ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — On a day Tom Brady was far less than terrific, J.C. Jackson and New England's defense bailed him out in securing the Patriots' first 4-0 start in four years.
ATLANTA (AP) — Matthew Slater is more than halfway to his father's longevity as an NFL player. He doesn't plan to equal it.
The star special teamer of the New England Patriots just completed his 11th pro season, and he's at his fifth Super Bowl, with two wins. In his dad Jackie's 20-season NFL career, he made one Super Bowl — coincidentally, with the Rams in 1980 — and lost to Pittsburgh.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are inviting fans to a Super Bowl send-off rally at Gillette Stadium this weekend.
The rally scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Sunday will feature live music and entertainment — including an appearance by the Blue Man Group — a cheerleader dance performance and giveaways.
Head coach Bill Belichick and players Tom Brady, David Andrews, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and James White are scheduled to address the crowd.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots got their sparkplug back Monday.
A matter of hours after a 38-7 thrashing of the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins, Julian Edelman returned from his four-game suspension for performance enhancers, reportedly showing up in the locker room for the first time in a month before 7 a.m.
"It's good. He hasn't changed a bit," Tom Brady said later in the day. "Four weeks off, he looks good."
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots fans are getting a chance to cheer on the team before they head to Minnesota to play the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
The send-off rally Monday on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place will include remarks from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. Others expected to speak include Tom Brady, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — As they normally do when the opposition says something you might post on a bulletin board, the New England Patriots reacted diplomatically Monday to Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey guaranteeing his team is "going to the Super Bowl and we gonna win that b----."
"Man, that guy's really good," said a smiling Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater, asked to react to Ramsey. "He should be confident, because he's very, very good.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots receivers Chris Hogan and Matthew Slater are active for Monday night's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Hogan has been sidelined since Game 8 because of a shoulder injury. Slater has been sidelined since Game 5 because of a hamstring injury.
Dolphins cornerback Cordrea Tankersley is inactive because of ankle and shoulder injuries.
BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins have honored the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots before Boston's game Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.
Fourteen members of the NFL championship team walked onto center ice wearing Bruins jerseys with their names and numbers on the back.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of New England Patriots fans gathered outside Gillette Stadium to give the team a raucous send-off to the Super Bowl.
With a shout of "Let's go!" from quarterback Tom Brady, the team on Monday boarded buses after the rally on the way to Houston for Super Bowl 51.
"Now it's starting to feel like the Super Bowl," Brady told the crowd.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots fans will have one more chance to see the team and wish the players luck before they leave to play in the Super Bowl in Houston.
The team is inviting fans to a special Super Bowl send-off rally Monday morning on NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place.
The rally will include a performance by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — As he walks through the middle of the Patriots' locker room, the slender man in the hooded sweatshirt and glasses looks more like an assistant coach than a six-time Pro Bowler.
But as he locks eyes with cornerback Logan Ryan, Ryan points in his direction and grins widely.
"Matthew Slater. Hmm ... what can I say about him?" Ryan says.
"Oh man. I'm gonna cover my ears," Slater replies, playfully lifting his hood.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Fresh off their bye week, the New England Patriots returned to the practice field Tuesday and players said they took advantage of the time off to get their bodies ready for the second half of the season.
The Patriots, 7-1 after reeling off four wins with Tom Brady back following his "Deflategate" suspension, open their second half at home Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady's return has restored a sense of normalcy to the New England Patriots.
Brady triumphantly re-emerged from his four-game "Deflategate" suspension with a 406-yard, three-touchdown effort in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.
The occasion left Brady's teammates "all amped up," in the words of tight end Rob Gronkowski.