Posts Tagged ‘Playoffs’

Patriots Should Focus on the Playoffs, Rest Rob Gronkowski and Other Injured Players

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Training Camp Rob Gronkowski

Should Gronkowski come back during the regular season, or wait until the playoffs? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Even in a 41-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, the New England Patriots still made a strong case for being among the top tier of contenders for this year’s Super Bowl.

By coming back from a 31-3 second-half deficit to tie the game with 28 unanswered points before ultimately losing, the Patriots showed they have the resiliency of a champion and continued to display the NFL’s most explosive offense, even against the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense.

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Patriots vs Ravens: AFC Championship Preview

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Patriots Ravens Brady Suggs

The Patriots need to take the "sizzle" out of the Ravens defense on Sunday.

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

The anticipation for this week is killing me. Not only do I have the Ravens-Patriots game to look forward to, but I’m also going to be covering the Senior Bowl all next week (follow me on twitter for updates @dougkyed).

Consequently, this week has gone incredibly slow, like Dan Connolly returning a kickoff-slow. Like Tim Tebow’s throwing motion-slow. Like Chad Ochocinco’s learning curve-slow.

But the AFC Championship is finally bearing down on us and we have approximately 48 hours until I’ll be sitting on my parents couch five miles from the stadium with my heart racing, and of course, wearing my lucky Chung shirt.

Here are some things I’d like to see in Sunday afternoon’s game:

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Patriots vs Broncos: A Brand New Season

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Devin McCourty Patriots Broncos

No matter where he lines up, Devin McCourty needs to have a great game against the Broncos.

NEPD Staff: Doug Kyed

The season flew by, last weekend dragged on, but it’s finally here, it’s playoff time!

Saturday night, we’ll find out if the Patriots are one and done again, or if this is the year they’ll make it past round two, past the Broncos and on to the AFC Championship game.

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Re-watching Tebow: Careful or Inaccurate?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Tim Tebow Patriots

What can be learned from Tebow's first performance against the Patriots? (Photo: Icon SMI)

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

After rewatching the Patriots-Broncos game from earlier in the year, here are some observations I made about how Tim Tebow played against the Patriots – including a look at every incompletion in the game.

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Bills vs Patriots: The Aftermath

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

So raise your hands if you were freaking out about that first quarter for the Patriots?

You should all know better by now that that’s just how this team operates. We’ll see how it goes come playoff time, but for now the Patriots used their “start off slow and end fantastically” to clinch home field throughout.

Here are some things I noticed today:

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