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Bill Belichick continues to deflect on deflation, focused only on Super Bowl game plan 01.20.15 at 2:13 pm ET
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Bill Belichick is focused only on getting ready for the Super Bowl against Seattle. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick is focused only on getting ready for the Super Bowl against Seattle. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick has no time for any “Deflategate” questions, nor does it appear he will in the next two weeks.

Asked Tuesday during a conference call if the NFL has contacted him about the ongoing issue surrounding deflating footballs, Belichick deflected to the league office on Park Avenue in New York.

“Any questions on that you should talk to them about,” Belichick said.

Belichick and his coaching staff are busy right now putting together a game plan for Seattle to give to the players when they return from their two-day break on Thursday.

Belichick was asked how the team is going to handle this week in terms of how much of the game plan will be in place prior to leaving for the Super Bowl, likely on Sunday.

“We’€™ll work through that the next couple days and be ready for the players when they come back on Thursday. We’€™ll have it figured out by then,” Belichick said.

Naturally, “Deflategate” has dominated the conversation following the Patriots’ 45-7 win in the AFC championship against the Colts. It was learned earlier on Monday the NFL was looking into the matter, and now we reportedly know where it all originated.

According to Newsday, it all started following Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson’s interception of Tom Brady in the second quarter. Jackson gave the ball to a member of the Colts’ equipment staff who thought the ball was under-inflated. The staff member then told coach Chuck Pagano.
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Brandon LaFell says Patriots ‘still have applications’ for fans to join Super Bowl bandwagon 01.19.15 at 4:22 am ET
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Brandon LaFell sheds Greg Toler during Sunday's AFC championship (Getty Images)

Brandon LaFell sheds Greg Toler during Sunday’s AFC championship (Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Brandon LaFell understood the early-season skepticism of the Patriots. But he never doubted his decision to come to New England and he certainly never doubted the ability of Tom Brady.

The Patriots receiver, who had the game-winning touchdown catch against the Ravens in the divisional round, was more in the background Sunday but still could appreciate his first trip to the Super Bowl after a 45-7 rout of the Colts in the AFC championship.

But what was very clear in listening to LaFell talk in front of his locker stall next to Brady was the team unity that formed after the 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4.

“You have no idea, man. We’ve grown a lot,” LaFell said. “We had a little talk before we got on the plane, made sure we left that loss in Kansas City, came back, watched film and we were hard on ourselves that week in self evaluation. We asked, ‘were you doing enough for this team to win?’ Or if you were the coach, would you put yourself out there?

“We came back, we stayed together, didn’t listen to the media, practiced our tails off, worked on our individual game, worked on us as a team, got better and we just started putting together good games back to back to back. When you’re a good team, you get some confidence in your game, and you start rolling like that, it’s hard for a team to beat you.”

As for Brady, who was hearing criticism after the loss to the Chiefs, LaFell said he never doubted for a moment that the Patriots quarterback still had what it took to lead the Patriots back to the Super Bowl. Read the rest of this entry »

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Report: NFL investigating Patriots for deflating game balls at 2:16 am ET
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The NFL is reportedly looking into whether the Patriots intentionally deflated game balls Sunday. (Getty Images)

The NFL reportedly is looking into whether the Patriots intentionally deflated game balls Sunday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — It wouldn’t be a trip to Glendale for the Super Bowl without a controversy following the Patriots.

Sunday night, after the Patriots throttled the Colts, 45-7, in the AFC championship, Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com reported that the Patriots are under investigation for intentionally deflating game balls.

Kravitz, quoting an NFL source, says the league is taking the subject seriously.

“I’m told at one point the officials took a ball out of play and weighed it. Should hear more tomorrow on this subject,” Kravitz tweeted.

Kravitz also suggested the Patriots could lose draft picks if it’s determined they deflated balls used in the game.

Neither the Patriots or Colts addressed the story postgame as it didn’t become a story until several hours after the final gun.

There was a strange delay at the start of the game, as officials appeared to swapping out game balls before Andrew Luck went under center. With rain falling at the start of the game, the initial thought was that the officials were trying to get a dry ball. The report from Kravitz leads to another possibility.

The day started with a report from Adam Schefter that tampering charges were being filed against the Jets and owner Woody Johnson for comments he made about wanting Darrelle Revis back, despite still being under contract with the Patriots.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price break down Patriots’ demolition of Andrew Luck, Colts in AFC title game at 1:14 am ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down how the Patriots dismantled Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, Sunday in the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady threw three touchdowns and became the first quarterback in history to reach six Super Bowls while LeGarrette Blount ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. The Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLIX where they will face the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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Tom Brady passes Peyton Manning to become NFL all-time leader in postseason passing yards 01.18.15 at 7:52 pm ET
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Tom Brady fires a pass Sunday against the Colts in the AFC championship. (Getty Images)

Tom Brady fires a pass Sunday against the Colts in the AFC championship. (Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Check off another milestone in the hall of fame career of Tom Brady.

With a five-yard completion to Julian Edelman on the first play after a muffed punt by Joshua Cribbs, Brady reached 6,802 career postseason passing yards, passing Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.

Brady entered the AFC championship tilt game against the Colts with 6,791 career passing yards, needing 10 more yards to surpass Manning (6,800) for the top spot.

This is the second straight record-setting week for Brady in the playoffs. Last week against the Ravens, he threw his 46th career postseason touchdown pass, moving ahead of boyhood idol Joe Montana.

Brady already has the NFL’s all-time mark for postseason wins by a starting quarterback, with 19, three more than Montana.

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Tom Brady Sr. opens up about his famous QB son: ‘He doesn’t have a doubt they’re going to the Super Bowl’ at 4:00 pm ET
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Tom Brady and the rest of the 2003 Patriots celebrated with a Super Bowl win. Could the same thing happen this time around? (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Tom Brady and the rest of the 2003 Patriots celebrated with a Super Bowl win. Could the same thing happen this time around? (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — As Tom Brady prepared for the AFC championship against the Colts, his father spoke out on his son’s football future, whether it involves the Patriots and life after football.

In an extensive interview with NFL Media’€™s Andrea Kremer that aired Sunday morning, Tom Brady Sr. opened up about what worries him about his son.

‘€œ[That] when the day is over, he will be able to find a passion to replace this passion,” Brady Sr. said. “When you have somebody who loves it as much as he does, that is a concern for his Mom and I.”

But Daddy Brady said he and his wife haven’t talked about those concerns with him yet.

“No, because we don’€™t see that as being an imminent situation,” Brady said.

Then the subject of his Patriots future was broached. Does Tom Sr. think his son could get ever released by the Patriots one day?

“There are no sacred cows in the NFL,” Brady Sr. said. “If Bill Belichick doesn’€™t want him anymore, then Bill Belichick will get rid of him.”

As for for the game against the Colts, Tom Sr. feels confident based on the vibe he gets from his son.

“He doesn’€™t have a doubt that they’€™re going to get to the Super Bowl,” Brady Sr. said. “He doesn’€™t have a doubt that they’€™re going to win the Super Bowl. Now, whether or not that happens that remains to be seen. He’€™s got a never-ending will to succeed and a will to work and to do what’€™s necessary to get where he wants to be.”

Brady Sr. also opened up about his son’s decision to go to the University of Michigan in the mid-90s.

“When he ultimately decided to go to Michigan, frankly it broke my heart,” Brady Sr. said. “It killed me. I wanted him to go to Cal Berkeley, 35 miles away. I went to a psychologist for two months to get over the fact that I had separation from him. I had separation from my son who is one of my best friends in the whole world.”

To view the entire interview, visit the NFL Network site.

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Setting the AFC championship scene as Patriots look to kick the Colts at 2:15 pm ET
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A panoramic view of Gillette Stadium and the tarp that covers field, hours before AFC championship. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

A panoramic view of Gillette Stadium and the tarp that covers field, hours before AFC championship. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Cloudy skies and moderate temperatures are expected for the 6:40 p.m. kickoff at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots look for their sixth Super Bowl berth in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

For a second straight year, unseasonably temperatures are expected, with the thermometer reaching as high as 45 late in the afternoon.

But the bigger story is expected to be the steady and sometimes heavy rain, along with gusting winds, throughout the second half. Temperatures will fall into the low 40s while the forecast predicts a 95-to-100 percent chance of rain with winds out of the south at 18 MPH.

Last year, temperatures during warmup at Sports Authority Field reached the mid 60s before settling at 63 for the 1 p.m. local time kick in Denver.

This could be a very historic day at Gillette, as Bill Belichick could becoming the winningest postseason coach in NFL history. He and Tom Landry are tied with 20 entering the game. With a win, Belichick would also tie Don Shula with six Super Bowl berths but would become the first in NFL history to accomplish the feat with one franchise.

This is the ninth conference championship appearance for Belichick and Brady, the most of any duo in the Super Bowl era. The two are 5-3 in their previous eight.

Tom Brady, with a win, would become the first quarterback in NFL history to secure six Super Bowl berths. He is currently tied with John Elway, with five apiece.

The Patriots are appearing in their 11th AFC championship and 10th in the Robert Kraft ownership era. They are 7-3 in their previous 10, including a 4-1 record at Gillette Stadium.

Chris Price has the complete scouting breakdown of the Colts-Patriots matchup while Ryan Hannable takes an in-depth look at the numbers that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck must overcome if they are to pull the upset.

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