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January 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - There were the requisite hugs and handshakes in the New England Patriots' locker room Sunday night, but the celebration of their sixth AFC championship with the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady coach-quarterback combination seemed to occur with almost a restrained excitement. The tone might have been set during the trophy presentation, when Belichick played off one of his phrases from earlier this season: "We're on to Seattle. " The Patriots have become the gold standard of the NFL, and their consistency has made events like the 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium seem like a television rerun.
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January 10, 1999 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Terrell Davis ran where he wanted. The Denver running back treated the Miami tacklers like turnstiles, passing through their outstretched arms and speeding by them to get where he needed to go. He found the open field. He found the end zone. And there was nothing the injury-riddled Dolphins defense, frozen by his moves, could do to stop him. There also was nothing Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, red-faced-angry and screaming from the sideline, could do to stop this runaway. Davis carried 21 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos, the defending Super Bowl champions, throttled Miami, 38-3, yesterday in an AFC divisional playoff at Mile High Stadium.
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September 7, 2012 | by the Daily News, pdomo@aol.com
ED BARKOWITZ Eagles' record: 10-6 Michael Vick's starts: 13 DeSean Jackson TD catches: 8 LeSean McCoy rushing yards: 1275 DRC/Nnamdi interceptions: 8 Division winners NFC East: Eagles NFC North: Packers NFC South: Falcons NFC West: 49ers AFC East: Patriots AFC North: Bengals AFC South: Texans AFC West: Chargers NFC wild cards: Cowboys, Saints NFC Championship Game: Packers vs. Falcons...
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January 8, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Raymond Berry, who took the mystery out of winning for the New England Patriots, was named UPI's American Football Conference Coach of the Year. In his first full year as an NFL head coach, Berry has led New England to a 13-5 record, the best in franchise history, and to within one game of the Super Bowl. The Patriots play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in the AFC championship game. Before Berry's arrival, the Patriots had won only one playoff game in their first 25 years. After an 11-5 regular season, New England has scored upset victories over the Jets and Los Angeles Raiders since entering the playoffs as a wild-card team.
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January 21, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - When Joe Flacco knew the Baltimore Ravens were going to the Super Bowl, he tried to calm the celebration on the sideline. His most revealing on-field exclamation was a modest fist pump and a hug for a teammate once the clock expired. Even though the South Jersey native bested Tom Brady to earn his first Super Bowl appearance in a 28-13 AFC championship victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, he did not act as if Sunday night was his coronation.
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January 18, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Michael Irvin remains a man of his four-letter word. Greg Lloyd says he didn't know he was on national television during his four-letter-expletive answer. After the Dallas Cowboys' NFC Championship Game victory over Green Bay last Sunday, a fired-up Irvin cursed during a television interview as he tried to credit beleaguered coach Barry Switzer for his part in the team returning to the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons. Yesterday, Irvin defiantly refused to apologize and unleashed more profanities.
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October 8, 1990 | Daily News sports writer Paul Domowitch from wire reports
No NFL team has caused the Cleveland Browns more teeth-gnashing grief in recent years than the Denver Broncos. Three times in the last four years, the Broncos and the Browns have met in the AFC Championship Game, and each time the Browns have gone away losers. They meet again tonight at Mile High Stadium in Denver (Channel 6, 9 o'clock). While a trip to the Super Bowl isn't at stake this time, Cleveland's 1990 survival could be. The Browns have lost three in a row and lug an abysmal 1-3 record into their meeting with a team that has beaten them 11 of the last 12 times they've faced.
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January 26, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
New England quarterback Tom Brady had a 103-degree fever the night before the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game, Sports Illustrated reported. The magazine said in this week's issue that Brady had an intravenous line in his left - non-throwing - arm Saturday night while fighting off chills in his Pittsburgh hotel room. In temperatures of 11 degrees, Brady threw for two touchdowns with no interceptions. Also, Brady has filed suit against General Motors Corp.
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January 15, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
HISTORICALLY, this scenario would be more associated with NFL quarterbacks coming from western Pennsylvania. With six Hall of Fame signal callers - George Blanda, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath and John Unitas - crediting their success to the work ethic honed while growing up in the steel, coal and railroad towns of the western portion of the state, most fans are used to seeing Pittsburgh-area quarterbacks playing for berths into...
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January 10, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a locker room where four Super Bowl championship teams once dressed, the Pittsburgh Steelers are enduring a church-like silence. "We have a feeling of guilt from last year," said fullback John L. Williams. The Steelers (12-5), who on Sunday afternoon will play for the AFC championship against the Indianapolis Colts (11-7), have been haunted all season. It's as if Casper himself has reminded every Steeler of what happened both before and during last year's 17-13 loss to San Diego in the AFC title game.
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January 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The Seattle Seahawks are trying to win consecutive Super Bowls, a feat accomplished only eight times, and yet they spent a great deal of a news conference Sunday answering questions about the Patriots and "Deflategate. " Seattle coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson did their best to downplay the hoopla that has built since the NFL announced that it was investigating the Patriots after 11 of 12 balls used in the first half of the AFC championship were found to be below the minimum compression.
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January 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - There were the requisite hugs and handshakes in the New England Patriots' locker room Sunday night, but the celebration of their sixth AFC championship with the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady coach-quarterback combination seemed to occur with almost a restrained excitement. The tone might have been set during the trophy presentation, when Belichick played off one of his phrases from earlier this season: "We're on to Seattle. " The Patriots have become the gold standard of the NFL, and their consistency has made events like the 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium seem like a television rerun.
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January 21, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - When Joe Flacco knew the Baltimore Ravens were going to the Super Bowl, he tried to calm the celebration on the sideline. His most revealing on-field exclamation was a modest fist pump and a hug for a teammate once the clock expired. Even though the South Jersey native bested Tom Brady to earn his first Super Bowl appearance in a 28-13 AFC championship victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, he did not act as if Sunday night was his coronation.
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January 21, 2013 | Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Oh, brother! John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens set up a family reunion at the Super Bowl, shutting down the New England Patriots, 28-13, Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. The Ravens reached their first Super Bowl in 12 years, thanks to three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and a defense led by Ray Lewis that made Tom Brady look downright ordinary. Next up for Harbaugh and the Ravens is baby brother Jim and the San Francisco 49ers, who beat Atlanta, 28-24, earlier in the day for the NFC title.
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January 18, 2013 | by Ed Barkowitz, barkowe@phillynews.com
Who: Baltimore (4) at New England (1) When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m. TV: CBS3 (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots) Radio: WIP 94.1-FM (Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Mark Malone) Point spread: Patriots - 9 Over/under: 51 1/2 Last meeting: The Ravens stunned the Patriots in Week 3 of this season with a last-second field goal and a 31-30 win in Baltimore. Justin Tucker's kick snuck inside the right upright, much to the protest of Patriots players. New England coach Bill Belichick grabbed the arm of one of the replacement officials after the game and was hit with a $50,000 fine.
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January 17, 2013 | Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - There's something about the Baltimore Ravens that brings out the worst in New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Against most teams, he plays like one of the NFL's best. Against the Ravens, he gets outplayed by Joe Flacco. So what's the problem? Start with the Ravens' hard-hitting leader, Ray Lewis. Add a talented secondary led by Ed Reed. And throw in a strong defensive line with Haloti Ngata leading the charge. "They have a lot of playmakers at each level of the defense," Brady said on Wednesday.
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January 15, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
HISTORICALLY, this scenario would be more associated with NFL quarterbacks coming from western Pennsylvania. With six Hall of Fame signal callers - George Blanda, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath and John Unitas - crediting their success to the work ethic honed while growing up in the steel, coal and railroad towns of the western portion of the state, most fans are used to seeing Pittsburgh-area quarterbacks playing for berths into...
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September 7, 2012 | by the Daily News, pdomo@aol.com
ED BARKOWITZ Eagles' record: 10-6 Michael Vick's starts: 13 DeSean Jackson TD catches: 8 LeSean McCoy rushing yards: 1275 DRC/Nnamdi interceptions: 8 Division winners NFC East: Eagles NFC North: Packers NFC South: Falcons NFC West: 49ers AFC East: Patriots AFC North: Bengals AFC South: Texans AFC West: Chargers NFC wild cards: Cowboys, Saints NFC Championship Game: Packers vs. Falcons...
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September 6, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
AFC East New England Patriots Coach: Bill Belichick (175-97) Last season's record/finish: 13-3/first in the division; lost in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. Skinny: Once again this is a Super Bowl contender after leading the AFC in scoring (32.1 points per game) last season. Quarterback Tom Brady (39 TDs, 5,239 yards), despite a disappointing Super Bowl, remains at the top of his game, and rookie defensive end Chandler Jones should help a unit that allowed 21.4 points per game.
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January 17, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
A LOT OF PRAYERS were answered when Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was bounced from the playoffs on Saturday. But, just when you thought you had seen the last of the Mile High Messiah this season, comes a report from USA Today that CBS has asked him to join its broadcast team as an analyst for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. "We've had conversations with his people," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told the newspaper. "We have a request in. We haven't heard back. " According to the report, Tebow is expected to give CBS an answer soon.
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