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Patriots' defense ignored critics on the way to Super Bowl
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- There's a mantra that players quickly come to learn when they play for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots....

Falcons get back to work after earning trip to Super Bowl
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Dan Quinn certainly knows who the Atlanta Falcons are playing in the Super Bowl....

Are you ready for some better football? Hopefully in Houston
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- There's this football game planned for Feb. 5 in Houston. Let's hope it turns out much better than most of the postseason matchups the NFL has provided this year....

Falcons head to Super Bowl after blowing out Packers 44-21
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ATLANTA (AP) -- While the raucous beats of "Welcome To Atlanta" blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999....

Column: Brotherhood only gets you so far against Brady
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The brotherhood did its job methodically, pleasing Atlanta owner Arthur Blank so much that he was last seen dancing into the night on the victory podium....

Challenges not enough to deny Patriots 9th Super Bowl berth
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- This was supposed to be the year New England's stranglehold on the AFC could be loosened....

They're Back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17 vs Steelers
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl....

Le'Veon Bell was hurt heading into AFC championship game
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell was bothered by a groin injury even before he was forced to leave the AFC championship game in the second quarter of Pittsburgh's 36-17 loss to New England....

Bookies make Patriots a 3-point pick with record over/under
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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Oddsmakers like the New England Patriots by a field goal over the Atlanta Falcons in what experts think will be a high-scoring Super Bowl....

Super Bowl will pit Brady's Patriots against Ryan's Falcons
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A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons....