Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning shake hands after Brady led his team back from a 24-0 deficit in a shocking win against the Broncos. Brady will be looking for another victory this weekend against his rival. (Getty Images)

1. Patriots win – Bring on Peyton and the Un-spiral:


* How nice was it to see Gronk, Amendola and Edelman in the first huddle
* Red seats empty to start the second half in a playoff game
* I’ve always thought in any team sport if you get to the championship game of your conference the season was a huge success
* No superstar in the history of sports (I don’t think this is hyperbole) gets cheap shot more than Tom Brady (maybe Orr with stuck out knees)
* Lucky for the NFL that Chandler Jones wasn’t the Patriots nominee for the Walter Payton award


* Amazing audible by Brady to flip play to stop and go for Gronk TD
* What a message to the team when Brady is sacrificing his body for the greater good
* I think they can get rid of the fake end around and lob pass into the flat
* Scott Chandler along for the ride
* Almost saw Brandon LaFell’s head blow up when Brady try to audible at the end of the third quarter Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Peyton-Brady — What Could be Better? »

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Patriots, Chiefs

1.Patriots – KC Preview:

* First time Patriots ever played the Chiefs in postseason – look at #4 below

* During 11 game winning streak – 8 wins against non-playoff teams

* KC Interceptions 22 to 7 (ranked 2nd / ranked 1st)

* Completion %: 66% to 57%

* Alex Smith has less rushing TD’s than Brady 2-3

* No return for TD’s

* Kicker Cairo Santos – 13-19 from 40 yards out (missed two extra points)

* Seven defenders with at least four sacks (get ready Tom)

* Defender Marcus Peters has 26 deflections – seems like a lot

* Kelce killed Pats last year (8 receptions / 93 yards / 1 TD) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hank Stram Not Walking Thru that Door »

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Bill Belichick

1. Around the NFL Playoffs:

* All four road teams win – yikes

* Actually felt bad for Hoyer yesterday (are we sure JJ Watt is a little bit over-rated?)

* Goodell at Minnesota – checking on PSI?

* Watching the NBC game with no rooting interest – I must admit that Collinsworth is the best analyst

* How lucky is Seattle in the playoffs – Green Bay drops onside kick last year / this year Minnesota kicker misses chip shot

* Punk Joey Porter who is the linebacker coach made the biggest play of the year for the Steelers going out on the field for no reason and baiting the Bengals into a 15 yard penalty

2. Bad Karma:

* Burfict is an animal (Dale Hunter x 2) – he will go down as the most out of control player in sports history and will forever be remembered for Saturday night Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Another Bad Weekend for Patriots »

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1. Around the NFL:

* Amazing all four road teams are favored (I go with Houston, Washington, Seattle and Pittsburgh)

* Revis not going to the White House this year

* Welker in 8 games in St. Louis – 13 receptions / He would have had 50 receptions in New England – ugh

* 7 of the top 10 teams in hitting the quarterback did not make the playoffs

* Brady went 598 passes without getting hurt before the punk Suh jumped on his leg two weeks before playoffs

* So the press are hands off with Peyton because he didn’t do anything – it was his wife / neither did Brady – they claimed it was McNally

* Someone called talk radio and said apply same measurement to Peyton as Brady – Reasonable doubt

2. Isaiah Thomas 2015 vs. Antoine Walker 2002:

* Thomas season pace shooting threes: 159-486 (.327) / Turnovers 234 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Go Steelers! »

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1. Patriots vs. Dolphins:


* Handing Miami the first quarter by just running the ball into the defensive line reminded me of Marvin Hagler “handing” Sugar Ray Leonard the first three rounds

* No player in the NFL is cheap shot more than Tom Brady. Insane that no one on the field has the back of the greatest player in the history of the game

* One of the most frustrating games to watch in a long time


* Play of the game – Brandon Bolden’s roughing the punter took the ball from the 42 yard line to the five yard line – game over

* BS call on Keyshawn on the offensive interference Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Bolden Punts Patriots Chances »

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1. Patriots vs. Jets:


* I love the coin toss decision – Patriots were shutting down the Jets offense and only had to hold them to switch field position and only need a field goal to win

* Patriots lost to the Jets on the road without Lewis, Blount, Devlin, Edelman, Amendola, Dobson, Chandler, Vollmer, Solder, Wendell, McCourty, Chung, Easley

* Game was a success – Gronk and Brady leave New Jersey in one piece

* Fouts and Eagle should give their check back – clueless on the coin toss in overtime

* Injuries – Vollmer, Coleman, Waddle, Richards

* I’ve said this before – how refreshing to see the Patriots sitting tall on the bench giving their positional coaches full attention


* Pic play went uncalled in overtime (third time in the game)

* Touch interference call on Butler, which would have switched possession Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jets Beat Patriots JV »

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Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been linked to the distribution of human growth hormone, according to a bombshell report from Al Jazeera.

The HGH was shipped from an Indiana-based anti-aging company to the NFL legend’s wife, Ashley Manning. Manning himself flatly denied that he ever used performance-enhancing drugs, but his agent did not deny that the shipment did indeed occur, citing personal medical reasons.

Other athletes named in the report include Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Tyson.

The documentary airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Al Jazeera.

Read the full report from the Huffington Post here.

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