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January 20, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
  FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Super Bowl will host two teams of destiny, but only one of them ended Sunday by wearing that destiny on its head like a lampshade and blowing through it like a party horn. The Baltimore Ravens' 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots was almost as entertaining as their postgame march to the locker room, the giant men bouncing through a crowded Gillette Stadium tunnel loudly laughing and cursing and praying, sometimes all in the same hoarse breath.
January 19, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Ready for an (almost) instant replay? The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots are meeting in the AFC championship game Sunday for the second consecutive year in a matchup that has almost always come down to the final possession. New England's Bill Belichick and Baltimore's John Harbaugh have faced each other five times, and Belichick is 3-2. There has been one blowout - the Ravens beat the Patriots, 33-14, in a wild-card game at New England in January, 2010 - but the margins of victory in the other games were, in order: 6, 3, 3 and 1. Winning will be a tall order for the Ravens, seeing as the Patriots have never lost at home with the Super Bowl on the line.
January 18, 2013
In just two days, the slate will be set for Super Bowl XLVII, with either the Atlanta Falcons or San Francisco 49ers representing the NFC and the New England Patriots or Baltimore Ravens playing for the AFC. But why wait till then? Join host Mark Thompson and Times' NFL writer Sam Farmer here, starting live Friday at 11:30 a.m., as they discuss this weekend's matchups and inevitably come up with which teams will be playing for it all in two weeks. One topic of discussion could be 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was a relative unknown until he got the starting nod from Coach Jim Harbaugh late in the season.
January 14, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the New England Patriots' playoff run after breaking his left arm Sunday for the second time this season. At least that's what is being reported by pretty much everyone, including the Associated Press, which cites anonymous sources. Even the Patriots have a blog post on the subject on their website , saying Gronkowski will "reportedly" undergo surgery on his arm for the second time this season, crediting Mike Giardi of Comcast SportsNet New England "and other media reports" as the sources.
January 12, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Houston Texans abandoned their running game when they played at New England last month. They also abandoned their passing game and defense. The Texans were blown out, 42-14, meaning they were back to the drawing board this week for their divisional game Sunday against the Patriots. “We know that our effort and how we performed last time wouldn't give us a chance against anybody on the road,” Houston Coach Gary Kubiak said. “It's about right now refocusing on all the things we have to do to go down there and have a chance to be successful, and I'm sure that's what they're thinking about.” The Patriots know, though, not to get overconfident.
December 11, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Donte Stallworth 's second stint in New England Patriots ended before it really even got started. The veteran receiver was signed by his former team back in March but was cut in late August. Five months of work with the Patriots down the drain. Or so it seemed until New England signed Stallworth for a third time last week, to replaced injured receiver Julian Edelman. Thanks to his familiarity with the offense, Stallworth lost no time in connecting with quarterback Tom Brady for a 63-yard touchdown as part of a 42-14 blowout of the Houston Texans on Monday night.
December 7, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her quarterback husband Tom Brady welcomed a daughter named Vivian Lake on Wednesday. The baby girl is their second child together. [People] Dwyane Wade plans to launch his long-anticipated clothing label, Wade, in conjunction with Chinese sportswear company Li-ning and shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmos with a sneaker to be shown in New York in February. [The Cut] PPR's François-Henri Pinault says Alexander Wang's youth and "universal culture" were assets that Balenciaga recognized when hiring the Chinese American designer to replace Nicolas Ghesquiere as creative director.
December 7, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a father again. His supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen announced on Facebook that she delivered a healthy baby girl, Vivian Lake, during a birth at home on Wednesday. "We feel so lucky to have been able to experience the miracle of birth once again and are forever grateful for the opportunity to be the parents of another little angel. Vivian Lake was born at home on December 5. She is healthy and full of life," Bundchen wrote Friday on Facebook. "Thank you all for your support and well wishes.
December 3, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Matt Schaub owes a debt of gratitude to the New England Patriots. OK, maybe that's taking it a bit far, but the Houston Texans quarterback did launch his career against the Patriots back in 2005 when he was playing for Atlanta. Michael Vick was recovering from a strained knee at the time, so the Falcons started Schaub for the Week 5 game in Atlanta. The Patriots won, 31-28, but Schaub shined in his debut, throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The following off-season, the Falcons traded Schaub to Houston for a couple of second-round picks, and a big-time career was born.
October 22, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Tom Brady said some New England Patriots fans might be a bit "spoiled" after all of the team's success over the past decade or so. On a Boston radio station Monday morning, Brady, who has led the Patriots to three Super Bowl victories in five appearances since 2001, was discussing the team's struggles to close out games this season. "Well, we're trying to do it," he said . "I don't think you just flip a switch. I wish it were that easy, and maybe there were times when it did look that easy.
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