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    Today in Patriots History
    'They Hate their coach' Pats shutout Bills, 31-0

    Sun Dec 27, 2015 at 1:00
    Week 16, Game 15 at East Rutherford
    Jets 26, Patriots 20 in OT
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Todd Bowles
    QBs: Tom Brady, Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Odds: New England favored by 3

    Pats drop to 12-3, still #1 seed in AFC
    Jets improve to 10-5, tied with KC for wild card spot

    The Patriots won the coin toss but elected to kick, and the decision backfired. A 48 yard catch and run by Quincy Enunwa and a 20 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brandon Marshall set up the winning score, a 6-yard fade to Eric Decker past Malcolm Butler.

    The Pats could not get their running game in gear, gaining just 63 yards on 22 attempts. Combined with both Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola sidelined with injuries, the Pats had trouble moving the chains, converting just one of ten third down attempts.

    Brandon Marshall scored his second TD of the game on a 33 yard pass play (thanks to a no-call for pushing off on Duron Harmon) in the third quarter, giving the Jets a 17-3 lead. The Patriots closed the gap to 17-13 when Jabaal Sheard sacked Fitzgerald and forced a fumble that jamie Collins ran back for a score.

    Late in the fourth quarter Tom Brady hit Gronk on a deep pass down the middle for 26 yards on 4th-and-9. On the next play TB12 connected with James White for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:55 to go in regulation, forcing the overtime.

    One week later the Jets lost to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Buffalo 22-7, with Fitzpatrick throwing three interceptions. That loss combined with a Pittsburgh win at Cleveland put the Steelers in the playoffs over the Jets. The Patriots would lose again the next week at Miami, then beat Andy Reid and the Chiefs in Kansas City in the divisional round.

    Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 1:00
    Week 16, Game 15 at Gillette
    Patriots 35, Jaguars 7
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Jack Del Rio
    QBs: Tom Brady, David Garrard
    Odds: New England favored by 9

    Pats improve to 10-5, first in AFC East
    Jaguars drop to 7-8, T-3rd with Titans

    Tom Brady threw four touchdowns, including three to Randy Moss as the Patriots clinched the AFC East for the seventh time in the decade. After having lost three of four this was the Pats third straight win, by a combined score of 72-27. Brady rebounded from two subpar games by going 23-26 for 267 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks.

    Sat Dec 27, 2003 at 1:30
    Week 17, Game 16 at Gillette
    Patriots 31, Bills 0
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Gregg Williams
    QBs: Tom Brady; Drew Bledsoe, Travis Brown
    Odds: New England favored by 9½

    Pats improve to 14-2, best record in NFL
    Bills finish 6-10, tied with Jets for third

    Facing the NFL's #2 defense the Patriots scored three times in their first four possessions, over a span of 16 minutes. With four minutes left in the first half Tom Brady had thrown touchdown passes to Daniel Graham, Bethel Johnson, Troy Brown and David Givens. Buffalo's first half possessions consisted of zero first downs on the first four drives, a missed field goal and another punt.

    This game was the perfect bookend for the season opener, the infamous 'They Hate Their Coach' Game. Both final scores were 31-0, and both ended with the defense preserving a shutout from the one yard line of the final game. This time it was Larry Izzo intercepting a pass in the end zone, giving the Pats their third shutout of the season.

    Drew Bledsoe was a dismal 12-29 for 83 yards, one interception and three sacks for Buffalo. His former backup went 21-32 for 204 yards, four touchdowns and a 122.9 passer rating for the game. Bledsoe was mercifully pulled early in the fourth quarter after losing a fumble on a Tedy Bruschi sack.

    Sun Dec 27, 1998 at 1:00
    Week 17, Game 16 at Giants Stadium
    Jets 31, Patriots 10
    Head Coaches: Pete Carroll, Bill Parcells
    QBs: Scott Zolak, Vinny Testaverde
    Odds: Jets favored by 6½

    Pats drop to 9-7, finish 4th in AFC East
    Jets go 12-4, winning the division

    Bill Parcells' Jets annihilated the Patriots in this game, building up a 31-3 lead before Scott Zolak hit Tony Simmons for the Pats only touchdown with 1:38 left to play. The Jets controlled the ball for 38:51, with former Patriot Curtis Martin rushing for 102 yards.

    Despite finishing fourth in the AFC East the Pats made the playoffs, losing a week later to Jacksonville. Parcells' team set a franchise record with 12 victories, and would defeat the Jaguars before losing at Denver in the AFCCG.

    Sun Dec 27, 1992 at 1:00
    Week 17, Game 16 at Foxboro Stadium
    Dolphins 16, Patriots 13 in OT
    Head Coaches: Dante Scarnecchia, Don Shula
    QBs: Jeff Carlson Dan Marino
    Odds: Miami favored by 11

    Pats finish 2-14, tied with Seattle for worst record in AFC
    Miami goes 11-5, wins division in tiebreaker over Buffalo

    The Patriots led 13-3 at the half, but being the 1992 Pats they found a way to lose. The Pats were in position to attempt a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but Jeff Carlson took a big sack that left the Patriots out of field goal range.

    That was actually a good thing, because it meant they got to choose Drew Bledsoe with the number one pick of the 1992 draft and leave Rick Mirer for Seattle.

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    Andre Tippett

    Happy 60th birthday to Andre Tippett
    Born Dec 27, 1959 in Birmingham, Alabama
    Patriot OLB, 1982-1993; uniform #56
    Pats 2nd round (41st overall) selection of the 1982 draft

    NFL Honors and Records
    Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2008
    NFL All-Decade Team of the 1980s
    Pro Football Weekly All-Time 3-4 Defense, 2008
    AFC Defensive Player of the Year, 1985
    First Team All Pro, 1985 and 1987
    Named to five Pro Bowls (1984-1988)
    NFL record for sacks by a linebacker over two seasons (35, 1984-85)
    Third most sacks by a LB in a single season in NFL history (18.5, 1984)
    1985 AFC leader in sacks (16.5)
    1987 AFC leader in sacks (12.5)
    Fourth most sacks per game, career, for a LB (0.662)
    Seventh in career sacks (third for LB) when he retired

    University of Iowa Sports Hall of Fame, 2007
    Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 2012

    Patriot Honors and Records
    Most career sacks (100)
    1st, 2nd and 3rd most sacks in a single season (18.5, '84; 16.5, '85; 12.5, '87)
    Tied with Steve Nelson for most career fumble recoveries (18)
    Patriots Hall of Fame, 1999
    Patriots Team of the Century, 2000
    Patriots 35th Anniversary Team, 1994

    Pro Football Hall of Fame | Andre Tippett

    In 1985, the Patriots, for the first time in team history, advanced to the Super Bowl. A major contributing factor to the team’s success was Tippett’s outstanding defensive play. That year he led the AFC in sacks with 16.5 (second in the NFL), recorded three forced fumbles and recovered three fumbles, one of which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown. In four postseason games, he recorded 21 tackles and a sack. His outstanding play earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl and AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors.​

    Patriots Hall of Fame | Andre Tippett

    Andre Tippett was one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, spending his entire 12-year career with the Patriots. A strong-side linebacker who excelled at rushing the passer, Tippett set the record for most sacks over a two-year period with 35 in the 1984 and 1985 seasons and holds the franchise record for career sacks with 100. In 1985, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the AFC Champion Patriots.

    Since his retirement, Tippett has worked for the Patriots and currently serves as the team’s Executive Director of Community Affairs. Tippett was voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999 and enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. The Massachusetts native is active in local youth football and coaches a Pop Warner team.​

    Happy 29th birthday to Matt Lengel
    Born Dec 27, 1990 in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Patriot TE, 2017-2019; uniform #82
    Signed off Cincinnati practice squad Nov 2, 2016

    Matt Lengel originally enrolled at Northeastern, then transferred to Eastern Kentucky when the Huskies shut down their football program. He signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Bengals in 2015.

    A year and a half later the Patriots claimed Lengel from Cincinnati's practice squad, a week after trading TE AJ Derby to Denver. The spot on the roster was made available after the Pats had traded Jamie Collins to the Browns. Lengel appeared in six games for the Pats in 2016, with two receptions and one touchdown.

    Lengel was placed on injury reserve at the end of training camp in 2017, then waived with an injury settlement a few weeks later. Since then he has played sparingly with the Browns, Bengals and Colts.

    Happy 36th birthday to Ricky Brown
    Born Dec 27, 1983 in Cincinnati
    Patriot OLB, 2011 offseason
    Signed as veteran free agent Aug 20, 2011

    The Raiders signed Brown as a rookie free agent out of Boston College in 2006, after spending five seasons with Oakland. The Pats released him as part of final roster cuts two weeks after signing him, and he then returned to the Raiders for one final NFL season.

    Happy 39th birthday to Tommy Kelly
    Born Dec 27, 1980 in Jackson, Mississippi
    Patriot DT, 2013; uniform #93
    Signed as a veteran free agent on April 8, 2013

    The Patriots signed Tommy Kelly after he had been a starter in Oakland for the previous eight seasons. He started his first five games for the Pats, then suffered a knee injury. He spent the next four weeks on the inactive list in hopes of a return, then was placed on IR on November 2nd. Kelly spent the 2014 offseason with the Pats before being released on August 24.

    Tommy caught on for one final season in Arizona, finishing an 11-year career with 151 games played and 38 sacks.

    Football Journey: Tommy Kelly | espn, Mike Reiss

    Tommy Kelly begs the question: do the Patriots want to win or save money? | NESN

    Happy 53rd birthday to Eric Coleman
    Born Dec 27, 1966 in Denver
    Patriot CB, 1989-1990; uniform #22
    Pats 2nd round (43rd overall) selection of the 1989 draft, from Wyoming

    Eric Coleman played in eight games for the Pats in '89, with one interception. He appeared in the first seven games of 1990 before suffering an achilles injury that put him on IR for the rest of the year. He signed with Minnesota in the offseason but never played in the NFL again.

    Happy 53rd birthday to Jon Melander
    Born Dec 27, 1966 in Fridley, Minnesota
    Patriot guard, 1991; uniform #64
    Pats 5th round (113th overall) selection of the 1990 draft from Minnesota

    The 6'7, 280 pounder played in ten games with three starts for the '91 Pats, after spending his rookie season on IR. Melander played in 54 games with 32 starts from 1991-94, mostly with Denver.

    Happy 72nd birthday to Bob McKay
    Born Dec 27, 1947 in Seminole, Texas
    Patriot OT, 1976-1978; uniform #66
    Acquired in trade with Browns on April 8, 1976 for Ron Bolton

    Bob McKay spent his first six NFL seasons with Cleveland, primarily as their starting right tackle. He started all 14 games of the 1976 season at that position, as part of an offense that averaged 5.0 yards per carry and rushed for 2,948 yards. McKay then became a swing tackle the next two years; he played in 38 games with 17 starts for the Pats, his final three years in the NFL.

    Happy birthday to Whit Canale (1941-2011)
    Born Dec 27, 1941 in Sarasota, Florida
    Patriot DE/DT, 1968; uniform #67

    The older brother of Patriot guard and kicker Justin Canale, Whit played in 13 games for the 1968 Boston Patriots. He was originally a 17th round draft pick by the Steelers in 1965, and also played for the Dolphins.

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    1988 Draft Pick Tragedy

    January 3rd Birthdays

    Happy 48th birthday to Charles Johnson
    Born Jan 3, 1972 in San Bernardino, California
    Patriot WR, 2001; uniform #81
    Signed as a veteran free agent on May 31, 2001

    Charles Johnson was a first round pick out of Colorado by the Steelers in 1994. He started for five seasons in Pittsburgh and two in Philadelphia before signing with the Patriots. Johnson played 14 games with two starts for the Pats in '01. He had 14 receptions for 111 yards, and two receptions in the AFCCG against the Steelers that postseason.

    Johnson was also just the eighth player to catch an NFL touchdown pass from Tom Brady. It came in the second quarter of a November 25 game against the Saints that put the Pats up 20-0; it was Brady's 15th TD pass of the season.

    The Pats released Johnson a few weeks after Super Bowl 36, adding Deion Branch and David Givens two months later in the draft. Over nine NFL seasons Charles Johnson caught 354 passes for 4,606 yards and 24 touchdowns.

    May 31, 2001: Patriots land Eagles' Johnson, Small |

    The wide receiver corps in New England was significantly bolstered Thursday with the signing of both Charles Johnson and Torrance Small.

    Johnson and Small were the starting receivers for the Philadelphia Eagles for each of the last two seasons. In 2000 Johnson had 56 catches for 642 yards and seven touchdowns, while Small had 40 grabs for 569 yards and three scores. Terry Glenn led the Patriots with six touchdowns last season.

    “We are fortunate to be able to add two very experienced receivers who have had a lot of production in their careers,” Head Coach Bill Belichick said. “The fact that Charles and Torrance immediately become two of our biggest players at that position is another plus.”

    Johnson, a 6-0, 200-pound former first-round pick by Pittsburgh, is the higher profile of the two, having been a starter his entire seven-year NFL career with the Eagles and Steelers. Johnson had seven touchdowns in two of the last three seasons.

    “Charles felt very comfortable on his visit with New England,” said Johnson’s agent Joel Segal. “They have a solid organization and an established, star quarterback in Drew Bledsoe.”

    The combined totals for Johnson and Small are 679 catches for 9,029 yards and 54 touchdowns. The other eight veterans on the Patriots roster have combined career totals of 999-13,985-71. Philadelphia released both Johnson and Small as part of a revamping of the offense. The Eagles drafted UCLA’s Freddie Mitchell in the first round of the draft and signed free agent James Thrash away from the Washington Redskins.

    There are now 13 receivers on the Patriots roster. Johnson, Small, Glenn, Troy Brown, Bert Emanuel, David Patten and Tony Simmons each have at least three years experience, and all but Patten and Simmons have significant starting experience.

    The transactions in part were made possible because linebacker Ted Johnson agreed to a pay cut for the 2001 season. The linebacker lowered his salary cap by more than $2 million, putting him near $4 million this season.​

    Happy birthday to Darryl Usher
    January 3, 1965 - February 24, 1990
    Patriot WR/KR, 1988 off-season
    Pats 7th round (181st overall) selection of the 1988 draft, from Illinois

    In his rookie season Darryl Usher was placed on IR by the Pats, on Aug 22, 1988. He signed with the Browns early the following offseason, then played with the Chargers and Phoenix Cardinals in 1989.

    Following that '89 season Usher began dating a girl in Phoenix named Chiquita Burt. She was at Usher's apartment one evening and called 911 due to concerns about a jealous and possessive former boyfriend, Craig Gardner, who had threatened to kill her. Gardner had stalked her and found Usher's apartment, then climbed in through a window. He tragically shot and killed both Burt and Usher, and then turned the weapon on himself.

    Feb 25, 1990: Darryl Usher shot to death in Phoenix | LA Times

    In Memory of My Friend Darryl

    Other pro football players born on this date with a New England connection:

    Mackenzy Bernadeau: January 3, 1986
    Born and raised in Waltham, he stayed in his hometown and went to Bentley College. The guard was drafted by the Panthers in the 7th round of the 2008 draft. Bernadeau played in 64 games over seven NFL seasons for Carolina and Dallas.

    Dan Sileo: January 3, 1964
    Sileo was born in Stamford and went to Stamford Catholic High School. The Bucs selected him in the 1987 supplemental draft, and he played 10 games for Tampa Bay that year. For the last twenty years he has worked as a highly opinionated sports talk radio host in various southern markets, most recently in San Diego.

    Gerry Zawadzkas: January 3, 1946 - September 3, 2008
    Zawadzkas was born and raised in Torrington CT, and then went to Columbia University. He was a 16th round draft pick by the Lions in 1967, appearing in two games. While there he also had a bit part in the film Paper Lion. The tight end then put his Ivy League education to use, and got a master's degree in physics from City College of New York. Zawadzkas worked with lasers at the Exxon Research Center in New Jersey. He moved to Albuquerque in 1978 to work in nuclear and radiation research for Sandia National Laboratories before retiring in 2003.

    Tom Whelan: January 3, 1894 - June 26, 1957
    Whelan was born and raised in Lynn, and went to Lynn English High School and Worcester Academy. He played end, center and guard for the 1919-1920 Canton Bulldogs and 1921 Cleveland Tigers in the APFA (before it became known as the NFL). Whelan also played pro baseball, as a first baseman for the 1920 Boston Braves. Whelan later returned to Lynn where he became a coach, athletic director and principal of Lynn English High School.

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    Others born today include both Eli Manning and David Tyree (!), quarterbacks Jim Everett and DeShone Kizer.... and my brother: Happy Birthday Larry!

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    January 3, 2000:
    Pete Carroll is fired as head coach of the New England Patriots.

    January 3, 2000:
    Bill Belichick was named head coach of the New York Jets, replacing Bill Parcells.

    (My seventh grade English teacher would call this news foreshadowing.)
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    Elway, Broncos eliminate Pats

    Sunday January 4, 1987 at 4:00
    1986 AFC Divisional Round Game at Mile High
    Denver Broncos 22, New England Patriots 17
    Head Coaches: Raymond Berry, Dan Reeves
    Quarterbacks: Tony Eason, John Elway
    Odds: Denver favored by 4

    Patriots finish 11-6
    Broncos improve to 12-5; advance to AFCCG at Cleveland

    The Broncos scored on a long pass that could have been called for offensive pass interference to come from behind in the second half to win. Tony Eason was sacked in the end zone with less than two minutes to play, killing any last hope for a Patriot comeback of their own.

    John Elway is hit by Patriot linebacker Andre Tippett, which forced an interception and injured the Bronco QBs ankle at the end of the first half in the AFC playoff game against New England on Jan. 5, 1987.

    Stanley Morgan caught three passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Patriot offense. Mosi Tatupu tossed the football back to Eason, who threw a 45-yard touchdown to Morgan with 2:50 to play in the third quarter. That gave the Pats a 17-13, but Denver came right back with a long touchdown pass of their own.

    Don Blackmon was flagged for being offsides, giving Denver a free play with no whistles blown. With nothing to lose John Elway threw a deep ball on a post pattern, which was slightly underthrown. Bronco receiver Vance Johnson came back for the ball and in doing so pushed off on cornerback Ernest Gibson, catching the pass and falling into the end zone for the score - and a 20-17 Denver lead.

    Denver was able to rush better than they had all season despite missing their starting running back, racking up 188 yards on the ground. That led to a 23-12 disparity in first downs as the Patriot offense spent most of the game watching from the sideline. The Broncos ran 21 more offensive plays than the Patriots, controlling the ball for 35:29. In the second half the Patriot offense was on the field for less than ten minutes (20:20 to 9:40).

    The Patriots were able to keep the score close thanks in part to two interceptions off Elway, by Rod McSwain and Johnny Rembert. But too many Patriot drives were extinguished due to Tony Eason taking six sacks.

    One week later Elway - who was just 13-32 in this game - would engineer The Drive in the historical overtime victory against Cleveland in the AFC Championship Game.

    Broncos Oust Pats | Harvard Crimson

    Elway, whose first-period delay of game penalty cost the Broncos a possible touchdown, scrambled 22 yards for a second-quarter score, directed a time-consuming third-period drive for a field goal, then hit Johnson for the game-winner.

    Elway's ill-advised penalty came late in the opening period. He ran three yards for what he felt was a touchdown, but when the official signalled the ball down just short of the goal line, he angrily spiked the ball, drawing the penalty. The Broncos, pushed back to the 6, had to settle for a Rich Karlis field goal.

    The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Broncos in the playoffs. They hadn't won in the postseason since their 1977 Super Bowl season.

    The Patriots, who won three road games to capture the AFC title a year ago, joined last year's Super Bowl opponent, the Chicago Bears, on the sideline for the remainder of the playoffs. The Bears were defeated by Washington on Saturday.​

    Broncos defeat Patriots | New York Times

    The Denver Broncos had what New England lacked today - a running game, an inspiring quarterback and a penetrating defense.

    Those elements fit into a 22-17 victory over the New England Patriots in a divisional playoff game. The triumph sends the Broncos to Cleveland for the American Conference championship game against the Browns on Sunday.

    If the Broncos can win that one, they will be in the Super Bowl for the first time since January 1978, when they lost to the Dallas Cowboys.

    Elway had left the field near the close of the first half, limping badly and helped by two trainers.

    He had been crushed by Andre Tippett while throwing a pass that went 6 yards into the hands of Johnny Rembert, like Tippett an active Patriot linebacker.

    That interception, at the Denver 29, led to a field goal by Tony Franklin that tied the score, 10-10, at halftime.​

    Late safety secured the Broncos' playoff win over Patriots | Denver Post

    Elway’s touchdown pass and TD run overshadowed a tough day at the office. He completed just 13-of-30 passes for 257 yards and was intercepted twice.

    Eason, who with Elway was a member of the famed 1983 NFL draft class of quarterbacks, had better stats — 13-of-24 for 194 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions — but no doubt would have readily traded them for a victory.​

    Broncos beat Patriots, head to Cleveland for AFCCG | Denver Post

    “I guess his ankle is OK,” said Patriots coach Raymond Berry. “What do you think?”

    Elway had a free play on the pass to Johnson, since New England linebacker Don Blackmon was offside. Eschewing his primary receivers, Gene Lang and Orson Mobley, Elway went for broke, throwing deep.

    Johnson came back to the pass to beat New England cornerback Ernest Gibson on the play, and then fell into the end zone as Gibson overran him.

    “He had to adjust to me and not to the ball,” Johnson said. “I kind of leaned to the side. Unfortunately for him, I pushed off on him a little bit to adjust to the ball. I had to, to adjust to the pass. We were right next to each other when I caught the ball. I didn’t grab him or push him. I just leaned off him a little bit.”

    The Broncos needed it, after Eason threw 45 yards to Stanley Morgan for a go-ahead touchdown on a flea-flicker lateral from Most Tatupu with 2:50 to play in the third quarter.

    That gave New England a 17-13 edge.

    “To me,” said Berry,” it was just one of those games that goes back and forth and is going to go down to the wire and we’d end up winning. My only surprise is that we didn’t.”

    There were many, many other memorable moments for the Broncos Sunday. There was Steve Sewell’s 8-yard gain on third-and-four with 2:39 to play and Denver needing to hold onto the ball. There were Rich Karlis’ two perfect field goals, from 27 and 22 yards. There was Elway’s 22-yard touchdown run on a scramble.

    There were the defense’s six sacks, the most the Broncos have had all season.

    “We had a tremendous pass rush,” said linebacker Jim Ryan. “We made Eason very nervous. I really think he was shaken up out there. We could see that early in the game. We talked about it after the first couple of series. He was very nervous.”

    Saturday January 4, 2020 at 8:15
    2019 AFC Wild Card Game at Gillette
    Tennessee Titans 20, New England Patriots 13
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Mike Vrabel
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Ryan Tannehill
    Odds: New England favored by 4½

    Pats finish 12-5
    Titans improve to 10-7

    January 4, 1991:
    New CEO Sam Jankovich fires head coach Rod Rust. The Pats finished 1990 with a 1-15 record and a negative 265 point differential, distracted all season by the Lisa Olson incident.
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    January 4th Birthdays

    Happy 47th birthday to Lamont Warren
    Born January 4, 1973 in Indianapolis
    Patriot RB, 1999; uniform #27
    Acquired as a veteran free agent on April 12, 1999

    Lamont Warren was originally a 6th round pick out of Colorado in 1994. During those five seasons he played in 61 games with six starts, scoring six touchdowns as a backup to Marshall Faulk. Warren played one season with the Pats, playing in all 16 games. As the third option at running back behind Terry Allen and Kevin Faulk he rushed for 120 yards, and caught 29 passes for 262 yards and one touchdown. Warren later spent two seasons with Detroit, finishing his career with 2,192 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 96 regular season games, plus 133 yards rushing in four playoff games. Lamont Warren is now a coach at Football University, a private training camp for middle and high school football players.


    Happy 47th birthday to Ray Mickens
    Born Jan 4, 1973 in Frankfurt, Germany
    Patriot CB, 2006; uniform #38
    Signed as a veteran free agent on Dec 4, 2006

    Ray Mickens was 33 years old when the Pats signed him to replace Eugene Wilson, who went on IR with a hamstring injury. Mickens played in the final four regular season games as well as all three playoff games, as a slot corner and nickel back. He was originally a third round pick by the Jets in 1996, out of Texas A&M. He played in 146 games over 11 NFL seasons with the Jets, Browns and Patriots.

    In his post-NFL life Mickens became a successful entrepreneur, now operating several airport-located restaurants, coffee shops and bars in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

    Happy 47th birthday to Todd Sauerbrun
    Born January 4, 1973 in Setauket, New York
    Patriot punter, 2006; uniform #18
    Signed as a veteran free agane on Dec 22, 2006

    The Patriots signed the 33 year old veteran after Josh Miller and then Ken Walter went on injured reserve, with two weeks remaining in the 2006 regular season. Sauerbrun averaged 40.8 yards on ten regular season punts, and 44.4 on 14 punts in three playoff games. On five punts against the Colts in the AFCCG he averaged 51.4 yards.

    The contract with the Patriots included an option for the Patriots to match any other team's offer for the 2007 season. Denver signed Sauerbrun the following April and the Pats opted to match that offer. A grievance was filed with the player's union and Sauerbrun was allowed to be considered a free agent, and he signed with the Broncos.

    The Bears had originally drafted Sauerbrun in the second round of the 1995 draft. He handled both punting and kickoff duties for Chicago, Carolina, Kansas City and Denver from 1995 to 2005. Sauerbrun played for the Panthers in Super Bowl 38 against the Pats. He led the NFL in punting average in 2001 and 2002, was a two-time All-Pro and was named to three Pro Bowls. Over his 13 year NFL career Sauerbrun averaged 62.1 yards on 543 kickoffs and 44.1 yards on 889 punts.

    Dec 23, 2006: Patriots sign Sauerbrun; veteran brings plenty of ability, baggage | Mike Reiss, Christopher Gasper for

    April 19, 2007: Attorney Calls Pats Ruling First Of Its Kind In NFL | Sports Business Daily

    One other New England Birthday:
    January 4, 1949: Vince Clements was born in Southington CT
    Grew up in Southington and went to UConn
    Was a RB with the Giants in 1972-73
    Clear Field Ahead for Clements

    Some notable pro football players born on this date include:

    Johnny Lujack
    Garrison Hearst
    Derrick Henry
    Eric Weddle
    George Atkinson
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    Patriots rout Jets 37-16 in Wild Card

    Sun Jan 7, 2007 at 1:00
    2006 AFC Wild Card Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 37, New York Jets 16
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Eric Mangini
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Chad Pennington
    Odds: New England favored by 9

    Pats improve to 13-4; next game is at San Diego
    Jets finish the 2006 season 10-7

    Key Stats:
    3rd Down: Patriots 11-16; Jets 3-11
    Turnovers: Patriots 1; Jets 2

    Richard Seymour slams Chad Pennington to the ground, a play that temporarily forced Pennington from the game with an injured elbow. The Jet QB later returned with an elastic wrap over the elbow.

    Patriots beat Jets 37-16 in AFC Wild Card | Reuters
    Patriots ground Jets 37-16
    Patriots 37, Jets 16 -

    Saturday January 7, 2006 at 8:00
    2005 AFC Wild Card Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 3
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Jack Del Rio
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Byron Leftwich
    Odds: New England favored by 8

    Pats improve to 11-6; play at Denver the next week
    Jacksonville finishes 12-5

    The Patriots outscore Jacksonville 21-0 in the second half to advance to the divisional round. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, including 63 yarder to Ben Watson to make the score 21-3 late in the third quarter. Jacksonville was driving into New England territory when Asante Samuel intercepted a Byron Leftwich pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and raced down the sideline 73 yards to put the game out of reach.

    Key Stats:
    3rd Down: Patriots 7-14, Jaguars 1-12
    Turnovers: Patriots 0, Jaguars 2
    Better to be lucky department: The Patriots fumbled the ball four times, but retained possession all four times.

    Patriots Make It A Perfect 10; Brady Has 3 TD Passes for Two-Time Defending Champs: Patriots 28, Jaguars 3 | WaPo

    Patriots still have it going on / Brady, McGinest make 10th straight playoff win look easy

    Patriots too strong for Jaguars as playoff streak builds - The Boston Globe

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    1982 AFC Wild Card Game

    Saturday January 8, 1983 at 4:00
    1982 AFC Wild Card Game at the Orange Bowl
    Miami Dolphins 28, New England Patriots 13
    Head Coaches: Ron Meyer, Don Shula
    Quarterbacks: Steve Grogan, David Woodley
    Odds: Miami favored by 7½

    Pats finish the strike-shortened season 5-5
    Dolphins improve to 8-2, are home to San Diego the following week

    The next two lines sum up this game:
    • Miami: 27 first downs, 214 yards rushing, 448 total yards
    • Patriots: 14 first downs, 77 yards rushing, 237 total yards

    Other key stats:
    • Pats TE Don Hasselbeck: 7 receptions, 87 yards, 1 TD
    • Mia QB David Woodley: 16-19, 246 yards, 2 TD
    • Mia RB Andra Franklin: 26 carries, 112 yards, 1 TD
    • Mia RB Tony Nathan: 139 yards from scrimmage

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    The Undertaker

    The Pats have never played a game on January 9, but there are six former Patriot players that were born on this date.

    Happy 55th birthday to Vincent Brown
    Born Jan 9, 1965 in Atlanta
    Patriot LB, 1988-1995; uniform #59
    Pats 2nd round (43rd overall) selection of the 1988 draft, from Mississippi Valley State

    Vincent Brown played in 123 games for the Patriots, missing just five games over his eight years with the Pats. He registered 811 tackles, 16.5 sacks, ten interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles, and scored two touchdowns. "The Undertaker" led the Patriots in tackles five times, a genuine star player on teams that were not very deep with talent.

    Since 2001 Brown has been coaching, mostly at the college level. He spent one season as a linebacker coach with the Dallas Cowboys, and has also been a position coach at the University of Virginia and Richmond, and defensive coordinator at UConn and Howard. Brown is currently the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at William & Mary.


    The columnist below doesn't hold back about the treatment Vincent Brown received from Bill Parcells and Bob Kraft:

    Brown earned better than he got from Pats | South Coast Today

    Although the Patriots hierarchy will not confirm it, the beginning the end of Brown’s Patriot career came last Aug. 1, when team physician Bert Zarins performed arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. At Parcell’s urging, Brown was asked to stick it out for the benefit of team. Now, they are sticking it to him.

    The Patriots have not publicly stated the reason why he was released, but he had potential problems with his surgically repaired knees and was scheduled to make $2.25 million this upcoming season.

    The irony in all of this is that Brown was always behind the scale when it came to compensation. For years, he was considered by his peers to be underpaid. Because he was always the best defender on one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL, he never got chosen to appear in the Pro Bowl. Consider for a moment how much better he would have been had he played behind the likes of Bruce Smith, Howie Long or Green Bay’s Reggie White (certainly not to be confused with the Patriots Reggie White).​

    Happy 63rd birthday to Rick Sanford
    Born Jan 9, 1957 in Rock Hill, South Carolina
    Patriots safety, 1979-1984; uniform #25
    Pats 1st round (25th overall) selection of the 1979 draft, from South Carolina

    Rick Sanford did not miss a single game in his six seasons with the Patriots. The Patriots of the early eighties featured an excellent defensive secondary, with Sanford and Tim Fox at safety, and Mike Haynes and Raymond Clayborn at cornerback. Sanford had 16 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries and two touchdowns as a member of the New England Patriots. He now co-hosts an evening sports talk radio show in his native South Carolina.


    More Trouble for Ex-Gamecock Great Rick Sanford

    A college All-American in 1978, Sanford made USC history in 1979 when he became the first USC player to ever be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Sanford played for the New England Patriots and was named to the 1983 All-Pro team. The play for which he is best remembered is a 1982 interception at Chicago's Soldier Field that he returned a record 99 yards for a touchdown. In 1998, he was elected to the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Once out of football, Sanford parlayed his sports career into a chiropractic practice, which he started in 1990.​

    Happy 69th birthday to Dick Conn
    Born Jan 9, 1951 in Louisville, Kentucky
    Patriot S/ST, 1975-1979; uniform #22
    Signed as a veteran free agent on Nov 26, 1975

    Dick Conn played in 46 games for the Patriots as a backup safety and special teamer. As a rookie he earned a ring with Pittsburgh in Super Bowl IX, over the Vikings.

    Catching up with Dick Conn - UGA Sports

    UGASports: After a season with the Steelers, you start playing with New England, where you were teammates with the late Andy Johnson, just like you had been at Georgia.

    Conn: Andy and I were great friends, and we truly had a unique friendship. In 1975, the NFL reduced its rosters (from 47 to 43 players), and I got let go by Pittsburgh in the final round of cuts. I wound up going to the World League for a little bit and played with Jacksonville. (For the Jacksonville Express in 1975 of the since-defunct WFL, Conn led the team in interceptions, despite appearing in less than half the Express’ games.) I think Andy, all along while I was in Jacksonville, was talking me up to the special teams coach for the New England Patriots.

    Andy is really the reason I got a second chance at the NFL, as he talked New England into signing me. I wound up being with the Patriots for five years. You know, I’m proud to say that Andy Johnson was on the field with me for my last football game in high school (Johnson quarterbacked Athens High to a win over Lakeside in 1968—Conn’s final game in high school), my last game at Georgia (1973 Peach Bowl), and my last game in the pros (Patriots in 1979).

    UGASports: What happened after your tenure with the Patriots?

    Conn: I was a free agent and was hoping to work my way back home by signing with the Atlanta Falcons. Well, I had injured my neck and couldn’t pass the physical. My brother started talking to me about Jostens, a company that produces championship rings, class rings, graduation supplies, and such. My family and I packed up and moved to Spartanburg, S.C., in 1981 so I could work for Jostens—and I’m still with them.​

    Happy 42nd birthday to Chad Johnson
    Born Jan 9, 1978 in Miami
    Patriot WR, 2011; uniform #85
    Acquired in trade with Cincinnati on July 29, 2011 for a 2012 fifth and 2013 sixth round draft pick.

    From 2003 to 2207 Ochocinco was one of the best receivers in the NFL, averaging 92 receptions, 1,374 yards receiving and nine touchdowns, and was twice a first team All-Pro. Unfortunately he was past his prime (33 years old) and just didn't have the type of mind that is required to understand the Patriot offense. He caught less than half the balls thrown his way in his one season with the Patriots, totaling just 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown.

    Happy 39th birthday to Cedric Cobbs
    Born Jan 9, 1981 in Little Rock
    Patriot RB, 2004; uniform #34
    Pats 4th round (128th overall) selection of the 2004 draft, from Arkansas

    Cedric Cobbs played in three games for the Patriots, gaining 50 yards on 22 carries (2.3 ypc), with three first downs and no touchdowns. The 6', 227 pound back was released at the end of training camp in 2005. He was signed by Denver, spending '05 on the Bronco practice squad, missing '06 with an ankle injury, and then being waived at the end of '07 training camp. Cobbs did earn a ring from Super Bowl 39 during his time with the Patriots.

    In his post-NFL life Cobbs was arrested for conspiracy to obtain 180 Oxycodone pills by fraud. He faced up to four years in prison but avoided prison time after telling a federal judge that he had been receiving inpatient treatment for CTE.

    Happy 34th birthday to Jonathan Compas
    Born Jan 9, 1986 in Yorba Linda, California
    Patriot center, 2011 offseason; uniform #74
    Signed as a free agent on August 3, 2011

    The 6'3, 315 pound center from Cal-Davis was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Raiders in 2009, then was with the Tampa Bay organization for most of 2009-2010. He was released as part of final roster cuts on Sept 2, 2011. Jonathan Compas has since worked in the wholesale fuel distribution business, and now is an account executive for a commercial wire manufacturer.

    January 9, 1985:
    The Patriots announce several hires to new head coach Raymond Berry's staff:
    Bobby Grier (running backs)
    Dante Scarnecchia (special teams and tight ends)
    Ed Khayat (defensive line)
    Don Shinnick (linebackers)
    Jimmy Carr (defensive backs)
    Dean Brittenham (strength and conditioning)

    Others born on this date with a New England connection:

    Ken McAfee, 64 (Jan 9, 1956)
    Brockton High School
    After leading Brockton to the state high school football championship, McAfee was a two-time All-American at Notre Dame, and was named the 1977 Walter Camp Player of the Year. He was the 7th overall pick of the 1978 draft by San Francisco.

    Dick Lucas, 86 (1934)
    Born and raised in Southie; South Boston High School; Boston College
    Tight end played with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia from 1958-1963, winning a championship in 1960 with Norm Van Brocklin and the Eagles.

    James Sheldon (1901-1980)
    Williston Seminary (Easthampton MA); Brown University
    Was an end for the 1926 Brooklyn Lions.

    Some other notable players born on January 9 include:

    Bart Starr (1934-2019)
    Hall of Fame quarterback won five championship with the Packers, after not being drafted until the 17th round.

    Marcus Peters, 27 (1993)
    Despite wearing out his welcome with the Chiefs and Rams, the now-Baltimore cornerback has been a first team All-Pro twice in just five seasons.

    Robert Newhouse (1950-2014)
    Fullback played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, winning one championship and scoring 36 touchdowns.

    John Henderson, 41 (1979)
    The ninth overall pick of the 2002 draft was a two-time Pro Bowl DT for Jacksonville.
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    love this thread ... some of the pics you get are pretty dang cool ... the one of Odell Lawton a page back? Nice get ... pics like that? that stuff can be real hard to come by

    if you ever come across a pic of bryan wagner in pats gear, jersey # 8 or #9, either or, let me know
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    John Harbaugh Loses His Mind
    Impetus for Deflategate Witch Hunt is Conceived

    Saturday January 10, 2015 at 4:30
    2014 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 35, Baltimore Ravens 31
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, John Harbaugh
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Joe Flacco
    Odds: New England favored by 7

    Pats improve to 13-4; next game home vs Colts, who beat Denver 24-13
    Baltimore finishes 11-7

    The Patriots twice came back from 14 point deficits to defeat the Ravens. This was the game that Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh cried foul over Patriot 'trick' formations. In the post-game Q&A Tom Brady poured gasoline on the fire by answering a question about trick plays with this response:

    "Maybe those guys got to study the rule book and figure it out. We obviously knew what we were doing, and we made some pretty important plays. It was a real good weapon for us. Maybe we'll have something in store next week. I don't know what's deceiving about that. [The Ravens] should figure it out."

    In my opinion the trick plays - and Brady's comments - were the impetus for the botched frame job a week later, that became the witch hunt known as deflategate.

    Baltimore limited the Pats to 14 yards rushing, but Tom Brady set franchise postseason records for completions (33) and yards passing (367). Despite the points allowed the Patriot defense did its part with four interceptions off Joe Flacco.

    With the score 28-14 the Pats deployed an unusual formation, keeping only four offensive linemen on the field. TE Michael Hoomanawanui lined up in the traditional left tackle position. The Patriots put two players to the right side of the line of scrimmage, which meant the inside player (Shane Vereen) was ineligible to receive a pass - and Hoomanawanui, who was at the end of the line on the other side - was an eligible receiver.

    Hooman caught passes for 16 and 14 yards, with the Baltimore defense in disarray. Harbaugh went ballistic - yet did not call a timeout to gather his team on how to defend the formation. Instead he went on the field and drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving the Patriots first and goal. Rob Gronkowski caught a 5-yard TD, and the Pats had cut the Baltimore lead to 28-21.

    The Ravens seemed unfocused and went three-and-out on the next series. After getting the ball back Brady connected on short passes to Julian Edelman for 9 yards, and Vereen for 10. On the third play of the drive Brady passed to Jules behind the line of scrimmage. The former college quarterback then hit Danny Amendola for a 51 yard touchdown, and the score was tied.

    Harbaugh was absolutely fit to be tied as well. I thought he was going to have a stroke right then and there on the field.

    Baltimore settled down somewhat and a Justin Tucker field goal put the Ravens back up by three with just over ten minutes to play. Brady completed eight out of nine passes on the following drive, as well as gaining a first down on a quarterback sneak. The winning points came on a 23 yard touchdown to Brandon LaFell with 5:21 left to play. On the ensuing drive Baltimore drove as far as the New England 36, then Flacco threw his fourth interception - this one snared by Duron Harmon - with 1:46 to play to seal the victory.

    NFL says Patriots' formations, reporting were legal | Baltimore Sun

    "It's a substitution type of a trick type of thing," Harbaugh said Saturday night after the game. "So, they don't give you the opportunity. They don't give you a chance to make the proper substitutions and things like that. It's not something that anybody's ever done before. The league will look at that type of thing, and I'm sure that they'll make some adjustments and things like that."

    Saturday January 10, 2004 at 8:15
    2003 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 17, Tennessee Titans 14
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Jeff Fisher
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Steve McNair
    Odds: New England Favored by 6

    Pats improve to 15-2; next play at home vs Colts, who beat KC 38-31
    Tennessee finishes 13-5

    Coldest Game in Patriot Franchise History

    The Pats advanced to the AFC Championship game for the third time in four years in a game that is most remembered for its frigid temperature. Adam Vinatieri's 46-yard field goal with 4:11 remaining was the game winner on a Saturday night where temperatures hovered around zero with a wind chill of 14 below. Due to the conditions the Pats lifted their ban on bringing blankets and sleeping bags into the stadium, and free coffee and hot chocolate was made available in the parking lot. There were reports of beer freezing in the stadium before fans could finish drinking their beverage, though that may just be an urban legend.

    It was New England’s 13th consecutive win, and they improved to 9-0 at home for the season. The win was Tom Brady's 14th when tied or coming from behind in the 4th quarter in just 47 career starts, and his fifth of the 2003 season. Brady improved his record to 14-1 in games decided by seven or fewer points, and 35-12 for his career overall.

    On the first drive Brady completed a pass across the middle to Kevin Faulk for a 19-yard gain, then burnt an early timeout when he was confused by Tennessee’s defensive coverage. The decision to call a timeout proved to be a good one; on the ensuing play Brady found Bethel Johnson open over the top for a 41-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead just four minutes into the game.

    After Tennessee tied the score on a 5-yard run by Chris Brown the Pats drive appeared to stall. On a 3rd-and-13 Brady hit Johnson, who then cut back looking for a running lane; Brady threw a key block on the Titans safety and Johnson gained 14 yards on the play for a first down. Later in the drive Brady made a first down on a naked bootleg on a 3rd-and-3; two plays later Antowain Smith scored to give the Pats a 14-7 halftime lead. The score would have been closer if not for Richard Seymour's block of a field goal late in the half.

    Tennessee tied the game on an 11-yard pass from Steve McNair to Derrick Mason to make it 14-all heading into the fourth quarter. Brady hit Troy Brown on a 4th-and-3 from the Tennessee 33 to get the ball close enough for Vinatieri's clutch field goal, but there was plenty of time left. McNair drove the Titans to the New England 33 but two penalties left them out of field goal range. The Tennessee quarterback then threw a pass on 4th-and-12 to Drew Bennett who was somehow wide open at the 10-yard-line – but the ball bounced off his hands and fell incomplete. From there the Patriots ran out the clock to advance to the AFC Championship game against Indianapolis.

    Credit the Patriot defense, as they harassed McNair all night. Willie McGinest had seven tackles and three sacks; Mike Vrabel had a sack; Rodney Harrison had an interception that led to a touchdown, five tackles, and several hits on McNair; and Tedy Bruschi had nine tackles.

    Patriots outlast Titans in frigid playoff test | Boston Globe

    Playing in the coldest game in franchise history (4 degrees, minus-10 windchill at kickoff), the top-seeded Patriots held on for a 17-14 win over the wild-card Titans. Adam Vinatieri, who had missed a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter, gave New England the win with a 46-yarder with 4 minutes 6 seconds to play.

    The Patriots, winners of 13 straight, will host the winner of Sunday’s Indianapolis-Kansas City matchup in the AFC Championship game. A win would put the Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in three years.

    The Titans made it interesting on their last possession, driving 36 yards to New England’s 40 before self-destructing after the two-minute warning. First, Tennessee was penalized 10 yards for intentional grounding by Steve McNair. Guard Benji Olson’s holding penalty pushed the Titans back another 10 yards and put them in a third-and-22 situation.

    McNair threw 10 yards to Drew Bennett on third down. On fourth and 12 from New England’s 43, Rodney Harrison’s blitz forced McNair to throw up a jump ball to Bennett, who bobbled it and had it knocked away by Asante Samuel.​

    Sunday January 10, 2010 at 1:00
    2009 AFC Wild Card Game at Gillette
    Baltimore Ravens 33, New England Patriots 10
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, John Harbaugh
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Joe Flacco
    Odds: New England favored by 4

    Pats finish 10-7
    Ravens improve to 10-7; lose 20-3 the following week at Indianapolis

    A week after losing Wes Welker to a knee injury a week earlier, the Pats came out flat and were run over by the Ravens. Ray Rice rushed for an 83-yard touchdown right up the middle on the game's first play from scrimmage, and things went downhill from there. Tom Brady threw two touchdowns, but also threw three picks and lost a fumble on one of three times he was sacked. This fiasco was a fitting end to a season of discontent and turmoil, and coincidentally the final game of Adalius Thomas' NFL career.

    Happy birthday to Mike Montler (1944-2018)
    Born January 10, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio
    Patriot LG/LT, 1969-1972; uniform #64
    Pats 2nd round (32nd overall) selection of the 1969 draft, from Colorado

    Mike Montler was a four-season starter with the Patriots, playing in 53 games with 50 starts during that down post-Holovak/pre-Fairbanks era when the head coaches were Clive Rush and John Mazur. Montler was part of a horrible trade with Buffalo when he, Jim Cheyunski and Halvor Hagen were sent to the Bills for three players that even the most die hard of Patriot fans never heard of.

    Find A Grave | Mike Montler

    For ten seasons (1969 to 1978), he played at the center, guard and tackle positions in the American and National Football Leagues with the Boston/New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions. Born Michael Russell Montler, he attended St. Mary's High School in Ohio and following graduation, he served with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

    Following his return home, he enrolled at the University of Colorado, where he played collegiate football and achieved All-American honors in 1968. Selected by the Patriots during the 2nd Round of the 1969 NFL Draft, he totaled 123 career regular season games.

    At the stature of 6 feet, five inches and weighing 250 pounds Montler, along with future Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure formed a highly effective Buffalo Bills' offensive line nicknamed "The Electric Company", which provided crucial blocking for running back O.J. Simpson who produced 2,003 rushing yards in 1973.

    In 1977, he joined the Broncos and served as center for quarterback Craig Morton. He experienced an AFC Championship and an appearance in the Super Bowl in 1978.​


    Happy 58th birthday to Clarence Weathers
    Born January 10, 1962 in Green Pond, South Carolina
    Patriot WR, 1983-1984; uniform #82
    Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on July 19, 1983

    Clarence Weathers came to visit his brother Robert, who was a running back with the Pats in 1983. Offensive Coordinator Lew Erber saw his athletic ability and signed him as a free agent, even though he had not played any organized football since dropping out of Delaware State as a freshman four years earlier.

    Weathers played in all 16 games with the Pats in 1983, but a fractured left foot limited him to the final nine games of 1984. In two years with the Patriots he appeared in 25 games, with 27 catches for 494 yards and 5 touchdowns. Despite all the time missed from college football he ended up playing nine years in the NFL (primarily with the Browns), as a backup receiver and special teams player.

    Happy 34th birthday to Mike Rivera
    Born January 19, 1986 in Shawnee, Kansas
    Patriot LB, 2012; uniform #52
    Signed as a free agent on November 9, 2011

    The linebacker from the University of Kansas spent parts of 2011 and 2012 on the New England practice squad. He played in the first two games of 2012 for the Pats, was released, and signed with Miami. The Pats re-signed Rivera in October, and he ended up playing ten games that year with one start for the Patriots. Rivera also played in the two 2012-13 postseason games for New England. He was part of cuts at the end of the 2013 training camp, ending his pro football career.

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    Pats Rout Colts, 43-22

    Saturday January 11, 2014 at 8:15
    2013 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 43, Indianapolis Colts 22
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Chuck Pagano
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Andrew Luck
    Odds: New England favored by 7

    Patriots improve to 13-4, advance to AFCCG at Denver
    Colts finish to 12-6

    Key Stats I:
    Interceptions: Luck 4, Brady 0

    Key Stat II:
    Patriots Rushing: 46 attempts, 234 yards, six touchdowns
    Colts Rushing: 21 attempts, 69 yards, zero touchdowns

    Key Stat III:
    Time of Possession: Patriots 35:00, Colts 25:00

    Doesn't-matter-even-if-they-know-the-play-call Stat:
    LeGarrette Blount took 27 snaps on offense.
    Of those 27 snaps he ran the ball 24 times (89%).
    Despite this tipping of their hand, Blount ran for 166 yards (6.9 yards per carry), and four touchdowns.

    Colts run out of playoffs by Patriots, 43-22 | IndyStar

    On the third play from scrimmage, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw left, toward wide receiver LaVon Brazill. Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard stepped in front of Brazill, intercepted the pass and returned it 27 yards to the Indianapolis 2-yard line to set up a touchdown.

    Luck's second interception came on a deflected pass that was a bit behind fullback Stanley Havili but should have been caught. The football bounced off Havili's shoulder pad to linebacker Dont'a Hightower whose interception spiked a promising Colts' drive at the New England 36.

    No. 3 came on a deep pass intended for tight end Coby Fleener. Linebacker Jamie Collins intercepted and returned to the Indianapolis 18 to set up another touchdown. Luck added a fourth late in the final quarter.​

    Run-heavy Patriots end the Colts season with a 43-22 win | Fox59 Indianapolis

    This new era of Colts kept up one of their recent traditions: starting off slow then rally. But as even the team admitted at times this season, it finally caught up to them at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. The Colts fell behind 14-0 quickly in the first quarter and cut the lead down to seven on a few occasions, but were never able to tie or get the lead in a 43-22 loss to New England.

    Chuck Pagano’s second season ends with a 12-6 overall record, advancing farther than any Colts team has since 2009. Indianapolis is now 0-3 all-time in playoff games played in Foxborough.​

    Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount broke a few franchise records | CBS Sports

    LeGarrette Blount rushed for four touchdowns and Stevan Ridley added two more as New England ran by the Colts. The six rushing touchdowns were the most in franchise history and the second most in NFL playoff history, trailing only the seven touchdowns the Chicago Bears ran for in the 1940 NFL Championship Game.

    The Patriots' 234 rush yards were the second most in the team's postseason history, trailing only the 255 yards the 1985 team ran for in the AFC Championship Game against the Dolphins.

    A large chunk of that 234 rushing yards came on Blount's 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which was the second-longest scoring run in Patriots playoff history. Blount had more yards on that one run than the Colts had in the entire game (69).

    Blount tied Curtis Martin's franchise record for most yards rushing in a playoff game (166) and set the team record for most rushing touchdowns in any Patriots game, ever.​

    LeGarrette Blount runs for 4 TDs as Patriots clobber Colts | ESPN (AP report)

    The Colts got a break late in the first half when Danny Aiken's snap sailed over punter Ryan Allen's head, ending up in a safety. The Patriots also got a break that the Colts didn't get a touchdown out of it after Allen failed to concede the safety.

    Allen fumbled into the air, and Indianapolis' Jeris Pendleton slapped the ball out of the end zone.

    "Ryan probably wasn't sure how close they were to him," Belichick said.

    Allen hurt his shoulder on the play, and place-kicker Stephen Gostkowski punted the rest of the game. Brady took over Allen's holding duties.​

    Rapid Reaction: New England Patriots 43, Indianapolis Colts 22 | ESPN (Mike Reiss)

    Running game sparks attack again: For the third consecutive game, the Patriots' ground attack was the difference-maker, led by hard-charging LeGarrette Blount (franchise-record four rushing touchdowns). The Patriots split snaps at running back evenly among Blount, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, and sliced up the Colts with strong work up front by the offensive line -- left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Logan Mankins, center Ryan Wendell, right guard Dan Connolly and right tackle Marcus Cannon -- as well as tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan and fullback James Develin. When the Patriots run it like this, it brings back memories of the 2004 Super Bowl championship team for which bruiser Corey Dillon was the lead back.

    Stock watch: Jamie Collins -- up. The Patriots' top pick in the 2013 draft (52nd overall) was thrust into an expanded role, in part because linebacker Brandon Spikes was placed on season-ending injured reserve earlier in the week. Collins had played just 25 percent of the defensive snaps during the regular season, but he didn't come off the field and made his presence felt as a tackler, pass-rusher and in coverage with an interception. He was all over the field in what was a coming out party for the ultra-athletic defender from Southern Mississippi.​

    What's next: The Patriots will play in the AFC Championship Game against the winner of Sunday's game between the visiting San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos (4:40 p.m. ET). If Denver beats San Diego, the AFC Championship Game will be played in Denver. If San Diego beats Denver, the AFC Championship Game will be played in New England.​

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    A school teacher defensive back

    Happy 70th birthday to John 'Deac' Sanders
    Born January 11, 1950 in Chicago
    Patriot CB/FS, 1974-76; uniform #25
    Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 3, 1974

    Although he was born in Chicago, John Sanders grew up in anything but a big city, going to Sunshine Bible Academy for high school and then the University of South Dakota. After graduation he had already started a job as a history teacher, not thinking that an NFL team would be interested in him. Two months after the 1974 draft the Patriots called and signed him to a contract.

    Sanders played in 30 games with 24 starts for the Patriots. During that time he had five fumble recoveries and six interceptions, including a pick-six off Earl Morrall his rookie season to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead at Miami.

    In '74 he started at cornerback opposite Ron Bolton, with Jack Mildren and Prentice McCray as the safeties. The following season Sanders replaced Mildren as the free safety, with former Charger Bob Howard added at corner.

    Sanders went on injured reserve early in '76 due to a strained achilles tendon. He was traded to Philadelphia on September 6, 1977 for an 8th round pick in the 1978 draft. Knee injuries and surgeries ended his NFL career in 1979.

    New England Patriots
    (From the 1977 Patriots Media Guide)
    Was a world history teacher at Kansas City when Patriots signed him as free agent on 4-3-74 ... backup safety at outset of 1974 season but became starting cornerback after four games ... switched to free safety and started all 14 games in '75 ... great sense of timing and nose for the ball ... led club in fumble recovering (4), blocked extra points (2) and blocked punts (1) ... third leading tackler (94) ... achilles injury in second game of 1976 season forced him to the sidelines for the balance of the campaign.

    In his post-NFL career John Sanders opened a financial services company that he still runs today with his family, in Jackson, Mississippi.

    Where Are They Now? - John Sanders

    Eagles memory: Sanders remembers the years with that bunch that carried the banner for Vermeil ("I was kind of privileged to be a part of the teams that basically turned the franchise around.") A highlight? How about accompanying Herm Edwards to the end zone with the winning score in the Miracle of the Meadowlands? "Every time they play that [highlight], I get a chance to get a little film [time] there. I appreciate Herm for that."​


    Happy 32nd birthday to Jordan Devey
    Born January 11, 1988 in American Fork, Utah
    Patriot OL, 2013-14; uniform #65
    Signed as a free agent to the practice squad on September 3, 2013

    Jordan Devey was originally signed as an undrafted rookie out of Memphis by the Ravens in 2013. The Pats added him to their practice squad after Baltimore released him at the end of training camp. Devey spent all of 2013 on the practice squad, then played in seven games with four starts for the Pats in 2014, filling in when injuries sidelined Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell.

    The Patriots traded Devey to San Francisco on August 19, 2015 for TE Asante Cleveland. From 2016-2018 he was with the Chiefs, then played for Oakland in 2019. Devey has played in 43 games with 12 starts, plus one playoff game for the Chiefs. He received a ring with the Pats for Super Bowl 49 versus Seattle.

    Patriots re-sign FB James Develin, add OT Jordan Devey to practice squad

    Patriots Trade Jordan Devey To San Francisco For TE Asante Cleveland

    Ex-Pat Jordan Devey - he of the tuba - returns with KC

    Jordan Devey


    Happy 51st birthday to Darren Anderson
    Born January 11, 1969 in Cincinnati
    Patriot CB, 1992; uniform #25
    Pats 4th round (93rd overall) selection of the 1992 draft, from Toledo

    Darren Anderson was waived after his rookie training camp, and immediately re-signed to the practice squad. He played in one game for the Pats, returned to the practice squad, and was then released on October 28, 1992.

    After that Anderson played as a special teams player and backup for the Bucs, Chiefs and Falcons. Over seven NFL seasons he played in 74 games with six starts, two interceptions and one touchdown. Anderson worked as a regional scout for the Detroit Lions

    According to his LinkedIn page, Anderson is a Vice President/Market Sales Manager at Huntington National Bank in Cincinnati, since 2006. Wikipedia claims that Anderson was a regional scout for the Detroit Lions from 2014-2016, but I'm not sure why a bank VP would want that gig... seems like one of those two pages needs to be updated.

    Happy 46th birthday to Dana Cottrell
    Born January 11, 1974 in Boston
    Patriot LB, 1998; uniform #45
    Signed as a free agent on February 2, 1998

    Dana Cottrell is a New England native, who went to Billerica High School. He was undrafted from Syracuse University, spending the 1997 offseason with Cincinnati and Jacksonville. Cottrell played in the final three games of the '98 season for the Patriots, including the playoff loss to the Jaguars.

    In his post-NFL career Cottrell has worked in the financial industry.

    Dana Cottrell | MetLife

    Dana Cottrell is head of investment grade trading for MetLife Investment Management (MIM) Public Fixed Income.

    Cottrell joined MIM in September 2017, in connection with the acquisition of Logan Circle Partners (LCP) by MetLife. Prior to joining in LCP in 2007, he served on the investment grade bond team at Delaware Investments, where he was responsible for executing trading strategies. He was also a professional football player for the New England Patriots.​

    Two others with New England area connections:

    Ryan Griffin, 30 (1990)
    Born in Londonderry NH; Londonderry High School; University of Connecticut
    The tight end was a 6th round pick by Houston in 2013. After six seasons with the Texans, Griffin played for the Jets in 2019. The 6'6, 255 pounder has played in 90 games with 49 starts and 12 touchdowns.

    Jack Triggs (1903-1951)
    Born, raised and died in Brockton; Brockton High School; Providence College
    Fullback for the Providence Steam Roller.

    Other pro football players born on January 11 include:

    Paddy Driscoll (1895-1968)
    Hall of Fame halfback and kicker for the Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears was a six-time All Pro. Paddy was the NFL all-time career leader in extra points until 1931, in total points scored up till 1942, and in field goals for 28 years, all the way to 1951.

    Richmond Webb, 53 (1967)
    The Miami Dolphin left tackle was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons, and played in 184 games from 1990 to 2002.

    Freddie Solomon (1953-2012)
    Wide receiver scored 52 touchdowns from 1975-85, winning two Super Bowls with the 49ers.

    Ray Pelfrey (1928-2017)
    Became famous for his innovative punting and kicking camps, and his patented kicking shoes.
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    Squish the Fish Game

    Sunday January 12, 1986 at 4:00
    1985 AFC Championship Game, at the Orange Bowl
    New England Patriots 31, Miami Dolphins 14
    Head Coaches: Raymond Berry, Don Shula
    Quarterbacks: Tony Eason, Dan Marino
    Odds: Miami favored by 5½

    - Patriots win the AFC, improve to 14-5 and advance to Super Bowl 20.
    - Dolphins drop to 13-5 and are denied a Super Bowl, and rematch with Bears. Miami was the only team to defeat Chicago that season, keeping the Fins 1972 17-0 season intact.
    - Dolphins have not been AFC champs since 1984; they are 6-11 in the playoffs since this game. - Miami last won a playoff game on December 30, 2000.






    Key Stat I

    Turnovers: Miami 6, New England 2
    (Fumble recoveries by Julius Adams, Greg Hawthorne, Garin Veris and Lester Williams; interceptions by Raymond Clayborn and Fred Marion)

    Key Stat II
    Pats Rushing: 59 for 255 yards
    Craig James, Robert Weathers and Tony Collins combined for 253 yards on 50 carries.
    Miami Rushing: 13 for 68 yards
    [Key Stat 2-B, Time of Possession: Pats 39:51, Dolphins 20:09; Pats held the ball for 19 minutes and 42 seconds more than Miami!]

    Squish the Fish: 1985 Patriots run one of the greatest in NFL history |

    Don't forget 'Squishing the fish'

    Raymond Clayborn remembers Patriots teammates in Hall of Fame induction – Boston Herald

    Steve Grogan with the old original Lamar Hunt Trophy.

    An exuberant John Hannah celebrates the first Patriot AFC championship.

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    Tom Brady's near-perfect 26-28 game
    Pats eliminate Jaguars from playoffs - twice

    Sunday January 12, 1997 at 4:00
    1996 AFC Championship Game at Foxboro Stadium
    New England Patriots 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 6
    Head Coaches: Bill Parcells, Tom Coughlin
    Quarterbacks: Drew Bledsoe, Mark Brunell
    Odds: Patriots were favored by 7½

    - Patriots improve to 13-5 to win the AFC, and advance to Super Bowl 31 in New Orleans vs Green Bay.
    - Jacksonville had upset Buffalo and then #1 seed Denver to advance to AFCCG in just their second NFL season; the Jaguars finished with a record of 11-8.

    Key Stat: Turnovers
    Jaguars 4 (Brunell had two picks, and lost a fumble); Patriots 2.

    As a result Pats were able to overcome their offense converting just two of 13 third down opportunities. The Jacksonville defense was strong, limiting Curtis Martin to 59 yards rushing on 19 carries.


    Click the link below for a very well detailed account of the game:

    Patriots' Defense Freezes Out Upstart Jaguars, 20-6 | Washington Post

    New England prevailed in front of 60,190 bundled-up partisans mostly because their defense was able to contain Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell and their special teams excelled. They had to on a day Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe and the NFL's highest scoring offense struggled in 30 mph wind and single digit wind-chill temperatures. Bledsoe fumbled twice, had a pass intercepted and publicly thanked his defense for bailing him out.

    Both teams also had to endure an 11-minute stoppage of play midway through the second period when a fuse blew in a transformer outside the stadium. That dimmed the lights so low game officials ordered both teams to the sidelines while utility workers scrambled to find and ultimately fix the problem.

    There was more than enough high energy provided by a frequently blitzing Patriots defense and a plucky punt team to eventually end the Jaguars' seven-game winning streak, including stunning playoff road upsets against the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. Those two units combined to force four Jacksonville turnovers, manufacturing 17 Patriots points and the clinching score--cornerback Otis Smith's 47-yard fumble recovery and return for one last touchdown and a breathe-easy 14-point lead with 2 minutes 24 seconds remaining.

    "I was coming in to make a routine play [on running back James Stewart] and one of my teammates [end Chris Slade] knocked the ball out," said Smith, cut by the Jets four games into the season and signed by the Patriots to shore up a struggling secondary. "I jumped up to support the play and take away the outside and the ball just sort of bounced up to me. I saw the quarterback there and just cut it back inside and saw all that room.'

    Clay, whose nickname has been "Big Play" since his Georgia Tech days, lived up to that billing when it counted most. The Jaguars, trailing by 13-6, were driving toward a potential tying touchdown and facing a second and goal at the Patriots 5 inside the four-minute mark.

    Brunell was aiming for tight end Derek Brown flashing in front of him across the back of the end zone, but Clay dropped off his own coverage, stepped in front of Brown and made the catch instead with 3:43 left.​

    Memorable Moments: 1996 AFC Championship | Video

    Saturday January 12, 2008 at 8:15
    2007 Divisional Round Game at Gillette Stadium
    New England Patriots 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Jack Del Rio
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, David Garrard
    Odds: Patriots were favored by 13½

    Patriots improve to 17-0; next up is AFCCG vs San Diego
    Jacksonville finishes season with a 12-6 record

    Key Stat: Incomplete Passes (2)
    Brady was 26-28 for 262 yards, 3 TD, 0 Int, 1 sack (-4 yards) and a 141.4 passer rating.


    Patriots claw past Jaguars to open playoffs | The Boston Globe

    Jacksonville limited big plays, took Moss out of the game, and put together long scoring drives - nine plays, 11 plays, nine plays, and 13 plays. It didn't matter.

    Tom Brady was just as patient, and more precise, than the Jaguars. Brady completed 26 of 28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. He hit his first 16 throws before Benjamin Watson couldn't corral a catchable ball with 10:27 remaining in the third quarter. The other incompletion was a fourth-quarter drop by Wes Welker.

    An inspired Laurence Maroney had the first 100-yard rushing game of his playoff career (22 rushes for 122 yards and a score), upstaging the much-talked-about Jacksonville tailback tandem of Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor, who were held to 66 yards on 19 carries by a fired-up Patriots defense.

    Give the Jaguars credit, they made the Foxborough Faithful sweat for a bit, until Rodney Harrison wrapped up the game with another clutch playoff interception with 4:08 left (tying an NFL record with a pickoff in four straight postseason games). That was one of two big mistakes by Jacksonville's David Garrard, who played a solid game (22 of 33 for 278 yards and two touchdowns).

    Brady didn't make any miscues, and he showed his acting skills on a fake direct snap to Kevin Faulk. Brady deftly hid the ball, jumping and turning his back for effect, before finding Welker for a 6-yard touchdown that broke a 14-14 tie with 8:49 left in the third quarter.​

    Still Perfect, and Passing Game Almost Is | New York Times

    With Brady facing almost no pressure from Jacksonville’s enormous defense until late in the game, the offense was nearly unstoppable, stalling for only two incomplete passes — one a drop — and a missed field goal. And so the Patriots are still racing toward history, beating the Jaguars, 31-20, to advance to the A.F.C. championship game next Sunday in Foxborough. They will play Indianapolis or San Diego, both of which the Patriots have beaten on their way to a 17-0 record.

    Brady is 13-2 in the postseason now, and there have certainly been victories fraught with more drama than this one. But for precision, it will be hard to top Brady’s mastery of Jacksonville, which was bent on taking away his most dynamic weapon —Randy Moss — while ceding large chunks of space in the middle of the field. In a record-setting season, he grabbed another one Saturday. His 92.9 completion percentage broke Phil Simms’ postseason record, 88 percent in Super Bowl XXI.

    The Jaguars played a zone defense that eliminated almost all of the big plays that had defined the Patriots’ season, but Brady was 26 of 28 for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Patriots did not punt until 32 seconds remained in the game.​

    Jaguars vs. Patriots - Game Recap - January 12, 2008 - ESPN

    Watch Jacksonville vs New England [1/12/2008] |

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    Today in Patriots History
    Jarvis Green, Dan Klecko, Neil Graf, Onree Jackson

    Four January 12 Birthdays

    Happy 41st birthday to Jarvis Green
    Born January 12, 1979 in Thibodaux, Louisiana
    Patriot DE, 2002-2009; uniform #97
    Pats 4th round (126th overall) pick in the 2002 draft, from LSU

    Jarvis Green ranks 12th all-time in franchise history with 28 sacks. He played in 121 regular season games with 233 tackles, nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and four pass deflections.

    The Patriots went 11-4 in 15 postseason games with Jarvis Green. He had five sacks and 27 tackles in the playoffs, with three tackles for a loss. Green earned rings for his play in Super Bowls 38 and 39.

    After a knee injury in 2009 and subsequent surgery, Green lost some acceleration and his football career was over. At the time he retired Green ranked seventh (now 14th) all time for the Patriots with 24 tackles for a loss. In his post-NFL career he opened a wholesale shrimp business called Oceans97.


    Former Patriot Jarvis Green brings business to Boston

    Jarvis Green recalls Bill Belichick's blunt post-draft advice |

    'Don't call me Bubba': How former NFL player Jarvis Green learned shrimping from scratch | Sporting News

    Ex-Pats' Jarvis Green hopes to supply the country with shrimp from the Gulf | Providence Journal

    Former Patriot Jarvis Green Dives Into The Shrimp Business | Metro West

    Happy 39th birthday to Dan Klecko
    Born January 12, 1981 in Colts Neck, New Jersey
    Patriot DT, 2003-2005; uniform #90
    Pats 4th round (117th overall) pick in the 2003 draft, from Temple

    Dan Klecko played in 29 regular season games for the Patriots, with three starts. He earned rings from Super Bowls 38 and 39, then received a third in SB 41 when the Colts beat the Bears. Over six NFL seasons Klecko played in 63 regular season games and eight playoff games for New England, Indianapolis and Philadelphia.

    Klecko now works with a financial investment firm that includes a division that focuses on professional entertainers and athletes. He also handles pre and post game analyst duties for the Eagles radio network. His father Joe played defensive end in the NFL from 1977-88, going to four Pro Bowls.


    Dan Klecko Following In His Father's Footsteps

    Dan Klecko savors gift of grabbing passes from Tom Brady and Peyton Manning | Fox Sports

    Dan Klecko | Peter Grandich and Company

    Happy 70th birthday to Neil Graff
    Born January 12, 1950 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Patriot QB 1974-1975; uniform #15

    Neil Graff was originally a 16th round (414th overall) selection of the 1972 draft by the Vikings, out of Wisconsin. He spent '72 on the Minnesota taxi squad, then went back to college in 1973. The Patriots then signed Graff as a free agent in 1974.

    He started the first two games of the 1975 season for the Patriots , a 7-0 loss to the Oilers and a 22-14 loss to Miami. The quarterback went 18-35 for 221 yards, with two touchdowns (to Randy Vataha and Russ Francis) and three picks.

    Graff was starting due to a combination of factors. Jim Plunkett had separated his shoulder in the preseason on a blindside hit by San Diego defensive end Coy Bacon, and was unable to play. Rookie Steve Grogan was already a fan favorite, but was still far too raw to start. The relationship between Chuck Fairbanks and Plunkett was not good at all, and Plunkett's skill set did not match Fairbanks' vision of the offense. Plunkett was rushed back too soon, Grogan eventually took over - and with the benefit of hindsight, it is no surprise at all that the 1975 Patriots finished 3-11, after a very promising 1974 season when they went 7-7.

    On April 30, 1976 the Seattle Seahawks took Graff as part of the expansion draft. He also later spent time with Pittsburgh and Green Bay.


    An Original Seahawk by way of New England: Neil Graff's start did not go unnoticed | New York Times

    South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame - Neil Graff

    Graff started 33 straight games at Wisconsin. He was the Badgers' MVP and all-Big Ten as a senior. He led the Big Ten in passing and total offense as a junior. He set school records for career passing yards (3,699) and touchdown passes (23) as well as single-game TD passes (4) and passing efficiency (259.9).

    At Lincoln High, Graff was all-state in football and basketball two years and he had NCAA Division I scholarship offers in both sports. He led Lincoln to the mythical state football title as a junior and helped the Patriots to a runner-up finish in basketball as a senior.

    He was named the High School Football Player of the Decade for the 1960s by the Rapid City Journal. Graff was chosen as one of South Dakota's top 50 athletes of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated. He is a member of the Lincoln High Hall of Fame.​

    Neil Graff at United Planners Financial Services

    Neil Graff (CRD# 1544136) is an Investment Advisor Representative working at United Planners' Financial Services Of America in Sioux Falls, SD and has over 33 years of experience in the finance industry. He has taken additional exams to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

    CFP professionals must pass the comprehensive CFP Certification Examination, pass CFP Board's Fitness Standards for Candidates and Registrants, agree to abide by CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Rules of Conduct which put clients' interests first and comply with the Financial Planning Practice Standards.​

    Whatever Happened To: Former NFL Quarterback Neil Graff | Argus Leader

    Graff was drafted in the 16th round of the NFL draft in 1972. He spent six years with five teams, including the Minnesota Vikings. He played quarterback behind such greats as Fran Tarkenton in Minnesota, Terry Bradshaw in Pittsburgh and Jim Plunkett in New England.

    “I really see my lot in life as the guy who has pushed the former great quarterbacks into the Hall of Fame,” jokes Graff, 64.

    From an early age, he played many sports. In fact, “mixing it up” played a role in his athleticism.

    “I got my start as a quarterback in seventh grade when Coach Don Erickson chose the guy with the biggest hands,” Graff recalls.

    Graff not only played quarterback for the Lincoln Patriots from 1966-68, he was a three-sport athlete, adding basketball and baseball.

    “I would play basketball all winter long outside in the driveway using three basketballs,” Graff says. “When one basketball got too cold and wouldn’t bounce, I’d take it in the house and get another one.”

    Now retired from the NFL, life after football means living a legend.

    Graff’s name is now on an annual trophy. The Neil Graff award, known as the Graffy, is given each year to the most underappreciated, underrated Seattle Seahawk. Graff played quarterback for the 1976 Seattle Seahawks, battling for the top spot against Jim Zorn. After playing in only three preseason games, he was traded to Pittsburgh. But many thought Graff should have been the quarterback. In 2001, the Seattle fans started a website to select the most underappreciated Seahawk and named the award after him.

    Football has taken a toll on Graff’s body. He has had both knees replaced, and an MRI revealed four areas of his brain with a potential to cause problems.

    Sioux Falls family suing children's hospital for treatment of autistic son | Argus Leader

    Happy 73rd birthday to Onree Jackson
    Born January 12, 1947; from Brighton, Alabama
    Patriot QB, 1969 offseason
    Pats 5th round (110th overall) selection of the 1969 draft, from Alabama A&M

    6'5 Onree Jackson was a three year starting quarterback in college and two-time conference MVP. He was the first franchise's first African American quarterback and first quarterback to be drafted by the NFL from a historically black college or university as a QB. (Pete Hall was drafted to play end and Eldridge Dickey to be a wide receiver; Willie Thrower and Sandy Stephens were undrafted. Jim Harris was selected three rounds later by Buffalo from Grambling. He would become the first African American to begin the season as a starting quarterback in the NFL.)

    Player Personnel Director Rommie Loudd said that 'Jackson could be the Willie Mays of pro football'. However new Patriot head coach Clive Rush wanted everything to be like it was the previous year with the Jets, often telling Jackson 'Joe (Namath) wouldn't do that'. He chose to make Jet backup Mike Taliaferro the starting quarterback and went so far to say that Jackson ''was behind three other quarterbacks''. The Pats would go 5-16 before Rush was fired.

    Jackson was waived before the season began and never returned to the NFL. He played briefly for the minor league Alabama Hawks then spent the rest of his working life as a football coach and teacher in Huntsville, Alabama.

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    Pats Advance to AFCCG - x3

    - Letterman Jacket Game Rematch
    - Pats hold Derrick Henry to 28 yards
    - Patriots stun Chargers with five 1st half TDs

    Sunday January 13, 2013 at 4:30
    2012 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 41, Houston Texans 28
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Gary Kubiak
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Matt Schaub
    Odds: Patriots favored by 9½

    Pats improve to 14-4; next up is AFCCG vs Baltimore
    Texans finish 13-5

    This was a rematch of the Letterman Jacket Game from six weeks earlier. The Pats held a slim 17-13 halftime lead, then broke the game open in the third quarter. New England went 69 yards on seven plays on the opening drive of the second half, upping the lead to 24-13 on an 8-yard Stevan Ridley run.

    Two possessions later the Texans once again drove to the Patriot 37, but Schaub was intercepted by Rob Ninkovich at the 31. Less than three minutes later the Patriots scored on Brandon Lloyd's 5-yard touchdown catch, making the score 31-13. This was Brady's 40th career playoff touchdown pass, making him only the third player with that many in the postseason.

    On their next drive, very early in the 4th quarter, Houston went for it on 4th-and-1 from their own 33 - but Schaub's long pass fell incomplete. On the very next play Brady hit Shane Vereen on a 33-yard touchdown pass. It was Vereen's third touchdown of the day, putting the game away with a 38-13 lead.

    Houston did come back to trim the lead to 38-28 with 5:11 remaining, but Ninkovich recovered the ensuing onside kick after multiple bounces. The Pats held the ball for nearly four minutes before Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 38 yard field goal for the final score.

    Ridley finished 82 yards rushing, averaging 5.5 yards per carry with one touchdown. Brady spread the ball effectively between Wes Welker (eight catches for 131 yards), Aaron Hernandez (six for 85 yards) and Vereen (five for 83 yards and two touchdowns).

    With the victory Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in NFL playoff history with his 17th postseason win, breaking a tie with Joe Montana. The game was also the 450th win (regular season and playoffs) in Pats franchise history. The victory put the Patriots into the AFCCG for the ninth time in franchise history, and a rematch of the 2011 title game (as well as a rematch of Week 3) with the Baltimore Ravens.

    Tom Brady wins QB-record 17th playoff game as Pats advance | ESPN

    Patriots 41, Texans 28 | Chicago Tribune Highlight Video

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    Saturday January 13, 2018 at 8:15
    2017 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 35, Tennessee Titans 14
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Mike Mularkey
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Marcus Mariota
    Odds: Patriots favored by 13½

    Pats improve to 14-4; face Jacksonville next in AFCCG
    Titans finish 10-8

    The Patriot defense led the way, sacking Mariota eight times to set a franchise playoff record. Tennessee RB Derrick Henry had rushed for 156 yards the previous week against KC, but the Pats limited him to just 28 yards on 12 carries.

    The defense forced three straight 3-and-outs (all for negative yardage) to open the second half, with the Patriots then going on two long scoring drives that chewed up over 11 minutes off the clock to put the game away.

    Tom Brady passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns; it was his 10th career postseason game with at least three TD passes, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history. Danny Amendola led the Patriots with 11 catches for 112 yards.

    15 minute Highlight Video

    Patriots beat Titans 35-14 to head back to AFC title game | ESPN

    New England wins in rout to advance to 7th straight AFC title game |

    Patriots beat Titans 35-14 to head back to AFC championship game | LA Times

    Patriots 35, Titans 14: Tom Brady dices Tennessee defense |

    Sunday January 13, 2019 at 1:00
    2018 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Gillette
    New England Patriots 41, Los Angeles Chargers 28
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Anthony Lynn
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Philip Rivers
    Odds: Patriots favored by 4½

    Pats improve to 12-5; next game at Kansas City
    Chargers finish 13-5

    Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns as the Pats jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead, cruising to their eighth straight AFC championship game.

    Tom Brady went 34-444 for 343 yards, James White tied an NFL playoff record with 15 receptions, and Julian Edelman had 151 yards on nine catches.

    The Patriots scored touchdowns on their first four possessions before the Chargers forced a three-and-out. But the punt was muffed and after a challenge it was New England's ball on the 35. Four plays later the Pats scored again, making the score 35-7.

    Condensed (41 minutes) Video

    5 Takeaways from the Patriots' eye-opening obliteration of the Chargers |

    Patriots Dominate Chargers to Reach A.F.C. Championship Game | New York Times

    The biggest takeaways from the Patriots’ 41-28 win over Chargers | Washington Post
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