Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

Well, I was wrong. I was wrong dead to rights. I was a deer caught in the headlights on this one.

I’m a man, so I’ll admit my wrongs. And, you know, after it’s all said and done, I’m not really mad. I’m sort of over it already, surprisingly. After 2014, even though I kept telling myself I wasn’t mad, I was burning on the inside. It felt like the Salem Witch Trial people were burning a witch to death next to my heart. I felt like my heart had been replaced with a furnace stockpiled with everyone’s Christmas coal. I was devastated- mostly because people gave Peyton credit where it wasn’t due. That reared its ugly head in the SB where he got punished nationwide (excuse the pun) 43-8. Continue reading Honestly Not Even Mad, Just Very Disappointed after Patriots Loss to Broncos »

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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning


*No one to blame but themselves for not having home field advantage – Philly – Pats handed them game / Miami that stupid running game plan / Jets outhit them / Drop punt in Denver

* Biggest failures in the game – missed extra point (hasn’t missed since 2006) / O Line / McDaniel got his ass kicked by Phillips

* Cincy hands game to Pitt / Pitt hands game to Denver / Pat’s hand home field and AFC championship and bragging rites to Manning


  • Kraft sighting – double kiss for Brady
  • 13 degrees warmer in Denver than Foxboro – no one to blame but themselves
  • Good national anthem – nice they showed it
  • WTF – They win the toss and take the ball against the best defense and loudest crowd – why change now and not defer?
  • CBS stat – When Brady is sacked more than twice in playoffs 2-3 / 2 or less 20-5

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Missed Extra Point, O Line Whiffs, McDaniels Throws Up! »

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in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

The Patriots came up two points short of a trip to the Super Bowl in their loss to the Broncos. There were several factors in the loss, but none bigger than the play of the Patriots offensive line. Tom Brady was hit 20 times and was constantly under pressure. Von Miller, Demarcus Ware and Derek Wolfe dominated the Patriots front throughout the game.

New England struggled to move the ball until the fourth quarter and even then they had two drives end on failed fourth down conversions. On each of those failed conversions, Brady faced pressure. Brady also faced pressure on both of his interceptions, but neither was a good decision by him. Even the patented Patriots style of throwing before the rush could arrive was not effective throughout the game because the rush was supremely fast and the Broncos secondary played a great game. The injury earlier this season to left tackle Nate Solder made a large impact in this game, with Marcus Cannon routinely getting beat by Miller and Sebastian Vollmer having some struggles against Ware.

Despite this the Patriots still nearly tied the game on a two point conversion try with 12 seconds left. It is a disappointing end to a season that had the Patriots aiming for their fifth Lombardi Trophy. New England is fortunate that many of their key players are locked up going into next season and they will be getting reinforcements returning for 2016. However, with Solder coming off injury and Vollmer not getting any younger, it would behoove the Patriots to invest in a tackle in this year’s draft.

In the end, the 2015 Patriots started out like a team that could beat anyone but injuries and a few key mistakes led to their demise. Much can be debated about the finish to their regular season and today’s game, but the overriding theme in the end of their season was the offensive line getting beat consistently.


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Against the Denver Broncos, Patriots QB Tom Brady joined a short list in the NFL record books by throwing for 3 TDs in his fourth straight game. Another one, and he's be in even more elite company. (

The AFC Championship game is coming this weekend, or as I like to call it- the Brady Bowl. Tom Brady has been to this thing 10 of the last 15 seasons, and that’s COUNTING the season he tore his ACL. This shows Brady’s true dominance of the game. He’s literally been to more Championship games than most other franchises have been. If that’s not saying something, I honestly don’t know what will. The guy is a King, a true warrior of the game. It doesn’t surprise me we’re here again, and it won’t when we get there next year, too (you heard it here first). And I’m not even worried a smidge about the game being in Denver. Who cares?

People try to compare this thing to the 2014 AFC Championship game. I’m sorry, what? The two are literally incomparable. That game, we had no Gronk or Wilfork, and Welker took out Talib during the game. It was as close as Manning could get to playing against a Junior High School defense. But that’s all in the past. I don’t care anymore. We all know what happened to the lowly Broncos anyways; they got spanked on national television by the Seahawks. Continue reading The Brady Bowl, and Why Peyton May be in Trouble »

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Peyton Manning

1. AFC Championship preview:

* First time the Patriots ever played on January 24th
* From the NY Post – Denver is 7-0 with official Ed Hoculi / Patriots are 3-4 (home teams have won Hoculi’s last seven games)
* Denver quarterbacks this year: 19 TD to 23 INT
* Gary Kubiak and Roger Clemens – K Club – Kubiak’s three sons – Klint, Klay, Klein
* I’m sure you saw this already – Brady has more touchdown passes in Denver this year than Peyton 3 to 1
* Kicker Brandon McManus from 40 yards and out 10 for 15
* Who’s in charge of Chandler Jones this week
* Predicting 42 degrees in Denver – that’s not good / it will be 22 here – ugh
* I’d take the under at 44.5
* Prediction 24-17

2. Peyton on his way to his only Super Bowl win:

Peyton’s postseason performance in 2007 on the way to his one and only Super Bowl: 3 TD to 7 INT Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Treat us Again! »

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Junichi Tazawa and the Boston Red Sox narrowly avoided arbitration, coming to an agreement on Wednesday night. This contract is not guaranteed by the Red Sox. Tazawa stands to make approximately $3.375 million in the 2016 season.

Continue reading Junichi Tazawa Avoids Arbitration, Comes to An Agreement With Sox »

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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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