What We Learned in the N.F.L.’s Wild-Card Round

The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo managed their game plan just well enough to upset the Cowboys, but blowouts in the rest of the wild-card matchups showed the folly of playoff expansion.

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N.F.L. Week 15 Picks Against the Spread

Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers will trade deep shots, Covid-19-depleted teams will do battle for playoff spots and the Patriots and Colts’ throwback matchup should deliver.

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A Tom Brady-Bill Belichick Super Bowl? It’s Inevitable.

Thanks to the New England Patriots’ six-game win streak and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ light schedule, the pair seem to be on a collision course.

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New England Patriots’ Dynasty May Not Be Over

New England thrashed the Tennessee Titans for its sixth consecutive victory, improving to 8-4 and taking over first place in the A.F.C. East.

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What We Learned From Week 10 in the N.F.L.

Mac Jones is leading the Patriots back into the A.F.C.’s elite and Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are winless so far this November.

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Tom Brady Sets N.F.L. Career Passing Record in Return to New England

Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback, returned to New England for the first time since leaving and surpassed Drew Brees’s mark on a first-quarter play.

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N.F.L. Rookie Quarterbacks Have Been Bad. Can That Change?

The Patriots’ Mac Jones, the Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence and the Jets’ Zach Wilson have so far combined to go 1-8 this season.

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What We Learned From Week 2 of the N.F.L. Season

Bill Belichick sees a path toward making the Patriots a dynastic contender again, the Cowboys’ talent got a chance to shine, and Sam Darnold looks … happy.

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Which A.F.C. Teams Could Challenge Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs?

The Kansas City Chiefs fortified their offensive line in pursuit of another championship, but the Bills, Browns and a bevy of first-year starters should shake up the order.

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Patriots Cut Cam Newton After Covid-Related Disruptions

Newton was sidelined early last season with the virus and missed practices last week because of a mix-up over protocols. The rookie quarterback Mac Jones will be New England’s starter.

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Patriots and 49ers Among N.F.L. Free Agency’s Biggest Spenders

The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.

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Madonna? Harry Potter? Churchill? Tom Brady May Be Beyond Compare

Tom Brady rose from obscurity to become a standard-bearing quarterback hero, jousting with many characters along the way. We asked experts in various fields if they could cite similar sagas through history.

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Can’t Measure Heart? N.F.L. Teams Are Trying

Championships can be won and lost when players’ competitive fire kicks in and they exhibit faster-than-normal speed to make a crucial catch or chase down a tackle.

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Who Else Has Declined a Presidential Honor?

Bill Belichick, who turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is not the first person to decline the award. Jacqueline Kennedy and Moe Berg, the baseball player, also said no.

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Calls Grow for Belichick to Decline Presidential Award

President Trump plans to award New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week, despite calls for Belichick to decline it in the fallout from the Capitol riot.

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How The New England Patriots’ Dynasty Fell

Empires never fall in a day. The Patriots have been quietly crumbling from within for years.

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Tom Who? Cam Newton Is Moving New England Past Brady

Cam Newton is winning over New England, a racially complicated area accustomed to Hall of Fame quarterback play. All it’s taken are a couple wins, endorsements from his taciturn coach and a whole lot of charm.

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Patriots Turn to Burkhead and the Run After Newton Falters Early

New England struggled to get its passing offense going against the Raiders but got timely dashes from running backs Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel.

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Bill Belichick Never Tipped His Post-Brady Plan. Now It’s Clear.

The Cam Newton signing shows why league observers have nearly unshakable faith in decisions made by the New England Patriots’ coach. “People are just so used to Bill Belichick figuring it out.”

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My New Lockdown Hobby: Zoom Snooping on the Stars

Adam Sandler has a normal-looking hallway! Bill Belichick likes nautical maps!

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Don Shula Kept Winning Interesting

Shula’s teams claimed 347 victories under him, but it was the variety of styles and personnel that made his record number of victories truly remarkable.

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The N.F.L. Draft Pics You Haven’t Seen

In its remote broadcast format, the N.F.L. gave sports fans something to talk about until games begin this fall. Here are some of the most interesting moments, through the eyes of an illustrator.

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2020 N.F.L. Draft: What We Learned

Green Bay delivered the shock of the night drafting Jordan Love as a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers, Miami’s rebuild is coming to fruition and New England is still New England.

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What Will the New England Patriots Do in the N.F.L. draft?

Whatever his plan for the Patriots’ new era, the taciturn coach is not tipping his hand. “Not sure exactly how that’s going to go,” he said about finding a quarterback to replace Tom Brady.

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