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Report: “Zero chance” Brian Flores jilts Dolphins

A year ago, it wouldn’t have been necessary to report that an assistant coach reportedly pegged to become another team’s head coach would follow through with it. The world changed after Josh McDaniels didn’t. This year, another Patriots assistant coach reportedly will become another team’s head coach when New England’s season ends. And it’s now [more]

Justin Houston’s presence could swing Chiefs-Patriots rematch to Kansas City

When the Chiefs and Patriots met in the regular season, the Chiefs were without their best pass rusher, Justin Houston. When they meet on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, Houston will be back. That could make a very big difference. Houston has seven sacks in his last five games, including two sacks in the [more]

Jason McCourty marvels at the skills of Patrick Mahomes

The Patriots have to find a way to stop Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. And that’s far easier said than done. The first-year starter, who played in only one game as a rookie, has a skillset unlike any the NFL has seen. His ability to throw from any arm angle and any body position (whether his [more]

Benjamin Watson doesn’t need surgery yet, could be ready for Super Bowl

There’s never a good time to get appendicitis. For Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, who is pulling his NFL career into the station, getting it a few days before the NFC championship game is far from ideal. But Watson has it. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Watson currently doesn’t need surgery — [more]

Patriots have a blank injury report

Perhaps calling it an injury report qualifies as #fakenews. The Patriots got through a week of preparation for the AFC Championship Game, and were able to turn in a final injury report with no names on it at all. Defensive end Deatrich Wise was on the report earlier in the week but has been removed, [more]

Eric Berry, Spencer Ware and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif off Chiefs injury report

The Chiefs played without safety Eric Berry, running back Spencer Ware and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in last weekend’s win over the Colts, but all three are set to play this Sunday. The team released its final injury report of the week on Friday and all three players avoided injury designations. Things have been trending in [more]

Tom Brady gets called on claim that Pats are being disrespected

The Patriots have crafted a narrative that the perennial AFC power has faced doubt and disrespect during the 2018 postseason. “You know, everyone thinks we suck,” Brady said after the Pats thrashed the Chargers. “You know, can’t win any games. So we’ll see. It’ll be fun.” During a Friday media availability, a reporter called Brady [more]

Tom Brady: Drew Brees and I are still plugging and having fun

One of the storylines in both of this weekend’s conference title games is the age difference between the quarterbacks, although Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes rejected the notion that Sunday’s game could represent a passing of the torch from Tom Brady to him. The Patriots quarterback wasn’t asked the same question at a Friday press conference, [more]

Eric Berry on track to return this week

Chiefs safety Eric Berry is practicing again Friday, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN, giving him a full week of work. The status report later today is expected to signal his return Sunday. Berry has played little this season because of a heel injury. He has seen action in two games, taking 99 defensive snaps. [more]

Bill Belichick: There’s an anxiety before games every week

The AFC Championship Game will be Bill Belichick’s 343rd game as the Patriots head coach, his 425th game as an NFL head coach and he’s been in the league for more than 40 years overall, so there’s not much he hasn’t seen on a football field. That doesn’t mean that he’s immune to feeling nerves [more]

Which non-quarterbacks will have the biggest impact this weekend?

Like many other weekdays, Friday’s PFT Live featured a draft. Unlike many other days, Friday’s PFT Live broke out a three-man weave, with Dan Katz a/k/a Big Cat joining Chris Simms and yours truly to select the most important non-quarterbacks (or, as Simms said at least once, the most non-important quarterbacks) for championship weekend. Big [more]

Mahomes pushes back on talk that Brady is passing the torch to him

Could the AFC Championship Game be a passing of the torch from the NFL’s greatest quarterback, Tom Brady, to its next great quarterback, Patrick Mahomes? That’s not how Mahomes sees it. Asked about that possibility this week, Mahomes pushed back against that narrative, saying that he has a long way to go before he’s on [more]

Robert Kraft: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick the greatest of all time

When the Patriots drafted Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he famously told owner Robert Kraft “I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.” Kraft thinks he’s even better than that. During an interview with ESPN, the naturally proud Patriots owner declared Brady the best player the sport has [more]

Chiefs resod Arrowhead Stadium

Earlier this week, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo warned of the turf in Arrowhead Stadium. But the turf in Arrowhead Stadium today isn’t the same turf that was in Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. Chiefs head groundskeeper Travis Hogan announced on Twitter that the stadium was resodded this week. “We weren’t planning on a resod this week, [more]

Lamar Jackson: I want to be like Brady, win multiple Super Bowls

Lamar Jackson became the youngest quarterback ever to start an NFL playoff game this season, and he believes his future is bright. Jackson told Ray Lewis on Inside the NFL that he doesn’t see any limit to what he can do, and his goals are to have a similar impact in Baltimore to Tom Brady‘s [more]

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