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December 5, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New England Patriots have lost only six home games in the last six seasons, so there aren't many quarterbacks in the NFL who know what it's like to leave Gillette Stadium with a victory. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is one of them. Sanchez lost four regular-season games with the New York Jets in Foxborough, Mass., but he was the winning quarterback against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs on Jan. 16, 2011. Sanchez is expected to be the Eagles' No. 2 quarterback Sunday when the Patriots host the Eagles.
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December 4, 2015 | By Vegas Vic, For the Daily News
PATRIOTS (-9.5) over Eagles Really loved the Daily News back-page headline "DICTATORCHIP. " Whoever came up with it needs a raise, and I'll donate my winnings when New England crushes our hometown heroes, or, should we say, hometown zeros. The only reason we're not going totally crazy is that the line looks suspiciously low. In my top-secret power ratings, the Patriots are 12.5 points better than the Birds. Add the traditional three points for home field, and the line should be 15.5.
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December 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Bradford has five games remaining to salvage the Eagles season - and maybe even his time in Philadelphia - and it's likely to begin on Sunday against the New England Patriots. After missing the last two games because of a concussion and a separated shoulder in his nonthrowing arm, Bradford sounded optimistic Wednesday that he will return to the starting lineup this weekend. "I hope so," Bradford said. "I think, barring any setbacks, I expect to. But at the end of the day, that's going to be up to the coaching and training staff, if they feel that I'm ready to go out there and play at a high level.
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December 3, 2015 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
MALCOLM Jenkins' first-ever appearance in an NFL regular-season game was short and not so sweet. The 14th overall selection in the 2009 draft, he played only one snap in the New Orleans Saints' season opener against the Detroit Lions. It came early in the third quarter of what would end up being a 45-27 Saints rout. The guy on the other side of the line from him for that one play was none other than Calvin Johnson. "One-on-one, no help," Jenkins recalled. "Sixty-seven yards later, he stepped out on the 2-yard line.
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November 16, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fittingly, since Central Bucks East had edged Quakertown by only a point eight days earlier, the rematch Saturday afternoon was likewise up for grabs until the end. This time, Quakertown, keyed by a defense that intercepted three passes in the final 7 minutes, escaped with a taut Round 2 victory. The 12th-seeded Panthers nipped the fifth-seeded and host Patriots, 7-6, in a District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff at cold and windy First Lt. Colby Umbrell Field. "It's huge, especially after what happened the first time," Quakertown senior quarterback Tom Garlick said.
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November 15, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Great Valley's Mark DeRobertis was all over the field Friday night. But only one play stood out to him in his team's 17-8 victory over fifth seeded Interboro. Surprisingly, it wasn't his 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that extended his No. 4 Patriots' lead in the District One AAA first-round matchup. It came in the ensuing series, when the visiting Buccaneers were attempting to make a comeback. A fumbled snap left the ball rolling on the turf, and DeRobertis, playing defense, jumped on it with about 3 minutes, 30 seconds left.
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November 7, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Defense Department payments to the Phillies totaling $48,085, cited in a report released by U.S. Sen. John McCain a day earlier, were for tickets and concessions purchased by a Navy supplier, a team official said Thursday. "The things in that report were two group purchases that a Navy supply company made to entertain their employees," said John Weber, vice president for ticket sales and operations. "It's just like any other Delaware Valley company that's looking to entertain their clients by taking them to a ball game.
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November 6, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Critical of so-called "paid patriotism," Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, issued a 146-page report Wednesday that they said showed the Department of Defense was wrong to pay U.S. sports teams for onfield and other displays of appreciation for service members. By the Senators' math, the Pentagon misspent $6.8 million since fiscal year 2012 on such programs. One example cited was taxpayers paying $10,000 for an on-field swearing-in ceremony with the New York Mets.
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November 2, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Megan Mannato thought to herself, I want to score this goal . When the ball went to the Central Bucks East defender on a previous corner kick, she tried to push it toward Emma Loving, the team's leading scorer. Instead, it went in the opposite direction. Moments later, the Patriots earned another corner. This time Mannato was selfish, crashing the net and putting the ball away. The shot, which careened off the post and a defender, ended up as the winner for C.B. East as the Patriots defeated Central Bucks South, 2-1, at War Memorial in the quarterfinals of the District 1 AAA tournament.
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October 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Just another game, they're saying up in Foxborough, Mass. Sure, Tom Brady, we believe you. "I really don't see it any different than each of the other games we've played," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels parroted during the practice week leading up to New England's Sunday night showdown with the Colts in Indianapolis. This, of course, is not just another game. This is the most anticipated rematch of the 2015 NFL season. Complaints lodged by the Colts in the first half of New England's AFC championship rout in Gillette Stadium last season triggered a long-running soap opera about air pressure in footballs that started before the Super Bowl and lasted the entire offseason.
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