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VIDEO: The Patriots Wins Included In The NFL Top 100 Games Of All Time

Robert Alvarez
October 5, 2019 at 11:01 pm ET

On Friday night, NFL Network concluded their list of the top 100 games in the history of the National Football League.

Ten New England Patriots games cracked the list, including seven victories.

Check out the video highlights of the wins all in order below.

Number 8: Super Bowl XLIX

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Number 9: Super Bowl LI

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Number 15: 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff

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Number 20: Super Bowl XXXVI

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Number 36: 2018 AFC Championship

Number 37: Super Bowl XXXVIII

Number 94: The 1982 “Snow Plow Game”

VIDEO: Malcolm Mitchell Discusses Life After Football In New Short Film

Robert Alvarez
August 22, 2019 at 10:46 am ET

Malcolm Mitchell’s NFL career started with the highest of highs but ended with the lowest of lows.

In 2016, Mitchell finished his rookie season with 32 receptions for 401 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games.

Mitchell capped off his first year with a Super Bowl ring as he helped the New England Patriots capture their fifth championship.

In Super Bowl LI, Mitchell caught six passes for 70 yards, with five coming during their historic comeback.

Over the next two seasons, Mitchell battled a string of knee injuries that sidelined him for good.

Mitchell never saw game action again and was waived by the Patriots in August 2018. He went unsigned.

This past March, Mitchell formally retired from the NFL.

On his Instagram Tuesday, Mitchell opened up about his post playing career with part one of “Treasure Box”, a short film directed by himself.

The film details Mitchell’s unexpected “break up” from football and the game’s impact on his life.

Mitchell has found success as a children’s book author in retirement while continuing to do work with his “Read With Malcolm” child literacy program.

Be sure to check back for part two of Malcolm’s story.

PHOTOS: Chris Long Retires From The NFL

Robert Alvarez
May 21, 2019 at 7:45 pm ET

Over the weekend, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end and former New England Patriot Chris Long formally announced his retirement from football.

Long played 11 seasons in the NFL, eight with the St. Louis Rams, one with the Patriots, and two with the Eagles.

On Instagram Monday, Julian Edelman shared a funny congratulatory message, sharing a locker room photo from 2016 of Long wearing an eerily similar mask of Edelman’s face.

“Going to miss this guy being in the league. He was Great teammate, and even better example of how to be a pro. His ability to be involved with the community is second to none. The father he is and family man he is everything! He made the game more fun. All this said, still my second favorite Long. Love ya bubs and congrats on an amazing career!” Edelman wrote in a caption.

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Kyle Van Noy also shared his congratulations.

Speaking with NBC Sports’ Peter King, Long reflected back on his time with the Patriots, mainly head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

“In New England, I learned so much about football. I always thought I was a smart player, even though I never thought about anything but the six inches in front of my face. In New England, I was forced to learn so many schematic concepts. In my career playing football, nobody asked me to do as much as Bill Belichick did. I might be 3-technique, or a linebacker, or a linebacker dropping into coverage more than ever, or playing inside more than ever. I’ll always remember how much I learned watching Bill in practice. He can coach any position as good as any position coach in league. He can walk around the field and stop drills and coach each position—at the highest level. And the quality of the dudes. Solid men. The right kind of people.

Long later went on to say, “Tom Brady blew me away. Who’s the most famous athlete of our generation: Tom Brady? LeBron? Messi? Ronaldo? Serena Williams? Maybe I haven’t been around enough to know how the biggest stars really act. But Brady is a normal guy. When I got there, here comes Tom. ‘Hey Chris, I’m Tom, nice to meet you.’ Well, yeah, I know you’re Tom. A lot of people want to hate him for all the success, and I understand how you can dislike the Patriots, but I cannot understand how you can dislike Tom.”

Long walks away from the NFL with 70.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 338 tackles and two Super Bowl rings (New England 2016 and Philadelphia 2017).

Malcolm Mitchell Reflects Back On Time With Patriots

Robert Alvarez
February 21, 2019 at 8:50 pm ET

Malcolm Mitchell continues to show love and appreciation for the New England Patriots.

On Twitter this week, Mitchell sent out tweets reflecting back on his short, but memorable time in Foxborough, calling the Patriots one of his “guardian angels”.

The tweets come on the heels of an injury grievance he filed against the Patriots back in September.

Mitchell was cut in August 2018 without an injury designation, so he didn’t receive any of his $630,000 season salary and is seeking full recoupment.

His NFL career started strong, finishing with 401 yards receiving on 32 receptions and four touchdowns in 14 games played in 2016.

Mitchell also had a key role in Super Bowl LI, hauling in six of his seven targets for 70 yards during the historic comeback. Five of those receptions came in the fourth quarter.

His biggest play of the game came on a 12-yard catch that resulted in a first down on third-and-11.

The reception helped set up a touchdown and two-point conversion that trimmed the Patriot deficit to 28-20.

Since his promising rookie season Mitchell has battled knee injuries, including one that sidelined him the entire 2017 season.

His injury history dates back even further to his time at the University of Georgia.

Mitchell tore his ACL in 2013 and suffered another knee injury in 2014.

The Patriots elected to cut ties with Mitchell when it became apparent his knee issues were going to linger into 2018.

“He did everything he could. It’s unfortunate it didn’t work out…I don’t know how he could have put in any more than he did,” head coach Bill Belichick said last August.

ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss caught up with Mitchell in his native Valdosta, GA before Super Bowl LIII.

“I’m still motivated, I’m still encouraged, I’m recovering — the last surgery totaled out to be No. 10, and it takes a little while to come back from it,” Mitchell told ESPN.com. “But I am working my way back. And I’ll be back.”

Despite the legal matters and recovery process, Mitchell still keeps in touch with old teammates and holds no ill feelings towards the franchise that drafted him.

“I still have New England in my heart. I think I always will, Jonathan Jones and I were great friends even before we ended up on the same team. On New Year’s, I texted everyone, from Devin McCourty, to Matthew Slater, to Tom, to Julian [Edelman]. I know Danny [Amendola] isn’t on the team any more, but we still talk. It’s fun. Duron Harmon has been a huge encouragement. So I try to keep those relationships. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be there.”

During his time away from the football field, Mitchell remains active in the community as an advocate for the importance of reading, including an author of multiple children’s books.

With four wide receivers hitting free agency this off season, perhaps the Patriots haven’t seen the last of Malcolm Mitchell.

VIDEO: Georgia Dome Collapse Set To Super Bowl Winning Touchdown

Robert Alvarez
November 21, 2017 at 7:29 pm ET

On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons officially closed the book on their history at the Georgia Dome with a controlled demolition of the facility after 25 seasons of calling it home. In 2017, the franchise moved into “Mercedes-Benz Stadium”, a brand new state of the art facility.

But that isn’t the point of this blog.

A Patriots fan on reddit saw the collapsing stadium as a perfect excuse to bring back memories of Super Bowl LI when the Falcons themselves collapsed after leading 28-3.

So why not set the demolition video to background audio of Joe Buck’s call of James White’s game winning touchdown in overtime? Yes. Perfection.

WARNING: NSFAtlanta Falcons Nation.

Georgia Dome Collapse (w/SB winning TD call) from Patriots

[h/t to r/Patriots Reddit user tallpaleandhandsome]

ICYMI PHOTO: Leftover Super Bowl Confetti Discovered In Houston

Robert Alvarez
August 22, 2017 at 8:14 am ET

The New England Patriots team may be fully “on to 2017” but the cleaning crew at NRG Stadium appeared to be still stuck in February.

Over the weekend before Saturday nights game with the Texans, the Patriots team Twitter account shared the following picture of a sideline phone bank that appeared to contain leftover Super Bowl championship confetti that rained down on the stadium following James White’s winning touchdown.

As of this posting, the Super Bowl was 198 days ago so hopefully the tweet altered the attention of the Texans, and they can have that cleaned up before the season begins because those are likely some dusty phones.

In the meantime, the discovery served as one final reminder to yet another memorable championship moment for the Patriots franchise in the city of Houston. Maybe they can mail the pieces to The Hall at Patriot place?

ICYMI: Robert Kraft Gifts Tom Brady’s Mother A Super Bowl Ring

Robert Alvarez
August 7, 2017 at 9:31 am ET

Tom Brady may now have five Super Bowl rings, but he is no longer the only member of his family to possess one.

In a recent article by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, it was confirmed that team owner and CEO Robert Kraft surprised Tom’s mother, Galynn Brady, with her very own Super Bowl LI championship ring this offseason.

For most of 2016, Galynn was battling an undisclosed form of cancer that caused her to miss all but one game of the season, that one game was Super Bowl LI. Using his mother as an inspiration, Tom Brady willed the Patriots to one of the most improbable wins in NFL history as Galynn was by her son’s side when the celebratory confetti fell.

“He’s been so supportive of my family and certainly everything my mom went through and knowing first-hand how families deal with it,” Brady told Reiss this past Friday when asked about the move. “He was always asking, ‘How’s mom doing? How is she feeling?’ We didn’t know up until the very end whether she was going to make it to the Super Bowl. She was a big inspiration for me, and [Kraft] knew it. It was a great surprise to all of us when the ring showed up. She deserves it.”

According to a June article by the Boston Globes Christopher Gasper, Galynn finished her cancer treatments back in April.

On Monday, Brady shared an old high school photograph of the two of them together with a heartfelt message.

Massachusetts Farm To Commemorate Tom Brady With Corn Maze

Robert Alvarez
July 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm ET

Later this fall when the New England Patriots return to action to defend their Super Bowl championship, “Sauchuk’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch” in Plympton, Massachusetts planned to honor Tom Brady in a corn maze design revealed on their Facebook page last week.

In an interview with with Boston.com, the owner of Sauchuk Farm, Scott Sauchuk said the inspiration for choosing Brady “was based on the team’s historic Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year.”

“He’s the MVP of the Super Bowl with the outstanding comeback that they made and looking forward to doing it again next year,” Sauchuk said. “He sort of exemplifies New England sports.”

“We try to find something that is relevant,” Sauchuk told Boston.com. “We wanted to do something with sports and wanted to do something on it for the past few years. With the Super Bowl, it was a good opportunity.”

According to the story, the maze will open September 16th and run for seven weekends through october 29th.

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VIDEO: Super Bowl LI Reenacted With Lego Blocks

Robert Alvarez
June 13, 2017 at 8:00 am ET

Just when you think you’ve seen every replay of Super Bowl LI in the last five months, another viral video comes along offering a new perspective on the greatest comeback of all time, this time in the form of Lego blocks.

The folks over at Bricksports who have become famous for their recreations of big games through the animation of Lego blocks, condensed all the major plays of Super Bowl LI into this unique video synced to the NFL on FOX broadcast.

Patriots Fans Leave Their Mark In San Francisco With Funny Graffiti

Robert Alvarez
June 5, 2017 at 7:07 pm ET

While the New England Patriots franchise is well “on to 2017”, the fanbase is still celebrating the wild come from behind championship win right through the summer in a variety of fashions.

While we at PatsFans don’t condone vandalism, the following fire emergency box was spotted on a downtown San Francisco street with a minor “enhancement” of sorts to look like the now famous NFL on FOX Super Bowl LI 28-3 score graphic.

(Photo courtesy: @curtwoodward)