Blake Bortles ready to lead Jaguars past defending champions Patriots

Blake Bortles is ready to knock off the defending champions and send Jacksonville to their first Super Bowl. The Jaguars’ quarterback has been subjected to a season of personal criticism on a team that had not reached the play-offs in a decade. But Bortles threw 21 touchdown passes

This is the Patriots player who hurt Tom Brady’s hand

The assailant in the most talked about hand injury in recent NFL history has been identified. Rex Burkhead, the Patriots versatile running back, has been identified as the person who Tom Brady smacked his hand off of during practice earlier this week, according to the NFL Network. After Brady hurt

Title games have something for everyone — mostly Patriots fans

We don’t always get this kind of diverse buffet table on Championship Sunday, a high-end brunch that will satisfy everyone from cornflakes lovers to omelet aficionados (even those of you Fancy Pants who prefer to spell it “omelette”) to the heretics who actually prefer Canadian bacon to a

Tom Brady sits out of practice as injury worry grows

The Patriots are not out of the woods just yet. Tom Brady did not practice Thursday, a day after injuring his right throwing hand during an accidental collision in practice. Last year’s Super Bowl hero wore a glove on each hand and watched while his teammates prepared to face

NFL Road to the Super Bowl: State of play ahead of championship weekend

The Minnesota Vikings clinched a thriller against the Saints to cap one of the most captivating play-off weekends in NFL history. Case Keenum launching one to Stefon Diggs as the clock expired and Marcus William shockingly missed the tackle to send the US Bank Stadium into delirium. Earlier

Tom Brady injury scare as New England Patriots eye Super Bowl place

Tom Brady has suffered an injury scare ahead of the New England Patriots' AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. The quarterback, 40, is bidding to guide his team back to the Super Bowl in pursuit of defending their title. The team released a tweet clarifying

NFL ratings continue historic slide with no end in sight

Quick, call the cops. Someone stole an average of 5.8 million viewers from each of the four NFL divisional playoff games last week, statistics released on Wednesday revealed. The drop-off, about 16 percent from last year’s second weekend of playoff games, was even steeper than the 9.7 percent decline in

Teammate hurts Tom Brady, scares hell out of Patriots fans

It was friendly fire. The Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right, throwing-hand injury — suffered when a teammate accidentally ran into him at practice, according to the Boston

The Patriots’ coaching staff is really getting raided

Bill Belichick has plenty of experience with his top lieutenants leaving for their own head-coaching positions. This offseason could deal him unprecedented turnover. No coach in NFL history has had three assistants leave in the same offseason to become head coaches elsewhere. It could happen to Belichick and the

Abrupt Titans ouster shakes up NFL coaching carousel

A last-minute shake-up stunned the NFL world this holiday weekend that had nothing to do with the Vikings. Mike Mularkey and the Titans called off their arrangement Monday morning, a day after they were working on a long-term deal. The team said “the two parties couldn’t come to an

Why these Jaguars have the recipe for a Patriots shocker

They are 60 minutes from a Super Bowl again, and most of you either hate the Patriots, or wish you had a team like this to call your own. Some of you can remember watching the Mickey Mantle-Yogi Berra-Whitey Ford Yankees suddenly grow old in 1965, and were forced

What kills other teams doesn’t make the Patriots blink

Distractions? What distractions? Did you think the Patriots were going to wilt from the fallout resulting from a controversial ESPN.com story that chronicled acrimony and division among the franchise’s three pillars — quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft — days before their first postseason game? Shame on

Referees’ questionable “correction’ jumpstarts Patriots rout

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Titans — and the officiating crew — played right into the hands of the Patriots in Saturday night’s 35-14 rout of Tennessee in the AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The 14-3 Patriots, as defending Super Bowl champions, shouldn’t need such help. Not that

Tom Brady is still the only athlete to go undefeated against time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The G.O.A.T. quarterback began stalking another Lombardi Trophy, began relentlessly chasing the Joy of Six Super Bowl championships Saturday night against the Titans, and you can hold those Death of a Dynasty obituaries. The 40-year-old Tom Brady is not forever young, but he doesn’t exactly look

Patriots, Titans can talk like this will be competitive, but it won’t

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Experience matters. So does talent. This is why the Patriots will march on to next week’s AFC Championship game, toward a sixth Super Bowl title and second in a row and toward rewriting the NFL history books. This is why the Titans, bless their near two-touchdown-underdog hearts, have

Giants’ hiring plan of attack going into playoff weekend

This is a tricky time for the Giants. They can look but they cannot touch when it comes to reaching out for their next head coach. And so, the Giants are fans of the Saints and Titans this weekend, as the Vikings and Patriots’ elimination from the playoffs

Tom Brady docuseries Tom vs. Time trailer debuts

Tom Brady is giving us a glimpse into the life of a champion in the trailer for his new Facebook docuseries, Tom vs. Time. Filmed during the Patriots’ winning 2016 season (Brady’s fifth Super Bowl win), the series provides an intimate look at Brady’s home life, including his two children

Gisele: I come second to Tom Brady’s love for football

Tom Brady’s lust for the game trumps his love for wife Gisele Bündchen. The Patriots quarterback, the subject of a forthcoming documentary series, “Tom vs. Time,” granted a filmmaker unparalleled access to his world, including life at home with supermodel Bündchen, the New York Times reports. Sitting down for

Why Giants’ Patriots targets won’t be Belichick horror stories

Whoever coined the phrase “the apple does not fall far from the tree’’ has never sworn allegiance to the Jets, never occupied a bleacher in Cleveland’s Dawg Pound, never donned a sweatshirt of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish or Kansas Jayhawks. In the hearts and minds of the fans

Tom Brady directly and cryptically attacks ESPN story

Tom Brady isn’t going to sit back and let his character be assassinated any longer. During his weekly appearance on Boston’s “Kirk & Callahan” show Tuesday morning, the Patriots quarterback hit back at ESPN’s bombshell report, published last Friday, detailing the internal crumbling of the New England dynasty, particularly

How Belichick changed the fate of two sad teams with one decision

Bill Belichick played with the heartstrings of two fanbases this season. With one word, the Patriots’ mastermind uplifted the 49ers and spurned the Browns when he dealt quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco in October for a second-round pick in this year’s draft. The Browns, who had been actively

Terry Glenn was drunk and high during fatal crash

Former NFL standout Terry Glenn was drunk and high on marijuana during the fatal one-vehicle wreck that took his life in November, according to an autopsy report. The report, obtained by TMZ Sports, found that Glenn was impaired with a .165 blood-alcohol content level — more than double the

Bill Belichick asked about interest in Giants job

Bill went full Belichick when asked about the Giants job. With speculation of a Giants return gaining steam amid alleged Patriots tension, Belichick was asked if he would have any interest in coaching the Giants. “Right now my interest is trying to do the best I can for our football

Patriots owner breaks silence to crush Giants’ Belichick dreams

The Patriots have entered full-on damage-control mode. One day after ESPN reported the team has reached a breaking point amid strife among owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady, Kraft told The MMBQ the story is wrong, calling major parts of the report “a total

Tom Brady: Patriots controversy talk is “complete nonsense’

Tom Brady has spoken. In an interview with Westwood One Sports host Jim Gray, the Patriots quarterback suggested that Friday’s report of a growing rift between the team’s powerful trio — Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft — is misguided and has not changed his expectation to

Tom Brady is the villain in this story

The Patriots formed a united front Friday against the ESPN story that ran Friday, suggesting a rift among Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft could lead to the demise of the dynasty. But the way each is represented in the story, which was based on “interviews with more

Brady trainer: I never tried to create ‘divisiveness or conflict’

The man at the crux of the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft rift spoke out for the first time Friday night. Alex Guerrero, the trainer attached to Brady’s hip in their “TB12” entrepreneurship, released a letter titled “In My Own Words” on the business’ website indirectly addressing