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The AFC and NFC championship game matchups are set. The Denver Broncos will be home against the New England Patriots, and the Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals. In the NFL playoffs on Sunday, Carolina beat Seattle 31-24, and Denver topped Pittsburgh 23-16. And on Saturday New England bested Kansas City 27-20 and defeated Arizona defeated Green Bay 26-20.

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In the NFL, New England edged the Giants 27-26. Stephen Gostkowski's 54-yard field goal with 1 second remaining kept the Patriots unbeaten. Tom Brady was 26 of 42 for 334 yards, two TDs and an interception for the 9-0 Patriots, who played most of the game without Julian Edelman because of an ankle injury. The Giants dropped to 5-5 despite Eli Manning, who was 24 of 44 for 361 yards, two scores and no interceptions.

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In the NFL, the Giants beat Tampa Bay 27-24, Buffalo topped Miami 33-17, the Jets won against Jacksonville 28-23 and it was New England over Washington 27-10. Elsewhere Carolina beat Green Bay 37-29, Pittsburgh edged Oakland 38-35, Minnesota slid past St. Louis in overtime 21-18, Tennessee won against New Orleans in overtime 34-28, San Francisco edged Tampa Bay 17-16, Indianapolis beat Denver27-24, and it was Philadelphia over Dallas in overtime 33-27.

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In the NFL on Thursday Night Football, New England crushed Miami 36-7. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns — two to Julian Edelman. Stephen Gostkowski broke Adam Vinatieri's franchise record for consecutive field goals by connecting from 52 and 36 yards to make it 26 in a row.

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In the NFL, New England beat the Jets 30-23, the Giants topped Dallas 27-20, and Jacksonville slid past Buffalo 34-31. Elsewhere Atlanta defeated Tennessee 10-7, St. Louis won against Cleveland 24-6, Miami blasted Houston 44-26, New Orleans topped Indianapolis 27-21, Kansas City beat Pittsburgh 23-13, Washington edged Tampa Bay 31-30, Minnesota won against Detroit 28-19, Oakland bested San Diego 37-29, and it was Carolina over Philadelphia 27-16.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said the New England Patriots beat the New York Jets 20-23, rather than 30-23.

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The Patriots' official Twitter account sent out — and then deleted — a picture of the New York Jets' infamous "butt fumble" as the AFC East rivals approach Sunday's game in New England.

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In the NFL, New England topped Buffalo 40-32 where Tom Brady threw for 466 yards — the second-most of his career — and three touchdowns. Julian Edelman scored two touchdowns. The Patriots needed to stave off a fourth-quarter rally after building a 37-13 lead through three quarters.

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The New England Patriots unveiled their latest Super Bowl banner before Quarterback Tom Brady passed for four touchdowns to lead the defending champs past the Steelers 28-21 in the NFL season opener.

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In baseball, in the American League, the Blue Jays kept their 1 ½ game lead in the AL East after both New York and Toronto lost yesterday. Boston topped Toronto 10-4, Baltimore beat the Yankees 5-3, Tampa Bay blanked Detroit 8-0, Cleveland bested the White Sox 6-4, Minnesota edged Kansas City 3-2 in 12 innings, Houston won against Oakland 11-5, and it was Seattle over Texas 6-0.

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The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have their first victory of the 2015 season. A judge overturned star quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension, allowing him to play in the season opener next Thursday night against Pittsburgh. The NFL says it will appeal the matter known as "Deflategate."

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In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees beat Cleveland 8-6, Toronto doubled up Oakland 4-2, Texas edged Minnesota 6-5, and it was the Angels over Kansas City 7-6.

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The Clark Art Institute may be adding salt to any remaining wounds Seattle Seahawks fans might have from January’s Super Bowl. An art piece and subject of a friendly wager from Seattle Art Museum has arrived in Williamstown.

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On the opening day of free agency in the NFL the Jets dug into their past to bring back All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to his agents. The deal is for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed. Receiver Brandon Marshall has passed his physical completing his trade to the New York Jets from the Chicago Bears.

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The Vince Lombardi trophy is heading to Washington, D.C this afternoon. Owner Robert Kraft of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots is bringing the trophy to Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal’s office. 

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The New England Patriots rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the defending NFL champion Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl 49. Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winning 3-yard strike to Julian Edelman with 2:02 left.

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Multiple sources are reporting that the NFL is looking into a video of a New England Patriots locker room attendant who allegedly took both teams game balls from the officials’ locker room to a bathroom for 90 seconds on the way to the field.

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Jan 23, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain.

Topics include: Sheldon Silver Charged - Should He Step Down?, King Abdullah Dead, Patriots, turmoil in Yemen, Obama and Netanhayu will not meet.

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesn't know how his team used underinflated footballs in Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts. The win earned the Pats a spot in the Super Bowl on February 1st against the Seattle Seahawks.

1/22/15 Panel

Jan 22, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include NY State of the State, No Ferguson Charges, Yemen Fragmentation, Deflategate and the New England Patriots.

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The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report last night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. An ESPN report citing anonymous league sources said 11 of the Patriots' 12 allotted game footballs were under-inflated by 2 pounds of air.

1/20/15 Panel

Jan 20, 2015

 The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include: State of the Union (and do we need one?), Rising economy boosts Obama’s standing, Diplomatic Efforts in Syria, Cuban Deportation, SONY Hacking, New England Patriots and Deflategate.

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The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The inquiry was first reported by the website for WTHR-TV in Indiana, citing an unnamed source. The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 on Sunday night to reach the Super Bowl. New England will play Seattle for the NFL title on February 1st.

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It will be the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49 in Arizona. The Seahawks advanced by pulling off the greatest halftime comeback in conference championship history. The Patriots did it with an old-fashioned blowout.

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After last week’s wins in NFL Playoff action, the Green Bay Packers will take on the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC title on Sunday at 3:05, then the Indianapolis Colts will go head to head with the New England Patriots at 6:40 for the AFC title.

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The Buffalo Bills finished their first winning season in 10 years with a 17-9 win over the going-through-the motions New England Patriots yesterday. With the top seed in the AFC playoffs already clinched, the Patriots used quarterback Tom Brady for only the first half and held out tight end Rob Gronkowski and five other starters.

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The New England Patriots clinched a first-round playoff bye with a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets yesterday.

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The Green Bay Packers fended off the New England Patriots 26-21 yesterday in a high-profile matchup between Super Bowl contenders. Jacksonville rallied to beat the New York Giants 25-24, Buffalo topped Cleveland 26-10, St. Louis crushed Oakland 52-0, and it was Denver over Kansas City 29-16.

On Monday Night Football, Miami is in the Meadowlands to face the Jets at 8:30.

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The New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-20 last night. Jonas Gray rushed for 199 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns in his fourth career game. Tom Brady threw two TD passes as the AFC-best Patriots earned their sixth consecutive victory. New England also has won five in a row against Indianapolis. Brady finished 19 of 30 for 257 yards with two interceptions.

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Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to four different receivers while completing 33 of his 53 passes for 333 yards as New England whipped Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-21. Rob Gronkowski snared one of Brady's four TD tosses and had nine receptions for 105 yards. Julian Edelman scored touchdowns on a five-yard catch and an 84-yard punt return while the Pats were scoring 24 unanswered points in the second quarter to carry a 27-7 lead into the locker room.

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The Buffalo Bills forced the New York Jets into six turnovers in a 43-23 rout yesterday. The Jets have lost seven straight for the first time since 2005. Geno Smith threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions in the first quarter and was pulled in favor of Michael Vick, who was picked off once and lost two fumbles.

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