Beating Patriots, Brady 2 years ago gives Eagles confidence

Glen Mclaughlin
January 26, 2018

Gronkowski, meanwhile, will likely spend at least part of this week going through the concussion protocol.

Gronkowski was forced to leave the game late in the second quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jaguars safety Barry Church.

The game-changing tight end is Brady's favorite target, and he missed last season's Super Bowl run after undergoing season-ending back surgery.

Prior to last year's Super Bowl LI matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, we learned that there were only nine former four- and five-star recruits shared between the teams' 44 projected starters. Wide receiver Matthew Slater did acknowledge that he spoke with Gronkowski and his teammate was said to be in "pretty good spirits".

In the football universe, Bill Belichick is Jason Garrett's grandfather and it's that same relentless focus and process-orientated culture that Belichick has made famous in New England that Garrett has spent over a decade trying to establish in Dallas.

So far, the speculation is that Gronkowski exited the game against the Jaguars with a concussion, but the Patriots have yet to officially confirm that. They also had Martellus Bennett to pick up the slack. 2016 was relatively easy as the New England Patriots have become public enemy No. 1 through this fantastic run they are on.

Throughout the season, the Patriots had a number of different players step up.

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The offense was also better without him on third down and in the red zone.

"We've basically been preaching the same thing we did during the playoffs", Ellerbe of said of the veterans' message to the players who have yet to make it this far. A defense that allows too many yards?

Each and every year, sportsbooks drool over the prospects of profits stemming from Super Bowl gambling.

Allen has 10 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown this season. I kind of try to analyze the situation of where we are as a team, do a little bit of reflection but make sure that it's not just an emotional response to keep everybody in perspective.

"If (Belichick) comes up to me and says hi (at the Super Bowl), I'm not going to walk away", Blount said. Who knows what will happen in the next four or five years and beyond with Pederson?

Brady still has stitches in his right thumb. In Super Bowl XLVI, Gronkowski played through a sprained ankle, but only had two catches for 26 yards in a 21-17 loss to the Giants. We ain't got nothing to talk about, ain't nothing for us to discuss. "I'm always looking for him at some point. If this was on my left hand, I could care less, but just based on where it was, we had to deal with it".

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