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Patriots were limited to one personnel group in second half due to injuries

Injuries to tight end Matt LaCosse and fullback Jakob Johnson forced the New England Patriots to use just a single personnel grouping for most of the second half of Thursday night’s win over the New York Giants. “We were down to one (personnel) grouping the whole second half,” head coach Bill Belichick said. On a [more]

RIP, replay review for pass interference

Through five weeks of regular-season action, it had become apparent that replay review would be used to overturn a non-call of pass interference only in the event of another Rams-Saints debacle. The first game of Week Six made this reality crystal clear. Last in Thursday night’s game between the Giants and the Patriots, the officials [more]

Patriots defense continues to shine in 35-14 win over Giants

The New England Patriots defense allowed their first touchdown pass of the season, but made up for it with two non-offensive scores of their own to help carry the team to a 35-14 win over the New York Giants. A blocked punt was returned for a touchdown by rookie Chase Winovich and a Jon Hilliman [more]

Kyle Van Noy fumble return touchdown gives Pats 28-14 lead

A Jon Hilliman fumble led to a 22-yard Kyle Van Noy touchdown that gave the New England Patriots a 28-14 lead in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game against the New York Giants. After the Patriots had two offensive scoring chances go for naught on a missed Mike Nugent field and turnover on downs [more]

Josh Gordon questionable to return with knee injury

Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was injured while trying to chase down Markus Golden following a strip-sack of Tom Brady in the first half. Gordon’s leg was pinned underneath him as Golden went into the end zone, giving the Giants 14 unanswered points in 1:27 and a 14-14 tie. The Patriots took the halftime lead on [more]

Patriots take 21-14 halftime lead on quarterback sneak

The Patriots scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 36 seconds remaining in the half to take a 21-14 lead at intermission. It was a less than impressive half for Tom Brady and the Patriots on a windy night at Gillette Stadium, though. Brady has lost a fumble and thrown an interception in the same [more]

Patriots get blocked punt for a touchdown, 7-0 lead

Tom Brady has thrown an interception. Julian Edelman dropped a pass that was upheld as an incompletion on a Giants challenge. Sony Michel was stopped short on back-to-back third-and-one and fourth-and-one runs. It still would be 0-0 if not for a special teams touchdown on a windy night at Gillette Stadium. Patriots running back Brandon [more]

Rob Gronkowski: I will always keep door open for return

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said earlier Thursday he has hope Rob Gronkowski will return this season. Gronkowski didn’t close the door to that possibility during his Fox debut. “I’ll always keep it open,” Gronkowski said on the pregame show before the Patriots played the Giants. A personal plea from Brady might convince Gronkowski to come [more]

Tom Brady passes Peyton Manning for second-most passing yards ever

On his first pass of the night tonight, Tom Brady became the second-most productive passer in NFL history. Brady’s first pass went for 19 yards to Sony Michel, and gave him 71,942 passing yards in his career. He moved ahead of Peyton Manning, who retired with 71,940 career passing yards. The all-time leader is Saints [more]

Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris among Patriots’ inactives

The Patriots made it official: Running back Rex Burkhead will not play tonight. They listed him among their inactives. Burkhead earned a questionable designation with the foot injury that kept him out last week. The team made running back Damien Harris a healthy scratch. He has dressed for only one game this season. Sony Michel, [more]

Robert Kraft: There is hope Gronk could come back

Patriots owner Robert Kraft isn’t sure that Rob Gronkowski is really retired. Kraft said today on NFL Network that he still hopes Gronkowski, the tight end who announced his retirement this offseason, could play for the Patriots this year. “We all love Gronk, and I think the bottom line is he hasn’t put his retirement [more]

Rex Burkhead not expected to play Thursday night

It looks like the Giants won’t be the only team down a running back on Thursday night. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Patriots running back Rex Burkhead is not expected to play. Burkhead was listed as questionable due to the foot injury that kept him out of last weekend’s win over Washington. Sony Michel, [more]

Giants promote RB Austin Walter ahead of Thursday night’s game

The Giants were down to two healthy running backs after ruling Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman out for Thursday night’s game against the Patriots, but they made a move to ensure they’ll have three on hand come kickoff. The team has promoted Austin Walter from the practice squad. They waived quarterback Alex Tanney to make [more]

Report: Chris Herndon likely to miss two games with hamstring injury

The Jets’ wait for tight end Chris Herndon to join the lineup is set to stretch a little while longer. Herndon’s four-game suspension to start the season came to an end after last Sunday’s game, but he picked up a hamstring injury while working out on his own last week. The injury kept Herndon from [more]

Daniel Jones remembers Tom Brady spoiling Super Bowl party

Even if the Patriots beat the Giants tonight, it won’t be the first time Tom Brady has ruined things for Daniel Jones. The first time was when Jones was 6. The Giants rookie quarterback recalled being disappointed when Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl XXXVIII win over his hometown Panthers in February 2004. [more]

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