patsie fans continue to turn a blind eye to the cheating and chastise those that bring it up. You’ll lose and always remember the Philadelphia Eagles started the dismantling. Like it or not, it happened!!!

  16. For those who think that the Pats’ dynasty is only because of the cheating, why do you also think that we are watching the end? Wouldn’t the “cheating” continue to guarantee Patriots’ wins even after Brady retires or falls off the cliff?

    Haters make no sense.

  17. To those who say New England’s success is due to their division:

    Brady’s playoff record is 27-10, a winning percentage of .730. How do you explain away that?

  18. aj66shanghai says:
    January 11, 2019 at 11:43 pm
    Buffalo 1993
    Miami 1984
    NY 1969

    The last times those teams appeared in the super bowl. Yet Pats fans will tell you how competitive their division is hahahhahaha what a garbage joke

    In 2008 NE went 11-5 and didn’t make the playoffs. Just because a team doesn’t go to a SB does not mean that they are a cakewalk to play. Ask Drew Bledsoe if the Jets are tough.

  19. thesmartest1 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 11:54 am
    Patsie fans continue to turn a blind eye to the cheating and chastise those that bring it up. You’ll lose and always remember the Philadelphia Eagles started the dismantling. Like it or not, it happened!!!-

    Then explain why Colts balls were under spec in the same game and they received no penalty. Like it or not, that happened too. Oh wait, they “ran out of time” to test the colts balls. But still 75% of Colts balls were under spec, 75%! No fine, no draft, no suspensions.

  20. Then explain why Colts balls were under spec in the same game and they received no penalty. Like it or not, that happened too. Oh wait, they “ran out of time” to test the colts balls. But still 75% of Colts balls were under spec, 75%! No fine, no draft, no suspensions.

    ——
    Explains their performance yesterday, getting completely dominated by one of the worst defenses in the league.

    Luck and the Colts have never been the same since they were caught that night. Coincidence?

    #nah

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