New England Patriots

President Barack Obama throws a football (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

Obama: NFL Should Consider Refs Controlling Game Balls

President Barack Obama said until the Patriots used deflated footballs in the AFC championship game, he didn’t realize each team prepares its own footballs and brings them to the game.

02/01/2015

General view of the open roof at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NFL To Keep Roof Open For Super Bowl XLIX

It’s a change of course at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the home team Cardinals have played with the roof closed for every game since December 2013.

02/01/2015

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images); Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Keidel: Old Adage Will Again Be Proven True — Seahawks Win With ‘D,’ Ground Game

All Super Bowls need a gridiron narrative, and this one has a few. We have the Patriots’ pyrotechnic offense against Seattle’s wrecking ball defense, red zone efficiency, turnovers, and New England’s quest to stop Marshawn Lynch.

01/31/2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX at Phoenix Convention Center on January 30, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Goodell: NFL Has Had A Very ‘Tough Year,’ But Is Ready To Move Forward

As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league — and himself — as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.

01/30/2015

Aaron Hernandez is escorted into Attleboro District Court for his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Judge: Jury Can Watch Super Bowl Unless Aaron Hernandez Is Mentioned

“You hear that word, you’ve got to walk out of the room,” Garsh said. “Distance yourself.”

01/30/2015

Julian Edelman #11, Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots warm up during the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Practice on January 29, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: With ‘Deflate-Gate’ On Hold, Pats Will Win Fourth Super Bowl

The Pats will survive this epic battle by a 27-24 margin. They will rollick in confetti and Belichick and Brady will rejoice with their fourth Lombardi Trophy.

01/30/2015

Umpire Carl Paganelli holds a ball after a play during the 2015 AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NFL: Ref In AFC Title Game Inspected Footballs Properly; ‘Officiating Is Not Part Of The Investigation’

This week, each team gets 54 footballs — many are given to charity after brief game usage — and all of them will be taken into custody by the NFL on Friday after the Seahawks and Patriots have prepared them.

01/29/2015

Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

Opening Statements Heard In Murder Trial Of Ex-Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez

Hernandez, 25, is charged in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

01/29/2015

Danny Amendola #80, LeGarrette Blount #29, Shane Vereen #34, Timothy Wright #81, Brandon LaFell #19 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots stretch before the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Practice on January 28, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jared Max: Super Bowl Betting — Is It For Amusement Only?

Gambling on the Super Bowl reminds me of boozing on New Year’s Eve. Even those who don’t partake the other 364 days tend to grant themselves an evening pass from purity.

01/29/2015

Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots lies on his back after being sacked by defensive end Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Giant Memories: Patriots Not Dwelling On Last Super Bowl Loss In Arizona

The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago.

01/29/2015

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees with Boomer & Carton on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Al Dukes/WFAN)

Drew Brees On WFAN: Super Bowl Controversy Often Inflated

“If you’re asking me, does everybody try to find every edge they possibly can to win, then yes. Absolutely,” the Saints quarterback said Thursday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show.

01/29/2015

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots speaks with the media on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Fire Alarm Goes Off Again At Patriots’ Hotel

The distractions are starting to pile up for the New England Patriots ahead of Super Sunday.

01/29/2015

Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 69-yard pick-six during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Which Surprise Players Will Star In This Year’s Super Bowl?

The Patriots and Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

01/29/2015

Spike Lee (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images), Patriots coach Bill Belichick (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Spike Lee On ‘Deflate-Gate': ‘Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire’

The filmmaker — a passionate NY sports fan — said he may attend the Super Bowl on Sunday in Arizona. And he will be rooting for Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks.

01/29/2015

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits at his podium during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Marshawn Lynch Answers Every Question With ‘You Know Why I’m Here’

A day after giving the same one-sentence response at Super Bowl Media Day, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had another scripted answer to any questions.

01/28/2015

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